14 Must Have Medical Kit Essentials for Survival
There are a few medical kit items that we will cover that may seem like common sense to you, but it never hurts to touch on them to make sure everyone understands their importance or to jog some memories. While some of these items may seem unimportant to you, each one has a use that could save your life, so keep an open mind! Most of these can be found at Walmart, Target or your local pharmacy.
Hand Sanitizer – when soap and water isn’t available, hand sanitizer can sterilize your hands and disinfect cuts or wounds. You should always sterilize your hands before cleaning and applying bandages to any kind of wound or cut. Bacteria lurks everywhere and without appropriate medication in a survival scenario, infection could make a bad situation worse…
Krazy / Super Glue – glue can be used to seal cuts or wounds that would otherwise need stitches. This will keep germs and bacteria out of the wound if cleaned and prepped properly. You can also use it on blisters before applying a bandage to stop the blister from popping.
Maxi Pads – while great for their apparent use, they’re also great for a bandage substitute and can be secured with duct tape or bandage tape.
Dental Floss – other than its apparent use for dental reasons, floss can help to remove a ring from a swelling finger. Simply tie the floss around the finger to stop circulation, remove the ring then remove the floss.
Metamucil – this will help you maintain digestive regularity no matter if you are constipated or have diarrhea.
Salt – If you’re sweating and losing a lot of water you will need to replenish your electrolytes with a little salt in your water or on your food.
Tea Tree Oil – this is known to fend off germs and infections, heal fungal conditions and help kill viruses.
Honey – small amounts of honey can help bring blood sugar levels back up to normal and out of a diabetic danger zone.
Baking Soda – combining salt and baking soda yields toothpaste. Baking soda in water can also help treat and upset stomach.
Cinnamon Oil – this can help with infections and has been known to kill MSRA and other drug-resistant bacteria. It can also be used as a natural deodorant.
Benadryl – this antihistamine aids in relieving allergic reactions.
Chemical Heat/Cold Packs – these are helpful to help heat and cool various parts of your body. They are also helpful in warming or chilling food items.
D-Mannose – this is the key ingredient in cranberry juice that helps treat UTIs (urinary tract infections).
Vitamin D – this is needed for those of you that live in areas that lack sunlight.