First Aid Essentials for Survivalists

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Survivalism is all about being prepared for the unexpected. Survivalists are people who think about the future, and prepare themselves for any kind of emergency or calamity they can think of.

The kinds of emergencies that ‘preppers’ (as they are also known) plan for include anything from pandemic diseases to nuclear war, natural disasters, the collapse of society and maybe even zombie apocalypse! Hey – who knows?

A hugely important part of being prepared for these eventualities is knowledge of first aid and a comprehensive first aid kit. If you are going to live off-grid, away from doctors and hospitals it is vital to have a number of first aid essentials, to keep you healthy and to treat any injuries you or your companions might suffer.

Let’s take a look at a few first aid kit essentials that every survivalist should have, if they really are intent on surviving:

  • • Waterproof first aid case/bag

    If you are living off-grid, perhaps even in a shelter of your own construction, waterproof items are a God-send. Keeping your first aid kit dry is very important to ensure that its contents remain sterile and effective. Thankfully there are waterproof first aid cases available, which are ideal for the great outdoors, whether you are on a camping trip or fleeing an apocalyptic event.

  • • Selection of bandages

    An outdoor or off-grid existence may involve more risk than living in a comfortable home – in fact it definitely will – and accidents probably will happen. If you are building a shack or hunting your dinner you will be at risk of injury, so it is essential to have a selection of bandages at hand. A comprehensive first aid kit will contain bandages of various sizes, sealed in plastic bags to keep them sanitary and ready to use on cuts and scrapes. You should have a suitable tape too to hold bandages firmly in place.

  • • Hand sanitizer gel

    If you are required to treat yourself, or someone else, who has been injured, it important for your hands to be clean. Of course you can’t always find a sink and a bar of soap in the middle of a forest or at the top of a mountain, but hand sanitizer gel will make a decent substitute.

  • • Foil blanket

    Foil blankets are ultra light yet they retain over 90 per cent of your body heat. They will also protect you, your family or friends from the rain and wind. These facts make foil blankets absolutely essential in your survivalist’s first aid kit.

  • • Resuscitation aids

    Hopefully you will never need to use resuscitation aids, but if you do you will be very glad you invested in them as they can literally make the difference between life and death. Rebreath pocket masks and mouth to mouth valves are inexpensive but could save a life.

  • • Burns treatments

    Living in the wild probably means relying on fire, man’s oldest method of staying warm, cooking and providing light. Of course with fire there is the danger of burns, so every prepper should have a burns treatment kit, containing suitable dressings for various types of burn.

    If you are a true survivalist then you have to be prepared for anything. A well stocked first aid kit will help ready you for any eventuality, and in the meantime it is a valuable piece of kit to have in your home.

Sam Butterworth is a writer, a blogger and an extoller of the virtues of being prepared for anything. He increasingly enjoys the great outdoors and is subsequently teaching himself some essential survival skills.

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  • December 31, 2014 at 6:54 am
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    Add soe duct tape in that kit. In a pinch it can hold wounds closed, is great for splints to immobilize . There isnt a whole lot duct tape cant fix. If things are super bad, honestly if you get a bad enough cold and youre gonna be hurting.

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  • August 9, 2014 at 5:49 am
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    I like this kit,but it seems like there are more items in the picture than are listed in the article. For a kit that size, as a stand alone first aid kit, it should have a wound cleanser like hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol really stings, but it can clean wounds and sterilize medical equipment. Neosporin is also a must , because just putting a bandage on a nasty cut is not going to help if the cut becomes septic/ infected. Some sort of clotting agent or bandage like Quikclot to stop bleeding is a good item to have as well. I know you can't put everything in your first aid kit and your primary kit in your bug out bag is going to be really sized down, but you can cover the basics. If you have major breathing or bleeding issues in a survival situation far way from an emergency room, there isn't a whole lot you can do. Wound cleanser, bandaids, bandages, clotting agents, antibiotic salve, medical tape, ace wraps, foil blankets, and over the counter medications for minor injuries, mild illnesses, or hypothermia is pretty much the scope for what the average untrained person with common sense can handle in a survival situation.

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  • July 1, 2014 at 1:37 pm
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    There's too much for a list in regards to medical necessities. I personally center my first aid supplies on basics that I'd be able to treat. I always find the resuscitation preps. I already am trained to resuscitate, but in a SHTF scenario, what to do after you resuscitate is puzzling. There are so many different causes for a heart to stop beating. Resuscitation is great but if you cannot treat the original cause of the cardiac arrest once the person is revived, then why bother? Having the advanced life support meds and skills post resuscitation may be lacking in a SHTF situation.

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  • December 26, 2013 at 3:01 pm
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    Great list. Thanks so much for putting it into categories. Much easier to understand that way.

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  • October 22, 2013 at 11:57 am
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    Better to think about life aid guidance because survival is necessary
    and the first aid kit makes you special at the moment when it is
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  • October 4, 2013 at 7:23 am
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    That is one sexy survival kit. Also, nerd alert! You know, Austin Powers with the baggies, in a nutshell etc…I need to go to bed now.

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  • October 4, 2013 at 3:30 am
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    It is extremely important that we are prepared for emergency situation. It is not always necessary that an emergence situation occurs only because of natural calamity. There are number ways through which you and your home can
    face danger and home invasion is one of them. Hence it is accurate to take some actions before only like installing home security system. Now days you can install single alarm for both fire and home security. There are number companies like SXProtection Monitored Alarm Service Providers and many others that provide these
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