Stepping Up Your Medical Prepping Supplies

first aidEvery prepper has a basic first aid kit at the very minimum stashed away somewhere. Then there are those who have upped their stockpiles to include several sizes and boxes of bandages and what not. They realize that a single injury is not likely. After a major disaster, there are going to be numerous injuries and a wound will require daily bandage changes for weeks. One injury will deplete the basic first aid supplies the average prepper keeps on hand.

You need to up your game if you are truly serious about taking care of your family for the long term. Injuries can be minor or severe. A serious injury doesn’t necessarily mean death. You just need to learn some basic medical procedures like suturing, setting broken bones and reducing dislocations. Having the appropriate medical equipment will be the key to taking care of those serious, but not necessarily life-threatening injuries.

Along with really upping your supply of standard bandages, medical tape and gloves, considering adding the following items to your medical supplies.first-aid-kit-59645_640

  • Skin stapler—much quicker and easier than suturing
  • Suture kits—have a variety of needle sizes that are already threaded and ready for use
  • Tactical Cric Kit—if you need to make an emergency airway for someone, you will want this
  • QuikClot or hemostatic gauze
  • Scalpels in varying sizes
  • Israeli bandage—this is an excellent tool to use if you have a wound that needs direct pressure and you are all alone
  • Surgical drapes–needed to create a sterile field

While these things may seem a little scary, you can learn how to use them. When you are in a dire situation where a person will die if you don’t do something, these tools will give you the best shot at saving lives.

Bug Out Vehicles? Necessity or a Waste of Time?

all-terrain-vehicle-1351034_960_720Preppers are all about bugging out when it hits the fan. Nobody wants to stick around and see what kind of mess a major natural disaster, terrorist attack or the effects of a power grid failure will have. Getting out of dodge is the goal. It gives you the best advantage in the survival game. Sticking around in the middle of a city or busy suburb puts you at risk of encountering other survivors. Sadly, the majority of survivors will not be all that friendly. Those that managed to live through the initial disaster are going to be desperate. They want what you, the smart, savvy prepper, has.

When you think about bugging out, you assume it is you and the family carrying backpacks and hoofing it for 20 or 30 miles out of town. Have you ever actually walked 20 miles? What about 5 miles? It is tough. It is even tougher if the terrain is rough and you are carrying a heavy pack. For some folks, they may need to go at least 60 miles to get out of the city and into the forest where they will seek shelter.

That is a hard day’s work. There is also the issue that walking takes time. You are at an increased risk of being seen. You could be captured, injured or forced to fight. You will be outside in the elements for several days. If there isn’t a source of water on your journey, you risk dehydration. This is why many preppers are investing in a bug out vehicle.jeep-1318706_960_720

A bug out vehicle is one that is tough enough to go off road. It is big enough to carry you and your family and the supplies you need to survive. It doesn’t have to be pretty, but it should be reliable. Check out some of the other things you should look for in a bug out vehicle.

  • Four-wheel drive
  • Slightly raised to give you better clearance
  • Durable
  • Bully bars will protect the radiator when you need to push through objects
  • Light rack for additional lighting
  • Winch—just in case you get stuck

You don’t have to have a new truck or jeep. It can be one that is old and beat up that you can customize. In fact, older vehicles that don’t rely on computers are ideal because they will not be disabled should the disaster you are dealing with is an EMP from a nuclear detonation or a solar flare. A bug out vehicle is one of those things you should consider budgeting for. It will make things easier when it is time to bug out.

Prepping in a Tiny Home

garden-shed-931508_960_720The tiny home movement continues to gain attention as more and more people give up on the big American dream of owning a big house with a white picket fence. The mortgage and upkeep that goes along with that dream is more of a nightmare for most. The fear of losing your job, getting ill and being unable to pay the bills or having some kind of tragedy strike that makes it difficult to pay the bills is on the minds of people all around the world.

Too many people end up with nothing after having it all, including the immense stress. This is why a lot of people are abandoning the big house and the big mortgages and going tiny. They are doing more with less. They are giving up the worldly treasures that are more like a ball and chain. You can’t take your big flat screen to the grave. Life is about living for the moment and treasuring the memories you made, not the things you bought.

Many tiny home dwellers are also preppers. They have a unique situation. They can’t stockpile a year’s worth of food and water in their pantry. That doesn’t mean people who live in tiny homes or even small apartments can’t stockpile and prep. It is about getting creative. Thinking outside of the box and making the most of every inch available.carriacou-1567544_960_720

Most tiny homes are set up on a rural tract of land, which is perfect for a prepper. This gives you plenty of space to garden and even raise livestock. You can put up a security fence that will keep people off your land. Your safety and the protection of your supplies is going to be a bit more difficult in a tiny home, so your perimeter must be extra secure.

You will need to have a root cellar or some kind of additional storage on the property. It is simply not feasible to stockpile more than 30 days worth of food in a tiny home. You can of course utilize the space under the furniture you have in the home. Most tiny homes have very high ceilings. Adding shelving to the upper 7 or 8 feet of the ceiling will use the open space without taking up any room below. The space under the tiny home can also be utilized for storage. It would be a good idea to use rubber totes or 5-gallon buckets for this area.

Never assume you can’t be a prepper because you don’t live in the ideal environment or home. Look for alternatives. Every little can of food you put on the shelf is one more day of survival. If stockpiling is going to be next to impossible, hone your gardening, foraging and hunting skills.