You probably already have a first aid kit sitting on one of your shelves. But is the kit really adequate? Often times the small, prepackaged first aid kits you buy at your local store are filled with bandaids, a couple packs of antibiotic ointment and not much else. These small kits are great to have around, but they are by no means adequate for a true survival situation. You need something much more substantial. The following list includes some of the things you should add to build your own kit for a survival situation. Keep the kit in a duffel bag, toolbox or small suitcase.
Several rolls of gauze
Large and small non-stick cotton pads
Triple antibiotic ointment
Vet wrap—stuff is like an ACE bandage but it sticks to itself
ACE bandages—varying sizes
Silvasorb gel can be used to treat a variety of wounds
Syringe for irrigating wounds
Alcohol prep wipes
The idea with this list is to have several or a lot of each item. A single ACE bandage or a single roll of gauze is not going to do you a lot of good when you are on your own for weeks. Survival situations typically end up causing minor injuries with some much more serious. Having a well-stocked first aid kit will allow you to tend the wounds when there are no doctors, hospitals or pharmacies.
If you have someone in your family that has diabetes, a heart problem or a severe allergy, make sure you add what you need to the kit to handle any emergencies they may have. Medical supplies are fairly inexpensive. It is a good idea to stock up and have too many than too little.