The most important thing to have during an emergency (and in your bug out bag) is your first aid kit. Inevitably, you or someone you come across will need first aid treatment. This makes packing your first aid kit extremely important.
What to Pack in Your First Aid Kit
Typically, most injuries will not be life threatening so you need to be prepared for cuts, scrapes, rashes, etc.
- Bandaids – all shapes and sizes;
- Gauze – pack lots for all the cuts that bandaids can’t heal;
- Tape – medical and duct tape can come in handy for holding the gauze or creating splints;
- Instant Cold Packs – will come in very handy if you twist or sprain your ankle;
- Athletic bandages – holds the cold packs in place;
- Scissors and tweezers – perfect for cutting the bandages, removing slivers, etc.
- Antihistamines – allergies are the worst so be prepared;
- Pain killers
- Isopropyl alcohol and antibiotic ointments – ideal for cleaning wounds and preventing infection;
- Poison ivy wash – it won’t kill you but poison ivy will make surviving more challenging, so be prepared;
If you have some additional room in your first aid kit or BOB, consider packing the following:
- Hand sanitizer;
- Flashlight with batteries;
- Water purification tablets;
- Mylar blankets – they are waterproof and warm – may very well save your life;
- Thermometer – you will be able to tell if someone is getting a fever.
As mentioned, a properly packed first aid kit or BOB is incredibly important. The items listed above will come in handy during an emergency situation.