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Back to Basics: Building a First Aid Kit
You know that you should be ready for anything and everything in case of a crisis. After all, we don’t know what will happen. One of the most critical things that you should be prepared with is a first aid kit.
As much as you would like to bring an entire hospital with you, only a few key items are truly necessary.
A basic first aid kit should contain the following things: bandages, antibiotic ointment, gauze pads, iodine or iodine prep pads, alcohol prep pads, butterfly bandages, medical adhesive tape and aspirin or pain relievers. These items will get you through most general and minor health issues.
If you wanted to create a more complex bag, you should add different sizes of bandages, smelling salts or ammonia inhalants, ace bandages or similar for strains, multiple sizes of sterile pads, antiseptic towlets, a thermometer, a snake bite poison extractor, tweezers, safety pins, moleskin, latex gloves, burn medication, sun screen and eye drops.
The larger that your kit becomes, the more specific the items in it should be. If there are certain health problems that you or your family has, they should be addressed with the contents of your basic medical kit. You should also pack for the terrain that you are going to be faced with. The last thing that you would want in a crisis is to get severely sick or die from something basic because you didn’t pack correctly.
Remember that you should never make the mistake of under-packing, especially when your life could be at risk.