5 Items To Add To Your First Aid Supplies

5 Items To Add To Your First Aid Supplies

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When it comes to preparing, next to food, water, and shelter, nothing is more important in a survival situation than medical supplies. Without the right medical supplies, treatable diseases and injuries can potentially turn into a death sentence. Unfortunately, since many first aid supplies like medications and bandages can not be reused, you will want to ensure you have ample stocks of these crucial items.

In preparing for survival situations, here are 5 first aid supplies you need to have in abundance.

1. Aspirin

Aspirin is one of several non-drowsy pain relievers that will work when it comes to relieving pain and will still let you keep your wits about you. The reason that aspirin is our choice over other pain relievers like ibuprofen is due to the fact that aspirin can also buy you some time in the event of a heart attack.

Stock up on bulk aspirin as your go-to pain reliever in disaster scenarios.

2. Allergy Medicine

When you think of the diseases and injuries most likely to trip you up in a post-disaster situation, allergies probably are not the first thing that comes to mind. Nevertheless, severe allergies have the potential to be a debilitating distraction that at best will make your life miserable and at worst can end up causing you to make a mistake that costs you your life.

This is compounded due to the fact that you will likely end up spending more time outdoors and in the elements than you normally would in a disaster or emergency scenario, and therefore allergies may become much more of a problem than they were before. Better to stock up on allergy pills now and prevent the misery.

3. Antibiotic Cream

Without medical attention, infections can become life-threatening. Many people have died from the smallest cuts and scrapes just because they got infected, and in a post-disaster world this could very easily become the case again.

To keep the threat of infection to a minimum and soothe the pain from the many small cuts and scrapes you will likely have to put up with when fighting for your life, stock up on antibiotic cream now.

4. Disinfectants

We hope you’re not squeamish because a disaster scenario may require you to perform a few minor (or not so minor) surgeries on yourself and the people whose lives are entrusted to you. To do this, though, you will need to thoroughly disinfect your instruments beforehand.

Disinfectants such as rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide are both relatively affordable and work great as disinfectants. They can also be poured directly onto a wound that is too large to disinfect with antibiotic cream, but, again, we hope you’re not squeamish.

5. Anti-Diarrheal Medication

Diarrhea is something people in first-world countries consider an inconvenience, but it is one of the leading causes of death in undeveloped countries. Without treatment and an ample supply of fresh water, diarrhea can quickly lead to dehydration and death.

You can avoid dying in a post-disaster scenario in one of the most embarrassing ways possible by stocking up on anti-diarrheal medication now.

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