8 uncommon items for first aid

We all know the importance of having a first aid kit(FAK) at hand. It doesn’t even have to be a SHTF scenario to appreciate its value. From hiking, camping or just driving down the road, accidents happen and having the means to improve your survival chances is crucial.

As preppers we understand the importance of ensuring our survival no matter what, that why we all have sturdy first aid kits. And today I’m going to share with you 8 items that you should add to those kits.

Here we go:

  1. Super Glue

Who would’ve thought that this common household item could also be used in a first aid kit? Super glue works similar to liquid bandages (we’ll get to them too), meaning that if you apply it to the wound and then let it dry, it will hold it together.

Most people get this simple part extremely wrong. The idea is not to pour it into the cut, but over it. All you have to do is hold close the cut and apply the glue over it. Then keep holding it until the glue is completely dry.

Super glue should not be used on eyes, lips, genitals, wounds with a high risk of infection like animal bites, and deep wounds that involve damage to muscles or tendons.

You can either buy the expensive prescription-only Dermabond, or stick to regular super glue.

 

  1. Liquid Bandage

It’s amazing that many people still don’t know about this type of bandages.

They are simple to use and perfect for small wounds. To use them apply the liquid to a wound and within minutes it transforms into a protective bandage. It will keep out dirt, germs and is waterproof.

 

 

 

 

3. Tongue Depressors

You’ll find tons of them in your pediatrician’s office, but you should also keep a few in your FAK. Their use? Splits for broken or sprained fingers. Also if you don’t have any kindling available, they’ll do the trick.

 

 

 

  1. Tampons and Maxi-pads 

And no, this is not just for the ladies. Tampons make perfect plugs for puncture wounds, while the pads can act as dressings. One important note here is that you get unscented ones, as the other variety have chemicals in them and will infect the wound.

 

 

  1. Self-Adherent Bandage

If you’ve taken any type of first aid class, you’ve learned that the proper way of dressing a wound is to put gauze dressing on it, then wrap in gauze roll bandage and secure with a safety pin, or tuck the end under one of the wraps.

But there is a better way, normally used by corpsman. This requires the use of self-adherent bandage or cling wrap. This makes wrapping, unwrapping and rewrapping the wound much easier.

 

  1. Safety Pins 

You would think that all first aid kits would come with these included, but that’s not the case. Their main use is to hold bandages in place, but you can also use them to dig out splinters. On a non-medical note, you can use them to replace a missing button on your shirt or pants.

 

 

  1. Hand Sanitizer

Washing your hands may not always be an option, and this is where this little fellow comes in. This is essential gelled alcohol so it’s perfect for sanitizing your hands when you’re out in the wilderness. Use it when necessary such as before and after treating a wound or as a fire starter.

 

 

  1. Hemostatic Agent

These type of bandages are mainly used for large wounds where the risk of death from blood loss is imminent. Their purpose is to cause the blood to quickly clot, thus stopping the bleeding. They may seem like a hefty investment, but trust me when I say, they could prove the difference between living and dying.

With these 8 items in for FAK, you’ll gain even more functionality out of it and increase your survival chances.

 

What other uncommon items would you add to your FAK? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

2 comments

  • Do you know the easiest place to get Iodine pills in case of nuclear attack?? I know there are a lot of things you can buy at a livestock Feed Store or even Pet Shop… But those pills I haven’t a clue

  • amazon.com is the easiest place to find almost anything. My preference is IOSAT Potassium Iodide Tablets because they come in a blister pack rather than a bottle. Or, add a bottle as well if you have a family.

    If you suspect that there might have been a nuclear accident, but you aren’t certain (don’t expect timely truth from the government), then you (and each loved one) should each take one tablet immediately. It blocks radioactive iodine by flooding your body with normal iodine, so it does little good if given after the exposure. Iodine tablets loose strength after the bottle is opened. So if it turns out it was a false alarm, you don’t have to purchase a new supply if you have a blister pack, and you can act on a rumor rather than ignore it.

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