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6 Must-Have Items Your First-Aid Kit Is Missing

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A first-aid kit is an absolute necessity when it comes to preppers. You prep because you live in an imperfect world, and once this world crashes bad things are going to happen. Your likelihood of injury is much greater during a crisis and the likelihood of a hospital or a doctor being around is much lower. You have to be prepared for anything.

Now the option is out there to buy some pretty awesome first aid kits off the shelf. There are the basic cheap kits which, believe it or not, can be handy for a few things. These little kits from big box stores are not going to be enough, though. Doing some research, I was able to find some pre-built kits that are extremely impressive. Adventure Medical kits are a great source of first-aid equipment. Buying a kit is a good idea if you’re completely lost when it comes to what you are going to need.

Of course, the option of building a kit allows you to tailor the kit to your area. This can also be a slightly cheaper option, or just an easier-to-afford option. Building a kit allows you to buy a few pieces at a time, which is important when you’re on a budget. Building your own med bag allows you to tailor the kit for accessibility.

In my opinion, the best thing to do is to combine the two methods: Buy a small- or medium-sized kit and begin tailoring it as you see fit. Like marriage, compromise is key. I use a Combat Casualty Response Kit from North American Rescue. I took this kit and added things like a snake bite kit, tick cream, bug repellant, duct tape, glow sticks, and more to customize the kit for the part of Florida I live in.

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The following list includes the items I think are either unknown, overlooked or forgotten about for building a proper kit, and for being prepared. These measures are for a general kit and are not a customized kit for different environments. I’ve avoided the most common items because common sense will tell anyone they need Band-Aids and Neosporin.

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These items may seem unorthodox, but their handiness can’t be denied. These items are often overlooked or unknown to a lot of people. I personally have these six items for each of my medical kits and stored in my individual first aid kit, my truck bag, and my family sized medical bag. Some are more expensive than others — like combat gauze and CAT tourniquets. I suggest paying attention to military surplus sights, as these items do come up from time to time.

The best med kits are the ones you can use. So my last bit of advice is to seek out medical training. Everything from the basic CPR courses offered at YMCAs to tactical medical course if you can afford them. Knowledge is power and won’t add any pounds to your pack.

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