You will have accidents and get hurt. The survivalist concept of being prepared produced this list of the fifteen essential homesteading medical supplies.
- Alcohol– isopropanol or rubbing alcohol is preferred. You can use grain alcohol or high alcohol content liquor like Everclear. The alcohol is an antiseptic and a pain killer. The drinking alcohol can help relieve some pain and relax the patient after an injury.
- Insect repellent– best way to stop an allergic reaction from an insect bite from happening is to prevent the bite. Carry an extra package of insect repellent in your medical kit.
- Epinephrine– is the go to treatment for any allergic reaction. Food, insects, and plants can produce allergic reactions that are deadly. Epinephrine can be had in an injection pen with a prescription or in an over the counter inhaler.
- Popsicle sticks -Fingers get broken more often than any other bone. Popsicle sticks are long enough, strong enough, flexible, and wide enough to protect a broken finger or toe without causing unnecessary restriction in movement.
- Blister treatment– even the best socks and gloves will not prevent all blisters. Carry a tube of Moleskin, second skin, or a similar product to apply to blisters as soon as they start so they do not get worse.
- Hydrocortisone– bugs, plants, and rubbing clothes can produce irritation and an itch. Hydrocortisone is a topical itch reliever that really works. The over the counter brands that are 2.5 percent hydrocortisone work for most itches and rashes.
- Antibiotic ointment– the microbes and bacteria that are everywhere can produce disease. Carry an antibiotic ointment like Neosporin to apply to any injury to prevent contacting a bacterial disease.
- Antifungal– fungi like mushrooms protect themselves with chemicals that are toxic to people. An antifungal ointment will reduce the effects of exposure to fungal toxins.
- Medical tape– a one inch wide roll of medical tape takes up very little room. The tape is made for binding dressing material to wounds and more.
- Wound treatments– pack various sizes of Band-Aids, sterile gauze, alcohol wipes, butterfly bandages, and ace bandages. These materials prepare you to cover any type of injury and protect the injury from further damage. Q-tips are a must also.
- Medications- if you take medicine for your health then you need to take it with you. Wrapping the bottles in bubble wrap will keep the drugs that you need safe.
- Tools– tweezers, scissors, packs of medical gloves that have no powder on them, an alcohol thermometer, and large nail clippers are essential medical tools. Also consider prepackaged scalpels for treating serious wounds.
- OTC meds- aspirin, ibuprofen, a laxative, Immodium, and Pepto are essential OTC meds that you need to deal with those minor physical annoyances that happen when you least need them. Take pills instead of liquids.
- How to book- find a short and easy to understand guide for basic medical treatment and take it with you. Read the guide so you can be prepared for any medical problem that occurs.
- A cell phone- pack an extra cell phone in your medical supply kit. Be sure to protect the phone because it can save your life. The spare phone may be needed to call for emergency help if someone is really badly injured.
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your life. The spare phone may be needed to call for emergency help if someone is really badly injured.