I noticed a lot people focus on the go-bag or bugout-bag for SHTF scenarios. Sure, its nice to have guns, ammo, MRE's/rations and life straws, but what if there's an attack? or an explosion? How will you treat the people around you that may have been injured?
There was a dope video of a guy that had a decent set-up for just that. If I can ever find it again, I will post it below in the comments.
Here is a list of items to consider in your rescue kit:
Feel free to add or correct whatever you see below.
Silk medical tape roll
Benadryl – always good to include even if you or your party doesn’t have any known allergies
Imodium – highly underrated
Saline eye drops
Butterfly bandages – useful for deep lacerations
Safety pins – good for keeping dressings and bandages in place if you need to get creative
Moleskin – versatile
Advil or Ibuprofen
Gloves – these will help you stay clean and safe when treating wounds
Needle & thread – stored in isopropyl alcohol
Wound irrigation syringes
White petroleum jelly or Vaseline – very versatile (keep in a small container)
Chest seals – necessary for sucking chest wounds - sometimes a plastic card can be used in a pinch
Antibiotics – Bactrim or Doxycycline
Nasopharyngeal airway – 28 FR
Tweezers – always useful for wound care
A reference guide – this will make sure you’re doing things the right way and don’t make mistakes
SAM splint – a portable and convenient splint option that survivalists love
Pressure dressing – a must-have for wounds on the arm or leg
Caffeine pills – good for situations where you need to stay awake and get to your destination or keep watch
Coban roll – an easy to use wrap for limbs that won’t come off easily
Plastic cling wrap – ideally two inches wide
Tourniquet – you can make your own with other materials/objects but these are easy to store and do the best job
Acetaminophen aka Tylenol
Emergency blankets – another essential inclusion
Band-aids – duh
Pepto-Bismol pills – easier to store than the liquid you get in stores
Miconazole – for treating fungal or yeast infections
Kelly clamps – curved and straight to allow for flexibility when removing objects from wounds or holding tissue in place
Alcohol pads – necessary for keeping your hands and other instruments clean and sterile for future use
OPAs – these are for oral airways that stop the airway from closing completely. Good for buying time until Benadryl or an epi-pen is in their system.
Vitamins (multi and vitamin C) – good for fighting off micronutrient deficiencies if you’re in a situation where you might not be getting the most balanced diet
N-95s masks – some preppers like to have these in their kits in case polluted or dirty air comes about as the result of a SHTF scenario
Antiseptics – always a smart thing to include. Including different kinds will make for a more future-proof hygiene approach.
Cotton sheets – lightweight and versatile
Dental filling material – not something you want to deal with but always smart to include
Floss – for keeping tooth issues at bay
Dermabond or super glue – a variety of great first aid benefits especially for small wounds
Gatorade and rehydration tablets/mixes – good for keeping your core electrolytes up especially if you’re exerting yourself for a prolonged amount of time.
Eye pads – for keeping an eye wound protected
Antibiotic ointment and cream – if you want to address a specific area without putting antibiotics in your whole system
Dental extractors – this is another piece of gear in your prepper first aid kit that you should learn how to use first
Snake bite kit – better than nothing if you can apply it fast enough
Sutures – good if you know what you’re doing (we recommend doing taking a class to get more comfortable with this)
Re-useable GEL packs – for heating and cooling
Aloe vera – useful for treating burns that commonly occur outside in nature when exposed to the sun or feisty plants
Steri strips – extremely useful stitches alternative when in the field
Wool blankets – these take up more room than an emergency blanket but can be a useful addition if you have space
Claritin – smart inclusion for allergies
Ammonia inhalants – helpful for keeping people awake or perking yourself up if you’re trying to push through some fatigue and get to your destination
Hydrogen peroxide – this has multiple uses but is most commonly called upon for cleaning a wound the first time. You can also use it as a mouthwash when necessary.
Dental mirror – great if you need to address any tooth issues
Paracord – awesome multipurpose tool that you can use for just about anything
Tapes – DUCT, adhesive, and paper tape are all good options. Can have other helpful uses if you need to build a long term survival shelter as well.
Quikclot or Celox – these are clotting powders that can quickly keep a nagging wound at bay so you can keep moving
Eye cup – for washing
Scalpels – #10, #11, #15 are the best choices
Epi-pen – no-brainer especially if someone in your party has allergies. Fairly small so we like to include it regardless since you might not be able to rely on traditional medical attention and time is of the essence.
Skin stapler/remover and adson forceps – it’s smart to learn how to use these properly before you rely on them outside
Athlete’s foot powder – it’s better to not rely on this by practicing smart foot care, but can be useful
Universal cervical collar – a bit more sturdy than some of the makeshift option