Essential First Aid Kit Contents


first aid kitIn a disaster situation or TEOTWAWKI, you are bound to get hurt so make sure you have the essential first aid kit contents.  In one of these situations, it is much more likely that you will be doing more hard and manual labor.  The increase in this type of work will lead to increased injuries which will make it necessary to have a fully stocked kit.


There are a few reasons to the increased injuries in this time.  Above what I’ve already explained, injuries can increase because most of us don’t do this hard, manual labor very often, if ever. This leads to us forgetting how to use certain tools, which can lead to mistakes. This forgetfulness and mistake-making can increase our likelihood of injury.  Additionally, the harder work may lead to fatigue and other overworked conditions.


It is difficult to know what the sewage and waste circumstances will be in a post apocalyptic world, but it is safe to assume it will not be as safe as it is now.  So getting diseases from these sources will be much more likely.  The last reason to have the correct first aid kit contents is simple: when you do incur an injury or contract a disease there will most likely be no hospital to go to.


Now that we have established the importance of a first aid kit, what should you put in it?  There are many fully made first aid kits that may fill your need, but sometimes you may want to make your own first aid kid or add stuff to a premade one.  Below I have compiled a few of the kits that are on sale at Amazon, so take a look at what they have.


There are a couple things to think about when looking for the essential first aid kit contents: First, how big will your first aid kit be?  It is probably a good idea to have one big household first aid kit and one that is small enough to be mobile. Second, what kind of medical problems do you and your family have?  If you have thyroid problems it would be a good idea to try and get 6 months or more of your prescription.  Insulin could be very difficult to get during a disaster, so a long term supply would be beneficial.  You would also need an insulin cooler to protect your insulin. Any other prescriptions you have that are necessary for your survival should be in the kit. Third, do you have any small children?  You may want to add child specific medicines. And finally, does your family have any allergies?  If the allergy is serious enough (peanuts or bees mostly) to cause an anaphylaxis reaction, make sure to have an enough epinephrine to last.


This is a list of the essential first aid kit contents that you will want to have in your kit:


  • A bag to hold everything
  • Necessary medications
  • A large amount of all shapes and sizes of bandaids
  • Bandages- Non stick bandages in many different types and sizes
  • Bandage Tape- A few rolls
  • Gauze pads
  • Neosporin
  • Antiseptic- Hydrogen peroxide and Alcohol
  • 2-3 Ace Bandages
  • Burn Ointment or Gel
  • Burn Dressing
  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • EyeWash
  • Tweezers
  • Iodine
  • Thermometer
  • Latex Gloves
  • Pieces of cloth to use as tourniquets
  • Small Flashlight or pen light
  • Tongue depressors
  • Scalpel
  • Instant ice packs
  • Paramedic Scissors
  • Chapstick
  • Eye Pads
  • Sting Relief
  • Venom Extractor Kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Advil
  • Tylenol
  • Migraine medicine if people in your family get them.
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Stitching Kit
  • Immodium AD
  • Benadryl
  • N95 Medical Face Masks
  • Bodily fluid cleanup kit
  • Medical Handbook



Additional Things to be added to the first aid kits contents.  These are good to have, but could be difficult to get or expensive

  • Penicillin
  • Cipro
  • Other Antibiotics
  • Vicodin
  • Other Pain Killers
  • Muscle Relaxers
  • Emergency oxygen unit
  • Blood Pressure Cuff
  • Stethoscope
  • CPR Mask
  • Irrigation Syringe


There are probably many things I have forgotten in the kit, but this should be a good list to get you started.  The first aid kit should be tailored to your needs and medical issues.  It is very important to get educated on many of the different basic procedures done in the medical field as you may actually have to use it in a disaster scenario. If you have the essential first aid kit contents in your first aid kit you should be able to treat most of the problems and injuries that arise.

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I am Josh the owner of Beat The End. I am a prepper and trying to be more self sufficient. The most likely thing I am preparing for is an economic meltdown/civil unrest. I am a hunter, fisherman and outdoors man. I have also made a part of the website to explain and inform to my readers the importance of liberty and freedom and libertarianism. If you would like to see the political part of the site please go to

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2 Responses to Essential First Aid Kit Contents

  1. Muhamad says:

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