When you think about being prepared for illness, and having a well stocked emergency medical kit, it can be overwhelming to think about all you would need to include. The truth is, you don’t have to have a massive amount of supplies and medications to be adequately prepared to treat most things that might crop up. Focus on stocking up on basic supplies that can cover a lot of conditions. Here are some helpful hints to help you get back to the basics of medical preparedness.
Basic First Aid
Prepping for basic first aid events is fairly easy. Items you should include for these types of injuries would include bandages in various sizes, antiseptics like alcohol or peroxide, anti-bacterial cream, ACE bandages, a heating pad, and over the counter pain relievers. I would recommend having both ibuprofen and acetaminophen on hand, as some people may have a sensitivity to one or the other. You might also want to have a basic first aid manual on hand, too, and make sure at least one adult in your family is trained in first aid and basic lifesaving skills.
Going back to the basics with prepping here means having home remedies and over the counter medications to treat various minor illnesses. This might include things to treat colds, sore throats, stomach upset, and allergies. Sometimes the same medication or treatment can work for multiple issues, too, which will help you to streamline the supplies you actually need. For example, the OTC medication Meclazine (which my husband uses for vertigo), is actually an antihistamine, so it could also treat allergies, or even motion sickness. Some prepping experts recommend buying fish antibiotics as well, since they are essentially the same as the ones prescribed by a doctor.
Using Essential Oils
One of the things I love about essential oils is that they have so many different uses, including treating sickness or other conditions. It’s not a bad idea to become educated on how to use the oils to treat different things, and to stock some of the basic essential oils, like lavender, peppermint, and lemon in your emergency supplies. It’s also smart to have a book on essential oils so you can come up with a protocol if something needs treating that you haven’t dealt with before. Be sure to stock a good amount of carrier oil as well, since that will allow you get more use out of the oils by diluting them for application.
Less is More
Sometimes, having an overabundance of supplies can make it harder to know the right thing to use to treat an illness. By trimming down the type of supplies and medications, you are making it easier to choose something in an emergency. As mentioned before, if you are intentional about what you put in your kit, and not just filling it full of random medical supplies that you may never need or use. If you make sure everything that goes in has a purpose, you’ll be sure to benefit from your emergency kit when the time comes.
What steps have you taken to prepare for medical emergencies? What are your must have supplies for first aid?