10 Essential First Aid Kit Items

When building your first aid kit, it is often difficult to know what all needs to go into it.  While it is easy to just keep adding items, many people miss adding these 10 essential first aid items to their kits.

1.) Non-stick dressings: These versatile bandages are critical for bleeding control, and for applying pressure to open wounds and snake bites. You can even use them as emergency fire starting tinder.

2.) Tourniquet: This is another item for heavy bleeding, specifically on limbs. The tourniquet is for occasions when a person would bleed out without the constriction. You might do permanent damage to the limb with a tourniquet, but the limb is still no good without the life to go with it.

3.) Headlamp: A reliable headlamp should be right in the top of your medical bag, to allow you to see what you are doing after dark.

4.) SAM splint: This is a flexible, multi-purpose splint for many injuries. Most importantly, the SAM splint can help to immobilize broken bones and neck injuries.

5.) Gloves: These are for your protection. You never know who might have a communicable disease, or what you may have to touch in the course of providing first aid.

6.) Disinfectant: This could be Betadine or a similar product to disinfect a wound or equipment. Betadine can even be used to disinfect drinking water.

7.) Butterfly Strips: Since real suture kits for doing your own stitches aren’t exactly common at the drug store (for good reason); you’ll have to make do with the idiot proof version, Butterfly Strips. Use these band aid cousins on lacerations of all kinds to keep them closed so that the healing can begin.

8.) Tape and Gauze: I lump these together as bandaging material. You’ll usually need one or the other (or both) to keep dressings in place and to keep dirt out.

9.) Band-aids: These are the most used items in any kit.  No matter if it is a scrape or cut, bite or burn, band-aids are used to cover them all.

10.) Tweezers: It is surprising how many times that we need a good pair of tweezers only to waste time searching for that missing pair in the house.  You can use these for pulling out splinters, thorns and ticks and any other forien object  Nothing pulls out ticks, splinters, thorns and broken off Rattlesnake fangs like a good pair of tweezers. Buy the good ones with a sharp point to really let you dig in there.

There is always going to be more gear that you can add to your kit, but with these essential first aid items, you are already on the road to

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