A long-term med kit is a must for surviving in any situation. From headaches to fevers to minor infections, the ultimate medkit will have you covered. While many of the supplies are things you likely already have in your medicine cabinet, organizing it all in a portable kit ensures you can take it with you if you have to go on the move.
While a simple drugstore first-aid kit can help with scrapes and stings, your long-term med kit needs to be able to solve any medical problem you may encounter. Here is what we recommend including in the ultimate survival medical kit:
You’ll want to divide your med kit into sections (trauma, over-the-counter, prescriptions) to easily access what you need quickly in an emergency. Trauma supplies are the most urgent, so keep them on top in the most easily accessible area. Color-coded sacks or Ziplock bags are a good way to separate supplies.
Non-contact infrared thermometer
Large trauma shears (scissors)
Scalpel with blades
Oral rehydration tablets
Lotions & Creams
Anti-bacterial bar soap for wound cleaning
Sterile gauze pads
Band-aids of various sizes
Moldable foam splint
It is important to have a supply of every prescription you and your family take on a regular basis. Also consider including prescription anti-histamines, antibiotics, antivirals, and antifungals. ALWAYS consult with a doctor to ensure you understand how to safely administer prescription medication and only do so in an emergency. Learn how to safely store prescription medication here.
Hygiene supplies – deodorant, razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, bar soap
CPR pocket mask
Lighter or matches
Felt tip pen
Heat and cold packs
Having the ultimate med kit means that you will be able to handle any medical emergency calmly, knowing that you have all the necessary supplies required to provide effective treatment. Ensure that you understand how to use everything in your kit, so that you are fully prepared should you face a medical emergency.