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.

 

Medical Equipment

            Tactical tweezers

            Non-contact infrared thermometer

            Q-tips

            Large trauma shears (scissors)

            Scalpel with blades

            Suture kit

            Stethoscope

Over-The-Counter Medications

            Ibuprofen (Advil)

            Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

            Aspirin

            Anti-histamine (Benadryl)

            Imodium

            Sudafed

            Cough drops

            Oral rehydration tablets

            Bismuth tabs

            Cranberry extract

            Dramamine

            Laxative

Lotions & Creams

            Neosporin

            Hydrocortisone

            Miconazole

            Anti-bacterial bar soap for wound cleaning

Blister Treatment

            Moleskin

            2nd skin

            Medical tape

            Sterile needles

Wound Treatment

            Nitrile gloves

            Irrigation syringe

            Sterile gauze pads

            Band-aids of various sizes

            Alcohol wipes

            Ace bandages

            Triangle bandages

            Tegaderm

            Butterfly closures

            Moldable foam splint

            Israeli bandage

            Iodine

            Tourniquet

Prescription Medication

            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.

Miscellaneous

            Albuterol inhaler

            Multivitamins

            Hygiene supplies – deodorant, razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, bar soap

            Hand sanitizer

            Sunscreen

            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.

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