Medical and First Aid Supply

We often take for granted that we can just run to the doctor for any little cough, sniffle, or sneeze. At any moment if we don’t feel right we can seek medical care. What happens when we can’t though? Or when the doctors and nurses have to take care of those injured in war? What happens when the roads aren’t passable from a tornado and we can’t get to the hospital? It’s important that we are prepared for these very occasions. I don’t think we need to be prepared to deliver babies or give someone dialysis but we do need to have basic medical supplies on hand. Here is the medical and first aid supply list that I’ve used to prepare our home.

Making The List

The truth is, most of us could go to our medicine cabinet and make a list of things we want to stock up on. The problem is, those medicine cabinets aren’t necessarily going to have everything you want on hand in an emergency. Sure you have your over the counter medication but do you have allergy medicine just in case someone comes in contact with something that causes a reaction? For this scenario it’s not nearly as simple as walking through your day and making a list.

If you do want to make your own list I do highly suggest that you start in your own medical supply. Do you have 3 months worth of everything in there? If not, that is what you need to shop for. From there you need to challenge yourself to think of any additional situations that may arise. It may be useful to start with your list and then compare it with mine (or someone else’s) to make sure that you have everything covered.

I’ll be honest, I scoured over many lists to try to get this one put together for that very reason. I didn’t want to miss something because it didn’t pop in my head as a possible scenario. Things like anti-itch cream often weren’t on the lists I was finding. For me, that is nearly essential. I can touch the wrong weed and break out in hives! If you have kids they may not be able to get the chicken pox vaccine due to whatever emergency there is. That won’t stop the chicken pox from coming to your home though. You should be prepared for that scenario. See, the list could just go on and on!

Medical and First Aid List

  • First Aid Kit
  • Gauze Pads (various sizes)
  • Medical Tape
  • Wound Glue
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Pain Relievers (think ibuprofen, tylenol, or herbal remedies)
  • Allergy Medicine
  • Antibiotic Ointment 
  • Cough Syrup (possibly cough drops)
  • Prescription Medication
  • Supplements for Illness (Zinc, vitamin C, vitamin D, Vitamin B complex, vitamin A, Magnesium, NAC, Iodine, D Mannose)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Colloidal Silver (debatable but including it if you are interested)
  • Multivitamins
  • Minerals
  • Elderberry Syrup
  • Saline Spray (Nasal Spray)
  • Antioxidants
  • Sleep Support  
  • Variety of BandAid Sizes (may not be included in the first aid kit)
  • Saline
  • Alcohol Wipes
  • Tweezers/Scissors/Nail Clippers  
  • Burn Cream
  • Decongestant (both medicine and things like Vicks)
  • Salve (drawing, black, all purpose) 
  • Anti-Itch Cream
  • Ice/Hot Pack
  • Thermometer (and batteries)
  • Vet Wrap
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Sterile Towels or Rags
  • OTC medication (anti-diarrhea, stool softeners, decongestant, fever reducers, etc)
  • Anti-fungal cream
  • QTips
  • Active Skin Repair (this stuff is amazing)
  • Mullein Garlic Oil (for ear infections/ ear aches)
  • Epsom Salt
  • Essential Oils
  • Grape Juice (can help with stomach aches)
  • Witch Hazel
Remember, brand isn’t as important as having it on hand.

Taking it a Step Further…

There are always additional items that you can keep on hand. As I mentioned, I don’t foresee you having to deliver babies but that doesn’t mean you won’t need to. If that’s something that you are concerned about then I would definitely go a step further and keep more on hand. Here are some of the more “advanced” items that are useful to have on hand but you should also know what you are doing with them to make them valuable. 

  • Blood Pressure Cuff
  • Slings/Wraps
  • Suture Kit
  • Netti Pot
  • CPR Mask
  • Bleed/Hemorrhage Kit
  • Tourniquet
  • Steri Strips
  • Birth Delivery Kit
  • Ivy Dry (if you plan to be outside more)
  • Eye Wash Kit
  • Airway Kit
  • Nebulizer
  • Otoscope (for ears)
  • Strep Throat Test Kit
  • Pregnancy Tests
  • Dental Kit
  • Syringes
  • AED

In Summary: Medical and First Aid Supply

I want to ask one thing of you. Please make sure you have a first aid kit in your home. If you do nothing else today but make sure that you have a kit I will consider that to be a great achievement. You just don’t know what is going to happen. Even the weather can turn quickly causing you to need more supplies than you would have anticipated. It’s a small inexpensive purchase that can help you feel more comforted and prepared for whatever is to come. Don’t let the fear get to you! Remember, prepared not scared. 

God Bless, friends.

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