Ziploc Bag First Aid Kit (link)

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There’s no reason to get fancy with a first aid kit, a ziploc bag kit works just fine and, like the author says, has some advantages too.

Regarding the contents, I’d say he has the basics covered though I may have tossed in a few more OTC meds, such as Benadryl and perhaps something like Diotame (for things like diarrhea, nausea, indigestion) since they take up very little space. A pair of non-latex gloves would be good to include as well and also take up minimal space.

The beauty of a quick “grab and go” first aid kit like this is that it can be easily tailored to your specific situation, so if you need to include something more specific like prescription meds then you can do that no problem and then just remove them at the end of the day…

“I keep a ‘do-it-yourself’ First Aid Kit in a quart size Ziploc bag to fit nicely into any number of my various ‘bags’ (backpack, my Versipack’s, etc..).

Why do I do keep a First Aid Kit in a Ziploc?

While I do have a few other more substantial First Aid Kits, the minimalist (Ziploc) First Aid Kit works well for me because I can just slide it into a small space in my pack. Even if the pack is full, there’s a way to get it in there… Actually I just leave these Ziploc kits in the various bags so they’re always there.

There’s no extra bulk or weight of a hard container and there is the advantage of being able to see right into the Ziploc and what’s inside.

What First Aid items do I keep in a Ziploc bag?…”

Read the full article here

Dirty Bomb And Radiological Response Kit (link)

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Ever wonder what you should do to prepare for a dirty bomb or, Heaven-forbid, nuclear war? How about treatment of radiation exposure? If not, you should have some clue about what you can and should do to both treat the victim as well as to minimize exposure to yourself as well.

With that in mind, the following article offers quite a bit of good advice and plenty of links to further your knowledge about proper treatment of radiation exposure. It also explain what to expect during the days and weeks after exposure and, of course, offers several items to include in your treatment kit…

“…My kit started in 2008 before I became a prepper after attending a compulsory Canadian Government conference for a few days on the Medical Emergency Treatment for Exposures to Radiation (METER) . I am sure some of you have had more recent training and I’d love to read about USA and UK equivalent training. The course enrolment in 2008 was managers of trauma hospitals and emergency services and included a dirty bomb table top exercise. It was fascinating stuff and great speakers. I am including some more recent information from the Ontario Government Radiation Response Plan…”

Read the full article here

Dehydration Kills During Disasters – Signs And Symptoms to Know (video)

Dehydration is no joke and certainly possible during a disaster. Honestly, I’m surprised more people don’t have serious trouble from dehydration during emergency situations. Even when times are normal dehydration is easy wind up with. Just recently, in fact, my kid got rather sick for a night and started to show signs of dehydration. We started him off immediately with an oral rehydration solution. To make it more palatable, however, we ended up giving him some Recharge sports drinks. IMO, it’s never too early to start rehydration therapy if a person in losing fluids faster than they’re going in… know the symptoms!

How to Treat and Prevent Cholera (video)

Cholera is no joke, hasn’t been eradicated whatsoever, and WILL rear its ugly head post-SHTF. You had better know how to properly treat it should the need arise! In this video, ThePatriotNurse discusses what you can do and suggests you purchase antibiotics for your “sick fish” from here (use Aquarium6 discount code to save $10) as part of the treatment plan.

Beyond proper treatment it’s about prevention, specifically, ensuring you have clean water. To do so she recommends the [easyazon_link identifier=”B00BWIX1EQ” locale=”US” tag=”rethinksurviv-20″]Berkey Filter System[/easyazon_link] (and I second that recommendation) here’s what she has to say about it…

How to Treat Tension Pneumothorax (video)

I’m glad I’m not an EMT! I can only imagine myself attempting to remember (let alone do) this if/when needed. I’d say the take away here is to call 9-1-1 should this ever be necessary. That said, if this is SHTF then you probably have no choice but to attempt. If you truly expect to do that then get appropriate training now…

Check Your First Aid Supplies Lately? I Just Did And I Was Shocked At My Failure…

The other day my kid was feeling sick with sinus pressure so I went looking for some Children’s Mucinex and, while I had two bottles, they had apparently “expired” about three years ago.

Now, normally I wouldn’t pay too much attention to expiration dates but since it was a liquid medication (they tend to go bad faster than tablets, for example) and since it was my kid I was giving this to, I decided to toss the Mucinex and go get some more.

The point, however, was that I started to look at the various first aid supplies and medications I keep in my basic first aid kit and it must have been a while since I’d looked at this stuff because I was quite surprised when I found that the vast majority of the supplies I’d had on hand were technically expired.

Here, take a look…


There are dozens of different medications here, as well as some duplicates, all of which are technically expired. Granted, some are only recently expired (dates from early this year or late last year) but I did find a few items that had expiration dates of 2009. 😉

Like I eluded to above, I’m not terribly concerned about some of the tablets and pills but there are quite a few ointments, gels, and other liquids that probably need replaced for sure.

In my defense, I used to keep a spreadsheet on my computer which I updated regularly with expiration dates but I had trouble with my PC a while back and lost some files (or at least didn’t keep them backed up like I should have) and ended up “giving up” on keeping track of my first aid supplies thinking that I would just replace stuff as needed… yeah, that didn’t quite work out as anticipated.

In fact, I think I actually had MORE supplies which need replaced than not! Moreover, this isn’t even counting the several items not pictured above which didn’t have expiration dates but probably need replaced too.

So, here I am on Saturday morning making a huge first aid supplies shopping list. Good thing this wasn’t SHTF… yet.

The takeaway: check your first aid supplies and make a list of expiration dates or, at least, put in on the calendar to check them once a year, which I’ve just done myself.

What to Know About Brown Recluse Spider Bites (video)

I used to live in the Midwest where brown recluse spiders were fairly common. The thing was that I rarely saw them BECAUSE they’re reclusive! The following video discusses how to know if you’ve been bitten, what to expect, and how to treat if necessary using home remedies and even what not to do and use (such as venom extraction kits)…

Pocket Trauma Kit (video)

Skinny Medic has a new trauma kit for sale and though it’s directed towards first responders this mini trauma kit could certainly prove useful in a EDC bag, bug out bag, or in some cargo pants.

If you like, you can buy the pocket trauma kit here for $49.99; realize that the tourniquet alone will cost you $35+ on Amazon, the emergency trauma dressing is about $10, and the compress gauze is a few bucks, so you’re really just paying for the supplies in his kit…

RZ Mask: Airborne Contamination Protection In Your Bug Out Bag (video)

Like he says, airborne contamination is probably an overlooked area of preparedness in most bug out bags. In this video, he points out an interesting tool that I hadn’t heard of before today, the RZ Mask which is obviously intended to help protect you from harmful airborne contaminants.

The interesting thing is that this mask actually includes an active carbon filter which is intended to help filter out dust particles up to 99.9%. This is an interesting prep to include and likely better than the common dust mask while also offering more protection for your face.

Of course, the RZ mask isn’t a super cheap option, as such, a simple bandanna is better than nothing, has many uses, and is almost nothing when packed. Beyond that, a N-95 mask or N-100 mask (with one-way valve) are good to include too but for the price and overall protection offered this RZ mask may be a good addition (note: some Amazon reviews pointed out that this mask has a strong chemical / plastic smell so be aware of that)…