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The Basics
Essential Medical Supplies Everyone Should Have

This section of the store has various categories. Click to explore.

>> Basic general supplies (scroll down)

>> For personal protection, communication

>> For wound treatment

>> For bone and joint injuries

>> Medicines, herbs, lotions, oils

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Old-fashioned and/or newer

When choosing a thermometer, you have various options:

  • Old-fashioned: most accurate, doesn’t require batteries.
  • Digital, ear-canal, or infrared skin sensor: easier to use (especially for kids).

Left: Essentially the old-fashioned type but mercury-free. Right: Oral digital—more accurate than the ear canal or skin sensor type, and you don’t have to hold it in your mouth as long as the old mercury type.

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Duct Tape:
Regular or Gorilla

With any medical procedure that requires tape, this tape will do unless you’re allergic to latex, which it contains. The cheap type is fine. The more expensive seems to hold up a little better. My favorite is Gorilla Tape (right). It seems to be the strongest and stickiest.

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Duct Tape 911: The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together

Learn 23 ways to use duct tape as a medical supply in my illustrated how-to book.

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Safety Pins

Keep a few in every survival kit. Use them to make a sling by pinning up your shirttail around your arm, to pick out small foreign bodies in the skin (after sterilizing the pin), and much more.

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Super Glue

Use this to cover small nicks and scratches (to reduce the chance of infection) and to reinforce tape on a wound. Warning: Test a little first since some people can have a skin reaction.

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Bandage Scissors

Even if you have a good knife, everyone needs a sturdy pair of bandage scissors. They have a stronger cut than regular scissors and no sharp end. Keep one in your home, one in each of your cars, and another for your bug-out (emergency evacuation) bag.

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Be sure you have a good, sturdy one in each car and in your backpack or bug-out (emergency evacuation) bag. And have several for your home. Store in a easy-to-find place in case the lights go out.

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Keep extras in every size you might need.

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Matches, Lighters, and Candles

Put these in a waterproof container (an empty coffee bin is adequate). Get some for the house, car, and backpack/bug-out bag.

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Resealable Plastic Bags

Use to sort and carry small instruments, make ice packs, keep moist items from drying out, and make pressure cleaners to wash wounds (fill with water, prick the bottom with a pin, and squeeze).

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Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid

This book, which I wrote, has tips for surviving for hours to days if you can’t get professional medical help. It’s small so easily portable. I’d suggest getting a copy for your home, car, bug-out bag, and backpack.

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High-end or cheap

A headlamp comes in handy when you need both hands to perform a procedure. (If you’re a hiker or camper you probably know more about which brand is the best.)

Left: More expensive option for if you’ll use it for hikes or lots of procedures. Right: Fairly cheap one for medical procedures, etc., if you already already have a good flashlight for other things.


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