The most important thing you can do after you buy a First Aid Kit is to categorize your First Aid Supplies. This will help you to ensure you're including the right supplies in your Kit to handle any First Aid emergency with ease.
Let's take a look at the 9 categories the Experts at MyMedic have created to help you if you've not already created a system of your own:
4. Sprain & Fracture
8. Adventure & Survival
Now, let's take a look at one must-have item for your First Aid Kit from each one of these categories:
1. Tourniquet - You can bleed out and die in under 3-minutes and for that reason we love the RATS Tourniquet because of how fast and easy it is to use but as long as you are comfortable using what you have then that's what matters. Use what you know.
2. Nasopharyngeal Airway (NPA) - This is one of the easiest items to learn how to use but easily one of the least understood. If someone loses consciousness their tongue can obstruct their airway and prevent breathing, resulting in death. An NPA will keep the airway open and allow the person to breathe. Lube it up, slide it down, save a life!
3. BurnJel - Not only does this relieve the pain of a minor burn but it also protects against infection. Easy to apply, lightweight, and compact are a few things that make it hard not to include this in every First Aid Kit.
4. Sensi Wrap - Sprains and fractures beware! Sensi wrap easily helps control joint movement and can be used in a pinch to hold a splint in place. Excellent product.
5. Hydration - One category we don't think of very often as First Aid is Hydration. Most hydration products are preventative but in some cases they can be used when needed; an IV is a great example. One preventative Hydration product we love is Oral I.V., not to be confused with an actual IV. Oral IV helps support the hydration process and is best used prior to any physical activity. However, there is no substitute for water and as far as we can tell there never will be.
6. Medication - Ibuprofen is a must! It has an amazingly long shelf life and is perfect for managing pain.
7. Topical - Vaseline is a classic and has been around forever it seems like, over 150 years in fact. The uses are endless: lip guard, lube, cover burns and cuts, prevents infection, moisturize nostrils, prevent chafing, etc.
8. Adventure & Survival - is there any question of our 'must have' in this category? If you guessed paracord you're right! We've written about this before, the uses are practically endless.
9. Specialty - EMT Shears are great for cutting through anything, especially clothing. We've even used them to cut through a penny!
We hope this has helped you. Now go out there and help someone!
Keep the conversation going and tell us what you think is a MUST HAVE in each category in the comments section.