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DIY First Aid Kits

As always, it’s still a good idea to keep up with your health to avoid sicknesses. My mom has been getting colds because of stress. I have been taking echinacea vitamins daily to avoid getting sick myself. She has been drinking the tea, but I suggested taking the pill form to keep her immunity up. This is something important for every day natural wellness but what about emergencies? That is why I made my own DIY first aid kit.

However, sometimes things happen, and sometimes you don’t have the time or ability to get medication for sudden illnesses and such. That’s why having a first aid kit handy is the best idea for the home and travel. Sometimes with buying one, you don’t get everything you need or want. DIY first aid kits are a fun and easy thing to do. It can also save money if you go to the right places

Certification

After getting certified in first aid and CPR/AED, I decided that it was time to develop my first aid kits. I used various things I already had or bought from the local Dollar Tree or Amazon. It’s not very hard to make your bag. I added photos and descriptions of what I have done with my first aid kits.

OK, so the first thing I put in all of my kits are protective nitrile gloves. It is imperative to protect your skin and body from blood-borne pathogens, any illnesses such as HIV, and to keep yourself clean. I choose nitrile because there are many people allergic to latex so instead of asking the patient, who may be unconscious if they have an allergy or not. The next most important thing is to have a barrier so that if you need to perform CPR. This way you don’t get bodily fluids coming up from the mouth does not get in your mouth — these two things I put in all of my kits.

EDC First Aid

The smaller orange pack is my as-needed kit. I put a few small bandages in there along with packets of antiseptic wipes, alcohol wipes, and antibacterial cream. I’ve added medical tape in case a dressing does not stick to the skin I would need to secure it better. I will use a small sterile gauze with the roll of sterile gauze wrap in the in case someone is bleeding badly.  I found metal tweezers for all my kits at the Dollar Tree. Tweezers are useful with splinters. There are also small medical scissors I got with a first aid replenishment set I got on Amazon.

I also added a sharpie for labeling if needed. I filled an old Advil bottle with more Ibuprofen along with some meclizine in an old Dramamine bottle. I wrapped medical tape around it and wrote what is inside along with the dosage and expiration date. Two dosages of Sudafed are in there with the information printed on the packets. Finally, I added a small natural inhaler. The natural inhaler and Meclizine I have because I have a mild case of asthma and Vertigo in certain situations.

More in depth

The more prominent green and orange kit have more important things needed for harder situations. It holds a few more packs of the stuff in the smaller orange pack so that there are backups if required. However, I also added bigger gauze, a full package of 12 nitrile gloves (from the dollar tree), and a small bottle of hand sanitizer. In this bigger kit, I also have a small ace bandage and an ice pack for any sprains. I have weak ankles, so I tend to twist my ankles when I’m walking.

Though, if I run into someone who has sprained something in a fall or something, these bandages are useful. In this kit, I also added round cotton pads, Q-Tips, and some cotton balls in case it’s needed to add alcohol or help to clean a wound. I attach a small dusk mask in case I need to protect myself from a dusty situation or a situation where it might be dangerous to breathe in air. It won’t stop the horrible things, but it’s better than nothing. I put an emergency blanket in there in case someone goes into shock, and, I added a triangle bandage that can be useful in various ways. I also added a small first aid reference book into that one which came with an old first aid kit I bought.

Multiple Bags

Those two bags I put in my small bag I carry with me all the time that includes a mini survival kit I created. All three parts fit in my front pocket. The red bag is going in my secondary bag/get-home/bugout bag I will carry with me. The pack will be with me when I go somewhere longer than usual, or even sleeping overnight. This one has more trauma stuff I have learned how to go through my first aid training. Once I get EMT/EMR training, I will add another bag to my travel preps dedicated to trauma, sprains, etc.

Travel

The red bag includes a tourniquet I bought from a local army surplus store. As stated before, I will only use this item if bleeding and pressure do not work.  I have a pair of trauma sheers that came with the red first aid bag. These can be useful if I need to cut a shirt off to use an AED or cut parts of clothing to find a wound.

In this one, I have tongue depressors that can make-shift a splint for a finger or wrist if needed. Another cold pack with a heating pack can help with sprains or aches. There is also a small baggie of medications. I label them acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and some cough medicine for mucus. All of them have a strip of medical tape with a label for the dosage and expiration date.

Depending on the person, the person’s pain might need one or the other, and for cough medicine, mucus relief is an important thing to think about. I bought a small bag of medications on Amazon made for first aid kits. There are also a few packets of compressed towels I also got from the army surplus store in case It’s needed to help with wounds or create a sling. The tube of an oral gel is suitable for toothaches plus it’s a good thing to have in an emergency. A container of an antibacterial gel can help to avoid infections. The tiny tube of lip gel can help to relieve dry lips and other things. The rest of the items in there are bigger bandages and more of them.

Family First Aid

One good thing to do is to put together a kit that’s just for the home. The best thing to do is to add things for small cuts, illnesses such as colds and sinus headaches, aches and pains. I could make my own from stuff I bought from the Dollar Tree where I also found a red basket to hold them all in. The red makes the kit easy to find. Cough and cold medicine in both pill and liquid form are in there along with cherry cough drops and a chest rub.

For pain, I added mineral ice, which does WONDERS on sore muscles. I also added bottles of ibuprofen and acetaminophen along with a heat patch. Anti-diarrhea medication along with antacids are used to this kit because of various stomach issues. As for skincare, I added lotion and Vaseline to keep the skin soft and such. The full boxes of fabric bandages, a triple antibiotic, and some nasal strips. Our family has issues with sleeping with our noses stuffed up so they can help. I also have a pack of gloves in there too in case of an emergency.

I decided that it’s a good idea to keep a box filled with extra first aid supplies. This way, if I use them and I run out of a particular item, I can refill it as long as it had not expired (with medications). 

first aid medication 1- https://amzn.to/2DCbhR9

first aid medication 2- https://amzn.to/2tjH18x

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Educating Yourself in Health

One big thing that prepping and wellness have in common is educating yourself in health. Not only should you be able to know how to maintain and keep yourself healthy, but know how to handle yourself in an emergency. There are many times when I had gotten a paper cut or needed pain or stomach medication, and no one had anything on them.

My New Path

Keeping a small first aid kit on you at all times can help in even the smallest of ways. However, since first aid has fascinated me since I was a child, I finally took a class to get certified in First Aid for adults and Pediatrics with CPR and AED. It is partially because of my want of being prepared in case of an emergency, but it is also because I feel as though since I write about wellness knowing the simplest of aid can help a lot.

To take it one step further, I have decided that I will take a class to be a medical administrative assistant. Taking a course through Penn Foster, as I did in Freelance Writing, can help me learn everything I need to know to get certified. I also plan to go for at least get certified in EMR (first responder), so I have that knowledge in case they caught me in the middle a natural disaster or worse. EMR I will go for after I finally get a job with my certification.

I do not have the physical ability to do any of the physical jobs such as a nurse assistant, medical assistant, or any of those. However, I have the will to know what to do so I do not have to just sit by and wait for help to come. I want to help people to the best of my ability as a human being which is why I am writing this blog.

What You Can Do

Educating yourself in health can have so many benefits. You can keep track of conditions, know signs to look for with health issues, and so much more.

I know many others with chronic conditions and such, like myself, do not want to learn these things. However, I am here to encourage you to educate yourself with simple things yourself. If you do not want to get certifications a simple free app on your phone or a reference book can work too. Amazon has plenty of options for reference books and simple first aid kits that have more than some first aid kits have at drug stores.

Educating yourself in health can help you and others in an emergency and even everyday life. Prepping does not have to be hard. Sometimes being prepared is something that helps everyone become a bit better at life.

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Everyday Carry

There are so many preppers out there that claim bug out bags and gear are the most important part of prepping. That is not always the case. I feel as though the first thing you need to do is to begin by preparing what you need for your everyday life. EDC is the term used to refer to everyday carry. EDC can be done in various ways, but the best way to start is to use the basics.

What is Everyday Carry Gear?

The best way to begin is to gather all the things you usually use when you leave the house for work, school, and other types of travel. Try to minimize all that you can even if it takes a few tries to rearrange things. Examples of these things would be a tablet and/or computer, phone, chargers, notepad and pens or pencils, possibly mints and/or gum, and your wallet. Naturally, if you smoke, a lighter with a pack of cigarettes could be added to your bag.

Next comes the “extended-outing” supplies. These things can include things you would need if you stayed out longer than expected. These would comprise food, water bottles, some hygiene products (those of the female sex might add feminine products), and any prescription or over-the-counter medication you would need. Finally, emergency supplies could range from a mini first aid kit to a mini survival kit.

Mini kits for EDC

As far as mini first aid kits go, the first thing to think of is any prescription or over-the-counter medications you use. In an emergency these items are essential.

Next, would be the bandages you can buy at any store. Whether you spend the money to buy a small set from a drugstore (the dollar store to save money) or even create your own, these kits are perfect for situations where you or someone else has a small or decent sized cut. With these bandages should be some antiseptic wipe or gel to disinfect the wounds and antibiotic treatment such as Neosporin or some generic brand.

As for mini-survival kits, keep it simple. Putting together something small is the best way to keep everything minimalistic. The simplest things to stay with you would be a lighter and/or matches if you don’t smoke, a folded-up sheet of aluminum foil (for cooking if needed), a tiny sewing kit, a cheap poncho, and some cordage such as para-cord or even shoelaces. You can find all of these things in a local Dollar Tree.

Some other things to add could be small and cheap multi-tools and emergency blankets. You can find these on Amazon and small organizers to help keep all of your everyday carry preps organized.

Special EDC

Depending on where you live or what you’re certified in or with, you can add other things to your EDC. If you get yourself certified in First Aid, or if you are a healthcare professional, additional items to your first aid kit could be added if desired such as a trauma kit. If you have a license to carry a pistol on you and you wish to bring one for protection, you may also add that to your prep. If you do not have a license or do not like guns but want to add security, you can add simple things such as pepper spray or, as long as you check out your state’s guidelines, insert a small knife or dagger.

Where to Start?

These are a few cheap recommendations to get started on your everyday carry. Amazon also has various bags that can be found depending on your everyday needs.

EDC pouch organizer- https://amzn.to/2Tg4CTd

Hard wallet with RFID- https://amzn.to/2DCtFuc

Set of emergency blankets- https://amzn.to/2COvym0

Wallet multitool- https://amzn.to/2G4Ky2f

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What is Prepping?

Many people out in the world are “prepping” nowadays. Many are fanatics and current or ex-militants out there who insist they know everything. That is not always the case. With the fear-mongering and everything else going on many forget the true reason the lifestyle exists. These reasons are why this blog’s tone is “prepping for everyone.”

As a writer for natural wellness, I believe that being prepared can be just as important as keeping yourself healthy. In this world, if something was to happen knowing how to take care of yourself and your family can mean life or death. Even if it was a simple natural desaster.

I will attempt to keep this blog non-religious, but I will suggest that interfaith communication is essential. In an emergency, I do not believe religion should be a reason to promote hate. To survive, people need to (eventually) come together as one to bring civilization back. However, this will not be the case. There are so many people set in their ways it will be impossible to work together.

New Blog Posts

Since there are only so many subjects I can write about in natural wellness, I will add prepping posts to my blog. The way I see wellness is the same as I see prepping and living a life where you can live a healthy life and lower the prescription medication as much as possible. Skills learned in wellness will be integral to a worst-case scenario with a little help from outside sources.

I mean to be neutral and not preachy. I am not against guns, but I will write about the subject in the most logical way possible. I am a beginner myself, and on a meager budget. I will research posts, write them from practice, and in the review.

Gardening and living off the natural land will play a significant part. My primary experience is on this subject. I will learn how to hunt eventually with bows and slingshots along with other devices that are reusable.

I hope that you can enjoy this blog and please do not be afraid to comment on ideas for subjects and such. Thank you.

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Why Prep?

Prepping is a phenomenon going across the world where people stockpile gear and food in the case of a disaster. I have studied this “craze,” as some would call it, and I realized there is a lot of things that make these people seem a bit too “crazy.” I do not think the idea in itself is that way. So, you may ask me, why prep?

It is a good idea to prepare in case of some emergencies. Too many times have I seen people before a snow storm go nuts on food shopping and such. The same type of thing happens all around. Prepping does not have to mean being prepared for the world ending as we know it or “SHTF” as they call it. A worst-case scenario could be a snowstorm that could last for days or as harsh as a natural disaster that could destroy the homes of so many.

However, many preppers spend hundreds and thousands of dollars to prepare. Something that many, like me, cannot do. I am a poor, older University student with learning and mental disabilities along with a chronic pain condition. Nothing is said by most of these preppers about people in my position except that we will not survive. I am here to prove that we can survive. We need to work on getting ourselves in shape, know our limits, and find out what we are good at doing.

For those of us who barely have anything to spare, budgeting and finding cheaper ways to prep is important.

Budgeting

There are a lot of things that are overlooked at the Dollar Tree in particular that are perfect for prepping. Food, hygiene products, first aid, and even some minor tools can be used for gear. There are a lot of non-perishable items that are lightweight and can be used in a stockpile as well. Hygiene is vital for staying healthy, but the little things of first aid are essential as well.

They don’t have as high quality as a drugstore would have, but at the same time, it’s good to have these things because who knows when you would need it. From experience, the medications they sell are very good. In a pinch, these medications will work better than nothing.

Gear

Now as far as gear and items go, there are a lot of things that can be used. Something as simple as a plastic tablecloth or bath curtain with some shoelaces can create an emergency shelter if needed. Zip ties are sold there. They are not extremely strong, but at the same time, they work very well when you need to save money. Trash bags are something that can be used for various things, and if you look hard enough, you can find name brands. The same can be said for aluminum foil.

During the spring and summer months, they have various water bottles. Granted, they are plastic, but it is better than having nothing. As for water purifying, the only thing I have heard that works is a small amount of bleach.

My personal favorite parts of learning how to prep is making fires and cooking. There is an entire aisle in most Dollar Trees that sell candles as well as lighters and matches. In the party section, you can also find small propane candle (things) that can be used with the aluminum pans that can be found in the cooking section.

Recommendations

As much as people knock down the idea of buying cheap kits on Amazon. Yet, it is still a great start if you don’t have too much money to start with. I bought a simple kit from there. Some things were not workable, but at the same time, everything could be used. Even if it’s just a small kit that can be put into a bag you use every day, it is better than having nothing if some kind of emergency comes up.