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Putting Together a Real First Aid Kit

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Within the past couple of months, we’ve put together some material on the types of injuries you can reasonably expect to see in a grid down scenario. We covered things like incisions, lacerations, burns, and gunshot wounds. We’ve also not covered tons of other injuries that could befall you, namely because the point of American Family Survival is not to be a medical school, EMT school, or paramedic school. The point is to expose you to ideas that will cause you to think further about what could happen, and how you can better prepare.

Putting Together a Real First Aid Kit

What we can do, however, is tell you how to start putting together a good first aid kit. We receive many questions weekly about where to buy such a kit, and the answer we give is always the same:

You usually cannot buy a good first aid kit right out of the box! You have to build it to suit your level of training!

So why are all these companies marketing prepackaged first aid kits then? It’s pretty simple – because people buy them. And what usually happens is that the same people who buy a prepackaged first aid kit receive it in the mail, never open it, and throw it in a rucksack somewhere. When the time comes to actually use the first aid kit, they have no idea what’s inside of it or how to use it. We will admit that some of these first aid kits are a good starting point, and if you come across a kit that has many of the items we recommend, then by all means jump on it, but keep in mind that lots of these kits are full of filler materials like way too many small bandages and other useless items.

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