An important part of any emergency kit is a comprehensive first aid kit. Disasters are dangerous by their very nature. A first aid kit gives you the ability to provide short term emergency medical care until help can arrive.
First Aid Kits - A first aid kit is a broad term that covers a wide range of different kits or packages of medical equipment. The items in a first aid kit are meant to provide “first” treatment of illness or injuries. The contents are generally intended to prevent injuries from worsening or preserve life until emergency personnel or expert medical care can be accessed.
First aid kits range from small bags with bandages and cotton balls to large duffle bags filled with all types of medical equipment, medicine, tools, and dressings.
Including a first aid kit in your emergency backpack is a must. When access to medical professionals or facilities is not available, a first aid kit can be a lifesaver.
Customizing Your First Aid Kit - A good kit includes but is not limited to: bandages, gauze, absorbent dressings, adhesive cloth tape, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic, aspirin, cold compress, scissors, tweezers, bandage rolls, and sterile pads. You can add other valuable items if you have enough room or specific medical needs/risks. Supplement your first aid kit with hydrocortisone ointment, a thermometer, an emergency blanket, and any prescriptions you may have.