Do you have a first aid kit ready in case of emergency? Most pre-packaged kits are short on supplies and long on toxic chemicals in the wound ointments, wipes and sanitizers, so we built a must-have natural kit with our knowledge of the best set of supplies for medical treatment in a pinch.
This list includes the items we actually use in first aid scenarios. Nothing too crazy, but everything you'll need to treat most acute emergencies, including basic supplies like bandages and medical tape. And as a bonus for those of us who have very little DIY time, you can buy almost everything in local stores or online! We included links to most of them to show at least some available options, and make it easy peasy for you to gather your own supplies.
How to Build Your First Aid Kit
While we do prefer to depend on ourselves for minor medical scenarios, we wouldn't hesitate to head to the hospital or call an ambulance in life threatening situations where a paramedic or ER doctor could provide more in depth treatment.
In a zippered bag or latched box (think toolbox, tackle box, plastic storage box or other hard case), gather these supplies to fully stock your safe and effective first aid kit. Many of these items can be purchased in small packages which will make your kit more compact and portable. If you already have some of the items on hand, throw 'em in to make your job that much easier.
General Cleaning and Disinfection
- Distilled or purified bottled water (for drinking, cleaning and flushing)
- Saline solution (safe for eyes)
- Castile bar soap and/or castile liquid soap
- Alcohol towlettes (can also be used for nausea)
- Activated charcoal powder or pills (for emergency internal toxin removal and water filtration)
- Hydrogen peroxide (to disinfect wounds and toothbrushes, antiseptic mouth rinse, remove wax and water from ears; food grade hydrogen peroxide is also available)
Standard Medical Supplies
- Disposable gloves (choose carefully if you have a latex or plastic allergy)
- Ace bandage
- Self-adherent wrap (no tape or fasteners required)
- Gauze pads and/or gauze rolls
- Medical tape
- Butterfly closures
- Nail clippers
- Medical scissors
- Suture kit
- Wash cloths or clean rags
- Emesis bags
- Instant cold pack
- Instant heat pack
Superficial Wound Treatments
- Earth Mama healing salve (use in place of petroleum-based antibiotic ointment for minor skin irritations, burns and injuries)
- Witch hazel (astringent for insect bites, hemorrhoids, rashes from poison ivy or oak, localized inflammations)
- Arnica gel and/or Arnica tabs (for bruises, swelling, pain relief, soft tissue injuries like sore muscles and sprains, headaches and tinnitus)
- Cayenne powder (to stop bleeding of superficial wounds when used generously)
- Puracyn (for wound cleaning, treatment and healing)
- Colloidal silver (for minor cuts, scrapes, burns and abrasions to prevent infection; effective against antibiotic-resistant superbugs)
- Drawing salve by Amish Origins (to draw out splinters, toxins from insect bites, and infection; great for bee stings, sores, and skin irritations)
- Aloe vera gel (for burn treatment, minor irritations and skin injuries)
Acute Illness Treatments
- Hyland's homeopathic Carbo Vegetabilis tablets and Motion Eaze (nausea, motion sickness)
- Digestive bitters and/or ginger trips (upset stomach, nausea, heartburn)
- Pain relievers such as Ibuprofen, Excedrin, or organic peppermint essential oil pre-mixed with carrier oil (try 12 drops of peppermint to 1 ounce carrier oil; for external use on temples or wrists)
- Benadryl (for many types of mild anaphylaxis including hives and allergies in a first aid scenario; can also be used for motion sickness, but be careful of dosage, especially for kids – not for children under 6)
- Epinephrine autoinjector (alternative to the outrageously priced Epipen)
What would you add to the list?
*NOTE: The information included in this guide is intended for educational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice meant to diagnose or treat any disease or illness. You should always consult your healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for your own situation or if you have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.