Updated: Oct 24, 2020
Nearly everyone wears more than one hat. You might be parent (or just sensationally solo), have a title in your career, and/or enjoy a specific hobby. I am an empty-nest-mom, retired M.D. and Ph.D., writer, homesteader, cook, and prepared survivor, for starters. No matter who you are, what you do, or where you live, there is one item EVERYONE should have - a first aid kit.
There are standard, pre-packaged kits you can buy in any drug store or online. However, if you want to be seriously ready for the worst cast scenario in medical emergencies, you may want to make your own customized kit. This is easy to do. Start out with a bag, 5 gallon bucket or paint can, or other easy-to-carry container. Backpacks work great. I tend to go big or go home so I have a large EMS duffel ready for action. I divided my packing list into 6 categories:
Over-the-Counter (or OTC) medications (basics you find in most stores)
Prescription (or Rx) medications (these will vary by individual need)
First Aid Supplies
Natural Remedies (my specialty is Integrated Medicine so this is a must for me)
Survival Necessities (even in a first aid situation, you could need to start a fire, signal for help,...)
Here's hoping you never have to use your first aid supplies, but there is peace of mind that comes with being prepared in case you do. My list is extensive so pick and choose what's best for you. Make sure you know how to properly use any supplies you add, as well.
What exactly does my Emergency Medical Kit contain? Click here for a downloadable and printable .pdf of the complete list: https://static.wixstatic.com/ugd/1b1949_41f4fd7ab36e4c3d93b9caf9dfdab50f.pdf