Odd and Effective Items to Add to Your First Aid Kit

You know how important it is to have a good first aid kit in a survival scenario. However, you might not simply want to buy a prebuilt kit from the market and call it a day. Instead, think about adding some other items to the kit that will come in extremely handy, and that you might not have thought about adding before. Even though these might seem as though they are some rather strange items, they work very well for different purposes. Some medics in the military would stock their med kits with these types of items, and they can work well for you too.

Super Glue

Super glue is a very common household item. However, it can also be a very good in first aid situations. When someone has a cut and you are treating it, you will want to make sure the wound is clean, and then hold it together in place the glue on top of the wound. You’re going to have to hold it for quite a while in order for the glue to dry. Once it does though, it can work very well.

You do not want to glue all types of wounds together, of course. Never use it on lips, genitals, extremely deep wounds, and wounds that have a high risk of infection.

Duct Tape

Duct tape can work well to hold wounds together in extreme situations as well. It works well to create bandages, and it is a very cost effective solution to have in your kit. It can also be used for other non-medical purposes if needed. Of course, many preppers would advise you to have plenty of rolls of duct tape around for different purposes because it can be so useful.


In addition to using these for their traditional purpose, you will find that they are helpful for first aid. A tampon can work well for plugging a deep puncture wound, and a pad works wonders as a dressing. When you are buying these for your first aid kit though, make sure you choose the type that is plain and unscented. Otherwise, you could end up causing an infection in the wound.

Hand Sanitizer

You aren’t always going to be near a clean source of water when you need to use your first aid kit. Having some hand sanitizer with you will help to make it much easier to get your hands clean and reduce the chance of causing an infection.

You know you should have things like bandages, gloves, tweezers, and the like. However, with these additional items, you and your first aid kit will be ready for quite a bit more. Take some time to think outside the box regarding your kit and think of any other items that might work well in a pinch. For example, you might want to add some fishing line, which can be used as a suture if needed.

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