Prepping For Beginners

When you go to the store and buy enough food to last a few days you are already prepping for the future, everyone in some fashion is already a prepper, what most people think prepping is all about is just the same thing really, we just prepare for a longer time period. Welcome to Prepping 101, enjoy! 

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Food - Water - Shelter

The three key items to focus on in order to survive are Food, Water, and Shelter, without any one of these three items your chance of survival is limited. Preparing for the unknown is very challenging at times, however, if done right should be lots of fun for the whole family! Always keep it fun.

<<<<< FOOD        >>>>> WATER <<<<<        SHELTER >>>>>


Bugging-Out Emergency Plans

So you have decided you want to be prepared just in case something were to happen, welcome to the club of millions of Americans that have decided to be prepared as well, what now, how do we get started?

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Fire Starting

There are lots of ways to start a fire, simple Bic lighter, Metal Match (Needs lighter fluid), Bow Drill, Flint & Steel, Fire Piston, Magnesium, Ferrocerium, and even a Magnifying Lens just to name a few.

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Introduction (Page 2)

  TIP: Next time you are at a doctors appointment tell your doctor that you are putting together an Emergency First Aid Kit for when you go camping and fishing and ask him if he will give you a prescription or even a recommendation for a good antibiotic cream or ointment, some might just recommend something over the counter, however, many will give you a script for a triple antibiotic with cortisone. There are many out there that are far stronger than Bacitracin or Neosporin and most doctors are happy to give you what they feel is the best.




Gauze Stretch Bandage Roll


  This is a must-have, we like to change our dressings at least once per day or any time it gets dirty or wet, many sites will tell you that it is best to use an Ace Bandage so you can re-use it and save on space, we think that an Ace Bandage can apply too much pressure and also I don't really see this as a clean, sanitary option. When you are out away from doctors and hospitals the last thing you want to see is an infection, blood poisoning and the like, with these costing about $18.00 for a 48 count bulk pack, it isn't worth the risk, make the room needed and I am sure you will be a lot happier you did.




Medical Tape

tape  Any kind of Medical Tape will work just fine, we like the plastic 3M tape, affordable and seems to hold up well outdoors. This can also be used for splints and seems to hold up well for those too.





Trauma Shears with Carabiner

Shears  Having the correct shears is very important, makes changing dressings a lot safer and quicker, these can also be used for cutting pant legs, shirts, and so-on. every kit should have at least one set. We like the ones with the Carabiner to make storage, carrying on your belt loop easily and for quick access.





  Butterfly Bandages are a must for every kit, they will hold an open wound closed but also allow the body to eject any foreign matter. Sutures or staples might be an option, however, out in the open even a trained medical professional is far more likely to get a serious infection, we think this is a great option. You can make these out of medical tape if you run out, you can also put more tape on the ends of the bandage (Not touching the wound itself) to help hold better if needed.






Antibiotic Cream and Ointments

tripleointment  While several topical antibiotic preparations can be used, such as bacitracin, triple antibiotic ointment (polymixin B, neomycin, bacitracin), or gentamicin, mupirocin (Bactroban, GlaxoSmithKline) is often recommended. 






Other items that you might find useful

  • Roll of Plastic Wrap
  • Ace Bandages (Elastic wrap)
  • Nitrile Gloves (Avoid Latex)
  • Air Splints (Arm and leg)
  • Bandaids