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20 June, 2013

A First Aid Kits’ Most Important Tool, Knowledge

One of the basic staples of your survival gear is a first aid kit. But with so many choices available from small kits that can fit into a pocketbook to expedition sized kits, choosing the right one can be overwhelming. As a result, many individuals make their decisions based on two factors, size of the kit and price. But neither of these two factors will guarantee you will have what you need in a medical emergency, for the most important tool in your first aid kit is your knowledge.

Sure, the majority of these over the counter kits will suffice for minor non-life threatening injuries, but in the event of an extended disaster, as parts of the country have already experienced, trained medical help may be a day or longer away. In such a case it is smart to follow the old adage “Plan for the worst and hope for the best.”

The intent of this article is not to list out every sort of bandage or tape that you should include in a first aid kit. You can find any number of articles online to help you with that. As mentioned before, any number of medical supplies can be found online or at your local drug or outdoor store. This article is meant to make you think seriously about your ability to use the contents of a first aid kit. Because when a serious disaster hits, it may become your only aid kit.

Educate Yourself

Even our federal government has encouraged us to have enough emergency supplies on hand to last us for several days until they can get organized and provide relief. Beyond that we are left to fend for ourselves. In the military, they say that in a stressful situation you don’t rise to the occasion, you drop to your level of training.

That frame of mind is important to consider should we ever be faced with a life threatening medical emergency. We may possess the most complete first aid kit available, but without the proper training and confidence it may be useless to us.

We wouldn’t buy a weapon and then store it away without learning how to use it effectively. No, the prudent gun owner will spend time at the gun range improving his skill and becoming familiar with his weapon. The same should be true of our first aid skills.

For starters, apply yourself to learning basic first aid and CPR. Take a class. Many are inexpensive or even free. Buy a first aid book or read through and make sure you understand the first aid manual that comes with many first aid kits. If you are inclined, take an advanced course in first aid. The knowledge and confidence you gain will well be worth the time and expense of the course.

Preparing for a medical emergency means more than having a well-stocked first aid kit, it means having the knowledge to use it. If called upon, could you wash out a deep cut and suture it up? Do you know the signs of hypothermia? Heat stroke? Such knowledge is an indispensable part of your first aid kit.

Author Bio:
Frank Nielson is a retired medical researcher who enjoys writing about being sufficiently prepared for medical emergencies. Through his writing, he is keen on helping individuals find the best wound care supplies at an affordable price.


  1. Your blog is very useful to make people understand the requirement of first aid kit and knowledge about the first aid treatment and in my opinion every individual should get the training on it and for those who are working at risky places like construction site it is of utmost importance.

  2. Every first aid kit should contain a first aid manual. The manual will help treat wounds, sprains, bites and other common health issues. The guide should be studied before a crisis arises, and everyone with access to the kit should know the basics of first aid.

  3. Thanks a lot for this post. Helpful about this. I have been checking some posts and every article are different and I am learning so much. You guys are incredible.

  4. First aid is one of the most important knowledge. It will give you so many opportunities regarding your career and save some once life as well. With the help of these techniques anyone can make difference between life and death.

  5. I couldn't agree more...educate yourself people! I feel like I'm a bit behind on my survival knowledge, but between school, work, and raising my son, I'm cramming my mind full of knowledge. In the meantime I bought three different First Aid/Survival kits from FlashSurvival.com I initially had no idea what to purchase, but they helped me out via email. I wound up with the Ultimate Auto Road Kit, the 72 Hour Food Storage Kit, and a basic First Aid Kit. Does anyone else have ideas on things I may need?

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