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    9 Things Your First Aid Kit Must Have

    The most important thing you can do after you buy a First Aid Kit is to categorize your First Aid Supplies. This will help you to ensure you're including the right supplies in your Kit to handle any First Aid emergency with ease.

    Let's take a look at the 9 categories the Experts at MyMedic have created to help you if you've not already created a system of your own:

    hemorrhage - medical supplies - first aid supplies

    airway - medical supplies - first aid supplies

    burn - medical supplies - first aid supplies

    sprain - fracture - medical supplies - first aid supplies

    hydration - medical supplies - first aid supplies

    topical - medical supplies - first aid supplies

    medication - medical supplies - first aid supplies

    adventure - survival - medical supplies - first aid supplies

    specialty - medical supplies - first aid supplies

     

    Now, let's take a look at one must-have item for your First Aid Kit from each one of these categories:

    hemorrhage - medical supplies - first aid supplies

    Tourniquets... You can bleed out and die in under 3-minutes and for that reason we love the RATS Tourniquet because of how fast and easy it is to use but as long as you are comfortable using what you have then that's what matters. Use what you know.

    rats tourniquet

    airway - medical supplies - first aid supplies

    Nasopharyngeal Airways (NPA) are one of the easiest items to learn how to use but easily one of the least understood. If someone loses consciousness their tongue can obstruct their airway and prevent breathing, resulting in death. An NPA will keep the airway open and allow the person to breathe. Lube it up, slide it down, save a life! 

    We also love love love decompression needles!!! these are definitely for the trained medic though.

    decompression needle - ars

    burn - medical supplies - first aid supplies

    Not only does BurnJel this relieve the pain of a minor burn but it also protects against infection. Easy to apply, lightweight, and compact are a few things that make it hard not to include this in every First Aid Kit.

    burn jel - water jel - burnjel - waterjel

    sprain - fracture - medical supplies - first aid supplies

    SensiWrap easily helps control joint movement and can be used in a pinch to hold a splint in place. Excellent product.

    sensi wrap - my medic

    hydration - medical supplies - first aid supplies

    One category we don't think of very often as First Aid is Hydration. Most hydration products are preventative but in some cases they can be used when needed; an IV is a great example. One preventative Hydration product we love is Oral I.V., not to be confused with an actual IV. Oral IV helps support the hydration process and is best used prior to any physical activity. However, there is no substitute for water and as far as we can tell there never will be.

    oral iv - oral i.v.

    medication - medical supplies - first aid supplies

    Ibuprofen is a must! It has an amazingly long shelf life and is perfect for managing pain.

    ibuprofen - motrin - advil

    topical - medical supplies - first aid supplies

    Vaseline is a classic and has been around forever it seems like, over 150 years in fact. The uses are endless: lip guard, lube, cover burns and cuts, prevents infection, moisturize nostrils, prevent chafing, etc. 

    vaseline - mymedic - my medic

    adventure - survival - medical supplies - first aid supplies

    Paracord! is there any question of our 'must have' in this category? If you guessed paracord you're right! We've written about this before, the uses are practically endless.

    paracord - first aid

    specialty - medical supplies - first aid supplies

    EMT Shears are great for cutting through anything, especially clothing. We've even used them to cut through a penny!

    emt shears - edc gear - my medic

    We hope this has helped you. Now go out there and help someone!

    Keep the conversation going and tell us what you think is a MUST HAVE in each category in the comments section.