A Nurse’s Fully Stocked Medical Kit

In my experience, when it comes to first aid kits, people are in one of two categories: 1. “What first aid kit?” They have to run to the store for every little ailment or scrape. Or, they’re in camp number 2. First Aid supplies and OTC medications in every room of the house, with duplicates and multiple open bottles in no organized form or fashion. I happen to be in camp number 2. As a nurse, I know the importance of having things on hand, but I tend to over-stock and then forget where I put the opened package, so I just open a new one when I need something! This article is to help solve both problems for two reasons: First, I need to have an organized system for my own supplies. Teaching someone else how to do something is a great way to better yourself and help others at the same time Second, I want to expand my kit to a fully functional, ultimate medical kit for TEOTWAWKI scenarios and to help my family (and yours!) be as self-reliant as possible.

Traditional Medicine Vs. Homeopathic Remedies

Here’s my take on traditional medical supplies and medicine vs. natural and homeopathic remedies: I’ve been on both sides of this. I was an ER nurse in a very large, very well respected Children’s hospital and I’ve seen some crazy things. I’ve seen things medicine can’t explain, and I’ve also seen diseases cured by simple, proven medical techniques. I’ve also seen how powerful and effective essential oils and herbs can be. If you really want to know my two cents, this is it: Hundreds of years ago, people used whatever they could find to cure their family members from disease and to prevent illness. Some of it worked, some of it didn’t. People died. People were permanently injured, and people walked away without so much as a scratch. Since then, scientists and medical professionals have done copious amounts of research: learned things we never knew were possible, cured diseases, and fabricated medicines to relieve symptoms and death. Some things work. Some don’t. We still have people who die. We still have people who are permanently injured, and we still have people walk away unharmed. There are pros and cons to BOTH homeopathic remedies AND to traditional western medicine. Medicine, to me, is all a balance of risk versus reward. I’m not trying to start any crazy debates or anything, but if we take vaccines for example, you are either risking that your child contracts a disease and spreads it to other people/children or you’re risking that your child could become a victim of vaccine injuries. Both are legitimate risks, and both options also have rewards. It’s up to you to decide which risk to take and whether or not the reward is worth it. Your family. Your decision. I know it’s not really as simple as that, but you get my point, right?

In our home, we use a combination of both traditional medicine and holistic health. I LOVE my essential oils, and I wholeheartedly also believe in several homeopathic remedies; however, this article focuses more on the traditional medicine side of our medical kit. If you have any questions for me about our holistic remedies, please feel free to shoot me an email at thebusybhomemaker@gmail.com

Pick Your Container

I chose a large tackle box for our Medical Kit after seeing the idea on A Bowl Full Of Lemons. (Great site, by the way!) I picked the biggest one they had at Wal-Mart, (also found on Amazon HERE) and it worked out perfectly because the slots are JUST the right size for bandages and medicine bottles, plus there is a large compartment in the bottom that holds all of the larger items. If I were to do it again, I would probably pick a tackle box that had a locking option to keep little hands out, but so far I’m happy with my purchase

A Nurse's Fully Stocked Medical Kit

Scavenge for Supplies you already have on Hand

Check cabinets, cupboards, and drawers for any first aid, medical supplies, or medications you might already have at your house. You’ll probably be surprised by how much you already have!

Separate everything into Categories and Make a List of What You’re Missing

Here’s a list of everything I keep in my Ultimate Medical Kit for our family. I keep at least one of each on hand, plus more in storage. Some things, like bandaids, gloves, and alcohol pads, you’ll want quite a few handy. I fit as much as I could into my toolbox (surprisingly most of it fit!) and then everything else that didn’t fit, plus any duplicates I had, were stored in the same categories in tupperware containers to replenish my toolbox stash when it gets low. If you have any questions about an item’s purpose, please feel free to Contact Me

Note: You can find many of these items for great prices at your local feed store/Tractor Supply/Atwoods or at Shop Med Vet online. Just because it’s marketed for veterinary medicine doesn’t mean it is any different than what’s used on humans in the hospital, and it is generally half the price, too!

Allergies, Bug Bites, and Rashes

  • Antifungal ointment
  • Benadryl
  • Boudreaux’s Butt Paste
  • Bug Spray 100% Deet
  • Calamine lotion
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Mucinex
  • Mucinex DM
  • Nasal Decongestant PE
  • Nasal Spray (Afrin)
  • Nystatin and Triamcinolone Acetonide
  • Saline nasal spray and washing/irrigating wounds
  • Tea Tree Oil for bug bites
  • Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint for seasonal allergies
  • Vicks vapo rub
  • Wal-Flu

Children’s Medications

  • Bulb syringe
  • Gas Drops (Simethicone)
  • Liquid and Chewable Benadryl
  • Motrin
  • Orajel
  • Saline
  • Stickers/Suckers/Bubbles for comfort and distraction
  • Teething Tablets
  • Tylenol

Dental

  • Clove Essential Oil
  • Dental instruments (probe/mirror)
  • Dental Wax
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste

ENT & Eyes

  • Chloraseptic Throat Spray
  • Contacts/contact case, extra glasses
  • Saline for contacts
  • Similasan pink eye drops
  • Tongue Depressors (Can also double as small splints for fingers or little arms/legs when paired with an adhesive bandage)
  • Halls menthol cough drops

Fever & Pain

  • Age appropriate thermometers (Oral for adults and either Rectal, Axillary (Under the arm), or Temporal for children)
  • Aspirin
  • Cool Downz/Frogg Toggs
  • Ibuprofen
  • Naproxen Sodium (Aleve)
  • Peppermint Essential Oil for cooling
  • Tylenol

Sprains and Breaks

Stomach/GI Issues

  • Acidophilus Probiotic
  • Anti-Diarrheal
  • Cascara Sagrada
  • Castor Oil
  • Dramamine (Motion Sickness) (Also helps with radiation sickness)
  • Fleets enemas/suppositories/laxatives
  • Ground Ginger
  • Pepto Bismol chewables
  • Stool softeners
  • Tucks pads/Witch hazel
  • Zantac (acid reducer)

Supplements

  • B-12 Vitamins
  • B-complex vitamins for energy
  • Calcium
  • D-3 Vitamins
  • Magnesium
  • Mature Complete Multivitamin
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil
  • Vitamin C

Women/Pregnancy

  • AZO standard (Pyridium)
  • AZO yeast
  • Birth Control
  • Condoms
  • Dermoplast- Numbing spray that can be helpful “down there” after childbirth. This might be TMI, but after I had Little Man, I practically carried this stuff everywhere with me. It was a lifesaver! And I will be sure to have more on hand for the next kiddo.
  • Pads & Tampons or Menstrual Cup- Besides their obvious uses, pads and tampons can make great bandages in a pinch. Did you know that the tampon was actually invented for gunshot wounds? Food for thought!
  • Pregnancy Tests
  • Vagicaine ointment- For yeast infections

Wound Cleaning/Dressing/Burns

  • 100% Proof alcohol- Cleaning wounds
  • AAA antibiotic ointment (Generic Neosporin)
  • Ace wraps 3”
  • Bandage scissors
  • Band-Aids (various materials and sizes)
  • Betadine/iodine swabs- For cleaning and sterilizing skin prior to suturing
  • Butterfly Band-Aids
  • CAT tourniquet- Please, please, please do NOT use one of these if you don’t know what you’re doing! You can cause serious damage with improper use.
  • Copaiba Essential Oil- For swelling and inflammation
  • Elastic gauze bandage rolls (Kerlix) 6”x4 Yards
  • Epsom salts- For soaking sore muscles and joints
  • Gauze 4x4s and 2×2 (Both Sterile and Non-Sterile)
  • Gold Bond foot powder
  • Heat packs/heating pads
  • Instant Cold Packs
  • IV kits/catheters
  • Kelly forceps- For suturing
  • Lap sponges (sterile drapes) for soaking up blood or bodily fluids. Puppy pads also work well for this purpose, but they are not sterile.
  • Lavender Essential Oil- For burns
  • Medical Tape (Durapore Silk tape is my personal preference)
  • Medical/surgical instruments
  • Molefoam/moleskin (Rolls tend to be cheaper)
  • New Skin Liquid bandage
  • Non-Adherent Sterile Pads (Also called Telfa Pads)
  • Normal Saline bags and tubing for rehydrating
  • Quickclot
  • Rolled Gauze
  • Silver Sulfadiazene- Prescription medication/salve for burns
  • Splinter Removal Kit
  • Steri-strips- Thick, stronger Band-Aid type closures that can be used in place of sutures on smaller cuts
  • Sterile surgical gloves
  • Suture kit
  • Sutures
  • Syringes and needles
  • Tegaderms (A clear, adhesive patch to cover and waterproof wounds)
  • Tiger Balm- Sore muscles, similar to Bengay
  • Topical Antiseptics (Alcohol, Betadine, Hydrogen Peroxide)- Cleaning wounds
  • Trauma Tray
  • ValorEssential Oil- For bumps, bruises, and scrapes (Unavailable right now Makes me sad.)
  • VetWrap (Coban)

Miscellaneous

Prescription Medications

  • Antibiotics- This really needs to be a whole separate topic, but I recommend looking into fish antibiotics.
  • EpiPen
  • Also include any prescriptions that your family members need on a daily basis.

UPDATE: I have addressed the Fish Antibiotic topic, how and where to get EpiPens and other prescriptions, and proper medication storage in my Ultimate Guide to Prescription Medications for Self-Reliant Families :)

Reference Manuals

You can download a free printable of this list HEREA Nurse's Fully Stocked Medical Kit:

A Nurse’s Fully Stocked Medical Kit Printable List

You probably won’t be able to get everything all at once. Medical Supplies are expensive! Not to mention, the list I have created is pretty long and overwhelming. BUT you can print out this checklist and add a few things to your kit each time you head to the grocery store. Check for sales, and before you know it your kit will be fully stocked!

Organize Your Kit

I used a large tackle box to organize my supplies, and then stored the extra in corresponding tupperware boxes. Like I said above, most of it (I’d say about 95%) fits nice and neatly in my tackle box :)I love that it is all together in one spot, easy to access, beautifully organized, AND is portable. Please note that this is NOT the kit we would take if we had to Bug Out on foot. This stays at the house, or maybe comes with us in the car for long road trips. We have smaller, lighter medical kits in our BOBs that have only the essentials for survival, but this kit covers pretty much anything we might encounter as a self-reliant family. This is what my Ultimate Medical Kit looks like now:

A Nurse's Fully Stocked Medical Kit

A Nurse's Fully Stocked Medical Kit

Top row: Pain Relievers and Fever Reducers

Second Row: Bug Bites, & Rashes –> Eyes –>ENT

Third Row: Stomach Issues/GI –> Allergies and Sleep Aids

Fourth Row: Essential Oils and Injectable Medications

A Nurse's Fully Stocked Medical Kit

Top Row: Alcohol swabs and various sized bandaids, AAA ointment, and Telfa pads

Second Row: Tape, flashlight, pen, marker, thermometer

Third Row: Butterfly bandaids, Syringes, needles, saline, and gauze pads

Fourth and Fifth Rows: Essential Oils

Bottom Compartment: Miscellaneous items that were too big for the slots: Children’s medications, various medical tools (BP cuff, stethoscope, Otoscope), braces, alcohol, peroxide, and much more.

Other Resources

Patriot Nurse is one of my favorite Prepper Site subscriptions. She has a great video explaining many of the things on my list, plus a video about finding great medical supplies at the Dollar Tree!

 

What About You?

What Does Your Medical/First Aid kit look like? What kind of supplies do you like to keep on hand?

A Note About Essential Oils:

I used to be a distributor of Young Living Essential Oils, but I no longer sell them. I believe there are several different excellent choices in Essential Oil companies out there to choose from, Young Living being one of them, but each person needs to research the companies on their own to determine which company will be the best fit for their family. Several of the oils mentioned on this blog are Young Living specific blends; however, a quick google search can help you create your own blends from other single essential oils. I still use Young Living oils on occasion, but I have found Plant Therapy to also have excellent quality oils at about half the price, so I have begun to purchase my oils there instead. You can Contact Me with any questions you may have.

Please see my Disclaimer about affiliate links and medical advice.

Lesslie B
I'm the wife of a wonderful, handsome man, a stay at home Mom to the most perfect 1 year old boy in the world, a (former) nurse, a cook, a baker, a DIYer, a clean freak with OCD tendencies, a born and raised Texas girl who has been transplanted in Oklahoma, and a secret-but-not-so-secret prepper... I am a lot of things, but I wouldn't be much of anything without my savior! Life can get pretty hectic around here: busy busy busy all of the time, but I try to slow down, smell the wildflowers, and enjoy life as much as possible!
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98 Comments

  • caroline says:

    wow! thank you so much! I can’t wait to make my own!

  • Excellent! I love tackle boxes for many purposes! I really appreciate you for taking the time to assemble this list, Lesslie!

  • Jeff says:

    Awesome list. It would be great to take it to the next level and provide complete kits for sale somewhere

    • Busy B says:

      Thanks Jeff! I’m so glad you liked the list, but wow, that would be a huge undertaking to put several of them together and sell them haha I’ll let someone else do that

    • Marcia says:

      She can’t sell the whole kit like it is. 1) some of the items are by prescription only. 2) some of the items should only be used if you have the proper training 3) some of the items can actually end up getting you arrested in which you could be fighting a lawsuit for having drug parafanalia. As a critical care nurse myself, I agree with the majority of items in this kit but it leaves me wondering where she obtained some of the items because you cannot get them at any pharamacy,medical supply store, etc that I can find. I also see some it’s that I would consider duplicate items and some that unless they are found in the kits in her area are missing because they are not included in the kits in my area.

  • Ashlee says:

    Hi!
    I’m interested in knowing more about “fish antibiotics”
    Can you discuss what this is all about
    Thanks

    • Busy B says:

      Hi Ashlee, Fish antibiotics are just antibiotics manufactured for fish (as in hatcheries or pet stores, etc). They are the exact same medication you would get at a human pharmacy, but do not require a prescription and are generally much, much cheaper than getting some from your physician. Here is a website where you can look at the different fish antibiotics and their prices: http://www.calvetsupply.com/category/Oral_Antibiotics

      I would caution you to only buy fish antibiotics made in the USA (some come from Mexico or China) and to do your research about the drugs, dosing, their side affects, and proper use before taking them. Let me know if you have any other questions!

      • Dee says:

        I am surprised you didn’t post a caution with the antibiotics. Please correct if I am wrong but unless you know what you’re treating, the wrong antibiotic could be strengthening something else. I’m just aware that no one antibiotic works for everything. Am i wrong?

        • Busy B says:

          Hi Dee, Yes, different antibiotics treat different bacterial infections. They won’t necessarily strengthen another infection by using the wrong one, but they will allow it to go improperly treated, which means it could get worse. That is why I said the antibiotics topic needs to be a whole separate post And I do mention taking caution with any medical advice stated on this website on my Disclaimer if you would like to read it. Thanks for stopping by!

          • Sietske says:

            I recommend twincitypoultrysupplies.com

            They carry a huge array of antibiotics and dewormers (dewormers would not be a bad thing to add to this kit.. Lord knows it happens). I use the pigeon deworming tablets for my dogs and cats.

          • Busy B says:

            Thanks for the link Sietske! I’ll have to check it out Dewormers would also be a great addition. If not for humans, the pets could certainly benefit! Thank you for stopping by!

      • Concerned Citizen says:

        Another pair of real medical professionals who recommend fish and bird anti-biotics for survival situations are Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy. Here’s a post they wrote about it:
        http://www.doomandbloom.net/fish-antibiotics-in-a-collapse/

  • Rick says:

    Very nice list. I like it. I personally would’ve tried to adapt this as something that could attach to the BOB somehow. The kits in BOB’s tend to be sparse and if it is a true TEOTWAWKI situation then in the long run the bigger kit would be essential to try and have.

    A few things I think I would add are: A few bandanas. Some paracord (maybe 50′). A couple of nice sharp blades. A flashlight that has an elastic band to go around your head so that you can be hands free in the dark if necessary. You mentioned gloves and I would like to suggest latex free gloves.

    My GP told me a funny joke one day. He had asked what prescriptions I was taking and I told him. I also told what multi-vitamins I was taking (at the time one of the was the GNC Men’s Multivitamin Energy Packs). So he asked, “Do you know what Doctors like to call vitamins?” I replied no. He said, “Expensive urine…..yuk yuk yuk.” In other words, vitamins and homeopathic type stuff are a waste of money. Since he’s my GP I respect him and his opinion. But now, I don’t know which way is up where vitamins are concerned. Are they good for you? Or not.

    • Busy B says:

      Hi Rick! Yes, it would be nice to have ALL of this in our BOBs, but it’s just too heavy and bulky to feasibly carry on foot. If we were to bug out via SUV, I’m sure it will be included in everything we pack into the car. And you’re right about the latex free gloves! I most certainly would always buy latex-free just because latex allergies are now so common and medically devastating. Nitrile gloves are a great latex-free option. As for the other things you mentioned, yes they could come in handy, but we keep all of those things in the house somewhere and definitely in our BOBs so I chose to leave them out of the medical kit

      About multi-vitamins and such, my opinion is this: You will certainly get better nutrients and vitamins naturally from fruits, veggies, and meats; however, if those things are not available, having some supplements on hand could certainly come in handy. I prefer eating fresh foods, but in a TEOTWAWKI situation, I’ll be taking vitamins if need be.

    • Heather says:

      In general, doctors are taught little about nutrition, for adults, children, or infants (as in maybe one or two hours of class time), and few of them keep up with research on the subject. If you want a test subject, ask your doctor about the hottest new areas of medical research–the microbiome and probiotics, and vitamin D. He should be aware of both, and should at the bare minimum be recommending probiotics (which also ought to be in this kit!) anytime he prescribes antibiotics and routinely doing vitamin D tests and recommending supplements. Keeping optimal vitamin D levels is one way to avoid needing a lot of the meds in this kit!

  • What a wonderful idea! Question about the essential oils. Can your tackle box fit the 15ML bottles of essential oil? That would determine if I choose this particular tackle box. I have a similar set up but it’s not portable around the house like this is. Thank you for sharing your ideas!

    • Busy B says:

      Hi Sarah! Yes, this tackle box fit the 15mL vials on one side (the two rows of EOs under all of the bandages are 15mL vials, and the EOs on the other side (in the blue row) are 5mL sample vials

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  • Shelby says:

    Wow what a fantastic idea! And so convenient to grab and go for the family outing where you Know someone is going to need it! I’m going to make a second one as well with my DS’s T1 supplies, so much sturdier than the bag we currently use.

  • Carly says:

    What is your opinion on expiration dates? And is it more important to pay attention to the expiration dates of certain products more than others? ( sunscreen vs. acetaminophen vs. eye drops?)

    • Busy B says:

      Hi Carly! My personal opinion on expiration dates for medications, especially solid ones, is to ignore them. Harvard published an article about OTC med expiration dates and how they really don’t “expire” they just become less potent over time. But no one knows really how long that time is. Drug companies typically don’t test medications long enough to determine if they are still potent. At the same time, they make more money off of people throwing “expired” meds away and buying new ones. So again, my personal opinion is to ignore them. The liquid meds I would pay a ilttle bit more attention to just because chemicals in the liquids tend to break down quicker.

  • Wow, this is great! My husband and I are about o move onto a sailboat and this will be perfect for our medicine chest. When we are ready to start cruising in a few years we will need to add some prescription meds and other items for being outside the area of any help, but while we are at dock this is great! Thanks so much!

    • Busy B says:

      Hi Cookie! I’m so glad you liked the post, and I hope this kit serves you well on your sailboat! That sounds like such a fun adventure

  • Jacki M says:

    I am all about being prepared (old Army medic here) but I just want to clarify that homeopathic remedies and herbal remedies are two different kinds of medicine with very different principles.

    • Busy B says:

      Hi Jacki, yes there are differences, but I was just trying to make the point that this medicine kit is mainly geared towards traditional, western medicine.

  • Dee says:

    I’m not a nurse, nor certified for any type of first responder job. I have taught first aid and wouldn’t have any problem stitching up wounds if no one else were available. That said, could you enlighten why I would need all of what’s in your kit instead of something more basic? I have a stock of meds which were prescribed but i no longer take, I keep this for a grid down situation but would only give if I saw and heard the need for them. Not so much in the way of pain killers but other meds like for thyroid, asthma, hpb and statins. These only for grid down but still holding them ICE.

    Love the idea of the tackle box. I have the small waterproof ones for personal carry since i live in a climate that has high humidity during monsoon season October -June. I also have a larger but not like yours in a red gym bag with a glow in the dark white cross on it. If I go larger, this might work for me w or w/o all the extra medical equipment you have. Thanks

    • Busy B says:

      Hi Dee,

      This kit is totally customizable! If you don’t think you’ll need all of the more advanced medical items like the trauma kit, sutures, etc, then I would definitely suggest not including them. My husband and I are both medical professionals and have experience using everything we have in our kit. I know we might not ever need some of them, and that is completely ok with me! BUT if I ever do have a friend or family member who needs emergent medical care to keep them alive, I will do everything in my power to make that happen, and I want to have all of the supplies on hand that I might need. And I LOVE the tackle box, too! It’s going to be so handy. The water proof one is a fantastic idea, and I’m thinking I might spray paint mine red with a white cross just because I like the looks of it Thanks, Dee!

  • RHC says:

    Fantastic article, am printing it our for the wife who is an ER nurse. She and son, a former Navy Corpsman; put together an equivalent. The only difference is that he did not use a tackle box but obtained bags equal to what he carried over in Afghanistan. It contains smaller bags which are labeled. This way the bag can go with us in a moment’s notice. The only problem I have found is that the other’s BOB is twice as heavy because it contains equipment for two.
    Keep up the great work.

    • Busy B says:

      Thanks RHC! I’m so glad you liked it! We had a molle system set up for our BOBs originally, but as you mentioned, it was way too heavy. Our BOB kit is much smaller and lighter. Only emergency essentials are included; however, it would be really nice to have a kit this extensive available for bugging out! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Heather says:

    I love this idea. In addition to having this for my home, I am wondering how this would work as my dressing supply bag for work as I am a visiting nurse and I am struggling to find something that works for me. I don’t get into it often as I specialize in hospice and usually supplies are already in patients’ homes but I do have a large cumbersome bag that everything is shoved into.

    • Busy B says:

      Hey Heather! Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the article! I think a tackle box could really help for your work! If I were you I might try a smaller one, or at the very least, not put EVERYTHING in it. It does get a little heavy to carry around if it’s completely full. But since it probably stays in your car most of the time unless you absolutely HAVE to carry it into a patients’ home, it might work quite well. Please let me know what you decide to do and if it works for you! I’d love to hear about it

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  • Sonya says:

    I am very impressed with the list, thanks for taking the time to share it with us. I am curious about the essential oils that you have on the list. there were only 5 on the list but obviously much more in your kit. I am a newbee and starting to get more familiar with the oils and what they treat but would like to know what you have in your stock. thanks again for your input.

    • Busy B says:

      Hey Sonya! Yes, I only listed a few of my very favorites just because I wanted to emphasize the traditional medicines and medical supplies in this article. I’ve had so many questions about the oils and herbs that I use though, so I might be having another article to emphasize those soon. I absolutely love my essential oils and I use them for just about everything! I have over 50 different oils by now that I have collected over time so it would be entirely too much for me to list in this comment lol I am actually still learning a lot about the holistic remedies, herbs, and essential oils myself. There is a lot to learn! My background is in traditional medicine so it took me awhile to embrace the natural side of things

      So far, I’ve been using Young Living Essential Oils, which I LOVE. I use them everyday for all kinds of things! If you sign up with Young Living, which you can do HERE, you get to choose a starter kit, which will come with the “Everyday Oils” kit. This article talks about those oils in the kit, which are the most common ones, and tells you how you can use them in everyday life:

      http://www.thewelloiledlife.com/everyday-oils-kit/

      Here is an article I wrote about the Top 10 Reasons why EOs are a great prep:

      http://www.thebusybhomemaker.com/10-reasons-essential-oils-great-prep/

      And here is a great post about herbs by my friend Tess of Ready Nutrition:

      http://www.shtfplan.com/emergency-preparedness/30-most-popular-herbs-for-natural-medicine_09082011

      If you’re looking for a hard copy book, The Essential Guide to Emergency Preparedness by Julie Behling-Hovdal is a fantastic resource for all things holistic. I wrote a review about the book here:

      http://www.thebusybhomemaker.com/read-essential-survival-guide-medical-preparedness-review/

      If you have any specific questions, please email me at thebusybhomemaker@gmail.com! Otherwise it is really hard to narrow holistic health down to one comment I hope this helps!

  • Patrick O'Donnell says:

    We live on a sailboat and add one more thing: adult diapers. If a crew member is confined to her bunk, having to get up and to the head can be a terrible burden. Having adult diapers on board can make life much more comfortable.

  • Sean says:

    In my humble opinion, one of the MOST important herbs that a person should carry in a first aid kit is Cayenne Pepper. It has the ability to stop bleeding from cuts that would normally need stitches. It burns like the Dickens, but it works! I carry a small pill bottle filled halfway with Cayenne. If I cut my finger and can’t stop the bleeding…In goes the finger, straight into the bottle!

    Cayenne Tea will stop a heart attack in less time that it takes to call 911.

    It’s rich in Vitamin C. Cayenne capsules taken on a regular basis can ward off the common cold AND strengthen your heart AND help regulate blood pressure. Just make sure you take the capsules with food or milk.

    Great article. Thank you for the great suggestions! Keep up the great work! Have a better day!

    • Busy B says:

      Hi Sean! Thank you for your comments! Yes, Cayenne is one of my favorites I really need to get around to writing a post about my herbal remedies, but there’s just so much to talk about! I don’t even know where to start haha

  • April says:

    Hi Busy!
    So I love the idea of a tackle box and I have used them as well as other containers in creating the several different kits my family uses. But here’s my dream box: http://www.amazon.com/River-Lighted-Tackle-Backpack-PT3600/dp/B00A0PA46U/ref=cm_wl_huc_item

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  • Ashmunk says:

    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing! I was just wondering if you could post a list of what things you do classify as essentials- aka, would you be willing to share a list of what is in the smaller BOB first aid supplies kit. I find myself torn-trying to be prepared on the go, but also carrying only what’s practical. Thank you

    • Busy B says:

      Hi Ashmunk! While I think your BOB “essentials” will be different person to person, ours include wound cleansing supplies (antibacterial hand wash, small bar of soap, bottle of water, alcohol wipes, etc), gloves, small scissors, tweezers, and antibiotic ointment plus my three favorite OTC meds (benadryl, aspirin, and motrin), 5 days’ supply of prescription medications for our family, some bandaids and bandages for smaller wounds, and a few other random things like maybe a first aid pocket manual, some bug spray and sunscreen…. (I don’t have my kit open right now to give you more details, but those are the ones I can remember.) Basic necessities. Just focus on your most likely minor injuries. Anything that needs more serious attention will be hard to treat in the field without an extensive kit, and an extensive kit will be too heavy to carry on foot. Of course, learning how to make due with things in your surroundings and knowing basic first aid and CPR goes a LOOOONG way

  • charmon says:

    Hello is there a place that I can buy this kit from loaded like your kit or can I buy your kit I think it would be a good business idea for you

    • Busy B says:

      Hi Charmon,

      Unfortunately, no, there’s no place to buy this kit. I just made it up on my own and got the supplies from several different retailers. I have; however, included links to several of the products so you can just click on them and buy. (Mostly through Amazon), and there’s a printable checklist for you as well Hope this helps!

  • Lori Harold says:

    I am looking forward to your article about homeopathic remedies / essential oils. I have been interested in exploring this topic, but become easily overwhelmed by all of the information out there. Can you suggest a concise, easy to follow book in the meantime?

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  • Monica says:

    About how much would you say on average you spent on your kit?

    • Busy B says:

      Eek that’s a good question. I couldn’t really give you a good number because I buy a few little things at a time, and a lot of the bigger stuff like my stethoscope and BP cuff, etc, were bought several years ago when I was in nursing school…. I would estimate (and this is a huge guess) that if you’re starting completely from scratch you would spend well over $2000 for the entire kit.

  • Michelle says:

    As a nurse myself, I think it’s a great idea to keep a medical dictionary/encyclopedia around as well. There are many out there that are plain language for those who aren’t familiar with medical terminology. I would also suggest taping a typed list to the underside of the lid listing allergies for everyone in the family, as well as a med-list. We moms are great at remembering these things, but we get sick too.

  • Heather says:

    Love your ideas! I have two red and white tackle boxes and the kids know if someone is injured or sick right where to find them. Two sit sleeting: activated charcoal for food poisoning or upset tummies and colloidal silver for a natural version of antibiotic. My CS making kit is tiny and fits in the bottom, larger compartment of the box so I can always make more. Great article!!!

    • Busy B says:

      Thanks Heather! I have the charcoal tablets instead of charcoal powder because it lasts longer. Just make sure you get the charcoal (either kind) in them within an hour of ingestion for best results! Colloidal silver is something I have considered adding, but I haven’t tried it out myself yet so I didn’t include it on the list. I know, I need to check it out! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Carolyn says:

    Vet supplies are a great way to go to cut down on cost. Something to take note of though is that a lot of the products contain latex. So those with latex allergies should read through the products information closely. I am a vet tech and have latex allergies, so I run into this problem all the time.

    • Busy B says:

      Thank you for pointing that out, Carolyn! Hospital approved supplies have come a long way in latex-free options, but vet supplies aren’t quite there yet. Definitely something to consider when you’re stocking your kit! Thanks for stopping by!

  • jess says:

    I have a hard time with first aid kits because they all call for Neosporin and I’m allergic to it. Most of my life my parents and I just wash cuts really well and hope they don’t get infected. I had to have knee surgery and the Dr gave me a prescription anti-bacteria ointment but I was told I could only get it with a prescription. As a nurse do you know any thing that doesn’t have neo in it that I can use? I have two daughters and it is frustrating not being able to treat their scraps myself but sense I found out my youngest is also allergic to neo I really rather have an actual anti-bacterial ointment then her possibly get infections. Thank you in advance.

    P.S. I asked her Dr already and got told it’s a rare allergy and she should be fine with just washing cuts and scraps with soap.

    • Busy B says:

      Hi Jess, the ointment your doctor gave you could be a lot of different things. There are several different antibacterial ointments other than Neosporin such as Bacitracin or Polysporin. Could you ask your knee surgeon what it was that you were given? Otherwise I would just ask your local pharmacist at your pharmacy what they would recommend if you’re really set on having it. Your Dr. is right though, it’s not a huge deal. Keeping the would clean and dry will keep it from getting infected much better than any ointment Hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by!

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  • sandra says:

    You have to really check the dollar store stuff. Those ice cold packs…I’ve bought some. I tried one. It did NOT work. Plus some tape that I bought did not stick.

    You really don’t know what you are getting at the Dollar Store. There’s a reason they are there. It means they didn’t sell elsewhere. Sometimes good things, but most are not.

    • Busy B says:

      Yea there are a few things there that I won’t buy. I usually just buy one of each thing and try it out before I buy more, but the ice packs from Dollar Tree have been favorites of mine! Tape and some of the band-aids not so much. Just depends on where you get them

  • I prefer to use Homeopathy.I believe it cures slowly,But sure it gives good results.

  • Suzanne says:

    Hi! I love this list and the tackle box idea!!! I was wondering where you get your IV bags (normal saline) from. In order to order from med vet you have to have a license, right?

    • Lesslie B says:

      Hi Suzanne,

      I get mine from a variety of sources, but the majority of mine come from hospitals who are discarding expired bags. They can’t use them anymore, but they’re still perfectly good. I used to get them from an online vet supply website, but that site is no longer available so I haven’t bought any online in a while. You can try different vet supply companies (or just your local vet/tractor supply/feed type store). I’m not sure if California vet supply or med vet require a license to purchase, but you could try to add them to your cart and see what it says. Good Luck!

  • Debbie Bullington says:

    I don’t know if it was mentioned in any of these replies or not, but if you store highly aromatic products, like Peppermint or Vic’s Vapo Rub or Ben Gay in a case like this it will render all the homeopathic remedies useless! Homeopathic remedies need to be in a cool, dark storage case by themselves.

  • Velda says:

    Suggestion for the ENT/Eye category: oval gauze,eye patches to protect an irritated or injured eye along with small plastic ampules of saline for eye rinse. Each is sterile so you are not opening a big bottle of Saline for contacts over and over, risking contamination. Great site and article. Look forward to seeing what is to come. Retired RN here learning to use EO’s.

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  • Rachael says:

    I wasn’t able to find the study for you but you can replace that poison Deet with lemon eucalyptus essential oil. There was a study done that showed it was more effective than Deet. Pinterest if full of recipes for make your own natural mosquito repellent using this oil. I bought it to keep harmful chemicals away from my kids but found it treats my son’s bronchitis also.

    http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1108-lemon%20eucalyptus.aspx?activeingredientid=1108&activeingredientname=lemon%20eucalyptus

  • MEL's Mom says:

    Thanks for Sharing, it helped me put mine together! I didn’t get everything you listed as I probably wouldn’t know how to use it all. But I think I did a good job! Wish I could post a pic. I got the same tackle box as you too, though not before trying to squish all the stuff in a large make up case with locking clasps. Oh well I’ll just keep it where little hands won’t be able to open this one.

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  • r says:

    I would have a few more things for pregnancy/birth, but I am a midwife. If you had sterile scissors, cord clamps and remover, and 2 herbs: shepherds purse and Yunnan baiyao, that would be great. In fact, Yunnan baiyao is used by conventional medics, drs, and nurses in China for bleeding, so learning how to use it correctly would be good. Also some gloves but I think that was on your list.

  • M3LA says:

    I am in no way trying to be rude or a troll, I just have a question. If you are using holistic remedies and Essential Oils, why on earth would you stock your kit with sub-par toxic OTC drugs? Holistic and Essential oils do a much better job, are safer and non-toxic. Your kit idea is great, using a tackle box, I was just a bit confused why you would mix toxic OTC with natural remedies. No offense intended. And yes, I did read the beginning of your post about everything used has its place and time. Thanks for the good ideas. I will be using some of your ideas in my new kit!

  • Tina, RN says:

    as a nurse certified in Disaster and emergency response, I love this whole idea, minus the tampon used for wound purposes. It’s definitely not recommended to stop any bleeds, as they’re meant to pull out fluids. So in an emergency you shouldn’t use a pad or tampon because the wound would never clot and the person could lose much more blood than they should.

  • Amber LVN says:

    Thanks so much for taking the time to write this article! As a nurse, it is very hard to find others in the medical profession who embrace both traditional as well as alternative (homeopathic) medicine and who has similar opinions about preparing for an uncertain future. Everyone seems to be strictly one or the other. Thanks also for the lists and additional resources. While I too like so many I want to add to the lists sometimes you just have to have most essentials and “wing” the rest of it. :). Thanks again for the info!!!

  • Tenelle says:

    Hey just wondering what this exact tackle box is called? i am hoping to purchase the identical one or one similar
    Thanks

    • Lesslie B says:

      Hi Tenelle, I got it on Amazon and they also have this particular kind at Wal-Mart. If you click on the link in the article, it should take you to Amazon where you can purchase it.

  • Rebecca says:

    I love this! I also fe in love with a bowl full of lemons med kit for emergency situations! My husband and I want to slowly build a couple bug out bags ourselves, and I just love your kit as well! Especially how well the essential oils fit in it!

  • Sarah says:

    I came to this site looking for ideas for a great homemade first aid kit–and wow, did you lay it out! As a brand new (starting next week!) nursing student who is eager to know the best of both traditional and holistic healing methods, reading your blog has encouraged me and shown me that perhaps I won’t be as alone in my opinions as I anticipate in my nursing program. We’ll see. Also, I see you’re in Oklahoma. Hello from Tulsa, and keep up the writing.

    • Lesslie B says:

      Hi Sarah, Congrats on Nursing school, and good luck! Its a tough road, but definitely doable and its SO worth it in the end! I’m glad to hear you love my site! I’ve been slacking lately, but I hope to get more new posts up this year!

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