Thursday, August 31, 2017

Suture (stitches) and wound care...

By: Sebastian Berry

As with all my articles...

DISCLAIMER: Instructions and information here is not a substitute for professional medical care and treatment. If you are having an emergency call 911 or your local emergency number for assistance.

I do not claim credit to any of the images used unless specifically indicated. All rights and credits remain with the original owners

My apologies to our faithful readers and staff here at Family Survival Farm. I have been away taking care of some family things that came up, namely my wife having surgery. For me, this is a very timely and appropriate topic.

About four months ago my wife began to complain of elbow pain in her left elbow that ran down her arm. Being who I am I dismissed this as overuse with the baby and told her to take some Tylenol and ibuprofen and learn to switch arms when carrying the baby.

About three weeks ago the missus complained again about her arm hurting more consistently from the left elbow through the left hand and having numbness and tingling in the fingers of the left hand. Again, being who I am, she didn't get a choice about going to go and see the hand surgeon.

Now she and I both have suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome. If you don't know what that is you can find out here. Essentially it is a compressed nerve in the hand/wrist that causes numbness and tingling. A contributing cause to this injury/syndrome is repetitive work, such as manufacturing assembly lines, farming, mechanical, building, and typing. Go figure, I have done all of these, it's no wonder that I had carpal tunnel release surgery completed on both hands in my early thirties.

Back to my wife though, her issue was not simply carpal tunnel syndrome. Her condition was complicated with the addition of cubital tunnel syndrome, which you can read about here. Long story short, similar symptoms in a different spot with relatively the same cause-repetitive use.

From her appointment, to testing, then to surgery was less than a week. From surgery to follow up was almost two weeks to the day. While dear wifey was recovering, I had full control of the house (insert maniacal laugh here). This is where we get into the meat and potatoes of my topic.

My wife, much like every other woman in the known universe, has her quirks and intricacies. One of those is post-surgical recovery. I was faithful at her every request to check her bandages and re-wrap them as they shifted. Elbow bandages do not stay in one place. She was insistent to make sure that her surgical sites were appropriately bandaged and cared for and that they did not "open up".

Typically speaking, sutures (stitches) and staples of almost any flavor stay in for 7-10 days and are then removed. 7-10 days helps to ensure full closure and decreases the chance of dehiscence (opening up). There are some things that we have to do on our end though...
  • clean and dry for the first 24-48 hours
  • avoid use/overuse while sutures are in place
  • application of antibiotic ointment
  • use of steri-strips to reinforce sutures and wound approximation (how it lines up)
  • on time removal of sutures
Generally speaking, clean and dry means exactly that. Depending on the location of your wound and sutures, you may be able to shower with a little extra precaution. You also might not be able to fully bathe for those first 24-48 hours. After the first day or two you should be able to shower and clean normally. The caveat to that though is that you should not soak or submerge the site, i.e washing dishes or sitting in a hot tub. Allowing water from the shower or from washing to run over the site is totally fine and appropriate, just don't scrub the site while washing. When you dry off you'll pat dry, DO NOT RUB AND DO NOT USE A HAIR DRYER. Most suture material is made of nylon and what happens to nylon when heat is applied? Oh yeah, it shrinks. I kid you not, this is something I include in patient teaching in the emergency room.

Imagine for a moment shaving with a dull and dry razor. You would get a lot of tug and pull and it would be very uncomfortable. Imagine putting a dry dressing over your wound site and sutures, same thing happens-lots of tug and pull and being uncomfortable. Obviously if you are in a family survival situation you may just have to put up with being uncomfortable. The dressings that I apply in the emergency room have several parts.
  1. Antibiotic ointment- I always recommend ointment + pain relief. It only costs a little bit more and is worth every penny.
  2. Steri-strips with skin prep adhesive
  3. A non-adherent dressing- This includes telfa (the pad on a band-aid) and adaptic (petroleum gauze)
  4. Dry gauze
  5. Tape or coban
The dressing should stay in place for the first 24-48 hours. Coincidentally this is also the amount of time we ask people to keep their injury clean and dry.

After the first day or two, we can imagine the tasks and chores that have piled up on your family survival farm. In many instances, you'll be able to return to limited work and play. My instruction to my ER patients is rest as needed and activity as tolerated. This is always dictated by the situation, please make sure to follow the direction of your medical provider. Steri-strips should be allowed to fall off on their own as time elapses.

After 7-10 days usually your sutures can come out. I'll tell you that it's not rocket surgery. If you have any hesitation about taking out your own sutures you should see your medical provider. Notice, I'm not giving any instruction on how to take them out yourself. Seek the guidance of your medical provider.

After your sutures come out, are you done? No not really. Now you have an area of skin that requires some extra attention in order to return to its full and healthy state. You probably won't need to continue applying antibiotic ointment. Now you can start to use your normal moisturizers and creams. I always recommend to folks to use something with vitamin E and for folks to use sunscreen on the affected area for six months or more in order to reduce scar prominence. It is very common for wound sites to have dry skin. You can't overdose on plain lotion with vitamin E, use it as often as you like.

Back to my wife. By virtue of having an ER nurse at her beck and call, her wounds healed very well. I'll give some credit where due though, the surgeon did an impeccable job with his suturing technique and provided a very well done closure of the surgical sites on her left hand and left elbow.

Credit: Sebastian Berry

Credit: Sebastian Berry

A special thank you goes out to everyone that helped my little survival family. Many small favors and friendly gestures were received and our hearts were full from the outpouring of love and support from family, friends, and neighbors.

What things do you do for your ouchies? Sutures, tape, glue? Let us know in the comments...


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

No Power Needed Fun and Game Ideas

No Power Needed Fun and Game Ideas  
By Karen Roguski


The latest natural disaster we are facing, Hurricane Harvey, got me to thinking about ways in which to entertain oneself and family, especially since so many of us have grown to rely on electronics. Thus, finding ways to unwind, have a bit of fun, or even keeping the little ones entertained isn’t always the easiest.


Today we hope to offer some inventive and enjoyable options to help ignite the imagination, while getting one's mind off of life’s grind and stress, in a way that does not require electricity. For items that require props we have also tried to utilize and focus on using and repurposed items to help maintain a “greener lifestyle”.

Fun and Games For All Ages

Sack Racing-

Oldie but a goodie for loads of laughter can be found in the classic sack racing. No need to buy a potato sack when you can use pillow cases or even sleeping bags for the same effect.

Board Games-

Family game night can resurface to fulfill this super fun option. Monopoly, Scrabble, The Game of Life, Candyland, or you can even create your very own imaginative board game.


Outdoor Gaming-

Here we have some additional old school ideas such as Dodge Ball, Hide and Seek, Tag, Mother May I, Tug Of War, or anything else the mind can create.


Card Games-  

No matter if your favorite is Poker, Go Fish, Blackjack, Spades, Rummy, Solitaire, or a card variety that only your family knows. Card games are an all time winner.

Bubbles-

One tablespoon soap to one cup of water and walla, fun and laughter is the guest of the hour. Bubbles can be fun for kids of all ages.


Mad Libs-

No need to purchase Mad Libs books when you can easily create your very own. Shhhh...these are also a great way to help teach in a fun manner.


Scavenger Hunt-

The world is an oyster, the sky's the limit, the boundaries are only those you make when it comes to scavenger hunting. Simply make a list, set a time limit, ensure a boundary, and take off running.


Puzzles-

Yet another classic way in which to pass the time that needs no power of any kind. Don’t forget you can even create your very own puzzles in a number of different ways.


Paper and Pen-

Using these items one can do so many different things such as Tic Tac Toe, journaling, story writing, hang man, draw, card making, or so much more.

Books-

Books come in many shapes and sizes from those to be read to crosswords, mad libs, joke books, riddle books, and even sudoku. The often not thought of book can be found in the good old coloring books that have become so popular recently.  


Ghost Stories-

Although ghost stories are usually used around the campfire they can actually be done whenever the mood fits, though in the dark is always the best.

Music-

Time to break out the guitar, harmonica, drums, or even just the pots and pans. Music has been said to calm the savage beast, so why not have it help to erase the boredom as well.


Tire Swing-

A great old school outdoor idea that is easy to make and utilizes recycling in a huge fun, power free manner, is the classic tire swing. Again a super fun time passing adventure for the kid of any age.


Collecting-

Creating custom collections dates back to the old ages. For many, these collections might be options such as bugs, stamps, rocks, butterflies, or absolutely any item that strikes you fancy and catches your eye. The fun continues when one takes the time to create the perfect way in which to highlight their showcase collection.


The Sky-

The sky can be such an enormously gratifying thing in which to look at, admire, study, relax and have fun. One can incorporate pastimes such as naming cloud creatures, naming the star clusters, following the moon phases, or even bird watching to name a few.


Crafts-

Crafting can include so many various means, textiles, and items. Some examples can be scrapbooking, paper mache, pillow making, doll making, creating musical instruments, and so much more.


Building Toys-

Think Lego, Lincoln Logs, Erector Sets, cardboard boxes, or any other item that can be used to build. No matter the medium being used hours of fun can be had with almost anything.


Forts-

Building forts require breaking out the sheets and blankets. Toss them over some furniture and open the imagination.


More Family Favorites

What are some of your family favorites? We would love to hear about them. Feel free to comment them below, upload your video, or share a picture. Who knows you might start a new and innovative trend.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Reminder: Hurricane Preparation Matters

Reminder: Hurricane Preparation Matters
By Forest Puha



From the Hypothetical Hurricanes Wiki.






The hurricane season of 2017 is here!

As of this writing, Hurricane Harvey is bearing down on the Gulf Coast, aiming for the coasts of Louisiana and Texas. Major cities are expected to be hit hard. Citizens that can’t flee the coast are being told to prepare as best as they can. Family Survival Farm wants to issue this general advice to anyone who will be affected by this or other hurricanes so that you and the people you love can emerge safe and sound.

1. Make a plan for both evacuation and sheltering in place. If you don’t know how, start with following the journalist’s six questions: WHY are you evacuating/sheltering, WHO is going/staying, WHERE are you going to, WHEN are you leaving, WHAT are you taking with you, and most importantly, HOW will you do all this?

2. Do not wait to evacuate. Contact your local authorities and follow the safest established route to leave your area out of the path of the hurricane. If you cannot leave by vehicle, find the safest high ground above water and remain there.

3. Do not enter flooded zones. This includes roads and highways that are covered over with water. Watch for other hazards, such as broken tree branches and downed power lines. Don’t walk or swim in flood water; it often contains raw sewage and other unpleasant material you should avoid.

4. Carry a backpack per person with bottled water, prepackaged food, flashlights, batteries, toilet paper, garbage bags, clean towels and a change of clothing. You should have enough food and water to last a single person 72 hours at minimum, which gives you time to regroup and find help.

5. Know your phone. Most smartphones have FM radio function. Plug in a corded pair of earbuds or headphones and use the wire as antenna to hone in a signal. Text messages can be sent and received even when cell signal towers are damaged during a storm. And most importantly, all cell phones can be used as an emergency flashlight by simply adjusting your phone’s brightness setting to maximum.

Stay safe, everyone.

For more information, visit the following sources:


https://www.cdc.gov/features/hurricanepreparedness/index.html

https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

Thursday, August 24, 2017

How to Choose Which Preppers Skills You Should Learn First.

By Paul Kigen.

Attempting to create a list of skills that a prepper might require is an absurd task. This is due to the fact that there are countless possible SHTF circumstances, many strategies and countless tasks to be executed, so there is no way you can learn it all in one lifetime, or cover it all in a single article.

As a matter of fact, these skills and tasks are what make starting out as a prepper so devastating. It’s tough to stop being reliant on our modern technology systems and gears. Obviously, skills are more crucial than gears or technology systems, and probably that’s why most preppers will neglect skills and settle on collecting gears.

Don’t you get me wrong, gears are an incredible shortcut to studying the needed skill. They are also highly valuable, and you should invest in them. What I am trying to say is, you can never lose your skills, and skills do not break, or get stolen, or used up. In case something you didn’t expect happens, then your skills are what you’ll depend on.

Basic skills.

Here is a list of skills we think every prepper should learn. They are divided into seven categories for precision.

     1.          Bugging out.



Navigation or Orienteering is the first basic skill you’ll need to help you get to your bug out location in case something happens. This skill varies Contingent upon the type of terrain you’ll be navigating.

Creation and compass reading, Navigating by stars, and map reading are all likely to be essentials. In case your bug out location is more than a couple hours away, then you will probably need to learn how to create fires and shelters as well. 
 
     2.             Equipment.



Even though you should not exclusively rely on your gears, you’re advised to learn the skills you’ll need to use and repair your gears properly. For most gears, this implies lots of practice, but for particular gears, such as fire extinguishers, all you have to do is keenly read the instructions a couple of times till you can remember the information reliably.

     3.             Water.



Probably, the most significant survival skills are determining which waters to fetch from, how to create water filters, and how you’ll safely store your water. In the event that you own a well, then this means comprehending how the well works and how you can repair it.

     4.              Food.



The other basic food skills are knowing how to ration your food, how to cook your food, how to ensure that your stored food stuff is safe, and how to store them. Rationing is a very crucial skill although most of the time it’s overlooked. Of course, there are many other appropriate basic food skills to acquire, but it’s more imperative to gain the skills needed to help make the most of your already stored food stuff. This way, you’ll have the capability to survive the short term SHTF happenings, even prior to mastering foraging or hunting.

     5.              Health.



It’s not just CPR and first aid that you need to study. The indispensable health skill normally overlooked is the basic physical fitness. If you are not physically fit, then you’re slow, more likely to fall sick, less effective at getting you survival errands done, and more vulnerable to attacks.

     6.             Communication.



Don’t you start thinking about radios yet. That is complicated, and not closely significant as studying how to communicate with individuals person to person. You should learn how to de-escalate an angry ally or intruder and negotiate with your neighbors’.

     7.             Mindset.



Mental fortitude skills are amongst the uppermost skills you may have to rely on in case SHTS. You need to learn how to stay calm, line up your next move, and then make a long term plan.

Remember, practice makes perfect, so the best way to learn all these skills is Practice.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Colloidal Silver In Survival Situations

Colloidal Silver In Survival Situations


If you are new to the survival and prepping lifestyle, you might have at least heard of colloidal silver. It is sold on almost every site that offers products for prepping and is featured often in blogs and articles about the same. However, some are still often left wondering exactly what it is used for.

The fact is, the uses are vast. Some have even said that it is impossible to list all the uses of colloidal silver, and that you can use your imagination for benefits often not found listed anywhere.

We are not going to leave you in the dark any longer! Please continue reading to find out what some of the most beneficial uses of this product are.

Colloidal Silver Is A Strong Antiviral and Antibacterial

You might be surprised to learn that many hospital staff people are among those taking colloidal silver on a regular basis. That is because they know how well it fights both viruses as well as bacteria. In fact, in the days before penicillin was a common household name, colloidal silver was used as the primary antibiotic in homes across the nation.

Silver is certainly not a new concept. In fact, it is used on a regular basis in hospitals for just this purpose. For instance, silver nitrate drops are administered to the eyes of newborns to help prevent blindness that can be caused by bacteria present in the birth canal. An antibiotic ointment known as Silvadene is often used on sores that have already become highly infected. In some instances, trach tubes and catheters can even be coated with silver to prevent infection.

In a survival situation, colloidal silver is likely to be the next gold rush. It can be used for bronchial infections, ear infections, sinusitis, yeast infections, pink eye and to prevent food contamination on a bacterial level. And that’s just to name a few.

The following video is nearly fifteen minutes long and could be considered a bit boring because of how it is done. However, the information is certainly worth learning, if you have the time to watch.

Colloidal Silver For Water Purification

Again, history has shown that colloidal silver is important to have on hand. In ancient Rome and Greece, water was often stored in silver containers to keep it fresh and pure. As settlers moved across the West in America along the Oregon Trail, they were often known to place a silver dollar in their water containers, allowing it to sit overnight, for purification purposes.

Not only is colloidal silver known to immediately kill bacteria in water, it can also maintain that purity for long periods at a time. In fact, the Russian space program uses it to this day as a water sanitizer, determining that it is the longest lasting way to transform otherwise unpotable water into something useful.

NASA uses silver as well, after 23 other water purification methods were tried. However, NASA does not stop at using silver only for the purification of water. They also use it in air conditioning, food preparation and other space shuttle operations.

There is still much debate on the subject of silver being used as water purification and more information is likely to come out in the future. It is certainly worth the extra research to keep up with, however, and we urge you to do so.



More Uses For Colloidal Silver

If you spend any time at all researching this amazing silver, you will find that it is believed to do far more than science has actually proven. Based on either ancient history or actual “true story” uses, there are tales that it cures everything from acne, to cancer, to parasites, to urinary tract infections.

As stated earlier, there are likely to be new scientific discoveries forthcoming concerning colloidal silver. It continues to be used as well as tested, since some tend to believe that it can be poisonous in some cases. We do not know the validity of that statement, however, since it is used in the space program as well as hospitals, quite frequently.



It’s Definitely Worth Having Around


In a survival situation, it could be that colloidal silver will be the only thing you have to fight viruses, bacteria and infection. For that reason alone, it is worth adding to your prepping supplies. We suggest that, in addition to the silver itself, you print out directions for its use in various situations. For instance, you will need to know how to use it for different purposes, how much to use, how often and so forth. Do not trust it to memory, as in an emergency situation, you might not always be thinking straight.

10 Helpful Tricks That Might End Up Saving Your Life Someday.



By Paul Kigen.
Despite the fact that we all love going on adventures and performing acts that are clearly outside our comfort zone, we would like to be safe at all times. Irregardless of how “perilous” you are, or how much you love doing dangerous stuff, your safety should always be your first priority.
Some other people can’t be regarded as the biggest risk takers. This kind of individuals just love staying in control of situations around them. Sometimes, they’re intrigued to perform risky stunts, but they are just too afraid of the impending danger. And it’s totally comprehensible. Some may call these kinds of people annoying while others may call them smart.
Either way, regardless of whether you’re lazing around your house or out on vacation, you should ensure that you are safe all the time. Below is a list of 10 safety tips that could perhaps save your life someday.

   1. Always pay attention to your instincts. This may sound like an obvious tip, but let’s get real here, most of the time we just neglect our instincts. Whenever something feels off the beam, then that might be your body notifying you that danger might not be far. Most of the time, individuals fail to pay attention to their instincts.
   2. In the event that a stranger hops into your vehicle and orders you to drive, there is one thing you can always do. Drive your car into the nearest post. This way, you won’t be able to drive anywhere. The crash will draw attention to the scene, and the stranger will have to get away pretty quickly.


   3.Learning some self-defense techniques, in general, can always turn out to be helpful. But for those who know virtually nothing about fighting back, here is one trick that might work in case you were attacked. Aim straight at the attacker's groin area. This will obviously throw the attacker “off-balance” and grant you some time to get away or call for help.

   4. Normally, individuals feel safer when driving inside a taxi. But undeniably, there is always a small probability the something might go wrong. In case you notice that your taxi driver is acting in a strange way, quickly contact someone you trust and let them know your location. This way, the cab driver discerns that you have a phone with you and that some people already know your whereabouts.

   5. Don’t you ever stroll downstairs with your hands tucked inside your pocket. This might sound a bit paranoid but in case you trip and fall, you’ll need your hands to hold onto something or help you from getting hurt.

   6. In case you are staying in a motel’s room, you’re advised to place a roll of tissue over the toilet seat. Regardless of how clean the toilet looks to you.

   7. Generally, having a swim in the ocean can be treacherous, particularly if you are swimming in a rip tide. In case this happens, swim parallel to the shore since it’s the most effective way to get back to shore.

   8. In the event that you ever find yourself confined inside a building on fire, do not run out. Instead, lie down on the floor and begin crawling. According to MensXP study, there is more oxygen on the floor, and you most likely won’t pass out.

   9. In case you are strolling towards your car in the parking lot at night, stroll with your keys ready in your hand. This will help you get in your car and drive off quickly in case something happens.

   10. Most of us like texting and walking at the same time. Do not do that when you are strolling in the streets because it makes you an obvious target.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Top 10 Must See Survival Movies

By Karen Roguski

Every time new movies come to the big screen we are reminded how box office numbers continue to hit record numbers. Okay, so these numbers include movies in every style, genre, and type one might possibly imagine from remakes, animated, fictitious, based on true events, disasters, catastrophe, and of course survival.

Inspiration Behind Of The Top 10

The Top 10 Must See Survival Movies idea came to me after stumbling across an amazing documentary, Return To The Wild. I had grabbed the disc at my local library not realizing it to be a documentary or even a look back at the true story of Christopher McCandless, AKA Alexander Supertramp.

Watching Return To The Wild pulled at the heartstrings in a way I will never forget in so many ways that I ran right out and found a copy of Into The Wild. The outcome of watching both is the true inspiration into this must see movie listing. Many you may have already seen, or like me hope, you shall stumble across one you have yet to view. That being said it should come as no surprise to that we, without further ado, in no particular order, begin our top 10 must see survival movies…...


Into The Wild

One man’s journey into the Alaskan frontier. This is the true story of Christopher McCandless highlighting why he gives up life as he knew it to find peaceful happiness as Alexander Supertramp.

Cast Away

The Pacific Ocean can get a bit rough. Chuck Noland discovers this once he becomes stranded on a desert island with only one companion, Wilson the Volleyball.

Grizzly Adams

One man’s escape into the wild to prevent wrongful imprisonment. James “Grizzly” Adams finds companionship with his new Ben, the bear.

127 Hours

The canyons of Utah can be a bit tricky. This is the true life account of Aron Ralston and his 127 hours confinement by a boulder that showcases his will to live.

Adventures of The Wilderness Family

The true story of the Robinson family comes alive on the big screen when they decide to give up the life they grew bored of in Los Angeles. Along with their children, the Robinson family moved to the Rocky Mountains.

Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors

Becoming stranded in the Andes Mountains this movie brings us the survival of an Uruguayan rugby team. After their plane goes down this group of men show us how they survive at all costs.

The Shallows

This film showcases the survival and will to live of Nancy Adams. As if the grief of losing her mother wasn’t enough now she must do all within her power to return to safety.

Jeremiah Johnson

Growing tired of civilization and wishing for a bit of solitude, Jeremiah Johnson discovers that he will need help if he is to survive his wilderness stay.

All Is Lost

Here we have the privilege of watching one man’s survival while stranded alone in the Indian Ocean.

A Cry In The Wild

The world is unaware of the downed plane and its sole survivor, thirteen-year-old Ben. Now stranded in the Canadian wilderness Brian must learn to survive in order to live.

In Conclusion

There are hundreds if not thousands of movies currently on the market in regards to survival, some real and some not. This listing is by no means near all of the great titles one may wish to see. However, as you might notice with this gathering many various timescapes are awaiting your viewing pleasure.


Our goal here at Family Survival Farm Blog from the start has been to help, teach, and even entertain those interested in the areas of Outdoors, Prepper, Farm, Survival, and more. I take it upon myself to say that every writer here hopes that you are enjoying all of our hard work and efforts to date.

Please comment below allowing us a bit of insight as to what you have loved, what you didn’t previously know, or what other topics you would enjoy seeing in the future. We look forward to hearing from each and every reader.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Family Survival First Aid Kit (Part 2)

By: Sebastian Berry

Here at Family Survival Farm, in my little slice of paradise, I have been given a very wide berth when it comes to what topics I present and how I write them. As I and others have written our total view count continues to climb and the view count on the posts I have written continues to climb. I want to thank you, our/my readers. Sincerely, I believe that we have a good thing growing here (pun intended) at Family Survival Farm and you, the reader are a very important part of that. I can only hope that you continue to like and share our content here with your family and friends.

And now, for the rest of the story...beginning with my standard disclaimers.

DISCLAIMER: Instructions and information here is not a substitute for professional medical care and treatment. If you are having an emergency call 911 or your local emergency number for assistance.

I do not claim credit to any of the images used unless specifically indicated. All rights and credits remain with the original owners.

In my last post, Part 1, we discussed the following:
  • The first-aid mindset
  • Making your kit fit your specific needs
  • The container
  • General supplies
I promised in part 1 that I would show you my kit and its contents. It worked out really well because I just came back from a 10 day vacation with the family and it needed reorganized desperately. Some photos do contain duplicates, I'm not the best photographer, sorry.

THE CONTAINER
Credit: Sebastian Berry

Credit: Sebastian Berry
I'm sure some of you didn't believe that I actually used a tackle box for my family survival first-aid kit. I have a couple of different reasons behind using something like this.
  1. It's hard plastic-my kids beat the crap out of this thing and its held up well.
  2. Lots of organizing slots
  3. Space in the bottom for large/odd shaped things
THE STUFF
In part 1 I wrote about the purpose of your family first-aid kit and some of the things your kit should help you take care of.
  • Cuts and scrapes
  • Aches and pains
  • Bug bites
  • Splinters and slivers
Below are individual shots of the contents of my kit. I want to note that you will see several different kinds of band-aids, including Band-Aid brand. Personally, I am partial to no brand in particular. 

In the brown bottle is a product called new skin. It is a polish type covering for very small cuts and scrapes. It burns like hell to put on but I like it for tricky spots to put a band-aid, like a finger tip. The clear bottle is hydrogen peroxide, my kids peeled the label off of it. You will also see moleskin, steri-strips and chloraprep.

Credit: Sebastian Berry
Credit: Sebastian Berry
Foot and general wound care items. Having served in the Army, I know what it is to have bad feet. I have seen some bad feet in my time. Foot care is definitely one of those things where the ounce of prevention is worth the pound of cure. There is almost nothing more miserable than having to carry on with injured feet. When your feet are your main mode of transport, you have to take care of them. The items above can be used to care for feet before, during, or after.

Like was mentioned in part 1, your first-aid kit should not be a replacement for your medicine cabinet. Keep enough items that you specifically prepare for. In my family, my wife and I both suffer from sinus issues, the kids get canker sores in the mouth, and I specifically have several fillings in precarious places. This is the part where you can really think about your specific situation. You have to think about some things that might happen before they happen.

Credit: Sebastian Berry
Here are some things that I think people forget about. Three things stand out to me here.
  • Cutting tools in the razor knife and scissors
  • Nail clippers
  • Small treats
Credit: Sebastian Berry
We can all think of reasons why cutting tools and clippers are good ideas. I don't think I really need to expound further. I keep only a couple of small treats in the family first-aid box-again for obvious reasons. However, there is almost nothing better in this world to take away the ouchies in both kids and us bigger kids than a little bit of chocolate..

You may notice some things not included in mine-like tweezers or a needle. That's because on our most recent survival family adventure my kids lost those items. I typically keep a sewing kit and tweezers together in the very bottom. 

A couple of other things not shown are cough drops and iodine. Keep in mind that if you keep cough drops in your kit you have to keep them in a sealed bag so that your kit does not take on the smell and flavor of your preferred cough drop. I love iodine. Yes, the brown stuff that your grandma poured all over your cuts and scrapes. My bottle leaked and luckily it did not get everywhere. That is also something that needs to be stored in a sealed bag or two.

Credit: Sebastian Berry
 I wanted to take this picture to show just how much you can fit into a kit. This is not terribly heavy or bulky. My kids, other than the baby, are able to carry and open this on their own.

Credit: Sebastian Berry
Yes, it all fits. The lid closes and when you are done you can place your cold beverage of choice in the cup holders on the top. 

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