You need bigger-sized materials and more of them, should be compact, well stocked, kept up to date, and easy to reach quickly. The best plan is to build your own, customized for you and your family or workplace needs.
No “store-bought” kit is likely to have what you need. They're set up for minor quick-fixes or temporary situations. In a disaster, people you're helping may still have to wait 24 hours or more for professional care. If you buy something called a "first aid kit for disaster," Look at the contents!
We examined dozens of commercial First Aid kits and found that NONE of them would be adequate for large or serious injuries. So-called “Survival Supply Kits" contained mostly water, candy bars, band-aids and aspirin. Advertising and packaging can be very misleading. It’s usually best to build and stock your own kit if possible. You can start with the list below.
• The Disaster First Aid Handbook
• Triage Tags or Tapes / marking pens
• Latex or vinyl gloves, 20 to 30 pairs
• Cloth advesive tapes 1” and 2” wide (2or 3 rolls)
• Plastic advesive tapes 1” and 2” wide (2or 3 rolls)
• Large & Medium sterile gauze pads 4x4 and 8x10
• Extra-Large band-aids 2”x4” or larger
• Box of sanitary napkins or adult diapers (Make good mabsorbent dressings or pressure dressings)
• 2 or 3 Large packages (100 non-sterile 4"x4”gauze)
• Roller bandages2"wide or make your own (12 to 25)
• Triangle “cravat” slings, or make your own (several)
• Tongue depressors or cotton swabs
• Lots of extra-large safety pins
• Antibiotic ointment (Polysporin, Bacitracin) for small mcuts-not deep.
• Mild disinfectant (“Green Soap” or Betadine scrub)
• Hydrogen Peroxide (dilute 50/50 with water)
• Sterile water or sterile Normal Saline
• Large waterproof Magic Markers
• First Report & Second Report (in book)
• Small tablet or clipboard and pens
• Plastic baggies and heavy garbage bags
• Black Plastic sheeting 12x25 ft roll
• Mylar “space blankets” (6-12 or more)
• Clothesline-type rope or sash-cord
• Duck Tape (good for everything)
• Blunt-ended “EMT” scissors 2 or 3 pairs
• Kitchen rubber gloves for general mess
• Pocket knife or folding lock-blade knife
• Clean plastic spray or squirt bottle
• Keep 2 weeks supply of needed prescription mmedications* you & your family usually take.
mIf Diabetic include medicine & snack foods.
• Tylenol or aspirin for FEVER**
• Anti-Diarrhea medicine***
• Clean water
*Change / rotate your stored medications monthly to keep them fresh.
**Remember: that aspirin, Advil, Nuprin, Motrin etc. can increase bleeding, and over-dosing Tylenol is harmful to the liver.
***If possible seek medical advice before using any unprescribed medications.
See also: HOW TO IMPROVISE FIRST AID SUPPLIES (in the handbook and E-book)