Tuesday, April 30, 2013

TUTORIAL - Mini Medicine Kit

As part of a thorough 72 hour bag, I'm a big fan of keeping a mini medicine kit on you at all times. Even when not in a desperate situation, having the right meds on you for the right time can be not only a huge morale booster but also really keep you comfortable in a pinch. Since you only need to take 72 hours worth of each med with you, it ends up being quite a small package.

Since whipping out a bucket of pills in a public place can seem quite suspicious, or draw unwanted attention, many preppers keep their meds inside of a sturdy mint tin:

This keeps things discreet, and also serves the purpose of keeping your meds safe from being crushed or damaged in your bag. To keep them airtight, mini ziploc bags are the best thing to use to store them.

Now, I'm not going to go off on the tangent of the dangers of self medicating, but a wise prepper will always, ALWAYS thoroughly research and learn about the gear they take with them. Medication is no exception to this rule. Learn about it and be safe.

Here's a list of what I'd recommend you keep in your med tin. Depending on your age, body size, gender, etc, you will require different dosages, so be sure to do your research and find out what a 3 days' supply of each medication will be:

- Bisacodyl Tablets
These relieve constipation very, very well, and relatively quickly.

- Paracetamol Tablets
Great for nagging headaches. A headache can cloud your judgement and make your life miserable.

- Vitamin C Tablets
Aside from being extremely good for your general well-being, high doses of Vitamin C will slow the negative effects of non-nuclear radiation

- Aspirins
Often used as a pain relief medication, they can also help fix a hangover and do a marvelous job of lowering your blood pressure

- Potassium Iodide Tablets
These, when taken correctly, will greatly slow damage to your thyroid from nuclear radiation, including nuclear fallout

- Ibuprofen Tablets
Anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen are fantastic for when a headache explodes into a full- blown migraine, and can also be used in a makeshift poultice to lower the swelling of an infected wound, making it easier to treat

- Imodium Capsules
No-one likes having diarrhea at the best of times, but when you're stranded somewhere it can be a death sentence, leaving you with chronic dehydration and malnutrition. Just remember that Imodium isn't a cure for diarrhea, but it'll slow it down while you figure out the cause

- Caffeine Tablets
When you absolutely have to stay on your toes, keeping a sharp mind can be the only thing that keeps you alive. Caffeine is good at helping with that

- Charcoal Tablets
If you have ingested any sort of poison, knocking back a couple of charcoal tablets will help to absorb it as it passes through your system, greatly lowering its effect on your system. It could save your life one day. Also, crushing the charcoal tablets up into a bandana and pouring water through it will do a fair job of filtering the water pretty well

- Water Purification Tablets
Pretty self explanatory. These babies will cut out pretty much any and all nasties that could get you if you were to drink from that filthy stream Au-naturale

Also don't forget to pack any prescription medications that you may be on.

So that's my two cents on the matter. Obviously it's a good idea to have a larger stockpile of each of these at your home base, close to or inside of your large first aid kit, but that's not much of a problem since most of the above comes in a large packet.

Try and buy online as you can easily buy bulk for very cheap prices.

That's all for now! See you again next time!

- CumQuaT

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