by Barrett Bryson
During times of emergency and the aftermath of a natural disaster or a terrorist attack, most people will start to panic.
They will rush to the stores to buy up whatever essential items that they think they will need.
As a savvy prepper, you most likely have already prepared a bunch of supplies beforehand. However, items that are usually not adequately evaluated and are used up pretty fast are medications.
Even as simple thing as aspirin might be hard to procure during a crisis because, in survival situations and times of stress, all kinds of illnesses will rise.
More people will find themselves having headaches, upset stomachs, diarrhea, etc. This is very common and even if you have medical supplies stored, you would be amazed at how fast they are used up.
Just think about this: 4 adults taking 4 aspirin tablets a day over 3 days is 48 tablets, and that's only 3 days!
So, you can imagine just how fast your medicine stocks can be depleted if the entire family is unwell, and that usually happens during a crisis.
And that brings us to an important question:
What do you do if you run out of medication? Will you panic and rush to the chemist? What if it's closed or there no more supplied left?
Do not panic.
There are several natural remedies that are highly effective and have worked for ages.
Most people are unaware of these remedies because we live in a society where there's a pill for everything.
During a crisis, society tends to break down. So, it's time to forget the pills and go natural.
Below you'll find a list of 10 items that every prepper should have at home:
Rub vodka on insect bites and add a diluted mixture of alcohol and water to fungal infections to speed up healing. It's an intermediate level disinfectant.
To treat stomach acidity and heartburn, mix some baking soda in water and drink. You can also use it to freshen your breath, relieve diaper rash, remove oil and grease, clean your kitchen countertops and much more.
Use a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar to treat sinuses, diarrhea, and indigestion.
This is a miracle product with tons of uses. Acne and skin issues can be treated by rubbing coconut oil on the affected areas. Have a sore throat? Coconut oil works as a natural tablet. Feeling lethargic? A tablespoon of coconut oil will give you an energy boost.
Besides that, you can moisturize your skin like a sunburn remedy, antifungal cream, massage oil and even as an insect repellant.
It can be used to treat cuts, burns and small wounds. If you have a toothache, dilute some in water and swirl it around in your mouth for a minute or two and spit it out.
Take 2 tablespoons to relieve nausea. It can be applied to wounds to accelerate healing. Raw honey never spoils. It lasts for ages.
This is one of the best products to have. Excellent for treating headaches, nausea, muscle pain, joint pain and much more.
Ideal for treating skin problems, ear aches, cold sores, insect bites, head lice, etc.
Soothes sunburn, speeds up wound healing, prevents dandruff and much more.
Used to treat toenail fungus and relieve pain and muscle cramps.
The items you carry with you during times of crisis are pretty much the same as you would on a normal day, but with one or two additional things.
When a natural disaster strikes or you're living in a war zone, certain items can make a huge difference in your situation. Let's look at what they are.
While everyone is glued to their phones and can't seem to tear themselves away from their mobile devices these days, these gadgets become even more important during a crisis.
Even if communication systems are down and you can't use your phone to make calls or send text messages, most phones are equipped with other useful features like flashlights, stopwatches, etc., that can be helpful.
You can take notes down on your phone, take photos, and much more. The range of uses is only limited by your imagination. Always charge your phone and keep the battery full. You never know when you may need it in an emergency, and you don't want it to be flat.
Extremely important during dangerous times. If the street lamps are down during a hurricane, your flashlight will help you. Are you going to your car in a poorly lit parking lot? Shine your flashlight around the area and see if any dodgy characters are skulking around, waiting to prey on you.
MacGyver had one all the time and for a good reason. This is a very versatile tool that can be used for cutting, clipping, and much more. Get a good one with many features, and you'll be able to use it for a myriad of purposes.
This is obvious, but you should always keep them close to your body. Do not place it in your handbag or a fanny pack. If someone steals your handbag or fanny pack, you'll not be able to start your car or get into your house.
It gets worse if your ID and address are in the backpack. Now they have the keys to your house. That creates a whole new set of problems. Always keep your keys close to your body.
Paracord is one of the most useful items on the planet. It's something every prepper would do well to own. You can use it as a dog leash, clothesline, a belt to tie items down, emergency tourniquet, a pulley line, and much more. There are literally hundreds of uses for paracord. Itís like a thin but extremely strong rope. It has strength and versatility.
Of course, you'll need your usual ID, such as your driver's license, concealed carry permit, etc. If you're in a war zone that's taken over by foreign occupiers, you may need to carry even more identification when traveling around.
If you have a concealed carry permit, you can and should carry a firearm for your own protection. Make sure you know how to use it well and practice often during peacetime.
If you don't wish to carry a firearm, always have some other non-lethal weapon, such as pepper spray, a stun gun, etc. These could save your life if you're attacked by someone who wants to do you harm.
Carry these items with you whenever you leave the house. It may seem like a hassle, but you never know when they'll help you. It's better to have them but not need them than to need them but not have them.
This article will be extremely helpful for preppers who have children, and even if you don't have any, it really doesn't hurt to have a first aid kit for kids ready. You would be shocked to discover how ill-prepared most people are.
During an emergency, you may have neighbors or relatives with kids. They may be desperate for certain items that their children may need. If you have a children's first aid kit, you could be a lifesaver.
It's important to note that children and adults have different needs. While some essentials may overlap, it's best to have a separate first aid kit for the young ones. This will help keep things more organized, and you'll have easier access to whatever you may immediately need if there is an emergency.
Below you will find a list of items to add to your children's first aid kit. The rules here are not set in stone. Decide which items are appropriate and get them.
Children tend to get hurt easily. Have enough band-aids and bandages in your first aid kit to treat any possible wounds.
These will help to reduce your childís fever. Get the correct medication for your child and store them.
Of course, this only applies if you have a baby. Have some baby wipes, baby lotion, diaper pins, bulb syringe (to clear mucus), diaper rash cream, and baby powder.
While you should have stocks of these with your main supplies, there should also be some in your first aid kit.
One reason for this is, if you discover late in the night that your baby has a diaper rash late, you can immediately use the baby wipes and the rash cream to treat the problem.
You don't want to go into the basement or wherever you keep your supplies and start rummaging there in the middle of the night. The first aid kit is also for your convenience.
Get a digital thermometer or two and keep them in your first aid kit. If you think your child has a fever, youí'll easily be able to confirm your doubts.
Children who are sick may have dry lips. The lip balm will help soothe their lips. At the same time, do ensure that your child drinks enough water so that theyíre not dehydrated.
This is for your use. When treating wounds or infections, it's best to sanitize your hands and wear gloves before treating the child. This will minimize any risk of infection.
Keep a few N-95 masks in the first aid kit. If your child has sinuses or breathing problems due to a dusty environment, the masks will help.
Having these items will make it easy to treat scrapes and cuts. The antibiotic nature of the cream will accelerate healing and prevent infection.
Tweezers will be useful for removing foreign matter in wounds, and of course, smaller nail clippers will be easier for clipping children's nails.
Besides these items, you may wish to add other things that you think your child may need in an emergency. You're the best person to decide on what goes into the first aid box.
So, prepare it well and store it in a safe place that you can easily access at any moment.