First Aid Kit…Not According To Plan

First, my apologies for the brief hiatus.  I’ve been swamped with work over the last week or so, and I just didn’t have blogging in me after everything.  After all, I write during the day and the more I have to do, the less time I have for this, unfortunately.

So, after a small snafu on my first aid kit, I have to say that my plan was less than stellar.  Oh, there’s plenty of stuff, but I looked through the contents I’d ordered and realized that it’s…well…meh.

Honestly, I think I’d have been better off buying individual items after all.  Pretty much nothing was worthwhile except the bandaids and I have plenty of those already.

Well, it’s here now, so it’s time to branch out and add to the kit.  I also need to plan some way to organize it better.  Story of my life.

The blood pressure cuff and stethoscope wasn’t too bad.  It’s basic, to be sure, but otherwise acceptable.  The stethoscope will probably need to be replaced eventually, but that’s one of those items that having multiples of may be handy.  Most importantly, though, it works well enough for now.

In all honesty, I’m probably better prepped on medical supplies than 95 percent of the population, so I have that going for me.

Now I just need to make this whole thing not suck so much. 🙂

First Aid Supplies Ordered and WaterBOB Arrives

It’s been a somewhat productive day.

First, my WaterBOB arrived.  Now I have some means for storing water.  It won’t cover everything, but it’s a start.  I’ve mentioned the downsides of this method previously, so I won’t go into them again.

What I will say is that this won’t be all for water storage for me.  However, it’s a nice start.

Second, I had a little fun with first aid supplies.

As I said when I talked about the plan, I knew I was going to need these.  We’ve got bandaids and such, but there are a lot of holes left with that.  However, I’ve never been really fond of the commercial first aid kits you can get.  Part of it is that my knowledge extends past most kits.  The other part is they always seem overpriced for the kit when all I wanted was the contents.

Well, luckily you can get first aid kit refills.  I went with a class B kit refill.  For those who are unfamiliar with the kit types, an “A” kit is for most general accidents.  Cuts, scrapes, things like that.  These are most of the kits you come across.  They’re basic, but most people can use any of the contents as they are.

A “B” kit is for higher risk environments.  These are a bit more advanced as far as kits go.  They’re also a bit more expensive, of course, but I personally think it’s worth it.  While I still will want to add to the kit, I’ll be adding a whole lot less with one of these kits.

I also picked up a stethoscope and sphygmomanometer (otherwise known as a blood pressure cuff).  I know how to use these, and will be teaching the whole family how to as well.

Total cost?  Less than $35.

Still need to work out some plan on what food to grab this weekend, but I’ll definitely be picking up some.  There are just so many options since I have so many holes still, which makes the whole thing a bit overwhelming.  The key is to not get too worked up over and keep moving forward.

Just think, I’m a buttload better prepared than I was a few weeks ago.  Once the first aid supplies get here, I’ll be even more prepared.

And knowing that you’re more prepared is a wonderful feeling.

5/29 Week In Review

It’s been a pretty busy week on the prepping front.  Realistically, it’s also time to slow down just a bit.  This isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon after all.  However, for the first time in a while, I’ve got a month or more’s worth of food.  That makes me feel a whole lot more confident.

So, let’s review just a bit. Continue reading