While exploring the wilderness can be an eminently satisfying undertaking, some of the very aspects that make it so enjoyable can also make it dangerous. Escaping from civilization can certainly be freeing. However, it also means being separated from important services—like medical care.
It’s important for each and every member of your party to be well-versed in basic first aid so that everyone can contribute effectively if there’s an emergency.
Building a Basic First Aid Kit
The first step to being prepared for a medical emergency in the wilderness is to ensure that you have the best tools available. Whether you build your own first aid kit or opt for a prepared first aid kit, you should take the initiative to ensure the kit has the following items, and that you know how to use them.
• Gloves, preferably nitrile, as latex is an all-too-common allergen. You’ll want to have quite a few pair—remember, they shouldn’t be reused.
• Athletic tape, 1 inch wide. Bring ample supplies of this—approximately one roll per person multiplied by the number of weeks you anticipate being in the wilderness. Not only is this tape essential for dressing wounds, it’s also great for preventing/treating blisters or for supporting joints (like a twisted ankle).
• Sterile wrapped gauze pads in a variety of sizes. Make sure you get some that are non-adherent, as these are ideal for certain types of wounds like abrasions or burns.
• Rolled gauze or a similar product to help maintain a dressing in place over a wound
• A tourniquet
• Basic over the counter medications: topical antibiotic cream, antihistamines, pain relievers, and gastrointestinal medications (stomach soothing medications, anti-diarrheals, etc.)
Pack your kit in an organized fashion and in a waterproof container.
More and more people are turning back to the skills from the past to become more independent or even just to escape the fast paced lifestyle that surrounds us.
You can pass these skills on to your children and grandchildren.
You will be teaching them valuable skills that will carry them through life.
Here are some skills you can teach your kids:
Start off with a fun project that your child will love to make.
For example, you can start with a simple square quilted baby blanket for a girl's doll crib.
It will teach her to cut fabric, use a sewing machine, and match colors.
You can teach children as young as five to do laundry.
Probably the best way to start is to teach them how to sort clothes.
How to separate white s from colored clothes and towels from jeans, for instance.
You might find that your three your old soon learns how to fold clothes better than you.
Give your child his or her own cookbook and they will soon love to make dinner for their parents.
Cleaning/schedules/bed making/organizing/natural cleaners
Cleaning their rooms is one of the first lessons most children learn.
Show them how to do it the correct way a few times.
Teach them how to organize their toys and make their beds.
Children love the outdoors, so gardening is the perfect way for the whole family to participate.
Teach them what weeds look like and what plants look like.
They will learn where their food comes from and how to feed their families by planting a garden.
Older children should learn all the basic skills they will need to provide warmth for their family.
Young children can start stacking and hauling wood, even if it is one piece at a time.
Hunting and fishing/gun safety/woods survival/butchering
Familiarize your children with chicken butchering, fish cleaning, and hunting safety from an early age.
They will learn early on where their food comes from and to respect the life cycle.
Children as young as six or seven can start learning basic small animal butchering.
When SHTF and society collapses, paper money could be worthless. You will need other items to take their place and for bartering. Items that prolong life or make it more enjoyable will be very valuable commodities. You might want to start investing in some of these items now.
You probably never thought of toilet paper as something rare. It will be after SHTF. It will be known as "rolled gold." Toilet paper will be an item that will be hard to make after a collapse, so stock up on it now.
Water filtration kits
Water may be the most important thing to have after a disaster. Clean, disease free water, that is. For that, you need a good water filtration kit.
Even if you don't smoke or can't stand someone who does, you have to admit one thing... Many people will do anything for a smoke after a collapse. Cigarettes will be very good barter items.
This will be a precious commodity, as it has been in the past all over the world. The word "salary" comes from the Latin word for "salt" because Roman soldiers were paid with salt. Salt is portable and can be bartered in any amount you choose.
These will keep people alive when the medical system breaks down and conditions are less than sanitary. Of course, you need a prescription, so they are hard to stockpile. However, you can get antibiotics for animals, such as fish, without a prescription. Many people say they are almost identical to the human versions.