Life-Saving Supplies To Have On Hand

Dear Rich Lifer,

No matter what the situation is, no one likes going to the emergency room. 

The lines are long, it costs a fortune, and no matter what you came in for, you’re likely to pick up new germs while you’re there, too. 

Right now, we’re in the middle of the worst possible time to go to the ER. 

Either you live in an area that’s been hit hard by coronavirus and you are avoiding the affected zones like the plague…

Or you live in the rest of the country where nurses and hospital staff are being laid off in droves. 

Either way, now is a terrible time to need medical attention. 

Sure, there’s no way to avoid it if you are in a major car accident or start to go into organ failure, but short of that, you might be better off if you take care of yourself at home. 

If you keep a well-stocked medical supply, you’ll be in much better shape to deal with life’s little emergencies on your own.

Here’s a list that will help you build a beginner’s emergency medical kit. If you have these things on hand, you’ll save money, stress, and maybe even your own life. 


Prescription Medications – You should have 30-60 days of whatever you need to take on hand at all times. I realize it’s harder to do that with some medications (specifically pain relievers), but for those prescriptions that allow it, make sure you keep as much on hand as your doctor and pharmacy will allow.

Over The Counter Medications – You’ll need pain relievers like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and aspirin on hand as they all have different uses. Along with those, you should also keep a stock of fiber, antacids, and antidiarrheals in your kit. Also, Benadryl is good to have on hand even if no one in your home has known allergies. 

Vitamins / Supplements – If you’re in the habit of taking a course of vitamins, you should keep 2 months of these on hand, too. In addition to your multi-vitamin, you might also want to have Vitamin C, Vitamin D, B vitamins, Zinc, and elderberry on hand. These supplements are all natural immunity boosters and good to have around in a crisis.


N95 or N100 Masks – For most of us, hindsight is 20/20 on this item. None of us keep them at home, but we sure wish we did. These masks will help protect you from dust and environmental particulate as well as airborne bacteria and viruses, so get your hands on a stock of these as soon as you can.

Thermometer – This is an obvious one, and yet, so many adults don’t keep a thermometer on hand. Try to keep a digital model and an analog backup just in case. 

Pedialyte – Better than Gatorade, Pedialyte will help you replenish electrolytes fast. You can make your own or buy the store made variety for convenience. 

Scissors and Tweezers – Whether you’re dressing a wound or removing a splinter, you need to keep clean tools on hand, so have a spare set of scissors and tweezers in your first aid kit at all times.

Band-Aids – Keeping a variety of shapes and sizes of band-aids on hand is always a good idea. 

Gauze Pads – When your wound is too much for a simple adhesive bandage, you better have gauze pads and adhesive tape in your kit. 

ZipStitch – If you’re not up to the task of stitching a wound yourself, that’s ok, because that’s where Zipstitch comes in. You can use these to treat lacerations yourself, and they last longer than butterfly bandages or steri-strips. 

Duct Tape – In a very worst case scenario, you can use duct tape as a bandage. This isn’t a good long term solution because it can irritate skin, but if the choice is bleeding out or using duct tape, then by all means use it until you can get to a better option. 

Ace Bandages – If you’ve got a strain or sprain, or you need to wrap a large piece of gauze, your best option is a good old fashioned Ace wrap. Keep several on hand so you can change them out. 

Saline – This can be used as an eyewash or to treat nasal congestion. In a pinch, you can use it to clean wounds, too. 

Hydrogen Peroxide – Another substance that’s good for cleaning wounds is hydrogen peroxide. This serves more than one purpose, too – you can use it to clean earwax out of ears and as a rinse to help with canker sores.

Rubbing Alcohol – This is another thing that’s in short supply during the current Corona-crisis, but as soon as it’s back in stock, make sure you have a bottle or two on hand. It’s a perfect disinfectant and sanitizer.

Instant Cold Packs – You definitely need these on hand for emergencies, but they’re useful in your day to day life, too. Just last weekend, my daughter fell off her bike and hurt her shoulder. We didn’t have any frozen gel packs handy, but we did have a box of instant cold packs, and they worked like a charm.

There are many other supplies you can add to your kit as you go, but these are the bare essentials that every household should keep on hand. 

Of course, supplies are only as good as the people using them, so if you’re not familiar, take some time to brush up on your first aid knowledge. 

There are tons of great videos on YouTube, and if you want to take it a step further, most communities have beginner and advanced training available on the cheap. 

One last thing to note – I’m not a medical professional, and this does not constitute medical advice. If you feel like you need to go to the hospital, please do. 

But if you’re not in a dire emergency, these supplies, a little know-how, and some common sense will help you take better care of yourself and your family – no matter what’s going on in the world. 

To a richer life,

Nilus Mattive

Nilus Mattive

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