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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Survival Base Camp Medical Kit received the following comment: "Anonymous said....The $1000 "what would you buy thing" is a good idea for a post. I will work on a reply, but I have a question: Can you give me an idea for a Medical Kit, not a personal kit, but maybe a chest or foot locker. What would I need to provide medical care for a family if four and anticipating six more people arriving at my house. It would be great if you can do a post on this."

UrbanMan replies: The list below is the "base camp" medical kit I currently have on hand. It is stored in 30mm Ammunition cans, ready to open and use or transport to another location if I am bugging out or setting up a treatment site some place else. I am still missing some items which I have noted at the bottom.

Base Camp Medical Kit: Items on Hand

Syringes, 12 and 25 cc, 1 ½ inch, 10 each size

Needles, 18 gauge and 21 gauge, 20 each size

I.V. Starter Kit w/ Tourniquet, 7 each

Sodium Chloride 500ml IV Solution 4 each

2% Dextrose 500ml IV Solution 4 each

Irrigation Sterile Water 500ml, 1 each

Provodine Iodine Solution, 2 bottles

Hydrogen Pyroxide, 2 bottles

Alcohol, 2 bottles

Alcohol Preps, two boxes

Provodine Iodine Prep Pads, two boxes

Non - Powdered Surgical Gloves #9, one box

Pocket Mask w Gloves, 6 sets

Neosporin Packets, two boxes

Neosporin, tubes, 2 each

Hydrocortisone Cream, tube, one each

Ace Wrap Self Adherent 2"x 5 yds, 10 rolls

Bandages Adhesive, assorted sizes, two boxes

Cotton Gauze pads, package of 100, 4 packages

Gauze rolls, six rolls

Mole Skin, three packets

Medical Tape, 2 inch by 10 yards, 4 rolls

13mm 6-0 Monofil Nylon Suture, 2 packs

13mm 5-0 Monofil Nylon Suture, 2 packs

Skin Closure Strips, 2 boxes

Ammonia Inhalants, one box

Quick Clot, 25 gram packets, 4 packets

Aspirin, 325 mg, Large Bottle, one each

Ibuprofen, 200 mg, Large Bottle, one each

Penicillin, Inj solution, 25 ml bottle

Acetaminophen, 500 mg, Large Bottle, one each

Kwik-Cold Instant Cold Packs, 4 each

Hemostats, 2 each

Sphygometer, Blood Pressure Cuffs one set

Stethoscope, 2 each

Bandage Scissors, 2 pair

Flashlights, small exam, 2 each

Tweezers, two each

Thermometer, two each digital and two analog

Special Forces Medical Handbook

Items on my short list to procure:

Couple more IV bags, 500 ml or one liter each

Dramamine tablets, one packet

Benedryl Capsules, two packets

Tylenol, Cold and Flu Capsules

Another big bottle of Aspirin

Dental Tools,

Dental Cement

Asherman Chest Seal Bandages

Ophthalmic (Eye) Anti-biotic Cream and Bandages

Hope this helps you decide on what you want and need for your larger base medical kit. I have personal kits for each set of battle harnesses I have. Each of these personal sets have 2 each 25 gram Quik Clots, 2 each Battle dressing, 1 each tourniquet, adhesive bandage, self adhering Ace wrap, medical tape, and alcohol preps.


  1. why not more anti biotics? Don't see alot of other medications on your list. Is it just about storage life?

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  2. UrbanMan, PSYOP Soldier here, great post..will be using this as a template for our kit...I have added the SOF Medical handbook, bought for 60.00 from the US Gov't bookstore, shipping included...Very handy reference book...Stay chilly...

  3. There is a book called, "herbal antibiotics" by S. Buhner in which you will read on pages 47 & 48 the incredible benefits including anit-biotic, of Honey. DEFINITELY a must have, Wild Flour Honey and the book!

  4. Don't forget that Garlic is also a very good antibiotic, and other herbs aswell

  5. You cant learn medicine from a book!

  6. Your list is the best I have seen so far but,
    how is it possible to obtain some of these things without a prescription.
    I've been trying to get some of these things for my supplies but I'm having a lot of problems obtaining them because you need a prescription to get them.

  7. The sutures you posted are so fine that in surgery they are used to suture blood vessels together. I think a 2-0 or 3-0 nylon on a cutting needle would be more appropriate for skin in a field setting

  8. You can get antibiotic from a "feed and seed" store. They will be for cattle or swine but will work for humans you just need to research for proper dosage.

  9. Sutures 3-0,4-0 would be easier to use. A sterile staple for many wounds is much easier to use. Also add a stable remover. If you have access add lidocaine to numb the area if you have to add several sutures.
    iv fluids, just pack extra normal saline, best for volume replacement in dehydration or trauma. Dextrose fluids are for more specialized needs.

  10. Tampons. Women are definitely going to need them, and they can be used to stop leaks or plug holes/wounds in the meantime.

  11. It seems to me that people tend to make the same mistake with medicine that they make with many other things... Forgetting that knowledge, with a healthy amount of will are the best things to have short of an expert, ie, an M.D.
    Since most of us will not have a trained medical professional along, our only option is to learn what we can from books and or personal experience and then, when the situation calls for it, to act as best we can. The whole point here is preparedness, right? Not expertise on every possible subject.
    Medicine CAN be learned from a book, in fact most of it IS learned that way by every Dr. on Earth. What you can't get from a book are experience and the will to act. That leads me to my point... EDUCATION and the will to act on what is known are the two most important tools a man can have in a survivalist situation. One human brain, properly prepared with knowledge and a strong will is by far the most valuable thing you can have, and unfortunately something so easy that many seem to be overlooking or just plain ignoring the fact.
    The ability to learn will assure your best chances for survival, and for surviving well. Once the stuff hits the fan, the men with knowledge will be the one's people will look to for guidance, the most valuable resource is and will be knowledge.
    That said, people should look at all of the truly wonderful medicinal plants and herbs that grow naturally in North America... not the least important of which is the papaver somniferum or opium poppy.
    Even the most well educated brain is only so useful when suffering intense pain for extended periods and one strong cup of opium tea can relieve even moderate to severe pain as well as fight diahrea and a whole host of other ailments and that is just one plant.
    Real preparedness REQUIRES diverse knowledge. You just can't know too much! So, bring those books and actually READ them!

  12. The SF Medical Handbook is excellent, but I fear it is over the head of an untrained layperson. Better to have Dr Bones & Nurse Amy's "Doom and Bloom Medical Handbook" or the updated "The Survival Medicine Handbook" by them. "Hawkes Green Beret Survival Manual" by Mykel Hawke & US Army Pub "68W Advanced Field Craft Combat Medic Skills". Also, "Where There Is No Doctor" and "Where There Is No Dentist". Mykel (a trained SF Medic before he became an officer) has included a great list of goods in his book, as has Dr. Bones. You can even buy the goods from Dr Bones if you can afford them already packed up and ready to go. Sorry, but you are way behind in this area. And no, I don't get anything for recommending any of the above. Just passing it foreward. Also, there are some really great links to herbal medicines in Dr. Bones books.

  13. I saw where one of the commenters above paid $^0 for a copy of the SF Medical Handbook. Shopping around can save you loads of money. I suggest you consider or even ebay.

  14. My purchase of the SF Medical book is a resource, along with various other medical references like; When there is no doctor/dentist/ships medicine chest/et al...I like having the SF book in hardcopy because it is a great book, well designed, printed and bound...well worth the money....PSYOP Soldier