Saturday, March 3, 2012

First Aid Prep From A Dollar Store

By Reginald Kaigler (DEMCAD)

Once again, survivialism has returned to the mainstream. it's all over the Internet with individuals posting videos on preparing for disaster and there's even TV shows documenting preppers. For those of you who are unaware of the movement, preppers are the new variant of survival-minded people who are prepare for emergencies. During the Cold War, survivialist focused on preparing for a nuclear holocaust, but now preppers are more geared toward social and economic collapse. I'm actually a prime example of what I call an urban prepper. While hundreds of youtubers show off their high-powered rifles and discuss the many scenarios in which they would battle zombies (both figuratively and literally), many of them seem to be lacking in other areas.

Medical. It makes no sense to buy a lot of guns and ammo, while ignoring a need for a good first aid kit. if you're shooting at a looter or drugged-out criminal, he maybe shooting back. And if you get hit, you're going to want to stop the bleeding and prevent infection. Like many people, I have bought per-packaged first aid kits, but they're never the best. You can build your own kits that are more comprehensive at a very reasonable price. I buy many of my supplies at Dollar Tree.

Every item in the store is one dollar or less. Last week, I bought a pack of super clue to use to close open wounds. I also grabbed a box filled with 50 alcohol cleansing pads for one buck. This can be used to clean cuts. I also recommend rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide to kill germs and prevent infection. I added triple antibiotic ointment to help deal with scraps, cuts and burns.

I even grabbed some anti-diarrhea pills. I remember reading that diarrhea one of the worst killers in the world. In third world countries, it claims countless lives and in a disaster situation, there's nothing that would prevent Americans from sharing the same fate. In 2009, the World Health Organization released a report that found diarrhea to be the second greatest child killer in the world.

"In the developing world, 24,000 children under the age of five die every day from preventable causes like diarrhea contracted from unclean water," said Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

The problem is that if the power grid goes down for a few months, it would compromise the water systems across the country. Since many homes in urban and suburban areas rely on electric water pumps to receive their water, a power failure could left them without a fresh supply of water. This situation would let many people to drinking unsafe water sources, which would allow bacteria to spread. This would led to sicknesses that will kill.

So going to a dollar store could save your life. You can buy tuba-wear for a buck, back pain pads for a buck and lots of soap.

WHO Report


  1. As always, good stuff...thanks

  2. Good advice Demcad. A Lot of YouTubers recommend things folks don't need or else is too expensive to buy & store. Food is OK to buy because you eat-it-up as it is rotated. The One-Buck stores are the place to shop. Demcad has a good supply of practical first aid stuff.

  3. Love this post.

    The Dollar Store was a prepper's gold mine - I get about 60% of my stuff there. So glad to see someone finally do a common sense post on budget prepping.

    Have you (or are you planning to) do any posts on small solar battery chargers? I've been shopping for something to keep small electronics functional in a grid down situation, would love to get your take.

    As always, great work!


  4. This is great stuff! Keep up the good work!

  5. Very nice. Been looking into prepping, myself. Nice to see common sense advice with an everyman budget.