11 Unusual and Uncommon First Aid Items

Karen Hendry
By Karen Hendry October 17, 2016 09:44

11 Unusual and Uncommon First Aid Items

Everyone, survivalist or not, should have a first aid kit in their home and one in their car. Most people can probably name most of the more common items in a first aid kit, such as Band-Aids, gauze pads, bandaging, scissors, tweezers, ice pack, antiseptic wipes, and non-latex gloves.

However, there might be situations in which you don’t have your first aid kit handy at a time when you really need it. In times like these, it is good to know some unusual and uncommon items that are very useful when first aid is required, items that would also be great to include in your regular first aid kit. Here is a list of some great unusual and uncommon first aid items:

#11 Spirits

12 spritsThis can be whiskey, bourbon, vodka, or any other spirits that you have on hand. Of course, the higher alcohol content, the better. A strong bottle of spirits can be used to sterilize medical instruments and the wound. The wounded person can also drink the spirits, dulling the pain when there is no anesthetic available.


11-quickclot#10 QuickClot

QuickClot, or any other homeostatic agent, is used to make the blood clot so you can stop severe bleeding.

The idea is this is used in large wounds that are bleeding heavily and there is a high risk of death due to blood-loss.

Related: Best Natural First Aid: Stops Bleeding In 10 Seconds!


10-hard-candies-life-savers#9 Hard Candies

These can be used to help someone calm down when they begin to panic after they sustained an injury. Lifesavers are the best choice for this.


#8 Razor Blades

9-razor-bladesThese are very useful anytime you need to have clear skin to which an adhesive must stick, or more importantly, when you need to get a proper fit with your N95 mask. Facial hair will not allow you to get a good seal with the mask, so being able to do a quick shave is indispensable and could save your life!


 #7 Tampons

8-tamponsTampons are made to be highly absorbent, so when there is a large wound and you have no QuickClot available, using a tampon to plug the wound is a great solution. You should not actually insert the tampon into the wound because it can be difficult to get out. However, if the emergency is severe and you are far from medical help, then it could save your life.


6-sanitary-napkins#6 Sanitary Napkins

These have a similar function to tampons, but are better as a compress and act as a good dressing for wounds. They can cover fairly large wounds and are good to use for deep wounds that would normally require lots of gauze. Just be sure not to use scented pads.


#5 Duct Tape

make-a-castYes, duct tape can be used for anything and everything, so why not first aid, as well? You can use it to hold that tampon, sanitary napkin, or some other type of compress on a wound or hold a splint in place when dealing with a broken bone. Duct tape can also be used to remove ticks. All you need to do is tear off a small strip, push the tape inward to make a crease that is held by the sticky side and you can use it as tweezers. Just be sure when removing a tick that you get all of it out and clean the wound afterward.

Related: 26 Practical Survival Uses for Duct Tape


#4 Superglue

4-superglueWhen you don’t have access to medical glue or steri-strips and you have a wound to close, you can always use superglue. Be sure to only use it on small wounds, 5 cm or less, and only when the wound has a straight, clean edge. In addition, do not use it on wounds on the face or that are deep. Be sure to clean the wound thoroughly before gluing it shut.


#3 Suture Kit

3-suturekitThis is not something you want to use unless you absolutely have to, which is generally in a serious survival situation, possibly a situation in which society has broken down and there is no access to professional medical care. If you do need to suture someone’s wound in dire circumstances, having a suture kit on hand is invaluable. However, if you go this route, then please learn how to use the kit and practice suturing so you know what you are doing when the time comes. Medical students sometimes practice on orange peels.


#2 Floss

2-flosssThis is good to have on hand if you have a tooth infection, but it can also be used as suture if you can’t access the real deal. Just don’t use the flavored kind of floss. Floss can also be used to make a tourniquet. This is only if you are in a desperate situation and you need to be careful not to cut the skin (the floss is thin), but it has been done with success.


#1 Vaseline

1-vaselineFinally, Vaseline, otherwise known as petroleum jelly, is great to have around. While it isn’t an antibiotic, once a wound is clean, you can place a dab of Vaseline on a wound to seal it off from contaminants, keeping it clean and dry. You can also dab Vaseline on a biting tick, which will make the tick let go because it will choose breathing over eating.

Just remember that all of these solutions are not supposed to take the place of professional medical help, so please get that help if at all possible. You should also always use proper, sterile first aid supplies whenever possible. However, these are some everyday items you can include in your current first aid kits or that you just might have around when an emergency happens and your first aid kit isn’t close by. They could even save your life or the life of someone you love.

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Karen Hendry
By Karen Hendry October 17, 2016 09:44
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17 Comments

  1. Scrot October 17, 13:02

    Regarding hard candies…
    I would stay away from placing any loose body in someone’s mouth (airway) if the person is not completely alert and stable. Foreign body airway obstruction (FBAO) is not a kind thing to cause in a patient, especially if that was not the initial complaint or issue. Don’t stick stuff in patients mouths, it’s just really bad practice. It’s a great list, but it should stick with 10 and nix the Life-Savers… (oh, irony)

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  2. Lance dale Norton October 17, 14:04

    Another product that can be used to stop bleeding, like a cute artery is flour.regular flour you use for cooking. I always have a container of flower near my sink just in case I cut myself accidentally. Stops blood lost in a few seconds. Works great

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  3. Ellen October 18, 02:01

    Alum. For pickeling is a great way to stop bleeding and it disinfect. My doctor used it on me in the hospital when a few stitches broke

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  4. Bill October 18, 06:30

    To stop a nosebleed, dip a Q-tip into some vaseline then apply to the bleeding area up inside the nostril. lt’s amazing!

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  5. Tom November 4, 01:34

    Honey will also seal a wound and has beneficial properties Vaseline lacks. Just be sure to put a bandage over it. The styptic pencil is another good and easy to carry with you item that is great for stopping bleeding of all kinds of everyday minor wounds

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  6. Dave November 23, 07:03

    You can use vasoline as a wound protectant but, if you use Neosporin or any triple antibiotic salve it will work much better plus it will kill most bacteria and you can rub a small amount into a cotton ball strike a flint or match to help start a fire in a pinch to get your kindling going

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  7. SHTF Survival December 3, 05:55

    I’ve used duct tape for cuts on fingers while at work. The duct tape works for sealing off bleeding cuts and it holds up much better than a typical band-aid.

    I’ve also used super glue to seal up small but deep cuts that probably could have used a few stitches if a doctor visit was involved.

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  8. Jimbo December 5, 05:59

    ground black pepper sprinkled on a cut will stop bleeding and does not sting.

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  9. left coast chuck June 4, 02:15

    I would like to add that in order for ethanol (grain alcohol, in other words, booze) to be an effective antiseptic it must be greater than 60% ethanol. That means that the 100 proof Wild Turkey you just poured on that nasty cut was wasted. You should have drunk it. Proof is 1/2 the alcohol content. 100 proof ethanol is 50% alcohol. You have to use 120 proof or greater. You have to search for it in liquor stores because most alcoholic drinks are 100 proof or less. I understand Everclear is close to 180 proof and as a consequence you cannot obtain it in some states, Kallyforniya being one of them. Of course, pouring Wild Turkey on a nasty cut is better than trying to clean the wound with ditch water or water from the lake that everybody has been peeing in and who knows what is lying in the water 1/2 mile upstream. It just won’t kill the germs that got in the cut when you arm was submerged in the lake under discussion. The same discussion applies to hand sanitizer. Make sure the hand sanitizer is at least 60% alcohol (or ethanol) Denatured alcohol is ethanol that has been treated so that you can’t drink it. Heaven forbid that we drink ethanol without paying the government tax on it. By the way, hand sanitizer will act as a fire starter in a pinch as will denatured alcohol.

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  10. Wannabe May 8, 15:55

    Get rubbing alcohol to sterilize wounds and or utensils. It is cheaper and actually sterilizes things. Use the isopropyl drink the spirits.

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