An Israeli Bandage In Every Emergency Kit

The Israeli Bandage  was created by the Israeli Defense Force to save lives during combat. The pressure applicator on an Israeli Bandage exerts 30 pounds of pressure to a wound area, effectively treating the bleeding from a traumatic hemorrhagic wound.   A sterile dressing that can be used for many kinds of wounds, it should be in every emergency kit.

Why There Must Be An Israeli Bandage In Every Emergency Kit

What Can The Israeli Bandage In Your Emergency Kit Do?

The Israeli Bandage is highly versatile. Use it for puncture wounds, deep lacerations, and even gunshot wounds. The wrap will bind a splint in place, and used as a tourniquet.

How To Use An Israeli Bandage

1. First, open the outer and sterile inner packaging.

2. Next, place the sterile pad over the wound in such a way that the pressure applicator is off set, or to the side of the wound. Use the the long end of the wrap to wrap over the sterile pad, and under and over the pressure applicator, wrapping tightly.

3. Use the closure bar to keep the emergency bandage closed.

Confused? Don’t worry. You’ll find the simple to follow directions for the emergency bandage on the back of every package package.

Emergency Israeli Bandage

PRO TIP: Purchase an extra Israeli Bandage to practice with. Also, teach your kids how to place an Israeli Bandage.

How This Bandage Can Save You Money and Space In Your Emergency Kit.

Because you add this emergency wrap to your first aid kit, you can remove triangular bandages, large dressings, and bulky rolls of gauze.

What Sizes Do Emergency Bandages Come In?

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You will find these bandages in the following sizes:

4 inch width

6 inch width

12 inch width that is designed to be used for abdominal injuries and amputations.

Pro Tip:  Finally, add a package of QuikClot Advanced Clotting Hemostatic Gauze for more serious wounds.

Get Serious About Your Medical Gear

The most Simple 72 Hour Kits and Checklists must include an Israeli Bandage. While you’re at it, add one to each of your car emergency kits too.

Have you ever used an Emergency Bandage like this one?

Essential Oils for Prepping: The Top 10

We are living in uncertain times, where the ability to be self reliant could be the difference between living well, and merely existing.  For example, who knows what will ultimately happen to our ability to access health care?  To that end, I’m sharing with you the 10 Top Essential Oils for Prepping.

Top 10 Essential Oils For Prepping

Compliance And Essential Oils For Prepping

Unfortunately, because of regulations, I’m not able to share with you everything each oil can do to benefit your family.  It’s my hope what I can share will provide you the inspiration needed to begin learning more about essential oils for prepping.  In addition, it is  my firm belief that essential oils can help your family be better prepared for an uncertain future.

Young Living Vitality Oils

Perfect for adding flavor to your favorite foods or using as dietary supplements, the Vitality line of dietary essential oils gives you the freedom to share and explore some of our best-loved essential oils in a variety of nutritious and delicious ways. Discover Vitality—for food, for family, for life!* -Young Living 

Lemon Vitality Essential Oil

Essential OIls for Prepping: Lemon Vitality

• Provides an invigorating citrus flavor
• Has antioxidant properties*
• Supports the immune system*
• Provides circulatory support*
• Contains cleansing properties*

-Young Living

 

Copaiba Vitality Essential Oil

Essential OIls For Prepping: Copaiba

 

Steam distilled from the gum resin of the Brazilian copaiba tree, Copaiba Vitality essential oil has a robust,earthy flavor with notes of honey.

When taken internally, Copaiba can promote overall wellness and may be an important part of a daily health regimen.*  -Young Living

 

DiGize Vitality Essential Oil

Essential Oils for Prepping: DiGize

Use DiGize Vitality essential oil to help you enjoy each and every meal! This proprietary blend of Young Living essential oils is a great mealtime companion and addition to your wellness regimen. *  -Young Living

 

Thieves Vitality Essential Oil

Essential Oils For Survival: Thieves

With Young Living’s Thieves Vitality essential oil you can support overall wellness and a healthy immune system* with just a few drops. Additionally, Thieves Vitality may also help support a healthy respiratory system when taken internally*. -Young Living

Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil

Young Living Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil

Peppermint Vitality essential oil (Mentha piperita) has a bright, cool flavor, with benefits that include gastrointestinal comfort and normal digestion support, in addition to its great taste. Therefore, as a dietary supplement, Peppermint Vitality oil can support healthy gut function and digestive efficiency.* –Young Living

Peppermint is my personal favorite of the Top 10 Essential Oils for Prepping.

 

Young Living Essential Oils

Experience singular notes of pure bliss.  As a result, these powerful essential oils, lovingly harvested from farm-grown plants and herbs, bring out the very best in you each and every day.

PRO TIP:  How To Order Young Living Essential Oils

Lavender Essential Oil

Essential Oils For Prepping: Lavender

 

Because of it’s versatility, Lavender is a favorite of the essential oils for prepping. From skin care products to relaxing routines, this oil can infuse many areas of your preparedness lifestyle.

In addition, Lavender essential oil is thought to:

  • Promote feelings of calm and fights occasional nervous tension*
  • Have balancing properties that calm the mind and body *(because the end of the world is going to be stressful, people) Lavender is a Top 10 Essential Oil for Preppers.
  • Cleanse and soothe minor skin irritations*
  • Be soothing to the skin after a day in the sun*
  • Reduces the appearance of blemishes*

 -Young Living

Another way to enjoy the benefits of Young Living’s Lavender Essential Oil is in soap!  Our Lavender Charcoal Soap DIY Homemade Soap Recipe highlights these glorious benefits!

We here at Simply Preparing ditched our toxin filled dryer sheets and replace them with wool dryer balls and Lavender Essential Oil!  Get all the details here: Frugal Laundry Hacks Wool Dryer Balls

Frankincense Essential Oil

Young Living Frankincense Essentil Oil is a Top 10 Essential Oil for Prepping

Frankincense essential oil has an earthy, uplifting aroma that’s perfect for grounding and spiritual connectedness. Create a safe and comforting environment when you diffuse or inhale this empowering oil—a perfect opportunity to collect your thoughts. When you seek purpose or engage in prayer or meditation, use this oil to enhance your experience. –Young Living

Frankincense could be a good oil to help increase our focus during times of upheaval.

We’ve added a few drops of Frankincense Essential Oil to our almost famous Simple DIY Facial Toner With Essential Oils

 

 

Young Living Essential Oil Blends

Invigorate your senses and transform your day with essential oil blends carefully crafted by D. Gary Young with you in mind. -Young Living

Citrus Fresh Essential Oil

Top 10 Essential Oils For Preppers

Much as I hate to remind you, emergencies can bring smells.  Because these smells won’t be pleasant, I include Citrus Fresh to our list of the Top 10 Essential Oils for Prepping.

Place a few drops of Citrus Fresh on cotton balls and stash them wherever necessary.  As a result your living space will smell clean and fresh.  Create an on-the go air freshener with a spray bottle, distilled water, and Citrus Fresh.  Keep it in your bag to freshen up public restrooms, work places, etc.

We love to make soap with Citrus Fresh Essential Oil!  Our Homemade DIY Gardener’s Soap Bar with Essential Oils is a fan favorite!

PanAway Essential Oil

Panaway is an essential oil for prepping.

Popular PanAway® oil uses include applying it to tired muscles after exercise, or to the neck and back any time of day to enjoy its soothing and stimulating aroma. YoungLiving

Seems like Panaway is the perfect oil to reach for after a long day of Zombie hunting, making this one of our essential oils for prepping.

Reminder!  Here’s how you can order the  Top 10 Oils for Prepping in a Young Living Premium Starter Kit!

 

Raven Essential Oil Blend

Raven Essential Oil

Raven™ is a cleansing blend of Ravintsara, Peppermint, Eucalyptus Radiata, and other essential oils. Raven creates a cooling sensation when applied topically to the chest and throat.  –Young Living

For days filled with strenuous prepping, rub properly diluted Raven on the back of the neck before you get started.

And the 11th Essential Oil Every Prepper MUST Have…..

Okay.  Okay.  I know the title of this post is the Top 10 Essential Oils For Preppers, but seriously.  I can’t let this post come to an end with out adding one of my all time favorite, most reached for essential oil, Manuka.

Young Living Top 10 Essential OIls For Prepping Manuka

Manuka essential oil comes from the myrtle family, Myrtaceae, and is native to Australia and New Zealand. Steam distilled from the leaves and stems of the plant, Manuka oil has a woodsy, slightly sweet scent. Manuka essential oil can be compared to Tea Tree essential oil, as Manuka oil benefits the skin in a similar way.

My favorite way to use Manuka Essential Oil can be found in our DIY Manuka Honey Recipe for Preppers.     Let’s face it.  Medical Honey is expensive.  Making your own makes sense……and SAVES A BUNDLE!

Who should invest in the Top 10 Essential Oils For Prepping?

 

  • Families that plan on bugging in during an emergency.
  • Families that plan on bugging out during an emergency.
  • Moms concerned with the physical and emotional well being of their family members.
  • Any parent wanting to add another level of protection to their emergency first aid kits.
  • Anyone with an interest in making handmade soaps, lotions, bath bombs, shampoo, etc.
  • Anyone who would like to save 24% on their personal essential oil purchases!

 

 

How To Order The Top 10 Oils For Prepping

Ready to arm your family with the Top 10 Essential Oils For Preppers? It’s easy! Simply click on over to our How To Order Young Living Essential Oils page and we’ll walk you through it step by step!  The most affordable choice would be to order a 2018 Young Living Premium Starter Kit, which includes ALL 10 Top Oils For Prepping!

I’m Ready To Order A 2018 Premium Starter Kit Right Now!

If you feel ready to order without any further help, click below and you’ll be taken directly to our ordering page!

Or, if you’d like us to walk you through the process, head on over to our How To Order Young Living Essential Oils post!

 

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*These statements have not been approved by the FDA.  Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Emergency Survival Sleeping Bag For Preppers

An emergency survival sleeping bag, like the S.O.L. Survive Outdoors Longer Emergency Bivvy  provides protection in any emergency and in any weather.  Pull out your portable survival shelter in your car while you are waiting for help to arrive.  Whether you bug in or bug out, an emergency survival sleeping bag and portable shelter needs to be part of your family’s emergency kits.

PRO TIP: Combine an emergency survival sleeping bag with a *this post contains affiliate links light weight sleeping bag pad to prevent the cold from the ground from leeching in.  The egg carton construction of this pad will also work to trap warm air close to your body.

Emergency Survival Sleeping Bag

Emergency Survival Sleeping Bags Improve Your Odds Of Survival In Outdoor Emergencies

Forced to spend an unexpected night or two outdoors after an emergency?  The S.O.L. Emergency Bivvy provides protection from rain, wind and snow with it’s unique mummy shaped design, that reflects 90% of your body heat back to you. Because the bivvy has a zipper, you can use it to add a bit of ventilation if things get too hot in there.     It’s also a bright orange to help any rescuers find you easily.

The Difference Between An Emergency Survival Sleeping Bag And A Mylar Blanket.

If you’ve ever used a mylar blanket, you know how loud and prone to tearing they are.  Add a bit of wind and you spend your time trying to keep it from flapping and flying away.  Unlike a mylar blanket, a bivvy is reusable too.

Emergency Portable Survival Shelters

Perfect For You Vehicle Emergency Kit

If, like me, you live in a cold weather state, but don’t have a lot of room in your car for a big emergency vehicle kit, an emergency survival sleeping bag is just what you are looking for.  Instead of having a traditional sleeping bag or bulky blanket, snuggle into your bivvy to stay warm until help arrives.

Survive a Winter Power Outage

Staying warm during winter power outages can be a challenge, that even traditional sleeping bags can’t handle.  An emergency survival sleeping bag, added to your traditional sleeping bag will keep you safe until the power comes back on.

72 Hour Kit Checklist and Supplies

Light weight.  Compact.  Affordable.  A necessity for  your 72 Hour Kit and Bug Out Bag supplies.

Looking for other ideas to complete your 72 Hour Kits and increase your family’s preparedness levels?   You’ll want to take a look at our 72 Hour Kit Checklist and Supplies post.

Simple 72 Hour Kits and Checklists

Everywhere you look there is another natural disaster.  Could your family survive for the typical three days it takes for help to arrive after a disaster?  It’s time to pack the supplies for  Simple 72 hour kits for each family member.  Let’s keep it simple and geared to each person’s specific needs!

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Simple 72 Hour Kits

What To Pack In Simple 72 Hour Kits

Pack items that are unique to your family’s needs. Consider your individual circumstances, environment and situation.  You will most likely be carrying this kit, so the items you can pack that will serve double duty, the better.  This emergency kit is intended to keep you alive for 3-5 days, not for prolonged periods of time.

Pro Tip:  Individual kids’ 72 hour kits should reflect their ages and what they are able to carry.  You’ll need to carry the rest.  Do you have an infant?  Don’t forget formula, diapers, wipes, etc.  A family member with special needs?  What equipment will they need to make it through a period of emergency?

72 Hour Kit Food Ideas

Each kit needs a three-day supply of food and water, per person, remembering you may not have access to food and water. Do any of your family members have special dietary needs? Picky eaters? You’ll want to choose foods that meet their needs.

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*Protein/Granola Bar

*Trail Mix

*Peanut Butter and Crackers

*Canned Meals, Stews, Tuna

*Soups

*MREs

*Freeze Dried Meals

*Hot Chocolate or other water flavorings.

I like the *this post contains affiliate links freeze dried meals that  require you to only add hot water to the bag  for them to be ready to eat. They are lightweight, and easy to pack. If you choose to go with the freeze dried meals, you’ll need to make sure you have the water for them, as well as the ability to boil that water.

Make sure everyone has a light weight mess kit, along with at least one pot to boil water in.

Perhaps your family would enjoy a mix of the above to complete their 72 hour menus?  Don’t forget to add a few comfort foods too!  Set up a 6 month schedule where you rotate out the old stuff in your simple 72 hour kits with shorter expiration dates, and add new stuff back in.

 

PRO TIP:  To cut down on the cost of freeze dried meals, purchase them by the bucket, and ration the contents of that bucket between your 72 Hour Emergency Kits.

72 Hour Kit Water

Each person needs their own canteen, collapsible water container or a couple of water bottles.  Your family will need a way to filter or obtain more water. You can choose a personal water filter like the Life Straw or Life Straw Family Water Filter to meet this need.  In addition, I  like to add a few Datrex Emergency Water Packets to my bag.

Remember, 1 gallon of water per day is needed just for drinking.  You’ll want to make sure you store a few larger containers of water where you store your 72 Hour Emergency Kits or Bug Out Bags.  The 7 Gallon Aqua-Tainer is an excellent choice.

Pro Tip:  Not sure what you need in a backpack to use for a simple 72 hour kit?  You can learn about that by reading our post discussing what you should look for. 

Remember!  You don’t have to pick your back pack before you’ve decided on what to put in it.  You can absolutely gather what you need FIRST, and then choose the pack that best fits your stuff.  Heck, you may not even choose a backpack.  I chose a tool chest on wheels for my medically complex son’s needs!

Bedding and Clothing

*Change of Clothing

*Warm Coat, Cap, Gloves depending on the weather.  Change out clothing every six months!

*Good Shoes

*Undergarments, unless going commando is your thing.

*Wool Hiking,  Socks because dry, warm feet are essential.

*Rain Coat/Poncho

*Emergency Sleeping Bag or Bivy

*Yoga Mat to go under an emergency sleeping bag

*Hot Hands Hand Warmers

*Emergency Tube Tent (can also be used as an emergency tarp)

72 Hour Kit Essentials

Fuel and Light for Simple 72 Hour Kits

*Battery Powered Flashlights, Lamps, etc.

*Extra Batteries!

*Solar Powered Lightening Flashlights, Lamps, etc.  I highly suggest the Luci Inflatable Solar Lights. 

*Water Proof Matches

*Lighter

*Cell phone charging blocks like the Mophie Powerstation Plus.

*12 Hour Light Sticks

Personal 72 Hour Kit Supplies and Medication

*First Aid Kit

*Face Mask  ( What kind do you need?)

*Toilet Paper (remove the center tube and the roll will easily flatten and fit into a zip lock bag)

*Feminine supplies

*Soap

*Shampoo

*Hand Sanitizer

*Baby/Wet Wipes

*Tooth Brush and Paste

*OTC Medications

*Prescriptions

*Burn Cream/Spray

*Bug Spray

*Sunscreen

Prepper Gear

*Multi Function Knife

*Handheld AM/FM Radio

*50ft Rope/Paracord

*Sillcock Key  (what is this?)

*Emergency Whistle

*Personal Protection Device

*Map

*Compass

*Duct Tape (Or, as we like to call it:  ‘Magical Miracle Tape’)

*Black Contractor Bags  (Why?)

*Sewing Kit

*CASH in Small Bills

*Paper and Pen

*Can Opener These military can openers work great, are light weight and don’t take up space.

*Hatchet  (1 per family)

*Emergency Toilet (1 per family)

*Foldable Shovel (1 per family)

*Camping Stove (1 per family)

*One light weight cook set (1 per family)

*Family Water Filter (1 per family)

*Face Masks  We love the ReadiMask, A Full Face Respirator that could save your life.  You can learn about other face mask options in our post about Choosing the Best Emergency Face Masks.

Pro Tip:    Take all the items marked ‘1 per family and put them into their own container to grab as you grab your individual kits.  I also keep a case of 50 year canned water by my 72 hour kits for my medically complex son.

Copies of Family Records

Place these items in a waterproof container:

*Legal Documents (Birth/Marriage Certificates, Wills, Passports, Contracts, etc)

*Vaccination Papers

*Insurance Policies

*Credit Card Information

*Pre-Paid Phone Cards

Pro Tip:  Date every single item that could expire.   Mark you calendar for six months out, and rotate any expired items.  Inspect individual  72 hour kits twice a year.

Boredom Busters

Seriously, the last thing you want to do during an emergency is keep anxious kids (and adults) busy.  Make sure you add some activities to their simple 72 kits to help make the hours pass quicker.

*Books

*Coloring Books and Crayons

*Small Toys

*Card Games

*iPads and Solar Chargers

*Handwork

*Small Puzzles

*Fidget Spinners

*Whatever relaxes you and can get your mind off the worry.

What’s Next?

Whew.  You’ve got your simple 72 hour kits packed for each family member.  Way to go!

Next we’ll get to work on Family Emergency Kits.  These kits are meant to build on the base of your individual 72 hour kits to see your family through a longer term emergency.