As preppers, we all love a good multi-purpose item and when it comes to medical supplies, there are many items that you have just laying around the house that are superstar substitutions for the “real thing”. As a matter of fact, some of these should have a permanent place in your med kit.
Feminine Hygiene Products
Oddly enough, pads weren’t originally invented for feminine hygiene; that use was created by nurses after World War I when there was a surplus of them. Originally, they were created as bandages for use on the battlefield. They’re absorbent, sterile and portable. They even come in different sizes!
While we’re on the subject, tampons are good to have on hand, too. Spray a few of them with nasal spray and keep them in a sealed baggie. They’re great for stopping nosebleeds like that. They’re also good for bandaging small wounds or punctures, or for filling the space where a tooth has been pulled or knocked out.
Old (or New) T-Shirts
There’s practically no end to the use that cotton T-shirts have in an emergency medical situation. They work as bandages, slings and even tourniquets. You can use them to put pressure on a wound to stop bleeding. T-shirts are good to wrap ice packs in. The sleeves make great headbands to hold on bandages covering head wounds. If the emergency happens to be a new baby, human or otherwise, T-shirts are great to wrap them in. T-shirts make great filters for water, too.
Sheets have even more uses than T-shirts! They’re absorbent and can be used as both regular and pressure bandages.