Five Must-Have Survival Meds

By Kit Perez
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Five Must-Have Survival Meds

February 27th, 2020

4 minute read

If you’ve been working on creating your own medical kit, then at some point you’ve had to do some thinking about what your family needs individually. It’s a given that to make an effective kit, you’ll need to ensure that any medical conditions are accounted for and supplied appropriately. If you’re diabetic, for instance, you’ll need to be able to measure blood sugar and handle any deviations from normal. If you have a child who is allergic to something, you probably need to have an Epi-pen in your kit.

Having some basic medicines available can make the difference between life and death. Image: Shutterstock/Maya Kruchankova

What if, however, no one in your family has any major medical conditions? Can you ditch all of the extra preps and just go with bandages and whatnot? The short answer is no — there are still a few things that you need as standard in your kit regardless of your conditions or lack thereof.

Simple, affordable and available, aspirin can be a huge help if you have it in your medicine supply.


Aspirin is something that most people take at some point in their lives. In fact, many people with cardiac issues take baby aspirin every day since it helps keep platelets from sticking together and forming clots. Even if you and your family have no cardiac problems, it’s always good to have aspirin in both adult and baby form. Aspirin can be used for everything from muscle and joint pain to headaches and toothaches.

Cheap over-the-counter medicines should be a no-brainer addition to your survival supplies.

Anti-Diarrheal Medications

Diarrhea has a long list of causes, and while it might not be fun to talk about, it can kill you if it goes on too long. It causes severe dehydration, weakness, and other not-so-fun effects that can stack up to put you in mortal danger over time — especially if you aren’t sure what’s causing it or are in an emergency situation where you may not be able to change your diet or get properly hydrated.

According to the author, there is no substitute for Vicks VapoRub.

Vicks VapoRub

This is the only brand name product mentioned in this article — and that’s because there’s really no substitute for it. In my home we use it for a wide variety of things both medicinal and preventive. A swipe under the nose can clear out sinuses and let you sleep when you have a cold. I’ve used it to relieve a sinus migraine as well.

In fact, it’s also my go-to when having to deal with anything that has a horrific odor; let’s face it, a survival situation is going to involve things you don’t really want to smell. Having some VapoRub around could make it a bit easier — or even possible — to do what you need to do.

Dehydration can be a killer in SHTF situations. Rehydration salts are a smart addition to your supply kit.

Re-Hydration Salts

At some point, you or a family member is going to get dehydrated. Kids are notorious for this; it’s not like they’re big water drinkers on their own as a rule. Illness, exertion and even weather conditions can contribute to that; before you know it, a simple glass of water isn’t going to remedy the problem fast enough. Re-hydration salts can replace some of the nutrients you and your family need, such as potassium.

You can certainly make your own ORS (oral rehydration salts), but it’s a lot easier to just have some on hand. Chinook Medical Gear has them for only $1.57 each.

While you might think that expensive tourniquet system is a must-have, basic over-the-counter medicines should not be overlooked in your prepping kit.


It might seem like we’re focusing an awful lot on gastrointestinal function, but the truth is that if things aren’t working in your guts, you’re going to be less effective at best and possibly dead at worst. Constipation can result in bowel impaction, and that is not something you want to deal with in a survival situation. It can be caused by poor hydration, stress and even the food you eat. While it’s far better to manage such things with diet and hydration, it’s also critical to have something in your kit that can help you deal with it if you need to.

Additionally, here are a few more things you may want to consider having in your kit:

  • Benadryl: for minor allergies that don’t require an epi-pen
  • Vitamins: a solid multi-vitamin is a great thing to be taking now, and especially in a SHTF scenario when you might not be able to get the full complement of nutrients you need
  • Cough syrup: whether you buy some or make it yourself, a cough can affect you in ways you might not have thought of, including ruining any noise discipline you may need to operate under
  • Aloe vera gel: It’s great for burns and minor cuts, scars, and even skin hydration

In a SHTF situation, things that are merely an annoyance now can become a life or death problem. Think through those scenarios and plan accordingly. There will come a day when you’re very glad you did.

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Kit Perez

Kit Perez

Kit Perez is a deception/intelligence analyst, author, and homesteader. Basics of Resistance: The Practical Freedomista, Book 1, her book co-written with Claire Wolfe, is available on Amazon. She lives in the mountains of western Montana where she raises dairy goats and Kune Kune pigs in a constant push toward total self-sufficiency. Kit also serves as an EMT on her local fire department.

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