The Surprising Tool You’ll Use More Than Your Weapon!


Hey there, I’m Travis from The Prepared Homestead, and today let’s talk about real world things that preppers need. In the realm of preparedness, many enthusiasts tend to focus on weapons and self-defense. While these are undoubtedly important aspects, there’s one surprising tool that you’re likely to use even more than your weapon – medical knowledge and equipment. In this article, I’ll highlight the essentiality of food and water, discuss the importance of medical knowledge and equipment, and provide some helpful tips for building your medical kit.

Food and Water are Essential for Survival:

When it comes to survival, the significance of food and water cannot be overstated. As a prepper, it’s crucial to stock up on non-perishable food items such as canned goods, dried fruits, and protein bars. Additionally, having a proper water filtration system or a good stash of water purification tablets is imperative. Remember, during emergencies, reliable food and water sources may be scarce, so being self-sufficient in this aspect will increase your chances of survival.

Medical Knowledge and Equipment are Important:

While having the ability to defend yourself is crucial, medical knowledge and equipment are equally vital. As a first responder myself, I understand the value of being prepared to address injuries, illnesses, and emergencies. It’s a good idea to have robust medical equipment readily available, ranging from bandages, antiseptics, and pain relievers to splints, CPR masks, and even specialized items like tourniquets. By understanding the human body, practicing basic first aid, and having the necessary tools, you can effectively treat and manage various medical situations.

I Am a First Responder and Carry Gear Tailored to That:

As a first responder, my focus is on carrying gear tailored to immediate medical interventions. This includes items such as trauma shears, tactical tourniquets, hemostatic agents, and chest seals. When the situation necessitates it, having these specialized tools can make all the difference in saving lives. Remember, being a first responder isn’t limited to professionals; anyone can assume the role and acquire the necessary skills to provide immediate medical assistance.

It’s a Good Idea to Have Robust Medical Equipment:

Having a well-stocked medical kit is essential for any prepper. While you can buy pre-made kits, putting together your own ensures that you have everything you need and permits customization based on your specific needs or medical conditions within your household. Consider including items such as gloves, gauze pads, adhesive tape, disinfectants, thermometers, and medications for pain, allergies, and fever. Don’t forget to regularly check your supplies for expiration dates and replace items as needed.

Start Acquiring Supplies Little by Little:

Building your medical kit can be overwhelming, especially if you’re starting from scratch. However, the key is to start acquiring supplies little by little. By setting aside a small budget each month, you can slowly build a comprehensive medical arsenal. Take advantage of sales, bulk discounts, and online resources to find the best deals on medical supplies. Remember, every item you add to your kit brings you one step closer to being adequately equipped for any situation.


In the world of prepping, it’s easy to get caught up in the adrenaline-filled discussions about firearms and self-defense. However, the surprising truth is that you’re likely to use medical knowledge and equipment far more often than your weapon. Food and water are undoubtedly essential for survival, but proper medical preparation ensures you can stay healthy, treat injuries, and provide aid when needed. So, don’t overlook the significance of building a robust medical kit and acquiring the knowledge to use it effectively. After all, in times of crisis, it’s the preparedness in the face of adversity that truly separates the survivors from the rest.