If you can only take a handful of medications with you during an emergency, these are the ones to pick
EVERYONE’S SUPPLY—INCLUDING THEIR EMERGENCY MEDICINE CABINET—WILL LOOK DIFFERENT
PRIORITIZE THESE TWO THINGS AND YOU CAN’T GO WRONG
MUST-HAVE MED #1: YOUR OWN PRESCRIPTIONS
MUST-HAVE MED #2: PAIN RELIEVERS
MUST-HAVE MED #3: ANTI-DIARRHEALS
MUST-HAVE MED #4: ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL
Must-Have Med #5: Antibiotic Ointment
Rounding off our list is antibiotic ointment. On its own it can prevent infections that would stop you in your tracks but our experts recommend pairing it with isopropyl alcohol—a common practice in trauma treatment. Flush your wound with alcohol for a quick, thorough disinfecting, and then apply the ointment and wrap it in clean cloth or bandages (gauze if you have it).
Long Term Disinfectant – Antibiotic ointment makes a much better long-term disinfectant than alcohol, which rubs off and dissipates quickly, forcing you to constantly remove and re-apply your bandages. This lets in new bacteria and wastes your precious bandage supply at the worst possible time.
More Than Just a “Disinfectant” – Antibiotic ointment, on the other hand, remains on your skin, disinfecting for hours. During that time it helps healing in lots of ways: it moistens the wound, acts as a physical barrier to bacteria, and even relieves pain.