You'll want some cotton seeds to grow your own. One plant produces tons of cotton and seeds.
You'll need to stock up on antibiotics before the fact. Search for all the big names but add "bird", "fish", "swine", "horse" etc to your search terms
and you can legally buy the same antibiotics they give to humans. This is an odd 'grey area' in medicine.
Stock up on other first aid gear over time, only when the stuff on clearance.
You'll want to stock up on alcohol and hydrogen peroxide. Get a bunch of big bottles and just buy new ones as you use them. Rubbing alcohol is my
primary cleaner for in the kitchen and even the dishes: rinse the crud off spray a mist of alcohol across it and set it in the rack: sterile with no
'soapy' or antibiotic residues.
You'll want a still to make your own ethanol, for drink and cleaning wounds.
Don't buy iodine at drug stores its a rip off go to a feed store and get 'horse' iodine by the liter for cheap. You can also make iodine with red
For dental the key component is an "ultrasonic dental scaler", $150 on ebay. Every home should have one anyways. Dental picks are obsolete and bad for
your teeth. They make scaler tips that can be used to 'drill' cavities with your same equipment.
You'll also want to get sutures ahead of time, one of the few things I'm still missing. I figure every person will need their own set that is theirs
alone, to reuse as needed.
Next comes plants: a rabbit-hole with endless plants for every possible need. You'll at least want to know what native plants are around you that have
medicinal uses. Most perennials that will grow in your area don't need much care once established. You'd be surprised what uses the most common and
annoying weeds in your yard are good for.
You'll want to have some papaver somniferum seeds to make your own pain killers. You can get them legally, and you can grow them for ornamental
purposes and seeds regeneration, but dont milk them unless the government no longer exists.
Scapals with changable blades can be bought for less than $10 at flea markets.
You can get advanced medical tubing etc supplies on craigslist, from time to time. You'll want the stuff needed for person to person blood
transfusions, and everyone needs to know their blood types, and you'll need to know what blood types are compatable in order to use it. If you stock
up on different diameters of clear vinyl tubing you can reuse the specialized fittings in the big tube sets, but you'll need a UV light to sterilze
the bulk tubing.
More will probably come to me.
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