Went shopping today looking for a top up of my first aid and survival kit chemicals and meds. Only I’ve hit a whole raft of EU & UK banned items. Now you would have thought I’d be wanting to make things that go boom the reaction I got from some. Except I don’t. Survival and health are my goals NOT terrorism.
The “look for” list consisted of:-
- Potassium permanganate
UK BAN but can get it on eBay
(Antiseptic, water purifier, fire starter, anti fungal agent)
I love this stuff!
- Tincture Of Iodine 8%
Got it after an argument as apparently it’s restricted
(Medical, water purification, Radiac Thyroid protection)
- Sodium Chlorate aka weedkiller
(Fire starter) Shucks, my favorite fire starter!
- Potassium nitrate powder aka stump killer
- Potassium chlorate aka sore throat lozenges
(Fire starter, antiseptic)
- Ammonium nitrate aka fertilizer
UK BANNED although will find some in a gardening shop
(Fire starter) Note this is the primary ingredient for ANFO.
A low yield boom mixture.
- Hydrogen Peroxide
UK RESTRICTED, obtainable in strength from hairdressers
(water purification, antiseptic, wound cleansing)
- Sodium Nitrate
UK RESTRICTED but can get it on eBay or mail order)
(Fire starter, Meat preserver)
- No sodium salt.
(90% potassium chloride which with a bit of kitchen chemistry becomes a good fire starter).
(Catalyst and for meds)
- Battery acid
A work in progress
- Magnesium Tape
(Pure instant heat)
A work in progress
Why look for so many?
That’s simple. It’s a case of they aren’t all easily obtainable in the UK so you need to get “creative” (or belligerent) to source what you need.
The ultimate goal?
All powders I obtain will be put into 2″ long color coded plastic straws sealed with wax to assist with fire lighting and first aid . The fluids go in eye dropper bottles as a little goes a long way.
Now I know a lot of stuff (if not all of it) could be sourced through EBay but that doesn’t help when the world’s electronics have gone pop. So that’s why I went looking!
Next list will be antibiotics.
Yet another UK hurdle to struggle round.
You people who live outside the EU/UK silliness are soooo lucky.