Updated: June 4, 2015
First Aid Kit Reviews:First Aid Kits are a necessity that every home should have. An emergency could happen at any time and you need to be prepared with a first aid supply kit. You should keep 1 first aid kit in your home and one in each car. Having a first aid kit available to take on a family vacation is another great idea which we will go into further below. Choose a kit that has room for all your supplies, that is easy to carry around, and not difficult to open when an emergency arises. Plastic storable boxes are perfect (especially the ones with handles). In the home first aid kit you should keep the manual, sterile gauze, adhesive tape, elastic bandages, antiseptic wipes, soap, ibuprofen, hydrocortisone cream, hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic cream, tweezers, sharp scissors, safety pins, disposable instant cold packs, thermometer, plastic gloves, flashlight and batteries, mouthpiece for CPR, list of emergency #'s and a blanket. View best selling first aid kits here.
After you have bought all the supplies for the first aid kit, go over the manuals so you know how to use each item. Please don't wait until an emergency happens to get familiar with the contents, it may be too late. Keep the first aid kit out of reach of children (let them know where it's at) and check the contents regularly so that you can replace medicines or batteries that have gone bad. You can get a all purpose first aid kit for $25. Some discount first aid kits are under $20 for the basics. We found several sites online that offer a variety of first aid kits for all emergencies, check them out at FirstAidSuppliesOnline.com or Amazon.com. You will find sports first aid kits, outdoor first aid kits, industrial first aid kits, and first aid kit refills. The good thing about buying a kit is that all the necessary supplies are already in it. You can browse the most popular first aid kits here.
Travel and Car First Aid Kits:Nothing can be worse than suffering an injury or emergency while traveling or in your car. Often you are too remote to get help immediately and need first aid right away. The RedCross recommends that you get a travel first aid kit that you take on vacations and one that you keep in your cars. A Vehicle first aid kit should cost about $25 and come with all the first aid supplies that will help with any immediate needs and allow you time to get to the nearest hospital. If you get hurt while traveling in a foreign country having a small travel first aid kit could be a lifesaver. Often getting to medical centers or even a store can take hours so having immediate care available is a plus. Drugstore.com has an excellent variety of travel first aid kits and first aid kits meant to be stored in your car.
Pet First Aid Kit:If you have pets, you know they can get into the strangest predicaments and sometimes injure themselves. Having a simple pet first aid kit can help treat basic wounds on dogs, cats, or even horses. The Veterinary Medical Association recommends having the following items in the first aid kit: gauze sponges, triple antibiotic ointment, rubbing alcohol, ear syringe, ace self adhering athletic bandage, white petroleum jelly, eye wash, sterile non-adherent pad, pepto bismol tablets, generic benadryl, hydrocortisone acetate, hydrogen peroxide, bandage scissors, custom splints, vet rap bandage, buffered aspirin, and kaopectate tablets. It's also good to keep the pet's health care record, medications, local and national poison control numbers and your vets hours and telephone number in the kit as well. Some animal experts say you should also consider a muzzle, blanket, tweezers, hemostat, and ziploc bags handy.
Camping First Aid Kit:Plenty of families go camping each year and the chance for accidents definitely escalates when in the wild. A good camping first aid kit (Coleman makes a good one) is a necessity and the following items should be included:
- Small knife
- Emergency blanket
- Razor Blade
- Magnifying Glass (can help start a fire)
- Small mirror (signal for help)
- Sterilized water pack
- Needle and thread
- Insect Repellent
- Burn Ointment