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Top 10 Best First Aid Kits to Buy Online 2020

There’s a tiny part of all of us that believes in Murphy’s Law. You don’t need to be paranoid, preparing for a nuclear fallout, or a zombie apocalypse to want a first aid kit. Just practical. There’s actually a huge range of emergencies you need to be ready for: insect bites in the wild, earthquakes at home, or diarrhea overseas (which is a real pain in the you-know-what.)

And that’s why there’s so many different types of first aid kits. To make sure you aren’t weighed down by tools you don’t need, you should identify your specific needs, then choose the kit that’s best for you. But, of course, it isn’t fun imagining and preparing for all the possible worst-case-scenarios out there, which is why we’ve done it for you.
  • Last updated: 10-30-2019
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How to Choose a First Aid Kit – Buying Guide

First, let’s make sure you know a) what can go into a first aid kit and b) what kind of kit you’re going to need throughout all the twists and turns in your life.

The Size, Material, and Contents on the Kit Depends on Where You’re Going to Use the Kit

You don’t pack the same things when you go to a luxury hotel overseas, hike the Alps, or rough it for a week in the woods. So why should you carry the same first aid kit? Here’s how to choose the best kit for specific situations.

At Home, Work, or School: Go Basic, or If You Live in a Disaster-Prone Area, Stock up

At Home, Work, or School: Go Basic, or If You Live in a Disaster-Prone Area, Stock up
Unless you’re a real butterfingers, you aren’t going to hurt yourself (much) as you go about your everyday tasks. That’s why you can buy a kit that contains only the bare essentials: bandages, some kind of disinfectant or antibacterial ointment, tweezers or forceps, and scissors (yes–scissors!). All the packs we introduce below have at least this much. You’ll also want burn cream for kitchen accidents, which–surprisingly–a lot of packs leave out.
If, however, you live in a disaster-prone area–hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, or earthquakes–you could consider something big, comprehensive. Since you’re not on the move, weight isn’t going to be an concern for you. Look for a pack that’s prepared to deal with breathing issues and major wounds, with splints, for instance, QuikClot, or a tourniquet.

Road Trips and the Great Outdoors: Be Prepared to Get Wet, Lost, and Stung

Road Trips and the Great Outdoors: Be Prepared to Get Wet, Lost, and Stung
The wilderness is tricky, because there’s all kinds of environments you could be tramping around in. In any case, make sure the kit waterproofs the contents in some way–the bag itself could be water repellent, or the items inside could be sealed up in plastic containers. This holds doubly true if you’re a kayaker. Make sure the bandages, too, will protect your wounds from water and won’t just be washed away by a wave.
If you’re going hiking or into the woods, antihistamines are a must. You may think you’re not allergic to anything, but when you’re in a new environment, in contact with new pollen and new contagions, who knows what may trigger you. You’ll also want medication for bug stings, animal bites, and poison ivy rashes (hydrocortisone, by the way, is a great anti-itch cream). Don’t forget splints and other forms of pressure support for sprains and fractures–a must for mountain souls.
Some first aid packs also come with rescue whistles, emergency blankets, ponchos, and compasses. If there’s even the slightest possibility of getting lost or stranded, these are invaluable. And if you are a hunter or a boater who’s around propellers, you may have to deal with major trauma–so check for compression bandages and clotting sponges, sprays, or powders.
Finally, if you’re camping with a car, the size of the pack doesn’t really matter. But if you’re a hiker or long-distance trekker, you need something as light and compact as possible.

Overseas Travel: Focus on the Basics and Space for Medication

Overseas Travel: Focus on the Basics and Space for Medication
You know that old adage, right? Travel light. Bring just the basic bandages and disinfectants, in addition to the follow necessities.
First, antihistamines–for the same reason as above. You may be fine sitting on your patio on a fine Los Angeles evening, but you don’t know what foreign pollutants will get to you. Next, meds for gastrointestinal problems–do we even need to outline the dangers of food poisoning overseas? Finally, fever-reducers and other common drugs and painkillers–because a) the country you’re going to may not have a pharmacy on every corner, b) you might not be able to properly describe your symptoms, and c) even if you do get the meds, they might not be the right strength for you.
Also, it’s helpful when any first aid pack has space set aside for prescription medicine and other personal necessities, such as an inhaler. However, since this kind of stuff is probably unavailable or a pain to get overseas, such space is an absolute necessity in a travel pack. Just make sure nothing you include is going to stir up trouble with customs or the TSA.

Who and How Many People are Going to Be Using the Kit?

Who and How Many People are Going to Be Using the Kit?
Medication expires, wipes dry out, and band-aids lose their stickiness over time. That’s why, for the sake of your wallet, you want to get a kit that’s made to treat however many people you’re going to treat. Unless you’re planning to transform into a mummy, you don’t need 100 bandages for just one person. On the other hand, many first aid kits only come with one trauma pad or one large piece of gauze. If you travel to remote areas in a group, that’s not going to cut it–unless you want to draw lots or something.
Also, if you have kids, are around kids, or have anything to do with kids, make sure that the little ones can also use what’s in the pack. A lot of oral medicine that’s safe for adults is too potent for children–just something to keep in mind.

Does It Come with Easy-to-Understand Instructions?

Does It Come with Easy-to-Understand Instructions?
Someone could hand us every single tool a surgeon uses to operate on a brain–and we’d have no idea what to do with them. (Cut up a steak, maybe.) So, when you get a first aid kit, make sure there’s some kind of booklet that tells you how to use the tools and medication. Extra brownie points if it includes some kind of “survive in the wilderness guide” for hikers and campers, or instructions on basic life-saving maneuvers, such as CPR.
Speaking of CPR, guidelines for first aid care and maneuvers are constantly being updated. Some manuals may come with outdated instructions. To avoid this, look for a publication date–the more recent the better. Also, trained nurses and medical professionals buy this stuff, and often leave their two cents in the review. And word to the wise: always read the guide beforehand so you a) can fact-check the information and b) won’t have to tell your friend to try to stem the blood as you consult the table of contents.

Top 10 Best First Aid Kits to Buy Online

Have you gotten a basic idea of what you’ll need now? Good, because it’s time to delve into the top 10 first aid kits that’ll get you out of any sticky situation.

10. First Aid Only All-Purpose First Aid Kit

$16.54

9. Swiss Safe 2-in-1 First Aid Kit

$27.95

8. Higher Gear Products First Aid Kit

$16.97

7. General Medi First Aid Kit

$16.55

6. WELL-STRONG 2-in-1 104 Pcs Waterproof First Aid Kit

$19.98

5. Always Prepared Ultra-Light & Small 126-Piece First Aid Kit

$15.99

4. Lightning X Deluxe Stocked Large EMT First Aid Trauma Bag Fill Kit

$209.99

3. Surviveware Small First Aid Kit

$34.95

2. Adventure Medical Kits World Travel First Aid Kit

$67.64

1. Adventure Medical Kits Sportsman Series Grizzly First Aid Kit

$82.08

Summary

First aids kits are interesting, in that you purchase them while praying you never have to use them. But, if you ever do need to take out the pack, everything needs to be reliable and be available. We hope you’ve found a kit that answers to most of your basic needs–whether it be daily bloodshed around the house, traumatic injuries outdoors, stomach problems overseas, or a world-wide zombie apocalypse.

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