Are there any decent pre-built first aid kits out there?

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  1. kairo

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    I need to put together a couple good first aid kits, and before I start ordering everything separately and putting them together myself, I'd like to know if there's any companies making useful kits that don't contain a lot of "extra" stuff you'll likely never need.

    Many of the pre-maid kits have so many filler items and not enough of the good stuff like large bandages.

    Anyone encountered a decent, functional pre-built kit that wasn't full of fluff?
     
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    Okay.
    As in any kit questions; “for where and for when?”
    Are you keeping these on the car or are they for ultralight backpacking or a MASH Unit?
    Tell us why you need the kits.
     
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    Fair point.

    Day hike or 2-3 day overnighter. Enough supplies to service 2 people.

    Most common assumption of injury being sprains, broken bones or severe laceration (knife / axe wound)

    I'd like to find a kit that has a good basis of useful stuff, and I can add the extras on my own that I feel are needed.
     
  4. Medic17

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    build your own IMO.

    Rescue Essentials is a pretty good single source.

    Otherwise Adventure Medical Ultralight .9
     
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    I grab a premade one and add some stuff to it I have found handy in the past.
     
  6. SpookyPistolero

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    I find it's easier to work backwards. Build a list of what you want in a kit, roughly price the sum, then look for pre-made kits that approximate your needs and compare costs.

    I use enough of my supplies that I buy bulk of what I want, then make a couple of kits, ranging from huge home kit to overnight group size to day hike booboo kit.
     
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    agree w/ Medic17

    make your own w/ items you are comfortable using and comfortable sharing w/ others

    there are several sources for bags and you can choose your size

    i have a larger than many/most red FAK bag that i filled w/ products i am comfortabe using/sharing

    mostly different sized bandages/bandaids and different type/purpose tapes and wraps

    several clean white terry towels in zip-locs

    a plastic bottle of that green(colored) burn lotion

    tripple anti-biotic ointment

    anti-itch ointment

    cleansing alcohol wipes

    individually wrapped Handi-Wipes

    toilet paper squished flat in a zip-loc

    common OTC meds like Advil and aspirin... that i feel comfortable sharing

    a couple extra zip-locs w/ back up quantities of my personal daily meds

    i did follow a suggestion to incl a 1st responder style pair of those cut darn near anything scissors(<$20) in addition to my regular choices

    i get hemostats tweezers and specialty scissors at the gun shows and flea markets for chump change

    i get stick to itself stretchy wrap from Tractor Supply(horse leg wrap)

    a few pair of nitrile gloves from my supply at the barn

    black Sharpie ball point pen and small spiral note pad

    most everything else comes from the local Drug Emporium(discount drug store) in bulk packages that i keep here at home and re-fill from as/when needed

    one thing that gives me comfort is that the items in the kit are the same as i keep at home and in the barn so there is little to no learning curve involved when the kit is needed/used

    this kit lives in my barn/toy box/shop and i throw it into the Jeep truck or boat when i launch on a trip/adventure

    EDIT, i will be adding a pair of drugstore reading glasses as suggested by O_S
     
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    Always try and build your own kit if possible, in my humble opinion. I say this primarily because most kits are designed as somewhat universal and general. Depending on where I will be and what I plan on doing I will change the amount of items or add and subtract items from the kit itself. Medic17 is spot on with Rescue Essentials being a good place. I have worked with them directly and they have no problems assisting you in creating and building a kit. The kit will always depend on your level of training and familiarity with the items you expect to have with you. That being said I would also suggest making two kits, one to use and one to train with.
     
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    i 2nd RESCUE ESSINTIALS
     
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    I always bought one of the Adventure Medical Kits ones. They are decent, a bit pricey, but good.

    I tend to buy my own refills of certain things. I have found that I am a big fan of Safetec products, particularly their Triple Antibiotic, so I plan on adding my own stuff, anyway.

    As I approach the time where I need to refill my kits...I am thinking of buying a decent, fairly lightweight, waterproof case and just buy my own stuff. I'm just never completely happy with what they come with...I like lots of bandages and band aids...but I like a mix of medium to large ones..I don't need 15 tiny little band aids. There is so much garbage medical tape out there, I like to buy my own, and my wife is allergic to certain ones, so I want to do that anyway.

    I think next year I'll be building a couple from scratch. I can buy, for example, a box of 25 of the Safetec antibiotic, and split it between 3 or 4 different kits...home, hiking kit, bug out bag...whatever. That kind of thing.
     
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    As many of us are middle-aged and more, one thing to add to any FAK is an inexpensive pair of drug store reading glasses. Best to not confuse an Aspirin with a laxative if you can't read the packet...
     
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    @andy.t for military med kit or SOL med kit.
     
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    I think chinook medical is pretty good, recommended to me by a lifetime emt, although they are so modular you might end up making your own anyways. https://www.chinookmed.com/
    I took a wilderness first aid course and some of the emt guys there liked this company "dark angel medical" http://darkangelmedical.com/
     
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    Thanks for thinking of us! I was thinking about this earlier today. It seems like off-the-shelf kits are either all major trauma, or all bumps and scrapes. You need both.

    If it were my first aid kit, I would combine the TacMed Downed Officer Kit with an AMK Wound Care Refill pack and AMK Med Refill pack. That combo would give you the contents below for $63. Disclaimer is that we sell all of these in our store, but we sell them because I think they're good options, even if you don't buy them from us.
    • (1) SOF Tactical Tourniquet-Wide
    • (1) OLAES 4 in. Modular Bandage
    • (1) Compressed Gauze, Z-Fold
    • (1) CPR Face Shield
    • (1) Pair, Nitrile Gloves
    • (1) 2 in. Surgical Tape
    • (1) 5.5 in. Trauma Shears
    • (2) Antiseptic Wipe - for cleaning and disinfecting wounds
    • (2) Triple Antibiotic Ointment - a topical ointment that may prevent minor skin infections and promote wound healing
    • (3) After-Bite Wipe - relieves the pain from insect bites and stings
    • (5) Adhesive Bandage, 1 in. x 3 in., Fabric
    • (3) Adhesive Bandage, Junior, Fabric
    • (1) Adhesive Bandage, Knuckle, Fabric
    • (1) Adhesive Bandage, Fingertip, Fabric
    • (1) Adhesive bandage, Elbow/Knee, Fabric
    • (2) Butterfly Closure, Adhesive Fabric Bandage
    • (2) Sterile Gauze Dressing, 2 in. x 2 in. (2-pack)
    • (1) Conforming Gauze Bandage, 2 in., holds dressing in place
    • (1) Diamode Anti-Diarrheal (Loperamide HCl 2 mg.) (1-pack)
    • (1) Electrolyte Tabs (Calcium Carbonate 27 mg., Potassium Chloride 80 mg., Magnesium Oxide 20 mg.) (2-pack)
    • (2) Antihistamine (Diphenhydramine 25 mg.) (1-pack)
    • (2) Ibuprofen (200 mg.) (2-pack)
    • (2) Acetaminophen (500 mg.) (2-pack)
    • (2) Antacid (Calcium Carbonate 420 mg.) (2-pack)
     
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    Sorry for the wall of text.

    If it were me i would buy a cheaper kit, strip the unneeded stuff, figure out what you need to address your concerns. My kit came with a single use ice pack so i left it, but if it ever gets used it will give me more room for more important stuff. Things that most kits dont have, ace bandages (for sprains/possible splints, triangle bandages (great for alot of stuff, alot of my older ems friends can tell u aboutt em) emergency blanket (because any serious loss of blood can lead to shock), id go light on like bandaids, carry a few but a little cut wont do much even if it gets infected aslong as your a healthy person, moleskin because blisters will drive you crazy, also dont forget meds ibuprofen, beneydril, chewable pepto, anti diareha, and anything prescribed to you by a doctor, even asprin if your making a true emergency kit for possible heart attacks. If your prone to low blood sugar a cheap way to take care of sudden drops is a tube of cake icing.

    Dont forget that multi use items are a must, and because it takes alot of stuff to be fully prepared for emergencies, items that you carry should b able to fill some roles, bandanas can be improvised bandages/splint lashings, some compasses have mirrors on them, shemagh makes for a pretty decent sling.

    And all of these things are usless unless you have the knowledge to use em so some research is a must.
     
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    Another word of advice.

    If you build your own kit for hiking / backpacking etc.
    Not for team medicine man, zombies etc.

    It should all fit within a quart sized freezer bag.
     
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    this is something i completely overlooked

    i keep 'em everywhere else

    they're cheap

    THANKS O_S
     
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