Personal First Aid Kit

A Practical First Aid Kit for the Everyday and the Extreme

How to Make a Practical First Aid Kit for Both the Everyday and the Extreme

A comprehensive article with recommendations for building your own personalized first aid kit that is useful on a daily basis, not just during emergencies.

Antiemetic Drugs

Antiemetic drugs can control motion sickness

Whether you’re on a boat or reading in a car, motion sickness can ruin your day. Antiemetic medications are small, easy to carry, and can relieve a lot of discomfort while traveling.

Aspirin, Acetaminophen, and Ibuprofen

The best pills to treat pain, inflammation and fever

Aspirin, Acetaminophen, and Ibuprofen are in every medicine cabinet, but each has unique uses, side effects, and contraindications.

B&W (Burns and Wounds) Ointment

B&W Ointment to heal burns

B&W ointment uses all natural ingredients to help soft tissue heal faster. Studies have shown B&W Ointment to be an effective treatment for burns and soft tissue injuries.

Chest Seals and Occlusive Dressings

How Chest Seals/Occlusive Dressings Can Save Your Life

Chest seals and occlusive dressings are used to treat deep cuts and puncture wounds in the chest, abdomen, and neck by making an airtight seal around the wound.

Cyanoacrylate Surgical Glues for First Aid

Dermabond and Vetbond: Surgical Skin Glue for Emergency Stitches

For many injuries, surgical glues can be used as easy, do-it-yourself stitches that are immediately available regardless of where you happen to be.

Dermabond Surgical Skin Glue

Dermabond: Surgical Skin Glue for Emergency Stitches

Dermabond (2-octyl-cyanoacrylate) is one of the only surgical glues that is FDA approved for use on humans. It comes in sterile, single-use applicators and is the glue of choice for surgeons closing incisions after an operation.

Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)

Diphenhydramine or Benadryl - A Multipurpose Pill

Diphenhydramine has several functions that are especially useful for traveling. It reduces the symptoms of allergies, cold, and flu. Beyond that it can also act as a sleep aid, especially in higher doses, and an antiemetic for motion sickness.

Hemostatic Agents - Quikclot, Celox, and XGauze

Quikclot, Celox, and XGauze to Stop Bleeding

The hemostatic agents Quikclot and Celox are tried and true when it comes to emergency wound care, but XGauze is a new product that may outstrip them both.

Israeli Bandages

What is an Israeli Bandage and How to Use It

Israeli bandages are designed to quickly stop bleeding in emergency situations by putting pressure directly on the wound. Bandages are individually wrapped in a sterile, vacuum-sealed package, but if it’s your first time using one open it and try it out.

Medical Tapes

Every Injury Has a Medical Tape

Choosing medical tape may seem simple, but medical tapes are designed for a plethora of uses throughout medicine. We put medical tapes to the test so you can purchase the product most suitable to your needs.

Nitrile Gloves

Nitrile Gloves: A First-Line Defense Against Infection

Nitrile gloves are a latex free, disposable rubber glove that prevent disease transmission through blood or other body fluids. Nitrile gloves are less elastic than latex gloves, but they are hypoallergenic unlike latex.

Portable Defibrillators

Automated External Portable Defibrillator or AED

Sudden cardiac arrest kills more people than traffic accidents, handguns, house fires, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and AIDs combined, about 350,000 per year. According to the American Red Cross, improved training and access to Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) could save 50,000 lives each year.

Portable Medical Bag

How to Choose Your Portable First Aid Kit Bag

The first aid bag needs to meet a couple criteria: it should be just large enough to hold everything and it should be small enough to fit where you want to keep it. Before picking the first aid bag, decide what you want to put inside, and where it will be.

Povidone Iodine (Betadine)

Povidone Iodine (Betadine): A Powerful Antiseptic and Water Purifier

Besides being an antiseptic for wound care, povidone iodine can safely be used to purify water. Povidone Iodine comes as a liquid or a wipe. For a compact first aid kit I recommend using the wipes as they are small and conveniently shaped.

SAM Splint

Splinting Bone Fractures with a SAM Splint

The SAM splint is a versatile, lightweight, portable, and reusable splint that can be used to treat broken bones, sprains, and soft tissue injuries.

Scissors

The Best Scissors for a Portable First Aid Kit

Scissors are needed to cut gauze and SAM splints to the right shape and size, open packaging, cut clothing off patients, and cut medical tapes or wraps along with other normal uses.

SOFT T Tourniquet - Wide

CAT Tourniquet vs SOFT T Wide Tourniquet

Tourniquets are used to stop uncontrollable bleeding in the arms or legs. Tourniquets should be applied as soon as possible to stop unnecessary blood loss. If a major artery gets severed you can bleed out in less than a minute, so speed is everything.

Sterile Gauze

Sterile Gauze: A Fundamental Tool to Stop Bleeding and Prevent Infection

Sterile gauze is used to stop bleeding from small to medium cuts, burns, scrapes, and other wounds. It also protects the area from dirt and debris that can cause a wound to get infected. Combined with medical transpore tape it makes a versatile bandage for wounds of all shapes, sizes, and locations.

Vetbond Instant Tissue Adhesive

Vetbond: Surgical Skin Glue for Emergency Stitches

Vetbond (n-butyl-cyanoacrylate) was developed to close surgical incisions after veterinary procedures. It is very similar to Dermabond, but at a fraction of the cost.

Zinc Gluconate Lozenges

Zinc Lozenges for Colds

Can zinc help prevent the common cold? When zinc lozenges are taken soon after noticing cold symptoms appear, the severity and length of the cold can be greatly reduced.