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.

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 Ointment for Burn Treatment

B&W Ointment to heal burns

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.

Cyanoacrylate Surgical Glues for First Aid

Dermabond and Vetbond: Surgical Skin Glue for Emergency Stitches

Surgical glues can be used as easy, do-it-yourself stitches. Learn everything you need to know about surgical or skin glues in this article.

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.

Different Types of Antiemetic Drugs for Motion Sickness

Antiemetic drugs can control motion sickness

Antiemetic medications are small, easy to carry, and can relieve a lot of discomfort while traveling, learn about them in this article.

Different Types of Medical Tapes and How to Use Them

Every Injury Has a Medical Tape

We put medical tapes to the test so you can choose the most suitable to your needs.

Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)

Diphenhydramine or Benadryl - A Multipurpose Pill

Diphenhydramine, also known as Benadryl, has several functions that are especially useful for traveling: it reduces the symptoms of allergies, cold, and flu.

Hemostatic Agents - Quikclot, Celox, and XGauze

Quikclot, Celox, and XGauze to Stop Bleeding

Hemostatic agents help control bleeding by speeding up the body's own natural clotting process, learn about the best hemostatic agents available today.

How to Choose a First Aid Kit 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. Learn more about first aid bags in this article.

How to Use a Sam Splint to Treat Bone Fractures

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.

How to Use an Israeli Bandage to Stop Bleeding

What is an Israeli Bandage and How to Use It

Israeli bandages are designed to quickly stop bleeding in emergency situations. Learn different ways of applying the Israeli bandage on different parts of the body and more.


Ivarest cream for the personal aid kit

Ivarest is a cream that relieves the itching and dries out the boils caused by poison ivy, oak, and sumac.

N95 Masks or Respirators

3M N95 Respirator

N95 masks trap pollution, dust, allergens, and other fine particles that cause respiratory problems. However, not all masks are the same.

Nitrile Gloves vs Latex 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.

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.


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 vs CAT Tourniquet

CAT Tourniquet vs SOFT T Wide Tourniquet

Tourniquets are used to stop uncontrollable bleeding in the arms or legs. 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.

The Benefits of Using a CPR Mask

CPR Pocket Masks for a First Aid Kit

Personal protective equipment should not be underestimated.

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.

What is a Portable Defibrillator and How to Use it

Automated External Portable Defibrillator or AED

According to the American Red Cross, improved training and access to Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) could save 50,000 lives each year. Do you know how to use a portable defibrillator?

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.