Personal First Aid

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, 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

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.

Iodosorb Gel

Iodosorb Gel for Wounds

Iodosorb is the latest iteration of iodine technology in wound healing. It is most often used for infected wounds that are difficult to heal including venous stasis ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, pressure sores, and more.

Israeli Bandages

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.

Medical Tapes

Every Injury Has a Medical Tape

Choosing a medical tape may seem simple, but different medical tapes are designed for different uses. We put medical tapes to the test so you can choose the most suitable to your needs.

Medihoney Gel

Medihoney Gel for Wound Care

This tasty salve has been used to treat wounds and speed healing as far back as ancient Egypt. It fell by the wayside in recent history as we discovered a plethora of powerful antibiotics to treat bacterial infections.

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, and the way it's worn is important.

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.

Optifoam Wound Dressing

Optifoam dressing for wounds

Optifoam is an advanced wound dressing designed for wounds with heavy drainage. It absorbs large amounts of liquid while keeping the wound bed moist and sterile.

Portable Defibrillators

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?

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. Learn more about first aid bags in this article.

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.

Puracol Wound Dressings

Puracol Plus and Puracol Ag antimicrobial silver dressing

Although Puracol is one of the most expensive long-term wound care products on the market, it provides advantages not seen in other wound care products.

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.

Skin Protectant

3M Cavilon No String Barrier Film

Skin protectants used in long-term wound care prevent maceration caused by dressings and gels that speed wound healing.

SOFT T Tourniquet - Wide

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. It also protects the area from dirt and debris that can cause a wound to get infected.

Surgi-Lock 2oc Instant Tissue Adhesive

Surgi-lock 2oc Skin Adhesive

Surgi-Lock 2oc is the veterinary equivalent of Dermabond. Chemically it is exactly the same, but it is cheaper and comes in a reusable bottle.

T-Relief Ointment

T-Relief Ointment for Bruises and Sprains

T-Relief claims to be an alternative to Traumeel, and it has more concentrated ingredients and a wider range of natural anti-inflammatory ingredients.

Traumeel Ointment

Traumeel Ointment for Soft Tissue Injuries

Traumeel stands apart from over-the-counter pain medications because it actually speeds wound healing in addition to pain relief.

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.

Wound Care Ointments and Gels

Traumeel Ointment, T-Relief, Iodosorb Gel, Medihoney Gel, and B&W Ointment for Wound Treatment and Pain Relief

Cuts, scrapes, bruises and burns can hurt like crazy and take forever to heal. We examine 5 of the best ointments and gels that speed healing and reduce pain in all kinds of soft tissue injuries.

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.