Personal First Aid

How to Make a Practical IFAK Pouch for Both the Everyday and the Extreme

A Practical IFAK Pouch for the Everyday and the Extreme

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

B&W Ointment to heal burns

B&W Ointment for Burn Treatment

Studies have shown B&W Ointment to be an effective treatment for burns and soft tissue injuries.

Antiemetic drugs can control motion sickness

Different Types of Antiemetic Drugs for Motion Sickness

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

Every Injury Has a Medical Tape

Different Types of Medical Tapes and How to Use Them

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

3M N95 Respirator

Do N95 Masks and Respirators Really Work

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

Gluture cyanoacrylate surgical glue

GLUture Skin Glue – Combining Dermabond with Vetbond Surgical Glue

GLUture surgical skin glue combines 60% Dermabond with 40% Vetbond, and as other skin glues, work best on thin cuts with smooth edges.

Quikclot, Celox, and XGauze to Stop Bleeding

Hemostatic Agents - Quikclot, Celox, and XGauze

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

How Chest Seals/Occlusive Dressings Can Save Your Life

How to Choose a Chest Seal and Occlusive Dressing

Chest seals and occlusive dressings are used to treat deep cuts and puncture wounds in the chest, abdomen, and neck.

How to Choose Your Portable First Aid Kit Bag

How to Choose a 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.

Splinting Bone Fractures with a SAM Splint

How to Use a Sam Splint to Treat Bone Fractures

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

What is an Israeli Bandage and How to Use It

How to Use an Israeli Bandage to Stop Bleeding

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.

Diphenhydramine or Benadryl - A Multipurpose Pill

How to Use Benadryl for Allergies, Cold and Flu

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

Cyanoacrylate Surgical Skin Glue for First Aid

How to Use Cyanoacrylate Surgical Skin Glues for First Aid

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 for Emergency Stitches

How to Use Dermabond Surgical Skin Glue

Dermabond (2-octyl-cyanoacrylate) is one of the only surgical glues that is FDA approved for use on humans.

Iodosorb Gel for Wounds

How to Use Iodosorb Gel Ointment to Heal Wounds

Iodosorb is used for infected wounds that are difficult to heal including venous stasis ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, pressure sores, and more.

Ivarest cream for the personal aid kit

How to Use Ivarest Anti-Itch Cream

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

Medihoney Gel for Wound Care

How to Use Medihoney Gel and Dressings for Wounds

Medihoney is an all natural wound care product that helps you heal faster and is proven to fight off infections, including MRSA. We take you inside Medihoney to learn how it works, when to use it, and how it stands up against other products.

Emergency or mylar blanket

How to Use Mylar Blankets to Stop Hypothermia

Mylar blankets can reflect up to 90% of body heat back to the wearer. These blankets are especially useful in a portable first aid kit because they take up almost no space.

Optifoam dressing for wounds

How to Use Optifoam Dressings for Wounds

Optifoam is an advanced wound dressing designed for wounds with heavy drainage.

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

How to Use Povidone Iodine (Betadine) as an Antiseptic

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 Plus and Puracol Ag antimicrobial silver dressing

How to Use Puracol Wound Dressings

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.

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

How to Use Sterile Gauze to Stop Bleeding and Prevent Infection

Sterile gauze is used to stop bleeding from small to medium cuts, burns, scrapes, and other wounds.

Vetbond: Surgical Skin Glue for Emergency Stitches

How to Use Vetbond Tissue Adhesive

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 Lozenges for Colds

How to Use Zinc Lozenges to Prevent the Common Cold

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.

Leatherman wave multitool for sale

Leatherman Wave - A Multitool for Daily Life

By incorporating 17 different tools into its design, the Leatherman Wave greatly lowers the odds of ever being without the right tool, not just for first aid, but for ANY job.

Nitrile Gloves: A First-Line Defense Against Infection

Nitrile Gloves vs Latex Gloves

Nitrile gloves are a latex free, disposable rubber glove that prevent disease transmission through blood or other body fluids.

Ratts tourniquet to stop bleeding

RATS Tourniquet: Rapid Application Tourniquet System

The RATS tourniquet uses elastic strength to stop blood flow instead of the windlass system, used by other models like the SOFT T Wide and CAT.

CAT Tourniquet vs SOFT T Wide Tourniquet

SOFT T Tourniquet vs CAT 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.

Surgi-lock 2oc - A Dermabond Surgical Glue Equivalent

Surgi-Lock 2oc - A Dermabond Equivalent

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

T-Relief Ointment for Bruises and Sprains

T-Relief Ointment for Muscle and Joint Pain

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

Electric Mobility Scooters for Sale

The 3 Best Electric Mobility Scooters for Adults

Electric scooters can help limited-mobility adults reclaim parts of their lives that once seemed unreachable. We chose our favorite electric mobility scooters based on their superior range, comfort, ease of use, and customer support.

Electric wheelchair for sale

The 3 Best Lightweight Electric Wheelchairs

For those with disabilities, freedom or lack thereof can be life changing. For disabilities that prevent the use of manual wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs can offer a solution to get you back out and about.

There are many portable, lightweight electric wheelchairs that can easily be taken in your car or on airplanes. Based on your size and needs, an electric wheelchair should meet your specific requirements.

The best pills to treat pain, inflammation and fever

The 3 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.

Soft t wide and cat tourniquet holder

The 3 Most Recommended Tourniquet Holders

Tourniquet holders are simple, but they are almost as important as the tourniquet itself.

Automated External Portable Defibrillator or AED

The 4 Best Portable Defibrillators and Which to Buy

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?

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

The 5 Best Wound Care Ointments and Gels

We examine 5 of the best ointments and gels that speed healing and reduce pain in all kinds of soft tissue injuries.

3M Cavilon No String Barrier Film

The Benefits of Skin Protectants for Long-term Wound Care

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

CPR Pocket Masks for a First Aid Kit

The Benefits of Using a CPR Mask

Personal protective equipment should not be underestimated.

Leatherman wave pliers

The Best Full-Sized Leatherman Multitools – The Wave, Rebar, Wingman, and Sidekick

Each full-sized multitool is still centered on the characteristic Leatherman knife and pliers design, but they have different peripheral tools to accommodate users with different lifestyles and needs.

The Best Scissors for a Portable First Aid Kit

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.

Traumeel Ointment for Soft Tissue Injuries

Traumeel Ointment for Pain Relief

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

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About Peter Oldani - Author of Inside First Aid

About the author

Peter Oldani graduated college with a B.S. in biomedical engineering, worked as an EMT to gain hands on experience in emergency medicine and completed active shooter training as part of New York State’s initiative to prepare civilian organizations for disaster response.