Spotlight on First Aid Kits and Making your own

Spotlight on First Aid Kits and Making your own

Jun 27th 2024

First Aid Kit Bag

All of your medical supplies need to go somewhere, so you’ll need a first aid kit bag.

It might sound like a pretty simple piece of gear, but having the right bag can help you stay organized and can really make a big difference in an emergency.

We recommend something that’s water-resistant, easy to carry, and has lots of compartments so you can keep your gear organized at all times.

Medical Tools & Devices

These are some of the basic tools and devices that any medical kit should have:

  • CPR pocket mask: Designed to be a barrier between your mouth and the patient’s during CPR.
  • Irrigation syringe: Very helpful for cleaning out wounds, especially scrapes and lacerations.
  • Nitrile gloves: Important for protecting yourself from any blood-borne diseases. Always have at least 3-4 pairs in your first aid kit.
  • Thermometer: A no-touch forehead thermometer can tell you if someone has an infection and is running a fever. Don’t forget extra batteries!
  • Toenail clippers: These might sound silly, but are great for preventing ingrown toenails and regular personal hygiene.
  • Trauma shears: Perfect for quickly cutting clothing off of someone to treat them for trauma or to do CPR.
  • Tweezers: Used to remove splinters, ticks, or anything else embedded in the body.

Trauma Supplies

These items are must-haves for dealing with any sort of major trauma, whether that’s a kitchen accident or a car crash.

Stopping a bleed can literally save someone’s life, so be sure to have these items in your first aid kit.

  • Ace wrap: Used to wrap an ankle or a wrist after someone sprains it. Can also be used to help build a splint.
  • Band-aids: Who doesn’t love band-aids? If you have kids, you’ll definitely want a nice stockpile of these. Get a variety of different shapes and sizes.
  • Coban wrap: Coban wrap is a self-adhesive wrapping tape that’s great for keeping a bandage on or supporting a sprained ankle.
  • Gauze pads (sterile): Sterile gauze pads are a must-have for stopping a bleed and keeping a wound clean for a long time.
  • Medical tape: Medical tape is a life-saver when making splints or bandages. You’ll want at least one 1” and one 3/4” roll.
  • Mole foam: Used to pad a blister to reduce pain when walking and to protect it from popping.
  • Moleskin: Great for padding blistered hands and feet.
  • Sam Splint: Can be used to make a lower arm splint or a cervical collar in an emergency.
  • Second Skin: Useful for healing blistered skin and can be used on some minor burns.
  • Triangle bandages: Makes a quick sling for a broken arm or dislocated shoulder. Also great for making splints.
  • Quick-clot: Designed originally for military use, Quick-clot is a gauze that’s soaked in a clotting agent to help stop a bleed fast. It’s very expensive but is a game-changer if someone has been shot, stabbed, or in a car accident and has major trauma to an important part of the body.