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Best First Aid Kit 2017

February 3, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

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The best first aid kit of 2017, decided by customer reviews, ratings and popularity, has been around the top for several years in a row – which is adding to it’s credibility.

Whenever anyone says ‘best’ or in this case,’best first aid kit’, it is entirely subjective. This particular kit while not designed for professional EMS, is apparently designed and priced for typical use by the average Joe – while providing more value than other similar kits.


 
The Coleman Expedition First Aid Kit easily ranks as (one of) the number one first aid kit choices available to you (4.5 of 5 stars at Amazon.com).

The manufacturer, Coleman, is world class in their brand recognition and quality. One can feel assured that they stand behind their products.

 
Here’s a list of contents:

Clean & Treat
15 Antiseptic Towelettes.
5 Antibiotic Ointment Packets.
5 Sting Relief Wipes.

Protect
40 1″ x 3″ Bandages, latex-free.
50 3/8″ x 1 1/2″ Bandages, latex-free.
24 7/8″ Spot Bandages, latex-free.
5 Fingertip Bandages, latex-free.
5 Knuckle Bandages, latex-free.

Wound Treatment
30 Butterfly Closure Bandages.
1 1/2″ x 2.5 yards Adhesive Tape.
10 Gauze Pads.

Other First Aid
1 Tweezer.
4 Finger Splints.
5 Safety Pins.
1 Razor Blade.
2 Nitrile Exam Gloves.
1 Cold Pack.
1 Durable Semi Hard Case.

 
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While this is a-lot of first aid supplies for $22 (as of this post), and the kit is designed to include what they consider the best for that price point, if you augment the kit with a few additional items it will be even more complete.

Things like Quality scissors and tweezers like the SlipNSnip brand folding scissors, and the number one rated professional quality tweezers (use for slivers, etc.).

I would also add something to stop traumatic bleeding, a subject which I wrote about in the article, “How To Stop The Bleeding With QuikClot“. I hope I never have to use it, but I’ve added this bandage to my first aid kits.

Add a small kit for a tooth problem, such as Save-A-Tooth.

Burn cream ointment and/or Burn Dressing is a valuable addition to one’s first aid kit.

 
Other Attributes:

Good Assortment, 205 pieces – There are still some items I would add, but on a price vs. assortment scale this product gets a solid 9.5 and has all the right tools for basic emergencies. This kit has plenty enough general first aid preparedness for the family or even larger groups.

Durable – All contents are fitted in a semi-hard case.

EZ Find System – Keeps the contents organized and allows room for customization so you can be sure you have what you need in an emergency.

 
There are LOTS of ready-made first aid kits out there and many of them are great. I’ve simply chosen this one in general for its price-point, adequate basic items, and apparent customer satisfaction. The word ‘best’ is subjective and there’s no doubt that in this category there are MANY that may be considered the best…

 
Don’t just buy a first aid kit and stow it away in a closet. Take the time to look over the contents and understand what each is for, and how you would use it. Then put it away…

 
A first aid kit is often overlooked as an essential preparedness item. We don’t think about it – until we actually need it. In my opinion everyone should have one at home, and in their vehicle at all times.

 
If you have advice on extras to add to a kit like this, add a comment with your opinion…