A current recommendation for the best First Aid Kit — general purpose survival — is from Surviveware. Why? Because they put together a number of different organized first aid kits depending on your needs:
Yes, you can build your own. However if you’re just looking for a good ready-made first aid kit, it’s easy.
Some of the reasons why I like Surviveware first aid kits
It’s the most durable bag in the market in this price class. Their bags are really nice.
Each inner sleeve is organized by category. During times of need, get to the right items quickly. I like this feature.
Labeled compartments. The system is color-coded to help you stay organized. Red for first aid, black for survival and green and blue for hygiene.
After items are used, easily see what needs to be replaced and keep your bag organized for the next use. (They sell refill packs)
Molle compatible. With a removable Velcro system, you can carry this first-aid kit on any Molle compatible product. It also comes with D-rings for other ways to attach.
Surviveware says, “We encourage people to add their own items; you have a little extra space available for your unique requirements. Each person is unique. A pocket separated from the other sleeves will safeguard your personal medication.”
What’s Inside The First Aid Kit For Survival?
The Surviveware ‘Survival’ model kit includes the following:
600D Polyester Bag, 6″ Shears, Tweezers, Emergency Blanket, Whistle, Triangular Bandage, Tape, Crepe Bandages(1), PBT Conforming Bandage(1), Butterfly Bandages – Medium(5), Butterfly Bandages – Large(5), Knuckle Bandages(5), Large Rectangular Bandages(2), Mini Bandages(5), Square Bandages(5), Standard Bandages(20), Cotton Gauze Swabs(3), Cotton Ear Swabs(10), Safety Pins(4), Splinter Removal Probes(2), Cotton Balls(10), Personal Laminate Baggies(6), NItrile Gloves (Located in the the CPR Pouch).
Additional ‘survival’ features include a Premium Knife, Multi-tool, Poncho, Signalling Mirror, Wire Saw, Paracord Bracelet, and MOLLE Compatible.
Simply check their site for what’s inside of their other first aid kits.
I’ve been updating this short article and recommendation annually for quite a few years. This year I’ve chosen the Surviveware lineup. Although they now advertise with us, I chose them because I really like their quality bags and interior organization. Anybody can throw together a basic set of first aid items, but I find particular value in their bag designs.
“Best first aid kit” is entirely subjective and dependent on one’s needs and requirements. While a professional Emergency Medical Services trauma kit does not compete here, I’m talking about a purpose-designed practical general purpose kit for the average person – while providing good value.
Good for Home, Car, Camping, RV, Boating, Biking, or any general purpose use.
Note: 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 least at home and in their vehicle at all times.
Tip: 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…
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