Best First Aid Kits for Home, Car and Work

Need first aid kits for all the places you go?

Need to know what to keep stocked at home for first aid kit refills?

You came to the right place.

First aid kits can get pretty expensive. The thing is, most of what’s in the kit is a one-time use consumable, so there’s no need to spend a ton of money on most of it.

Read on, and I’ll give you my top recommendations for first aid kits for all areas of your life. I’ll also let you know on which items you should spend a little more money.

Here’s the thing. I could have you go to a thousand different links on Amazon to build your own kit, but it’s so much easier to just buy a ready-made kit. There will probably be some items in there you’ll never use. Just leave those in there or take them out. Who knows? Maybe you’ll end up using that thing-a-ma-jig to save someone’s life someday.

For all you medical people out there, I know you think you need a full jump bag everywhere you go, but that’s not really true. I worked as a paramedic and a combat medic for decades, and I know that even on the ambulance, the materials we used followed the Pareti Principle. Only 20% of the stuff was used on 80% of the calls.

In almost all cases, a small first aid kit works.

If you’d rather watch a video version of this post, click on the pic below…

 

Best Basic First Aid Kit

For most people, a basic first aid kit is all you’ll ever need.

This one includes:

  • 40 X Alcohol Prep Pad
  • 4 X Sting Relief Pad
  • 4 X Soap Wipe
  • 10 X BZK Antiseptic Cleansing Wipe
  • 10 X Iodine Prep Pad
  • 30 X Medium Bandage
  • 5 X Knuckle Bandage, 5 X Fingertip Bandage, 5 X Butterfly Bandage
  • 5 X Mini Bandage
  • 2 X Sterile Gauze Pad
  • 1 X Dressing
  • 1 X Triangular Bandage
  • 1 X Moleskin Padding Sheet
  • 2 X Adhesive Wound Dressing
  • 1 X Eye Pad
  • 1 X PBT Bandage (2.5 in x 4.3 yd)
  • 1 X PBT Bandage (3 in x 4.3 yd)
  • 1 X Elastic Bandage
  • 1 X CPR Mask
  • 1 X Metal Tweezers
  • 1 X D-Ring
  • 1 X Thermal Blanket
  • 1 X Tongue Depressor
  • 2 X Pair Disposable PVC Glove
  • 1 X Metal Shears
  • 10 X Cotton Ball 2 X Pack Cotton Tip
  • 10 X Safety Pin
  • 1 X Emergency Glow Stick (6 inch)

 

Best Advanced First Aid Kit

This kit is for advanced practitioners. If you want to be able to manage heavy trauma and have the training for it, go for this kit.

Some of the extra items it contains are a tourniquet, chest seals, malleable splint, and more. See below…

  • 1 X Tactical EMT Nylon Molle IFAK Bag (6” x 8.5” x 4.5”)
  • 1 X Combat Application Tourniquet (C-A-T) GEN-7 (Official Tourniquet of the U.S. Army, NSN # 6515-01-521-7976)
  • 1 X 36″ Folded Splint (36″ x 4.3″ / 92cm x 11cm)
  • 1 X Emergency Trauma Bandage (Pressure Dressing)
  • 1 X Z-Folded Compressed Gauze (4.5″ x 4.1 yards stretched)
  • 2 X Non-Vented Chest Seal (6″ x 6″ Effective Coverage)
  • 1 X Nasopharyngeal Airway (NPA, 28Fr standard size)
  • 1 X Emergency Thermal Blanket
  • 1 X Abdominal Pad (ABD Pad)
  • 1 X Elastic Bandage
  • 1 X Triangle Bandage
  • 1 X Burn Dressing
  • 1 X Mini Size Permanent Marker
  • 1 X First Aid EMT Trauma Shears (7.2”)
  • 1 X Transparent First Aid Tape
  • 2 X Pairs of Latex Free Disposable Gloves
  • 40 X YIWU ORI-POWER MEDTECH Alcohol Prep Pad
  • 1 X Universal Bandage Pack:
    • 10 X Medium Bandage
    • 2 X Knuckle Bandage
    • 2 X Butterfly Bandage
    • 2 X Antiseptic Cleansing Wipe
    • 2 X Sterile Gauze Pad/Wound Pad
    • 2 X Adhesive Wound Dressing

 

Most Important Items to Keep Stocked at Home

I recommend you keep a restock at home for all of the most commonly used consumables. You don’t have to keep a lot.

The most important principle about restocking your first aid kits is that you restock it as soon as possible after an emergency. Don’t ever put the kit away until you’ve restocked it.

This is part of the medical refill stock in my Air Raid Shelter (storage closet) on the farm. You shouldn’t have this much. Bear in mind, I work in the disaster medical field, plus I have five kids, so I stock more than the average person.

You should be able to fit all of your restock into a small plastic box like the one below. I like ammo cans as they’re waterproof, lightweight, sturdy, and have carrying handles. This orange one just screams “MEDICAL!”

If you don’t get an orange or red one, be sure you label it somehow also as MEDICAL SUPPLIES.

A fishing tackle box also works just fine if you have one of those lying around.

For the materials below, you’ll notice a few things missing from your kit. This is because they’re either so seldom used that you have time to reorder them (large trauma dressings like abdominal pads), you don’t really need them once they’re used (burn dressing), or they’re washable if you just use them for family and they’re not bloody (triangle bandage).

Another reason some items might not be in this restock list is because there are so many in the first aid kits I recommend that you can remove the extras and keep those for your restock. For example, leave 5 alcohol prep pads in the basic kit and put the other 35 in your restock box.

 

“Should I buy multiple kits or just have one in a central place?”

I get this question a lot. As money allows, you need to have kits in multiple places. They include:

  • All vehicles
  • One or more at home (It depends on the size of your home. I recommend one per floor.)
  • One in any detached shed, shop, or barn
  • An IFAK in your Bug Out Bag
  • One in your office if you work away from home

 

Both of these kits have a lot of extra items in there that you’ll likely never use. If you need any help knowing what to pull from the bag to make it lighter and smaller, drop me a message at drdave@redteamgoals.com.

If you need first aid training for the first timer, a recertification or more practice, or need to be certified for work, get in touch. I teach a plethora of first responder type classes both in person (groups or individuals) and online.

 

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