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Selecting a First Aid Kit (Part 2 of 3)

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This blog is Part 2 of 3 in a series about picking out the perfect first aid kit for your needs.  If you haven't read Part 1 yet, you can read that here.  Then come back to this blog post.

In Part 1 of this series, we sat down and took a close look at exactly what our needs were.  Outdoors? Home? Athletes?  In Part 2, we'll match these needs with existing first aid kits. In Part 3, we'll see how we can supplement your existing kit to match it top notch!

Home & Office

Kits for both the home and the office can start off on similar bases.  View our collection of these kits here.  If the kit is just for you (or if space is very tight), we recommend the 53-piece kit.  For 2-3 people, we recommend the 85-piece kit.

While the office worker probably won't need it, the 121-piece kit is a good value for those at home who want to be most prepared, or those with kids.

Sports

Rescue Trekker has a selection of great kits specifically to meet the needs of athletes. We recommend the 65-piece for parents of athletes.  For coaches, you may want a larger kit to deal with a wider variety of injuries, as well as number of people.  We generally recommend the 134-piece kit for coaches of non-contact sports (e.g. tennis, track, etc.) and the 208-piece kit for coaches of contact sports (football, basketball, etc.) Not only does the 208-piece kit contain more items for more athletes, it also includes a better variety of items needed to treat the more serious injuries of contact sports.

School

Kids can be pretty prone to getting themselves hurt.  For teachers and others supervising gaggles of children, we recommend one of two kits.  If the kit is kept in the classroom, the 85-piece kit should do fine, although you may find frequent refills are needed. However, if the kit is for the gym, P.E., or outdoor recess, we recommend purchasing the the 121-piece kit.

Outdoors

This area is by far the most difficult to give general recommendations for.  Hopefully, you took good notes from our Part 1 post!  We'll try to give you some guidance as best we can.

Most outdoorsmen will need to consider the following:

  • How far away from help you will be?
  • How much weight you are willing to carry?
  • Climate/temperature, both day and night, if you get lost?
  • Is rain possible?  If so, you may want to consider a water-proof kit or case?
  • How many other people are in your party?

Rescue Trekker recommends starting your search with our trail kits collection.  These kits are all lightweight (10 ounces or less).  Just out on a day hike on well-marked trails?  Take the 57-piece kit with you, as it only weighs 4 ounces, and packs a lot of value for short-term first aid.  On a longer hike with a couple others, but no other adverse conditions?  The 72-piece kit only weighs 10 ounces, but easily helps you and others with common injuries.

If you think rain may be an issue, pick up the weather-resistant kits we offer.  The 31-piece is good for solo first aid needs, and the 60-piece kit can help out with 2-3 people.

In addition to the first aid kits, adventurers in harsher terrain (or more likely to get lost) may want to pick up one of the survival kits we offer as well.  Both are still very lightweight.  These kits are very similar, but usually one is better suited for an adventurer over the other.

The 26-piece kit contains an emergency candle, whereas the 29-piece kit contains cotton tinder, plus a survival blanket.  The emergency candle is easier for novices to light, but won't provide as large (or long-lasting) a fire as building a fire using cotton tinder.

Ultimately, that's all the guidance we can give without knowing each individual outdoor adventurer, AND what sort of adventure they are taking!

Vehicle

In the first post, we mentioned first aid for passengers, as well as first aid for your vehicle.  Rescue Trekker offers a vehicle-oriented collection containing needs for both.  It's worth mentioning that our "Road Kits" contain very basic first aid supplies, such as bandages, gauze, tape, and antiseptic towelettes.  If you prefer a more extensive first aid kit in your vehicle, we recommend purchasing either the 53-piece or 85-piece kit, depending on the average number of passengers in your car.

These road kits should be looked at on a case-by-case basis.  Each has different items that you may or may not already have in your car.  (Think booster/jumper cables, air compressors, flashlights, tools, etc.)  Rescue Trekker even offers two version of winter kits that are ideal for vehicles traveling in winter conditions.  We recommend viewing each kit separately to see if it meets your specific needs.  But remember, we offer many of the road kit component items individually, so don't buy a kit just to get one or two items you need!

Not Done Yet!

We've helped to pick out your base first aid kit for you, but it's likely there are items in your kit you wish you had.  Make a note of what these gaps are.  In our final post in the series, we will look at common add-on items we recommend for these kits.  But keep those notes!  Your situation may be unique.

Skip the first post?  Follow the Part 1 blog post here.
Ready for add-ons?  Follow the Part 3 blog post here.


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