Tips for choosing first aid kit
When traveling, working in harsh environment, or doing activities in extreme condition, you need to get prepared for the possible injuries. First aid kit is the handiest medical-tool to accommodate a fast response to harm, but for choosing one, you need to consider these following factors.
What the first aid kit is for
For travel by car, there are auto first aid kits available in the market. Usually, the kit contains bandages, adhesive tape, antibiotic, antiseptic, and cotton. This universal aid kit treats minor injuries, like a small cut, bruises, or scrapes. For long travel, you can either make yourself a medical kit with more complete medicines or buy the pre-made one.
Another type is adventure medical kit. This kit is a requirement for mountain climbing, hiking, tracking or other outdoor activities. If in other cases the packaging is not as important as the medication inside, outdoor activities are vulnerable to rain, water splash, fall, and sharp objects.
In both travel and adventure purpose, mind other people with whom you are going to use the medical kits. It is best to select medical grade plastic made medical kits to avoid an allergic reaction when applied. This material is also durable and recyclable.
Have you got any training?
Some medical kits come with instruction, and the others require training. Professional aid kit may contain CPR mask, stethoscope, glucose gel, and splint. Performing CPR without training can be dangerous. Pressure on the chest, if done improperly, can break the ribs. Even with CPR mask, the person suffering cardiac arrest may still need rescue breath, depending on his/her condition.
Adventure medical kit usually has blood-stopping gauze and tourniquets. For this case, make sure you have the training first to perform the blood-stopping procedure. Or, just prepare the medical kits that come with clear use-instructions.
Consider these additions
Compact first aid kit may not include cutting tools. A small scissor or cutter will come handy when needed, especially for applying gauze, splint, or bandage.
Tweezers are useful to pick splinters or dirt from an open wound. Silicon or soft-plastic based tweezers are preferable for their elasticity.
Prepare oral antihistamine as an addition to your first aid kit. Bug sting or poisonous plants can cause a skin rash or respiratory problem.
Medical gloves can keep you safe from contamination. Especially if you intend to prepare the medical kit for outdoor exploration/sport.