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Dazrin writes: “I saw a comment in the Gerber Sport Utility Kit review that made me want to post something on first aid kits.  I carried around a home-made first aid kit — thanks to my wife and mother-in-law — with me for a few years.  I couldn’t imagine not having one anymore.  We’ve used it for many things from trail side (4×4 trails) patching to scraped knuckles in the garage, and when a friend had an allergic reaction to something at a church potluck we had the right meds to help her out.”  

“Mine was stolen recently so I bought an Adventure Medical Kits ‘Outfitter Kit’ first aid kit.  I like to have a fairly complete kit, so that is why I chose the Outfitter, but AMK has a lot of other kits available.”

“Amazon has it at a decent price — as opposed to getting the components separately — and it’s a great value.   Basegear.com also has them (and much more) for a good price.  When supplemented with more bandaids, more generic drugs, a flashlight, an emergency blanket, etc. you can make a good kit like this great.” 

“The old kit was in a red, Stack-On tool box and had “First Aid” written on it in reflective tape, so it was easy to find for anyone who was just told ‘get the first aid kit.’  The new one is soft-sided which is good and bad: good in that you have less wasted space — almost the same contents, 1/2 the space — but bad in that everything can get crushed easily and it is denser, so it is harder to find the one thing you need.”

“For more information on good survival kits and other survival tools checkout http://www.equipped.org/.  The equipment guide there (http://equipped.org/toc.htm) is especially cool.”

Thanks for submitting this.  I used to have a good first aid kit in every vehicle, but recently I’ve sort of dropped the ball on it.  I totally agree that the best way to assemble a decent kit on the fly is to buy a pre-made kit, then supplement with your own stuff.  Plastic bandages and Advil seem to depart the kit at an alarming rate — especailly once your friends discover that you keep one in the car — but they’re so cheap to replace there’s no reason not to be helpful.

I’m going to work on putting another one together, and this might be a good place to start.  I think I’ll go a little cheaper for the car kits, but this looks awesome for home or shop.  (Remember in the shop to go heavy on the burn materials — you’ll need ’em eventually.)

I definitely like the soft-sided bags for car use — they’ll cram under seats and such where toolboxes dare to tread — but I could go either way for home.  Having tried it a few times, though, I’m not a fan of the tackle-box approach.

Street pricing for the AM Outfitter starts at around $90, though Amazon has it right now for $83.

Outfitter First Aid Kit [Adventure Medical]
Street Pricing [Froogle]
Buy It Now from Amazon [What’s this?]

 

5 Responses to Reader Find: Adventure Medical’s Outfitter First Aid Kit

  1. nrChris says:

    I have also added this one to my Amazon wishlist. Good call on having this in the car. Right now my wife and I each have a cheapo $20ish kit and they tend to be under equipped. Its one of those things, unfortunately, that you tend to not think of until it is too late. So thanks for the reminder, I am upgrading my car kit now.

    As for the shop kit, my shop is in my basement so I don’t have one. Anything I need is a flight of stairs away. What do people think of that? Is this a bad practice considering we have a very well equipped (wife is a nurse) kit upstairs.

  2. Jeff T says:

    Someone stole that guy’s first aid kit?

    Dude, that’s just not right! What kinda jerk does that?

  3. Why do first-aid kits always include more band-aids than antiseptic wipes? You’re supposed to use at least one antiseptic wipe every single time you apply a bandage, and many situations would call for more than one!

    I gave up completely on the commercial first aid kits, and built my own inside a Lock&Lock container, which is clear, watertight, and crushproof. I used red and white tape to emblazon the top with an unmistakable red cross logo, then I filled it with supplies from Minimus.biz and my local pharmacy.

    The more reading I do about allergic reactions, the more furious I become that the Epi-Pen is prescription-only in the U.S! Plenty of benadryl is a good first step, but every first aid kit should really have an epinephrine autoinjector. I carry one after my last allergic “event”, and I make sure all my friends know which pocket it’s in and how to use it. I also know I’m prepared if someone around me has a reaction but wasn’t lucky enough to have their allergy diagnosed and have an Epi-Pen prescribed in advance.

    Anyway, Minimus has an incredible variety of single-size packs of medicines. I think I found them while looking for a place to buy alcohol towelettes in sub-thousand quantities. (For augmenting the skewed supplies in store-bought first aid kits, as mentioned above.) They have everything from laundry soap to coffee concentrate, and it’s all reasonably priced. The preparedness junkie’s best friend!

  4. Dazrin says:

    Jeff – They stole my toolbox, first aid kit, a bunch of misc. tools from my center console, and about 50 CDs. I didn’t have a garage to put them all in, so they have been residing in the back of my Tahoe for the last couple years. I am really tired of apartment living. We did get our first house and move in 3 weeks, so I don’t have to put up with it anymore. I will still carry the first aid kit in the truck though.

    On the plus side – how many of you have had the chance to start fresh on your tool collection? The insurance payment was more than enough to cover the stolen tools, first aid kit, and CDs as long as I get a few things on sale or in sets. Even after I pay the deductible. Plus I can get a different selection of tools. The old ones were mainly mechanics tools, I am replacing many of them with more home repair type tools. I don’t have the older vehicles I needed the mechanics tools for anymore, so this is great for me.

    My wife has been upset that I keep getting packages from Amazon or Sears or (insert tool place here) while we are trying to get everything packed. She thinks it would be easier to just wait. I am not at all keen on trying to move and do the repairs that I am sure we will have to do without any tools, so I have gotten the basics so far – plus a couple goodies (like the Black and Decker Li3000).

  5. Dazrin says:

    I forgot to say – the theft is the whole reason I found Toolmonger. I would not have been looking if I didn’t need to find some new tools and wanted to do some research about them first.

    So, there were definitely some good things that came out of it. Frustrations to be sure, but good none the less.

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