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.”
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.