The best plan involves planning for the worst: keep your family safe with these top rated first aid kits for any emergency.
You don’t need real life emergency experience to know that after food and water, a first aid kit is next on the list of survival essentials. In fact, you should already have one in your household for everyday mishaps.
But getting the right first aid kit for your bug out bag is easier said than done. In times of crisis, not having the adequate medical supplies for injuries on the go can mean the difference between life and death. On the other hand, you have to consider the portability of the kit; keeping it light enough to carry around in your backpack or over your shoulder.
To help you make a decision on picking the best first aid kit for emergencies, we weighed up other important (but easily overlooked) aspects of ready-made medical packs available in the market. Other than the quality and quantity of supplies, we also looked at how easy they would be to use for the average layperson.
Situations requiring medical assistance usually also mean time is of the essence – hence, how organized and well-packed a first aid kit is also one of our key considerations. Lastly, the durability of the pack – the last thing you need is a kit that falls apart just when you need it.
When you are prepping for the unexpected, a First Aid Kit should be part of your emergency survival medical kit. If you do not have time to customize a complete medical kit, here a list of completely assembled survival kits and systems.
Produced by one of the most trusted names in the outdoors and preparedness world, the Surviveware First Aid Kit is our top pick for your go bag. Not only does it come in a highly portable, easily-identifiable bag, the pack is made of durable 600D polyester and quality zips that stand up to rough elements.
The supplies in the first aid kit covers care for most medical situations other than advanced trauma, and are neatly organized and labelled. The color coding system makes it easy to find what you’re looking for, even when you’re in a panic. Extra items like protective gear for the caregiver and baggies for your personal items or medication are also included.
The Surviveware First Aid Kit is also MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) compatible with a removable Velcro system and additional D-rings to maximise your carry options. You can adhere it to your backpack, trunk of your car, or the roll bar of your vehicle.
On top of that, this pack includes Surviveware’s renowned quality items such as their premium knife and multi-tool to help get you out of any hairy situation.
For groups of four or less, we like the Adventure Ultralight and Watertight Medical Kit. At 7.2oz, it is light enough to stash in a pocket or backpack – making it perfect for an emergency go bag that wouldn’t slow you down.
The siliconized nylon bag comes with a water-resistant zipper, two-stage waterproofing and inner DryFlex bags that will keep your medical supplies safe and dry. The last thing you want in case of a natural disaster is for these life-saving items to get damaged and be rendered useless. In fact, the durability of this kit has been tested (and frankly, abused) then approved by athletes in the Eco Challenge, Primal Quest, and Raid Gauloises.
The bright colors of this kit helps you find it quickly in an emergency. Packed with all the materials you need to cover basic medical situations such as bleeding and wound care, blisters, burns, minor fractures and sprains, the Adventure Ultralight and Watertight Medical Kit enables you to manage injuries on the go without worry or training5
You don’t need military training to spot the value of the Everlit 250 Pieces First Aid Kit, even if it does come in a camouflage print bag. Customized by U.S. military vets and tested by an ex Army Sergeant in the field, this is one pack you know you can count on in an emergency.
The bag itself certainly stands out from the competition. Made with 1000D nylon, the military grade pack is not only durable and water-resistant, but also highly portable weighing in at less than 2lbs. MOLLE compatible straps also allow you to attach it to your belt or other bags for your convenience. We also love how the pack is compartmentalized, with plenty of room for your personal items.
If that’s not enticing enough for you, what’s inside this amazing bag might just do the trick. The kit holds more supply than a single family’s requirements under OSHA guidelines. The comprehensive laundry list of first aid treatment covers most medical care. From an assortment of bandages to wound dressing and antiseptic wipes, this kit is a must-have to keep you and your family safe.
The Everlit 250 Pieces First Aid Kit also comes with premium survival gear that is built to last including a tactical flashlight and multi-functional paracord bracelet. Just so you know they mean business when they say premium – all original Everlit products are covered under a 1-year satisfaction warranty.
The best first aid kit is one that you have on hand, like this I GO Mini Compact First Aid Kit. Don’t let its diminutive size fool you, this handy kit contains 85 essential first aid items to treat common cuts and minor injuries. Perfect for any potential, everyday mishaps at home, the office, or while you’re out and about.
Before you balk at the price tag of MyMedic MyFAK Large First Aid Kit, hear us out. This is not for beginners or quite frankly, the faint-hearted. To put it simply, this is one kit you want to have when SHTF (Shit Hits The Fan) but hope you never have to use.
Covering every medical situation you can think of from bleeding, burns, to airway and fractures, this kit goes above and beyond to include specialty tools for surgery such as scalpel blades and hemostats. Over 200 essential and life-saving items are packed neatly into the bag, prioritizing way-finding to administer effective first aid. We especially love the multiple compartments and modular design that keeps everything visible and accessible.
The pack itself features durable zippers and hardware intended for lifetime use, so you would never have to worry about it falling apart. The MOLLE ready straps allow multiple attachment options, with a tear-away back panel for quick access.
Whichever first aid kit you end up picking, make sure to pack extra band-aids and alcohol wipes as these are the items that you tend to use the most in medical care. Don’t forget to pack some of your daily medication (if you have them) or personal care items like contact lenses too