It won’t cost you much, but it could save a life and will almost certainly ease someone’s pain at some point. That’s why a ready-stocked first aid kit is such a sound investment. If you can, stretch to more than one, so that you have one at home and on your travels, either in the car or on holiday.
Don’t bother with the kits that contain little more than a couple of adhesive bandages, a few safety pins and a handful of tablets (these really do exist). Then again, don’t be fooled by the quantity of components either. It’s the variety you should look for, so that all the basic categories are covered – antiseptics, injury treatment, bandages and basic instruments.
As your kit is only used in time of need, make sure it’s well organised and clearly labelled and check the quality of components too. Adhesive bandages that don’t stick and poorly shaped bandages won’t be much use in an emergency.
Remember to replace items as you use them or add extras if required so that you are fully equipped. And make sure it’s easy to recognise and find. Keep it away from children’s reach too.
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The 10 best first aid kits
The 10 best first aid kits
1/10 Halfords Essentials Compact First Aid Kit
Buy this, stick it in the car and hope you’ll never need it. If you do have an injury while you’re out and about, however, you’ll be glad you bothered. It’s been filled with car accidents in mind too, with the likes of emergency foil blanket and wound pads included. £5, halfords.com
2/10 Lifesystems Camping First Aid Kit
Recommended by the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, this substantial first aid kit has everything to keep campers happy and free from lasting injury. It’s organised logically and clearly labelled – handy if you’re fumbling about in a dark tent. £23, cotswoldoutdoor.com
3/10 Superdrug Family First Aid Kit
Okay, this one isn’t huge but there’s everything your family might need for minor wounds, cuts and grazes for less than a tenner. £6.66, superdrug.com
4/10 Boots Travel First Aid Kit
Most people have been caught short without a plaster in sight on their holidays, let alone a bandage or burn gel. Stay prepared with this kit created by Boots and St John Ambulance. It’s a handy size and good for kids and adults alike. It also includes a first aid guide. £11.99, boots.com
5/10 Lifesystems Mountain First Aid Kit
Outdoorsy types are naturally more at risk of injury, particularly trekkers and mountaineers. This kit, aimed specifically at such folk, has been created with the help of expedition doctor Hugh Montgomery, as well as members of the British Special Forces medical team. £30, cotswoldoutdoor.com
6/10 Wallace Cameron General Purpose First Aid Kit
This compact, well-stocked kit in a hard-wearing case has everything you need to deal swiftly and efficiently with any cut, scrape, bruise, burn and much more too. This is a good one to keep in the house or in the car. £30.49, viking-direct.co.uk
7/10 St John Ambulance Zenith Travel First Aid Compliant Kit
This one’s designed for the workplace – and meets with the latest recommendations – there’s pieces to deal with everything from minor scrapes to burns and resuscitation. There’s room to add your own medicines too. £17.99, amazon.co.uk
8/10 Kleeneze 77-Piece First Aid Kit
This contains all the essentials for treating common injuries such as blisters through to more serious burns and fractures. It could even save someone’s life when professional medical care isn’t immediately available, thanks to bandages, cleansing pads and an emergency blanket. £14.99, kleeneze.com
9/10 British Red Cross First Aid Kit for the Home
You know you can’t go wrong with a kit that has the British Red Cross name behind it. This is comprehensive, including everything from swabs to pads and dressings to bandages, as well as things like an apron, notebook, pencil and a torch. There’s a guidance leaflet too. £20.38, giftshop.redcross.org.uk
10/10 Physioroom Sports First Aid Bag
Anyone who plays sports regularly would do well to invest in this one. The lightweight nylon bag is shower proof and it’s got everything you need inside to deliver pitchside first aid. There are plenty of internal compartments and zips to keep it organised on match day too. £39.99, physioroom.com
We have two favourites for this one, both with big names behind them – the St John Ambulance Zenith Travel First Aid Compliant Kit and the British Red Cross First Aid Kit for the Home. Both boast outstanding quality when it comes to the components and contain all the essentials in an organised and clearly labelled way.
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