Spiff Kit Makes the Best First Aid Bag
Yes, this is a spiff kit. But it makes an even better first aid bag. It is roomy enough to hold full-sized rolls of self-adhesive wrap, sterile pads, full-size scissors, a tourniquet, a compact emergency blanket, a CPR barrier, several pairs of non-latex gloves, a variety of small ointment tubes -- you get the idea! I keep this in my car with all these necessities plus a few extras (saline flush, sunscreen, and bug repellent!) And it keeps them all perfectly visible and organized. I removed the little jars that came with it and used them elsewhere.
One time when I had to pull this out to use for first aid, I was able to hang it on the car door handle and keep it out of the dirt while I irrigated then bandaged my friend's leg. Another time I hung it on the porch of a nearly empty house as I cleaned and steri-stripped a mover's hand back together, wrapped him up, and sent him to the emergency room to get some real stitches. All the items I needed were organized and at my fingertips, so it made those tense situations a little easier to work through.
Soapbox time: It does not matter what bag you carry your first aid kit in or even how well-stocked your kit is. The most important thing in an emergency is that your kit needs to be accessible and you need to know how to use it. So don't wait for the perfect bag. Start right now. Fill a zip-top bag with bandaids and aspirin and put it where you can get to it. You don't have to buy everything for your kit at once. You can add an…