The 3 levels of first aid kits.

In this episode Lisa and I talk about 3 different levels of first aid kits, beginner kits, intermediate kits and advanced first aid supplies. Keep in mind if you are at the point of having an advanced first you should probably take a CMT class or a first aid class to be able to use the first aid equipment before you spend the money on it.

Lisa had me make a PDF of the notes below for everyone to print off, you can download that here.

Important:  this article is not medical advice, If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.


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1. Simple First Aid Kit

(Good Starting point great for cars, or a travel kit in a car as well)

Band Aids

Alcohol swabs

4×4 gauze (in sterile 2 piece packs) (12)

Rubbing alcohol (16oz)

Vet wrap (2 rolls) (Coban)

Cling gauze (3”)

Ace waps (3”, and 6”)

Silvasorb Gel

A pair of bandage scissors

1 roll of tape (medical)

1 box of nitrile gloves (ladies medium, men, large or ex large)

Tongue Depressors (Make great splints for fingers!)

Hand Sanitizer

Instant cold packs

Duct Tape

A bandana

A container to store everything in

2. Intermediate First Aid Kit

(This is a build-up on the basic kit) You can find out more information on this website.

And We also wrote a post about what some of these supplies are. You can read that article here.

Increase the count of all the items for your simple kit, starting by increasing each item by at least 1-2

2 x 2 sterile gauze pads

Non sterile 4 x 4 gauze (200 per bag)

Kerlix gauze

Hypafix adhesive tape

CPR Mask

Mepilex foam pads (4×4) (box of 5)

Mepitel pads (2)

Xeroform gauze

Adaptic dressing

Aquacel AG dressing

Israeli Bandage Battle Dressing (trauma dressing)

Long q-tips

Betadine sticks (q-tips)

Chlora-prep sticks

ABD pads (2)

Surgical masks (5)

Headlamp, or flash light


Suture removal kit

Chucks Pads (blue pads that are very absorbent)

Butterflies, or steri-strips in different sizes

Mastisol (for keeping steri strips in place.-or Benzoin)

Ammonia Innhalants

Saline Solution (even contact solution-just plain saline)

Witch Hazel

Apple Cider Vinegar

Diaper Rash Ointment

And every day medicines, such as:




Hydrocortisone Cream

Benadryl, both liquid and pill form

Antacid (Tums-Calcium Carbonate)


Vicks Vapor Rub

Epsom Salt

A Larger container will be needed for this kit, and if you have compartments that you can keep things separated and easily visible it will make it even better.

3. Advanced First Aid Kit

You will need to keep adding items to your kit from the simple kit and the intermediate size kit, plus these are some extra items to have. They may be some expensive additions, but will be worth it in case you need to use them. But before you spend a lot of money on the more advanced stuff, maybe consider taking an EMT class, and learning about trauma, and injuries where these items will be useful.

HALO Chest Seal – High Performance Occlusive Dressing for Trauma wounds

Medihoney dressing (2 x 2 size and 4 x 4 size)

Suture kit/Staple kit

IV start kits

Liter bags of normal saline

Blood Pressure Kit (sphygmomanometer)

Nice stethoscope (Littman is very nice, I like the cardiology 3 one, you can hear REALLY well)

Be Prepared For Everything

Amazon CoverI also talked about my book that was just published to Amazon and has been very well received. You can find the book here. As I wrote in the description of the book it is not all about doomsday and as the title says we should be prepared to face anything. Here is part of that article…

Preparedness should be a mindset, not a fad. To become a seasoned prepper we need to start from ground zero and work our way up, and we need to do it in a way that doesn’t put us in the poor house. Preparing is also very personalized, there is no one way to build your food storage and no one way to build your bug out bag. All of our situations are different and we need to plan accordingly.”

Read the entire article here.

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    2 replies to "SPP045 What Should Go In Your First Aid Kit Part 1"

    • Gene

      Great article!! Thanks for sharing the info and putting in some excellent legwork on this!!

    • Lee

      Awesome article. Thank you for all the good information

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