To prevent getting in contact with potential COVID patients, non-urgent hospital visits are being advised against. This includes minor to moderate injuries that can be patched up at home. However, how can you provide care for a wounded family member if you don’t have a first aid kit within reach?
The battle between pre-made and self-made first aid kit
While having a first aid kit at home is as important as knowing the skills to use it, people are torn between getting a pre-made kit for their household or building one themselves.
Choosing a first aid kit is not as simple as it seems. Despite, or perhaps because of, having tons of options available on the market, it’s difficult to pick one that will suit your needs and preferences.
So… Does that mean the best way to go is to build one yourself?
Basically, if you have the experience and skills, building your own first aid kit is a breeze. However, even seasoned first responders often prefer to grab a pre-made kit for their adventures. Here’s why:
a. It already has the essential supplies.
Pre-made kits already come with the necessary supplies one might need during an emergency. While there are packs that are basically just a handful of adhesive bandages, there are decent kits on the market that are loaded with assorted first aid tools and supplies.
Choosing a pre-made kit means effortless prep and shopping. With a ready-to-use kit, you are spared from the trouble of forgetting vital supplies, overspending on items, or purchasing unnecessary fluff.
b. It’s cost-effective.
At first glance, this type of first aid kit might come off as more expensive, but have you calculated how much would it cost to build one yourself?
Building your own pack may seem a more wallet-friendly alternative to pre-made first aid kits, but buying each item in a first aid kit on its own typically ends up costing more as purchasing individual items (often in quantities you don’t need) quickly adds up.
c. They are customized according to your needs.
Mountain climbers likely have different first aid requirements than those who frequent the playground. For instance, if you’re into hiking, fishing, and camping, you’ll want a durable pack that can withstand wear and tear. Not only that, but you’ll also need a bag that won’t add unnecessary weight to your rucksack. On the other hand, households need fuller kits that can cover the entire family.
d. Everything is organized in compartments.
A common problem of first aid providers is that small supplies get lost in the jumble of provisions. Truth be told, self-made kits are likely to be disorganized and bulky. Supplies are just thrown inside a random bag that you got from a local shop or in a spare bag found at home. These packs might not have enough pockets to store your bandages and will likely get tossed around, leaving you with a massive pile of clutter.
All Surviveware kits are organized, with every item in labeled compartments, both for safekeeping and quick retrieval.
e. The bag won’t fall apart
Nothing is worse than discovering that your first aid supplies are all over the place, thanks to a torn and ruined kit bag.
Surviveware’s first aid and survival kits are crafted from high-quality polyester fabric that’s rugged enough to withstand constant wear and tear. Moreover, these packs come with MOLLE-friendly straps that you can use to hook the kit to your backpack and go-bags.
As long as you do your research and know what itch you’ll be scratching, the chances of getting a sloppy pack are slim. Also, you can talk to us if you’re still confused about which kit will fit your needs. Call or email us with any questions and we are happy to help you figure out what sort of first aid kit is best for you.