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What's In a First Aid Box?

First aid kits are very important in emergency situations and for routine care in any environment. To take it a step further and ensure proper medical treatment is available in greater emergency scenarios, there are first aid boxes. These can be cabinets that are hung on a wall or metal boxes that are transported to job sites for example, and contain an assortment of critical supplies.

The expansiveness of the contents included in first aid boxes can vary. Some kits come prefilled and ready to go, or you can build the kit per your specific needs.

In some workplaces there are regulations and rules around what must be included in a first aid kit and there are recommendations in place for families from the Red Cross. Be sure to take inventory of the risks and common ailments in your situation so you can be best prepared.

Here is a look at a very basic level at some of what’s usually included in a standard first aid box.

- Bandages – Treat cuts, lacerations and other skin wounds immediately to prevent infection and keep them covered to faster healing. Butterfly bandages and elastic strip bandages in a varied sizes will cover most types of injuries. Larger wounds may call for gauze and compresses. You’ll also want to consider water resistant and metal detectable bandages if your environment requires it.

- Burn dressings and creams- Burns are a very common occurrence and can be treated quickly with the right supplies. Sooth pain and stop infection.

- Sanitation – It’s important to protect those treating wounds from infection as well. Keep your kit stocked with disposable bags, medical latex gloves and sanitizing sprays.

- Eye Care – The chances of getting a small particle in your eye are high. Having an eye wash on hand can help with emergency clearing and flushing in these situations.

- Tools – Medical instruments that assist with emergency care are critical to completing the task. Be sure your kit includes scissors, tweezers, thermometers and other necessary tools.

- Medications - Over-the-counter medicines individually packaged to address anyone who is feeling is important for business operations and ease someone feeling under the weather.  

Don’t Forget to Restock!

Use of the supplies contained within a first aid box make it essential to routinely check and restock on items so there is never an emergency that cannot be addressed. It’s also important to check for product expiration dates and toss anything that is no longer useful and order new supplies to replace them.

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Daylight Savings Means Time to Check and Restock Your First Aid Kit


Daylight savings has arrived. Soon warmer weather, longer days and new seasons will rush in. This time of year is also a great reminder to check that your home is safe and that you have the proper items in your first aid kit. You never know when an emergency can strike and the added time outdoors being more active could increase risks. Cuts, scrapes, bee stings and more are all possible.

Here are tips to ensure your first aid kit is properly stocked and ready for whatever the season brings.

Remove Expired and Damaged Items

First things first, you should pull out your first aid kit even if you haven’t had any unfortunate situations and needed to use it in a while, there are still products that should be replaced, tossed or even added to ensure your kit serves the best purpose.

Check for any products that have become broken, soiled or damaged during storage as they will not be effective during an emergency and are best replaced. Check each product for expiration dates that could render it no longer effective. Remember that items with a seal broken or opened and used only a few times could still become contaminated or even lose potency and should be replaced.

Take Inventory

Once you’ve cleared away the products that are no longer useful, take a full inventory of the items (number counts) that you are left with. This available inventory may be missing adequate amounts of band aids and ointment to make it through the season for example. While compiling your list, you should also think about what risks are most present in the environment and ensure you have proper first aid supplies to address them.  A good idea is to think about past injuries that have already occurred and the likelihood they’ll happen again and stock up for what’s needed.

Order First Aid Supplies

After you've compiled a list of the supplies you’ll need to replenish and properly stock your first aid kit, head over to for the largest selection of high quality first aid products and personal protection equipment. Whether you’re looking for common first aid supplies like bandages, gauze, antiseptics, ointments, and pain relievers or specialty items for EMTs and first responders, we have you covered.

Organize Your Supplies

Once your supplies arrive you should promptly organize your first aid kit and be sure everyone knows where to find it and how to use it in case of an emergency. If you have a first aid kit in a metal box you might have it hanging on the wall in a dedicated area. Or, you may have pieced together a kit that best fits your needs and is stored in a plastic box you purchased for easy transport. Regardless of how you keep a first aid kit, the best way to be prepared for the unexpected is to have it neat and easy to get to.

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Should You Take a First Aid Kit Camping?

Going camping can be a great retreat away from the busy life we live today overpowered by electronics and tight schedules. Especially rustic camping that includes undeveloped camping areas. Nothing beats connecting with nature and breathing fresh air out in the woods with family or friends.

Along with all of the benefits, there are also many risks with camping in a more traditional format including limited access to things we take for granted every day.

The best way to be prepared for possible accidents or injuries while camping is to pack a first aid kit. You can purchase kits already together and ready for use, or buy products individually and create your own first aid kit to include basic supplies or more survival necessities depending on your specific camping trip and needs. Either way, having supplies on hand will make dealing with injuries much more manageable should they occur.

With the start of camping season soon approaching, it’s wise to gather your first aid kit now so it’s ready to take along for the adventure. Here are some options to consider.

First Aid Products for the Skin

Being outside in wooded areas presents an issue from sun overexposure to mosquitoes and even tics. Be sure to pack sufficient sunblock protection as well as bug spray rated to prevent you from illness. Packing poison ivy itch relief and hand sanitizer is also wise to maintain cleanliness and treat skin discomfort should a reaction to ivy and other plants occur.

Adhesive Bandages & Dressings

If you’ll be spending some of your camping trip walking trails or wandering the area in search of fire wood, there is a chance someone could trip, fall and sprain their ankle, or brush up against a branch and get scratched. The best way to keep cuts clean and covered is to have first aid tools on hand. Pack regular adhesive bandages as well as wraps and dressings to address various injury types.

Topical Ointments, Sprays & Creams

Bringing along supplies to clean wounds and prevent infection is critical. Antiseptics that include Isopropyl alcohol will clean around wounds sufficiently while first aid creams can treat minor cuts, and insect bites.

While you should certainly go camping prepared and cautious of your surroundings, nothing beats the reassurance that comes along with carrying a first aid kit. At we carry a full selection supplies and first aid kit refill as well as fully-stocked first aid kits, boxes, and wall-mount cabinets.

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Considering a Hike to Enjoy the Nice Weather? Bring First Aid Supplies

For most of the country battling a deep freeze this winter, the warmer temps are coming and that means time to get outdoors. A favorite pastime for many is hiking. The activity isn’t just good for weight loss and stress relief, but it also presents a breath-taking view of nature and time outdoors which we’ve lost touch with as a society buried in our mobile devices and tied to our desks.

Outdoor Survival Items

As with anything, there are also dangers to consider. Depending where and how you’re hiking, you’ll be exposed to insects, wildlife, falls and other possibilities.  Anytime you’re heading to unknown territory, and especially when off the grid, you’ll want to be sure to be prepared in advance. Know the marked trails, use safe walking shoes and don’t make careless mistakes on your trek that put you in harm’s way.

Remaining aware and prepared in addition to planning ahead are the main ways that hikers can prevent disasters from happening. Be prepared for whatever injuries may occur by packing first aid supplies for the walk.  This is a review of the items you should include.

Water & Food

In the case that you do end up off the marked trails and lost in the woods, you’ll want to have basic survival items on hand until you find your way back. Emergency water, food, compasses, lighters and waterproof covers are some of the very basics you’ll want to pack.

Insect Repellant & Sunscreen

Since you’ll be outdoors, you’re exposed to things like insect-borne diseases, animal attacks and dangerous from weather conditions including sun overexposure. Your first aid kit should include sunscreen to shield your skin from the dangers of the sun. Choose one that is SPF30 or higher. You should also pack poison ivy and oak cleanser should someone have an allergic reaction while hiking. This will treat and prevent the irritation.

Bandages & Wound Care

The most essential first aid items to have on hand address minor cuts to larger wounds and sprains. Be sure to pack bandages of varied sizes for scrapes as well as ace wraps, gauze, tweezers and even blister care as this can be a common injury while on a long walk. has a great selection of first aid supplies and equipment from bandages, antiseptics, dressings, medical instruments, OTC medications, CPR products, and even fully-stocked first aid kits, first aid boxes, and wall-mount cabinets. Shop Now!

Pet Love: Why You Should Keep a Doggy First Aid Kit

Caring for our furry friends has become essential today as pets make their way into more and more of our daily experiences. Dogs are being treated more and more like additional family members. From eating meals, watching TV and even sleeping with their human counterparts, there’s not much dog owners don’t take their pet along for the ride. But as they are gaining more human-time, dogs are also being exposed to additional dangers.

Easier access to food, interactions in public with other dogs and navigating the outdoors all come with risks.

To best protect our beloved fur babies, it’s a good idea to have a first aid kit on hand that can address potential dangers and keep them safe.

Here are some of the reasons to put together a doggy first aid kit.

Ingesting Dangerous Foods

Most dogs are pretty curious, especially when it comes to sniffing out foods. And it only takes a split second for them to get the items into their mouths. If your dog ingests something dangerous (like a large amount of chocolate or other dangerous items) you’ll want supplies on hand to handle what your vet advises will happen next. Cleaning supplies, sanitizing sprays and disposable gloves will make after care quick and easy.


If your dog loves the idea of running around free outdoors, they likely also will run into issues with injuries. From minor cuts and scrapes to larger sprains, anything is possible when you’re trampling through sticks and rocks in excitement. A first aid kit to address injuries and clean them up at home or keep them safe until they receive care, can relive a lot of stress for both you and your dog.

Supply Recommendations

So what do you stock your kit with? The supplies depend on what your dog is likely exposed to. But some of the basics include:

  • Gauze Pads
  • Antiseptic Wipes
  • Gloves
  • Adhesive Tape
  • Ice Pack

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