Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Mad Mike BOB Pt 2: First Aid Kit

This is a the second part in our serial review of the Bail Out Bag being offered by Michael Z Williamson.  Part 1 is here.

By now, we're no stranger to first aid kits around here.  We have an entire series dedicated to them.  That said, let's see how the kit in our review BOB stacks up.

The kit is roughly 6x8", weighs right about a pound, and fits perfectly in the outside pocket of the BOB.  One of the nice things about the entire BOB that I forgot to mention in part 1 is that, at least in my bag, all of the product documentation was included, and things still had manufacturer seals on them.  The first aid kit is no different.

From Mike's site, the kit contents are as follows:
  • Antiseptic Wound Wipe 12 ea.
  • Bandage, Butterfly Closure 4 ea.
  • Bandage, Adhesive Fabric 1" x 3" 16 ea.
  • Bandage, Adhesive Plastic 3/8" x 1 1/2" 12 ea.
  • Bandage, Adhesive Fabric Knuckle 4 ea.
  • Bandage Adhesive Fabric 2" x 4.5" 1 ea.
  • Dressing, Gauze Sterile 4 ea.
  • Dressing, Non Adherent, Sterile 2" x 3" 2 ea.
  • Tape, 1/2" x 10 Yards 1 ea.
  • Cotton Tip Applicator 4 ea.
  • Gloves, Nitrile (Pair)
  • One Hand Wipe
  • Moleskin, Pre Cut & Shaped 14 ea.
  • Bandage, Elastic 2" 1 ea.
  • Instant Cold Pack 1 ea.
  • Thermometer, Disposable (96°F to 104.8°F) 2 ea.
  • Scissors with Blunt Tip
  • Splinter Picker/ Tick Remover Forceps 1 ea.
  • Safety Pins 2 ea.
  • Triple Antibiotic Ointment 4 ea.
  • Ibuprofen (200 mg) 6 ea.
  • Acetaminophen (500mg) 6 ea.
  • Antihistamine (Diphenhydramine 25mg) 3 ea.
  • Insect Repellant and Bite Treatment; Natrapel 8 hour Tick & Insect Repellent Wipe 2 ea.
  • After Bite Kids Tube 1 ea.

Now that that's out of the way, let's actually look at it!

The kit opens up into three sections.  As it sits open, the left side, labeled "Sprains/Strains/Instruments" contains a nice pair of scissors, a chemical cold compress, and safety pins (how did I ever miss something so useful when building my own kits?).  The upper right section contains wound care, burn, and blister supplies, tape and an elastic bandage, and a very well-written first aid guide, with a focus on treatment of children.

The lower right pouch is particularly interesting to me.  It contains a pocket-sized grab-and-go mini first aid kit with some additional bandaging supplies and the majority of the medications.

To be entirely honest, I've not seen a shelf-built kit this comprehensive and well-thought-out, ever.  The contents cover the entire range of basic and common first aid needs, and it is organized in a manner that I've not seen before, short of professional bags.  Mike picked very, very well, and I continue to be impressed with this kit.


(Obligatory FTC disclaimer, since I missed it last week.  There was some dealing done for me to get this bag, but the deals didn't include any infringing on my honor or implications about my honesty.  My reviews are square and honest, and implying otherwise is just rude.)

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