Years ago I made up my own based on my wife's advice as a nurse and my own first aid experience in LE. If you know someone in medicine for advice, I think that those are the best kind. The kits that you buy in the stores usually don't have things like eye wash and maalox that are really handy to have.
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There are lots of good first aid kits out there and someone who knows more about medicine should be able to recommend one but add medicine to it. You need something for headaches, rashes, allergies. diarrhea, etc. Throw them away about every two years and start over.
And the first aid kits never have enough bandages.
We have a first aid kit and a medicine kit, the medicine kit is in a cheap fishing tackle box.
Don't buy a "kit", make your own. It'll be mucho better and lots cheaper.
Think about what you have in you home med cabinet and sort of duplicate that on a smaller scale. Asst size band aids, gauze tape & patches, adhesive tape, anti-itch & anti-sting cream/lotion, eye drops (not the get-out-the-red type, get the artificial tears type), pain pills, etc. A couple of water bottles to wash wounds. An eye loupe and fine point tweezers for splinters & thorns. Last (don't laugh) a couple of large feminine napkins, worth their weight in gold in event of bloody wound.
Home made tops bought because you can increase the quantity of the things you personally use more of. Past boo-boo history will decide that. As a retired medic I will offer a piece of advise. Check your kit each year for outdated supplies. Things like aspirin and Maaloz have expiration dates. Many campers feel secure that they have a kit on board but are surprised when they need it to find expired pain killers, band aids that dried out and don't stick and alchohol wipes that are nothing more than dry pads. Make it part of your check list at the beginning of your camping season. While you are putting a first aid kit together, consider learning CPR from Red Cross or American Heart.
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Being a nurse and having immediate and sometimes extended family camping with us I find that most kits have some of what I want in each but not one has all so I have a fanny pack with 3 different bags connected which I carry under the driver seat of the truck at all times. If we take the van then I put it in there. I've been involved in helping several side of the road accidents where I have the tools to help someone along with minor injuries during ballgames and camping trips. I would recommend buying a kit which has enough room to add the extras. I recommend the general medical paper tape (due to allergies to other tapes), scissors, bandaids (all sizes), antiseptic, insect/bee sting bite and alcohol toweletes, tweezers, mini first aid booklet, gauze, ace bandage, NSAID (pain pills), benadryl, tums or other upset stomach tabs, salt tabs or electro tabs, CPR barrier device, lighter, small pocket knife, hemostat clamp, bottle of water, large safety pins, I also have my blood pressure cuff and stethoscope and some change for using a payphone when cellphones are out of service area.
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The first aid and medical kits are two of the things we do not store in the TT because I worry that summer heat or winter cold will damage the contents.
If you have children add something to take temperatures.