Just How Important are First Aid Kits?

Did you know that the first ever first aid kit was assembled in 1888? That is like a hundred thirty years now, but it appear as though not everyone is keen on keeping a survival box as they are not as alarmed at the possible accident that may suddenly arise at any point in time.


“First Aid Kits are so central a part of modern life that it’s hard to imagine a time in which they didn’t exist.  But before Johnson & Johnson began making the first commercial first aid kits in 1888, people were on their own when it came to gathering and maintaining the right supplies to use in treating injuries and in knowing how to help someone in case of an injury.  A century and a quarter ago, that changed in a very social media-inspired way:  through a conversation,” shared Margaret Gurowitz in her 2013 article for kilmerhouse.com titled From 1888 to 2013: Celebrating the 125th Birthday of the First Aid Kit


First aid box supplier, Jessica Bickz, shared how her business grew from her penchant of gathering basic items for her own mom first aid boxes that she keep at home, at her previous office, and even at her car, “I took that habit from my mother when I was younger. She was a nurse and all my brothers often go home, wounded after playing or after school. So when I had my own family, I was quite a bit paranoid when I had my own sons. I used to just stock my first aid kit with some cottons, towels, compress, bandages, some tablets, and alcohol—until I thought of putting up my own business as a first aid box supplier; the job is very fulfilling and I even get to be invited on talks about survival practices on schools, camps, and other groups.”


According to Red Cross, through its website redcross.org, the items below are some of the most important elements of a well-stocked first aid box.

  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
  • 1 blanket (space blanket)
  • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pair of non-latex gloves (size: large)
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
  • Scissors
  • 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Tweezers
  • First aid instruction booklet


“First aid helps ensure that the right methods of administering medical assistance are provided. Knowing how to help a person is just as important in emergency situations. It only takes six minutes for the human brain to expire due to lack of oxygen. As such, ineptitude and misinformation will not be of much help to a person in need of medical assistance. Knowledge in first aid also benefits the individuals themselves. Whether the emergency affects themselves directly, or involves people they live and work with, first aid stems the severity of an emergency in a given time and place,” wrote Marian Aldana in her article for seton.com titled The Importance of First Aid.