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First aid kits for cars will contain many of the essential first aid items as well as specific first aid supplies that prepare you for emergencies at the roadside. For example, a first aid kit that you are purchasing for your car should include a foil blanket as you may have to wait at the side of a wet and cold road in the event of an accident.
It is also important to note if you will be travelling to Europe, that many European countries have laws that require you to carry a first aid kit in your vehicle at all times.
A first aid kit made for the outdoors or hiking will contain several specialised tools, like clothes shears to quickly remove clothes to gain access to an injury or a whistle to alert others that you have an injury.
These first aid kits also emphasise comfort, so they can contain items like rain ponchos to stop the injured getting cold and wet, and glow sticks to improve visibility when it begins to get dark. You may also find practical items like a compass so you can get to safety quicker if you get lost.
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Ideal for personal use, containing a few of the most commonly used first aid supplies and can easily be carried around in your bag for use on the go. There are some very small first aid kits available on the market, but to ensure that the first aid kit is sufficiently stocked aim for a first aid kit that contains at least 70 pieces, and has dimensions up to 15cm x 10cm x 5cm.
These should be purchased if you want to have sufficient supplies for all the family. These will typically contain a wider range of supplies for both adults and children, so look for a first aid kit that is advertised as containing 150 pieces or above, and has dimensions of about 20cm x 16cm x 8cm.
Best suited for events or those doing outdoor activities such as group hiking treks. They contain a great range of more specialised first aid supplies, so look for first aid kits containing 200 pieces or above, and dimensions of about 22cm x 17cm x 9cm or above.
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Hard-cased kits also tend to have a more secure locking mechanism. This will be much safer as there is less chance of children opening the first aid kit and accessing the medicines and sharp objects within.
However, soft-cased first aid kit tends to be lighter, more travel-friendly and can more easily fit into your backpack if you’re hiking or on the go. When travelling, a soft-cased first aid kit will always be better as it will take up less weight and can be squeezed into a smaller space.
The NHS recommends that you keep an instruction manual with your first aid kit, and ideally, this should come with your first aid kit when you purchase it. While an instructional manual isn't absolutely necessary, it can be useful as you can check that you are using things such as an eye bath in the correct way and do not accidentally cause any further injury.
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