When we go on holiday, we pack the usual essentials such as clothing, toiletries, electronics etc. Many of us rarely consider a travel first aid kit. For most holidays one isn’t needed but we should consider bringing one particularly if you’re staying somewhere that has no medical supplies close by.
The Body Source First Aid Kit bag contains 90 essential emergency items making it ideal to take with you for travelling. I will review the contents of this medical kit to help you decide whether it’s worth buying this to take on holiday with you.
At a Glance
- 90 Essential Emergency Items: Enough to treat a variety of injuries.
- Emergency Blanket Included: Large enough to cover the whole body.
- Extra Small Equipment Pockets: For you to store other small essential medical items.
- Compact Small Bag: Items come in a bag with a handle making it easily portable.
- Plastic Tweezers: Weak and hard to grab anything with.
Design & Construction
The 90 essential medical items come stored in a first aid kit bag. It’s designed in the standard recognisable dark green colour with the words and logo printed in white.
The bag is made from a light nylon fabric with the interior lined with a waterproof material. It’s a zip closure with two standard black zips. There’s a large hole on each zip which allows the medical kit to be locked if needed. I’m sure most people don’t lock these emergency kits but some parents do to prevent their children from accessing the kit.
Although the fabric is thin, it’s fairly durable and the stitching seems quite secure. However, it’s best to avoid overfilling the bag past its capacity as a few people have had the zips break or seams tear when attempting to zip up the bag.
Is it Portable?
For ease of portability, there’s two black straps stitched in at the top which make the carry handle. As the size of the bag is only 22 x 17 x 5 cm, it doesn’t take up much space whether it’s in your luggage, car or home.
Upon opening the first aid bag, there are 3 compartments with one of them being a stitched in sleeve. Each compartment is designed so that the contents can be clearly seen.
Double Sided Sleeve
On one side of the medical pouch, there’s a stitched in doubled sided sleeve. The front contains a clear plastic zipped pouch which measures 21 x 16cm. Flipping it over to the back will reveal a number of pockets to store first aid equipment such as scissors or tweezers.
There are 3 large pockets stitched in – each one measuring 6 x 9 cm which can fit larger items in such as scissors. Directly below are 6 small pockets stitched in measuring 3 x 5 cm. As these pockets are quite narrow, only items such as syringes or thermometers will fit in.
Underneath the sleeve compartment is an open net pocket. An elasticated net fabric is stitched in to hold the items in. It’s a pretty wide pocket which can fit a lot of large items in like heat pads.
Zipped Plastic Pocket
On the opposite side, there’s a clear plastic zipped pocket. It’s pretty large as it’s nearly the same size as the bag. As there’s no sleeve on this side, it’s ideal to fit bulkier items here such as antiseptic creams or bandages.
With the 90 essential items packed into this medical kit bag, there’s still plenty of room left over to pack more first aid supplies in.
What’s in the Kit?
The Body Source First Aid Kit provides the following essential emergency medical supplies:
- 2 x Eye pads 6×8 cm
- 30 x Big plasters 1.9×7.6cm
- 10 x Small Plasters 1×4 cm
- 2 x Knuckle plasters 7.5×3.8 cm
- 2 x Fingertip plasters 5.8×4.5 cm
- A pair of metal scissors
- A plastic tweezer
- 2 x Instant cold compress packs
- 2 x Triangular bandages 96x96x136 cm
- A 15ml normal saline solution
- A reusable emergency foil blanket 210×130 cm
- 3 x Non-adherent sterile pads 7.5×7.5 cm
- 3 x Non-woven sterile 4ply wound pads 10×10 cm
- 10 x Antiseptic wipes
- A roll of bandage tape
- 2 x Elastic conforming bandages 7.5 cm x 4.5 m
- 2 x Elastic conforming bandages 5 cm x 3.6 m
- A roll of elastic crepe bandage 7.5 cm x 4.5 m
- 12 safety pins 4 cm
- A pair of vinyl gloves
Every single item adds up to the total of 90 – it’s not actually 90 different items.
Is it Enough?
This travel first aid kit contains enough to treat a variety of injuries including cuts, burns and grazes. However, not everyone knows emergency first aid or how to use certain medical products so it would have been ideal to have a first aid booklet included which is what’s provided in the St Johns Ambulance first aid kit.
Perhaps a small flannel could have been provided to wrap the cold compress packs in as not everyone carries a towel around with them. I would have preferred metal tweezers instead of plastic as well. The plastic tweezer is a bit flimsy and it was hard to grab anything with it.
Can it Be Taken on With Hand Luggage?
Most of the first aid supplies in this travel medical kit can be taken on flights with your hand luggage. Being quite small in size, the bag won’t take up much room.
Just be careful not to put too much pressure on top of the bag though – you wouldn’t want the cold compress packs to rupture!
The scissors would need to go in your hand luggage though as it’s a sharp object. Liquid based products such as the saline will need to be separated and shown at the airport security checkpoint as well.
Final Thoughts | The Body Source Travel First Aid Kit
This first aid kit from The Body Source provides everything needed to treat a lot of common injuries. Although it’s not essential, I would recommend this for holidays where you decide to go backpacking, hiking or camping. Basically, holidays where there’s a possible risk of injury and immediate medical help is not possible.
As the medical supplies are all packed into a handy bag, it’s easily portable. If the kit is not being used for holiday, it’s always a good idea to keep one at home. Not only that, it’s ideal for keeping in the car or in your work place too.
It’s not very expensive as you get quite a lot and the products have a long expiration date of 4 – 5 years.