Most people don’t think about having a first aid kit until they’ve already cut their finger. A minor boo-boo is often followed by a frantic search of medicine cabinets and bathroom drawers. However, a well-stocked first aid kit can take much of the drama out of little emergencies. The Johnson & Johnson Safe Travels First Aid kit is an inexpensive first aid kit that brings many of the essential first aid products together in a transparent blue plastic box that retails for about $8.00. With a small form factor measuring 6 1/4 inches wide by 5 3/4 inch deep by 1 3/4-inch high, the Johnson & Johnson Safe Travels First Aid Kit can fit in a bug-out bag and go anywhere.
If you count up the bandaids, you’ll find that the kit contains 70 items. The Johnson & Johnson Safe Travels First Aid kit contains the following: 6 cleansing wipes, 4 packets of anti-biotic ointment, 40 BAND-AID brand adhesive bandages of assorted sizes, 8 gauze pads, 6 butterfly closures, 4 200-mg Motrin (ibuprofen) tablets, 2 500-mg Acetaminophen tablets, and 1 packet of CORTAID brand 12-hour anti-itch cream. I found my kit on sale for just less than $4.00 at a major drug store. I felt it was great buy and trusted the Johnson & Johnson brand products. I like the fact that the kit’s labeling has a red cross on the top and a list of kit contents on the back.
One of the neatest things about this little first aid kit is that there is a little extra room in the plastic box. Of course, I immediately started making modifications to our family first aid kit. First, I added a small tube of triple-antibiotic ointment. Next, due to a latex allergy in our family, I swapped out all the bandages for non-latex bandages. Then, I added a small Columbia grooming multitool and a small LED light. Since the grooming multi-tool has tweezers and scissors, it should enable me to remove splinters or small pieces of glass and cut cloth into strips as needed in a life threatening emergency. It will also nice to have the light in case an emergency occurs during a power outage. Over time, I envision adding a few more wet wipes and other travel-sized first aid supplies. The challenge is to tailor the kit to our families needs by fitting in a few more things without making it cluttered, spill-prone, and disorganized. Since this kit is so inexpensive, it would be easy for a family to get additional kits for work and for each vehicle. This kit would be great to have in the car during an emergency evacuation.
It was nice to find the Johnson & Johnson Safe Travels first aid kit on sale near the beginning of hurricane season. If a major storm heads our way, we will be more prepared to hunker down or evacuate. As the labels say, this kit is “designed for pack & go convenience” and contains the “essential items for active travel.” While this kit may not satisfy the most hard-core preppers and adventurers, for most people the Johnson & Johnson Safe Travels first aid kit is a good start on the road to preparedness. The government says the first step in preparing for disaster is to get a kit. I’m glad I did.