There a variety of first aid kits available for all sorts of needs. The Red Cross is a good place to start when trying to buy an adequate kit. While their vintage kits are pretty cool, they’re a bit pricey; especially when shipping is added in. I figured I could just as easily make my own first aid kit on the cheap, and maybe even throw in a cool vintage surplus bag of my own to boot. Looking around I was overwhelmed with the number of non information and over information about this subject there is out there. From Altoid Tin kits to the all encompassing NOLS kit, you could endlessly search this subject, unless of course you came here first.
I decided to go back to the basics. In scouts I first learned first aid. Even though my Fifth Edition 1948 copy of the Scout Handbook uselessly provided an insanely outdated technique of assisted breathing which consisted of mounting your victim while he was laid out on their stomach, I still decided to go with the BSA’sadvice.
Here’s the simplest basic first aid kit I could come across.
Bar of soap
2-inch roller bandage
1-inch roller bandage
3-by-3-inch sterile pads
Assorted gauze pads
Clinical oral thermometer
Small flashlight (with extra batteries and bulb)
Water purification tablets (iodine)
Instant ice packs
You can always add more to this list but this should be sufficient enough to cover most injuries that may occur. But having a first aid kit won’t help you in an emergency unless you know how to use it. So search out your community, first aid classes are always being taught. Now go out there grab a cool case to put all these things in and see how much you can hurt yourself and still walk away intact.