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First Aid Kits
Ian L. Sitren, Photographer
Palm Springs | CA | USA | Posted: 5:05 PM on 03.31.14
->> I am often driving on some photo excursion with maybe a buddy or two or on one of my shoots with models. I have kept one of those basic first aid kits in the car but it, like the others I have seen, seem pretty inadequate and cheap.

I am sure some of you here have more experience with this than I do so I thought I would reach out for some insight and/or recommendations for ready to go kits or perhaps a source for what I might assemble in a case or backpack.

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 6:30 PM on 03.31.14
->> Stop by your local fire/EMT department. Show them what you have and what they would recommend you get at your local pharmacy. They are the experts when it comes to body fixes and could tell you what you're missing which you never thought of.
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Alan Look, Photographer
Bloomington - Normal | IL | United States | Posted: 7:36 PM on 03.31.14
->> I have a fairly large kit I got at Sam's in the truck. It doesn't have everything in it to ever every situation, but what does.
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Shelly Castellano, Photographer, Photo Editor
Huntington Beach | CA | USA | Posted: 7:57 PM on 03.31.14
->> I volunteer with the American Red Cross. They have some very good first aid and disaster kits. You can usually get them at your local chapter or online.
They are reasonably priced. But if you want to make your own, here is where to start.
Double Stick Tape and a good pair of scissors is always a must in photographers kits :-)
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PJ Heller, Photographer
Christchurch | NZ | | Posted: 8:09 PM on 03.31.14
->> You might consider something like this: or visit the company’s website at

I have a couple of their kits (only issue I had was one kit came with some meds with short expiration dates and when I contacted the company, they replaced them for free).
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Ed Ruping, Photographer
Orlando | Fl | usa | Posted: 7:15 PM on 04.01.14
->> Ian,

Try They provide supplies for fire , EMS and police. I would recommend a kit that has some type of barrier mask , for CPR and rescue breathing, 4x4's, cling (roll bandages), triangular bandage for a sling and swath. Also get a few bottles of sterile water and peroxide for cleaning wounds. I'd opt for a nylon bag vs a hard box since it carries easier.
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Eric Canha, Photographer
Brockton | MA | United States | Posted: 9:43 AM on 04.02.14
->> Ian if you find yourself going into situations where you think that you may someday have to deal with an medical situation that calls for more than what your basic first aid kit has in it I would suggest before anything else that you take some sort of first aid / BLS / first responder training class.

Something as simple (appearing) as a splint when applied incorrectly can make a simple fracture a limb threatening disaster. Basic first aid kits are limited in what they have in them so as not to present an untrained person with things that when applied with the best intention and zero training could make a bad situation worse.

Take my advice for what it's worth as a former EMT and someone who worked hands on for 10+ years in the ER.
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