I’m a nut for first aid gear.  Just ask my wife, she’ll tell you that I’m just goofy about it.  So, it was no real surprise to her when I got a box in the mail with a pair of these first aid kits from American Medical Kits.  They are small and light, with just enough stuff to handle most minor emergencies. The package is durable and reusable.  I’m not sure what it’s made out of, but it seems to be the same material that blue tarps are made out of, only coated with some sort of paper.

This is a great little “boo-boo” kit.  I have shown it here next to a US dollar bill for size comparison.  AMK lists the measurements as 5″ x 4.5″ x .75″ and recommends it for trips in developed countries and for every day use, to carry in a backpack, briefcase or purse.  The Travel Medic weighs in at a featherweight 2 ounces, which is about the same as 10 quarters.

The Travel Medic contains several non-prescription drugs that can be very handy to have on hand.  These include allergy pills (same ingredient as Benadryl), some pain killers (ibuprofen and acetaminophen) as well as something for heartburn, diarrhea, and upset stomach.  There is also a small packet of antibiotic ointment for good measure.

The other things in the kit are a sheet of moleskin (blister prevention and treatment) that comes in pre-cut shapes to make use easier.  One of the two kits that I received was obviously “last year’s model” as half of the drugs were past the expiration date and the moleskin was one solid sheet.  The one that I gave to Kristen was die-cut.  There is also a “GlacierGel” burn and blister dressing that can be used to help care for a blister.  There are a few alcohol swabs to help prepare the area around a blister so that the moleskin sticks better.

Also included are a handful of adhesive bandages, a couple of butterfly wound closures, some wipes so that you can clean off a scrape or cut before you cover it.  Finally, there are a couple of hand cleaning wipes (similar to “Wet Ones” and the like) to use after you use the other stuff.  And, what good first aid kit would be without a couple of safety pins in case of wardrobe malfunction?

For the price of a fast food meal, you can get one of these for yourself.  I bought mine online, but you might be able to find them at a local outdoor store.  Check the American Medical Kits website for sellers in your area.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this $10.00 kit for anyone who leads a life that takes them out of the house.  Moms, students, office professionals, families on vacation, everybody should have a little kit on hand for the minor mishaps.  In fact, I like these so much, that I feel the need to get a couple more, one for every member of my household who travels around town on their own.