“ Brand: Boots / This first aid kit comes in a compact and portable zip-up case containing all the essential items for minor first aid treatment. Ideal for travel and holidays. / Kit contains: 24 assorted waterproof plasters / 1 fabric plaster strip / 3 antiseptic wipes / 1 crepe bandage / 1 melolin 5cm x 5cm / 1 melolin 10cm x 10cm / 1 micropore tape / 2 blister plasters / Boots bite and sting relief antihistamine cream / mepyramine maleate / scissors / guide to basic first aid „
When we went on our boating holiday, we decided to take a small first aid kit with us, and I bought this one pretty much at random from Boots.
The kit comes in a green bag, which is about a hand-span (6"x 6") in size, square, and labelled with the legend 'Boots Travel First Aid Kit' and the traditional cross. The bag is padded, with sturdy tight-woven material that repels liquid, so the contents stay reasonably dry and secure, unless it's tested too hard. The zipper would probably let water in. In normal circumstances, kept in a rucksack or pocket of a tent, it would be fine. Immersed in water, not so much. While we were on holiday, it lived on a shelf in the boat or in suitcases.
It comes in at about 200g, so it's a light and portable kit, that won't make a huge amount of difference to the weight you're carrying.
It has a double zipper that goes around three sides of the kit, so it can open up fully to get at the contents.
Inside you find micropore tape and some low adhesive dressings & pads, water-proof plasters in various sizes, antiseptic wipes, a couple of blister plasters, crepe bandage, a guide to basic first aid and a spray to relieve insect bites & stings. I stuffed in a tube of germolene and some over-the counter painkillers to cover most (minor) eventualities, and off we went on holiday.
As it turned out, we didn't need to use any of the items from the kit, having a happy uneventful holiday. However, it has come in handy since, just for small cuts and grazes, and it lives in the car in the glovebox. The washproof plasters, like most washproof plasters I've come across, aren't. Unless it's a wash that involves no water at all: a wipe, really. Probably not even a damp wipe. The things just seem to peel off at random. The spray is quite effective, fortunately.
Over all, it's not a great kit - you can't fashion a sling (and I learnt how to recently on a first aid course, and dammit I want to be able to demonstrate with a triangle cloth bandage!) or deal with anything but the most minor of injuries with it. It's better than nothing, I guess; it's a neat way of keeping some basics together. The small first aid guide does explain about the recovery position and such-like, which is useful, and the diagrams are reasonably clear and helpful.
At £7.99 from Boots, it's a little disappointing, I'd say. But you can always add small bits and pieces to it, as far as the bag will allow. It's fine for lumps and bumps, scratches and grazes you or your family might acquire on a day out.
At home I have a fairly complete medicine cupboard. It's up out of the way even though we don't have kids, and it's stocked with most of the usual stuff you'd expect - plasters, micropore tape, antiseptic cream, sterile dressings, crepe bandages, a sling and even a neck brace from when I used to suffer badly with neck and shoulder problems. I've also got quite a lot of medications in there as hubby and I both suffer health issues.
Anyway, in our car, in the glove box we keep a baby kit. It's always been in a simple tupperware tub and is really just a few basics - a sealed tube of sterile water, a couple of sterile dressings, couple of plasters, mini scissors, antiseptic cream, lint free wipes, needles, and some tape and of course some painkillers. It's a bit of a faff fishing things out of it, but it worked ok for us for a number of years. Then last Christmas someone gave us a proper kit. Well I thought it was a nice idea, and it looked good and compact, and was certainly a useful gift.
~How it looks~
The kit comes in a dark green pouch which is waterproof and zips up - so far so good, means it will stay dry and is easy to pack in the glove box or in bag. Inside, there are separate sections within the pouch so that everything is really well organised and easy to find.
~What you get~
The contents are fairly basic, but to be honest most of what I would normally carry is there.
* 25 Assorted plasters
* 2 Blister plasters
* Crepe Bandage
* 4 Sterile dressings (2 sizes)
* Microporous tape
* 3 Antiseptic wipes
* Bite & Sting cooling spray
* Basic guide to first aid leaflet
I'd say there are perhaps a few too many plasters, and I'd have liked to see a container of sterile water and some lint free wipes for cleaning a wound, but other than these and needles it's not bad.
I think if you just plan on keeping this in the car or using it when you're out with the kids, then it's probably reasonably ok, but if you were planning on going hiking or anywhere away from where there are people, houses and fresh running water then this isn't going to be much use at all.
The bite & sting spray was a good idea, and having antiseptic wipes instead of a tube of cream kind of makes sense. The lack of lint free wipes for cleaning out a scrape or wound and the lack of sterile water to cleanse it with were probably what surprised me the most as I'd say these are essential first aid items and antiseptic wipes don't replace these two items you normally use them in addition to them. I keep needles in the car - ideal for removing splinters which are very easily got if you go fruit picking for example, and these are easily tucked into the container as an extra as they're small, and lint free wipes fit ok in there if I remove some of the plasters, but fitting a tube of sterile water in isn't going to happen easily as there aren't any extra spaces in the kit for adding your own bits and bobs & so the sting spray had to be removed in order to fit the sterile water in which I think is a much more important thing to make sure you have. I was also surprised to see a crepe bandage but not any way of fixing it - no safty pin was included for example, so again I had to add my own.
Now not having bought this I don't know what my friend paid at the time, but looking today on the Boots website this seems to retail for £7.99 which I think is quite a lot for such a small kit, but then if you look at the individual costs of some of the items in it - the cooling sting spray for example is £4.59 on it's own, it's not surprising they're charging so much for this kit I think.
The bag is quite sturdy and is reasonably well designed to keep its contents clean and contained and easily accessible. Each of the items inside is perfectly acceptable and useable, and so yes the quality of everything is fine, it's just that there's so much missing that should be here that lets this down. The booklet (well more of a leaflet really) that comes with this isn't bad as far as it goes, but again, it's very basic.
Would this be a kit I'd buy myself?
No, if I was going to buy a kit, it wouldn't be this one, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone either. To be honest I doubt I'd buy a kit I'd be more likely to buy a container and then fill it with products of my choosing I think. It would be cheaper, and I'd end up with a first aid kit which was much more likely to be useful when travelling around. I have kept this, but I've changed the contents quite a bit and added in most of what was already in my kit to make it more suitable for us.
This isn't a product I'd recommend to anyone wanting a travel first aid kit as they may well find themselves unable to provide adequate first aid to anyone if they travelled with just this kit.
As I am a nurse, I am particularly aware of the importance of having some basic first aid equipment when traveling - and I have always put together my own first aid kits depending on the area of the world I am visiting and what type of trip I am going on. However, in July last year, my family and I took a sedate camping trip to Yosemite and, as such, didn't really think it was necessary to take much in the way of first aid - and so I left it to my partner to pick up a basic first aid kit. We therefore ended up with Boots Travel First Aid Kit which cost £7.00 from Boots on the High Street - and I was less than impressed with its contents.
The First Aid kit came in a medium size green pouch which was waterproof and wipeable. It was zipped and so all of the bits inside were kept secure and dry until use - and everything, I felt, was compacted down small enough that you would be able to carry it in a small rucksack. In these terms, the pack is very portable and nicely packed as all of the contents are nicely separated into different compartments within the pouch. So, from this perspective, the kit bag looked handy and convenient and I had good first impressions.
However, when I opened up the pack, I felt like the contents were just a little to basic to really be of much use if you were travelling - and as this was specifically aimed as a travel first aid kit, I really feel the contents should have been a little better thought out.
Okay.....if you just want a plaster then you'll be fine. There are 25 waterproof plasters of various sizes - including a strip that you could cut to the desired size. There is a crepe bandage, a couple of Melolin dressings, some tape, scissors, antiseptic wipes and some Boots Bite and Sting Relief Antihistamine Cream. With this in mind, if you fall over and scrape your knee that you'll be able to clean the wound and plaster it, or of you get a wasp sting you'll be able to relieve the swelling.....but that really is about it. As far as anything really useful is concerned, these contents are seriously lacking!
However, there are no disposable gloves, disposable needles and syringes (imperative for travel outside of the first world!), sling, Steristrips (or wound closure strips), tweezers, a thermometer, Resuscitatation face mask, safety pins - or even basic painkillers. I would expect all of these things at a very minimum in a travel first aid kit.
The quality of the contents in the pack are okay.....I mean, the plasters are basic plasters and the dressings are basic quality dressings, but my beef is with the lack of really useful equipment in the kit with would make a difference to basic first aid provision in an emergency.
I really couldn't recommend this first aid kit from Boots. Its actually even less than basic.
Having three children a first aid kit is essential. I'm pretty organised when it comes to my main first aid kit in the bathroom but didn't realise I hadn't got any first aid items in my car until I needed them. After a very stressful day where my three year old cut her head and I had nothing apart from the clothes I was wearing to stem the flow of blood, I realised I needed a first aid kit I could pop in the glovebox and leave there.
I chose this one from Boots simply because I had fallen out of love with my Advantage Card and wanted to use up all the points on it before binning it.
It is a double-zipped canvas pouch which has clear plastic pouches inside where all the bits and pieces are stored. The first aid kit is a bit bulkier than it looks in the picture, luckily I have quite a deep glovebox but it takes up a lot more room than I thought it would and in a smaller car I think it would fill the area completely.
I'm going to go against the grain here and say I don't think this kit is particularly well stocked. It contains plasters, a couple of very small bandages, melolin wound patches, micropore tape, anitseptic wipes, bite and sting cream, scissors and blister plasters. Sounds well stocked, well it's not.
I'm not going to describe each of the contents in detail as I'm kinda sure that people know the kind of stuff which is going to be provided in this type of travel first aid kit. The plasters come in useful, the ones which are supposed to be waterproof aren't particularly good but as a quick fix on a cut until we get home they have worked fine. The fabric plaster is bigger than I thought it would be but once applied to a cut will only stick for a few minutes, and is useless on an area which bends at all such as a knee or finger. Conversely, the two areas which need plasters most when you are travelling with children.
Why Boots have included a bite and sting cream is beyond me, surely a better addition to the first aid kit would have been an antiseptic cream such as Germolene or even Boots own version of this. Far more useful for scratches and scrapes than having a bite cream which may be used a couple of times a year.
The scissors are good, they're sharp enough to cut the plaster and bandage although they do feel a bit loose across the handles so I don't think they will last too long. There are only three small antiseptic wipes, all of which I used during one incident when my daughter cut her leg. These are nothing special, the same type of wipe as you'd get with a meal in KFC.
Although I haven't been impressed with the contents of the first aid kit I'm still going to award it 3 stars. This is because the case itself is roomy and I have filled it with more useful items than were originally provided. If you look at the contents of the kit you'll quickly realise that it has really been put together to cope with a holiday, rather than a first aid kit which will see you through years (or even months) of travel in your car.
Also, as sandemp has mentioned there is always the risk of allergies when using one-size-fits-all kits such as this. I do think the case is well worth the money, but once the bits and pieces are used up you can stock it with items that will be more personalised to your family.
£7.99 from Boots.
When I first got a car my Nan kept telling me to get a first aid kit for it, just in case I needed it. I was 17 at the time and thought I would never need anything like that. I always had a plaster kicking about the bottom of my bag and that was enough. But in the summer holidays I took my niece and nephew out a few times and I realised that a first aid kit would have been so useful, so while I was in Boots I noticed their Travel First Aid kit. It was £7.99 and I had some vouchers so I picked one up.
The Travel First Aid kit is only a basic little kit but it does cover most small first aid needs. It comes in a dark green nylon bag which has a double zip. This makes it easy to open right up and find anything you need quickly and easily. It has the Boots logo on the front along with a white circle with a green first aid cross in the middle of it. Underneath this it has Travel First Aid Kit written in white letters.
When you open up the bag it has various compartments inside so all the contents can be neatly and safely stored away. The kit contains the following:-
A small basic guide to first aid
A small pair of scissors
24 Water proof plasters in assorted sizes
2 Blister plasters
1 Fabric plaster strip
3 Antiseptic wipes wrapped individually
1 Crepe bandage
2 Wound dressings made from Melolin, 1 is 5x5cm's and the other 10x10cm's
1 Micropore tape
1 Tube of Boots bite and sting relief Antihistamine cream.
Quite a lot of items for a small basic kit. Since purchasing the kit I have been very pleased with one of the blister plasters when we went shopping for the day and I wore a ridiculous pair of shoes. A couple of the plasters have been used when I took my little people roller skating and my fiancé Mark was extremely pleased with the bite relief cream when we went for a tramp in the woods and he got bitten by something. Thank goodness we had the kit in the car because he was convinced he had been bitten by something so huge it was alien!!
All in all I'm really pleased I bought this little first aid kit to keep in my car, it has been used more times than I ever imagined. The only thing I wish it had contained is a tube of antiseptic cream. But I have since bought one of these. I also managed to fit some hand wipes in there and a mini body spray in case I need a quick refresh.
I would recommend the Boots First Aid Travel Kit, its small enough to tuck away in my glove box and contains all the things you might need. It would also be a good item to pop into your overnight bag if you travel for work or even on a holiday. The bag looks good quality and the zips seem nice and strong. There is room in there for extra bits and pieces if you want to add anything like pain killers.
So I have to say Nan, you were right!
Whenever you go anywhere with a young toddler, you end up carrying around with you a huge bag full of snacks, drinks, things to amuse them and a few plasters and a million other things as well. So I decided to make my life a bit easier when I went on holiday with my family and I went off to Boots to buy a First Aid Kit, so that I knew I would have everything I needed in one place, rather than stuffing my already full-to-bursting bag with more stuff!
I picked up this particular kit in the high street chemist Boots. Boots actually do 2 types of a first aid kit. This one is a travel first aid kit, and they also do a Family sized first aid kit, which is a bit larger than this one, contains a few more bits and is double the price of this one at a hefty £19.99. After carefully finding out what was in each, I decided that this particular kit, the travel sized one, would suffice for what I needed and so I handed over my £9.99 and the kit was mine.
The kit comes in a dark green nylon bag, which opens with a double zip. It opens right down each side and across the top so that it opens nice and fully, allowing easy access to all of the bits and pieces inside. The fact that the bag is made of nylon means that it is very hard-wearing and durable and will withstand a lot of rough and tumble, handy especially if you are taking it away on holiday. It also has a large First Aid symbol on the front, along with the words "Travel First Aid Kit" so it is easily identifiable.
Now, what does the kit contain you ask? Here is a list of all of the items that I got in mine:
* 24 assorted waterproof plasters
* 1 fabric plaster strip
* 3 antiseptic wipes
* 1 crepe bandage
* 1 Melolin 5cm x 5cm
* 1 Melolin 10cm x 10cm
* 1 Micropore tape
* 2 blister plasters
* Boots Bite and Sting Relief Antihistamine Cream
As you can see, you get a good variety of products which will help in most first aid situations in the kit, so you will be well prepared on your travels. All of the items are individually wrapped so they are all sterile, the plasters are in a small zip lock bag for easy access, and the scissors and melolin and are well protected in one of the side zip pockets inside. Inside the bag, there is the main area and each side has a netted zip up pocket for items to be stored in, and the net allows them to be easily seen.
As well as these items, I managed to also stuff into mine Nurofen sachets and a spoon, aspirin, Savlon cream and Antiseptic spray, and also some more plasters of my own, so you really can get quite a lot in the deceptively small pouch that it comes in! The zip closed easily, although the bag was full, and I had no problems with it bursting open or anything, it was actually really good and I was impressed with the good quality.
The items themselves are also of good quality. I found the bite and sting cream was an invaluable addition to the kit, and we used nearly the whole tube in Mauritius! I found that Boots own label plasters aren't especially sticky, so I actually chose to include some elastoplast ones as I find these better. All of the other Boots brand products were find and did the job fantastically. I really can't complain about the value of this kit, as you save around £10 by buying these items in the kit as opposed to buying them all individually.
I would thoroughly recommend this kit for anyone going on a holiday or even just a day trip as it really does contain most, if not all, of the things that you need for basic first aid for yourself and your family. The durable bag is handy for keeping all of the items together, and it is hard-wearing and well made so you don't have to worry about it falling apart. The price of £9.99 is very good considering all of the items you get, and well worth the spend for me.
For more information on the kit, see the Boots website:
http://www.boots.com. Information on the larger kit that Boots sell is also on the website.
Thank you for reading.