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Are you not issued all the equipment you would need from your organization? If not, why not and why are you putting your own money into it when they should be?

If this is for personal use then lets of band-aids and a bit of gauze and a few triangulars is all you need.

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Well.. Advanced, civilian, first aid isn't like AEMT advanced; so it really depends on what you were trained to do. In the US, Advanced first aid is just more comprehensive than standard, more hands on. If you're in a secluded area, go big, it can never hurt. Good, bystander first aid, long before an ambulance can arrive does save lives; so I'll go along w/ it, rather than put him down. If you want to spend your own money, go ahead, no business of mine. Often smaller organizations can't provide equipment anyway.

Big to Small;

Several large wound dressings

pressure dressings

universal trauma dressings

several sizes of Crepe Bandages 7.5 to 15cm wide

bulky Crepe Bandages, 11.5cm wide

a dozen triangular bandages

45.5cm and 61cm b 7.5cm wide splints

rolled aluminum splints

hypoallergenic 2.5 and 5cm wide tape

heavy duty 7.5cm tape

roll of aluminum foil; and of clear plastic wrap

Several seal-able plastic bags

instant ice packs

10cm x 10cm gauze squares - at least 20

Combine Pads 10cm x 20cm

steel shears

bandage scissors

alcohol, iodine and sting/itch wipes

sharp, pointed, forceps

fabric dressing strips; aka bandaids - just a small package

bottled, sterile, irrigation solution

non-sticking dressings for burns

heavy, disposable blanket - Google it for a supplier; like Military or Hartwell Isothermal; none of those plastic and paper yellow blankets

note pad/pencil - because pens don't always work

Snake bite extractor - don't cut and suck... Draw some out, let it bleed freely; irrigate, wipe with iodine, apply a pressure dressing and treat for shock.

if trained; maybe an inhalator set up with a mask for resuscitation

tourniquet - prepared, no sticks and cravats

Put it in a large, hard plastic, with water/dust seal box. Bags tend to stain items and soil them over time.

I converted inches to centimeters. :P

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For what purpose? In what location (home, car, etc)? For what level of training? To what end?

Without those questions answered, we can't even begin to intelligently address this for you. What we would recommend for someone to keep in their car for travelling and roadside emergencies would be quite different from what we would recommend for a hiker/camper/hunter, or for someone providing first aid at a sporting event, as St. Johns so often does.

Before you carry anything, you should first get advice from St Johns.

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Even if you don't plan on helping anyone.. Never hurts to have a first aid kit. You can probably buy a nice kit from St. Johns that will suit your needs. Who knows what you'll need it for, or where.. Even if just for your own family, accidents happen to everyone, everywhere. If you fail to have a plan, then your plan is to fail.

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