First Aid kit for a car

In preparing his car First Aid kit, has Themanwho:

  • Done the right thing - BZ!

    Votes: 33 61.1%
  • Gone a little bit OTT, but the idea is sound (you saddo).

    Votes: 13 24.1%
  • A bit scary, but erm okay... Why don't you join St Johns Ambulance?

    Votes: 2 3.7%
  • Mummy, keep the scary man away from my sore bits!

    Votes: 2 3.7%
  • One step away from a prepper's stash in the woods - get a fcuking life.

    Votes: 4 7.4%

  • Total voters


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Maybe, due to current times, some face masks and anti septic/bacteria gel
Hope this helps
If your car is anything like mine, there will be no shortage of masks or anti-bac gel until the next millennium! Although I sometimes wonder if I'll be able to fit in it after SWMBO has bought yet another pack of Christ knows what
Under no circumstances place a casualty in your own car even if pissing down, if they then complain of neck/back pain the chances are your going to lose your roof
it happens trust me

Ha, any paramedic who can’t get a patient out of an undamaged car that they have got themselves into needs to find a new job.

That of course hasn’t prevented me from winding a few coppers up with the thought of the firewhackers ripping the roof off their new response car..
It happens! :D
Another thing, might have been mentioned already, a groundsheet/tarp, about 6 x 4 feet. something to kneel on, or a waterproof cover for a casualty. Something I always have in the car to spread out when I take stuff to the tip.


War Hero
Should have taken my own advice today - broke down with nothing on me, just my mobile so thankfully was able to call for assistance. If I'd had some spanners/screwdriver I could have got on the way again myself.


A couple of weeks ago I was travelling down the M40, when a large cloud of dust and smoke appeared about half a mile in front of me. I pulled over, grabbed the first aid kit from the boot and ran up to the accident site involving an artic truck, a transit van and two car, all badly mangled. Thankfully there were no fatalities or life threatening injuries; I helped a couple of people out of vehicles, and started giving first aid to a girl with a minor head injury (cut above the eye, bleeding freely). I opened my first aid kit ( similar to the type below):
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It had virtually nothing of any use, a small strip of fabric plaster, some wipes and nothing for anything more than a finger cut or knee graze level of injury The only useful content was a survival blanket, which I wrapped around the casualty, whilst I tried to mop the blood away and stick the plaster on the cut. Fortunately a squaddie arrived with a handful of FFDs one of which I quickly applied, just in time for plod and ambulances to turn up.

With thirty years of soldiering and ten years of civvy first aider training under my belt, I had no excuse for being so unequipped for dealing with a serious casualty event. I'd bought the shonky car first aid kit years before, mentally ticked it off my list of things to do and forgotten about it, which considering I keep a well stocked first aid kit in my workshop, another in my house and another smaller kit in my range bag is unforgivable. For the remainder of my journey I thought about this, and decided I needed to get a decent kit for the car which could deal with serious injuries when I got home. A quick google got me sucking my teeth at the price of decent first aid kits, however, that thirty years of soldiering has left me with a fair amount of relevant buckshee kit mouldering in the loft, so I thought a DIY effort might do the job. I bought a cheap canvas haversack (£8 ), some basic stuff, (plasters, sticking tape, scissors - another £10), a couple of saddo badges (£10), and put together a reasonably suitable first aid kit, without going totally OTT or breaking the bank.

Behold the magnificence:

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(Mug included for scale)

Contents (in waterproof containers):

5 x First Field Dressings
3x gel burns dressings
1 x Tourniquet
3 x tri bandages
4 x bandages
1 x eye dressing
1 x roll fabric tape
Vaseline (In case I'm feeling lucky)
1 x roll micropore tape
3 x pairs surgical gloves
1 x pack sticking plasters
Surgical wipes (hods of them)
Syringe for eye wash
Lip balm
2 x bottles Hand gel
3 x Survival blankets
Marker pen
Strap cutter

(Edit: Scissors!)

I know I've gone OTT, blame the current Covid japery for leaving me with too much time on my hands. BUT:

Remembering this is a first aid kit not a paramedic's go bag, is there anything else I really should have included?

All suggestions welcome (to do with the kit).

Yes, but where are the scalpels, chest crackers and pullers, ECG kit. Seems to me your not that prepared after all?


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Yes, but where are the scalpels, chest crackers and pullers, ECG kit. Seems to me your not that prepared after all?
Wow, you're hilarious, and quick too. It's only taken you a year to come up with that killer punchline.

A rather interesting thread that has given me cause to think I must look at the first aid kit that came with the car. I have no doubt that it will be short of many items and out of date on many others.

Just over 12 months ago I was travelling from the small rural town where I live to the major city about an hours drive away. About 20 kilometres from home I arrived at the junction of the secondary road to the highway that leads to the city. Do not think a freeway, the highway at the junction is two lanes heading to town and one lane heading the other. To join the highway requires crossing the northbound lane and integrating into the traffic heading south. As I approached the intersection it was immediately obvious that there had been a collision between a vehicle crossing the highway to head south.

The collision had happened only minutes before and no first responders had arrived at the time. A number of citizens were already directing traffic around the crashed vehicles (a car and truck) and people were trying to attend to the occupants of the car. I heard later that one of those occupants was dead and a 6 year old child was severely injured. It led me to think how the hell would I cope with what must have been a horrific state in that car. My only qualifications was a first aid course some years ago. A decent first aid kit would be a decent start then comes the ability to use it.
Did this all start with some poor pronunciation? I'm thinking about lock-keeper or Tees-side, easy to lose a letter.
The stuff was originally an adhesive on a light cotton-duck fabric ribbon. Cotton-duck is / was a type of robust cotton fabric.

ETA: As posted about a page after I read the question, dohhh.
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