Before Johnson & Johnson started commercially distributing first aid kits in the late 1800s (1), the best choice was to get a patient to the neighborhood doctor as quickly as possible. If the doctor was miles away, this meant a long, painful, and often unsuccessful journey to get life-saving medical care.
Accessibility to first aid kits has improved our ability to provide emergency care, even in remote or disaster situations. Bystander CPR, while only recommended after proper training, has been found to double a victim’s chance of survival (2).
Whether you’re a hunter, fisherman, rock climber, backpacker, or simply need a healthy supply of Band-Aids for your accident-prone children, having a first aid kit on hand is essential. In order to help you find a kit that’s right for you, we’ve compiled our 8 Best First Aid Kits of 2022.