First Aid Kits: "There are many different theories on what you need in a First Aid kit. My thoughts on the subject come down to every ones needs are different. I looked around for a first aid kit that fit my needs. I never found one that really fit. I am a diabetic and my needs are quite different than what others need. For instance I have to watch out for infections on my feet and hands, because I don't have very good circulation in my extremities if I get blisters on my feet or hands they have a bad habit of getting infected. In my first aid kit I keep allot of antibiotic ointment to put on cuts and blisters to ward off infections.
I finally decided to put together my own first aid kit. I went out and bought a large fishing tackle box or art box as some call them. This box has several shelfs that swing open when you lift the lid. I got it big because I was trained in first response first aid and some advanced first aid in the Army. I wanted the box big so that I could have a wide variety of first aid available to me mainly so that I could help others in need of help. One nice thing about this type of first aid kit is that you are able to carry stuff that you would never have the space to fit in most other kits.
I am still building on the first aid kit that I have. I still need to get a CPR mask and I plan on having more basic surgical instruments. I was taught how to suture and take care of bullet wounds and some other minor surgical procedures. I do not advise or recommend that you even attempt any of these procedures unless you are well trained. I have been looking for a very compact AED unit. These are the portable units that are used if someone's heart has stopped. You have to be very careful when using these and make sure that you read the instructions when using one. They are used to jump start a non beating heart just like the paddles you see them use on TV.
If you are looking for a First aid kit make sure that you spend a few extra dollars and get a high quality one. There are a lot of cheap ones out there and you need to wade through them to find the one that best suits your needs and the needs of your family. I also highly recommend that you have one for your vehicle and also a small personal one that you can just slip into a pocket. The pocket type usually have a few band-aids and some antibiotic ointment and a few alcohol pads in them but they are great for the cuts and scrapes that you might get while out and about. I am including some pictures of my first aid kit that I am in the process of building and its contents. I still have a long ways to go before it is complete and I also have to get stuff as money allows.