M2 BASICS First Aid Kit w/Bag, 300 Piece

Last updated date: January 22, 2020

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Overall Take

Included with your M2 BASICS First Aid Kit w/Bag, 300 Piece purchase is a complimentary first aid guide that will teach you how to use the items found within the kit. We love the included extras like an emergency blanket, compass and a whistle. The kit is lightweight and able to fit in a glove box or a bookbag. In our analysis of 88 expert reviews, the M2 BASICS M2 BASICS First Aid Kit w/Bag, 300 Piece placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 25, 2020:
Checkout The Best First Aid Kit for a detailed review of all the top first aid kits.

Expert Summarized Score
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
1,565 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
It contains quality items that are often found in hospitals.
- Best Health N Care
Zipper closure, easy-to-grip handles, and pockets make this first aid kit easily portable and useable
- Safety Winner
August 3, 2018 | Full review
All the supplies comes in a compact carrying bag that has handles, small enough to take on-the-go or to store at home in the car.
- Runner Click
July 7, 2019 | Full review
This zippered first aid kit includes clear pockets to organize your first aid supplies.
- Trek Bible
What experts didn't like
They don’t mention any company names and there is no US certificate. Plus, it does not have any antibiotic ointment.
- Best Health N Care
Bandages aren’t super tacky
- Safety Winner
August 3, 2018 | Full review
Tweezer and scissors are not sharp
- Runner Click
July 7, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

M2 BASICS 300-Piece First Aid Kit Contents: BANDAGES 40 - Adhesive Bandage 3" x 1" 50 - Adhesive Bandage 3" x 3/4" 15 - Adhesive Bandage Strips 10 - Butterfly Bandage 10 - Fingertip Bandage 5 - Knee/Elbow Adhesive Bandage: 2" x 3" 5 - Knee/Elbow Adhesive Bandage: 2" x 4" 10 - Knuckle Adhesive Bandage 10 - Spot Adhesive Bandage 1 - Triangular Bandage TAPES, SPONGES & PADS 1 - Abdominal Trauma Pad 5" x 9" 1 - Wrinkle Bandage 2" 1 - Gauze Roll 2" Elastic Bandage 1 - Gauze Roll 3" Elastic Bandage 2 - Large Eye Pad 2 1/8" x 2 5/8" 1 - Medical Tape Roll 8 - Gauze Sponge 2" x 2" 8 - Gauze Sponge 3" x 3" 8 - Gauze Sponge 4" x 4" STERILIZATION 12 - Alcohol Prep Wipes 12 - Povidone-Iodine Prep Pad 12 - Antiseptic Towelette 12 - Alcohol-Free Wound Cleansing Wipe 12 - Sting Relief Pad SUPPLIES 20 - Cotton Tip Applicators 1 - CPR Face Mask 4 - Disposable Gloves 1 - Instant Cold Compress 4 - Medical Face Mask 1 - Metal Scissors 1 - Metal Tweezers 10 - Safety Pins 1 - Tourniquet 4 - Wooden Finger Splints / Tongue Depressors SURVIVAL 1 - Carabiner 1 - Compass 1 - Emergency Blanket 1 - Whistle OTHER 1 - Compact Carry Bag 1 - First Aid Guide

Overall Product Rankings

1. First Aid Only All-Purpose First Aid Kit, 299 Piece
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 18
3. M2 BASICS First Aid Kit w/Bag, 300 Piece
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 4
4. DeftGet First Aid Kit, 163 Piece
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 4
5. MediKit Deluxe First Aid Kit, 115 Piece
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 3
6. Swiss Safe First Aid & Survival Kit, 200 Piece
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 1
7. Swiss Safe 2-in-1 First Aid Kit, 120 Piece
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 6
8. Be Smart Get Prepared First Aid Kit, 250 Piece
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 8
9. Be Smart Get Prepared First Aid Kit, 100 Piece
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 5
10. Be Smart Get Prepared First Aid Kit, 326 Piece
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 13

An Overview On First Aid Kits

While there’s no way to predict when an emergency will happen, it is possible to make certain preparations, so that you are ready to treat an injury if one occurs. One way to do this is to keep a first aid kit nearby. It’s a good idea to have a kit in your home, as well as one in your car. If you travel, play sports or go on hikes, you’ll need a portable first aid kit to take with you.

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When shopping for a first aid kit, keep the following features in mind:

Examine the first aid kit’s case to make sure it meets your needs. If you’re simply using the kit at home and space isn’t an issue, a large kit made out of plastic is just fine. However, if you need the kit during an outdoor adventure, you’ll want a kit like the Surviveware Small First Aid Kit for Backpacking, 100 Piece, which has a waterproof polyester outer shell, as well as waterproof pouches on the inside. The kit will stay intact even if it rains or the kit gets dropped in a lake.

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Check the size of the first aid kit next. Do you need it to fit in your glove compartment or the pocket of a backpack? In addition to making kits of varying sizes, there are also kits on the market that can be attached to the strap of a backpack or the belt of your pants.

Open the first aid kit up and make sure the contents are organized and easy to identify. The First Aid Only All-Purpose First Aid Kit, 299 Piece has its contents in clear plastic zipper bags that allow users to quickly view the available items, so they can grab what they need in a hurry. Other models use clear plastic pockets. Some even have inner sleeves that label each of the items within the kit.

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Look at the contents within the first aid kit and make sure they are of good quality. The DeftGet First Aid Kit, 163 Piece is filled with FDA approved items that are medical-grade quality. This type of kit is also a preferred choice to have in your home or place of business in the event of a natural disaster, such as an earthquake or tornado.

Consider purchasing a first aid kit that has a few extras. For example, the M2 BASICS First Aid Kit w/Bag, 300 Piece comes with a “First Aid Guide,” a compass, a whistle and an emergency blanket.

DYWM Fun Fact

Before the invention of the first aid kit, homeowners were able to stock up on a few essential supplies for cuts and scrapes, but that was only helpful if an injury happened at home. Emergencies that occurred while someone was out and about meant a bystander would have to send for the nearest doctor. The problem with that was that a doctor wasn’t always nearby. Bystanders with no medical training would often try and help, but this didn’t always end well.

At the end of the 1800s, trains were the main source of transportation. One day in 1888, Robert Wood Johnson, owner of the famous Johnson & Johnson company was talking with the railway’s chief surgeon and discovered that there weren’t enough supplies available to treat injuries that happened to workers who were involved in the construction of the railways. Most of the time, the workers were far from a doctor or hospital. This led Johnson to create the very first-ever first aid kit.

First aid kits were originally made from either metal or wood and stocked with things like gauze, sutures and bandages. Each kit also featured items that were specific to common railway injuries. It wasn’t long after the kits were released that Johnson realized people didn’t know how to properly use the kits. That led him to create and release the “Hand Book of First Aid.”

The First Aid Kit Buying Guide

  • Always check the inner sleeve of the first aid kit after you buy it. Double-check that each item listed there is indeed in the kit. You don’t want to find out later during an emergency that something is missing.
  • It’s a good idea to do a little reading on the subject of first aid. Learn about common injuries and how they are best treated until you can get the hurt individual to a doctor or hospital. Make sure you know how to properly use all of the items in your first aid kit, so you don’t do more harm than good when you attempt to render first aid.
  • If you have children in the home, you may also want to hold a family meeting to go over the items in the kit with your kids. Take some time during the meeting to discuss a few possible emergencies and how those emergencies should be handled. Teach your children how to dial 911 in an emergency and have them memorize their address and phone number to tell the dispatcher.
  • While you won’t find any warranties attached to first aid kits, many companies still provide a satisfaction guarantee or your money back. This offers extra protection in the event that you purchase a case containing items that are not up to par, such as a pair of scissors that can’t cut through clothing or adhesive bandages that don’t stick.
  • In the event that you must use some of the supplies within your first aid kit, make sure you quickly replace them with new supplies. It’s important that your kit always is kept fully stocked if you are going to be prepared for the next emergency.
  • The price of first aid kits varies slightly based on the quality of the case holding the supplies and the number of supplies included in the kit. You’ll find the First Aid Only All-Purpose First Aid Kit, 299 Piece, the M2 BASICS First Aid Kit w/Bag, 300 Piece and the DeftGet First Aid Kit, 163 Piece are all similar in price, while the Surviveware Small First Aid Kit for Backpacking, 100 Piece commands a slightly higher price.