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First Aid Only 299 Piece Review

A small, inexpensive kit that is best for minor use
first aid only 299 piece first aid kit review
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Price:  $23 List | $20.57 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, lots of bandages
Cons:  Poorly organized, overall low-quality
Manufacturer:   First Aid Only
By Ryan Huetter ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 3, 2020
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  • Quality - 20% 4.0
  • Usefulness - 20% 4.0
  • Durability - 20% 5.0
  • Versatility - 20% 3.0
  • Weight - 20% 5.0

Our Verdict

The First Aid Only 299 Piece kit is an inexpensive resource for light use in the home or auto but has limited functionality on outdoor trips. This kit is comprised of reasonable quality components that work effectively in treating minor wounds and injuries, as well as a small supply of medications. It is a basic kit and includes some useful items, but overall it is poorly organized and cluttered, is bulkier than it needs to be with many of the same item types, and lacks some key tools.

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Pros Inexpensive, lots of bandagesCompact, lightweight, quality materials, handy wilderness first aid guidebookLight, compact, useful first aid bookCompact, durable case, lightweightBrand name supplies, good bandage size variety
Cons Poorly organized, overall low-qualityLimited medications, no CPR maskNo gloves, no CPR maskVery limited supplies, small bandaidsBulky, small trauma shears
Bottom Line A small, inexpensive kit that is best for minor useThis kit is a great choice for short weekend trips, containing the essentials to guard against many trailside emergenciesThis compact and well-organized kit is great for a weekend getaway, with quality implements at an affordable priceA small, packable kit best for a school bag or purse in the front countryA simple but robust kit with a supply selection that makes it great for families
Rating Categories First Aid Only 299... Adventure Medical K... HART Health Weekend Welly Quick Fix Johnson & Johnson A...
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Specs First Aid Only 299... Adventure Medical K... HART Health Weekend Welly Quick Fix Johnson & Johnson A...
Total Weight (oz) 19 oz 10 oz 10 oz 2.3 oz 22 oz
Dimensions (inches) 9" x 6" x 2" 6.5" x 5.5" x 3" 6.5" x 5.5" x 2" 2" x 4" 10" x 7" x 3.5"
First Aid book Yes Yes Yes No Yes
CPR Mask/ Face Shield No No No No No
Type of Gloves 2 Nitrile gloves 1 nitrile gloves None None Not determined
Medications Yes - Aspirin, Ibuprofen, acetaminophen Yes - acetaminophen, ibuprofen, asprin, antihistamine Yes - acetaminophen, ibuprofen, asprin, antihistamine No Yes -Tylenol
Splint Yes, 2 finger splints No No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


first aid only 299 piece first aid kit review - the first aid only 299-piece opens up to reveal its contents.
The First Aid Only 299-Piece opens up to reveal its contents.
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Quality


The First Aid Only kit sure has a lot of medical equipment stuffed into its nylon carrying case, but immediately upon opening the kit, we were underwhelmed. The kit's clear plastic "organizer" is anything but, and similar contents such as medications or wound care treatments are scattered about. Certain items that will see frequent use are in good condition, as kits at this price range often have bandages that don't stick or dried out alcohol pads. Medications have expiry dates that range from one to two years from testing date, which means you will have to be vigilant about monitoring for out of date supplies.

We are least impressed with the medical tape, which is about as frustrating to use as masking tape. The plastic trauma shears, plastic tweezers, and instant cold pack were poor quality and should be replaced.

first aid only 299 piece first aid kit review - some of the items that we were least impressed with include the...
Some of the items that we were least impressed with include the flimsy scissors and forceps, the poor quality tape and the cold compress that would not activate.
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Usefulness


This is a useful kit for the common injuries sustained in a home or office setting and has some utility in some more dramatic emergencies, but it is a light-duty kit and needs to be supplemented to have a greater range of usefulness. Almost two-thirds of the advertised 299 pieces are bandages (196 small bandages total!), which seems like a bit much considering there are only 29 pads to clean wounds with, and only six antibiotic ointment packs. We would like to see a CPR mask, better quality medical or athletic tape, and a bigger range of commonly used over the counter medications.

first aid only 299 piece first aid kit review - paper cuts, anyone? this is perhaps the best kit for those working...
Paper cuts, anyone? This is perhaps the best kit for those working in environments with a high potential for small, minor cuts due to the number of bandages.
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Durability


First aid kits are inherently less durable products as their contents get used up and need to be replenished, but the carrying kit and organizational ability of a kit can have a lot to do with how long it lasts. We have to rifle through the entire kit, essentially spilling its contents to find the specific item we are looking for, and then stuff it all back into the open compartments, and in doing this the packaging and quality suffers. At the minimum, some of this kit's contents will need replacing within the year.

first aid only 299 piece first aid kit review - we had to rifle through this kit to find anything we wanted, making...
We had to rifle through this kit to find anything we wanted, making it frustrating to use.
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Versatility


This is a good kit to stuff into the back of the car, keep in an office drawer, or have on a car camping trip, but its limited utility in a backcountry emergency scenario leads us to recommend against it as a backpacking or outdoor kit. Lack of helpful items like ace bandages, CPR mask, single pair of gloves, and minimal tape makes it a kit that should stay in simple frontcountry settings.

first aid only 299 piece first aid kit review - about the size of a book and fairly thin, this could easily fit in a...
About the size of a book and fairly thin, this could easily fit in a car seat pocket for emergency use.
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Weight


The First Aid Only kit weighs 18.5 ounces. It is compact, relatively thin, and can be stowed in a seatback pocket for easy access. The included single-use instant cold pack weighs 3 ounces itself, so you could lighten it up significantly just by leaving this item behind.

first aid only 299 piece first aid kit review - weighing 18 oz, the fao kit is in the middle of the road for weight...
Weighing 18 oz, the FAO kit is in the middle of the road for weight, but its utility is less than other kits that weigh as much.
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Value


This first aid kit is a reasonable value, considering what it would cost you to purchase all the individual components, though the large number of contents is boosted by the extreme number of bandages. If you are seeking greater usefulness, then spending a few more dollars and getting better quality contents might be worthwhile.

Conclusion


We find the First Aid Only 299-Piece kit to be of average quality, with a surprising number of bandages and relatively sparse additional first aid supplies. Good for minor cuts, scrapes, and burns, this basic kit has limited utility but comes at an affordable price.

Ryan Huetter
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