NEW IDEA Small First Aid Kit w/easily viewable contents

Ryan W.

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Sep 11, 2020
I recently bought a Multicam Tool Roll to test a first aid kit idea and I wanted to share the results. Maybe this forum can recommend a similar or better product for my idea, or this can serve as an inspiration for a new product.

Background: A lot of "First Aid" kits are trauma-centric and are centered around storing a standard IFAK's contents. I wanted something smaller and more suited for a short 1-2 day hiking trip. My current favorite bag for this is below. Key features:

  • Many small pockets to sort each type of wipe, single-use medicine packet, or tool
  • Pockets are clear so contents are easily identifiable
  • Dimensions are 10 x 7 x 2.5 inches




This pack is nice, but it has a couple drawbacks for me
  • I hike with a "biking" backpack that has a compartment for bike tools. This bag is slightly too large to fit into that compartment. I wanted something smaller, something roughly half the size at 5 x 7 x 2.5 inches.
  • The compartments are different sizes despite being meant to hold the same size packets. The larger ones are kind of poor uses of space because I can/have to put multiple types of things into them and they get intermingled. I really dislike having to co-mingle small items in a pouch meant to be an organizer.
  • The "pages" approach means there is a lot of extra material that could probably be eliminated in a roll-up design.
I thought a tool-roll would be a nice way to go. Most of what I found on the market had two problems:
  • They were flat out too big, being designed for larger wrenches, screwdrivers, etc
  • They were angled to accommodate how wrenches tend to get longer as the diameter increases
The Mulicam Tool Roll was the best fit I found for what I wanted to try.
  • Pictured below are 10 of 12 compartments filled with a Ziplock bag holding some type of cleaning pad, insect sting pad, bandage, single-use medication, etc. There ended up being two pockets leftover based on the range of items in my current red bag.
  • The first row is snug to the bottom, and the expose surface of the bag is enough to show the label of what is in that slot
  • The second row is pulled out a little bit for demonstration purposes. Labels are easily visible by folding the first-row bag
  • In fairness, this isn't as full as the red bag yet, but it does meet my measurement criteria, being 7 x 3 when rolled right now.


Some things that I think could make this concept better:
  • Wider slots. They are about 1.75 inches, and the standard wipe/single use med packets are about 2.25 inches.
  • Mesh or clear plastic material for the slots. This would remove the need to have something sticking out the top to ID what's in the slot
  • Instead of stacking both rows on the same side of the roll, place them on opposing sides so everything is visible when rolled out
So, that's how I plan on using this bag for the near future. I did a good amount of research before I got to this point, but I'm sure there are solutions out there that I overlooked. Than again, maybe not, and this could be an idea worth developing. I'm interested in feedback either way!
Likes: Joep


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Sep 1, 2020
This may sound a little out there, which I am.
When I saw the slot and roll concept, I thought of Vacuum bags, Seal a meal type. I think by using the seal mechanism and a little manipulation of the bag you may be able to create your own. You may even be able to vacuum seal it. It would be clear enough to see what is inside.