120 medical-grade items
32 extra items included in a mini kit
A roomy pouch
18-page emergency guide included
Tough to keep organized
We purchased the Swiss Safe 120-Piece First Aid Kit so our reviewer could put it to the test. Keep reading for our full product review.
From climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to hiking in the Catskills, my fiancé and I are outdoor enthusiasts. However, we also understand the importance of being prepared in case of an emergency on the trail—or anywhere else, for that matter—and how vital it is to have a first aid kit on hand.
On a recent day hike outside Cincinnati, we tested a popular first aid kit from Swiss Safe to find out if it was as portable and functional as the manufacturer promises. I also enlisted my fiancé, who is an emergency medicine doctor with a background in disaster medicine, to evaluate the included items and analyze whether or not this is one of the best travel first aid kits on the market today.
Read on for our review of the Swiss Safe 120-Piece First Aid Kit.
Design: Functional exterior, messy interior
The Swiss Safe 120-Piece First Aid Kit has a durable, water-resistant nylon exterior with a full list of every item printed on the back. This survival bag comes with a mini first aid kit within the larger kit that’s perfect for throwing in a smaller pack or purse for extra peace of mind. It’s also easy to zip and has a nice handle on top for easy maneuvering.
Inside, though, things can get a bit messy. The two smaller mesh pockets on the top flap and the clear, main plastic pocket can hardly keep more than 100 items tidy. I was actually overwhelmed upon first opening this kit—there’s seriously so much stuff! The quantity of items is great, but I’m happy I spent some time with it before heading out on the hike, otherwise, I’d be totally lost trying to find the supplies I needed in a true emergency.
Quality: Gets the job done
The quality of the Swiss Safe 120-Piece First Aid Kit’s items is solid for hikers or adventurous backpackers, according to my fiancé. The included items aren’t all absolute top-of-the-line products, but in his opinion, they’ll get the job done.
This first aid kit is relatively small and fits easily in my duffel bag and hiking backpack.
While quality may be less important with pieces like cotton swabs or the mini sewing kit, he was impressed by the resuscitation device (an essential) and the trauma shears, which easily cut through clothing—I tried them on an old t-shirt. Also, the tiny red whistle—a must-have for remote treks or solo hiking—was also significantly louder than expected.
One thing to note is that Swiss Safe recommends replacing the kit’s sterile items every three to five years (expiration dates are included when relevant).
Weight and Size: Easily packable for any adventure
At 9 x 3 x 6 inches, this first aid kit is relatively small and fits easily in my duffel bag and hiking backpack. It’s also surprisingly lightweight for a kit with 120 pieces (and 32 additional items in the mini kit). That said, it’s not suitable for treks when I’m packing super light—the full bag is too bulky for my smallest backpack.
However, the mini kit, which is no larger than a coin purse, is easily packable in a backpack, purse, or even a clutch. It includes essentials like the resuscitation device and adhesive bandages, but I easily fit the small compass, whistle, and tweezers, too. (Do note, though, that items like the shears don’t fit in this smaller kit.)
Utility: Perfect for outdoor adventurers
According to my fiancé, the Swiss Safe First Aid Kit is “good for hiking with the possibility of getting lost.” This is in large part due to the whistle and compass, but people should familiarize themselves with each item in the kit because it’s not the most user-friendly or obvious for those who don’t work in medicine. Thankfully, the bag does come with a helpful guide that’s a must-read before any big hike or extended camping trip.
The included items aren’t all top-of-the-line products, but they’ll get the job done.
Versatility: A jack-of-all-trades kit
With 152 total items in the kit (plus the mini kit), it’s no surprise the Swiss Safe 120-Piece First Aid Kit can address most common travel or hiking injuries, including blisters, cuts, broken arms, choking, and burns. Items like the whistle, compass, and glow stick are essential life-saving must-haves for hikers and campers. My fiancé was most impressed with the resuscitation device and the included bandage that can become a sling—not to mention the effectiveness of the trauma shears to get to wounds or other ailments quickly.
Price: A great deal
This kit is listed under $30 and is a steal in terms of value—I estimated prices for the individual included items and figured out that if you buy them separately, you’d end up paying closer to $150 or more! Even if this kit isn’t absolutely perfect, you’re getting a great deal.
I was actually overwhelmed upon first opening this kit—there’s seriously so much stuff!
Swiss Safe 120-Piece First Aid Kit vs. Surviveware Small First Aid Kit
While there are hundreds of first aid kits out there, the Swiss Safe 120-Piece First Aid Kit and the Surviveware Small First Aid Kit, which we also tested, are among the best. In my fiancé’s opinion, the Swiss Safe kit is perfect for hikers and outdoor adventurers while the Surviveware kit is best for general use. The Surviveware kit comes with a sewn-in set of instructions on how to do CPR properly, which is an essential skill that many don’t know until it’s too late.
The Surviveware kit is also smaller and significantly more organized on the inside, with pockets labeled by item category. That said, it does lack the Swiss Safe kit’s hiking essentials (like a glow stick and compass), which is why my fiancé recommends the Swiss Safe kit for hikers and the Surviveware kit for everyday users.
If long hikes, climbs, or other outdoor adventures are in your future, the Swiss Safe 120-Piece First Aid Kit is a functional, jam-packed, and must-have accessory—as long as you’ve taken the time to get comfortable with using it.
- Product Name 120-Piece First Aid Kit
- Product Brand Swiss Safe
- Price $27.99
- Product Dimensions 9 x 6 x 3 in.
- Color Red
- Material Nylon
- Weight 1.2 lbs.
- Warranty 100 percent money-back guarantee, no questions asked
- What’s included 10 alcohol prep pads, 30 medium bandages, 10 mini finger bandages, 20 cotton tips, 4 knuckle bandages, 4 fingertip bandages, 4 butterfly adhesive bandages, 5 sterile gauze pads, 6 antiseptic cleansing wipes, 4 sting relief pads, 2 disposable PVC gloves, 1 disposable instant ice pack, 1 first aid tape, 1 large trauma pad, 1 compass, 1 Moleskin blister relief, 1 triangular bandage, 1 emergency mylar blanket, 1 whistle, 1 15-cm metal scissors, 1 elastic bandage, 1 CPR mask, 1 metal tweezers, 1 sewing kit, 6 safety pins, 1 glow stick (6 hours), 1 pocket-size first aid pouch (includes 10 medium bandages, 10 cotton tips, 1 first aid tape, 1 non-woven pad, 1 sterile gauze pad, 2 alcohol prep pads, 4 safety pins, 2 sting relief pads, 1 CPR mask