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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Surviving emergency situations at home and on the go

Since becoming a mum, the health and wellbeing of my children has been my first and foremost priority. I've done a parent's first aid course {twice actually} and taught bub what to do in an emergency in the hope that we'll be better prepared should anything unforeseen ever happen. So far we've been lucky enough to survive most mishaps with bandaids, lolly water {paracetamol} or mummy kisses. I have it on good authority that mummy kisses can fix just about anything when it comes to small children, but Murphy's Law says there's bound to be a time they just won't cut it and I'm worried we'll be grossly unprepared. Having first aid knowledge is super important, but it's also best when it's backed up with the right equipment.

God forbid one of my kids ever break their arm or get bitten by a snake {yes we have them in our backyard} and I need to hold down the fort while waiting for an ambulance to arrive. I'd much rather be prepared for a crisis than find myself having to MacGyver up a splint and bandage on the fly {of course I still would, because they're my kids, but I'd rather use bandages than ripping up my top}. Which is why I was glad Survival Emergency Solutions recently contacted me asking if I'd like to try out one of their first aid kits.

When they first contacted me I went searching through our medicine cabinet to find our current first aid kit. I knew we had one, but I hadn't looked at it in what I thought was months, but turns out it's been a few years. I was shocked to find it only contained a handful of bandaids and a few expired bandages {who knew bandages even expired}. I was slightly horrified at the state of it given T's a first aid officer you'd think we'd be more aware of what first aid supplies are in this house. Evidently not. Despite all our first aid knowledge, we've clearly not been taking it as seriously as we should so I'm glad they contacted me as it's put everything into the forefront of my mind. I actually count myself really lucky that nothing bad has happened over the last few years while our kit has been in such a pitiful state.

Survival Emergency Solutions was founded in 1988 by twin brothers Jerry and Tim Tyrrell after the tragic cot death of a family member who was unable to be resuscitated. After the tragedy Jerry developed the Emergency First Aid Handbook which provides detailed essential steps in first aid for various emergency situations. The handbook won an Australian Design Award, has sold over 2 million copies since then and is now available in its fifth edition.

After developing such successful publications, the company then started developing first aid kits. Survival are now a leading provider of specialist first aid kits for the workplace, home, vehicle and outdoor activities. Their kits are extremely durable incorporating world class design features, an intelligent labeling system and the ability to add personal medical items such as asthma puffers, sunscreen etc. We've got the Family First Aid Bundle so we're prepared for accidents at home and when we're out and about.


I chose the family first aid bundle because it combines the home first aid kit with two smaller handy first aid kits plus the emergency first aid handbook. It's designed with families in mind and is the most economical way to get a kit for the home and both cars. It's currently available for 40% off + you can use my exclusive survival first aid discount code {at the bottom of this post} to receive an extra 10% off.

Unlike traditional first aid kits that usually come in a box, Survival first aid kits are in durable, water resistant double stitched bags with stainless steel zips and individual compartments for each item. No fishing through a box looking for the right item. The first aid kits are labelled with a colour coding system, split into four sections: trauma, hygiene, information and utilities, making it even easier to locate the right item when needed, saving critical minutes during an emergency. In addition to this a lot of the labels have further explanation such as burns or abrasions, wound cleaning, shock, minor wounds, sprains etc so you can quickly identify which items you might need based on what type of injury you're dealing with. There's also a restock quantity shown so you know how many of each item should be in the kit at all times {individual items should be replaced as they're used either via the restock portal online, or by purchasing at your local chemist}.

Survival Home First Aid Kit

The home first aid kit is the most comprehensive Survival first aid kit available, containing over 160 items designed to treat minor everyday injuries through to managing major emergencies while waiting for medical help. They've thought of everything from items you'd expect to find like bandaids, bandages {numerous different types} and dressings {again multiple types} to items I've never had on hand before like splinter probes, hydro gel, shears and an emergency blanket. There's also a first aid in brief booklet, CPR kit and space to add personal items like sunscreen and medication. That's still only scratching the surface of what's included, a full list of inclusions can be found online. 

I love that Survival have managed to fit so many first aid supplies into such a compact {yet incredibly organised} bag. Even though it includes so much, it still only weighs 1.5kg so is portable and easily fits into our medicine cabinet. The best part is when it's folded up and put away nothing falls out of place.

Survival Handy First Aid Kit

The family first aid bundle also includes 2 handy first aid kits which are smaller kits designed to deal with minor injuries. It includes all the supplies needed to treat minor cuts and abrasions, splinters, sprains, snake bites and fractures, before seeking further medical treatment. At under 500g and only 18cm long it's small enough to fit into a nappy bag, backpack, pram or glove box making it perfect for day trips, camping, hiking or a car emergency kit. We've got one in both cars so I know we'll always have a first aid kit with us for trips to the beach, playdates and while running everyday errands just incase anything happens.

Free iFirstAid App and e-Handbook

iFirstAid is the Survival Emergency Solutions app making first aid information available at your fingertips no matter where you are. The free lite version covers essential first aid information including CPR instructions for adults, children and babies as well as step by step instructions for bleeding, burns, choking or poisoning. There's also a travel module with emergency contact numbers for over 200 different countries.

iFirstAid is available on both iOS and Android platforms. The full version of the app includes additional first aid modules as well as find my family, immunisation and emergency broadcast options. The full version {normally $9.99} is currently on sale for $0.99.

At the moment you can also download a free first aid emergency e-handbook online. The e-handbook is a 115 page PDF version of the popular First Aid Emergency Handbook {included in the Family First Aid Bundle and available for purchase separately}. The best way I can describe the handbook is it's basically like having a first aid course available in an easy to read, illustrated text book. There's so many emergency situations covered, including childbirth, which probably would of made me feel more at ease last year while I was preparing for a vbac and hoping to avoid an unplanned homebirth! If you've never done a first aid course, or even if you want a refresher or somewhere to refer to, I'd definitely recommend getting it for home {either the paper or e-book version}.

10% off survival first aid kits

Why choose Survival First Aid Kits?   

  • Compact & Lightweight design
  • Durable, well organised kits
  • Clearly labelled, colour coded compartments
  • CPR pouch including instructions
  • A kit for any occasion 
  • Emergency First Aid Handbook
  • Easy Restock Portal
  • FDA Approved
  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee 

Finding Myself Young readers can use the exclusive discount code FMY10 to save 10% off the online price of any Survival Emergency Solutions products. Simply add the code at checkout.

Knowing we have the house and cars well stocked with easy to access, organised first aid supplies makes me feel much better prepared should something happen. We've actually already used the ice pack when I smashed my knee into the cot in the middle of the night. Such a mum injury right? She doesn't even sleep in the cot, it's just an aesthetically pleasing trip hazard at this point! Thankfully my knee didn't bruise too badly though because I got the ice pack onto it quickly. It's a good thing we had it too because we had no ice or frozen vegetables in the freezer {so I couldn't even MacGyver up an ice pack if I wanted to}.

How long has it been since you checked your first aid kit?

Toni x

* FMY10 discount code can be used for 10% off the online price of the entire range of Survival Emergency Solutions products. Discount code is valid until 30th June 2018.

Disclosure - I was sent a Family First Aid Bundle by Survival Emergency Solutions but I was not obligated to post a review. I have chosen to write this review as I believe Survival first aid kits are an essential product all homes should have and to give readers access to an exclusive survival first aid discount code. I did not receive payment for this post. All product photography has been used with permission. Prices quoted are valid upon publication, please check links to confirm current pricing.

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  1. A family first aid kit is essential, these look absolutely perfect! Thank you for the great and informative review. I'm ashamed to admit that my first aid skills are rusty, at best!

    1. That's why it's so great that they come with a first aid booklet and CPR instructions, even those without first aid knowledge will have access to the basics in an emergency. I know I can't remember everything I was taught in my class {and I've done it twice!}.