How to Stock a Smart First Aid Kit


The right bag

Not too big, not too small, this should be big enough to stash some gear, but not so large that you need to stuff it in the back of a closet or give it its own seat in your car.

You can always buy a pre-stocked kit, such as this one from the Red Cross ($27; But it's also okay to inject a bit of style and choose your own. Because really, who doesn't need a dose of panache to help ease the pain? Travel bags for toiletries are the perfect choice, what with all those cunning (clear plastic) compartments.

Consider the Wally Bags travel organizer ($44; or the Trina Essential Weekender ($59;

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