It’s an unavoidable fact of motorcycling life that, despite whatever precautions we may take and whatever protective riding gear we wear, as motorcyclists we’re vulnerable to injury.
Which is why it makes total sense to carry a basic first aid kit with you, either stored on your bike or perhaps in a rucksack or tankbag, whenever you go out to ride. After all, even if it’s not you that, for example, cuts a finger, one of your riding group or someone else you come across, may be in need of first aid.
On top of that it’s also worth remembering that when travelling in some countries, such as Austria, Italy, Portugal and Spain, it’s a legal requirement to carry a first aid kit with you.
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But what’s out there? What can you get for your money and what’s included? Here’s our pick of some of the best rated, most compact and portable for you to consider – and none of them break the bank.
Mini First Aid Kit
Although not specifically designed for motorcycle use, this mini first aid kit, which is intended for more all-round use such as camping, hikers or travel, is worth considering.
It’s light and comes in a neat, compact red zippable pouch and contains 92 items including adhesive tape, 15 plasters, 10 kids’ plasters, five other plasters, scissors, tweezers, safety pins, cleaning swabs, emergency blanket, sterile gauze pads and manual to cover, pretty much any first aid need.
Lots of contents
Not as compact as some
Oxford First Aid Kit
This is a great first aid kit for motorcyclists as itu2019s purpose-made for the job by respected British brand Oxford Products. It meets the DIN 13167-2014 European standard for motorcycle use and comes in an ultra compact zippable pouch designed to fit under your bikeu2019s seat.
The kit contains a manual, adhesive plaster tape, 14 adhesive plasters, two sterile bandages, a first aid blanket, a sterile compress to treat burns, a pair of scissors, disposable gloves and two wet wipes.
Designed for motorcyclists
Not the cheapest
170-Piece First Aid Kit
Another more extensive first aid kit thatu2019s not specifically intended for motorcyclists and is larger and more awkward to pack, but if intending to carry in a rucksack or similar offers more medical equipment.
Measuring 19 x 14 x 7cms, the neat, zippable green pouch is larger than some, but contains a full 170 items, including 20 plasters, 15 kids’ plasters, ten cleaning wipes, swabs, scissors, tweezers, saline solution, tourniquet, other plasters, burn gel, sterile gauze, emergency blanket, dressings, cold compress and much, much more. If you want a more extensive, but still compact kit, it’s worth considering.
More extensive contents
But still at a great price
Great for all-round use
Another highly-rated first aid kit, this time German, thatu2019s been designed specifically for motorcyclist use and comes in its own compact pouch intended to fit under your bikeu2019s seat. This one has similar contents to the Oxford version but is even more affordable.
There’s a roll of adhesive plaster, four small first aid dressings, two compression bandages, one metalized polyester foil ‘blanket’, some sterile gauze, scissors, gloves and a manual, all for under 10 quid!
Less well-known brand
Car and Vehicle Kit
Again, not specifically designed for motorcyclists, but this more general purpose travel first aid kit, intended for cars or other drivers or weekend trips away also comes in its own small pouch.
It is well-priced and contains 56 different items which cover the basics, including: 20 plasters, ten wipes, tape, bandage, one pair of gloves, sterile dressing, two adhesive dressings, safety pins, eye wash, adhesive tape, first aid leaflet, a cold pack and even a BurnStop sachet.
Better contents than many
Not specific to bikers
Held First Aid Kit
Hereu2019s another quality first aid kit made specifically for motorcyclists and again by a quality brand, German clothing and accessories experts Held. It again meets the DIN 13167 standard and this time comes in its own brightly coloured, waterproof PVC pouch.
The kit contains the following: a burns dressing, two first aid dressings, eight plasters, two pairs of disposable gloves, a gold/silver metallised blanket, a five-metre roll of adhesive tape and a pair of safety scissors.
Water and dustproof pouch
Designed for bike use
A little pricier than some
Kappa First Aid
Another quality, compact first aid kit that comes from a respected brand and is made specifically for motorcycle use. This time coming in its own neat, bright red (for easy visibility) water and dustproof pouch it comes with similar contents to the others.
The kit contains: a roll of adhesive tape; 14 plasters/self-adhesive bandages; two other bandages; a burn dressing; a pair of scissors; two pairs of PVC gloves; an emergency blanket, some cleaning wipes and a manual.
Neat self-contained pouch
Fewer ratings available
Lifesystems Pocket First Aid Kit
Another kit aimed not specifically at bikers and more at hikers or outdoor leisure types, but itu2019s highly rated, is good quality and at a tempting price, so worthy of consideration.
Its neat pouch also has a belt loop so you can carry it on your person. Among the contents a primary care leaflet, pair of tweezers, scissors, safety pins, two bandages, gauze swabs, adhesive tape, three cleaning wipes, a pack of assorted plasters and a blister plaster.
Good mix of contents
Not specific to bikers
Gear Gremlin First Aid Kit
A small, very affordable first aid kit made for bikers and designed to fit under the seat of your bike by UK motorcycle accessories specialists Gear Gremlin. This time it comes in a small, green, nylon zippable pouch and contains all the usual basics.
The kit contains: adhesive plaster tape and plaster bandages (plasters), sterile dressing bandage, sterile burn compression bandage, emergency blanket, scissors and disposable PVC gloves. It doesn’t have quite as many items as some but covers the basics at a bargain price.
Covers the basics
Fewer items than some