Lifesavers: Best motorcycle first aid kits

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, a small first aid kit takes up barely any space and could save your life or someone else’s. 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.

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.

Pros

  • Great value
  • Lots of contents
  • Neat pouch

Cons

  • Not as compact as some

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.

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.

Pros

  • Quality brand
  • Designed for motorcyclists
  • Compact pouch

Cons

  • Not the cheapest

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.

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.

Pros

  • More extensive contents
  • But still at a great price
  • Great for all-round use

Cons

  • Larger pouch

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.

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.

Pros

  • Great price
  • Purpose designed
  • Compact size

Cons

  • Less well-known brand

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!

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.

Pros

  • Great price
  • Better contents than many
  • Compact pouch

Cons

  • Not specific to bikers

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.

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.

Pros

  • Respected brand
  • Water and dustproof pouch
  • Designed for bike use

Cons

  • A little pricier than some

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.

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.

Pros

  • Known brand
  • Neat self-contained pouch
  • Quality contents

Cons

  • Fewer ratings available

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.

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.

Pros

  • Highly rated
  • Good mix of contents
  • Decent price

Cons

  • Not specific to bikers

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.

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.

Pros

  • Great price
  • UK brand
  • Covers the basics

Cons

  • Fewer items than some

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.

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