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Be Smart Get Prepared 326 Piece Review

Be Smart Get Prepared 326 Piece
Price:   $45 List | $34.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Durable case, large quantity of supplies
Cons:  No CPR mask, poor quality tools
Bottom line:  This kit is the best we've reviewed for the workplace, office, or classroom, where a large number of people need access to basic supplies.
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Manufacturer:   Be Prepared

Our Verdict

The Be Smart Get Prepared 326 piece first aid kit is the largest kit in our review, in size, weight, and quantity of contents. It meets OSHA and ANSI guidelines on first aid kit contents in a workplace setting and is equipped to be hung on a wall or inside of a door in the home or workplace, as well as carried in a vehicle or on a boat. The contents of this kit are meant for common non-life threatening injuries such as cuts and scrapes, and the sheer quantity of these contents imply a large group using or having access to it. For a smaller first aid kit that is still able to support a group, take a peek at the Editors' Choice winning Surviveware kit, and be sure to read up on How to Choose the Best First Aid Kit.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Ryan Huetter
Review Editor
OutdoorGearLab

Last Updated:
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August 12, 2017

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The Be Smart Get Prepared first aid kit is a large briefcase-sized kit that comes in a hardshell case, and is a useful resource for big groups in workplace or home settings, and the contents anticipate both high volume of users as well as most standard and non life-threatening injuries.

Performance Comparison


The Be Smart Get Prepared case is best used when mounted on a wall or door.
The Be Smart Get Prepared case is best used when mounted on a wall or door.

Quality


The contents of the Be Smart Get Prepared first aid kit are generally of good quality, coming in a durable plastic briefcase that has shelves for easy organization. Medicines and bandages comprise the majority of the kit's supplies, and these are all individually packaged making it easy to grab what you need. All the over the counter medicines (antacid tabs, aspirin, acetaminophen) have easy to read expiration dates (2 years from when we received the kit) which help in keeping contents up to date. The medicine assortment found in the Adventure Medical Kits Adventure 2.0 was more useful, including ibuprofen and diphenhydramine for allergic reactions. We liked the quality nitrile gloves found in this kit, and this was the only kit we reviewed that included more than one pair. We were less impressed by the quality of the shears and tweezers, which were flimsy and unreliable.

Ample bandages and nitrile gloves make this a good kit for a large group
Ample bandages and nitrile gloves make this a good kit for a large group

Usefulness


The Be Smart Get Prepared kit was moderately useful when compared to other contenders. Some models were able to treat the full range of medical emergencies possible in a backcountry or wilderness setting; however, as it relates to the conventional treatments likely to be found in an office environment, this kit is much more useful. It can treat a common headache, cut, sting or scrape. This model also provides a vast quantity of basic bandages and wound cleaning pads that can support a large group. There are a few additional trauma supplies such as large gauze pads and finger splints for emergencies, but this kit is meant to take care of small, non-life threatening injuries. The Surviveware Small first aid kit would not be able to support nearly as large of a group, though was much more useful overall.

Easy access makes simple first aid on minor cuts and scrapes a breeze.
Easy access makes simple first aid on minor cuts and scrapes a breeze.

Durability


Coming inside of a massive case the size of a briefcase and being able to be hung on a wall or door as well as be carried by a handle, the Be Smart Get Prepared kit is quite durable, though the design of the interior allows contents to shift and get mixed up when not mounted. The plastic tweezers and flimsy scissors used in this kit are not durable at all, and would be better replaced with the trauma shears and forceps used in the Surviveware kit.

The tools used in this kit were some of the least durable or useful of the review.
The tools used in this kit were some of the least durable or useful of the review.

Versatility


Although this first aid kit meets the OSHA guidelines for small businesses, even they recommend that additional supplements may be necessary based on the type of work environment. We felt like for a typical office setting that the Be Smart Get Prepared Kit would be adequate and versatile enough to deal with most non-emergent situations, but for a construction job site, we would rather see more gauze pads and better quality tools like found in the Best Buy winning Surviveware Small kit. And while many workplaces also may have an AED/CPR station, there really should be a CPR mask included in this kit too. There is an option to add it on to a restocking order through Be Smart Get Prepared, however.

The well organized shelving only really keeps things neat and tidy when mounted on a wall.
The well organized shelving only really keeps things neat and tidy when mounted on a wall.

Weight


Tipping the scales at just over 3 pounds, the Be Smart Get Prepared first aid kit is the heaviest in our review, and so while does not score nearly as highly as some of our lightweight models like the Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight/Watertight .7, is also meant for use in a completely different setting. Designed to be wall mounted or carried in a vehicle, weight should not be a reason to avoid this product. We would have even been happier if the kit had weighed more if that meant that there were more varied supplies for a wider spectrum of emergencies.

The Be Smart Get Prepared Kit is not meant for the backcountry  so its size does not make a big difference.
The Be Smart Get Prepared Kit is not meant for the backcountry, so its size does not make a big difference.

Best Applications


For the home, small office, boat or RV, the Be Smart Get Prepared first aid kit offers a large number of basic first aid supplies that are able to treat a large number of people with common minor injuries. We would recommend using this kit only when in reasonably fast access to definitive medical care, not in a remote or wilderness setting.

Value


With an MSRP of $45, the Be Smart Get Prepared 326 Piece first aid kit is an average value. You do get the mountable carrying case, but the few supplies contained within are pretty inexpensive, and the tools are of poor quality. What you are paying for is an OSHA/ANSI approved kit that has an easy reordering system when you need to stock up on depleted supplies.

Conclusion


For basic first aid in an office, home, school classroom or other group settings, the Be Smart Get Prepared kit can support a small to medium group as long as the injuries are relatively minor and can be treated with over the counter medications and small bandages. Any more severe injuries would need additional supplies added to the kit based on your group's needs.

When mounted on a wall or door the shelves pop out to reveal more storage space.
When mounted on a wall or door the shelves pop out to reveal more storage space.
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