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Be Smart Get Prepared 326 Piece Review

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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Be Smart Get Prepared 326 Piece Review (Be Smart Get Prepared 326 Piece)
Be Smart Get Prepared 326 Piece
Credit: Be Prepared
Price:  $45 List
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Manufacturer:   Be Prepared
By Ryan Huetter ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 12, 2017
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RANKED
#15 of 16
  • Quality - 25% 6.0
  • Assortment - 25% 6.0
  • Versatility - 25% 5.0
  • Durability - 15% 6.0
  • Weight - 10% 2.0

Our Verdict

The Be Smart Get Prepared 326 piece first aid kit is big in size, weight, and quantity of contents. It meets OSHA and ANSI guidelines for a first aid kit for 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. To compare this kit's performance to the others we tested, see our full review of the top-rated first aid kits.
REASONS TO BUY
Durable case
Large quantity of supplies
REASONS TO AVOID
No CPR mask
Poor quality tools

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Bottom Line For large group access to common first aid items, such as offices and job sites, this kit is a good choiceBuilt for longevity, this durable kit has almost everything you need for your overnight tripsA first aid kit with plenty of practical supplies for a road trip or in the backcountryAn easy to store kit with plenty of bandages to keep the whole family coveredThis small kit is easily packable and has enough materials to treat many common backcountry injuries
Rating Categories Be Smart Get Prepar... Surviveware Small Homestock+ Professi... Johnson & Johnson A... Adventure Medical K...
Quality (25%)
6.0
9.0
6.0
8.0
8.0
Assortment (25%)
6.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
Versatility (25%)
5.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
5.0
Durability (15%)
6.0
9.0
7.0
5.0
6.0
Weight (10%)
2.0
6.0
5.0
5.0
8.0
Specs Be Smart Get Prepar... Surviveware Small Homestock+ Professi... Johnson & Johnson A... Adventure Medical K...
Weight 48 oz 16 oz 21 oz 22 oz 10 oz
Dimensions 12" x 13.5" x 4.5" 3.1" x 6.2" x 6.7" 7.9'' x 5.9'' x 3.6'' 10" x 7" x 3.5" 6.5" x 5.5" x 3"
First Aid Book Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
CPR Mask/ Face Shield No Yes Yes No No
Medications Yes - aspirin, antacid No No Yes - acetaminophen Yes - acetaminophen, ibuprofen, asprin, antihistamine
Type of Gloves 2 pairs of "examination gloves" 1 pair nitrile 1 pair nitrile 2 pair nitrile 1 pair nitrile
Splint Yes - 5 finger splints No No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

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 the 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


be smart get prepared 326 piece - the be smart get prepared case is best used when mounted on a wall...
The Be Smart Get Prepared case is best used when mounted on a wall or door.
Credit: Ryan Huetter

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. There is no ibuprofen and diphenhydramine for allergic reactions included. We liked the quality nitrile gloves found in this kit, and unlike most portable first aid kits, it included more than one pair. We were less impressed by the quality of the shears and tweezers, which were flimsy and unreliable.

be smart get prepared 326 piece - ample bandages and nitrile gloves make this a good kit for a large...
Ample bandages and nitrile gloves make this a good kit for a large group
Credit: Ryan Huetter

Assortment


The Be Smart Get Prepared kit offers a reasonable supply of items for conventional treatment likely to occur in an office environment. 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. Some models were able to treat the full range of medical emergencies possible in a backcountry or wilderness setting, but this one is particularly suited to the home or workplace.

be smart get prepared 326 piece - 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.
Credit: Ryan Huetter

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. 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.

be smart get prepared 326 piece - the well organized shelving only really keeps things neat and tidy...
The well organized shelving only really keeps things neat and tidy when mounted on a wall.
Credit: Ryan Huetter

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 higher quality trauma shears and forceps.

be smart get prepared 326 piece - the tools used in this kit were some of the least durable or useful...
The tools used in this kit were some of the least durable or useful of the review.
Credit: Ryan Huetter

Weight


Tipping the scales at just over 3 pounds, the Be Smart Get Prepared first aid kit is heavy. While does not score nearly as high as some of the lightweight models, it 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.

be smart get prepared 326 piece - the be smart get prepared kit is not meant for the backcountry, so...
The Be Smart Get Prepared Kit is not meant for the backcountry, so its size does not make a big difference.
Credit: Ryan Huetter

Value


The Be Smart Get Prepared 326 Piece first aid kit is an average value. You do get the mountable carrying case, but the 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.

be smart get prepared 326 piece - when mounted on a wall or door the shelves pop out to reveal more...
When mounted on a wall or door the shelves pop out to reveal more storage space.
Credit: Ryan Huetter

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 a medium-sized 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.

Ryan Huetter