The 10 Best Waterproof Bandages

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This wiki has been updated 12 times since it was first published in April of 2020. Waterproof bandages come in handy when you get a small cut. They range in size and function and provide an extra level of protection to prevent bacteria from entering a wound and save you a trip to the emergency room. Whether you're restocking your medicine cabinet or refilling a first aid kit, the options on this list will keep you prepared in case of a minor accident. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. 3M Nexcare Family Pack

2. All Terrain Latex Free

3. Band Aid Brand Hydroseal

Editor's Notes

May 12, 2020:

Bandages are more effective when they contain waterproof properties. Not only do they keep out dirt and germs, but they won't fall off during dish duty, bathing, or swimming. The bandages come in varying sizes and shapes to accommodate different types of wounds and body parts.

Strips like Band Aid Brand Hydroseal are designed to provide multi-day protection, so you don't have to keep peeking at the wound to check the status. It also contains hydrocolloid gel, which sucks out contaminants and helps blisters heal without scabbing. Options like New Skin Liquid act as a second skin by creating a barrier to prevent infection. It falls off naturally after five to ten days.

All of the bandages on this list have adhesive to create a tight seal around the wound. However, some may leave residue behind like Nexcare Tattoos, and others are difficult to grab and remove like the Care Band Strips. Brands like the All Terrain Latex Free Strips are a bit thicker and are easier to lift and peel off.

Special Honors

DrySee Waterproof Bandage DrySee is in the process of making a waterproof bandage with a built-in intrusion alert that turns color when water enters the wound site. You can sign up on the DrySee website to receive a notification when the product comes to market.

First Aid Kit Essentials Setting up a first aid kit can be as simple as putting small items in a pouch for your backpack or glove compartment or placing essential supplies in a small container to keep in a medicine cabinet. If you want to make sure you are well-stocked for minor emergencies, visit the Cleveland Clinic website for a list of the basics.

4. Welly Bravery Badges

5. KeyEntre Tattoo Aftercare Film

6. Care Band Strips

7. New Skin Liquid

8. Houseables Transparent Dressing

9. Curad Butterfly Strips

10. Nexcare Tattoos

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