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Julie, Target.com carries a wide variety of prepacked kist including the "American Red Cross" labelled ones. (The stores don't carry anywhere near as many.) WalMart also carries inexpensive first-aid kits.
But pretty much every kit you'll find has been targeted to someone's ideas and that may not meet your needs. One idea is to carry one smaller "cuts and aids" box, with the usual splinter tweezer, bandaids and antibiotic cream, etc. and then to carry a second larger kit (which stays closed until needed) that has the larger bandages and dressings, bottles of peroxide, saline, and alcohol for cleaning of larger problems.
By the way, a "dressing" is what you actually put on a wound, a "bandage" is something that holds the dressing in place. 4x4 tefla pads can be used as dressings on almost anything, and then covered with a bandage as needed to hold them in place.
You may also want a product like QuikClot QR, which is a powder that helps coagulation and stops bleeding from larger cuts. If you need to stop bleeding the traditional methods are in any first aid book or class (classes are a good idea for sailors) but plain white table sugar also helps coagulation. It is fairly sterile, eventually dissolves away without doing any harm, just helps form a clot and scab better than nothing. And doesn't sting. (You put the products on before the dressing.)
The more expensive commercial kits tend to be more comprehensive and very nicely organized--but you pay dearly for that organization. In any case, a med kit needs to be gone through twice a year looking for expiring products, so they can be replaced as needed.