Pocket First Aid Kit

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Introduction: Pocket First Aid Kit

Out hiking or just for a walk and don't want to carry a bulky kit? This will fit into your pocket no trouble!

The ever so versatile Altoids Tin becomes a First Aid Kit to carry with you. Just add stuff from the following steps (or similar).

Step 1: Stuff to Stuff In

I've addded a few thing sI might find handy, things not everyone will have around.
A suture kit (mine isn't sterile, the package got ripped)
Bands Aids (6 large, 6 small)
Moist Towelettes (optional)
Rubber Bands
Tape
Aspirin
Swabs
Paper Towel (or gauze if you have it)
Razor Blades
Super Glue
Betadine
Isopropyl Alcohol


Step 2: Box Prep

On the back side of the box I put 4 layers of tape. A good storage area and easy to get to.

On the front I trimmed down my Red Cross sticker to fit.

Step 3: Inside Cover

Here I taped the 2 Razor blades and the Aspirin. Easier to get to then digging though the box.

Step 4: 1st Layer

I added the bulky/big things here first. The bottles are must small enough to fit and the suture kit lays nice and flat on the bottom. Be sure to sterilize the suture before use with the Betadine or alcohol.

Step 5: Layer 2

Swabs (ends in little bags) and small band aids fit in here.

Step 6: Layer 3

I added a few small pads of paper towel above the small band aids. If you have gauze use that instead.

Step 7: Layer 4

I folded over the edges of the towelettes to help them fit, these are optional as you have gauze(paper towels) and alcohol.

Step 8: Last Layer

The big old band aids sit on top, make sure you can close up the tin after this step. Rearrange if need be.

Step 9: Final Prep

Close tight and wrap the rubber bands around the case. These can be used for tourniquets or to hold things in place where tape doesn't work.

Step 10: Pocket and Go

All done, now put it in your pocket and go.

Any suggestions are appreciated!

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    Great idea. Can't seem to find any containers small enough to put alcohol or betadine in though. Also I am confused by the first slide. I see what appears to be gauze on the bottom (outside) of the tin.

    On the back side of the box I put 4 layers of tape. A good storage area and easy to get to.

    Is the tape under the gauze? Why is the gauze on the outside and not on the inside?

    Sephora has teeny sample vials that would be perfect. Maybe include a sample of sunblock since you are hanging out at Sephora bumming vials, anyway.

    try eye drops bottles for your alcohol and betadine

    If someone decides to lose a finger put it in a bag and then PUT THE BAG in the ice water or ice. Don't expose the flesh to the ice or water.

    This is cool. I have been looking for an Instructable on one of these for a long time. Right now I can think of 3 thing to add to it, finger/toenail clippers, small scissor that are made for cutting of loose flesh off wounds are good for cutting into limbs to get something out, and needles (also are good in a small surgery to remove something)

    I think a few needles and thread can be thrown in, they don't take up much room. As for scissors, that's why I put in 2 razor blades. Much smaller and sharper. Nail clippers would help, but I'm out of room! Tweezers too, but no room.
    Maybe adding a second tin to put more stuff in would work and still keep it pocket size.

    That's why the Swiss invented their army knives. Scissors, tweezers and all the stuff you cant fit in this. Cool idea of things I ought to have around with me.

    very small tweezers: Uncle Bill's Sliver Grippers. They're *very* pointy, so they can really get in there, find the intruding object, and pull it right out. Love them.

    Thanks for this great instructable! I am glad you did it step-by-step, as half the challenge to small kits is finding a way to fit everything in! In my experience in dealing with roadside emergencies, the one thing we ALWAYS make sure to have is rubber/latex gloves... It gives a lot more peace of mind when helping strangers who are bleeding. Maybe they can be put in a ziplock baggie and lashed to the tin with the rubber bands?

    You should add some allergy meds and tylenol so that you can treet even more things