Introduction: The Oh S..t Kit

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This is my entry for the Lonely Planet Travel Tips Contest.

This is the Oh S..t Kit, or the "I have old Game Boy cartridge cases lying around, I think they can hold things" Kit.

My wife and I went on a two month backpacking trip around Europe, and having to live out of our bags was going to be a challenge. We were thinking about ways to compress all of our stuff without sacrificing items, and we were left with a few odds and ends that we thought would be helpful, they just had no place to go. Enter my Nintendo addiction.

Step 1: Find a Game Boy Cartridge Case.

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Remember those cheap clear cases that used to come with original Game Boy games? The useless and damn-near-impossible-to-open ones that hardly anyone used? Go get one.

You can find these for silly cheap on eBay if you must, or you can just go rough up some kids at a garage sale and get them for even less. Ask at your local EB or GameStop too, most places that take take original Game Boy games in on trade (if they still do, that is) don't want the cases.

Alternatively, you can make smaller versions of this using a Game Boy Advance cartridge case, but that is too small for most things I'm putting in here.

Step 2: Put the Stuff in the Case

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This is pretty well the last step.

In my Oh S..t Kit I had the following:
- 1 large wound band-aid
- 2 regular band-aids
- 1 alcohol prep pad
- 2 Immodium (Basically for when the "oh s..t kit" lives up to its name). You can fit whatever drugs you want in there, I guess. I also had Lactaid at one point.
- 1 cheapo multiknife. This thing honestly sucks, but it's tiny and had a bottle opener, knife, file, and screwdriver.
- 2 zipties
- 2 safety pins
- 1 tiny USB Stick with my contact info and Portable Firefox on it
- 1 little sheet of paper with my contact info (in case it's lost where there's no computers...imagine!)
- 1 glasses repair screwdriver
- 1 elastic (in this case a hair elastic) You can wrap it around the Kit if you don't think it is 100% secure.
- 1 guitar pick. They're great for prying, scraping, and rocking.

I considered putting tweezers, a guitar string (helps support a broken strap on a bag), and a sewing kit in, they would all fit.

Step 3: You're Done!

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It's done! Now just throw it in your backpack willy-nilly and you will be relatively prepared for a minor injury or something!


davethescubarock (author)2008-06-18

a box for us people who cant find where the devil you buy Altoids from!!
nice instructable =]!

Damn! You can't get Altoids? Were do you live?

Englandddd!! im sure you can get them in loads of shops really but ive never managed to find them lol


 aren't altoids made in Britian?

yep.... just checked the wikipedia article... they are, but they're less popular there apparently.

bummer. i love altoids tins. there great rof holdin wut ever.

M&S; sell extra strong mints in similar tins

Derin (author)davethescubarock2008-12-11

If you can get First brand gum,then look for Neogum.

paulocr (author)Bicyclette2008-07-17

What are 'Altoids'?

Bicyclette (author)paulocr2008-07-17

They are mints. Very strong ones at that. They come in 3 by 1 inch aluminum tins that can be handy for various things.

Firebert010 (author)Bicyclette2008-07-19

The tins are three inches by two inches. Altoids minis come in three-inch by one-inch tins.

I dunno, if we're going to get all technical, that's still a rectangle, not a 3-D object.
Add some depth.

hmmm seems kind of extreme for mints but maby amazon grocery has them??

spectral08 (author)2009-05-02

Great kit! You should also consider adding fishing line (possibly in lieu of a guitar string). It is extremely versatile and doesn't take up much space or weight if you just cut a foot or two; it's also fairly inexpensive. If you're outdoors, you could also consider iodine tablets or other potable water aids. Another item to toss in is a small square of foil, particularly useful for signaling if you get lost. Just a few things to consider, but otherwise nice kit.

d2j5 (author)2009-03-17

great instructable name lol the oh sh..t kit.

JamesRPatrick (author)2008-08-28

Wait. You're married, and gameboys came out tenish years ago; you are addicted.

AznPanda (author)JamesRPatrick2008-10-26

Thats rude :O

JamesRPatrick (author)AznPanda2008-10-26

That's Sparta.

AznPanda (author)JamesRPatrick2008-10-27


? I'm 24, if that makes a difference. Oh well, I guess I am addicted (just bought Wario Land 3 for the Game Boy excellent!).

JamesRPatrick (author)2008-08-28

Nice instructable, and I dig the title.

Grey_Wolfe (author)2008-08-27

Good use of space and materials.

Grey_Wolfe (author)2008-08-27

Ahhh, the good ol' days. lol

puffyfluff (author)2008-07-19

Very useful. Everything fits perfectly!

zosobaggins (author)2008-07-14

Thanks for the good words everyone, and thanks to everyone who has voted :) I've been asked before why I don't just use an Altoids tin for this like everyone else. My reasons are pretty simple: the tins are too big (for what I needed), they're a bit more flimsy, and, well, I don't like Altoids! Plus they're like $3/tin or so here, I'll just get a pack of gum for a third of that.

Cheeseitman (author)2008-07-14

Love It! Awesome idea!

Aburame Shino (author)2008-07-06

Now to invent one that is smaller, but holds more essential things, like my 360 and all it's games. I'm saying this because we just got back from camping, we enter the house, and boom. We just found out we got robbed. My 360, every game, and more was taken. D: I'm staying elsewhere now, but it still sucks.

robots199 (author)2008-06-30

Those gameboy cases are huge! My game case that came with guitar hero on tour for the DS had such a small game case that held the game. Long live the Gameboy. :)

theknight (author)2008-06-27

Great Instructable, I'm of to tour Africa for a month so this will be perfect! 5*s!

emuman4evr (author)2008-06-17

Those cases were relatively easy to open, you just had to press the button the right way and it instantly popped open.

zosobaggins (author)emuman4evr2008-06-17

Most of them were easy to open, but I remember once in a while having one that was just bloody impossible to crack. Usually it was because the game was in upside down or backwards (making the button impossible to press), but that would have been my own fault.

jgodsey (author)2008-06-16

i like how you are thinking beyond the usual suspects for kit contents. guitar pick, cheapo tool, eyeglass repair, USB stick...all brilliant additions. thanks

joejoerowley (author)2008-06-16

Nice! I like the use of the transparent case!

bumpus (author)2008-06-16

Its refreshing to see a Title that's different than most ibles like this

Labot2001 (author)2008-06-16

Looks like the Altoids survival kits have a worthy opponent. Very nice.

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