Altoids First Aid Tin




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Learn how to outfit an Altoids tin that is capable of dealing with problems of scrapes and pains to heart attack and anaphylactic shock. All this in a tidy neat construction case that is durable and lightweight.
Throw this in your backpack or purse for a neat and easy medical needs.
(If you happen to use this instructable and someone gets hurt its not my fault)

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Step 1: Gather the Supplies

What's it sound like get all the following stuff:
-Mini ziplock bag
-'>>>> Very Important Small Container For Antiseptic <<<<
-Q-tips (cotton swabs)
-Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen (In my opinion the best non-aspirins that can be take together to relive serious pain)
-Aspirin (for heart attacks)
-Benadryl (Useful for allergies or severe allergic reactions)
BTW: If either of these things happen crush the respective medicine and put under the tongue then call 911 these are super serious (serial).
-Perscription Drugs (any you need)
-Antiseptic (look below, But hydrogen peroxide is been shown to cause scarring and to lengthen the time it takes to heal. link at bottom of page.)
-Asparagus rubber-band (any thick one will do)
-Polysporin or Bacitracin even Vaseline will work.(I don't like Neosporin)

Step 2: Removing the Paint

This takes a while but is well worth it. If your altiod tin has raised portions it might not be worth it.

Take out the artificial steel-wool and go in one direction (horizontal or vertical) to produce that clean stainless steel look. This might take a while and I used paint remover and then the artificial steel-wool.

Now Comes the Hard Part

Step 3: Packing 1

Ok now we Start to pack the goods in:
If you think you can handle it and just want to watch the slide show go here
Place the Polysporin / Bacitracin and Guaze in the bottom of the container.

Step 4: Packing 2

Add the Band-aids and Butterfly bandages, Next to the small betadine filled container.


Step 5: Packing 3

Put the pills in the bag and then roll it up and carefully place it and the tweezers in the container.

Step 6: Last Packing

Just Put those cotton swabs in an your done.
(I tapped mine together so they'd stay neat)

Step 7: All Done

Ok now just close it and then put the rubber band around it and your done.
Check out second pic. (right where first aid belongs)

Remember just becuase you have medical supplies doesn't mean you know how to use them.

If something is out of control call an ambulance there are some medical supplies you cant just walk around with.


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    17 Discussions


    5 years ago

    Removing paint from embossed tins is easy with a steel brush. Takes more time than a flat tin. But it's indeed worth the efford. Plu the tin is easier recognisable as a FAK instead of a mint tin if someone else has to use it.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Just use some red electrical tape to make a cross. The tape might come in handy for something else...


    8 years ago on Introduction

    i keep super glue in my first aid kit for bad cuts when i cant get to a hospital like when we are dirt biking


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Neat idea. You can make single use antibiotic gel packs by using a straw. Simply bend and tape each end to seal. "The State of California has determined that First Aid packs cause cancer. Use at your own risk. "

    5 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Why are First AId Kits causing Cancer? Well none of my ingredients are listed as carcinogens. Also Cool idea Maybe you should make an Instructable of neat tricks.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I was joking. According to Californians, almost everything causes cancer.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    ya my clock has a warning on it from the state of California. note to self add warning to sun


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Hey Punk I am a Californian(sarcastic but true) I was forced to goto a seminar on how technology is dangerous and is a life threateningly bad habit. But there is a little truth to looking at the indirect repercussions of our actions.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    i bought some headphones and the cord had a tag that said

    "If you live in California, wash hands after handling. Risk of cancer."


    9 years ago on Step 1

    "If it's bleeding a lot, go to a hospital"

    If there's a close hospital, then why would you need a first-aid kit?


    10 years ago on Step 7

    Good Job Vestie! How about painting it white & put a Red Cross on top, you know, so it looks like a "universal" First Aid Kit?!

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    Reply 10 years ago on Step 7

    Funny enough I did but the paint I had (oil canvas paint) turned into a layer of rubber stuff and fell off. Maybe I will head down to the Hardware store and get some real paint. (I don't know what kind to get I'll just ask the guy) I think I might just tape it up and use rustoleum on everything to keep the unpainted parts from rusting(like they do now).


    10 years ago on Step 7

    Woot hes got Death Magnetic in the background!!! Woot Metallica!

    1 reply
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    10 years ago on Step 1

    To carry stuff like bacitracin, you could cut out a length of a straw, then fill and use heat to seal at both ends. I saw it on a different instructable.

    1 reply