Pocket First Aid Kit




About: I'm an artist who using just about anything in my art projects, a type of recycling. I haven't posted in a while because my digital camera died and I'm looking for a replacement.

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
Paper Towel (or gauze if you have it)
Razor Blades
Super Glue
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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    29 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    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?

    2 replies

    Reply 2 years ago

    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.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    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)

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    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    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?


    6 years ago on Introduction

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


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for sharing this... When I was a Boy Scout, we used to make these out of portable sewing kits, made of plastic and they would break easily. Now that my kids are starting Scouts, I wanted to recreate the little first aid kit, and using the Altoid tin is a great twist. We also made a "Get Lost" kit in a 35 mm film canister... wish I could remember that one as well.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    "Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it..." I find this Instructable quite reasonable. What he puts in his Pocket-Aid and how he stores the contents is "what he [does]." He didn't make the tin and its contents, but he put them together in an innovative way. This is one of the better versions of the popular Altoids Tin first aid kit at that (the rubber bands for the duel purpose of keeping the stuffed tin closed and as needed tourniquets is especially nice). As the first line of the About section of Instructables says, it's about doing stuff. Not necessarily how one makes or rigs things but how things are done. This Instructable could be described easily as a one stepper, but the author chose to show how he customized (though minimally) and meticulously fit everything into the container instead of just listing the contents. The Steps has a few flaws like any other, but was certainly not futile. Do not refer to this Instructable as "unnecessary."


    #%@%#$#^@ seriously??? unnecessary! This can save someones life from bloodloss! Or for any other reason! So not unnecessary!...


    10 years ago on Step 10

    I would put it in a zipper-style sandwich baggie to keep the tape on the bottom cleaner.

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    Reply 8 years ago on Step 10

    I actually decided to do this with mine, but for a totally different reason: What if someone loses a finger or toe or some such? A zip-lock is a really good way to put it in ice/water until you can get the person to a hospital. Also, can be useful for a quickie icepack. I also added a couple of butterfly closures to mine and single-use packets of Neosporin Triple Antibiotic Ointment.


    8 years ago on Step 10

    I added some Benadryl and some rubbing alcohol swabs.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    aaah..i was planing to make something like this, but i didnt know what to put inside....and now i know what to search for...thanks man...


    9 years ago on Step 2

    Tape it inside- keep it clean