Pocket-Sized Altoids Tin First-Aid Kit




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After several incidents, I have found something that I think would be helpful for everybody even if they don't use it. Here is the First-Aid Kit.

Step 1: Supplies

What we are going to put into the First-Aid tin.

Step 2: The 3 Gauze Pads

Take the Gauze pads and follow the images steps.

This is the main component that mostly everything will be held in.

Step 3: Band-aids

Just placing them into the Gauze bundle.

Step 4: Alcohol Pads

Basic items for cleaning anything.

Step 5: Q-tips and Cotton Balls

Vacuumed Sealed to keep out dirt and moisture.

Step 6: Large Gauze Pad

The large pad is what the Bundle goes into before being inserted to the Tin.

Step 7: Inserting the Bundle Into Tin

Placing the Bundle into the Tin so that it locks the larger pad inside to stop it from coming apart.

Step 8: Waterproof Tape

This is an after step to put it in after the Bundle is already in the Tin.

Step 9: Knife and Closing It

Scissors, Knife, Fingernail File.

Step 10: Wrapping It With the Shoe String

The Shoe String is useful for not only holding the Tin shut, but also can be used as a Tourniquet in case of a severe accident. This is more of a personal step, you can wrap this with your favorite wrap design or just a simple one with a simple knot. 

Step 11: Finished!

Now you have a Pocket-Sized Altoids Tin First-Aid Kit!

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    9 Discussions


    5 years ago

    I like the kit, but how about swapping the shoelace for a SWAT-T like tourniquette? It can be made of inner tubing from a bicicle tire. These are wider and can be applied to yourself with one hand. Don't forget to not the time. Otherwise a nice FAK.


    5 years ago

    As somebody already mentioned, a a shoelace would be pretty useless as a tourniquet; but it could be used to help splint a limb if you found something rigid to accompany it?

    Familiarise yourself with first aid though. It can be dangerous if not used property. A tourniquet would be a last ditch attempt at stopping a bleed. Always try pressure or elevation first, if you're really struggling to stop a bleed, get your knee into a pressure point above the bleed, and put your weight onto it. Failing that, we all wear belts, right?

    It's a pretty neat little kit though, nice work.

    Stay safe.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    As a trained professional, I'd like to let you know that as much as a tourniquet is crucial in saving lives, and how under-used it is, to be effective and relatively safe, it has to be at least 1.5 inches wide. If you browse the internet for one kind, known as the CAT tourniquet, you'll see that it's well over an inch wide. It has other things such as a velcro snap to hold the windlass (stick you use to tighten it) in place, with a place to write the time etc. I'm sure you don't need/want these, not only because of their size, but also because of their cost (~ $50 USD ea.). If you want to make your own, I'd advise you to go to your local sporting goods store, like an REI or Dicks, and get a 1.5 foot segment of strong climbing webbing. I recommend a neon color. Also, ask for 'tubular' webbing, the kind used for climbing, as it is extremely strong, so you can use it for other applications. Get some kind of a metal D ring or something to use as a buckle to apply pressure, and something to use as a stick to tighten it like a Windlass, again from home depot. make sure it's very strong. At best, just get a thicker belt segment and tighten that. Remember, a tourniquet is designed to stop blood-flow, so if you're using it on yourself, you have to tighten it so hard that it's going to hurt like $!%!%!^## so you want to be able to tighten it very quickly and keep it tight.
    I am in no means giving any medical advice, I am simply making a statement. Nothing I say should relied on in any situation, I am in no way responsible for anything that happens to anyone. This is merely a comment, not advice or any type of consultation. I am in no way legally, ethically, or morally responsible. The only statement that I am making is receive proper training and certification.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I made this after me and my girlfriend were longboarding and she crashed and I didn't have anything to fix up the scrapes on her hand and knees, that was my motivation to make this, I figured it would be useful to other skaters. Seeing as it fits in your pocket, you hardly know its there, I don't.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Cool kit. See if you can fit a small bottle of superglue/crazyglue ! It works like a charm to "stich" close deep cuts that would normally need stitches. It burns a little but is much less painfull that trying to give yourself stitches.


    7 years ago on Step 2

    Luv it - Im going to make one of these. But being the crafter that I am, I'm going to decorate the outside of the box.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I would had as well but i wanted to do it with ceramic paint (for some odd reason) but didn't get around to doing it. but glad that someone likes it :) thank you.