Every parents needs a mini first aid kit in their purse, backpack, or diaper bag. I can’t count the number of times we’ve needed “ouchy cream” (home-crafted healing salve) to soothe a boo boo, or a bandage for an accidentally scraped knee. And sure, they sell first aid kits of all sizes. I’ve bought a number of those travel first aid kits myself. But, the thing is, most of them come with a sampling of items — more of a one time use — and it doesn’t usually have much space to hold the supplies we need.
Here are a couple nice ones, if you want to give them a shot before making your own. A sidenote: I’ll be sharing #afflinks to Amazon in this post, mostly for your convenience, in case you want to buy any of the goodies mentioned.
- 85 piece commuter first aid kit
- 70 piece “safe travels” first aid kit (2 pack)
- 20 piece compact camping first aid kit
But if you want to create a custom first aid kit that will be the perfect fit for you, then keep reading. To make this nifty kit, I pillaged some items from around the house. Specifically, the items below:
- variety of bandaids
- alcohol antiseptic wipes
- travel sewing repair kit
- first aid cheat sheet from a retail kit
- “ouchy cream,” arnica pellets or arnicare gel (transferred to mini container or resealable baggie)
Yes, I happened to have all that stockpiled among our various medicine cabinets. Oh, and there’s one more thing you’ll need. An empty Altoids tin. In case you’re wondering what tin has white and green, that was an Ice Chips (Immunity) tin. But apparently you can buy empty survival tins on Amazon too. Your choice.
So, once I had my tin ready, and my supplies, I crammed as many goodies as I could fit into that small tin. Your mileage will vary, just make sure to include the things that you tend to use most frequently during first aid incidents.
If you want, you can use some clear packing tape to put a pretty “First Aid Kit” sign on the front of the tin. I’ve even made a free printable for you so that this project can be really easy. Here it is below! Download the JPG or PDF, print, and cut out around the black line.
So, there you have it! An easy first aid kit that is portable and totally customizable. Make one, make a few, or churn out a bunch to give away. Your call.
What are your “must haves” in a first aid kit? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!