Altoids Tin: Urban EDC First Aid Kit or My Boo-Boo Kit


One of the things that I like to do when I’m about to walk down the aisle with a groom, is to offer him a few Altoids mints. Most grooms have thrown a few drinks back with his groomsmen and/or if they are a smoker, they’ve been puffing like a smoke stack knowing that they are about to tie the knot or get attached to the ol’ ball and chain. I tell him the first kiss as husband and wife shouldn’t be like kissing an old bar stool. I officiate a lot of weddings and buy a bunch of Altoids mints! Knowing their usefulness as container for kits, I don’t throw any empty tins away. I will buy every flavor, but I prefer spearmint.

This last Christmas, I made Urban EDC kits as stocking stuffers for family members. I know that these kits are very minimal, but putting the right items in a small, pocket size kit can be very helpful if the need arises. Since that time, I have been wanting to put together a First Aid Altoids Kits. I have Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy’s big Emergency First Aid Kit and I have even made a small version for myself. So I know that this Altoids kit is nothing more than a “boo-boo” kit. But, even a boo-boo kit can be very helpful to someone who needs a bandaid, has a headache or sinus pressure, an itchy bite, burn or even something stuck in their teeth.

This is my Altoids First Aid Boo Boo Kit. I will list the contents and also the links on Amazon for certain contents. I didn’t go out of my way to purchase these items, I already had them for other first aid kits that I have made.


Ibuprofen (Advil generic) – 20 count – I think we purchase the big bottles from Sam’s Club. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory, pain reliever and fever reducer.

Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed generic) – 10 count – Sinus pressure sucks! Pseudoephredrine is for nasal congestion and sinus pressure.

Diphenhydramine (Benadryl generic) – 5 count – Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine. It is used for seasonal allergies and allergic reactions. It will also help you sleep.

Plastic bags – I purchased the little bags from Walmart in the crafts section.

Antiseptic Towelette – 2 count – You can use these to clean an area on your skin or to wash your hands.

Sting Relief – 2 count – For insect bites, this towelette contains an antiseptic and pain reliever.

Bacitracin w/ Zinc – 1 count – Antibiotic ointment.

Band-Aids – 3 count – These are the larger bandaids.

Floss stick – 1 count – This stick also has a pick on the other end.

Burn Jel – 1 count – For relief of minor burns. This pack contains 2% Lidocaine.

Sterile Alcohol Pads – 2 count – Seen in the picture, but will be replaced (see below). This is kind of redundant with the Antiseptic Towelettes as far as this first aid kit goes.

L.L.P. Allergy Rellief Essential Oil – I purchased this small bottle on Amazon a while back and placed the essential oil inside of it. L.L.P Allergy Relief works. I’ve written about it here.

One item that I will like to add are butterfly bandages. I thought I had some spares in my small kit but I don’t. I will have to purchase some of these.

I really like that this kit stays closed without ranger bands or anything else keeping it closed. And I really like that it is small enough to stay in my backpack when I go off to work or that I can comfortably carry it in my pocket when we go out.


You need to checkout this First Aid Altoids Kit video below. This guy challenged his Boy Scout troop to come up with their own first aid kit. What I really like is that he didn’t go out and spend any money. The items that he include were picked up at health fairs and other places…


One last thing, you can easily make your own small packs of ointments and such by using straws and burning the ends off.  This can save you some money.  The only thing I would recommend is to use different color straws for the various ointments.  SouthernPrepper 1 made a nice little video on how to do this easily.

Altoids First Aid kits are a great way to reuse these metal tins. But there are so many other uses for Altoid tins. For other articles on using Altoids tins click here.

What would you add to this first aid kit?

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5 thoughts on “Altoids Tin: Urban EDC First Aid Kit or My Boo-Boo Kit

  1. JB Francis

    That is a pretty good boo-boo kit! I am normaly leary of Tin can anything, but for a small home made kit, this is pretty inclusive for the types of injuries that one would encounter on a hike or a Scout day trip… As an old Marine grunt, I would add a bit of mole skin, cut to fit the lid for blister prevention when the hot spots start. Your EDC should have a knife of some sort to cut off the bit that you would need to cover the potential blister.(I ride a desk now, and I still carry a patch of mole skin in my cargo pockets daily… old habbits die hard..) Good job!

    1. Todd Sepulveda Post author


      I did want to have some mole skin, but I didn’t have any extra. I need to buy some of that for sure! I also have some extra razor blades that I can put in the kit.

      Thanks for the idea!


  2. Tyler

    I would add and remove a couple things. I would add more gauze than band aids, as they are more versitile. I would also add a thin CPR barrier for emergencies. This would be my EDC survival kit, so I would remove the razor for schools or court houses.

  3. Eric Bergmueller

    Add a needle to removing splinters, 6′ duct tape wrapped around an old gift card, and immodium / anti diarrhea pills. Great idea. I used this as a small PFAK on trips to Boundary Waters and Philmont, and used the challenge as an activity with our Scout Troop.

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