Mini Emergency Kit on the Go

Off to search for the perfect wave

In one of my favorite movies, The Endless Summer, the heroes off to search for the perfect wave “carefully” study up on their upcoming trip and pack carefully, remembering their wax, their radio for their tunes, and….one band-aid. While at least he’s a little thoughtful, keeping a small stash of first aid items with you isn’t a bad notion when going out doing anything on the water. You never know when you may get a minor cut, or one of your buddies may have a sting or cut. I thought this would be a good opportunity to do a little recycling while promoting safety.

Bruce Brown’s idea of first aid

For this project, I wanted to keep the kit small, so it’s not another thing weighing you down on your trip or outing on the water. I thought using an old prescription bottle would be a good use, since these aren’t really recyclable in most areas (I know they aren’t around here, unfortunately, and if you take them back to the drugstore, they burn the bottles. Yikes.).

The nice thing about most prescription bottles is that are childproof and waterproof, and big enough to hold a few things. I laid out what I wanted to fit in my kit:
The spread I’m trying to fit- not ALL the Q-tips, of course!

As you can see, I have several band-aids, a few sealed alcohol cleaning wipes, room for a few Q-Tips, and a small tube of topical antibiotic. Of course, if there are other things you’d like to keep in here, for example glucose tablets for diabetics, some vinegar (love those jellyfish!), use your imagination. These items I had fit in the bottle quite nicely.

Everything packed into the prescription bottle.

For good measure, I wanted to mark the bottle as a first aid kit to avoid any confusion by adults or kids. I printed out a little label using the computer, printed it on regular paper, and laminated it by using packing tape on both sides, and cutting around the excess tape around the edge.

Laminated label using packing tape

I attached the label to the bottle with the clear packing tape and sealed the label to the bottle, so it won’t get smeared by sand or water easily. The contents inside the bottle should stay safe and dry.

Finished Kit

Be Safe!

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