Altoids Emergency Kit

After 20+ years of barefooting, I have learnt that preparation is key in order to have a good experience while enjoying a walk around the city or a hike out in the trails. Therefore, I have put together a pocket-size kit that I carry with me on all my excursions in the event that I should step on or touch something that might present some problems.

Here is a list of what I carry in my kit – you can find all these items at your local pharmacy:

  • A few bandages of different sizes
  • Some cotton swabs
  • A couple of antiseptic wipes
  • Safety pins (the sharp end can be useful for removing small thorns or tiny pieces of glass that can’t be removed with tweezers)
  • Tweezers
  • Mini-scissors
  • Nail clipper
  • A multi-purpose knife
  • Empty Altoids box

Other items that might come handy, which I haven’t included in my kit yet are:

  • A small tube of Crazy Glue (great for instantly sealing skin cracks)
  • Gauze
  • Adhesive tape

In order to fit everything in the Altoids box, you might need to try a couple of different combinations but here is the way I do it with the items I have in mine:

  1. First, fit the bandages and cotton swabs, flat at the bottom of the box
  2. Next, place the antiseptic wipes
  3. Lastly, fit all your instruments, so they have their own spot in your kit
  4. Make sure your kit closes securely all the way to make sure nothing will spill out. It’s also a good idea to wrap an elastic band around your kit to keep it closed at all times.

Remember to stay safe out there, you will have much more fun!

Keep ‘em bare and happy,

Barefoot Moe