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Build Your Own First Aid Kit in a Can [SLIDESHOW]

It’s easy to pack an ultimate emergency kit; just throw everything you could ever possibly need into a box (or buy a nice, expensive one) and haul it around in the trunk of your car (and then sigh every time you load the trunk for a road trip). Putting the essentials in a lightweight, portable container for packing in a car or backpack, however, is another thing entirely. I like challenges, and the idea of preparing a first aid kit for some of the most common emergencies and fitting it into a can appealed to me. The first thing I had to do was pick a can. I chose a Pringles can for two reasons: First, it’s large enough to hold some essential supplies but compact enough to easily pack anywhere. Second, I like Pringles and eating the entire can in short order was another challenge I was glad to accept. The next step was to assemble a list of crucial supplies that would fit in a container that normally holds crisp, delicious chips. Here’s what I came up with and how you can use them in an emergency. While the items below aren’t an all-inclusive list, they’ll get you through in a pinch and can help keep infection from setting in and spreading until you can get professional help.

  Photo credits: Pringles cans via Flickr; Gauze sponges via medgauze.com; Self-adhesive elastic bandages via embalmers.com; Sports tape via Wikimedia; Tylenol via Wikimedia; Stomach relief  via walmart.com; Antihistamine via health.com; Bandage via Wikimedia; Triple antibiotic ointment via cramersportsmed.com

Brian Lynn
As an editor and writer for such publications as ESPN.com and Outdoor Life, Brian has extensive experience in the outdoors realm. However, his knowledge comes with at the price of experience. You can learn a lot from him because he’s done most of it wrong the first time and can tell you all about what you should do instead.

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