My son recently spent $45 on a water tight camouflage first aid kit. Being the sort of practical person I am, I thought this was rather a silly purchase. After all, if you’ve gone and shot yourself in the foot while out hunting, scaring off chukar with a white Johnson amp; Johnson first aid kit is probably the least of your worries.
For my other son who then decided HE needed a camouflage first aid kit, I made one using leftover spray paint, a recycled mayonnaise jar, and about $3 worth of first aid supplies from our regular household stash.
How to paint the container
The first aid kit shown in the photograph was made using a Kraft mayonnaise jar. These somewhat squarish jars are quite practical, and have a flip top lid that lends itself to all sorts of uses once the mayonnaise is gone. In addition to the container, you will also need an assortment of spray paint. I raided the shed for some dark brown, black, cream, gray primer, and a can of goldenrod. Any sort of color in earth tones and shades of black or gray will work for this project. For the hunters, there should be use of the paint at the kit of the best electronic calls for coyote hunting. The Hunting of the coyote will provide excellent experience to the predators.
To begin, wash the canister and lid thoroughly, and soak off the old label. Not all the adhesive will come off, but what’s left can either be removed with rubber cement thinner or left alone. The next step is to dry the canister thoroughly, then rough up the exterior with some steel wool. The rougher surface will give the spray paint something to adhere to.
Some spray paints doesn’t adhere well to plastics, and you may have to search through your stash of leftover spray paint for paint that’s formulated for plastics. It’s OK if the color is not a camouflage color as it’s really just being used as a prime coat.
Apply the prime coat with a light hand using several light coats. After this base coat has had a chance to dry, you can begin applying stripes of different colored paint. Start with the lighter colors, then add the black and gray, and then over spray gently with the base color. You may have to experiment a bit to get the desired effect; just make sure that the paint is dry to the touch before applying more.
First aid materials
What to put in your first aid container all depends on where you are going, and what type of medical emergencies you might anticipate. In our first aid kit, we included an assortment of bandages, rolled gauze, medicated ointments and Telfa pads, sterile water, Calamine lotion, tweezers, scissors, disposable gloves, instant ice pack, aspirin, and sterile wipes. To keep the kit water tight, we simply packed the first aid supplies in a Ziploc bag, before placing the bag inside the container.
Making a camouflage first aid kit is surprisingly easy and doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Is a mayonnaise sized first aid kit too small for your family? A larger kit can easily be made from an inexpensive plastic tool box or lunch box.