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How to Make a Survival Kit For a Nurse or Nursing Student
Nurse Survival Kit Craft

Nurse Survival Kit Craft

Sherri Osborn
This is a creative gift that is fast and easy to throw together, and sure to be a hit with everyone. You can use a small baggie to hold your survival kit items and print out the bag tag templates; or, place them in a container and print out the label.

Materials Needed for Each Survival Kit:

  • Survival Kit Contents (See List Below)
  • Paper or Card Stock
  • Printer or Pen
  • Small Container or Zip-Top Sandwich Bag
  • Items to Decorate (Optional)
  • Stapler (If you use a zip-top sandwich bag) or Craft Glue (For any other Container)
  • Scissors


If you will be putting your items into a small container, you might want to paint it or decorate it. Do this before you gather your kit items. Let any paint or glue you use dry.

Gather together the items below and place them in your container or plastic bag. You need just one of each item. You don't have to use the same items I do; however, if you want to use one of my printable labels or bag tags, you need to use all of these items.

  • Lifesaver Candy: To remind you that you are a real life saver.
  • Mint: To remind you your compassion is worth a mint.
  • Tissues: For those times when you have to dry tears.
  • Button: To remind you that sometimes you may need to button your lip.
  • Snickers Candy: So you remember that laughter really is the best medicine.
  • Sucker: To help you lick any problems you face.
  • Starburst Candy: For when you need a quick burst of energy.
  • Candle: For the times when you feel completely burnt out.
  • Marbles: To replace the ones you might lose.
  • Jolly Rancher Candy: To remind you to laugh on days you feel like crying.
  • Stick of Gum: To help you get through a sticky situation.
  • Rubber Band: For when you need to stretch you beyond your limits.
  • Battery: So you can keep going and going and going and going.
  • Bath Salts: To take you away at the end of a hard day.

When possible, use miniature versions of the candy bars and any other items listed. Buy a small package of tissues or simply include a single tissue. You can use a tea light candle of even a birthday candle.

Now you need to print a label for your container or a tag for your zip-top bag...

If You are Using a Container:

Download and print out the label below. This label lists and explains all of the items included in your survival kit. You can download either the JPG version or PDF version of this template.

For the best results, make sure your printer is set to print the actual size of the image (at 100% size). The label measures 5" x 5". You can adjust the size as needed, but you may lose some quality. Cut out the label and then you can attach it to the container using small dabs of glue spaced evenly around the edges of the paper. You can also just place the label inside of your container with all of the survival kit items.

If You are Using a Zip-Top Sandwich Bag:

If you are using a plastic bag to hold your items, you will want to use one of my printable bag tags. They are created to print out 7" x 7", which is the width of the sandwich bags I had in my kitchen.

Download and print out either the JPG version or PDF version, preferably on card stock:

Make sure your printer is set to print the actual size of the image. As I mentioned above, the printed bag tag should measure 7" x 7". The template is created to be the same width as a sandwich bag and to fold over the top of the bag, with about 2-inches showing on the front of the bag and 5-inches on the back.

Cut out the bag tag. Fold it over the top of the filled zip-lock bag and staple it in place. If you want to see what a finished bag looks like, check out this hockey player's survival kit.

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