Everyday I carry the following on me at a MINIMUM: 2 knives, 2 firestarters, 2 flashlights, 2 multi tools, 2 paracord accessories and - of course - this Altoids survival kit [which I am in the process of duplicating into an Altoids Smalls Tin]. I also have 2 bugout bags [BOB] and 2 emergency kits in my car; for both the BOB and emergency kit there is a smaller one in reach and a larger one in the back [needless to say, I believe in the importance of redundancy.]
I say this because I built this kit for the express purpose of always having survival items on or near me without the need to rely on my layered everyday carry [EDC] survival capabilities or BOBs. If SHTF, I need to know that I could survive if I had to run out the door with just this in my pajama pockets! And yes, I do keep this on me even in PJs but that's more for its EDC uses rather than it being a personal survival kit [PSK]... :)
Now that you know that I don't include my other EDC items as part of this kit, let's go over the kit's philosophy of use [POU]...
PSK: When you think about what separates man from animals, what 3 things come to mind? Intelligence, tools and fire come to mine. With these 3 things alone man was catapulted from surviving to thriving. This kit is designed to give a person what they need to make it in the wild until their eventual rescue.
EDC: In addition to evening the playing field in a survival situation, this kit's POU is also for EDC. I can't tell you how many times I've used this mini multi tool and flashlight and a few times I've been extremely thankful I had emergency cash.
Now that you know this kit's designed purpose, let's dive into its contents:
For your convenience I've hyperlinked several of these items. The intended POU for each item is annotated on the image.
Now that I've listed all the items of my kit, I have some final thoughts I'd like to share:
This kit is intended to be useful for ANYone to carry - from soccer moms to Bear Grylls.
Secondly, main critique I have with other Altoids survival kits that I've seen [on this site, survivalist forums and Youtube] is that most do not have a reliable knife. Most have either a weak blade often in the form of a razor blade but hardly any have a trusted knife. I know creating an Altoids survival tin is often done as a fun challenge but I still find it a little annoying when the most important survival tool is left out.
Finally, I still have SOME space left in my kit. I intentionally left this in anticipation of getting suggestions on what else I should include in this kit. I have a few ideas but I'd like to see what y'all suggest.
Please let me know your suggestions on how I could improve this kit! :)