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]...
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.
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:
CRKT Ritter Mk5 fixed blade knife
Bear Grylls Mini Multi-tool
Streamlight Nano flashlight
4 Waterproof matches
6 Potable Aqua water purification tablets
SOL FireLite fire starter
4 strips of Gorilla Tape [1" wide]
Military version of Rite in the Rain paper
2 cotton balls
Striker for matches
1 spool of dental floss
2 fishing hooks
2 fishing sinkers
2 closure strips
ziplock bag [1 liter]
Alcohol prep pad
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! :)
See more of my DIY survival kits at http://www.youtube.com/user/BudgetBugout