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Hi I'm BudgetBugout and in this Instructable I show you my new and improved Altoids survival kit!  Although this kit is tailored to my specific needs and environment I believe that the basics of this kit are applicable to everyone!  Feel free to leave comments or suggestions so that we can learn from each other!  If you enjoy survival kit videos, be sure to subscribe to me on YouTube at:

Also, if you'd like to view the YouTube video of this kit click here.

Thanks and God bless!!!


The great outdoors is a wonderful place to explore and feel alive!  However, those feeling can quickly vanish if you're trapped or lost in the wild.  Useful for hiking, camping or everyday carry; this pocket survival kit is a convenient and inexpensive way to provide survival essentials!

Here are all of the items in my Altoids Survival Kit:

1x CRKT Ritter Mk5 fixed blade knife
1x Streamlight Nano flashlight
1x Whistle 
8x Water purification tablets
1x Compass
1x Mirror
1x Coffee filter
4x Waterproof matches
1x Mini Bic lighter
4x Strips of Gorilla Tape [1" wide]
1x Razor blade
2x Cotton balls
1x Lint ball
1x Dollar bill
1x Striker for matches
2x Needles
2x Pins
1x Spool of dental floss
2x Fishing hooks
2x Fishing sinkers
1x Crazy Glue
2x Bandaids
1x MRE Beverage bag
2x Alcohol prep pads
1x One foot of tin foil
1x Altoids Tin
1x Tweezers
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Step 1: Contents

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Here are all the contents laid out!

In the subsequent steps I will show you how I build this kit, the capabilities of this tin and the purpose of each item!

Step 2: Collect

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Gather all the contents that you would like to be in your Altoids Survival Kit.  Be sure to focus on survival, NOT what you would use everyday or even for camping.  If you'd like to see what I EDC [everyday carry], click here to see my EDC video on YouTube.

When it comes to making survival kits, the SAS Survival Handbook is regarded as a primary source of knowledge by most survivalists. 
mjk030716 days ago
This may sound weird but put a trick birthday candle in there that way wind can't blow it out.

Brilliant idea, why didn't anyone else think of that!

What haven't you done to that altoids tin? You have out it in water, next to a small fire, hung it by a string, and put bandages on it! Lol :)

ryalvo3 months ago
ermergerd. amazing
cheezyguy56 months ago

If you replace the Krazy Glue and Band-Aids with First Aid Superglue, this would be the best mini survival kit out there!

OMG I love this I will have to make one. Thanks.

Nice kit. Lots of great ideas. Thank you.

Master Wasi7 months ago

Very nice!

fluffydragon7 months ago

Bonus points for using the container in every shot.

brucegm9 months ago

on thing that i would consider adding a small candle ie birthday candle as the wax can be handy to water proof or seal and the wick could be used with animal fat for lighting or just use the candle

Chandler089 months ago
Thank for the ideas
kevanchristian10 months ago
nice! got my vote also.
WoundedEgo1 year ago

You could probably squeeze in a fishing hook.

Ringer15151 year ago

a good idea for water carrier is a condom... yes a condom it can hold tons of water and it is very compact for storage.

AND it could come in hand in times of peace and love as well!

ggia11 year ago
Excellent images and ideas. Thank you.
jvaupel1 year ago

I think this is such a great way to carry a survival kit and not look like a nut-bag :) This would be great for spontaneous hiking trips and for tossing into Webelos and Boy Scout bags! Thanks for sharing!

Stew21 year ago

I love these kits! You'll probably never need it, but if you ever did it could quite literally save your life, or at least make things a lot more bearable until you got back to civilization.

That's a lot of content for an Altoids tin! I'm heading out to subscribe to your YouTube channel. I'm glad to have found you!
I have a YouTube channel too in case you're interested it is:

Peace, brother.

kidharris1 year ago

You can also empty the tin, poke a little hole in the top of the tin, fill it with scrap cotton cloth or other tender, and throw it into the fire and wait until it quits smoking to make char cloth to replace your cotton ball kindling in an emergency. The tin will be uglier, but still be useable, just wipe it off and fill it back up. Wrap the char cloth in a little piece of your aluminum foil and stick it in your pocket.

If you had an aluminum or stainless steel tin you could use it boil water or cook on.

For water proofing , I would just put the tin in a ziplock bag and replace the bags as they get worn. In an emergency the bag could be used to put the rest of the stuff in when you are using the tin for some other use, carry scrap food /water, as fuel/kindling, or when filled with clear water it can be used as a magnifying glass to start a fire.

Your tin is ok, but I would rather have something a little bigger and would at least add a space blanket and compact clear plastic poncho. The blanket can help you stay warm or cool, make a small shelter/tent, offer some protection if you had to make a run thru a fire, and be used for signalling. The poncho can keep you or your gear, dryer and warmer, also be used for shelter, used as a makeshift bag/backpack, make a fish trap, and make a solar still or to collect dew to get some drinking water.

brgus20011 year ago
Its a very compact kit which is nice and gives you the basic needs for a survival situation. But there are a few things I would change and hope you take it into consideration. I would change the dental floss for 6 or 8lb test fishing line(spider wire) as its less vulrnerable to breakage and maybe add a few birthday candels.
I love it but I don't think a 18 dollar knife is a budget. A bag or something would be good for Carring or purifying water.
i made a few survival kits for long travels through the wilderness, so this is not new to me but the idea to put it in an altoids box is great for a small kit. thanks a lot
Nice survival kit make sure to check out my Captain America beanie and other instructables!

Very well thought out. Really good stuff in there that can be muti tasked!

Lo Tec1 year ago

Hi BudgetBugout!

I'd love for you to check out my Altoid Survival Tin and provide some comments to improve it. Here's a link:

Love the article,


ktbman1 year ago
Nice idea I have a similar item that is a 2 litre tub that fits snugly into the bottom of my back pack also, for currency, gold and silver bullion are a good idea
dbrenek1 year ago
i see you have a 2 dollar bill in there
dozer7891 year ago
I like the way you laid the contents out, like 8x whatever, it makes it a lot nicer!
Love this! It is more detailed than,any Altoids survival list than I have seen. Thanks!
BudgetBugout (author)  angiemcooper1 year ago
Thanks! :)
one suggest. maybe you could put a few iodine tablets in there for purifying water.
BudgetBugout (author)  guitarsandcars1 year ago
Look again, I have 8 water purification tablets. :)
dozer7891 year ago
This is very neat! Good job, you got my vote!
BudgetBugout (author)  dozer7891 year ago
Thanks brother! :)