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: http://www.youtube.com/user/BudgetBugout

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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

Step 1: Contents

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!
Granted, &quot;urban survival&quot; is nothing like wilderness survival, but I have a set of tools I keep in my purse for emergency situations. These tools are 3 in number: a multitool with the middle tool a pair of needle nose pliers with wire cutters; a multitool with a crescent wrench head; and a pair of scissors, Fiskars for Kids. <br><br>What tool have I used most often? The scissors. There are so many little things in the details that a pair of scissors finesses, and it makes the job so much better. Trying to cut small things with a single blade can be a lesson in futility depending on the material cut. <br><br>No, the scissors don't fit in an Altoids tin, but a pair of fold-up scissors do. I even have a small Swiss Army knife knock-off that has a tiny pair of scissors that would do in a pinch. They are spring-loaded so when you squeeze to cut, the spring back out. <br>There are sewing scissors made in a kind of tongs fashion where you squeeze blades together to clip threads. I plan to make a similar tool with X-acto blades soldered onto a small spring. Maybe a modified bobby pin?
<p>could you put some signaling tape in</p>
<p>I have been using the small platters from 2.5&quot; hard drives for signal <br>mirrors. They are very durable and tough to scuff beyond usefulness and <br>they can be shaped to fit into an Altoids tin with a grinder. The <br>platters from the 3.5&quot; hard drives are in all of the day packs and first<br> aid kits that I make for our Boy Scout troop.</p>
<p>ok but all the means of signaling that is possible is better mirrors fire flare gun ect btw I know u can't put a flare gun in an altoids can </p>
But you can light three fires in a row, which is a signal for emergency distress. Three of any signal.
<p>Try out this flint striker and see how you like it. I have used them for a while and have had no problems. I put one in my survival kit because they are fairly compact.</p><p>https://www.amazon.com/Survive-Outdoors-Longer-Fire-Lite/dp/B0091DVNLM/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?rps=1&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1476833946&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=sol+fire+lite&amp;refinements=p_85%3A2470955011</p>
<p>I have five different sized fire starters which ones should I use?</p>
Use the smallest one that works well in your environment. The best one would be one that your are familiar with and can use effectively in a tense situation.
<p>love it!</p>
<p>Amazing guide!</p>
<p>Oooh crazy cool! I really like it but knowing me I'll probably just tuck all the stuff inside and call it done! But great job and merry Christmas! ;)</p>
<p>does anybody know were to get mora bushcraft</p>
<p>Why do you include the 2 dollar bill? Beyond it's obvious use as money? 2 dollars isn't much money so why not a $20 or a $50? The cotton infused paper might make a decent filter or container for something like salt or loose gunpowder but why is it included?</p>
<p>small bills also make surprisingly good tinder. They can also be made in to a filter with some added charcoal, made into char cloth, soaked in pitch and made into a torch, they are also fairly absorbent for use as an emergency bandage among several other uses </p>
<p>the main reason is for money, I would include a 20 or 50 dollar bill I imagine the 2$ is just for example purposes </p>
Would be cool if we could come up with a version that you could keep in a belt..ie the old money belt..put the knife in the front..the lighter in ther middle back. and rest of gear in between..thoughts?<br>
<p>erm that's actually quite simple, there are instructables on:<br>-survival kit in a paracord bracelet<br>-paracord belt<br>Combine these 2 according to your one preferences and ... TADAAAAHH...<br>You have a survival kit in a paracord belt</p>
This sounds great. I have<br>not tried it yet but will. Also will include both a condom and mini tampon. Great for multiple purposes. What is best size can.. which can also be used to cook food.
<p>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. </p>
<p>AND it could come in hand in times of peace and love as well!</p>
Gee, just think, if HIV had been a problem back during the Woodstock Festival, and condoms had been a &quot;must use, &quot; the whole dynamic of Peace, Love &amp; Music as well as spontaneity would have been much reduced.
I don't think anyone brought condoms to Woodstock. I sure didn't!
A ballon might work better &amp; it's not full of &quot;other&quot; stuff
<p>Bonus points for using the container in every shot.</p>
Product Placement: 500 points!
<p>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 :)</p>
Almost as bad as the Spanish Inquisition, or the Salem Witch Trials...
<p>This is really a well thought out kit. I have one suggestion. I have been a surgeon for over 30 years. The alcohol pads will not be sufficient to disinfect a wound. They will only sting. It takes about 5 minutes of contact time to disinfect. Perhaps if you soaked a couple of cotton balls in concentrated betadine or chlorhexidine then you could drop them into a small amount of water and have a really effective disinfectant. The chlorhexidine is better and you want about a 10 to 1 dilution. The betadine should be diluted to the color of weak tea.</p>
chlorhexadine - is that the stuff in &quot;hibiclens&quot;?
<p>Yes that is a brand name. It is better than betadine. It has residual anti-infective effects. I would drip it into the clean wound then bandage over it.</p>
In spite of drenching the area and scrubbing with it(twice - night &amp; next morning) before my knee was replaced, I still ended up with the worst MRSA infection, ever. It took 3 more surgeries &amp; IV antibiotics to get rid of it. My poor quadricept muscle has a big indentation in it. that sucker is deep. I can almost use it as a cup holder !-)
<p>Great idea!<br>You might want to consider leaving a couple of the Altoids in. You shouldn't be dealing with some dire emergency with bad breath!</p>
whatta great idea! I have most of the items just sitting around the place, including a brand new rectangular Altoids tin. All I need to do is put it together. Thanks!<br><br>PS: I also have about 10 &quot;Sour Altoid&quot; round tins. Maybe they can be used in a similar manner to create small &quot;emergency kits&quot; for various situations. Anyone have any good ideas? Let's hear them...<br><br>Here's what it looks like. Since I live in Oregon, and have a medical Marijuana card, I keep a bit of &quot;medicine&quot; in one. Therefore, I'll start the list with <br><br>1. Emergency medicine kit.
<p>I might recommend you add more than 1 $1 bill -- say a $5 instead?</p>
If you add a hook needle (upholstery needle small) you can do your own sutures using the floss. And if the dollar bills are new and dry you can use them to strike a paper match
<p>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.</p><p>If you had an aluminum or stainless steel tin you could use it boil water or cook on.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p>
The cloth is more flammable, i second this idea..
Great ideas, do u have a website or u tube videos?
Mine includes a Toothbrush with the other end cut like a shank :P<br>Budget knife and functional for brushing your teeth
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.
If it saves your life it would've worth its weight in gold!
This may sound weird but put a trick birthday candle in there that way wind can't blow it out.
Great idea! What makes a &quot;magic candle&quot; &quot;magic? Wonder if we can diy it?
<p>Brilliant idea, why didn't anyone else think of that!</p>
<p>If you replace the Krazy Glue and Band-Aids with First Aid Superglue, this would be the best mini survival kit out there!</p>
First aid super glue is the exact same thing; crazy glue or a generic is cheaper
ermergerd. amazing<br>
OMG I love this I will have to make one. Thanks.
<p>Nice kit. Lots of great ideas. Thank you.</p>

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