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A little tool kit that might be useful on a camping trip. Tried and true, you say? This is the best mini survival kit out there!

It holds 25, count 'em, 25 items...and counting

Pocket size, neat and organized, ready to go, easy open/close.

Step 1: The "ingredients"

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You will need:

--Items I have

empty Altoids tin
small flashlight
fishing line
duct tape
b-day candle
small candle
small compass
safety pins
medical tape
alcohol wipes
plastic container
tire puncture repair patch
signal mirror
rubber band
dental floss
razor blade
safety pins
--Other useful items that I don't have yet

emergency whistle
flint & steel striker

--Useful items that won't fit in the tin

Swiss Army Knife(or other multi tool-mine is Greatland Brand)
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roseann.sage5 months ago

I love this survival kit and I will be showing my girl scouts but I will be glueing the match strikes on the side (inside) instead of the side then i can use the top for the mirror, (I'm not a good buffer/polisher)..thanks for sharing your ideas

Cerealpoof6 years ago
On the other side of the tid, the one with the match strikes, if you could place the higher up and more compact you could put a small mirror there for signaling
yodasoda6 (author)  Cerealpoof6 years ago
keep em comin. i will soon take up the sparkler idea. i plan to acquire one of those handy fire starter things, although i feel as if that may not be able to fit in the tin. however, i think it would fit well on a set of keys next to one's swiss army knife. im not so sure about the bic lighter thing. i might just waterproof the matches. but ill think about it. im not all that familiar with swatch knives, so ill look into that. the picture and list will be updated with these changes as soon as i can. i have difficulty finding time, but when i do know that i consider every suggestion. i intend to move the match striker things, waterproof the matches, add some sparklers. are their any good uses for the mirror, or should i remove it to save space? it is clear to me that it is bad for firestarting purposes. i have learned now :D anyway keep suggesting and helping me improve this

make a paracord fast rope.I will show a picture in the next comment they are very usefull as well as a paracord bracelet

Super strong string to build shelter and to do almost anything.

Super Glue to patch up things and make arrows, etc.

Flexible magnifying card, plastic, flexible, and really small, can start a fire.

Pencil, so you don't go mad, you can draw things and make observations.

Sandpaper, to sharpen things.

Little screwdriver, so you can take apart any other things you have.

Batteries, to power makeshift radios and LEDs

LED: use with batteries to make an effective flashlight.

Bandaids, to heal u

Nails, different sizes, to build shelters and make arrowheads.

Safety pins, to use as fishing hooks (?)

Towelettes, they have alcohol, so they burn well, and can also kill bacteria. Plus if you breathe in the fumes you get high :D

That is all.

Just FYI, your average safety pin is not good as a fishing hook because it bends too easily under load and there is no barb to keep the fish from sliding right back off. I used a smidgen of duct tape to attach a fish hook to the inside edge of my tin, which works well for me.

Also, great idea on the superglue, though you should probably include some nail polish remover (acetone) if you intend to carry it. Getting your fingers glued together in an emergency situation could be a real bummer. Krazy glue comes in "single use" tubes you can purchase in a handy little container of four. They actually hold more than a single use and are a great size for a little tin.

Perhaps some water tablets would be good to add, too.
I have some camping Matches that are small enough to fit in that kewl can, they are pre- waxed, strike matches can still be purchased at Ace Hardware stores, i don't know about you guys, but we use neosporin with pain reliever- these tubes last a good while, it will be in my kit,or a baggy of it.what about simple flint and steel as a lighter. This is good stuff to get folks thinking about Survival . Thank you !
Or you could use the can itself. There's plenty of room once you remove the match striking strips to use that as a mirror.
Super Glue a strike area just below that nice Derriere on that image ,that would Heat up just look'in at it! Hey gotta keep warm somehow.
vaxiong395 years ago
 couldn't you just add a lighter instead of matches cause you can run out of matches
Lighters aren't as reliable as matches because lighters will run out of lighter fluid eventually.

you should actually use some kind of flint and steel type lighter it never runs out

matches run out sooner
You can still use it as a one-handed sparker.
try with the lighter to make the fire go 7-14ft as a signal
 yes very true but matches can get wet and lighter can dry quickly they both are equally as good  
unmdec sharkiee5 years ago
why not just use a zippo and have a little container for extra fluid?
Did you consider matches are single use? You'll run out of matches long before you run out of lighter fluid.
why not use both a lighter fits nicely in your pocket also so why shouldnt you have both
he should dip the end of the matches in wax to water prooof them & yoy can have more stuff. get a flint from a bic lighter and a small knife
How do you fit a ziplock bag in there and y two type of candle?

roll it up and tape

molonlabe2 years ago
What is the tire puncture patch for? You left off the explanation for that.

The tire puncture pack is for if you found a working car with a flat tire or if you were stranded or in the middle of nowhere and your tire popped. But still he would not have air in his tire.

I love your survival kit. It works great. Also you mentioned that you need some other things that wont fit. I found something that is small and fits great into the tin. It is around 5-7 dollars depending where you get it. Ill send you the pic next
There you go
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Not bad. Better than most kits.

You definitely will need a knife in a survival situation though cuz that razor blade will quickly fail, cut you or become obsolete (whichever comes first).

Check out my new Altoids Survival Tin instructable for tips on priorities of survival.
B2BSurvivor3 years ago
Good start. Mirror is needed for signalling, not for firestarting. BUT. if you buff up the inside of your tin lid, it can serve as the mirror. Just shift the match striker strips to the top and bottom. (good idea, those strikers.Even with strike anywhere matches) Keep at it. Where you putting your water? Try shifting the duct tape to several layers applied to the backside of the tin. Gets them out of the inside. No need for that much med tape. Use cloth strips if its a big wound, duct tape or bandaids for the small ones.
my first thought, polish can, use as mirror :)

put match strips a little more out of the way and... done
Yea I was just gonna say "How the hell do you start a fire with a SIGNAL mirror"
Menth19912 years ago
I'm considering make one to my next camp! Thanks
triumphman3 years ago
Still waiting for your reply! Are you ok ? Need that tin!
triumphman3 years ago
Hey , yodasoda6, are you OK? I have sent you a few messages and no response for quite a while! I hope you are OK! Please get back here , we miss you!
triumphman3 years ago
Just something you may add! Found some really cool little Birthday Cake Candles that don't go out when you blow on them! They are for a prank to pull on an unsuspecting birthday boy or girl! They work great on a windy day or wet environment! Wind or rain can't put them out! You must pinch off the flame with your wet fingers to extinguish them. They are thin and small too! I just put these in my Survival GO Bag! They come in a pack of 24. My wife had them stashed with the other little birthday candles! So I snatched them. Not sure where to get them now! So solly. Maybe google them . FYI
triumphman3 years ago
Too much BS! Hey where can I get a tin like that? I have never seen one with the girly on the front! I have chocolate covered cinnamon altoids but the tin has no girly! Wowee!
Geeze, I want THAT tin too!
Just Bill3 years ago
With all the things you guys are suggesting adding to that poor little Altoids tin you somehow managed to overlook one thing ... the 6 porters needed to carry it.
Those are some interesting Altoids.....
Lose some matches get a Gerber mini suspension-p and mini suspension-p's will fit. The mini suspension-p is about 2'' long :)
Not dissing this one but i am kind of annoyed at how much people make these things with the exact same things
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