Introduction: Altoids Tin Survival Kit

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Make an altoids smalls tin into a survival kit!

Step 1: Objects

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These are all the things you need to add also add matches and a striker.

Step 2: Put It All In

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Step 3: Multi-Tool

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A multi-tool can do various survival tasks keep it in your pocket.


Amelia makes stuff (author)2015-05-09

Yes, I would definitely call this a fishing kit.

Mattakers (author)2014-02-20

I see this more as a fishing kit rather than a survival kit. I would put this in one pocket and make another altoids survival kit with other essentials.

rlnbkseeberger (author)2011-01-06

this kit is missing some tools that would really help you out. one really big thing is potable water tablets. depending on where you are, these could really save you. in Colorado, if you drink mountain streams or lakes, there is a high likely hood of getting giardia. also you should include some para-cord, easily stored in laces or a bracelet. 550 paracord can support 600lbs. also the inner strands can be used as your fishing line and to make snared or as thread.

nail face (author)rlnbkseeberger2011-07-17

550 paracord only only holds 550 pounds, and thats under PERFECT conditions. so no kinks, bends, knots etc...

rlnbkseeberger (author)nail face2012-10-25

kinks and bends wouldnt effect it, and knots would atcually strenghten it

No knots do not increase strength of rope most knots actually cause more force to be applied in one area in the knot causing a failure. This is why climbers have to learn a few special knots. These Knots don't create a cutting action on itself

I wear a paracord belt that has over 40 feet of the stuff xD

freeza36 (author)rlnbkseeberger2011-12-25

yessss! a fellow Coloradoan

This is small it can not fit water

you dont carry water, you carry small iodine tablets that purify the water.


artyman (author)2010-11-27

What about fire-making tools? Fire is about the "most necessary thing for survival".

Frowney001 (author)artyman2012-07-11

Actually, Fire is #4 on the survival list.
First you STOP (Stop Think Observe Plan),
Provide First Aid
Seek Shelter
THEN you have fire.

And you only need fire if it is a cold environment, you are wet, or you are suffering from hypothermia/frostbite.

It still is something good to have though, I agree with you on that one.

OzzyJClarke (author)artyman2012-05-13

Suppose you could use elastic bands to attatch a lighter to the tin ?

freeza36 (author)artyman2011-12-25

right behind shelter

Air_Assassin (author)artyman2011-01-09

he said add a match and striker

Paracord Ninja (author)2011-10-17

That is really cool i want to try it now thanks

nalk55 (author)2011-05-13

No need for a striker for the matches, just get strike anywheres. ( May be a little difficult to find.)

TheInventor1997 (author)nalk552011-07-12

i can never get those things to strike anywhere

nalk55 (author)TheInventor19972011-07-12

With practice you can strike the on your teeth, shoe, or thumb nail, but be careful I've had the match head light and get stuck under my thumb nail.

Air_Assassin (author)2011-01-13

to small to fit cell phone

zaarenoc (author)2010-03-14

Just put a cell phone and extra battery in there.  :)

Nicholas G. (author)zaarenoc2011-01-09

what if there's no service?

Air_Assassin (author)Nicholas G.2011-01-09

you play your games on your phone and wait for help maybe or look for people and houses :)

Air_Assassin (author)zaarenoc2011-01-09

Lol no service oh noes

Air_Assassin (author)2010-12-24

he said a match and striker

EpicZombie (author)2010-12-19

There is only 2 objects that are not fishing related...

Robot Lover (author)2010-01-18

just a thought, you should have smaller hooks because small fish like trout will not eat the bait on such a big hook.

anibioman (author)Robot Lover2010-11-04

notte he has a big one and a tiny one the tiny one is second object from the right on the bottom row

pauloq98 (author)2010-06-09

good idea you should put band-aids in there too

lemonie (author)2010-01-02

What are the objects, and why are they in your kit?
(The multitool is not relevant to this, but you might say what survival tasks it can do if you are leaving it in)


microboard (author)lemonie2010-01-02

I will put in notes of what they are.

lemonie (author)microboard2010-01-02

Yes, that helps. You do have plenty of text to use though. If you said "I chose these items because-" you could make it into more than "some things to put in a tin". The value in this site is in personal experience, if there's something really useful in the kit tell us about it, share your knowledge...


HarveyH44 (author)lemonie2010-01-02

Looks more like an emergency fishing kit, kind of minimum use for survival.  Think I'd leave out the rubber worms, real ones work better.  Multi-tools are cool, but it doesn't fit in the tin, much more useful to keep in the pocket or on your belt.  Nice pictures, too light on text.

lemonie (author)HarveyH442010-01-02

The black things are fishing-lures then? Yes, leave them out, take up too much space.


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