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The Giant Altoids tin.  10 ounces of Altoids.  That's 5.681818181818182 regular tins worth of mints.  I can't even FATHOM that.  This Altoids tin is so big, it can fit other Altoids tins inside. 

Observe, the nesting Russian Altoids tins. (Ok, so the third one isn't an Altoids tin.  So sue me.)
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Step 1: I heard you leik Altoids survival kits.

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Moving on.

Step 2: I have a giant Altoids tin. What do?

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Like any good Instructable-er, you put stuff in it!  Look at all the stuff I can put in mine!
-adhesive medical strips
-plastic bag
-flash drive
-pocket calculator
-pen, Fisher Space
-duct tape
-small Leatherman knock-off
-ChapStick (or in this case Ch/ick)
-tooth pick
-sugar packet
-crushed red pepper packet
-moist towelette
-ear plugs
-sewing kit


3 regular-sized Altoids tins.  Need ideas?  That's right, three.  Read 'em and weep.

Step 3: You call that a survival kit? THIS is a survival kit!

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Right, so you've gently placed your smaller, weaker Altoids tins into the warm embrace of the giant Altoids tin and now you're ready to go!  Just stick it in your pocket and you're on your way.  See?  You won't even notice it's there.
Haha. Wish I had a tin that big-I could make a nice sewing kit from it. :)
Halphinian2 years ago
That giant tin looks old! I wonder how much you could sell it for on ebay?
I have my basic "Urban" survival kit
Empty pen to store random matches in, Carabiner, screwdriver. money, allen wrenches, medicine, coughdrops, bandaids, Altoids tin, guitar string, wire, string, paper, pencil, eraser top, guitar pick, flash drive, flash light, rubber bands, etc.
all in one normal sized altoids tin.
So many survival kits have matches in them. I would advise against matches unless you happen to have a nice cigar in there too. A lighter will light a hundred times as many fires for the space it fits in, and it's waterproof. :)
okbye3 years ago
I have a killer app for the altoid can (s), I'm using it now, but its so good I would like to make money from it. "good", eye of the beholder, I know.
Any suggestions ? I was thinking maybe winning a contest with it, but then that's risky.
nail face3 years ago
this is now my favorite altoids survival ible'
Appollo643 years ago
Where did you get that giant altoids tin!? Great instructable!
garooob (author)  Appollo643 years ago
They were sold in the early 2000s, I think. I got mine on ebay.
how much was it?
msspurlock4 years ago
The third one isn't an Altoids tin!
You sir, shall be hearing from my attorneys!
Phineas T. Litigious is not a man to be trifled with.
Good day to you!

(Seriously, though, this larger tin with smaller tins inside gave me a great idea. Thanks!)
KittyF4 years ago
very funny. LOL
schkip19734 years ago