Disasters like Japan 2011 and Katrina, remind us. Our only Tools are our Survival Knowledge & whatever we have on us or within reach. While I normally carry a fanny pouch or backpack, I take an Altoids Survival Kit seriously. At a wedding where my major gear would be in the car, that Survival Tin's gear might be my only resources in a sudden emergency. There is no safe place on Earth. Be prepared the best you can.
What should You include in a miniature survival kit like the Altoids tin? And why?
For example, my wife is asthmatic, She would carry two spare inhalers and those are too big for for the standard Altoids container. She needs a "larger Survival Kit" yet small enough to fit in a purse, or back pocket.
Pick your gear wisely: Ounces Add Up To Pounds and Pounds Add Up To Pain!
Step 1: Survival Skills Knowledge & The need for small items
Your basic Survival needs are Shelter, Water, Food & Medical.
What do you carry on your body? I already 'wear' Paracord 550 bracelets (parachute cord = 550 lbs), a whistle, compass & aspirin.
I want each Item I pick for my Altoids Survival Kit to perform double duty if possible. The miniature lighter and matches may only give me fire BUT fire provides many other benefits: boiling water, cooking food, light and heat. It keeps predators away and more. Since most people can't 'make fire', lighters are easiest. Matches are your back up. ( *A magnesium striker with its scraper takes a little practice to make fire safely but lasts longer & is more reliable than a lighter. SEE photo)