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This whole thing came about because I wanted to carry some gum around with me. However, I didn't want a whole pack, nor did I want it rattling loose in my pocket. Over time, I found myself in a few situations where I thought "Man, I wish I had ___." These things would be useful, but I didn't want to carry around a man-bag to hold them all. Enter the Altoids tin...

This is another picture of the first idea, (sub)urban survival kit.
 
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Step 1: (sub)urban survival kit

Picture of (sub)urban survival kit
Contents:
3 bandages, taped to the top of the tin
3 business cards, wedged into the top and slightly bent
1 Chapstick
1 mini bottle hot sauce
1 pair ear plugs
5 sticks Trident
1 small flashlight (available at Borders/Waldenbooks)
10 ibuprofen
2 quarters
1 tissue

The original. All things I wanted to carry with me, but to have them loose in my already overcrowded pockets would be a mess. As with all of these, they're just ideas, so put what small things you need to carry in yours.

I have ChapStick, for those freezing winter mornings, waiting for the train, hot sauce for boring food, ibuprofen for a good old fashioned work-induced headache, ear plugs for the train or races, my gum, bandages, business cards and a small flashlight. The tissue (in addition to being used to blow my nose) is there to keep everything wedged in place, so it doesn't rattle. The quarters are in case I wanted something from the capsule machine at the grocery store or mall.

Step 2: Alternate Altoids (sub)urban survival kit

Picture of Alternate Altoids (sub)urban survival kit
Contents:
+1 mirror assembly from tokidoi.it mint tin
+1 hacked Chapstick
+PSK sheet (http://www.troop149mchenry.org/PSKsheet.htm)
+1 small plastic bag, folded
+1 small plastic tasting spoon (from an ice cream shop)
-1 Chapstick
-1 mini bottle hot sauce
-1 tissue

Another configuration on the original. Remove the full-size Chapstick, hot sauce and tissue and add the mirror from a tokidoki.it mint tin (see step 4 for more info), a hacked Chapstick (also see step 4) and a copy of the PSK sheet. The flashlight goes under the mirror assembly.
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thehbird6 months ago
Why hot sauce
This is going to be my first year having lockers, so I'm going to make this and put it in my locker for "emergencies" :)
So cool and perfect!
kmarie172 years ago
I really do hate altoids, but some of these ideas are really good, thanks! I might just endure for the first aid kids.
alex46464 years ago
i did the same thing exept with some different supplies for different situations. mine was for a day in middle school. it had a bunch of rubber bands, electrical tape, 2 springs, a penny, some paper, and one stick of gum. saved my life 5 times no joke.
what would you do with all those things ? cause if you tell me what to do with that stuff i would make it to for all those boring school days
jamesb12 years ago
I crammed a small slim jim in mine but it was bent. do you know any place where i can get a travel size hot saucebesides online??
You should figure out how to put like mini nachos or an ipod and drill a hole in the bottom and then itll be a ipod carrier
mini nachos?
Yes mini nachos, their the newest sensation sweeping the nations :D
O.O
i'm listening, where do you get them?
*repeats* mini nachos! mini nachos!
they have ipod carrier ones
John-42 years ago
Great,
but don't bring to school
you will get caught for the ibuprofen
drabinowitz3 years ago
hate to be hateful here but HALF OF THESE IDEAS ARE URBAN SURVIVAL KITS.
Wasagi4 years ago
 Tobasco Sauce Container= Genius
Tobacco Sauce container = Awful
Baccy Sauce container = Slightly better
teh cheat rules!
eobox3 years ago
Altoids tins... what the hell can't they do?

Cool tip, thanks for sharing. c: Kudos for the Tobasco and ibuprofen, too. XD
go to perpetualkid.com and go to the candy section there are a lot of tins like this it is really cool
sirbunch3 years ago
I buy tins like this almost compulsively and fill them with all sorts of things. It's actually counter-productive I have stacks of tins, but the idea is too cool.

Anyway, several times I've not cared for the contents, which is fine, but I found that if I stick them in a baggy and store them in my car they act as an air freshener. I have a habit of stealing extra napkins to keep in my car instead of buying tissue. I keep them in the console right next to the mints and they take on a fancy smell.

Just a way to get a bonus out of nasty tasting mints.
Saturn V4 years ago
How do you know what axle grease tastes like?
He probably ate his car
garooob (author)  account3r23 years ago
I accidentally my car once, but not the whole thing.
______4 years ago
IM ROBOT
r those pills extacy? jk lol:P
No, you were right the first time,
o_o
Just kidding, they were ruphies
Haha, love all this stuff, I never have enough altoid tins to make enough "survival" kits though. Also, I love that you love hot sauce.
Just get a altoids tin from some store, and dump all of them in your mouth.  That way, you have a tin and didn't waste any of the "curiously strong" mints.
P.S. Videotape yourself pouring them into your mouth if they're peppermint or cinnamon.  That oughta be hysterical.
Hahah i just bought four bottles of those mini hot sauces
garooob (author)  Tehaznman5 years ago
Do it! You'll never be without hot sauce again~
Saturn V4 years ago
You want hot? just eat a jalopino as a banana.
dildo2244 years ago
uuuhhhh i loooovveeeeee Hot sauces!
KittyF4 years ago
one thing I think you might want to add is a couple buttons, and two needles threaded with light and dark thread in a piece of fabric or cardboard.  Emergency button and split disasters are a scary emergency in an urban environment, particularly work or church.  LOL 
jumpertoad4 years ago
i want a mini dog
 i want Mini...mouse :D
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Colonel884 years ago
I like hot food too but the hot sauce makes it too runny... It should be more of a paste... know what i mean?
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