I love the idea of a "survival" kit in an Altoids tin but for me the normal Altoids tin was too large to carry around in my pocket all the time and it was too heavy. I didn't need things like a fish hook or water proof matches. I just needed a few emergency items.

I wanted something small and suited for my normal every day activities in an urban setting. Looking around I discovered the Altoids "smalls" tin. I found it perfect for my needs. Just the right size for my pocket but big enough to carry the few items I wanted.

Step 1: Adding your items

For me the following items fit snugly in the tin while giving me a few things I might need in an "emergency" situation:
  • a light source (LED mini light, preferable red for night vision)
  • a flame/fire (mini butane lighter)
  • emergency cash ($60 US)
  • cutting implement (straight edge razor)
  • multi-tool (pliers, flat-head and Philips screwdriver)
  • rubber bands (general purpose use and to hold the lighter on the tin)
Placement of items in the Altoids tin:
  • Fold up the three $20 bills as shown then place into the bottom of the tin one of the $20 bills
  • Put in the straight edge razor near the top of the bottom of the tin on top of the $20 bill
  • Place the multi-tool on top of the razor
  • Put the LED light on top of the multi-tool
  • Put the two remaining $20 bills into the top of the lid
Close the lid. It might pop up slightly because of the cash but this will be taken care of in the last step.
<p>Do you ever have any issues with the lighter discharging in your pocket or pack? </p>
<p>I have not. I've carried that in my pocket for a couple years now and have never had a problem with the lighter accidentally discharging. I think it would be super rare event for both the striker wheel to turn enough *and* at the same time as something in my pocket holding down the gas release lever.</p>
Cool thank you for the update. I was more or less interested in if it ever discharged so if when you needed it it qas partially depleted. I too think it would be pretty rare for both the igniter and the gas release lever to be hit at the same time. Again thanks for the feedback.
<p>What is this a coke heads survival kit?</p>
<p><a class="vt-p" href="http://www.vat19.com/dvds/trailertheater.cfm?productID=micro-max&adid=videontfy" rel="nofollow">http://www.vat19.com/dvds/trailertheater.cfm?produ...</a></p><p>Is that multi-tool this one?</p>
Great kit! <br> <br>When I see lighters inside Altoids tins I often wince at the space it is taken up and when I see people tie items to the outside of their tins I think of how the purpose of a small kit has been defeated. However, your kit is already tiny so attaching a lighter to the outside doesn't take away from compactness of it. <br> <br>Very smart good sir. Very smart. <br> <br>I uploaded my own kit today if you wanna take a look and I plan on starting on making an Altoids Smalls survival soon.
Thank you kind sir! I carry it in my pocket every day. The normal size tin is is too big for my tastes but this one, even with the lighter fits well in my pocket. <br><br>After this post I'll definitely take a look at yours.
ty for the ideas is that a mini bic lighter
Finally somebody smart enough to use a lighter and not matches.
Not only does the gas last for long, The lighter also can make sparks to light fires.
Lol, I hear you. I can understand having some matches for longer term storage and potentially more reliability long term but seriously, at least include a lighter as well!
you can find those multi-tools at Lowe's home improvement or Home Depot. I think I've even seen them at Walmart in the automotive section where they make keys. Your best bet though is Lowe's or Home Depot.<br><br>Good write up.
Nice 'ible.<br><br>What brand/model is that little multi-tool? I've been looking for something of that size.
I knew someone was going to ask me that question! :) I've had it so long I'm not sure. I think I purchased it at Fry's Electronics but you can find a similar one at Amazon.com, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/IDL-Tools-International-1900CP-Multi-Tool/dp/B000056VTW/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1333542993&sr=8-16" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/IDL-Tools-International-1900CP-Multi-Tool/dp/B000056VTW/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1333542993&amp;sr=8-16</a>
Awesome, thanks for the link. My EDC is missing a screwdriver tool.
Awesome, thanks for the link. My usual EDC is missing a screwdriver.

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