Introduction: Mini-Mess Tin Survival Tin.
There are a lot of survival tin guides on here, but I still decided to make one. I am a royal marine cadet and have made this survival tin up with a lot of thought put into it. I have taken it on all of my cadet exercises and always have it with me. It was specially put together for a natural resources and survival weekend.
Step 1: The Tin Itself
The tin i have used is an old mini-mess tin. The reason i used this is unlike other mess tins it has a lid and can easily be emptied. It is best to use a metal container as you can then use it to heat and boil water, as well as offering you a container to purify water.
I also added one of my spare boot elastics, not only does it keep the container closed but it also can be used if you lose one of the ones you are wearing or one breaks
Step 2: The Contents
Hereis a list of contents and why they are in the tin:
Mini Mess Tin - To hold contents, and can be used for cooking.
Spare Boot Elastic - To hold the Mess tin tightly shut and is also spare for if you lose or break one.
Waterproof/Wind proof Matches - Used to light fires, This container holds 20 and has a striker on the top and bottom, it also has cotton wool in the bottom which can be used as tinder
Leathermans Micra - This is just a small leathermans that contains Scissors , tweezers, a blade and other tools.
Ziplock Bag - This has many uses but i placed it in here to hold all items in the survival tin when it was emptied so i could use it to cook, and it can also be used to carry water.
Dynamo torch - Light inst essential for survival, however Dynamo torches are perfect for survival as they never run out of batteries and come in all shapes and sizes
Tissues - These have all sorts of uses and can also be used as tinder to get a fire going.
Tea light candle - You can use this to light/start fires as it is easier to light than the fire itself
Snare wire - This can be used to catch your food and can be made easily and quickly and is easy to set up
Flint and tinder's - These are used to create sparks that can light try tinder.
Aqua Pure Tablets - These are used to clean dirty water, Instructions are usually provided with the tablets.
Spare Locking Blade - This is just a cheap sharp knife that can be used for cutting most things.
Safety pins - Theses can be used to aid you with sewing or holding things together.
Basic fishing kit - This is easy to set up and use and can catch edible fish.
Spare matches - These matches are not waterproof and wont work when wet, so to prevent this you can coat the heads in a thin layer of wax and scratch it off before use, I haven't bothered with this as i keep mine in a water tight container.
Tin opener - This one isnt essential as you wont probably have tins in a survival situation, however if you are hiking and you have taken tin food you have a spare one if you lose your main one.
Button Compass - These are only for survival situations and should only be used if it is your only compass.
Two small Pencils - There is no need to take full size pencils or a sharpener as they could be sharpened by knife, The reason for taking to is they can be used as handles for the wire saw to prevent cuts and blisters and making it easier to cut through large objects.
Mirror - this can be used to signal and make people aware of you position it can also be used for shaving etc.
Elastic Band - Fairly obvious, it can be used to hold things together.
Basic sewing kit - This can be used to sew up any rips in clothing or sleeping bags, to keep you warm and dry.
Wire saw - This can be used to cut logs and branches to a size that is more suitable to you, and supposedly can saw through metal. How ever they still need to be maintained and it is best to lightly oil them and keep them in a small bag.
Step 3: Any Questions or Suggestions
Thank you for reading, This was my first instructable.
If you have any suggestions or questions please feel free to comment.
A final note from me, Survival tins don't have to be expensive, and can be made from most things you can find laying around the house.