Mini-Mess Tin Survival Tin.





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. 



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    Nice, but if you took that torch(which I also happen to have) you shouldn't really use that at night, you should get a red sharpie, colour in one lense red, then to use it at night just hold your hand over the white one, or go the whole way and colour in both. I'm also a Marine Cadet, I learned that from experience, you probably know but white light messes up your night vision. Good luck

    Yeah your boot elastics gave away that you are military. :)

    Nice kit. I thought about doing a kit in a mess kit but I ultimately opted for an altoids tin for everyday carry and integrated a larger kit into my KaBar's sheath. I uploaded my Altoids kit to this site but I haven't uploaded my KaBar survival kit but maybe I will...

    Anyways, good luck in your military pursuits!

    Think this is a great idea. Personally I would use normal matches and put them into a plastic medicine jar/pot made of plastic with striker glued to both ends. Also would use a very shiny piece of metal as a reflector rather than a breakable mirror. Having said that, think your ideas are great and easily adaptable to suit personal needs and requirements.
    One important point I would add is:- If you need medication on a regular basis, take some with you in a small waterproof tin or such like. Thanks for this instructo, for your first it's very well set out. Thank you.

    did u get ur flashlight and Valley fair i saw one there like it

    hey i was wondering where you could snare wire? could it be found at a basic sporting goods store or would i need to order it on line. also is there a way to make it?

    Hi zipzapper859,What you can use is picture wire available at any hardware store or art shop. I hope this helps.Raibeart

    I would suggest used guitar strings. You can loop the line through the end piece. Just a thought.

    Hello, Snare wire is just a thin flexible piece of metal wire (it must be quite strong) and it can be found in most pre-maid survival tins or ordered on-line, possible some survival/military surplus shops and also could be brought at a hard ware store.

    Check my instructable for how to make the matches ''strike anywhere''