Introduction: THE Other Altoids Survival Kit

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When you are stranded, and in a survival situation, the first and only thing you want is........ ALTOIDS!!!!! Well, this ins't the mints, this is my version of the famous and very much so amazing Altoids Survival Kit! Wtih some help from my brother, That One Eegit! Thank you That One Eegit! Hope you like it!

Step 1: What Yours Might Look Like

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This is what mine normally looks like, but its all depending on how you stuff it.

Step 2: What's in It:

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This is what mine contains...
1. 1 link of Paracord, about 3 feet long. 
2. 4 rubber bands, one to hold it closed.
3.1 Zip Lock bag, folded
4. Duct tape, about 10 feet, wrapped around a pieces of rolled up paper.
5. Fishing line wrapped around the duct tape.
6. Band aids, 3 normal, 4 pads.
7. Salt and sugar
8. Thread wrapped around a piece of zip tie.
9. Needle.
10. 2 fishing sinkers.
11. 2 fishing hooks.
12. 2 fishing swivels.
13. Lint.
14. String.
15. Swiss Army Knife
16. Whistle
17. Matches
18. And finnaly.... Altoids Tin!

Step 3: What to Write on the Paper

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I had the idea to put tips on how to survive. These are some ideas you can check out.

Step 4: Your Ready to Mabye Survive If You Have Common Sense!

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Now, you can jump out of a plane in the middle of the ocean and act like Dave and Cody (Not advised) ! All you need is an Altoids Survival Kit, and a Paracord Survival Bracelet! Still, none of this is advised. I am just being sarcastic. But this might come in handy if something bad really happens. Thanks for checkin' this out!


pearsonry (author)2013-12-10

Pretty good. My suggestions would be to eliminate the salt, sugar and band-aids. Salt is only essential for very long-term health, and the amount of sugar you could carry in a tin would only provide a few calories, although if the taste of your food is very important to your morale, keep them. The band-aids are of limited usefulness, because they can only help with very small cuts and scrapes You would be better prepared if instead you included moleskin for blisters, some iodine wipes, and a needle. Then you could sterilize your fishing line and suture more serious wounds. I'm pleased to see you included the most critical item: A knife. With that, you can survive anywhere. Without one, you need a miracle. (According to the SAS Handbook.) Nice job!

Atom 6 (author)2013-09-07

This is really cool!!!

Delete_ (author)2013-08-11


BudgetBugout (author)2013-03-09

I like your note to yourself. Very reassuring. :)

I uploaded my own kit today as well.

MARCIANN (author)2012-09-25

Whomever your Higher Power is, ask for proction, guidance and assistance. You may want to add that to your hand written note, which is quite impressive just as it is!

That is a wonderful idea!!! I will defiantly add that to my note!!! And thank you for the nice words!

iApple guy (author)2012-03-27

I like this idea nobody else on instructables has done this idea. I like that you are using your thinking of what YOU would need to survive in a Situation.

DavidGladstone (author)2012-01-05

Nice Kit! To save space I would take the keyring off of the whistle.

Great idea!!! Thanks!

blacksmithsurvial (author)2011-12-02

love survial and stuff, but a razor blade and hacksaw blade are 10x lighter than a knife common pysics (got that from my textbook) also make yor own knife man!

They also break 10x easier than a knife.

B2BSurvivor (author)2011-12-23

Good to hear from you. By the way, the actual model of the very lite, compact, all metal lockframe 2" Gerber is an STL2. I think I may have said an ST2, don't know if there is an ST2, but the one you want is an STL2, about $12 to $15 at Walmart. Keep on living and learning !!

B2BSurvivor (author)2011-12-20

Very nice indeed ! The handwritten reminder note is excellent. But about the knife. I like it, got one on my keychain, but for survival it's a bit wimpy. A good lockback or lockframe knife like a Gerber ST2 or Kershaw 2" would do you more good. Both good and strong, but compact. I like the little all metal Gerber, very thin. 2' blade will be enough to cut branches for a shelter or fire. Some people like the razor blade thing, not really a good choice, weak, sometimes breaks, and dulls quickly, it's for cutting whiskers after all. Even a little utility knife blade is impractical, no handle, hard to use with cold fingers.
About those matches, paper matches are not very reliable. try replacing them with some strike anywhere matches, with the ends dipped in wax to waterproof them. By the way, why all the rubber bands? The Paracord is a nice idea, but pull it out and make or buy a paracord survival bracelet. You'll have alot more usable cord, and more room in your kit. You might need to think about water, storage and purification. But a nice effort just the same !!

You type tht much!!! Thank you for the comment!! You seem to know about survival than me!! The razor thing is bad too! I love Gerber, so that knife will be in my Christmas list!!

#OccupyInstruct (author)2011-11-20

i have 2 additions, add money and maybe a lighter wrapped in para chord

Thanks! Trying to find aa huge altoids tin to fit more!

There are huge Altoids tins out there, but why go bigger? The whole idea of the Altoids tin is so it's pocket size. You can get all you need in there. Read over the comments and suggestions, keep the ones you like, then research a little, read some survival books. Sort out the facts from the online baloney. Ignore the junk that talks all about which lizards are the best eating in the Amazon or what plants have water in them in Africa, (unless you live there or are heading there). Focus your research on the items most useful to you and where you will be living or visiting. Many items, like a knife or firestarting gear are useful most anywhere. you will need water no matter where you are. Research the "survival rule of 3's" for a start.You have a good kit for a start, work with it. Good Job !!

geo4schu (author)2011-09-01

I like this idea. I believe having some reminder comments (especially in your own handwriting) could help calm you down and keep you grounded mentally. Very unique!

Thank you for that kind comment! People should always be calm if ever found in a survival situation. If you panic, you might not notice that rescue is right infront of you.

i agree

peepers24 (author)2011-10-12

What a great idea. This has many front line survival gear, and could prove to save someones life. Like you said the first rule is stay calm. Then access the threat or in most cases your situation. I am going to build a few of these kits. I am going to be making a bunch of 'survival bracelets' out of 550 paracord,(I just ordered a 1000' spool), to send to our troops, any chance you'd consider making a few of these to send overseas? Visit I will try to make some myself to send over seas Again, Great Idea...thank you for sharing

Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape
"Return with Honor"

I think that it would be really cool to amke a bracelet for a troop! Thank you soo much for that comment!

That One Eegit (author)2011-07-10

hey macky d

You are an eegit!

Lil C (author)2011-07-09

u should make or put a hole in it so u can clip it on a backpack or belt.

Well you can come and do that. Like the picture That One Eegit picked for you?

kylekosan23 (author)2011-07-08

whats the braclet 4

In a survival situation, it can be unraveled and used.

o ok thats really smart

Grouchy1 (author)2011-07-09

Water purification tablets.

That is a great idea, thanks! I'll try to find some.

~•SMART•~ (author)2011-07-08

Also, feel free to comment, it would be greatly appreciated

~•SMART•~ (author)2011-07-07

Please, if you think I should add, or change anything, leave a comment! Thanks

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