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Great. A title written by Captain Hyperbole. Maybe, but I challenge you. Barring vehicles, large sums of money, and exotic travel, tell me about better graduation present that is more useful and says you care like this one. One that will remind the receiver of your thoughtfulness for years as they use it. I said "EVER" and I meant it.

No, a Teen Survival Box is not used to survive a teen, but rather assisting them in surviving. If you know someone graduating from high school and is embarking on some level of independent living (dorm or apartment) for the first time, you have the opportunity to give them a graduation gift that will keep on giving. Over the years, I have given a number of 'survival boxes' and have kept a list of their contents, refining them and incorporating suggestions. Everything can be stored in a plastic tub in a closet or under a bed. It is a nice feeling when a niece or nephew lets me know that they used some new thing from the box to help them out.

While this isn't exactly building a project, there is plenty of room for creativity in both the contents and decorating the box for maximum embarrassment. Personally, I like crime scene tape.

If you plan ahead, a lot of the school supplies can be purchased during August during back to school sales. Of course anything can be trimmed from the list. Full price for everything can easily amount to over $100, although money can be saved if several boxes are made at once, splitting some of the supplies between boxes. Other good sources are dollar stores, Harbor Freight and department stores. You aren't trying to get the best of everything, just a solution that will do in an emergency.

Care should be taken that the contents abide by the rules of where they are staying. Some dorms don't allow matches and candles. I originally included a small folding wood saw but have been told that schools freak out a bit over something like that now. I guess the machete is right out.

I've organized the list from most vital to least, at least in my mind. Your mileage may vary.

Step 1: Emergency Supplies

These are the things that will be helpful in real emergencies or at least when things aren't going well. Basic safety and medicine is the goal here.

Small medical emergency kit

Basic medicines - stomach, head (part of the medical kit I bought)

Sewing kit

Whistle

Drop cloth

Flashlight

Rain poncho or umbrella

Ear plugs

Matches/lighter

Ace elastic bandage

Cough drops

Spare shoe laces

Pocket Emergency Tool/Mini Leatherman

Step 2: Tools

How well you stock this depends on your graduate's McGyver capabilities. This list assumes that someone would want some wire to hold up a fallen muffler or even think of that. As a minimum, the tool collection will have them become the go-to person for things that need fixing, even if it is just to borrow a screwdriver to tighten a drawer pull or a file to take a rough edge off of the door latch.

7 in 1 screwdriver

Small files

Pliers

Hammer

Adjustable wrench

Tape measure

Allen wrenches - metric and imperial

Jewelers screwdrivers

Hobby or Stock knife

Single edged razor blades

Several neodymium magnets

Zip ties

Wire brush

Ratchet strap clamp

Spring clips of various sizes

Small and Large bungees

Ball bungees

Rope - clothesline thickness

Wire

Disposable paint brushes

Disposable gloves

Dust mask

Small and large D-ring

Multimeter

Battery tester

9V, AA and AAA batteries

Extendable magnet

Tweezers

Magnifying glass or loupe

InstaMorph

Chop sticks - handy for eating and as a tool

Some kind of grease or oil in a dispenser that won't leak

Plastic scraper

Step 3: Office Supplies

Now you are getting into the more practical daily additions. The idea here is not to stock them with notebooks, pens and other school supplies. It is to be the go-to place if they can't find a pen and have to get to class.

Rubber bands

Paper clips

Thumb tacks

Sharpie - single or multiple colors

White board markers

Highlighters

Hole punch

Mini Stapler

Pencil sharpener

Scissors

Envelopes - some with forever stamps

Post-its

Post-it book marks

Pencils

Pens

Small notebook

Laser pointer

Step 4: Electronics

You may not think a lot of this electronics stuff is that important but it is to anyone under 30. A spare SD card, easy way to plug in their lamp, charger and laptop to one outlet and other solutions can make their lives easier. It may seem strange to include a cell phone charger but cell phones are a real safety tool and it is not a good thing to have batteries that are near the end of life. I found a small Li-ion battery pack that will charge a cell phone and work as a flashlight for less than $12 at MCM Electronics on-line.

3 way AC adapter or power strip

Extension cord (some dorms require grounded cords)

Cell phone charger

Memory stick

SD card - ideally a microSD with adapters

Cheap earphones

Blank CDs/DVDs

Velcro cable ties

USB A to microUSB cable

USB A to USB B cable

Ethernet cable

1/8" to 1/8" audio cable

Step 5: Glues and Tape

Many problems can be solved by sticking things together, either temporarily or permanently. A whole array of solutions will guarantee that the best solution will be at hand.

Scotch tape

Packing tape with dispenser

Electrical tape

Duct tape

Velcro dots or strips

Double sided tape - thin and mounting

Poster putty

Super glue

Glue stick

Epoxy

Step 6: Bathroom/Laundry

As with the office supplies, you aren't trying to buy them laundry detergent for the year. The goal is to help them out that time they forgot to buy more at the store. Same thing with toiletries - either for travel or as an emergency replacement, you want to bail them out of a quick shortage. You can certainly get more complex with the travel supplies like deoderant, hoping to make that long distance job interview a win, insuring their long term success in life and fulfilling their dreams - just because of you.

Small hand sanitizer

Disposable wipes package

Mesh bag

Single use laundry soap

Bleach pen/spot remover

Traveling toothbrush and paste

Disposable razors

Toothpicks or plaque removers

Floss

Traveling mouthwash

Traveling deodorant

Traveling soap

Traveling shampoo

Traveling tissues (can double as TP)

Sunscreen

Lint brush

Air freshener

Clothes pins

Step 7: Kitchen

Even if they are on a meal plan, having some minimalist food and drink capabilities will be useful. It is your call whether you think a corkscrew will be useful. They may develop their own opinion on this.

Sets of plasticware

1 steak knife

Some paper plates, bowls and cups

Bottle opener/corkscrew

Can opener

Candle

Funnel

Several sizes of zip lock and garbage bags

Step 8: Entertainment

Now we get to the unnecessary but fun stuff. You are not trying to replace Cards Against Humanity but you might have some idea that a simple ping pong ball can be the focus of an evening's entertainment.

Deck of cards

Dice

Balloons

Ping pong ball

Superball or tennis ball

Frizbee

Yoyo

Sculpty

Silly putty

Birthday candles

Step 9: And What to Give a Person Who Has Everything? a Box to Put It All In

This part depends on your and the receiver's degree of organization. You can go for a basic tub. If you break up larger packages for multiple boxes, you might use a few organizers to put each item in it's own spot. If you are both highly organized, there are some great tool chests with lift out trays, swing out organizers and wheels. They take up more room, which can be a problem in a dorm, but they are certainly going to have a place for everything, and everything in its place.

MacGyver could conquer the world with this box.

So there you have it. Not so much hyperbole, huh? The best graduation present EVER!

<p>Add some wood grain contact paper to the bin and call it a hope chest! lol</p>
<p>You forgot to add condoms. If you love your children, you want them safe don't you?</p>
<p>Only dorks use condoms</p>
If dorks are the only ones who use condoms, what do we call the ones who don't. Dad!?
<p>Thanks to this, my kids will be ready for that big day of moving out of the house in to a place of their own.</p>
<p>this is a really cool idea!</p>
<p>My Mom had a drawer in the kitchen sink, second one down from the top, right hand side, that contained HER screwdrivers, a hammer, and a multi-headed wrench, etc. Dad used to borrow them and not put them back, until she painted all the handles pink. When I got married many years ago, I soon had &quot;hammer, screwdrivers, socket set, tape measure, oil filter wrench, etc.&quot; on my birthday and Christmas gift lists. I got laughed at, but that's how my own survival kit got started. </p>
<p>this is brillient!!! </p><p>I love the way you put this together</p><p>My mother started a tradition for new (expecting) moms that was similar.... </p><p>the thought about the things you would need in the first year and just never remember to pick up at the store.... </p><p>contents included: </p><p>baby thermomiter</p><p>baby nail clippers</p><p>burp rags (cloth diapers)</p><p>mucas bulb .....</p><p>and soo much more.... </p><p>she was a nurse in the NIC unit and was always tweaking the list... </p>
<p>It sounds like you are half way to having your own Instructable!</p>
Step 2, what is InstaMorph? Never heard of it. Google to the rescue again! :-)
<p>It certainly wasn't in my college box 40 years ago but it is great stuff for solving problems, has a long shelf life and isn't too expensive. Certainly worth googling.</p>
<p>NIce 'hit the road, Jack' box. One other box with clothes, a tent, and cooking gear</p>
<p>Love it. I don't have any moving out this year, but #1 Grandson graduates from HS next year. He will appreciate a box like that more than most. I probably need to start putting it together now so it will be ready a year from now. </p>
<p>I got a box of craft supplies when I was a kid, best gift ever. : )</p>
I had forgotten I did that with my nieces and nephews. I made up a box with feathers, googly eyes and piles of other weird stuff as a present for crafting. Thanks for reminding me.
<p>A cute tool box with tack hammer, multi driver, picture hangers, screws, measure, and other household essentials has been my go-to wedding shower gift for years. I get teased for not giving something &quot;girly and sexy&quot;, but I am also told later by the bride that it helped them hang curtains, pictures, and do basic repairs in their new home. The tools even come in pink now! The rule is always that the husband is not allowed to take anything from the box without asking his wife first - those tools are HERS and if he takes them she'll never see them again. LOL.</p>
<p>Very useful and I like the implied message that she shouldn't be dependent on the guy for repairs and such. My daughter was given a tool kit when she was fairly young and was the envy of her geek friends. She took a wood shop class too and was never discouraged from using tools at home. Great gift.</p>
<p>Stuff-in-a-Box is always wonderful and highly underrated. Who doesn't love getting stuff in a box?! We did &quot;Exhibit in a Box&quot; <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Maker-Exhibit-in-a-Box/" rel="nofollow">https://www.instructables.com/id/Maker-Exhibit-in-a...</a> a while back. Cats have the right idea. Boxes are awesome!</p><p> In thinking about it, a reverse Teen Survival Box for Parents isn't a bad idea, though. Maybe you can do a series of these! Studio Apt in a Box, Emergency Roadside Kit in a Box, Survival in a Box, etc. Great grad present, congrats on both the utility and clean simplicity of a truly useful Instructable!</p>
<p>I did the equivalent of a Roadside Kit in a Box for my kids when they got their first cars. I think you are right, that would make a good Instructable. First Camping Trip in a Box might be good too. Really, baby and wedding showers are just Stuff-Not-In-A-Box but the same idea.</p>
Wow sir! This is really awesome.
<p>Awesome Project!!</p>
<p>Very clever project - the only thing I missed was a bottle of peated single malt... </p>
<p>The closest I could come were the bottle opener and corkscrew. The rest is left as an exercise for the student.</p>
<p>Got something along these lines when I graduated High School: mini water heater coil, single cup drip coffee maker, multi tool, flashlight, and a big roll of duct tape. I was ready for anything! </p><p>Your present is a lot more elaborate, and your graduates will have a blast discovering new uses for all the toys! Well done.</p>
<p>I agree, those are very useful. Unfortunately, some schools are very picky about what is allowed. There could be problems with the heater, coffee maker and multi tool. When I was in school, I had a circular saw and the only time I got in trouble for that was using it at 2am.</p>
<p>I have 70$ is that sufficient?</p>
<p>Possibly, if you are careful. I paid $20 for the first aid kit because it was easy. A lot of the stuff you might already have around or can skip. Go heavily on dollar store shopping for many of the things like can openers that can cost much more elsewhere. You don't have to get everything on the list. If you have a spare cell phone charger, substitute it for the Li-ion one that I put in. You could put in a free set of stuff from Harbor Freight - screwdrivers, tape measure, flashlight instead of purchasing. Plasticware, paper plates and cups could be unused leftovers from a party. For $70 you could make a fine kit when the graduate's option is nothing in an emergency.</p>
<p>As a High School Grad, I NEED this! I even have a toolbox to put it all in! Thanks for making this 'ible!</p>
Love the saying. :-) Someone should put that on a T-shirt!<br><br>Have a great day! :-)
<p>where the hell was mine 20 years ago!<br>obviously now being 40 I have a 'man drawer' which includes all of the above and the keys to a house I no longer own!<br><br>Good work</p>
<p>Quite clever!</p>
<p>awesome! I love the idea!</p>
Cool instructable.

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