Introduction: The Altoids Tin Survival Kit

Picture of The Altoids Tin Survival Kit

Step 1: The Materials

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You will need:

duct tape
2 chicken bullion cubes
sheet of paper
VERY small bar of soap
10' light twine
a cotton ball
4 straight pins
1 needle
small spool of thread
1 razer blade
10 matches do NOT use strike anywheres they might ignite in box!
match striker
5 feet dental floss
match stick
12 small rubber bands
1 produce bag from your local supermarket
2 band-aids
small neosporin pack
1 gauze pad

Step 2: Assembling It

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You can put it together any way you want, and if you want to put anything extra in, go ahead!
when your done just wrap the rest of your rubber bands around the tin to keep it closed.
I will put pictures below explaining where and how i got all this and what you use it for.

Step 3: End

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I hope you liked my instructable and if you have ANY comments please post them!


Survivorkidjr (author)2014-02-17

What do u need the bag for. Those are thin and rip easily

BudgetBugout (author)2013-03-09

Very cool kit! Have you thought about switching out an item of lower importance for a knife of some sort? Just in case all you have is this kit [trust me, I've been separated from my everyday carry items several times due to various reasons] and you are in a survival situation.

I uploaded my personal Altoids Survival Tin onto this site if you'd like to see how I've arranged mine. :)

Sylkhr (author)BudgetBugout2013-03-09

I usually carry a knife separately. I rarely carry this kit anywhere anymore. I usually have most of the needed things somewhere else, or in a different form. But, if you do carry a survival kit, it stands to reason that you'll also have a knife with you.

poopmypants (author)2008-12-15

how do you get the duct tape did you wrap it like on a pencil?

awang8 (author)poopmypants2008-12-16

Probably the match stick. I sometimes do that, but then I usually use a larger tin and put a whole heap in.

poopmypants (author)awang82008-12-16

what's the soap for?

323maderas (author)poopmypants2011-01-21

The first thing recommended if you come in contact with Poison Ivy/ Poison Oak, is wash hands and face with soap and water if you even THINK you came close to it. The stuff can fly around in the wind and you can catch it! If you're somewhere you need to carry this tin, then your likely in proximity of one of these. Ounce of prevention... I would hate to be lost a few days somewhere AND with poison ivy! I would sure find some way to fit soap somewhere!

Schmidty16 (author)323maderas2012-08-09

um id do that then put mud on it

Sylkhr (author)poopmypants2009-02-11

for getting who knows what off your hands and to clean your hands after dealing with raw animal meat, the last thing you want when you're lost in the wilderness is to get salmonella poisoning.

awang8 (author)poopmypants2008-12-17

I know from previous experience it smells good...

poopmypants (author)awang82008-12-17

but smell isnt going to save you..

awang8 (author)poopmypants2008-12-18

It might if you're... Umm... Living next to a mountain of... Animal... You-know-what... But then I'd simply leave. If it was for bait I'd just stick with croutons. Wet 'em in the water and there you go.

temp (author)2009-01-23

Okay i'm just going to get this out there,*clears throat*
in nice caring tone*This is to all the altoid tin survival kits, you can't put a respectable survival kit into just an altoids tin. Truthfully no survival kit is respectable. The best survival kit is the one you never have to use. Basically along with the survival kit instructables people should put in a guide on how to use their survival kit and just how to live off of little. People should also include links to whole web sites dedicated to survival, my personal favorite is: It is a very good site and has taught me much

lukeyj15 (author)temp2009-02-19

You've put this comment on every altoids survival kit there is And i'm hoping to make a bigger version of these i've been visiting heaps of survival kit 'bles and have come up with a list of 42 things so far i'm expecting it to hit 50

Orbit3338 (author)lukeyj152011-10-10

Do tell. What is the list of the 50 must have survival items?

lukeyj15 (author)Orbit33382011-10-11

50 indispensable survival items

1) Writing implement
2) Duct tape
3) Matches
4) Super glue
5) Torch
6) Elastic bandage
7) Bandana
8) Knife
9) Band-Aids/Sticking plaster
10) Cotton balls & cotton buds
11) Chap stick or Lucas' Pawpaw ointment
12) Memory Stick*
13) Wax candle
14) Soap**
15) Fishing hook
16) Fishing line/thread
17) Needle
18) Bullion Cube
19) Pot/Can/billy/mug
20) String/Twine/Rope
21) Lighter
22) Water bottle
23) Water purification tablet
24) Paper/Equivilent
25) Compass
26) Vaseline
27) High purity alcohol (Methylated spirits, cheap vodka, rubbing alcohol)
28) A few dollars (or small amount of native currency)
29) Wet naps
30) Razor Blades
31) Sinker or two
32) Safety pins
33) Asprin (recommended even if you have other pain medication as it can be used to prevent heart attacks, strokes etc)
34) Paracetamol
35) Magnesium fire starter
36) Flint + steel
37) Glow sticks
38) Garbage bags (The orange thick ones used outside)
39) Spaceblanket
40) Sharpie
41) Tin foil
43) Gloves (Leather or appropriate for climate)
44) Paracord
45) Small amount of stable food
46) Chain saw (The chain one, not the engine powered beasts.)
47) Flare
48) Magnifying glass
49) Sunscreen
50) Hexi/esbit stove & tablets
51) Hatchet
52) Small battery powered radio
53) AA and/or AAA batteries
54) Honey
55) Whistle
56) Small mirror
57) P-38 or P-50 can opener
58) Char cloth
59) Hand sanitizer
*For urban survival kit
** Or a way to make it
I may add to or edit this list in the future
It's not in order, and feel free to use whatever in the list you feel appropriate.

tincanz (author)temp2009-06-22

Just because these guys make a survival kit doesn't mean they don't know how to survive, and anyway, making survival kits reinforces the survival attitude, as well as being fun.

-Krom- (author)temp2009-05-25

Look man your just really being a jerk here. When I was a kid my friends and I made similar survival kits and put them in coke bottles, and tootsie roll cans. I think these guys are creative and I am having fun seeing what all they can think of and fit into a tiny package. Lighten up.

shascho (author)temp2009-04-11

I think you might need a new hobby. People can make their own decisions. Some people really like to carry a Leatherman tool, but of course if you ever need a REAL toolkit...

KittyF (author)2010-05-08

what each item is is important and I thank you for labeling everything but what they are used for can be important too.  like, everyone knows what a match is for, but why you put in a produce bag would be a good question, or what did you put the cotton balls in for?  all this helps people decide what's going to be useful to them.

Nicholas G. (author)KittyF2010-05-22

Cotton balls are a good fire-starter, and the produce bag is for collecting stuff that you could use.

KittyF (author)Nicholas G.2010-05-22

Oh, ok. thanks.

xxrb110xx (author)2010-03-26

very creative looks good might try make 1 myself

survivletroop (author)2009-12-17

awsome you rock

Aliora9of9 (author)2009-07-14

I followed the link from "temp,"... but my lil blonde head was to busy playing with the words following my pointer to read the stuff on the page... (JK) It is a good idea to be a little bit prepared than unprepared at all... and it IS kinda fun to have a secret stash of stuff on hand if you need it. I carry a back pack instead of a purse and you would be shocked at the amount of stuff I drag with me everywhere I go. Even more surprising is how often I have needed one of the weird things I have packed up in that bag... I even have a hand winding USB port charger so I can charge my phone (or DS lol) if I have too...

mcebro09 (author)2009-05-29

thats really clever i did it and its awesome i put alchole swabs in it 2

poopmypants (author)2008-12-15

maybe you should also add an army knife

Sylkhr (author)poopmypants2009-02-11

they're pretty big, and I always have my knife in my pocket pretty much everywhere (with the exeption of banks, airports, etc, etc....)

diablo132 (author)2008-11-05

Same here but still it's good work on it LOL

diablo132 (author)2008-11-05

i made one better but have not posted it yet but it is good very good i will give you CREDIT!!!!!!1!

xxskelviorxx (author)2008-10-25

pretty good, there are lots of good pics, but i would have liked to seen one of how it is all assembled and fit in there.

supersaddy (author)2008-06-13

you may want to use this as an alternativ to the elastics for closing the tin:

Sylkhr (author)supersaddy2008-06-13

and the rubber bands not only hold it together but also count as supplys

R4Man18 (author)Sylkhr2008-10-03

The Lock would be a fair hook for anything you may need The lock isnt all that great. I dont suggest using it on anything other than candy.

ultrauber (author)2008-08-07

Maybe we should make and "Altoids Survival Kits" group and/or contest.

hunter dude (author)2008-07-27

very nice very nice best yet

omkar_hummer (author)2008-07-08

how about adding a mini torch?

Sylkhr (author)2008-06-13

razor, it is quite a tight fit, the rubber bands are the only thing holding it together

joejoerowley (author)2008-06-13

Cool! Great Instructable! Thanks Joe

pyro13 (author)2008-06-13

Wrap your dental floss around a real match, that way it doubles as a floss spool and a match.

razordu30 (author)2008-06-13

Not bad - I like a lot of your choices here. I think my only change would be to switch out the mason's line with paracord (if it can fit). Possibly a real book of matches, too, but I'm not sure what the fit is like in there.

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