Introduction: Altoids Survival Kit

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This is the altoids survival kit. I take it when
ever i go to the woods so i have sone things to use
if i get lost.

This is not my idea i just made it so u have alot of
extra room and more pictures.

Step 1: Materails

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what you need and where to get it:,target, and publix

rubber,target,office depo, and publix

fishing, and target

cotten,publix, and target

trash,publix, and target,publix, and target,publix, and target

paper,publix, and target,publix, and target

Step 2: Foldng Trash Bag

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Fold the trash bag then put rubber bands TIGHTLY around it.

Step 3: Altoids

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put the bandages in the bottem then the neosporin in the altoids can. then put the matches in the can.

Step 4: Hooks, and Candles

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put in the hooks and candles...

Step 5: Trash Bag

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next put in the trash bag so it fits. ( you have to jam it in there.)

Step 6: Your Survival Kit!

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your done just close the can and close it with
a thick rubber band.


BudgetBugout (author)2013-03-10

Great start! I like that you have included a plastic bag to help shelter against harsh weather! If you want to always have a survival kit with you inside your pocket be sure and include a quality knife and cordage. Also, you are going to want a waterproof back up to your fire making. :)

I recently uploaded my own survival tin if you'd like to see how I've implemented those into my kit. :)

bigmanj421 (author)2010-07-23

kinda think you need line to go with the hooks and a couple other things, but it is good for a start

Colonel88 (author)2009-10-26

I fit moar stuff in my survival kit... gotta post it up tho...

NOTE. You CAN use pencil sharpeners as blades.

temp (author)2009-01-23

Okay i'm just going to get this out there,*clears throat*<br/>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: <a rel="nofollow" href=""></a> It is a very good site and has taught me much<br/>

daltonjcw (author)temp2009-02-20

read the book hatchet by gary paulson

thefoodman (author)daltonjcw2009-08-11

hatchet rocks

thefoodman (author)thefoodman2009-08-11

although brianswinter is better

temp (author)daltonjcw2009-02-24

*chuckle* i don't think so. Almost all of the stuff that happens to him is 100% percent luck. Like the turtle eggs or the large blocks of flint right next to his shelter. Or the fact that the berries he ate DIDN'T kill him. And in Brian's winter, The fact that the Flint broke off into perfect arrow head shapes is NEVER going to happpen. But they are an enjoyable read.

daltonjcw (author)temp2009-03-04

right, but he would have survived had he not been so lucky ( not the winter though)

hellstudios (author)2008-06-23

dont forget superglue......if you mix it with the cotton it will set on fire within a few minutes and LAST a few minutes

Frindledon3 (author)hellstudios2009-07-24

petroleum jelly would be better than super glue

hellstudios (author)Frindledon32009-07-25

but superglue has other uses too.

Frindledon3 (author)hellstudios2009-07-25

oh..good point

Gibson_SG_95 (author)2008-02-05

what r the hooks 4?

Grey_Wolfe (author)Gibson_SG_952008-03-28

Fishin'. Man's gotta eat.

temp (author)Grey_Wolfe2009-02-24

Not just fishin' but can also be used to catch small birds and animals if anchored on the ground with a little bit of bait in 'em.

paper warrior (author)Grey_Wolfe2008-04-21

Not really, while food should be a top priority, most people can survive up to THREE WEEKS without eating. Now if anyone knows the magic 3s, it's 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food. Air seems to be in pretty good supply, hmm, how 'bout water? Put some purification tablets and a 1 quart zip-loc in that Altoids tin. I remember when I was on an FTX with the Civil Air Patrol, out in the middle of nowhere (desert), I consumed 2.5 gallons per day. A handy little rule that Lt. Col. Meuhlheisen taught me is 'You lose 1 quart through perspiration, 1 quart through the moisture in your mouth being evaporated(breathe through your nose), and 1 1/2 quart through unination. While we're on the subject, it's best to super-saturate yourself before you go into the field, then keep hydrating normally. Now, besides a 1qt Zip-loca nd IODINE purification tablets, there's a few other very important things. I know the goal here is to stuff it all into an altoids tin, but if you want to survive more than 12 hours with that, forget it. Add on some Clif bars (That's your food, it'll keep you alive just fine, just remember that the body has to waste water to digest food.), a poncho, a flint and utility knife, a compass and map, flares, gloves, and a Camelbak to stow everything and keep you hydrated.. That's about as simple as I can put it. There's plenty more things that would be very handy, but you've gotta keep you've gotta keep your loadout as light as possible. If you carry more than 10% of your body weight, you'll lose 25% efficiency. Bad deal. Also, add some gear appropriate to climate. Hand warmers in the cold, cold morning are very nice.

miked2001 (author)paper warrior2008-05-29

I was taught three hours without shelter was the first '3' but the air one sounds important too. So four '3s' ?? (air shelter water food) The fishhooks in some kits have always sounded unimportant because I thought you consume more calories fishing than fish can give you back. I know the shelter one depends on the environment, my (very simple) training was for mountain hiking in the northeast.

UltraMagnus (author)miked20012008-09-24

I have always wondered with these fish hooks in kits, how many people actually could get a viable source of food with them....

paper warrior (author)miked20012008-05-29

Honestly, I never really considered shelter. That's a rather tricky one... Depending on the environment, though, it could be rather vital. Also, the fishhooks to depend largely on where you are... I for one am in the desert. I'll have to think about proving shelter on next-to-nothing for a little while, and comment back later.

xZCodmaNZx (author)paper warrior2008-08-02

some people can hold it for 6mins

Grey_Wolfe (author)paper warrior2008-05-26

lol, I realize that water is a much higher priority than food. And air's pretty easy to come by, for most (if you can't find it in the woods, then I guess you deserve what you get). I was simply explaining what the hooks were for. And all of these figures in the three 3's are dependant on one important factor... low strain. If you limit your energy use, then yes, you Could possibly survive 3 weeks without food. But if you're busy looking for water and building shelter, it might be much less. In most cases, you should stay put and await rescue, but in the case that no one has a reason to think they need to find you, sitting on your arse could be suicide. You are right about prioity though. And the flint and steel bit, that can be a pain if you don't know how to do it. (When I was ten it was easier to use the string and stick method, because nobody had showed me how to maintain the spark.)

paper warrior (author)Grey_Wolfe2008-05-27

Hmm, come to think of it, I would like to add on a few things. Now, people vary greatly in how long they can survive without food. It depends on your total fat reserves, metabolism, and a plethora of other factors... I use three weeks without food under high strain. That's until absolute death. Mohatma Ghandi pulled 40 days while on a hunger strike once, but under next-to-no strain. I've talked to people who have done three weeks in active combat. Either way, carry small things loaded with calories. Also, it's best to stay put regardless. In the case that someone knows your missing (they probably will, unless you're a complete hermit) , it's MUCH harder for our Civil Air Patrol ground pounders and airdales to find and track you on the move. If we're trying to get a moving target, it's next to impossible. Another handy item is a personal ELT, transmitting on 406mHz. The COSPAS-SARSAT satellite network can locate you to within a mile on 406, and the 406 ELTs transmit a small signal on 121.5, allowing our ground teams and aircrews to find you quickly and precisely by homing in on 121.5.

paper warrior (author)Grey_Wolfe2008-04-21

Also, get some training. You'll most likely die in a survival scenario without knowing how to strike a flint, or when you need to drink water (And no, it's not when your mouth starts getting dry).

Gibson_SG_95 (author)Grey_Wolfe2008-04-04

Lol. So true.

Dunamisfaith (author)2007-10-07

Filling this area with a small amount of steel wool might be a good idea. It can be used to shine the lid of the altoid can making a good signal mirror.

plus it can be used to start a fir with a bit of electricity like a 9 volt battery


Scrubsfan1234 (author)xZCodmaNZx2008-11-17

it creates dozens of paths of electricity, and thus, many short circuits, creating sparks, then igniting the this strands of metal.

temp (author)Scrubsfan12342009-02-24

technically that's right but i like things to be perfect so... The steel wool isn't burning it's just oxidizing at a rapid rate. Or it rust so fast that heat be made.

austintktktk (author)xZCodmaNZx2008-07-06

science my friend science

Take a small piece and touch it to both contacts of a well charged 9v battery. Poof.

By the way... 000 steel wool goes STRAIGHT up! Strike a flint right next to it, and poof! You've got tinder.

Scrubsfan1234 (author)2008-11-17

Remember: in a survival situation, this may seem odd, but the priorities go: Fire Shelter Water Food So, your priorities in a survival kit should follow sue. Knife / multi-tool, Lighter and tinder, string (enough for at least 4 lashings), purification tablets (or iodine), then fish hooks and other hunting implements. The smallest, most effective methods are optimal for survival Try to polish the tin's lid to use as a signal mirror, and if you punch in part of the top, you can make a whistle (if done correctly) Pack minimal smell-ables (food, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.). If you really want to, make a simple bear bag using a ziploc, a rock, and string. First-aid equipment is unnecessary due to a multitude of indigenous alternatives in every environment. try to combine uses, but don't compromise.

temp (author)Scrubsfan12342009-01-23

i'm just going to make one suggestion to your list, addressing injuries should be your first priority. It's a little hard to to make a broken shelter with a broken leg or if there's a foot long gash in your arm.

Scrubsfan1234 (author)temp2009-01-25

I agree,but for the sake of space, a seperate first aid kit should be carried. Also, barring the desert or the ocean, there should be a sufficietnt ammount of supplies already there to address any injuries.

Scrubsfan1234 (author)2008-11-17

I recommend instead of matches, a Bic 'travel lighter' (for smokers on the go!) that is the equivalent of matches. If you pack a few matches, this lighter is best. If you need more, use a standard lighter.

casey321b (author)2008-05-14

You, like most everyone who made the tin survival kit, have forgotten one important thing IODINE TINCTURE!!! It is great for cleaning water...

jonathan.risk (author)2008-04-27

Wow, I just had a great time reading all of these comments from top to bottem and if anyone is arguing about funwithfires instructable make your own stupid survival kit cause his is better then nothing! Nice job funwithfire

Charles IV (author)2007-10-12

to make the matches fireproof just dip them in hot candle wax

Whaleman (author)Charles IV2008-01-05

I don't want fireproof matches.

Charles IV (author)Whaleman2008-01-27

Then don't put them in. Duh.

Whaleman (author)Charles IV2008-01-28

My question is, why would you want fireproof matches?

Charles IV (author)Whaleman2008-02-07

So when you fall in the river you still have matches.

Whaleman (author)Charles IV2008-02-07

Well, then I would want waterproof matches.

Charles IV (author)Whaleman2008-04-19

Wow I feel dumb...

xZCodmaNZx (author)Charles IV2008-04-13

u mean water proof

yellow elephant (author)2008-02-07

dont forget band aids

santy22 (author)yellow elephant2008-04-12

why do you want to aid the band?? good charlotte is hurt LOL

Post Script (author)2008-02-12

Actually the birthday candles are a good way to keep a fire for a long time, so you would be able to transfer the fire from the candle onto timber, or use it as a light. the cotton balls would be a firestarter as well, since they light easy.

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