Altoids Survival Kit

Introduction: Altoids Survival Kit

Today I will be showing you how to make an Altoids survival kit.
You will need (and why):
-Rubber bands (Making slingshots and misc.)
-Fishing line (either actual fishing line or string)
-Fishing hooks (I used the "survival fish hook" from another instructable)
-Tape rolled on barbeque skewer (never know when you'll need tape")
-Band aids (for cuts)
-Knife, mini scissors,and saw (extracted from a multi tool)
-Matches and striker (for fire)
-Magnets (you'll see)
-Barbecue skewer (roasting meat)

Step 1: Fishing

The fishing line and hooks are used to catch fish. Once a fish is caught use the matches and striker along with fire starting materials to start a fire. Use the barbecue skewer to roast meat over the fire. Cardboard makes a good holder for matches, I also taped the striker on the cardboard for more storage space.

Step 2: Magnets? Why?

The magnets are placed along the side of the container making it magnetic. The magnetic side of the container is used for putting the knife blade on so you do not need to rifle through you container to get a knife in case you need a knife at the moment.

Step 3: Put It Together

Now find what way works best for you to put it together.

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    Gret start! Keep adding to it! You might wanna trade out some less useful items for a reliable knife, better fire starting capabilities and bedder cordage. Also, you are going to want a way to purify water if you come across it. Rubber bands and magnets won't help you survive in the woods either. If you plan on fishing I'd recommend that you buy some hooks rather than make them. They take up no space at all.

    I uploaded a surviva tin instructable if you'd like to see how I've implemented my suggestions to you.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I would like to know...are you able to hook a fish with those hooks. Its a great idea but are they sharp enuff?


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Rubber bands: Sling shots made from rubber bands are notorious for breaking. I would rather use that space for snare wire.

    Fishing line: There is no "either, or" when it comes to survival fishing line. You would usually have to set a night line, which means 20 pound test minimum as well as bit resistant over a long period of time. No commonly available string I have ever seen fits that description.

    Fishing hooks: If you are preparing for an eventuality like we would be in this case, just go get some real fishing hooks. I bet those couldn't catch anything bigger than a half a pound.

    Tape: Agreed on purpose, but I would use a thick roll of medical tape, unaltered so you can shove something like a bunch of aspirin into the center hole.

    Band aids: You should also include alcohol swabs. The kind that come in the paper squares. A band aid will only protect the wound AFTER it has been cleaned.

    Knife, scissors, and a saw (extracted from a multi tool): Taking the handle off of the knife and the saw is just begging to horribly mutilate yourself. One little slip up while ineffectively using either of them (can't get power behind a knife or saw with no handle!) and you would cut yourself badly. By the time you get rescued by some search and rescue team, would would probably have such a bad infection across such a large cut that you would have to have something cut off. I'm not kidding either. That is what would happen.

    Matches: When it comes to survival situations, matches are the worst thing you could think to bring, except maybe one of those paper match books. Matches can fail in any number of ways: they can get wet or damp, they can break when you strike them, they can even just fizzle out if there is more than 3mph wind hitting them. They are just a bad idea. A good idea would be to include a ferro rod, and some cotton balls and a dollop of petroleum jelly (separate not mixed) in the extra space you save from not having matches. Someone who is semi-decent at using a ferro rod can start a fire in far worse conditions and far more reliably than if they were to use matches.

    Magnets: made useless by what I said about the knife above.

    Barbecue skewer: Careful roasting that 1/2 pound fish on a skewer that looks more like a toothpick! I would make my own when I got there with a knife still attached to its handle. It isn't that hard, they work much better than tooth picks, and they take all of 10 seconds to make.


    9 years ago on Step 3

    You left out the fishing line. Otherwise good kit.