Altoids Tin Survival Kit




I know that there's a lot of Altoids tin projects out there, and that a lot of them are survival kits. I can understand why. They are easy to make and almost anyone can make it. Altoids tins are useful and people keep them and use them for various things.

I have copied ideas from several websites and maybe One or Two instructables, and i take no credit for them and will link to them.

Well, let's get started.

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Step 1: Things You Need

 * Dart (just the fin needed)
 * Duct Tape
 * 10 Matches
 *  Sewing Needle
 *  Fishing line (30 lbs. is what i used)
 *  Hacksaw Blade
 *  5 Fishing Hooks
 *  Razor Blade
 *  Swiss Tech Utilikey (optional, i used it for the blade)
 *  Aluminum soda can
 *  Small Trash Bag
 *  1 Quart sized bag
 *  Magnesium Bar/Flint combo (cut in half with a Dremel or other tool)
 *  2 split shot fishing weights
 *  PSK Survival sheet
 *  Dental floss

Step 2: Special Items

 * Duct tape- I wrapped it around itself in a flat roll
 * Aluminum can- I cut it into strips to form a whistle if needed. Instructions-
 * Hacksaw blade- I snapped it to a shorter piece
 * Dart fin and 4 matches- Used for a match dart. You will also need 2 tiny rubber bands.
 * Fishing line- I wrapped it around a small bolt and put a nut on the other end. I then wrapped it in electrical tape.
 * Bags- i wrapped them with tiny rubber bands. The quart sized one has 1 cup markings for water purification tablets if you choose to include them.
 * 6 matches- I  wrapped them in scotch tape except for the heads, and dipped the heads in wax to waterproof them.
 * Needle- i used a magnet to magnetize to put on a leaf and make a compass. I tested it out against a real compass and it pointed true north.
 * Magnesium bar/ flint combo- I cut it in half with a dremel to save space. I still have the other piece if needed.

Step 3: Packing the Tin

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, so here's 5,000 words.

Step 4: Final Words

You don't have to make your tin exactly like this, this is just a starting point. The main things you have to cover are water, Fire, Shelter, and Food. This won't get you shelter, so i carry a "space blanket" in my other pockets when i carry this. You might also want to remove the cotton balls and add more important things like a wire saw. I also carry water purification tablets outside of the tin to cover the water portion, even though you can boil water in the tin.

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    15 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Glad to see someone else has floss in their survival tin. I see way too many people stuffing their precious paracord into their PSKs and taking up precious space! I just uploaded my own kit. Lemme know what you think!


    7 years ago on Step 4

    That would take a while to boil enough water with the tin. But other than that, great instructable!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    you could tape the hooks to the top of the tin to prevent damage too


    8 years ago on Step 3

    but thats six pictures...


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I making a version of this with my Tiger Scout den. Their camping overnighter is coming up and I think they'll enjoy it.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Where is your troop 149 based out of? Mines based out of Connecticut.


    9 years ago on Introduction

     Survival kit contents check. In them you will find: one .45caliber automatic, two boxes of ammunition; four days concentratedemergency rations, one drug issue containing: antibiotics, morphine,vitamin pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills, one miniature Russianphrasebook and bible, one hundred dollars in rubles, one hundred dollarsin gold, nine packs of chewing gum, one issue of prophylactics, threelipsticks, three pairs nylon stockings. Shoot, a fella could have apretty good weekend in Vegas  with all that stuff!

    4 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    With all that stuff, I'd stop worrying, too. Sugar-free gum. From the same source, I'd say, keep your bodily fluids clean. Dispense sparingly. Good post.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    it's a quote from a movie. Not his survival kit (or at least i doubtit's his actual survival kit