Another Altoids Survival Kit




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This is another survival kit that I put together. I was very bored. This contains

-2 sticks of gum
-4 paperclips
-a quart sized ziplock bag
-a small multi-tool with a built in flashlight
-a compass and a mirror
-a pencil
-some folded up paper
-some folded up tinfoil 
-five strike anywhere matches (in the plastic bag) (not shown)
-some wire (not shown)

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Step 1: Plastic Bag, Tin Foil, and Paper

The plastic bag is to keep matches in. You can also put the entire altoids tin into the bag if you have to swim or enter any water. The tin foil can be used to cook food. Paper can be used to light a fire, or write a note on. 

Step 2: Pencil, Rubber Bands, and Paperclips

The pencil is to write on the paper. Rubber bands have as many uses as you can think of, and paperclips can be used as fish hooks. They can also be used to connect or hold up components of a fort. 

Step 3: Gum and Matches

Gum can be used as a watertight seal on nearly anything. Matches are used to start a fire. If yo can, also bring a magnesium rod, as they always work to start a fire. (the matches are not shown in the pictures)

Step 4: Multi-tool, Compass, and Mirror

The multi-tool has infinite uses. The compass will help point you towards civilization. The mirror can be used to start a fire of to signal a passing plane or hikers. 

Step 5: Done!

The matches and paper go inside of the plastic bag, and the rest of the stuff fits in anywhere in the altoids tin. The rubber bands should be placed around the outside of it to save space. 

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    Also,find things that are smaller than the compass and can be swished so
    you can put them in the compass.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    use wire to tie it shut? elastics will wear out then snap, useful as they are.

    A small amount of money is always useful,

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    There are lots of places you can be stranded other than the woods. Also, if you self rescue quickly (not half dead) it could be handy. Paper money also burns and can be used for notes/maps.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    If you were stranded anywhere that was near civilization you wouldnt need an altoids tin survival kit. You just need a credit card and a cell phone. and money doesnt burn very well at all


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    If I were going to bring a kit far from civilization it would be larger than a altoids tin. I can see your point, but my preference is for a slightly broader utility rather than pure survival.


    7 years ago on Step 3

    If you take any survival class or read any book on survival, one thing they want you to understand is that while it is good to bring matches, your first choice should always be a lighter.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Lighters don't work in the extreme cold, found that out this year, as I had switched to a lighter only kit. Will always also pack matches for winter survival/camping.