Original Altoids Survival Tin




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an original, useful survival tin. I know that there have been many others before this, but this one is top quality and awesome.

Step 1: Making It

Before I start, I forgot to add one important, vital thing that will still fit. A small flint and steel set. these are not matches or lighters, but if you know how to use it, it will be even smaller and dependable.
- you will need duct tape, a small knife, a flint and steel set, an altoids tin can, a somewhat larger piece of foil, rubber bands, paperclips, and a needle and thread*.
- as shown in the pictures, you should place everything in the tin can in an organized fashion. Put the flint and steel in the spot it fits in.
*needle and thread are used for sewing things. the ONLY reason you should use them on yourself or others is when you have sterilized the needle and this person will NOT stop bleeding and you need to stitch them up. This is for EMERGENCY SITUATIONS ONLY!!! this is always a LAST RESORT for life or death situations.

Step 2: YOUR DONE!!!

you are now done with your survival tin. You shouldn't have to use it ever, but this is a just in case type of thing. the thread can also be used in snares if needed. Please vote and comment if you like this. Its my second instructible and I'd like to know how to improve. Thanks for reading.



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    6 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Good, compact kit. Fishing line is a great add to any kit. Line + bent needle + a sacrificial grasshopper can be used for fishing in a pinch. Also, you may consider keeping the tin closed with the rubber bands and using the extra storage for something else. The tin is a good choice, the inside is probably reflective enough to be used as a signaling device too. Great job!

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    4 years ago

    How do you plan on purifying water? The only option I can see is boiling water in the tin foil, but it is difficult to do so. Maybe add water purification tablets and a 1L water bag.

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    Reply 4 years ago

    I can purify it with tabs, but compared to this cool thing , its called a lifestraw, I can purify more, with less space. not small enough to fin in the tin, but small enough to fit in your pocket


    4 years ago

    Thanks for mor ideas. You could keep more things between the closing bands and the tin. Maybe wrap the tin in a triangle bandage before putting some rubber bands around it too.