Survival Tin




These are instructions on how to make a survival tin. Me and my Cousin made one of these over the weekend and it was allot of fun gathering the supplies and putting the kit together. We hope you enjoy our home made survival tin and hopefully it will inspire you to make your own!

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Step 1: Step 1.

Start by finding yourself a nice looking, not to large (pocket sized) tin.

Step 2: Step 2.

Then you want to label the inside of the tin lid with what ever information about yourself as you like.
(optional). This is in case you are found unconscious and someone needs to get your details. For safety reasons. We have also added matches and a striker to the lid, to save space in the tin.

Step 3: Step 3.

The fun part!
Gathering the materials together...
This is a basic list of al the things you need for your basic survival tin.
1. Sterile pads, Band Aids, Plasters, Bandage roll.
2. Decent sharp knife.
3. Stanley blades x2.
4. Matches
5. Candles.
6. Button compass.
7. Mini hacksaw blades.
8. Knife sharpener (optional)
9. Cotton wool soaked in petroleum jelly (Lasts a longer flame) (Tinder).
10. Snare wire. (Different gauges)
11. Roll of electrical tape ,and bandage tape.
12.Fishing equipment. e.g ... Hooks, Weights, Fishing line, Fishing spool, Small float.
13. Water filters.
14. Tooth picks.
15. Sewing equipment. e.g ... Needles, Various threads, Safety pins.

Step 4: Step 4.

Now that you have assembled all of your materials, theirs just the small trouble of fitting it all in, We cant tell you exactly how to do this so you are just going to have to sort it out, and figure which way works best for you!

Step 5: Step 5.

And now you are left with the final product.
Your own small (pocket sized) Survival tin.
Hope you enjoyed our instructable!

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    19 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Very well dine kit, looks so professional I could swear you bought it !!! Nice Job.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I like that you have so many matches. I think I'll add more to my survival kit. If you get a chance to look at mine lemme know what you think! :)


    8 years ago on Step 5

    I have two suggestions: Ditch the matches for a lighter, a bic will light like 600 fires compared to the 20 or so matches you have and is much easier to use, and pack in 20 to 100 dollars in the. It'd be a shame to survive the woods and find a town only to have no money for food, pone calls, and shelter. Otherwise this is a fairly comprehensive bare bones kit.


    8 years ago on Step 5

    Good job. Your kit seems well stocked, and it's definitely better than mine. This really surprised me because I've been trying to get the contents right for about a year.

    That Inventor Dude

    9 years ago on Step 3

    y know what, its the only one I've seen that's actually suited to urban(dangerous countries) AND wilderness survival clever use of the lid and electrical insulation tape xD

    That Inventor Dude

    9 years ago on Step 1

    I find Old Tobacco tins are perfect (the SAS survival guided recommends them)
    however they are hard to find in normal shops.
    I found that army surplus shops like B.D.R. sell them for about 2 pounds or about 4ish us dollars


    10 years ago on Introduction

    great idea, though if i may, a small roll of duck tape could come in handy. grgeat 'ible though!

    1 reply

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    if you wrap a piece of paper around the tin, when it is closed, and tape the end, with regular tape, or even glue, then you should be able to slide that off, if you can, then
    you make sure that paper is wide/wider than the duct tape
    and you roll as much duct tape onto the paper as you want, then you can use that, the only problem i found is moisture/water, so, i put some releasable ZIPPER bags in my kit, and vaccum sealed the outside, or use another zipper bag, with with the zipper rubber banded to the edege, to prevent accidental opening.


    10 years ago on Step 3

    Cool kit : ) I see you have wrapped up the blades in insulation tape, is it? That'll be useful, specially with the ferreting hands of my family, searching through my tin! Thanks for the upload


    10 years ago on Introduction

    You used a baccy-tin? Good idea, as it holds more than the usual (don't need to name it) tin. And I like the birthday candles! L


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks allot, if all the people that liked the instructable would please vote for it in the pocket sized competition, that would be much appreciated thank you!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    to be honest, i clicked on this instructable expecting to see a poorly equiped survival kit with inadequate supplies, half expecting to be able to rant about what you did wrong. i am pleasantly surprised. i've given this a go before but never had any items worth putting IN the tin. you seem to have all the right stuff for a night alone stuck in the bush without a pack. well done.