The Altoids Tin Survival Kit




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Step 1: The Materials

You will need:

duct tape
2 chicken bullion cubes
sheet of paper
VERY small bar of soap
10' light twine
a cotton ball
4 straight pins
1 needle
small spool of thread
1 razer blade
10 matches do NOT use strike anywheres they might ignite in box!
match striker
5 feet dental floss
match stick
12 small rubber bands
1 produce bag from your local supermarket
2 band-aids
small neosporin pack
1 gauze pad

Step 2: Assembling It

You can put it together any way you want, and if you want to put anything extra in, go ahead!
when your done just wrap the rest of your rubber bands around the tin to keep it closed.
I will put pictures below explaining where and how i got all this and what you use it for.

Step 3: End

I hope you liked my instructable and if you have ANY comments please post them!

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    41 Discussions


    5 years ago

    What do u need the bag for. Those are thin and rip easily


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Very cool kit! Have you thought about switching out an item of lower importance for a knife of some sort? Just in case all you have is this kit [trust me, I've been separated from my everyday carry items several times due to various reasons] and you are in a survival situation.

    I uploaded my personal Altoids Survival Tin onto this site if you'd like to see how I've arranged mine. :)

    1 reply

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I usually carry a knife separately. I rarely carry this kit anywhere anymore. I usually have most of the needed things somewhere else, or in a different form. But, if you do carry a survival kit, it stands to reason that you'll also have a knife with you.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Probably the match stick. I sometimes do that, but then I usually use a larger tin and put a whole heap in.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    The first thing recommended if you come in contact with Poison Ivy/ Poison Oak, is wash hands and face with soap and water if you even THINK you came close to it. The stuff can fly around in the wind and you can catch it! If you're somewhere you need to carry this tin, then your likely in proximity of one of these. Ounce of prevention... I would hate to be lost a few days somewhere AND with poison ivy! I would sure find some way to fit soap somewhere!


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    for getting who knows what off your hands and to clean your hands after dealing with raw animal meat, the last thing you want when you're lost in the wilderness is to get salmonella poisoning.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    It might if you're... Umm... Living next to a mountain of... Animal... You-know-what... But then I'd simply leave. If it was for bait I'd just stick with croutons. Wet 'em in the water and there you go.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Okay i'm just going to get this out there,*clears throat*
    in nice caring tone*This is to all the altoid tin survival kits, you can't put a respectable survival kit into just an altoids tin. Truthfully no survival kit is respectable. The best survival kit is the one you never have to use. Basically along with the survival kit instructables people should put in a guide on how to use their survival kit and just how to live off of little. People should also include links to whole web sites dedicated to survival, my personal favorite is: It is a very good site and has taught me much

    6 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    You've put this comment on every altoids survival kit there is And i'm hoping to make a bigger version of these i've been visiting heaps of survival kit 'bles and have come up with a list of 42 things so far i'm expecting it to hit 50


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    50 indispensable survival items

    1) Writing implement
    2) Duct tape
    3) Matches
    4) Super glue
    5) Torch
    6) Elastic bandage
    7) Bandana
    8) Knife
    9) Band-Aids/Sticking plaster
    10) Cotton balls & cotton buds
    11) Chap stick or Lucas' Pawpaw ointment
    12) Memory Stick*
    13) Wax candle
    14) Soap**
    15) Fishing hook
    16) Fishing line/thread
    17) Needle
    18) Bullion Cube
    19) Pot/Can/billy/mug
    20) String/Twine/Rope
    21) Lighter
    22) Water bottle
    23) Water purification tablet
    24) Paper/Equivilent
    25) Compass
    26) Vaseline
    27) High purity alcohol (Methylated spirits, cheap vodka, rubbing alcohol)
    28) A few dollars (or small amount of native currency)
    29) Wet naps
    30) Razor Blades
    31) Sinker or two
    32) Safety pins
    33) Asprin (recommended even if you have other pain medication as it can be used to prevent heart attacks, strokes etc)
    34) Paracetamol
    35) Magnesium fire starter
    36) Flint + steel
    37) Glow sticks
    38) Garbage bags (The orange thick ones used outside)
    39) Spaceblanket
    40) Sharpie
    41) Tin foil
    43) Gloves (Leather or appropriate for climate)
    44) Paracord
    45) Small amount of stable food
    46) Chain saw (The chain one, not the engine powered beasts.)
    47) Flare
    48) Magnifying glass
    49) Sunscreen
    50) Hexi/esbit stove & tablets
    51) Hatchet
    52) Small battery powered radio
    53) AA and/or AAA batteries
    54) Honey
    55) Whistle
    56) Small mirror
    57) P-38 or P-50 can opener
    58) Char cloth
    59) Hand sanitizer
    *For urban survival kit
    ** Or a way to make it
    I may add to or edit this list in the future
    It's not in order, and feel free to use whatever in the list you feel appropriate.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Just because these guys make a survival kit doesn't mean they don't know how to survive, and anyway, making survival kits reinforces the survival attitude, as well as being fun.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Look man your just really being a jerk here. When I was a kid my friends and I made similar survival kits and put them in coke bottles, and tootsie roll cans. I think these guys are creative and I am having fun seeing what all they can think of and fit into a tiny package. Lighten up.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I think you might need a new hobby. People can make their own decisions. Some people really like to carry a Leatherman tool, but of course if you ever need a REAL toolkit...


    9 years ago on Step 3

    what each item is is important and I thank you for labeling everything but what they are used for can be important too.  like, everyone knows what a match is for, but why you put in a produce bag would be a good question, or what did you put the cotton balls in for?  all this helps people decide what's going to be useful to them.