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Altoids Tin Survival Kit

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gear, Survival Equipment & More' started by G.Moll, Jul 6, 2012.

  1. G.Moll


    Mar 20, 2012
    I suspect that other people besides me have a small survival kit stashed in an Altoids tin. My tin includes:
    Lockpick and torque wrench
    Needle and thread
    Jute twine (for cordage/tinder combo)
    Duct tape

    The tin is held together with a ranger band made of a rubber tube. I still need to fit a compass and some kind of wax for a candle. What is in your Altoids tin survival kit. And it doesn't have to be an Altoids tin, but the kit has to be small like one! Whats in yours?!!?
  2. Foilist


    Dec 20, 2004
    Mine is in a Kriega Stash pouch:http://www.kriega.us/stash-motorcycle-organizer-wallet/.

    It can go on a belt or fit easily into a cargo pants or jacket pocket.

    It contains:

    Buck Smidgen
    Vic Classic
    Button compass
    AMK Heet Sheet
    Masonry string
    Snare wire
    LED zipper pull light
    Tea light candle
    Solid fuel tab
    Life boat matches
    Book matches
    Fire steel
    Water purification tabs
    Fishing line, hooks, sinkers, swivels
    Needles and thread
    Wire saw
    A few minor first aid items

    I'd like to add an MRE beverage bag for compact water collection.
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2012

    BITEME Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 14, 2007
    I am working on a "tin"for myself and my daughters but it it actually 2 small clear plastic bottles(walmart brand sanitizer 8 oz.) that I cut about 3/4 of the way and just use the bottom halves,I then heat one just slightly(hair Dryer) and It shrinks just enough so that one fits inside the other and its awesome you can see all the contents easily,it's waterproof,converts to 2 emergency cups if needed.will send pics if somebodies interested here's the contents.
    led light
    sewing kit
    small sak pen(from the bay)
    alka -seltzer
    antibacterial wipes
    1/2 papertowel
  4. G.Moll


    Mar 20, 2012
    Sweet little kit. Ive heard talk of foldable tin cups up to 5 oz.? I would want to add one of those to my tin. If my firesteel didnt have a handle on it id be able to fit more in my tin. I gotta do some shifting with the gear. I love these small discrete survival kits..

    BITEME Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 14, 2007
    I'm making these for handy use or for the glove box,I am also going to put one together that has contents similar to yours for camping or backpacking- they are fun to put together ,they can get a little spendy if you have to buy the saks new.
  6. G.Moll


    Mar 20, 2012
    Well i was trying to put together some kind of kit and decided to just do a small one. I already had the sak. But i totally agree. The SAKs can add up.
  7. greatnortoni


    Dec 25, 2010
    I'd be interested if you don't mind - thanks.
  8. gadgetgeek


    May 19, 2007
    I don't have a survival kit in an Altoids tin, but I usually have a candy tin in my survival kit. Does that count? :D
  9. sicily02


    Nov 23, 2005
    Hi all,

    G. Moll, here is mine little survival kit that I carry.

    I also have just a little bigger pouch that I am able to add a AMK survival blanket/shelter and wrist compass into it.


    I have changed out a few items from time to time right now I have this little fixed blade knife

    and a Nano striker ferro rod with it is water proof container in my survival kit pouch.

  10. Trail Edge

    Trail Edge Banned BANNED

    Apr 23, 2011
    I bought one of these, and added $100 in 20's, one of those small twist lights (immitation picco or something like that), a couple antibiotic packs and electrical tape around the lid to seal it. I still want to add a couple alcohol wipes thus far.(borrowed video)
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2012
  11. powernoodle

    powernoodle Power Member Gold Member

    Jul 21, 2004
    Bryan, I'm not going to ask how you fit that giant piece of cardboard in your pocket. But well done.

    Seriously, though, carrying SAK pliers separately like that is brilliant. I never thought of that.
  12. BobSig

    BobSig Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2011
    I got one, lost power for a few days so I kept myself entertained making one.

    On the back of the can I glued 600 grit sandpaper, and a fire strike pad on the lid. With the smooth metal bottom the can kept sliding everywhere. With the sandpaper it stays where I set it.

    Water proof matches, a good amount.
    Cotton cloth with balm on it wrapped around matches. Ends are filled with lint/wax for fire starter.
    Cloth can work for wounds or for making a fire
    Fishing line, sinker, flies, hooks, power bait.
    Duct tape
    led key chain light
    bouillon cubes (might be a bad idea)
    razor blade.
    Sewing kit
    I put a small altoids tin inside the big one. Works good for the small stuff. Put rougher sand paper on back of this one and another strike strip.
    zip ties
    cotton balls
    mini diaper pins
    Alcohol wipe
    Super Glue
    I tried to polish the inside lid to make it a mirror like, got it a little more reflective but not much.

    I just opened my kit and the bouillon cubes got all over everything. I went to the ocean a few days ago, I dont think they can handle the humidity. Not good for the North West.

    Last edited: Jul 18, 2012
  13. Burncycle


    Jan 3, 2005
    I've come to the opinion that for a PSK that's designed to potentially serve as a stand alone kit (not necessarily a supplement to the EDC), instead of trying to cram as much stuff as possible into one, it's better to focus on the most important things and don't skimp. Then if you have room left over for nice to have stuff, go for it.

    Here's one I'm still working on (I forgot to include a whistle and it's pretty full so I'm going to see if I can find a small one lol)


    To give an example, I used to carry gerber breastmilk bags in my tobacco tin sized kit. They'd barely fit with all the stuff I have in there, and while they're nice and durable, they aren't the right size for the purification tablets and I didn't want to have to fiddle with cutting the tablets to size so they weren't wasted. Instead I switched to the whirlpak bags -- true one liter, still really durable, and I can just use one tablet per bag. But they're bigger and I had to rearrange my tin and lose some things -- but to me, it's worth it.

    Another example, shelter... I can't carry one in my PSK, but I can carry the tools to make one. Instead of a wire saw which widely vary in quality, I included one of the pocket chainsaws. It has the further benefit of laying flat in the bottom of the tin.

    A knife... well, tiny altoids tin knives are better than nothing (and better than razor blades IMO) but after having used a few, they're just so uncomfortable to use for any length of time. Now, if your kit is just to supplement your EDC (where your primary knife is) that's great, it's just a last ditch backup, but I wanted to make sure this would be sufficient even if I had nothing else.
  14. Charlie_K


    Jul 16, 2012
    I've really been meaning to make one of these but I never seem to get around to it. I really wouldn't even know where to start or what I'd need.
  15. jcoffman55


    Jun 18, 2011
    My kit concentrates on three things, first shelter which includes a survival blanket that is ranger-banded to the outside of the tin. To me shelter also includes fire so I have a small Bic lighter, those ridiculous storm/waterproof matches (about 5) and some of that commercial tinder that is waterproof also there is a small Gerber lock back for shelter building assistance. The second thing is water so I have two Gerber breast milk bags (I know, I know) and seven water purification tablets. Third is signaling so I have a whistle, a small led light, and the inside of the tin is polished shiny for a signal mirror.

    So there you have my basics shelter, water, and signaling. I also put other items in there once these three essentials are taken care of like a folded up 24"x24" piece of aluminum foil, three antihistamine capsules in case someone in my party is allergic to ants or bees or whatever, and some heavy cloth band-aids. Also there is about two feet of gorilla duct tape holding the tin shut. The boy scout troop made these up with my help (I'm one of the dads) and we all carry them in our pant pocket on every outing. They are designed to allow a scout (or dad) to weather the elements for up to 72 hours if they get lost. I think they're a great idea.
  16. sicily02


    Nov 23, 2005
    Powernoodle, LOL I just fold up the card board, it fits just fine:D.

    About 20 years back I was at a knife store in Palms springs Ca. they were going out of business. they had everything 1/2 price. I bought several of the big swiss champs. ( I had ideas on taking one fo them apart lol).
    Them little pliers are really handy for sewing being able to grab on to the needle and push or pull it through heavy material really helps. I have used them to take off ticks, also the little wire cutters really do a good job of cutting thin wire.

    All in all I think they really add to my kit.

  17. coaldigger


    Jan 27, 2007
    MY pocket kit has -
    Mini-BIC lighter
    Strike Anywhere Matches
    Fatwood sticks
    Asprin & Benadryl
    Poncho(cheap wal-mart)
    Case Caliber Lockback folder
    Razor Blade
    P35 can opener
    Jute twine
    12' 550 cord
  18. ISKski

    ISKski Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 11, 2011


    I made this one for my girlfriend, recently she wrote me an email telling me how much she uses it and loves it, and feels naked with out it ;) too bad she ain't

    Bandaids and alcohol pads taped to the top
    x2 hairbands
    a paperclip
    Mini Bic lighter
    Fenix e01 flashlight
    Leatherman Micra Multitool
    Sewing kit - safety pins, threads, needles, buttons, 3' measuring tape
    Female sanitary product
    Neosporin in a straw
    150 yards of dental floss wrapped in tin foil to keep things from sticking to the wax
    and some fatwood for potential fire starting
    + a handful of medication - tylenol, allergy, ect
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2012
  19. G.Moll


    Mar 20, 2012
    Im getting lots of ideas from these pics guy. Thanks!
    sicily02, did you make the small fixed blade?
  20. sicily02


    Nov 23, 2005
    G. Moll, yea I make it.


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