Altoids Survival Kit

Altoid tins are super useful. They are inexpensive and highly functional. For the price of a box of mints you also get an actual metal box with working hinges. People have been coming up with creative uses for these for years. One interesting and very practical thing you can use these tins for is the creation of a mini survival kit.

altoids survival kit

Mini Survival Kit

It is important to understand what this is and what it isn’t. This is not a full pack. It doesn’t contain everything that you should bring with you if you want to be fully prepared for survival. It isn’t what you would bring if you know you are going to be out in the woods in a survival situation.

It does work very well as an emergency kit. The idea is that you can carry the absolute bare essentials with you in situations where you normally would not be able to carry a pack. Often times it is not possible or desirable to bring a full pack. It is very common to want to travel light. Rather than go completely unprepared you can bring a mini survival kit.

Mini survival kits are great because they are tiny and you can carry them pretty much anywhere you go. You can bring them places that you can’t bring a larger pack. With something as small as an Altoids tin you can bring it on small day hikes and fishing trips. You could even carry it with you every every day if you like. You can just stow one of these away in your car, in your fishing box, or with your hunting gear.

Survival Tin

When putting together a mini survival kit you want something that is small and self contained. Tins work great because they are inexpensive and durable. Being able to use something made of metal is kind of nice. Altoids tins are a very common choice. They cost almost nothing and even include hinges.

Pocket Survival Kits

These are small enough that you can pretty much stow them away anywhere. They fit nicely even in your pocket. When using something as small as an altoids tin for a survival kit you don’t have to worry about finding space to keep it.

Altoids tins are great and all but how much practical survival gear can you actually store in one of these things? They are a whole lot smaller than a backpack. Even a fanny pack seems huge compared to an altoids survival kit. You can actually fit a lot inside one of these. For the absolutely tiny size of these boxes, this kit can provide a ton of functionality. The way we do it we even include three different methods of starting a fire and tinder. You can also include just about everything you would need to catch fish.

List of things to include:
  • Mini Bic lighter
  • Waterproof storm matches
  • Striker for matches
  • Ferro rod
  • Cotton balls
  • mini multi-tool
  • Dental floss
  • Fishing string
  • Fishing hooks
  • Fishing lures
  • Fishing sinkers
  • Bandaids
  • Alcohol swabs
  • Needles
  • Safety pins
  • Paper clips
  • Tweezers
  • Mini compass
  • Wire saw
  • MRE Beverage bag
  • Water purification tablets
  • Mirror
  • Whistle
  • Mini LED flashlight

What is missing?

This kit doesn’t include any type of tarp, poncho, or emergency blanket. It doesn’t include any large cutting tools that can actually chop things. You will need to be able to construct a shelter almost completely from the materials that you find. It doesn’t include much in the way of cordage.