survival tin

A survival tin is an everyday carry for preppers, and it's fun to make!
Here's how to get started creating your own mini survival tin:

Ready to  make your own Altoids survival tin?
Let's get started! Here's our list of what to put into a home
made survival tin. Below is how to build your own Altoids
survival kit ~ a tiny transportable survival kit that could save
your life!

#1: Consider the objectives of a survival tin.
Selection of the contents of your survival tin should be
multipurpose and fall into eight basic objectives in survival:
  1. Keep warm - fire starter, waterproof matches, tinder and
    accelerant, possibly also a mylar blanket
  2. Slice, shave, and whittle for a variety of tasks - a pocket
    knife or a razor
  3. Build shelter and trap or catch food - cordage and
  4. Stay hydrated - plastic bag and water purification tablets
  5. Illuminate your work - mini flashlight and a tea candle
  6. Address injuries - bandages, antiseptic, wound cleansing
    and pain management
  7. Be seen and heard - signaling device and whistle
  8. Keep essentials safe and dry - metal container and mini
    plastic bags

#2: Decide the purpose of your tin.
After you've considered the basic objectives of a survival tin,
decide the ultimate purpose of your tin, then create a list of
what you want to include in your tin. Certainly not everything
will fit inside your tiny metal vessel, so you will need to make
some sacrifices, and also modify your tin.

  • Is the survival tin for your office in the city? If you're
    making an urban survival tin, you might not need snare
    wire, but a fire starter is still appropriate. Depending on
    your locale, fish hooks would be a good idea. Remember
    to have small bills of cash on hand when the ATMs won't
    work You may also like to include a torque wrench and
    lock pick.

  • Flying on a commercial airline? Consider making your
    mini survival kit TSA compliant with a TSA-approved multi-

  • Making a fishing kit? Be sure to include fishing lures,
    salmon eggs, flies a bobber, fishing spoon treble hooks
    and other assorted fishing hooks, wire leaders, assorted
    weights, fishing lines and a ready line, and a razor knife.

#3 Decide how many tins you will make.
At first you may be thinking you need only one survival tin,
but consider you'll need a tin for each of your vehicles, one at
your place of work, one in your bugout bag and purse, coat
pocket, and pretty soon it starts to make sense to make one
of your own instead of buying them ready made. Survival tins
are fun to make and you can make an assembly line and give
them out as gifts for the family.

#4: Pick your tin.
An Altoids tin, or a peppermint tin from Trader Joes, makes
the perfect container for a survival kit, but try also a Sucrets
tin. The container itself is a good start to a survival kit
because from it you can forge a cooking surface. Check the
inside of the tin to ensure it is shiny as you may need this
reflective signal surface. The tin itself can help you make a
char cloth or charcoal for fire on subsequent days.

#5: Include instructions.
Including instructions is especially important if you are giving
this kit as a gift. If you're making the survival tin for someone
else, then be sure to include instructions or a checklist so that
the user understands the components to make good use of
them. The person using your kit may not know the usefulness
of a tea bag or a cigarette; may not be able to recognize an
energy chew from a fire starter cube; or may be surprised to
find lumpy tape with your fishing gear. The professional kits
include instructions for this reason. Other instructions you
might include:
  • basic first aid instructions
  • morse code
  • fishing tips

  • Customize the exterior of your tin. It's fun to provide a
    custom detail to your tin. By painting it camouflage or
    whatever design makes you happy. A fun way to
    customize the exterior in a useful way is to include duct
    tape! Duct tape comes in so many colors and designs.
    The duct tape will secure your contents and is itself a
    useful survival item. Check out the 40 Survival Uses of
    Duct Tape. Consider also using duct tape electrical tape
    to affix some of your tiny gear in place. Fishing hooks
    and sinkers affix nicely to the tape so you can find your
    tiny parts when you need them.

List of what to include in your survival tin:
  1. Alcohol prep pad - for sterilizing, not for wounds.
  2. Aluminum foil
  3. Antiseptic pads, Betadine Solution, pictured left.
  4. Antibiotic ointment packets
  5. Bandages - Butterfly bandages and adhesive
  6. Cash
  7. Cigarette. A cigarette is a weird survival tool with
    at least six survival uses.
  8. Compass, button size. The button compass ten-
    pack, pictured left, is ideal for paracord bracelets,
    bugout bags and mini survival tins!
  9. Condiments: Salt pack, sugar pack (can help with
  10. Cordage. Dental floss makes a worthy and compact
    cordage item. Fishing line is also compact and
  11. Duct Tape - wrap it on the outside of your tin or as
    a wad inside.
  12. Energy nugget or chew.
  13. Flashlight (LED)
  14. Fish hooks (suggest 3), plus ample line and sinkers
  15. Fresnel lens
  16. Hard candy, Chewing gum, energy nugget or chew
  17. Matches, waterproof
  18. Military can opener (Shelby Co. can openers)
  19. Neosporin packets
  20. Pad and Pencil (Ikea has tiny pencils ideal for this
    purpose). It may seem like a luxury, but you can
    burn a pencil or write with it! The same holds true
    for a piece of a paper. A piece of paper may be just
    the thing to get you fire going.
  21. Pocket knife or Leatherman tool.
  22. Pencil sharpener - a pencil sharpener can help you
    create tinder.
  23. P-38 or P-51 can opener
  24. Pain reliever (non-aspirin)
  25. Razor blade (or finger scalpel, pictured right)
  26. Safety pin
  27. Scalpel
  28. Sewing kit (thread and needle)
  29. Signal mirror
  30. Superglue
  31. Sunblock packet (great for the bugout bag too)
  32. Tealight to illuminate and provide warmth.
  33. Tinder, cotton ball (WetFire tinder, pictured left, is
    a fire starter cube that can help you get a blaze
    going even in a downpour.)
  34. Toilet paper tabs.
  35. Trash bag for shelter from the elements
  36. Water purification tablets. Often overlooked in
    many tiny survival kits, water purification tablets
    can be essential.
  37. Whistle  An emergency whistle will prevent you
    from being exhausted and will reach longer
    distances than your voice can carry.
  38. Wire to make a snare
  39. Wire saw to help fuel your fire (pictured below)
  40. Zip lock bag for water collection
  41. Zip ties. Zip ties have several survival uses.

  • Survival tin: LifePac Survival Kit. Lifepac Survival Kit,
    pictured left, is great little kit in a sardine can filled with
    life-saving tools, but you could make one yourself!
    Assembling one will probably cost your more in the long
    rung, so before you attempt to create the kit yourself,
    ask yourself whether you already have these items:
  • Adhesive Bandage
  • Chewing gum
  • Compass
  • Duct Tape
  • Energy nugget
  • Fire Starter Cube
  • Fish Hook
  • Fishing Line and Spool
  • Matches
  • Pain Reliever (non-aspirin)
  • Razor Blade
  • Reflective Signal Surface
  • Salt pack
  • Sugar pack
  • Whistle
  • Wire Clip

Notably, this survival tin is missing water purification tablets!
Be sure to add them.
Adventure medical survival kit
Finger scalpel
Bear Grylls Survival Kit
Survival Fishing Kit
Survival Sewing repair kit
Dental medical kit
Military Can opener
Government issue magnesium fire starter
Gerber Tinder Box
Betadine - 10% povidone-iodine solution
Mini Leatherman tool
Button compass
ibuprofen tablets, acetaminophen tablets, anti-diarrheal, diphenhydramine tablets, antacid (calcium carbonate)
Potable-aqua two-pack
The Survival tin  - free kindle book
Altoids first aid kit ~ home made survival tin
Cherry Sucrets Four-pack
Prime energy Chews
Bayer aspirin
Life-pack survoival tin
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  1. a quality fixed blade knife
  2. a metal water container (appropriate also for
    cooking/boiling water)
  3. and a fire starter.

The idea about the tin itself is that you can cook in it and boil
water in it (although it's not much water, it could be life-saving
water).Unfortunately, a survival tin, because of space
constraints, won't be able to contain a bulky metal water bottle
or a long fixed blade knife, but you can make substitutions
which will be effective. For example, a survival tin can contain a
small folding knife instead of a fixed blade knife, and a plastic
zip-lock bag as a water pouch.

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Assembling your own kit is fun and the best part is that you'll
know exactly what's inside when you really need it. Remember
to include a printed list of components as some of the items are
very tiny and you may forget what you've packed by the time
you need it.

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List of what to put in a home made survival tin

What to put in a homemade survival tin:
Make a compact survival kit using an Altoids or Sucrets tin! A
survival tin is an everyday carry for preppers and fun to make.
It's better to make your own survival tin because you'll know
what's inside and how to use the items. Even so, you may like
to pack along a small list of what's inside your survival tin. The
small paper can also help you build a fire.

Wondering what to put into a home made survival tin? Build a
survival tin with our list of basic components below...

How to Make a Survival Tin
There are no rules when it comes to making a survival tin.
While you can customize your survival tin to make it what you
want, it's best to include items which have multiple use. For
example, Neosporin is a topical antibiotic, but the petroleum
will also help you accelerate a fire.

Enjoy the process of making a survival tin. You can make
several at the same time yourself and for friends and family and
to stash in different places. It's a satisfying do-it-yourself
prepper project to customize your tin.

With our list of what to put into a home-made survival tin, you
can tailor an Altoids survival tin to your personal needs.
Assembling your own survival gear is satisfying. Creating your
own survival tin, just may save your life.

The premise behind "every day carry" is that if it isn't with you,
it can't save you! The purpose of a mini survival tin for every
day carry is to pack the most basic tools for survival, which are
difficult to improvise or locate in an emergency. The contents
must be compact, and compressed in usefulness.
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