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Video: How to make an Altoids tin pocket survival kit

The only survival gear you have is what you have with you.  And that gear is only as good as your ability to use it!  Here’s what I carry in my Altoids Tin survival kit.

This Altoids Tin Survival kit weighs about what an iPod does, and contains many basic survival items.

This Altoids Tin Survival kit weighs about what an iPod does, and contains many basic survival items.

by Leon Pantenburg

I’ve carried a pocket survival kit for years, and have never had occasion to use it in a survival situation.  I hope I never need to!

But after I got separated from all my gear a few years back, when my canoe dumped in a rapids, I got serious about finding a way to carry some bare minimum survival tools conveniently.

I’ve carried the Altoids tin kit in the video for several years, and the contents are constantly being improved and refined.  One frequently asked question is what exactly do I carry in my kit?

So here it is.  I would warn anyone:  This should not be your primary survival kit:  it should be carried on your person in addition to a full-blown set of wilderness survival gear that starts with the Ten Essentials.

(Here’s a comment I got on August 19 from Lisa Faust Swenson of St. Paul, MN: “So happy I purchased one of your survival kits before our trip to Yellowstone.  The first night as we were putting up the brand new tent, the pole splintered.  The duck tape held it together so we had a place to sleep.  Thanks!)

Check out the video! Then use my suggestions as a place to start assembling your own, unique pocket survival kit!

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12 Comments on "Video: How to make an Altoids tin pocket survival kit"

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  1. Ack….can’t load video is it on you tube?

  2. Douglas Mac says:

    Sharing. I have several of these made and located in different places. Car, backpack, in my MOLLE vest and another in my work bag.

  3. Douglas Mac says:

    Sharing. I have several of these made and located in different places. Car, backpack, in my MOLLE vest and another in my work bag.

  4. Kirk Gillman says:

    This is awesome, throw a few magnets in em and you can hang em up just about anywhere, like under your vehicle or on a bike.

  5. got a few of em already,dont forget bout h2o and weapons too when one needs to BUG OUT!

  6. I would add a piece of tightly folded wax paper with a safety pin, large eye sewing needle and 6ft of thin fishing line, reason for the wax paper is it will help keep the needle and pin in place and keep them from rusting. I have repaired everything from pants to tents with a needle and fishing line and you can even stitch someone up if need be
    mawmawsaidso.blogspot.com

  7. Leon says:

    Good choices! Originally, I included a glover’s needle and about 6 feet of dental floss. But at some point, you just have to quit adding stuff!



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