How To Turn Your Altoids Tin Into A Personal Pocket Survival Kit by: Travis P:
Most of us hear the word survival kit and assume someone is talking about a bug-out bag or a get-home bag, or any number of different-sized kits out there.
A lot of people, though, aren’t just thinking about end-of-the-world scenarios, but day-to-day preparations. These smaller survival situations occur much more often than a widespread disaster situation, like Hurricane Katrina. These small situations can be things like car accidents in the middle of nowhere or hiking and hunting accidents.
Trying to carrying a bug-out bag or even a get-home bag everywhere is not realistic. Sure, your get-home bag would be great if you were in a car accident, and that’s what it’s intended for. Let’s say you are in someone else’s car, though. Or perhaps you are unable to access your bag due to severe vehicle damage. When hunting, you really don’t want to pile gear on yourself; this would make moving quietly nearly impossible.
Turning small Altoids tins into survival kits has become quite popular. These kits are easy and cheap to make. The tins are lightweight, but tough, and fit in the pocket well. Someone with good organizational and packing skills can pack these kits to the nines.
Buying such a kit isn’t a bad idea, but building your own kit is enjoyable and more efficient. You know where you live and what you’ll need. The personal needs of someone in Florida are going to be different than the needs of someone in Massachusetts or Colorado.
For example, someone living in the desert isn’t likely to need fishing hooks and line. Building these kits is usually cheaper, too.