My Three-Ounce Altoids Survival Kit
By Steve Gillman
I don't know who first thought of the idea of an Altoids survival
kit, but an Altoids tin does provide a nifty container
for organizing and protecting a few survival essentials. Below
I have a list of what I put in mine, along with a photo or two.
This is a pretty minimal kit, but that's the way I like it.
Altoids Survival Kit
Twelve iodine tablets
Fourteen waterproof matches and striker
Two pieces of paper
Seven yards of fish line
Three fish hooks
Five rubber bands
Two safety pins
One ziplock plastic bag
The latter is for carrying water, collecting wild foods, or
whatever. The paper and pencil is for leaving notes in case I
am lost and need to let potential rescuers or friends know which
way I am headed and what the situation is. The LED light is actually
bright enough to hike by at night (slowly), and weighs about
one-half of an ounce.
The razor blade might be more than is necessary since I have
the knife, but it weighs so little, and it is always good to
have something to cut with. I suppose I could even shave, although
that seems unnecessarily dangerous in a survival situation. As
for the knife, I have cut down three-inch diameter trees with
it to make walking sticks, so it seems to be pretty tough and
functional for its size.
After taking the photos here I realized that I still had room
in my Altoids survival kit for a small rolled-up piece of duct
tape (can't forget this all-purpose item), which I added. With
the Altoids tin a bit stuffed at that point, I used wrapped two
rubber bands around it to be sure it stayed closed. At that point
it still weighed less than three ounces total. It is small enough
and light enough to carry in a shirt or jacket pocket - just
in case my pack gets lost crossing a raging river.