Can you imagine trying to stuff your entire bug-out bag into your back pocket? Well, you’d have to have pretty big overalls to do that. But maybe you could build a very small survival kit that would fit inside an Altoids tin. If so, that’s something you probably could fit in a back pocket.
As you probably know, Altoids are mints that come in tins. They’ve been selling them for something like 235 years now, and the tins are very recognizable by their size, shape and color. The tins are also strong enough to keep items inside from getting crushed. With a little improvising, you could make one waterproof.
They say that big things come in small packages, and that would certainly be the case with a “bug-out” Altoids tin. You could only put very small items in this mini survival kit, but you’d make sure that they are the types of items that could save your life.
For example, you could include a small plastic poncho, a small piece of cordage, a small piece of duct tape, a small bundle of thin steel wire and a small multi-purpose knife. You might have noticed that the key word here is “small.” If the poncho doesn’t fit, you could wrap it around your tin when you’re done packing it.
Other items you might want to include are water purification tablets, a mini Bic lighter, a box cutter blade, rubber bands, fishing line and hooks, tin foil, band-aids, a small LED flashlight and extra battery, medications, chapstick, and a small, flat signaling mirror. You might also squeeze in cash, a tweezers, a tiny pencil, a small compass and a magnifying lens.
What other items would you include in an Altoids tin if you could fit them in? I could use some more ideas.