How to Build a Grab and Go Survival Tin

Photo credit: Gideon Haden ChomphosySurvival tins have become pretty popular over the years. What started as a nifty fad among preppers and survivalists has found its way into the packs of outdoorsmen and weekend warriors alike. A survival tin is a convenient, practical, and compact addition that will upgrade any person’s pack.

A well built survival tin is one of the few things that you will need to grab when you head out the door for the average adventure. Having a few survival items conveniently packed and ready to go can also help facilitate the packing and planning process. Your survival tin should include basic necessities that can help you in emergency situations.

Most survival tins are set up to help get you through the 72 hour window for rescue or self-rescue.

Here’s what goes in an Altoids tin survival kit:

  • Fire starter – A small ferrocerium or magnesium striker, mini lighter, or matches.
  • Small knife – consider a hard steel that holds an edge and a half-serrated blade.
  • Emergency blanket – get a reflective one that can also be used as an emergency signal.
  • Cordage – 550 paracord has a high strength to size ratio, meaning that it’s incredibly strong for how compact it is. It also can be broken down to be used as thread or fishing line.
  • Alcohol based hand sanitizer – disinfects and can be used as an accelerant to start fires.
  • Large trash bag – provides water resistant protection and can be used to store/carry water.
  • Safety pins – used for a fastener, fishing hook, or for sewing.
  • Ibuprofen
  • Small tube of super glue – closes wounds and used as an adhesive.
  • Water purification tabs or drops
  • Athletic tape – used to cover wounds, make bandages, or as an adhesive.
  • Antibiotic ointment sealed in a straw.
  • Aluminum foil

With this survival tin content list, you have the base to build the perfect grab and go survival kit. You might want to add other items, and there are of course some items that won’t fit in an Altoids tin, so don’t think that you can just grab your survival kit and walk out the door. You will also need water, food, insulation, and other items that are too big to fit in a tiny metal box.

Tins are great, but if you want to take your preparedness to the next level, you can build an entire pack that’s ready for adventure. Some call them go bags, others call them bug out bags or get home bags. If you don’t like the baggage that comes with those terms, you can call it an adventure bag.

We have every thing that you need to build a survival tin or pack a bag that’s adventure-ready. Stop by and see what we’ve got!

What do you put in your survival tin? Let us know in the comments!

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