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This is a really great setup for such a small container.

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1 large trash bag
1" piece of drinking straw, sealed and filled with 5.25% sodium hypochlorite bleach.
1 rubber glove (it's purple in photo)
1 BSA Hot Spark
10 matches with striker & cover
2 cotton balls
1 birthday candle
2 bandaids
1 small bolt w/ nut
1 safety pin
1 small SAK
2 jig saw blades
4 fish hooks
2 fishing flies - one wet, one dry
5 split-shot sinkers
15' 15 lb. test line
1 rubber band

All this is inside of an altoids can!
Check it out here.
http://www.survival.com/best.htm

There are other kits on the site too. Enjoy
 

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Though this does seem like a great idea, I have actually made a kit similar to this one in an altoids tin, and tested it in the woods, every item. Yeah, all of the items can be utilized in an effective way, but a survival kit shouldn't be limited down so a simple Altoid's tin. At least use something a bit larger to store extra gear in, because you also should include a fixed blade knife, a larger candle than the birthday variety, and a water bottle/canteen. Think of the Altoid's tin as a bit of a smaller organizer or smaller pieces of gear. But remember, limiting size for a survival kit is limiting the tools necessary in order to sustain life in the wild. I hope this helped!!!
 

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Though this does seem like a great idea, I have actually made a kit similar to this one in an altoids tin, and tested it in the woods, every item. Yeah, all of the items can be utilized in an effective way, but a survival kit shouldn't be limited down so a simple Altoid's tin. At least use something a bit larger to store extra gear in, because you also should include a fixed blade knife, a larger candle than the birthday variety, and a water bottle/canteen. Think of the Altoid's tin as a bit of a smaller organizer or smaller pieces of gear. But remember, limiting size for a survival kit is limiting the tools necessary in order to sustain life in the wild. I hope this helped!!!
This makes sense.I'd rather carry stuff thats more normal sized,and more rugged,and carry a bit more weight.
 

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Though this does seem like a great idea, I have actually made a kit similar to this one in an altoids tin, and tested it in the woods, every item. Yeah, all of the items can be utilized in an effective way, but a survival kit shouldn't be limited down so a simple Altoid's tin. At least use something a bit larger to store extra gear in, because you also should include a fixed blade knife, a larger candle than the birthday variety, and a water bottle/canteen. Think of the Altoid's tin as a bit of a smaller organizer or smaller pieces of gear. But remember, limiting size for a survival kit is limiting the tools necessary in order to sustain life in the wild. I hope this helped!!!
I completely agree. This small kit is by no mean a replacement for your standard kit. This is a backup plan in case you are seperated from you kit for whatever reason. It packs alot of extra insurance into a small enough package that you can keep it inside of a pocket a practicaly forget its there. You could even pop a one into the glove box of your car if you dont have the space for a BOB.
 
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I like it, theres room for improvment sure, but as a starting base, it's pretty good.
 

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Maybe try a bit of a larger container, like a small fishing tackle container without the organizers, and just pack the necessities, like a small bok of matches, a magnesium firestarter, a few cotton balls, some fishing tackle, and a larger knife, like something along the lines of a normal sized Swiss Knife.
 

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Something my brother showed me today, he put a sheet metal screw into the bottom corner of the tin. He can use it to attach a piece of hack saw blade or a utility blade. This gives you a much better handle than gripping the end of the blade.
 
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