Altoids Tin Survival Kit
Most of this stuff I had lying around with exception to the compass, whistle, condom, and the 2x3 inch baggies. I figured I might as well throw a survival kit together. I will replace the one I carry with this one, it has all the same stuff plus a few added items, and takes up much less space in my pack.


  • Fishing kit: 5 various sized hooks, 5 various sized sinkers, 13 lb line, bait.
  • First Aid Packet: 2 Band Aids, 2 small band aids, 2 butterfly closures,  triple antibiotic ointment.
  • 3 matches and striker
  • the guts from 550 cord, it is about 3-4 feet
  • luminous tape square
  • X-acto blade #11
  • razor blade
  • 3 tinder quicks
  • birthday candle
  • needle and thread
  • 20mm button compass
  • whistle
  • P38 can opener
  • 2 padlock shims
  • SOL signal mirror
  • 2 water purification tablets
  • Non Lubricated Condom (for carrying water)
  • 3 safety pins
  • key chain flashlight
  • roll of duct tape
  • fire steel, and striker with serrated edge that can be used as a saw

On my radar: The Skinth

While there are several companies with unique EDC storage solutions, the Skinth is definitely on my wish list. Available in various sizes and colors, it’s essentially customizable in every way. My favorites are the Juice Box, the Smartphone, and the Trail Blazer (pictured above). I also appreciate that it can be worn on a belt or clipped to the inside of a bag.

Customer testimonies acknowledge the high quality of the product, and the price—some items start as low as $12—is hard to beat.