How To Make Your Very Own Altoids Survival Tins

If you're anything like me, you can't leave the house without a pack of mints. I don't care if it's gum, Tic Tacs, or those weird Listerine strips that are somehow still around, I just need something on hand to keep my breath smelling fresh. Altoids are my personal favorite due to their intense flavor and durable tin packaging. I used to throw my Altoids tins away without giving them a second thought, but did you know that they can be put to good use long after the mints are gone?

DIY blogger Jillee from One Good Thing by Jillee just showed us how you can transform Altoids tins into miniature survival packs. Now, when we say survival, it doesn't mean you need to be going on treks through the rainforest in order to find these useful (though they would help you out) - no, these survival packs can be used in a variety of everyday situations. From a needle and thread for sewing emergencies, to some spare cash and lip balm, Altoids tins can hold some of life's most important necessities.

Here, we'll list the five survival kits that Jillee suggests on her blog, along with pictures of what to include in each one. Each kit, while costing only a few dollars to put together, could be priceless in the right situation. As if I didn't need another excuse to go buy more mints!

1. First Aid Kit

Most people probably keep their first aid kit tucked away in a closet or under the bathroom sink. While this is fine for any minor injuries around the house, it does nothing to help you when you're out in the world. By turning an Altoids tin into a first aid kit, you have a ton of medical essentials in a container that fits in your purse or glove compartment.


2. Sewing Kit

There are few things worse than losing a button or ripping a hole in your shirt while out in public. We used to have to wait until we got home to mend the garment, but not anymore! It's a good thing needles and thread are so small, because you can fill an Altoids tin with everything you need for basic sewing and still have room to spare. Jillee recommends packing a few different colors of thread, as well as some safety pins and a tiny pair of scissors.

3. Emergency Candle

Dry matches and a candle will always be useful. While keeping a candle inside of an Altoids tin might sound a little odd, you'll be surprised at how many situations it comes in handy. Lost in the woods and trying to start a fire? Power's out and need to find your way to the circuit box? Out on a romantic date and want to set the mood? Simply follow your favorite candle recipe to mold one into the bottom of the tin, then pack the top with matches and strike pads.

4. Wilderness Survival Kit

Along with the emergency candle from before, this kit is perfect for anyone venturing into the woods for a long hike. As any good explorer knows, it's important to be efficient when it comes to packing. Jillee manages to fit life-saving materials like a signaling mirror/whistle, compass, water purification tabs, and a firestarter into this tiny tin. The next time you go for a walk in the woods, no matter how short, make sure you're equipped with one of these kits.


5. Urban Survival Kit

This one is my personal favorite. Instead of life-saving materials, Jillee fills this kit with the everyday items that we always find ourselves forgetting. If you've ever been without change for the toll, ibuprofen, or chap stick, then this kit is for you.

Be sure to SHARE these helpful kits with your friends and family!

H/T: NX2 | One Good Thing by Jillee

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