How to Build a Survival Tin

Survival Tins are very popular among survivalist. The reason being is that the small size packs a big punch in a survival situation (lets hope your never placed in one). Being that the typical tin is the size of a box of Altoids, you can generally always have this equipment on you. Below is a list of items and links to where you can purchase them. JUST CLICK ON THE ITEM FOR LINK

You will want to have items to meet your basic survival needs such as water, fire, shelter, food, and signaling. Your environment will dictate some of what you put in your kits depending on the available natural resources or the dangers you may face.

Always understand along with this kit you should have your basic EDC or Every Day Carry items such as a Knife, Flashlight, Cell phone, etc. These small kits are more so to back up your main survival gear as a redundancy. Lets say you were to loose your fire making device- you could then go into this survival tin to make fire. Another example would be your compass. A small compass will allow you general navigation but also could use to ensure your primary or larger compass is reading accurately. This is a more realistic approach.

1. Tin

2. Cordage 

3. Sewing Kit: Just grab a needle and thread from your home sewing kit. Wrap the thread around the needle and add a few safety pins

4. Photon Light 

5. Small Compass

6. P-38 Can Opener 

7. Whistle

8. Tinder Tabs 

9. Lighter and Matches

10. Water Purification Tablets

11. Fishing Kit

12. Folding Razor Saw

13. Signal Mirror

14. Snare Wire

15. Waterproof Paper and Pencil

16. Small Beeswax Candle

These items are just a representation of recommended items. Let us know what items you would add to your survival kit.

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  1. I'd add a small Boy Scout-style ferro rod, and a small knife. Maybe a swiss army mini champ, or one of those tiny keychain-sized bucklites. The swiss army would also have a file, screwdriver, and scissors (depending on model).

  2. Flat magnifying glass or Fresnel lens, as well. For fires, and splinters. Cut a nasty splinter out of my paw this evening, needed a magnifier to see it clearly before the butchery began.

  3. I would use a piece of self-adhesive magnetic strip stuck to the lid to help secure/locate the can opener, needle, safety pins, and add a small razor blade. The compass, whistle, and cordage could be better incorporated into a paracord bracelet, freeing up the limited tin space. I would also try to put any fire starting tinder or fishing gear into small, sealable plastic bags to protect from water or loss.

  4. Looks like the esee 5 on the front of the E&E DVD lol.

  5. Looks like the esee 5 on the front of the E&E DVD lol.