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Old 06-25-2013, 3:19 PM
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Here is my first attempt at the altoids tin EDC gear. Feel free to post yours here. Looking forward in hearing feedback from others!!! Don't worry I wont get butthurt...

Altoids Tin
2 Fishing hooks wrapped with fishing line
2 Sewing needles with 6ft dental floss
2 razor blades
1 3in by 1in bandaid
6 various sized bandaids
1 .07oz tube of Loctite
4 Katadyn water purifier tablets
2 Bacitracin Antibiotics
3 Safety Pins
5 Waterproof Matches
1 5ft Roll of Blue Duct Tape with 1 Waterproof Match in the middle
1 Wetfire fire starting tinder
1 strip of matchbook strike
3 pills of Benadryl

I know I am missing other parts such as: signaling mirror, water container, paracord....but thats where you input helps....dont be a douche...








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Old 06-25-2013, 3:47 PM
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The velcro is a good idea!

I'll take a pic of mine tonight and post it.

Couple of small bills, a LED squeeze light comes to mind off the top of my head.
I keep quite a few different things in mine (I'll refrain from remembering my list and instead post it tonight.
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I must be confused. You carry this stuff around all day, every day?!? Why do you need fishing hooks or 90% of the other crap in the middle of Southern California?
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Crap?!??! how dare you sir!!! these items can result in my catching a fish for food or a cat for limp balm (the book of eli reference)...first aids a duhhhh...razor blade to back up my knife, benadryl incase of an allergic reaction, water purfication tablet...for water, loctite to mend small things, safety pins to hold people pants together...i dunno...whats in your EDC?
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You carry this stuff around all day, every day?!?
Kinda what I thought, sounds like more of a GHB setup... unless you commute by bicycle.
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Crap?!??! how dare you sir!!! these items can result in my catching a fish for food or a cat for limp balm (the book of eli reference)...first aids a duhhhh...razor blade to back up my knife, benadryl incase of an allergic reaction, water purfication tablet...for water, loctite to mend small things, safety pins to hold people pants together...i dunno...whats in your EDC?
You're right. Who knows what might happen. I will start collecting stuff for a worst case scenario event. So far here is what I have...

Gas mask
Second set of underwear because I know I will popo my pants if the Chinese invade
Spare tin foil hat
Knife
Backup knife
Backup backup knife
Bicycle in case fuel isn't an option
Horse in case I need to go cross country
Hiking boots or hiking
Waders for cross floodwaters
Snake chaps in case I am at the zoo and all the snakes escape
Second spare tinfoil hat

I just realized I need cargo pants to carry all of this stuff...
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I must be confused. You carry this stuff around all day, every day?!? Why do you need fishing hooks or 90% of the other crap in the middle of Southern California?


when SHTF... he might need a paddle, too.
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You're right. Who knows what might happen. I will start collecting stuff for a worst case scenario event. So far here is what I have...

Gas mask
Second set of underwear because I know I will popo my pants if the Chinese invade
Spare tin foil hat
Knife
Backup knife
Backup backup knife
Bicycle in case fuel isn't an option
Horse in case I need to go cross country
Hiking boots or hiking
Waders for cross floodwaters
Snake chaps in case I am at the zoo and all the snakes escape
Second spare tinfoil hat

I just realized I need cargo pants to carry all of this stuff...
that tin foil will do good cooking up the snakes that bite you while wearing you snake chaps...
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Might want to consider tossing I a couple ibuprofen or Tylenol for pain/ swelling and wax coating the matches. Just a thought. I really like the Velcro idea. Might have to incorporate that one into mine.
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Tins are fun!

Here's mine:


Big gater clip on the outside
1x1 foot of aluminum foil
2x water purification tabs
2x Ibuprofen
2x pepto tabs
2 band aids
self-sticking medical wrap (about a foot - stretches to 2.5ish feet)
anti-bacterial moist towelette
antibiotic ointment
signal mirror
2 safety pins
3 small zip ties
1 'trick' candle wrapped in a piece of tape to keep wax from getting on other contents.
LED squeeze light
handcuff key (why not, I had extras lol)
8ft of gorilla tape
15ft of small rope (rope is stretching it, it's basically thick string)
small bic lighter
leatherman PS4
button compass
$10 bill
on the inside of the lid I also wrote a couple of important phone numbers just in case
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good job on selecting small items that can go a long way to help you when SHTF, or on any day for that matter. great job on the Altoid tin, as well. i just purchased an oldschool LBT utility pouch from an online auction; not near as creative as what you've come up with, but nevertheless a nice pouch for various applications.
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Here's my camping tin
Space blanket (in sheath behind tin)
Waterproof matches
Dryer lint striker for fire steel
Fatwood
Jute twine dipped in wax (waterproof)
Wetfire tablet

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I love posts like these... Minus all the goofy/negative comments.

Thanks for sharing!
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^ always helpful to see what others are planning, doing and expanding upon to prepare for the days ahead, whether those days be good ones or disastrous. the sharing of ideas is notably helpful and reassuring to those who share an interest in planning for the unknown.
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Here's my camping tin

Looks like BACON!
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I don't like a tin for EDC; if it's bulky like that, I won't be C'ing it ED. I also won't wear belt pouches. Yet for some reason, I'm totally fine carrying a ginormous keyring.

My EDC (and I actually carry this stuff with me every day):

Leatherman Squirt PS4 (left front pocket)
Business card wallet with cash, credit cards, ID (left front pocket)
Handkerchief (right front pocket)
Lucky Line key ring with several split rings (right front pocket):
* Keys
* Streamlight Nano miniature keychain LED flashlight
* Standard universal Law Enforcement handcuff key
* Fox 40 Micro whistle
* GobSpark FireSteel Ranger
* Kingston Digital Datatraveller USB drive with encrypted data for all family members (TrueCrypt/KeePass):
** Images of drivers licenses
** Images of passports
** Images of social security cards
** Images of health insurance cards
** Images of auto insurance cards
** Images of credit cards
** Images of diplomas & PDFs of transcripts
** Favorite family photos
** Photos for insurance purposes (house room-by-room, car, etc.)
** Photos documenting firearm issues (bills of sale for C&C, 80% builds, pre-ban magazines, etc.)
** Details of important possessions for warranty, insurance, or legal purposes
** Life, health, and auto insurance policy details
** Checking, savings, investment, and retirement accounts details
** Phone numbers to report lost or stolen credit cards
** Address book (PDF of Outlook printout)
** Amateur radio frequencies

Samsung Galaxy S3 (belt)
* Address book
* Encrypted data (see USB drive above) via Dropbox
* Important photos
* Internet access
* Access to work e-mail and personal Gmail
* First aid manual
* SD Emergency app (San Diego specific alerts)
* Maps
* Translate
* Drugs database
* Scanner Radio app
* Flashlight app
* Bible
* Homebanking apps
* Forum apps
* Kindle app (where my SHTF & prepper library resides)

It sounds like a lot but in the end it's just two items in my left pocket, two items in my right pocket, and my cellphone.

Items that I acquired and intended to carry but turns out I rarely do:
Sabre Red pepper spray (usually left in car)
Folding knife with pocket clip


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Might want to consider tossing I a couple ibuprofen or Tylenol for pain/ swelling and wax coating the matches. Just a thought. I really like the Velcro idea. Might have to incorporate that one into mine.
Yea thats what I was thinking, more medication and was going to use my wifes clear nail polish to make the matches water proof.

Adding at least 1 small light and more fire starting items. Oh I also seen people wrap electrical tape around the lid to make to waterproof.
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I don't like a tin for EDC; if it's bulky like that, I won't be C'ing it ED. I also won't wear belt pouches. Yet for some reason, I'm totally fine carrying a ginormous keyring.
Heh, I totally understand. I normally keep my tin in my jacket pocket but now that it's warmer i need to figure out how to carry it on my person. Until then I've just been keeping it in my backpack.

I EDC a backpack which is my GHB but I like having redundancy and made the tin a while back with some spare stuff I had.

When I go hiking I typically wear cargo pants and it goes into the cargo pocket. I've been meaning to get a pouch to attach to my ESEE sheath but haven't done that yet.
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I must be confused. You carry this stuff around all day, every day?!? Why do you need fishing hooks or 90% of the other crap in the middle of Southern California?
I love how society looks down upon people who actually prepare for unforeseen events nowadays. "How dare you prepare for a natural disaster, sir, can't you see that Obama and Biden have done all the disaster recovery thinking for us already?"
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Sandpaper can probably get a pretty good shine on the inside if the lid for use as signal mirror
Or duct tape a piece if aluminum foil to the inside lid
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Sandpaper can probably get a pretty good shine on the inside if the lid for use as signal mirror
Or duct tape a piece if aluminum foil to the inside lid
That's actually a really cool idea. I imagine the lid would be bad for that b/c it's got all the curves from the altoids logo engraving (assuming you're actually using an altoids tin and not buying a plain tin). But the bottom would work.

Now I have to try that.
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Question: Why Loc-Tite instead of Superglue?
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Because it was right in front of me when I was shopping....I also heard it taste better for survival rations (joking).... was there a reason I should of gotten the super/krazy glue?
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Super/krazy glue can Be used to close wounds in a pinch. Dermabond is approved for actual skin use though.
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Because it was right in front of me when I was shopping....I also heard it taste better for survival rations (joking).... was there a reason I should of gotten the super/krazy glue?
I went up to your picture to see what kind of Loc-Tite you were using (blue or red) with the intent of explaining Loc-Tite wasn't glue, but rather a threadlocker, when I saw the words "Super Glue" on the tube jump out at me. Reading/observation failure on my part. I was genuinely curious why you were using a threadlocker instead of a glue to hold things together.

On a side note, in addition to holding regular objects together, the superglue can be used to chemically "stitch" an open wound closed (after irrigating and disinfecting it).

As for any tips, bouillon cubes (or even the flavoring packet from a ramen package) are easy to throw in. While there is no nutritional value, its a good morale booster and beats drinking water for dinner.
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Great thread. As far as waterproofing, what better than a ziploc type sandwich bag?? You could probably fit everything in it, and it would still fit in the tin. This would have the added advantage of holding everything into one package were the tin to pop open in tall grass or over water, or fell out of your pocket and popped open by hitting a rock. Instead of everything scattering all over creation.
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Also, unlubricated condoms. Steady...

They are great (I hear) for carrying water in a pinch.

I just Google'd it (I wanted to remember where I picked up the idea), and although I couldn't find anything I had seen before, the following two links have some good ideas:

http://willowhavenoutdoor.com/featur...-for-a-condom/

http://www.themodernsurvivalist.com/archives/2076
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Great thread. As far as waterproofing, what better than a ziploc type sandwich bag?? You could probably fit everything in it, and it would still fit in the tin. This would have the added advantage of holding everything into one package were the tin to pop open in tall grass or over water, or fell out of your pocket and popped open by hitting a rock. Instead of everything scattering all over creation.
That's a good idea too!

I keep the big 'gator' clip on mine to keep it from opening accidentally and I've seen people use paracord and rubber bands. A ziplock is a good idea even if it's just in the tin normally.
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Great thread. As far as waterproofing, what better than a ziploc type sandwich bag?? You could probably fit everything in it, and it would still fit in the tin. This would have the added advantage of holding everything into one package were the tin to pop open in tall grass or over water, or fell out of your pocket and popped open by hitting a rock. Instead of everything scattering all over creation.
That is a good idea, but the naysayer in me is going to say: "its not going to be any good once you have used up all your duct tape and cant repair the bag to use it as a water holding source....but it would still be able to hold the contents of the tin can" yes I know, "what if scenario" but I will probaly steal that ziploc idea and claim it for myself haha(jk)

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Also, unlubricated condoms. Steady...

They are great (I hear) for carrying water in a pinch.

I just Google'd it (I wanted to remember where I picked up the idea), and although I couldn't find anything I had seen before, the following two links have some good ideas:

http://willowhavenoutdoor.com/featur...-for-a-condom/

http://www.themodernsurvivalist.com/archives/2076
I was also reading up on unlubed condoms, and the stores I checked dont have it....maybe I'm not looking hard enough (haha get it) but yes that is a great idea....a water container and water purification tablet in the same container.

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I went up to your picture to see what kind of Loc-Tite you were using (blue or red) with the intent of explaining Loc-Tite wasn't glue, but rather a threadlocker, when I saw the words "Super Glue" on the tube jump out at me. Reading/observation failure on my part. I was genuinely curious why you were using a threadlocker instead of a glue to hold things together.

On a side note, in addition to holding regular objects together, the superglue can be used to chemically "stitch" an open wound closed (after irrigating and disinfecting it).

As for any tips, bouillon cubes (or even the flavoring packet from a ramen package) are easy to throw in. While there is no nutritional value, its a good morale booster and beats drinking water for dinner.
On that I read that super glue was toxic to humans...I dont exactly remember if it was instantly or over a long period of time...but yea I have seen people use it as a liquid bandage....very cool idea indeed..
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Here are some of my kits. Obviously they are all not Altoids tins, but they are small enough for EDC or to toss in your laptop bag, purse, backpack, etc.

I tend to keep a supply of components and then make a kit to give out as birthday presents.

The one in the upper left in the clear/red zippered pouch I keep in my laptop bag. It has all the components of my Altoids kit, plus a full sized lighter and a small magnifiying glass/mirror. The 4 pouches on the top row were all sourced from a discount store called Daiso. They cost $1.50 each. If you haven't been to Daiso and there happens to be one in your area, go check it out. Lots of good stuff.

The longer pouch on the bottom was on clearance at Walmart for $2.00. It also has everything the red/clear pouch has.



Here is the contents of each of the Altoids tins. Obviously the one has a paracord wrap which I intend to do to the other 2.

30ft 20lb braid
Fishing Kit
-4 snap swivels
-2 #2 hooks
-2 #4 hooks
-8 splitshot weights
8 Waterproof Matches - tips dipped in parafin wax
22 GA Wire
2 sq ft. aluminum Foil
Safety Pins
Razor Blade
2' duct Tape
First Aid
-2 Butterfly Strip
-2 1" Bandage
-2 5/8" Bandage
-2 3/4" Bandage
-2 Alcohol Wipes - can be used as firestarter as well
1 P-51 Can Opener
Glue Stick - use fire to melt for use
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Super Glue - can be used to seal wounds
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Thinking of adding a small bic lighter to the Altoids tin but I may have to get very creative in getting everything to fit.
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That Velcro wrap is a really good idea
I am stealing that one for some kits I have
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I use a tin that came with a set of Harley Davidson poker cards. I haven't been as creative as some of you because I carry this in my EDC bag. I just use it to hold some of the small stuff. I have a blade sharpener, bic lighter, razor blade, button compass with some lanyard, magnesium fire starter, 3 safety pins, 1" of Velcro, 2 alcohol wipes, 4 band aids, burn gel packet, zip lock bag, sewing kit, 2 fish hooks and line. I might downsize the lighter so that I can squeeze some more things in there. I'm thinking of adding a small light and H2O pills.

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BBC makes a tin that can be used to boil water and is air/water tight.
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great ideas!
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Check these out for firestarter
I haven't grabbed any yet but plan to, looks like it will fit in an altoids tin maybe

http://www.norcalsurvival.com/produc...-fire-starter/
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I use a tin that came with a set of Harley Davidson poker cards. I haven't been as creative as some of you because I carry this in my EDC bag. I just use it to hold some of the small stuff. I have a blade sharpener, bic lighter, razor blade, button compass with some lanyard, magnesium fire starter, 3 safety pins, 1" of Velcro, 2 alcohol wipes, 4 band aids, burn gel packet, zip lock bag, sewing kit, 2 fish hooks and line. I might downsize the lighter so that I can squeeze some more things in there. I'm thinking of adding a small light and H2O pills.

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Someone may have already noted, but I'll mention anyway, that you can take a buffer to the inside lid of an Altoids tin and it makes a good signaling mirror.
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Long ago, I read "The Postman" and "Lucifer's Hammer". Like 50 years ago.

And I realized that the woman who has a stash of 200 Bic lighters and 200 antibiotic tablets wins.


However, I'm starting my Altoids box tomorrow and thanks for the tips. I didn't realize I needed one until you told me. Thanks.
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Bonnie
Not everyone's 'tin' is the same
Start with the basic, in the smallest form factor you can find it in
With your own priorities based on the extreme situation you may encounter

For example, fishing line and hooks are useless to me because I'm hardly ever near water that would yield any fish
Snare wire is more for my liking

Fire starter, lighting, water purification

I hate with a passion being without fire
And dislike even more not having a flashlight

Been through serious situations being without both, won't happen again
I have 2 flashlights on my person 99.9% of the time when I leave my house.
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