A micro survival kit is exactly what it sounds like: A tiny survival kit. It is typically housed in a small tin can and designed to be carried around in your pocket. Alternatively, you can keep it in your vehicle, in a bug out bag, in the office, or anywhere else that is convenient for you.
However, you can’t just grab a few of your smallest survival items and throw them into an Altoids tin. To fit everything you need in there, you have to be very strategic. In this video, Wranglerstar explains how to build a micro survival kit using items you can buy at Walmart. Here’s what you’ll need…
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Altoids Tin Can
The first thing you need to get is an Altoids tin can, which should be easy to find nearly anywhere. This tin can will be used to house the rest of your survival items.
Neosporin can help heal an open wound such as a cut or a scrape. While such a small wound may seem trivial, in a survival situation where you don’t have access to professional medical help, you simply can’t run the risk of getting an infection.
Swiss Army Knife
A normal Swiss Army knife should fit in a tin can with no problems. Be sure to go with a Swiss Army knife that includes a toothpick and pair of pliers. A Swiss Army knife will be invaluable for a multitude of tasks including self-defense, shelter building, cutting paper, opening cans, opening bottles, and so on.
Besides their obvious personal hygiene use, Q-Tips can also be used as fire starters. Bring a spark into contact with the fuzzy end, and it should light up quickly. Speaking of fire…
Include at least a half dozen matches in your tin can. Ideally, get matches that are both waterproof and strike anywhere. If you’re able to, consider throwing in additional fire-starting devices such as a very small lighter or magnesium flint striker or Ferro rod.
Small Pencil + Paper
A pencil and paper can be handy items to have for taking notes, keeping track of where you are, writing down coordinates, and so on. Cut down your pencil with scissors so it can fit in your tin can easily, and include just a few pieces of paper as well. In a pinch, the paper can be used as kindling to help get a fire going.
Safety pins serve a multitude of different uses: they can be used as fishhooks, to help build shelter, to attach items to a backpack, and so on. An alternative option to a safety pin would be to use a paperclip, which can fulfill many of the same uses; if possible, consider fitting both into your tin can.
A simple whistle can go a long way to help signal for help, and there are many very small models that can fit in tin cans as well.
Throw two or three band-aids into your tin can, ideally in the larger sizes so they can be used on larger cuts or scrapes. A band-aid applied to an open wound in conjunction with Neosporin can be more effective at healing a wound and preventing infection than you might think.
Needle and Wax Thread
A needle and wax thread can be used for treating more severe injuries that Neosporin and a bandage won’t. Go with wax thread so it will resist moisture better and won’t unravel, then wrap it around your needle before storing it in the can.
The thread can also be used as a fishing line in conjunction with your safety pin or paperclip; all you’ll need to do then is dig for worms to use as your bait.
Advil and Tylenol
Finally, throw in two tablets of Advil and Tylenol each. While neither are particularly critical for survival, they can help calm a disorienting headache or any other kind of pain you’re feeling.
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