This is a guest post and entry in our non-fiction writing contest by Patton
In another article I recently wrote for this forum, I mentioned using an Altoids mint tin used as a mini-Faraday container to place a small Mylar bag covered thumb drive to protect the data from EMP (electromagnetic pulse).
Altoids mints come in a variety of sizes depending on where you live, But lets take a look at some other uses for the standard size Altoid tin and what it can be used for.
These little gems are a great way to hold valuable items, and all one has to do to get some great ideas is to Google “Uses For Altoids Tins” and you will be surprised what you find.
I won’t elaborate on everything that you will find, such as building a mini-web server (yes, it was actually done), but rather some more simple and practical uses for them for the prepper. Depending on your skill level, there is a lot that can be done with them.
If you look at an Altoids tin, it is sturdy and can be easily sealed with wax , duct tape or even a couple of rubber bands. It is compact and doesn’t weigh a lot. It’s size is conducive to holding many small items. The most common use of an Altoids tin by preppers is making one it into a survival kit. What you decide to put into it is up to you and is, in the long run, a heckuva lot cheaper than what store-bought pocket survival kits cost.
How about using it as a small container for ammunition? A mini ammo can! How many rounds of 22LR can you fit into one? Or 9mm? BB’s? Or even a few rounds of .223? Take four or five of these filled with your favorite ammo, put a rubber band around it and then seal them into a zip-lock plastic bag for extra moisture protection and place it into a buried hidden cache, or better yet, in your pocket when concealed or open carrying rather than an extra magazine in your pocket. Kind of obvious.
A fishing kit comes to mind. You can but some balsa wood and cut it to lengths and use some Crazy Glue to make individual dividers to place small hooks, corks, weights, flies and small lengths of fishing line. Beats putting it all into your Altoids survival kit.
For those of you who “roll your own” it makes a great way to carry your fixings….whatever those may be. It even holds regular cigarettes and matches without bending or breaking them.
Use it to carry small food items like mini-Tabasco bottles (that you get with MRE’s), tea bags, instant coffee, sugar ketchup and mustard packets, gum, matches and let’s not forget Bouillon Cubes and a bit of aluminum foil. Again, better than being placed all into one survival kit. The possibilities of what you can place in them suitable to your tastes are endless.
A pocket first-aid kit with some alcohol wipes, band-aids, small gauze pads, a length of adhesive tape re-rolled around a small piece of pencil or flat tongue depressor, a tweezers (for splinters), and some over the counter single dose packets of medications such as Tylenol, anti-diarrheals, Sudafed or other meds.
For the ladies, you can place small cosmetics items, lip balm and /or jewelry into them, for keeping up your appearance when bugging out. Or make a sewing kit out of it with those spools of thread, buttons and small scissors that can be had at any Dollar Store.
For hiding or carrying your stash of precious metals or coins, they make great containers.
The possibilities and uses of the standard size Altoids can are endless. Here are a few sample websites with some ideas and “How-To’s”:
Any kind of metal container that you find with a metal lid should always be kept. They are the best way to store anything from dry food items such as rice or pastas, ammo, and other items to protect them as long as they are kept cool and dry. Altoids cans are no exception. They are versatile little containers that will serve you well in an emergency or everyday situation. So start saving them and putting them to good use.
This is an entry in our non-fiction writing contest where you could win:
- First Prize) Winner will receive a gift certificate for $170 worth of Winchester Ammo donated by Lucky Gunner. A Smith & Wesson Heat Treated Collapsible 21″ Baton and a copy of my book Dirt Cheap Survival Retreat.
- Second Prize) Winner will receive a Wise Food Storage meat bucket and 3 dozen Tattler Reusable Canning Lids donated by LPC Survival.
- Third Prize) Winner will receive a LifeStraw water filter system donated by Eartheasy and a copy of the Wolf Pack Cookbook.