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Make Your Own Altoids Urban Survival Kit



A true survivalist knows that disaster can strike anywhere – including the big city. Check out this tutorial to make your own Altoids urban survival kit.

Make Your Own Altoids Urban Survival Kit

When it comes to urban survival, you can never be too prepared. Street smarts are important, but a great survivalist knows to always have a backup plan.

Luckily, this urban survival kit will keep you prepared at all times. This pocket-sized kit may be small, but don’t let its size fool you. It contains all the supplies you’ll need in case of emergency – and it's great for preppers on the go.

What You’ll Need for Your Altoids Urban Survival Kit:

  • Empty Altoids tin
  • 2 rubber bands
  • Pre-moistened lens wipe
  • USB flash drive
  • Chapstick
  • Cash, rolled with rubber band
  • 2-pack of ibuprofen
  • 4-5 quarters
  • 4-5 safety pins, various sizes


Altoids Urban Survival Kit List:

Altoids Urban Survival Kit List | Make Your Own Altoids Urban Survival Kit


1. Altoids tin & rubber bands

Altoids tin & rubber bands | Make Your Own Altoids Urban Survival Kit



Begin with an empty Altoids tin and two rubber bands to secure the tin shut.

2. Pre-moistened lens wipe

Pre-moistened lens wipe | Make Your Own Altoids Urban Survival Kit


These individually wrapped wipes are great for disinfecting skin and other surfaces, and they take up almost no space.

3. USB flash drive

USB flash drive | Make Your Own Altoids Urban Survival Kit



Pre-load a USB flash drive with your driver’s license and emergency contact information. Important: Be sure to encrypt your flash drive so that these sensitive files are protected if they fall into the wrong hands.

4. Chapstick

Chapstick | Make Your Own Altoids Urban Survival Kit


Protect your lips from the sun and wind with a tube of Chapstick (the higher the SPF, the better). Check out this previous article for additional uses for Chapstick.

5. Cash

Cash | Make Your Own Altoids Urban Survival Kit


Keep an emergency fund in your survival kit by rolling up a few bills with a rubber band.

6. Ibuprofen

 Ibuprofen | Make Your Own Altoids Urban Survival Kit


A two-pack of ibuprofen is a lifesaver for pain relief. Keep a pack or two in your survival kit just in case.

7. Quarters

Quarters | Make Your Own Altoids Urban Survival Kit


If disaster strikes and your phone is lost or out of service, you'll need a few quarters for a payphone.

8. Safety pins

 Safety pins | Make Your Own Altoids Urban Survival Kit


Safety pins are small, lightweight, and incredibly versatile. Keep a few of varying sizes in your survival kit – they're great for repairs and first aid.

Check out the video below to see how it’s done – and be sure to leave your own urban survival tips in the comments.

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  3. Pmont

    February 9, 2017 at 8:14 AM

    This is the worst survival kit I have ever seen. You are missing so many key pieces. Where is ur fire starter source? Shelter, fishing line and hooks? Really. How many pay phones have you run across lately? Do your homework and repost.

  4. Ralston Heath

    August 2, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    The mint tin kits that I have all the a piece of tinfoil to make either a cup or a frying pan, a trap wire, about six feet of fishing line and a jig already tied on (it is a small ice fishing lure that I can either put a worm on on or use as is) one of those credit card 13 in 1 tools, an everlight match, salt and pepper packs from a fast food place, a couple of bandaids, some first aid cream, a cut down spork, a couple of wet naps, and a straw of iodine tabs. I could go on and on, but this is a reply not an article.

  5. Maple Cakes

    February 13, 2022 at 3:33 PM

    Guys this was titled “urban survival kit”, you can just buy some fish at the market. I think it might be better described as a “conveniance kit” though.

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