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13 REAL Survival Uses for Altoid Tins - You Can Easily Make One Today!

13 Real Uses

I’m a big fan of used Altoids Tins.  I just think that for a few bucks, you get some great mints and a cool little metal container that has a TON of uses.  In the past, I’ve made Urban Survival Kits for family members as Christmas stocking stuffers (I didn’t really put it in their stocking).  And just recently, I started carrying a First Aid or “Boo-Boo” kit in the pack I take to work.  But there are so many other uses for these little metal tins.  Actually the internet is filled with many creative pictures and how-to’s from artwork to USB chargers to games.  But I’m more interested in using the tins for survival uses.  Here are the best 13 survival uses I found for Altoids Tins.

Wilderness Survival Kit – No, it doesn’t replace a well tested pack.  But it is better than nothing!  If you know that you are going off into the woods, for any reason, it is a good idea to put a Wilderness Survival Kit in your pocket.  There are so many variations and ideas out there.  Here is a good one for you to check out!

Urban Survival Kit – A lot different than the Wilderness Survival Kit, you will always find yourself needing something out of this kit.  My favorite kit ever was put together by The Urban Prepper.  He has a nice little video with a PDF to all the items and where he purchased them.  My only concern with his kit is the cost of some of the items.  But, if you have the money, what the heck!  Ultimately, everyone’s Urban Survival Kit is going to look a little different.

 

First Aid – “Boo-Boo” Kit – You are not going to do major surgery with this.  But having some medicine, an anti-itch pad or bandaids in a pinch is a great reason to carry this pocket first aid kit.

Fishing Kit (PIC) – You find yourself by a nice body of water and think to yourself, “Is this a good place to fish?”  You then whip out your pocket fishing kit and “test the waters.”

Fire Kit – You might not run out to the woods with just this kit in your pocket, but having this kit as part of your BOB or 72 hour kit makes for a nice way to keep everything in it’s proper place.

Char-Cloth Maker – Char-cloth is a piece of cloth that has been “charred” and prepared to start up with just a spark.  Having some char-cloth in your Fire Kit is a must.  You can easily make it with an Altoids Tin.

 

Sewing Kit (PIC) – You can pack a lot of sewing items in a little tin.  Needles and thread for sewing on a button, fixing a rip in a tarp or tent, or any other minor repair is a reason to carry some sewing items around.

Miniature Cooking Stove – There are many variations of cooking tins out there.  The one in the link is an alcohol stove.  I made one similar to this one when I was in Boy Scouts.  It uses only cardboard and wax.

Baking Bread – Yes, you can bake bread in an Altoids Tin.  You don’t need a lot of heat to make some survival bread out in the woods.

Solar Emergency Radio – There are a lot of projects you can do with solar and an Altoids Tin.  However a radio might be one of the most useful.  The radio featured in the link was made for $3.

Emergency Candle – This instructable goes step by step on how to make an emergency candle in an Altoids Tin.  I tend not to throw away old candles, even when they’ve burned down and are unsafe to light.  Melting the leftover wax and making an emergency candle might be the way to go!

.22 LR Ammo Can – If you are lucky enough to have some .22 LR bricks around, you can use an Altoids Tin to carry around quite a bit of ammo.

Backpack Seasoning Kit (PIC) – So you’re out in the woods, surviving and stuff.  You snared some rabbits because you’ve been reading Prepper Website and saw some cool tutorials (and were practicing too).  Why not throw some seasoning on that meat from your Altoids Tin Seasoning Kit?  It’s amazing how many seasoning straws you can hold in one tin.  Click here for SouthernPrepper1’s video on using straws in kits.

This last PIC is not included in my overall count  But I think it is a great example of using Altoid Tins to stay organized.

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The above PIC is a small assortment of Altoids Tins.  To be fair, the small red tin is not an Altoids Tin, it is from Starbucks.  For some reason, I get Starbucks gift cards as presents from students at school, probably because they always see me drinking coffee.  But since I don’t normally buy Starbucks coffee, I had to try out this small tin. :-)  I purchased the 5.11 pouch for $5 on clearance at a sporting goods store.  The two tins fit perfectly.

So what did I miss?  How are you using Altoids Tins for survival?

 

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3 Trends in Preparedness and How You Can Get On Board!

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As I read articles to link to on Prepper Website and then see what is popular in the stats, I like to identify patterns and trends.  For example, I know now that any article that discusses “BUGGING OUT” is usually going to do pretty well.  I don’t know why that is since bugging out is one of the low possibility scenarios.  You are more likely to “BUG IN” and “SHELTER IN PLACE.”  Yes, if the zombies come and your city is run over, you will want to “BUG OUT” and live the WALKING DEAD in real life!  But, you are more likely to experience economic troubles or a natural disaster event like a hurricane or tornado than having to go all Grizzly Adams.  A reasonable scenario when you might have to “BUG OUT” with little or no notice might be for a fire.

Another type of article that does really well is when someone writes about “The END” or “What will the end look like” or “What to expect when the SHTF.”  People want to have a head start.  I don’t blame them, the world is crazy and many of us FEEL SOMETHING.  But no one living in America today can really tell you what WILL happen.  When we write those articles, we are basing our ideas and themes on what we have heard or read about in fiction.  Even if we apply what has happened in other collapses around the world, it still might not look like that here in  America.  There are a lot of factors that go into what it would REALLY look like.

But in this article, I would like to focus on three trends that I think are practical and valuable for Preppers today!  They are trends that I have noticed in new articles, websites and what people seem to be buying in the preparedness community, other than the typical food, water, guns and first aid.  After you read about these three trends, I would like to hear your feedback if you agree or if you see other trends that I might have missed.

Homesteading – I’ve seen a WHOLE bunch of Homesteading sites pop up in the last two years.  Homesteading sites range from those living on a homestead, off-grid and living as self-sufficiently as possible to Suburban Homesteaders and homesteaders who want to really homestead someday but are stuck in a job in the city or financially can’t make the jump yet.  They all have a lot to offer and provide insight for those who are starting to feel feed-up with the world around them.

For those who don’t like the term PREPPER or SURVIVALIST, the term HOMESTEADER softens up any KOOK perceptions that the UNPREPARED might have.  The term Homesteader tends to remind people of  a”FARMER” and living out in the country.  But the reality is, a homesteader just wants to live a self-reliant, self-sufficient life and is not usually caught up in the “WORLD IS GOING TO END TOMORROW” scene.

As a result of seeing this trend, I started Totally Homesteading.  It is a website that shows the latest articles from many homesteading websites.  It is a one stop shop for homesteading ideas, projects, recipes and more.  It updates daily and is a great resource.  It has become a popular visit for many internet surfers and homesteaders daily!  I do appreciate those homestead websites that have linked back to Totally Homestead: Homestead Dreamer, Timber Creek Farm, A Prepping Homestead, Living Life in Rural Iowa, Home Ready Home and Common Sense Homesteading.  If you haven’t already, please visit Totally Homestead.  There is something for everyone!

Totally Homestead

Totally Homestead

Frugal Living – The next trend I see is people wanting to live a frugal or simple lifestyle.  I see this more as the economy keeps tanking.  The fact is that the US has lived “high on the hog” for a while and we have become used to just spending and living it up.  A scene from the movie, “The Book of Eli,” always sticks with me when I think about living frugally.  In the scene, Denzel’s character is talking to Solara and says, ” People had more than they needed. We had no idea what was precious and what wasn’t. We threw away things people kill each other for now. ”  I hope that life doesn’t imitate art in this respect because I love life right now.  But the idea of being frugal, spending money on what is truly valuable is always in the back of my mind.

 

 

There is a lot that goes into living frugally.  Living frugally doesn’t mean cheap!  You can find many different definitions online, but I look at it as not wasting resources, making smart purchases, not necessarily inexpensive, but items of value and quality. It is more frugal to buy a pot that will outlast you and can be passed down (think cast iron) than to purchase a cheap Chinese pot that will last one year and then need to be replaced.

As we continue to see our money buy less and less, I think more people will become FRUGAL.  Many of us in the Preparedness Community live like this, but I think it will become more popular as people look for ways to make their money do more.  Things to look for might be Great Depression Era recipes, saving money on household cleaners, gardening and ways to cut costs on EVERYTHING.  As I said, you can find many articles in the Preparedness Community already covering many of these topics.  But I think websites and blogs that focus on these topics will see more traffic as people start to actively search ways to save.

As a result, I started a new page on Prepper Website.  It is very similar to Page 2 News that covers a wide variety of news: collapse, pandemic, war, precious metals, 2 Amendment, Liberty Movement, conspiracy and more.  But this page focuses on FRUGAL websites and even has three Google News feeds at the bottom of the page that cover: DIY, Spend Less and Frugal Eating.  If you haven’t visited Page 2 – Frugal Living, you might want to check it out.  It updates daily, sometimes hourly!

Page 3 - Frugally Living

Page 3 – Frugally Living

Solar – One of the last trends that I see is an increase and renewed interest in solar.  As the Preparedness Community hears about how fragile our electrical grid is, we tend to want to mitigate not having power as much as possible.  But I’m not talking about huge systems that will power your house.  I’m talking more about small portable solar devices that will charge your cellphone, tablet or batteries to run a radio or even something like a BaoFeng Ham Radio.

Again, if the grid collapses permanently, we are screwed.  But if we get to the point where we start experiencing more brown outs and black outs, like many other countries experience, or we go through a short term disaster like a hurricane or tornado, having something to power your small devices will be a great investment.

I personally carry around the Waka Waka Power Lamp.  The Waka Waka Power Lamp is a charger and light rolled into one.  It can be recharged through your computer or AC outlet through a USB connection or it can recharge out in the sun.  You can read my review on Prepper Website here. I’ll have to say that the light is really awesome.   It makes a darkened room look like day.  And, if you want to use it as a charger, it will fully recharge your cellphone with a full charge.   And although it takes a whole day to recharge the battery using the sun, it is well worth it.  I wonder how they would have sold on the streets during Hurricane Sandy or Katrina?  I think everyone should have one, especially women.  It is the size of a cellphone and about $50.  If you do purchase one, be sure you get the Power Lamp and not the less expensive version.  It doesn’t have as strong of a battery.

Waka Waka Power Lamp charging my cellphone

 

Another popular portable solar charger is anything from Goal Zero.  I own one that is similar, but I don’t own a Goal Zero yet.  But because of their popularity and reviews, it is gear that might come in very handy.  Amazon has some good reviews on the small portable panels.  They fold up to the size of a medium text book.  Goal Zero’s Nomad panels come in a variety of watts.  Check out the reviews on the 10 watt, 13 watt and 20 watt Nomad.

The thing I like about both of these companies is that they are active in helping others out.  Here is a video of Goal Zero helping out during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

 

 

If you want to build your own system for your home, a battery bank with an inverter and charger is the way to go.  This system is a fraction of some of the “solar generators” you see advertised for over $1,000.  Having two marine batteries will provide a lot of power to charge your small devices, provide light and maybe even run some small fans.  If you add a solar panel, you can have a way to recharge your batteries during a grid down scenario.

If you do want to build your own system, I recommend purchasing Steven Harris’ Home and Battery Bank Video for $35.  It is an instant download and includes 4 1/2 hours of video with very detailed explanations on how to do it correctly.

In closing, there is always going to be a segment of the preparedness community that focuses on bushcraft, wilderness survival, bugging out, guns and all the other sexy stuff.  There is nothing wrong with these aspects of preparedness, I thoroughly enjoy all of them myself.  But the positive thing about homesteading and frugal living is that they both can easily involve the WHOLE family.

So, what do you think about these trends?  Are there any other trends that you see out there?  I can suspect that different parts of the country will deal with different sub-trends too.  Feel free to leave your comments below.

Peace,
Todd

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How to Find a Prepper Group Near You and Precautions that You Need to Take While You Meet!

Hi Prepper

You Prep.  You Research.  You Plan.  You Interact Online.

At some point you’re going to want to have some human interaction, at least if you’re normal.  I know I did and I still do.

Now, I know that some of you are screaming at your computer screen…. WHAT ABOUT OPSEC???  I’ll talk a little bit about that at the end of this article.

But the fact is, you can really benefit from human interaction with other preppers.

1. You can learn skills – Reading articles online and watching videos are great!  We live in a time where there is a lot of information online and you can find almost everything you want.  But nothing takes the place of being one on one and being hands on when you are learning.  There are many groups that hold free classes that you can find.  See below.

2. You know you are not alone – Like I said, being online is great.  You can interact with people all across the world.  But, they are still 1’s and o’s on the screen.  When you can talk to a human face to face, you are fulfilling a human need for interaction and relationship.

3. You can make some friends – How great would it be if you found someone in your town that has the same values that you have and believes in preparedness like you do? Wouldn’t that be worth it?

But before you can get to the above, you need to find preppers.  Fortunately, you can use online resources to initiate contact.  I’m sure there are more, but here are a few that you can check out.

Prepper Groups . com – From the website… “Prepper Groups is a place to meet, network and discuss prepper topics with other preppers – worldwide. The main site is solely for people looking to find other preppers, start or join a prepper group or to recruit for fellow preppers.  The prepper forum is where general discussion takes place.”

Prepper Link –  Prepper Link puts out some great content.  But the website also hosts a sort of social media page that kind of feels like Facebook or a Ning.

  • Connect and expand your network
  • View profiles and add new friends
  • Share your photos and videos
  • Create your own group or join others

American Preppers Network – APN was one of the first websites that I ever joined.  I’m not active on the forums because I just don’t have time.  But you can still connect and leave messages for people in your state by going to the forum thread for your given state.

Prepper Forums – Prepper Forums is another forum that you can join.  I didn’t notice specific threads dedicated to meeting others, but that doesn’t mean you can start one!

PatriotFB – is another social media site that looks exactly like Facebook.  However, not everyone can join.  You have to register and then they will approve your account.

Meetups – When I first started in preparedness, I found a few groups in the Houston area. Some were not active, but one was just getting started and I was able to meet a few people there.  I didn’t keep up with the group because it met on weeknights on the other side of town.  But I know that they held classes on prepper topics, went to the shooting range and even went camping together.

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The picture above is from going to Meetup.com and searching for “survival.”  I chose the “any distance” option to see how many groups there were….and there were a lot!  The pic is just a small sample of what my screen could capture.

Hang-out Where Preppers Hang-out – I’ve heard Jack Spirko talk about this one.  If you hangout where preppers hangout, you will eventually find some.  For instance, if you hangout at a gun range, eventually you are going to find some preppers.

Teach a Class – If you teach a free class on something like “Food Storage,” “Building a Fire,” or “Preparing for a Hurricane” and advertise it on Craigslist, you’ll eventually run into preppers.  The good thing is that you can pick and choose who you want to extend the offer to grab a cup of coffee or some lunch.

Ok, now that you have some possibilities to meet other preppers, here are some things to remember when you meet…

1.  They are watching you watch them – A true prepper is going to be cautious.  So expect your first few meetings with other preppers to be cordial, but not too revealing.  A true relationship takes time and trust.  Eventually, as you build trust over time, your meetings will be more friendly and both parties will be able to trust each other enough to support each other in preparedness.

2.  Don’t give up important info. and preps – When you meet, at least for the first few meetings when you are feeling each other out, make sure you don’t give up any info. about your preps.  Talk shop.  Talk general preparedness for your area.  Talk about the economy.  But don’t talk about what type of guns you own, how much food you have stored, where you keep your precious metals, where your bugout location is, etc…  Be smart!

3.  Meet in a public area – This should be a no brainer.  But meeting at a restaurant or a Starbucks is always a good idea.

4.  Don’t give out your phone number or address – Until you feel secure with your new friend, don’t provide others with your phone number or address.  All your communication should be online.

5.  If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it – If at any point you get THAT FUNNY FEELING, pull out of your meeting and don’t give it a second thought.

I know that the OPSEC NAZI POLICE won’t think that many of these things are a good idea.  But we aren’t supposed to operate from FEAR.  I hate to think about all the possible friendships that preppers are missing out because of fear of OPSEC.

What do you think?  Leave a comment below.

 

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The Prepper Letters: Thinking About You and How to Can to Eat Healthy and Save Money

TPL-ThinkingTo: sallyjoeTX@******.com

From: julie79@*****.com

Subject: Thinking about you.

 

Hi Aunt Sally,

How are you?  It’s been so long since I’ve talked to you.  I think the last time was at the reunion at my parents place a year ago.  I had such a good time listening to all the old family stories.  I hope we get to do it again soon.

Scott was switching the channels last night and started watching a show about preppers.  One of the ladies on the show was canning her own vegetables.  I thought about the canned peaches you took to the reunion.  Those were the best peaches I have ever tasted.  You need to teach me your recipe.  I guess you can teach me how to can while you’re at it. ;-)

Well I hope Uncle Joe is doing well.  Give him my best.  Talk to you soon.

Love,

Julie.

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To:  julie79@*****.com

From: sallyjoeTX@******.com

Subject: Thinking about you.

 

Julie,

I was so excited to see your email in my inbox.  I think about the reunion often and it brings a smile to my face.  As I get older, I tend to treasure those times!

Canning isn’t really that hard.  What’s funny is that in the past, everyone used to do it.  Now, it seems like people are rediscovering it for the first time.  I’m glad for that because many are taking responsibility for their own food and trying to eat healthy.  Besides, if you do it correctly, canning can save you money.

There really isn’t a recipe to the peaches.  You’ll be surprised how easy it is!

I would love to visit and show you how to can.  But again, it’s not really that hard.  I use an All American canner, it will probably out last me and it doesn’t require replacement gaskets to make a good seal.  If you think you might want to try it, here are a few “how to” articles that I think are really good.

If you would like to see a video on how to can, this is a good one to watch – How to Use a Pressure Canner.

Also, remember that I’m just a call away.  So, if you want to try it, I can walk you through on the phone.

Stay safe Julie, the older I get, the crazier this world is becoming.  Give my best to Scott.

I love you.

Aunt Sally

 

About: The Prepper Letters is a series of letters (emails) that are sent between Aunt Sally and Julie. The emails discuss matters of preparedness.

 

 

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The World is Going Crazy

Take a deep breath, relax, hug your loved ones.

It’s going to get even more crazy…but that’s why we prep!

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