Urban Altoids Kit


In my first year of teaching, I had an autistic student who didn’t have any problem telling me how he felt about certain things.  One morning when I kneelled down beside his desk to help him in Math (2nd grade), he proceeded to let me know that my breath was bad!  I responded, “Well, ____, I brush my teeth every morning.  What you are smelling is my coffee breath.”  I drink a lot of coffee, so I try to remember that when I have to come along side a student who is misbehaving in class to warn him/her that they need to “fix their behavior.”  I also have many one on one conversations with teachers and parents and well, I don’t want them to remember the pot of coffee I drank that morning.  As a result, I try to keep mints close by.  One of my favorites are Altoids.

I used to throw the containers away.  But now, with my preparedness mindset, I keep them and use them for all sorts of things.  This Christmas, I tried my hand at building Urban Altoids Kits for my family.  I put together six of them.  Because these family members spend more time in the city than in the country, I decided to go with an urban purpose kit instead of a wilderness survival kit.



  • Flashlight
  • Lighter
  • 1.5 feet of Gorilla Tape
  • 1 sq. foot of Heavy Duty Foil
  • 3 Gum/Teeth Cleaning Sticks
  • Plastic Bag of Benadryl & Ibuprofen
  • Razor Blade
  • Safety Pin
  • Whistle
  • Extra Long Twist Tie
  • 2 Bandaids
  • 2 Butterfly Bandages
  • 1 Stick of Gun (fresh breath)
  • 10 feet of Tarred Drop Line

I was very surprised that the tin stayed closed with all of that.  The problem is that I wanted to place more in there.  I had a button compass/thermometer that I would have liked to put in there, as well as a bigger bandage that already contained antibiotic ointment on it.  I could have done the antibiotic ointment in the straw thing, but I ran out of time.  I would have also liked to include a ranger band or some sort of rubber band that would have helped keep it closed, but I couldn’t get to that either.  Next time, I might also include some thread and a needle for those quick sewing fix issues! 😉

One day, I hope to make one similar to the one created by The Urban Prepper.  Check out his video below.



What would you put in an Urban Altoids Kit?


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9 thoughts on “Urban Altoids Kit

  1. Todd Walker

    LOL. I’m the same way, Todd, about helping middle school students. They’re not shy about telling me I have coffee breath. I drink coffee through the middle of the day. Kids don’t have a chance with me helping them.

    I’ve got several empty Altoids tins in my desk and home from years of teaching. They do come in handy for mini kits and organizing tiny stuff.

    Keep doing the stuff!

    1. Todd Post author

      And then there are those kids you want to get all close and personal…while you have coffee breath! LOLOLOL


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  3. marv

    Instead of using a rubber band to help secure the tin, check out the Velcro (hook & loop) ties used in electronics (for securing cords) or gardening (for tying plants to trellises, etc).

    Why? Rubber bands have a definite shelf life, especially once they’re stretched out over something. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve gone back to something I put a rubber band around, only to find a worn out, broken rubber band in its place!

    The beauty behind the hook & loop (Velcro) ties, too, is that you can use them for various other uses. Need to splint a finger? Grab a stick or two, and secure them to the finger with your ties, and save the tape for something else. The possibilities are endless, and only limited by your imagination. Best of all, Velcro lasts a LOT longer than rubber bands!

  4. Avril

    Hi, I have a tin of a similar size. this is a work in progress but currently contains :- emergency Blanket, Swiss army knife, lighter wrapped with duck tape, an energy powder pack and a small number of water purification tablets. a mini sewing kit, a scalpel blade, $20, ear plugs, two each of safety pins, paper clips, kirby grips. I keep it shut with a couple of hair bands. Plan to add some all weather paper and a pencil. I have a small separate pouch in my bag which contains:- pain tablets, antihistamines, lip balm, antiseptic ointment, a few plasters, antacid tabs, personal medication and feminine hygiene products and a couple of nappy sacs.

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