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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