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An Altoids Survival Tin

There are lots of different kinds of friends. There’s the Friend-With-the-Hot-Roommate, the Work-Friend, the Back-in-the-Day Friend, the Quirky Friend, the Friend with a car, the Ginger friend. I myself am the Friend-You-Can-Rely-On. Need to know how to spell something? Forget where you left your green sweater? Nextbus? Where the next poetry showcase is located? I am your girl. Like a Boy Scout, I’m always prepared. Need a Kleenex? Safety Pin? Condom? Pen? I got ya covered. And one of the best tricks in my arsenal is the Urban Survival Tin. It’s a three-step process:

I don't like Altoids.

1. Find a tin (Altoids tins are the obvious choice but keep your eyes open for other options).

2. Find some small items that you use often enough to carry regularly (My tin holds a couple of hair ties, a small clip, a tiny pencil, some safety pins, a Claritin ReadiTab, a book of matches, a band aid, a tampon, a hand wipe, a condom and a tiny stripper figurine. I’ve also at varying times had gum, aspirin, a fresh set of contacts, chapstick, a bottle opener, Kleenex and antacids. ).

All in

3. Arrange (and rearrange) the items inside until the lid of the tin will shut firmly.

All out

Now, you have some asprin/tampon/matches when you find you need them and because you’re awesome, you also have them in one easy-to-locate spot! And hey, it’s a tin '“ it’ll hold whatever you need it to be that toiletries, needle/thread/etc, crayons for your kid, headphones, business cards. Whatever you need to get through your day ready, set and prepared. Don’t underestimate the potential here either '“ the tin can get pretty agro. For example, there is a Field and Stream tin, a hard-core 72 Hour Survival kit, and tiny, play-able games'“ yay fun!

Extra-bonus-crafty tip: If you having trouble finding a tin you like lookin’ at, you can always custom paint your tin.

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Amber Bouman - Crafty & Cashless

Amber Bouman - Crafty & Cashless

A freelance writer, blogger and poet based in San Francisco, Amber has written for PC World, InfoWorld, and the 16th & Mission Review. She has performed at City Hall, Litquake, the Brainwash, 16th & Mission, BlueSix, and SFSU among other places. Amber is also consummate fan of swearing, organizational freak, yoga practitioner, music geek, caffeine addict, and tattoo enthusiast who enjoys platform shoes, making out, thumb wrestling and fighting the good fight. She owns a bicycle named Gretel, a motor scooter named Elroy and a cat named Simon. She can be found in various virtual locations all over your interwebs.

1 Comment

  1. Kiley E - Ragamuffin Researcher
    June 2, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Electrical tape is my number one suggestion. It can be used for bandaids, to hold bra straps in place to fix chairs at your office, to save bands at shows, etc. I’ve been carrying a roll in my purse since the 8th grade, and I will never stop.