If you want to make an Altoids survival tin, the internet is the place to tell you how to do it. As I research more what I find and amazing lack of ready information on is basic stuff like how to start a fire, how to clean game, even how to keep yourself dry when it is raining. But hey, there are like 15 million different mini-survival kits out there and at least if your get one of those you will die knowing you have a survival kit right?
If you sit and think about it for a minute, all the high-speed gear in the world is worthless if you don’t know how to use it. That use information seems sorely lacking from the research i have done the last few months and earlier when I was researching The Simple Survival Smart Book.
Another thing that I have noticed is that roughly half of the information you find on how-to’s both here and even in books is pretty much garbage. Some of it sounds plausible but I am not sure how practical the advice really is. An item that struck me as especially ludicrous over the past week is several references I have seen to using heavy duty aluminum foil to fashion a container for boiling water in. That one I plan on testing because while I can see it maybe working once I don;t think you could do it a second time with the same piece or foil. I also wonder about the utility of an Altoids tin or similar container for the same purpose. I call bullshit on this one. I think about the only think such a tin is good for is a reasonably light, fairly durable container to tote your kit in and that is about it. I suppose you could use a tin to dip water out of a stream or pond but I would not cook in one.
In the future I am going to do my best to remedy that lack of basic knowledge in posts here on the blog and on my book’s Facebook Page.