Create a mini-crisis kit

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Using Altoids tins to make a variety of items has become very popular. I have seen everything from emergency preparedness and first aid kits to electronics such as a flashlight or a solar powered iPhone charger to pocket chess and kids’ toys. So it was inevitable that I would decide to make a mini-crisis kit out of a tin. It’s handy when I don’t want to take a purse or other bag, because it fits in my pocket. Here’s what I put in:

~ small pictures of my family  (sight)
~ a 1-decade rosary (touch, also spiritual)
~ Dr. Pepper flavored lip balm (smell, taste, touch)
~ individually wrapped sugar-free hard candy (taste)
~ mp3 player (hearing)
~ folded index card with affirmations and reasons to live through the crisis
~ 2 dollar bills to buy water or a soda (this is especially important if I have been leaking saltwater 🙂

As you can see, it’s very similar to my regular crisis kit, just on a smaller scale. Here are some other ideas:

Smell: you can use a piece of candle, incense, or even a piece of paper towel dipped in cologne or body spray. If you choose one of these, put it inside a very small zip-lock bag, such as screws or similar items come in. That will keep the scent intact until you need it.

Taste: I recommend hard candy because it won’t melt like chocolate does (I would much rather have chocolate, myself!).  You can get stick candy in a number of flavors. If you don’t like sweets, you might try beef jerky or cheese sticks, a few small crackers, or a small package of nuts.

Touch: a smooth rock, a piece of flannel or cotton, or a tiny squeezeball are other ideas. You can also make your own beanbag/sandbag using two small fabric squares or a balloon.

Hearing: This one is a little tricky. You need to have a small mp3 player to fit with the other items. If you like to sing, put a list of happy songs in your kit to remind you. There are also two very small musical instruments that would probably fit: a small ocarina and a mini-harmonica. I don’t play either of these, so I don’t know how hard they would be to learn. Finally, you could use small jingle bells.

Decorating the box can be part of your crisis kit, too, if you glue pictures or inspirational quotes to it.

I hope this is helpful! I’d love to hear what you put in your crisis kit, whether it is a mini-kit or regular size. Leave a comment & share!

And for other DIY Altoids projects, check out these sites:

10 Things to Make With an Altoids Tin
“Manly” Altoids Tin Projects
Ideas from the Crafty Blog

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