Here's a picture of the tin:
So what to do with such an awesome tin? Some quick Googling showed me there's a online "movement" where people define the optimal set of kit that can be stored in a small tin (usually an Altoids tin) to be used in survival scenarios.
Now living in the leafy English suburbs and rarely venturing into the wilds I thought it unlikely that I'll ever need a full survival kit. Instead I tried to think about all the things that a Geek who does a bit of sport and likes days out with the family would need.
Here's a picture of the kit I've selected initially. I'm sure I'll evolve it over time:
From left to right, top to bottom you can see:
- A shoe lace. Useful for family walks if a lace breaks.
- Fishin' line, hooks and a weight. If we're out and about and want to do a spot of fishin'
- Zinc oxide tape. Useful strapping up painful places when doing sport.
- An elastic band. Useful for pinging at annoying people.
- Two mini cable ties. Ever useful for fixing stuff.
- A pencil. If I need to jot down a geek idea.
- A Swiss Army Knife. Loads of tools for multiple scenarios.
- Sticking plasters (Band Aids for you in the U S of A).
- A sewing kit. If I get the urge to do a spot of embroidery.
- Safety pins. For pinning on race day numbers and fixing ripped clothes.
- Paper clips. Useful for clipping paper together. Could be used to get a SIM out a Smartphone.