I obsessively eat Altoids mints at work. I don’t mean I pop one in my mouth and enjoy the flavor as it dissolves, either. I throw 3 or 4 in at a time, and then chew them like a five-year old with a Tootsie pop. My excuse is that its cheaper than the smoking habit I kicked a few years back.
I save all the tins (I think that’s 3/4 of why I eat them in the first place). I have 20 odd tins in the basement with my bug out bag, and another 5 or 6 on the workbench in the garage. The ones in the garage get used to store small parts, nuts and bolts, and the like. Of the 20 in the basement, only three have anything in them. One is my “fishing kit”, with a handful of fish hooks, a couple sinkers, and some fishing line. I’m hoping I can fashion a fishing pole and dig up some bait if the need arises. Its better than no fishing gear at all, either way. The next tin has a Bic lighter, a box of “waterproof” matches, and a pack of new flints and a wick for a Zippo lighter. I also have a can of Zippo fluid, but it won’t fit in the tin. The third tin has, well hell, I’m not even sure if I have stuff in a third tin. I plan on setting one up with a hundred bucks or so and a credit card, with the idea that bugging out may be for a localized reason, and having something on hand would be really helpful in that case.
I use more of them for other small stuff that would otherwise be easily lost in a bug out bag. My plan is to paint them all so that their contents is easily identified by their color, etc. If and when I actually get to this point, I will post some pictures. If you have other ideas for tins, write me a quick note. I know there are other ways they could be useful.