I think I had it in my head that I could only use it in survival situations, as though I'd 'break the seal' and something would suddenly become perishable and I wouldn't have it if I really needed it later. For example, I took it on a ski trip a month ago and after a day of royally thrashing myself on the slopes I was very sore and wishing I had some Advil. Only after I got home did I remember I had four in my pocket the whole time... *face palm*. In that moment I decided to shift my attitude and use this thing practically! Fortunately, I got another chance with this past weekend's ski trip.
Altoids Survival Tin Uses:
- Advil - I'm new to this skiing game, so yes, I hurt myself. But this time, I only have two golf ball sized bruises, not five softball sized ones like last time. Improvement!
- Nylon cord - I sort of missed the fact that I was supposed to keep that piece of twine the rental place used to tie my boots together. But fortunately, I had a length of cord off the tin. In that awkward juggling moment when my hands were freezing and I was smacking people with my poles, this was a major win!
- Safety pins - The buckles on my brother's ski bib broke. Need I say more?