"The more you know, the less you carry" - Mors Kochanski.

October 23, 2007

How to make a small container...

Ever wanted a small container that won't get crushed and is basically water-proof? (ok well... water-resistant depending on what you do with it...)

I found this somewhere on the internet when I was doing a lot of searching for Survival stuff but it works for whatever you need. I am not claiming that it is an original idea of mine but I have definately run with it!

Get yourself 2 different bottle lids. You can save them from the recycle bin from pop bottles, milk bottles, water bottles, etc. You need to make sure that one is slightly bigger than the other. I think the bigger one in the picture below is from a cream container and the other from a water bottle.

Using a sharp knife, cut off the thread on the larger cap about halfway down. You don't need to remove it all. Play around with it and you will get the idea.

Once you have removed the threads, simply put the smaller cap inside the bigger cap and work them together. If you have done it right you will usually hear/feel a click.

That's it! You have yourself a light, rigid container. As you can see, I used this one for a roll of dental floss in my survival kit.

There are a lot of things that you might consider making one of these for:

  • pillbox or medication
  • cotton balls and vaseline
  • condom for emergency water container
  • backup container of char cloth
  • salt
  • baking soda - just enough for a weekend trip for brushing the teeth!
  • emergency fishing kit - put a couple of hooks, sinkers and line in here. My favorite.
  • spices
  • coffee filters - for emergency water filter (not purifying)
  • water purification tablets
  • string or cordage, or thread for sewing (though the needles will not fit)

Thanks for reading,


  1. Great post!

    I'm off to give this a try.

    Thanks for the idea,


  2. Your welcome.

    Thanks for reading!


  3. wow will this really work but..... I don't have anything to put in it. But thanks for the idea.