Mint tin kit

A mint tin kit with assorted items.

A mint tin kit is a specialized kit fitted into a tin which previously housed mints (often Altoids brand, though other brands of mint packaged in tins are used).


Mint tin kits are appealing for several reasons: there is a D.I.Y. quality to assembling a kit, there is fun and challenge in fitting as much as one can into a small space, and the kits may serve practical application once completed. A completed mint tin kit also takes up very little room.

Because a mint tin kit can be initially mistaken for a tin of mints, it won't particularly stand out to thieves.

Types of mint tin kitEdit

There are several varieties of mint tin kit, among the kinds that have been made:

  • First aid kits
  • Fishing kits
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Soldering fume extractors
  • Containers for other foods and beverages
  • Electronics kits
  • Urban survival kits (a.k.a. MacGyver kits)
  • Wilderness survival kits
  • Fire starting kits
  • Candles
  • Portable games chests

So popular are mint tin kits, that the company Adafruit has produced an Arduino-compatible device measured specifically to fit in a mint tin (they also provide a package that bundles the device and a mint tin of appropriate dimensions together).

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