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Old 04-06-2008, 11:10 AM
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Hey guys,

I am trying to build a 72 hour kit that will fit in an Altoids can. I have:
band aids
alcohal wipes
gauze for fire starter
flies
hooks
fishing line
scalpel blade
large trash bag
Laytex glove for water storage

What else should I include and what is the best spark type fire starter?

Thanks,
TH
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IMHO for 72hrs forget about the fishing kit. You can live without food for a lot longer than that. Unless you're somewhere warm you'll die of hypothermia first.

Energy bar if you wanted food.
Painkillers?
Money?
Bandages?

Are you carrying this around all the time? Hence the tiny size.
If you could go for something a little bit bigger then it would be more practical?

Is it for an emergency or TEOTWAWKI?
How about a whistle if it's an emergency?
Tiny torch?

Just bouncing ideas.
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Hey guys,

I am trying to build a 72 hour kit that will fit in an Altoids can. I have:
band aids
alcohal wipes
gauze for fire starter
flies
hooks
fishing line
scalpel blade
large trash bag
Laytex glove for water storage

What else should I include and what is the best spark type fire starter?

Thanks,
TH
I have the same thing as a small project I made. I wouldn't use a latex for water storage, but rather fold a small oven bag.

Matches are a good thing to add. A small signal mirror, add a couple of water purification tabs and maybe aspirin and benadryl. It would suck to discover you had an allergy to something at a survival point.
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You also could use a condom for water. Doesn't take up much room until you need it. I'd use the non lubricated though.

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If you switch to a small "butt pack" you can fit all sorts of stuff in it. As a "tourist" you will look perfectly natural carrying it anywhere. I used to wear mine everywhere and had some very non-conventional items in it.
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Another thing you might add for the type of kit I think you are putting together is a small compass...

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small back or fanny pack
how about a 4x8 sheet of 3 mil plastic,would carry 2-water bottles, knife, and you would be indestinguishable from a yuppie (camoflage)
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I am wanting to put one in my day pack for "just in case" and another one in my lunch box to get me to my truck where I will have more supplies. Which brings me to another question. We use my truck as the "family vehicle" when we take trips. What all would you include in a kit for 2 adults and 2 children that would not get in the way of every day use of the truck? My wife is totaly NOT on board with this but says if I this is something that I have to do she will leave it alone.
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You also could use a condom for water. Doesn't take up much room until you need it. I'd use the non lubricated though.

David
Put the condom in a sock this way it won't split.
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Forget the condoms as a water storage device, they were never made nor intended to be in direct contact with food or water. My wife hates the taste of them.

Go out and get a couple Platypus 0.5L Water Pouches. They weigh 0.7 oz and roll up like a cigar.
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Take your 72 hour Altoids can out get someone to drop you off at a public camp site or better yet some woods bring a pencil and paper see how good your kit is write down the stuff you don't have and need.
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I like what your doing here, but I have to ask why?

Certainly you coud pick a more reasonable size, fanny pack for instance

I'm not trying to be negitive just realistic. My thoughts are, given you have some form of shelter (depending on the climate) fill that can with water ! you will need more of that before anything else !

Nice work
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Hey guys,

I am trying to build a 72 hour kit that will fit in an Altoids can. I have:
band aids
alcohal wipes
gauze for fire starter
flies
hooks
fishing line
scalpel blade
large trash bag
Laytex glove for water storage

What else should I include and what is the best spark type fire starter?

Thanks,
TH
"light my fire" fire starter...good small flint/steel unit
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