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Old 04-27-2012, 02:02 PM
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Hey guys and girls. I decided today to put together a little survival kit that I can drop in my backpack when I go camping so I have everything that I would need to survive for a few days in one container in case I lost all of my main gear. I started with a small storage container found in the fishing area of most stores for about $1.50. I had everything else already so that was about the cost of this prep. I also put green and silver reflective tape on the top and bottom in case I drop it in the woods or to use for signaling. I wanted to include three basic survival needs; water, knife, fire. With these three areas met I figure you can last a week maybe in good good weather.

The contents include

1-Swiss army knife
1- bic lighter
30-waterproof matches
2- strips for lighting the matches.
2-fire starters
4- cotton balls
2- cotton pads (slower burning)
1- small ziplock bag for purifying water
-water purification bottles
-about 7 feet of paracord






I'm really happy with how everything fit together. There is no rattling and I was able to use every space efficiently. Its small size makes it easy to stuff anywhere and the plastic case keeps everything from being crushed. I will be putting this container in a plastic bag so everything stays dry.
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I like this kit. Only thing i would do with it, is wrap the whole thing with a large garbage bag. Biggest and strongest one you can get to use as shelter. Then slip the entire thing (including trash bag) into a 1qt plastic bag to use with your water purification tablets.
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Wait ...

You put together a small kit to slip into your backpack (aka "main gear") in case you get separated from your main gear?

Maybe you need cargo pants, and slide that package into a side pocket?
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I like this kit. Only thing i would do with it, is wrap the whole thing with a large garbage bag. Biggest and strongest one you can get to use as shelter. Then slip the entire thing (including trash bag) into a 1qt plastic bag to use with your water purification tablets.
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Wait ...

You put together a small kit to slip into your backpack (aka "main gear") in case you get separated from your main gear?

Maybe you need cargo pants, and slide that package into a side pocket?
Yeah It would probably fit nicely in my hiking pants pocket. I guess I should have said in case i lose my main fire making supplies or run out of water. Just as backup.

Im going to make duplicates of this kit for my car and for each bag I have.
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+1 on keeping it in a cargo pocket. A PSK should be on your person- you can lose a pack, but your pockets stay with you.

Nice kit.
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If I may make a recommendation too, I would put the reflective tape on the inside of the lid. I know you said in case you dropped it but that shouldn't happen in your cargo pants. With the reflective tape on the inside of the lid, you could still use it to signal and so on, but it would make it harder for someone to spot you (in case it reflected when they were spotting with a flashlight).

I would add a sponge to the kit as well. You can use it to suck up water from plants when the dew is on or whatever. Small enough for your kit too.

Hope this helps. Great idea too!
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If I may make a recommendation too, I would put the reflective tape on the inside of the lid. I know you said in case you dropped it but that shouldn't happen in your cargo pants. With the reflective tape on the inside of the lid, you could still use it to signal and so on, but it would make it harder for someone to spot you (in case it reflected when they were spotting with a flashlight).

I would add a sponge to the kit as well. You can use it to suck up water from plants when the dew is on or whatever. Small enough for your kit too.

Hope this helps. Great idea too!
never thought about a sponge.....good idea.
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I would add a sponge to the kit as well. You can use it to suck up water from plants when the dew is on or whatever. Small enough for your kit too.

Hope this helps. Great idea too!
I would think a cotton ball would absorb small amounts of water better than a sponge. While that's not what i originally plan them to be used for. I might do a test tonight and see if a sponge is worth adding.
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ever use a sling? the kind david used to kill goliath?? i would add a small leather pouch and the paracord would make it,,and make one to pratice with,,,it takes time to get good but they do work
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Well.....at least it's not an Altoids tin.

But have you thought about something like this?




Covers all the 5 C's ( via Dave Canterbury) cutting tool, combustion device, cover, container (for water), and cordage. You can wear it on your belt and you don't have to worry about losing it or dropping it in case anything happens to your pack or whatever you have your main gear in. If you're interested I'll list the contents.
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I am building one right now out of a "Kleen Kanteen" canteen. Using the small one.



I prefer this method because its small enough to carry on me when I venture away from camp and my pack and big enough to house enough items for me to survive even with injuries for several days.
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Well.....at least it's not an Altoids tin.

But have you thought about something like this?




Covers all the 5 C's ( via Dave Canterbury) cutting tool, combustion device, cover, container (for water), and cordage. You can wear it on your belt and you don't have to worry about losing it or dropping it in case anything happens to your pack or whatever you have your main gear in. If you're interested I'll list the contents.
What is the pouch?
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a small bottle of purell hand sanitizer is always good for any kit. great for first aid and fire. takes up little room. alcohol wipes work well to
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The pouch is a USGI compass pouch held on with ranger bands.
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AKA M1967 or ALICE nylon first aid / compass pouch.
It replaced the M1956 canvas first aid / compass pouch.
It replaced the canvas Carlisle first aid case with 1910 belt hooks.

http://www.vietnamgear.com/kit.aspx?kit=86

BTW, WW2 reenactors would paint Altoids tin OD for their FA packet.
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AKA M1967 or ALICE nylon first aid / compass pouch.
It replaced the M1956 canvas first aid / compass pouch.
It replaced the canvas Carlisle first aid case with 1910 belt hooks.

http://www.vietnamgear.com/kit.aspx?kit=86

BTW, WW2 reenactors would paint Altoids tin OD for their FA packet.
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kit looks great,the bags, theyre a good idea also. I just have better luck with a pocket tool, it seems a little more durable than a swiss, and better pliers, like taking out fish hooks or working with wire. but, that's just me
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On the bottom i would add container length strips of duct tape. I would also add a magnesium fire starter in there. 3 is 2, 2 is 1, and 1 is none.
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.... and a couple non-lubricated condoms as back up to the qt bag.
Be better off with strong freezer/sandwich bags tbh, condoms are over rated outside the bedroom.
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