My survival kit

by Emma
(fort worth tx, U.S.A.)

* energy supply (a bag of jelly-beans, it gives you some energy)

* a magnifying glass-for starting a fire, also water-proof matches

* a swiss army knife

* a candle

* needles and thread, a stitch in time can save your life!

* compass

* a first-aid kit; including bandages, gauze, tape, thread, string, first-aid spray, insect spay(off), and sunscreen.


Prepare for your wilderness adventure.

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Unplanned Overnight Camping

by Tony
(Bendigo, Australia)

What have made several impromptu overnight camps in wet and miserable conditions in the mountains of Victoria 'bearable' for me are:

- Ordinary matches (and plenty of them!) which have been dipped in molten sealing wax to make them waterproof and stored in a well sealed pill bottle.

- A 2 metre square piece of black plastic sheeting

- and a good knife.


Modern items I take with me now are (1) an EPIRB, (2) a very small VHF/UHF handheld transceiver (a Yaesu VX-1r - I have been a ham for many years - callsign is VK3CTM) a tiny 'home-brewed' LED torch and a GPS receiver.

The most important 'survival' tip is to let people know where you are going, when you expect to return and a SAR time.

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Thoughts on POCKET KIT

by Larry
(Palatka, Fl)

I love the pocket ideas. It is such a great way to get people thinking. I work with a lot of young people on E preparedness.

Some suggestions that work for me:

Pen knife. Swiss Army Whistle, not that loud but works. If you happen to find the one with a tooth pick, replace the pick with large sewing needles. More on that another time.



Water storage in Gerber Seal N Go pouches. Made for Breast milk, they seal well and are sturdy. Ever tried to carry a condom full of water?

Magnifying glass that I use is a Fresnel lens from Walgreens. Same size and thickness as a credit card for less than $3. Mine lasted over three years before it got brittle and broke. The "OWL" is a better choice if you have room but it is $10.

Cord is always great to have. I use waxed non flavored dental floss. Safe for sutures, great for sewing and adequate for fishing. 100 Ft will fit on a sewing bobbin.

Trick birthday candles that don't blow out are cheap and work well. Wrap them in foil or plastic wrap so they don't melt.

Thanks for listening.

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Make your own survival kit

by Cdt George 'GG' Gasston
(Bristol, England, United kingdom)

My tip is - make it yourself! I just made it because of Cadets and cost me about 20p for the matches, the rest of it I had around the house. A sheath for matches, coat the matches in animal fat wax, water proof and a food source! My matches stored in a green tobacco tin and is always kept in my webbing by my side.

As a bonus, attach a fixed blade the length of your container because small blades are rubbish in the wilderness (unless if it is attached to a stick to form a spear!)

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Nalgene bottle survival kit

by B C
(Phoenix)

A better container...

A better container...



I used a wide mouth Nalgene bottle - it holds more goodies and can double up as a water holder. On the outside, I wrap duct tape, and all my snare wires and 550 cord.

I am able to get all of the following in it:

flint fire kit
first aid
steel wool
vitamins
fishing line and hooks
emergency mirror
toe nail clippers (often overlooked but I consider it to be a necessity)

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Container for Survival Kit

by Willy
(NH)

I found a great little container for a survival kit. It's one of those plastic travel soap bar containers (.97 cents). You can find them at most dept. stores in the trial-size section of the cosmetics/HBA department.

Its just the right size for the day-tripper or hunter that takes along the stuff for whatever misadventures may arise.

Depending on the size and extent of the gear you expect to need, even if one is not large enough, you can get two. One strictly for first aid supplies and the other for survival gear.

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Regular survival kit

1. good fixed blade knife (I like Bear and Son knives)
2. swiss army knife
3. Water bottle
4. paracord or thin nylon string.
5. Copper wire.
6. Sierra cup or just aluminum or titanium survival cup
7. swedish fire steel
8. water proof matches
9. bic lighter
10. Jar of dry tinder.
11. Lcd flashlight.
12. Tarp
13. hand warmers, survival blanket.
14. gloves, fleece jacket
15. cold steel tomohawk.
16. minor fishing gear.

Yeh i think thats most of it not quite sure though.

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What a survival kit is for

by Kenneth Carlson
(Moriarty ,NM)

A survival kit is meant to HELP YOU survive in a unexpected circumstance (in my opinion). Weather you are out with the family having a picnic and eat some bad food, playing in a park and sprain an ankle, or stuck on the side of the road with a overheated car, or a sudden power outage while shopping, each situation is different.

With a little fore-thought, an planning, a person would be able to handle the above with a kit that has previously been prepared.

Some people,(myself included), carry some kind of survival gear every day (pocket knife, lighter, flashlight, money) an a little pouch in the car, or lunch-box, with other items.

Weather you go for the whole multi-dollar kits or the simple do it yourself ones, the idea behind a survival kit is to HELP you.

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Small compact survival kit

by Eric
(United States)

My advice on a survival kit are that you need a small compact one to keep (like your kit compacted into an Altoids tin) and a big one put in a safe place.


For the Altoids kit I recommend having:





- Matches(Waterproof is preferred) bound together by rubberband
- The striker from the side of the matches box
- Razor Blade
- Band-Aids
- Small Aspirin
- Ziploc Bag
- Fishing Hook
- Small Amount of Fishing line
- and small but GOOD pocketknife

For the big one I recommend having all of the above plus:

- Small bar of soap
- Nail Clippers
- Latex Gloves
- Paper
- Sharpie (Permanent Marker)
- Teeth Floss
- Q-tips
- (If you wear glasses or contact lenses than an extra pair of glasses or more contacts and solution)
- Eye Drops
- Rubber bands
- A few nails
- and a small multi-purpose knife.

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Lean and Light wilderness kit

by Chris Kearney
(Geneva, OH, US)

Great posts by all I've read. I wanted to contribute as well with my mini-kit for ultra light and fast camping/survival. I'll try to be concise but thorough.

I've selected items based on the following criteria;

1) it must be packable
2) it must be light
3) it must be necessary
4) it must multi-task

Container - I use a Fox Outdoor MOLLE-compliant SAW ammo pouch. It hangs from a belt and at 4x8 inches, it's very portable.

Shelter - nylon poncho and a space blanket (signaling device, solar still).

Fire - Bic lighter, cotton ball, chapstick (lighter will last for months, and if it gets wet, blow on it, and it will fire up. Wax or petroleum coated cottonballs will help in muggy climates.

Water - I pack all my small items in a bandana (sling mud, filter) and drop them all inside a stainless steel water bottle. It can be heated over a fire to boil water. I also carry iodine tablets and taste neutralizer (although I hear there is a better all-in-one tablet now).

Food - heavy test fishing line and hooks (for fishing, snares, and emergency sutures) There is also room in the ammo pouch for a Mountain House single serving dehydrated meal and a candy bar.

Knife - 2 inches straight blade folder. No multitool; no matter how small or cool it looks in the store, I've never needed a nail file or nut driver in the wilderness.

Wire Saw - great for cutting small limbs for bedding or posts for an elevated platform. The finger rings make excellent "slips" for snares.

Light - I carry a penlight with a red lens. It maintains night vision but lets me find my essentials if an emergency happens in total darkness.

Notepad and pencil - paper burns well, make notes/maps when you find resources (water springs, fishing holes, edible plant patches), and it occupies time by writing your will.

Paracord - 20 feet of this stuff is a 1 ounce miracle worker for heavier traps and shelter building. Yes, you could braid your own cordage...but...why?

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My survival kit

by Chuck McKinney
(Marion Indiana)

In survival tin:

1. Two or three bladed jack knife
2. 20mm button compass
3. Metal match & hacksaw blade striker
4. 12 Waterproof matches
5. Cotton tinder treated with petroleum jelly (stored in plastic)
6. Water purification chemicals (plastic vial of 6% bleach)
7. Reynolds oven bag for water storage
8. A long strip of heavy duty aluminum foil
9. Fish hooks (6 size 8 or size 6), line (10lb test) and sinkers
10. Prescription drugs (3 day supply), analgesics (6, prescription strength), antihistimines (8)
11. 2 band-aids
12. 2 safty pins
13. Duct tape
14. Needle & thread


In pocket

15. Space blanket
16. 20 ft of cord (1/8" nylon or para cord)
17. Compass - full sized
18. Signal mirror
19. Whistle

On belt

20. Knife and pocket stone.
21. Canteen and cup
22. Poncho in small pouch, with cordage

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Survival kit idea

by Paul
(Ayrshire, Scotland)


My first survival kit was an £11 tin from a shop in Glasgow. It had everything:

1 wire saw, 1 button compass, 1 penknife, a flint and steel striker, 1 whistle, water purification tablets, 1 candle, safety pins, 1 small sewing kit, 1 small fishing kit, 1 snare wire, 1 pencil, 3 small blank pieces of paper. All packed in an old tobacco tin, wrapped in some insulating tape.

However, I had my doubts that it was waterproof so I was looking on the internet and found a survival kit in a bottle. So I made myself up one because on the internet they were about £15-20. It has in it glow stick with lanyard, survival whistle - built in compass, thermometer, torch mirror and magnifying - with lanyard, a couple of plastic bags (large and small), string, torch and water proof matches. Of course, it was in a screw able bottle so it was waterproof. So I take that one canoeing but I always take both when going camping.


I've always enjoyed the great outdoors
Regards, Paul

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Bottle survival kit

by Paul
(Scotland)

Bottle survival kit

Bottle survival kit

My bottle survival kit is a survival kit in a bottle therefore water tight. It has in it a 7 in 1 survival whistle (pictured), torch that you press for use (pictured), snap lite stick(pictured), binbags, string, maglite solitaire (not pictured, matches, leatherman micra (not pictured).

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Bobbin for your survival kit

by Ebvan
(United States)

Bobbin

Bobbin

I am always tried to carry some braided fishing line (spiderwire)in my pocket or survival kit. Everyone here could probably think of dozens of uses so I won't elaborate them. I've coiled it, wrapped it around a bolt and nut, etc.

Recently I was with my wife in the sewing department and saw some replacement bobbins for sewing machines. I got 4 of them for a little over a BUCK. I was able to get about 50 feet of 50 lb test line onto a bobbin which I held in place with a rubber band. I like it because it is easy to coil and uncoil. It holds alot of line, and it only takes up the space of 5 stacked pennies in my kit.


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Outdoor survival kit

by Kenneth carlson
(Moriarty,New Mexico)

The kit I made isn't a pocket model, but fits on my belt, or pack or by itself in the car. I'm always adding a subtracting from it, so some items change but the basic idea is the same).

1. A used magazine pouch. I use an old 3clip/20rd type, with hook/loop attachment.

2. A medium sized old prescription bottles. They are plastic, see-through, and are handy for drinking. Usually I have 3 inside with the basic ( i.e.-lighter, tinder, meds, small AA flashlight, fish-line, needle/thread, 7ft of wire and the same of 550 cord.

3. Sturdy pocket knife.

4. A zip lock with 4 packs of coffee/cocoa/tea/instant cream, and 4 bullion cubes and a large piece of tin foil.

Any way that's the basic, and I do carry it quite a bit, and I do change the other items when I plan on going out longer or the weather dictates.

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Two Survival Kits and Practice

by Steve
(Not far from Buffalo, NY)

I keep two kits ready. One kit is my small kit that I carry everywhere. The second is a larger kit for multi day trips or trips into an unfamiliar territory. This second kit is always in the pack I'm carrying.

A good belt knife and pocket knife/multi-tool are a given. I carry a heavy duty Gerber fixed blade and a Swiss Army Knife. I carry a multi-tool in my pack but not on my person. I would also usually have a canteen of water with me.

The small kit is packed in an Altoids tin. It contains:

-Two folded pieces of tin foil
-Single sided razor blade
-Jig saw blade
-Small crank led light (1.5"x2"x1/2")
-Small folding multi-pliers
-Small size Bic Lighter
-Bobbin of fishing line
-4 small hooks, small split shot
-Several cotton balls packed in
-Duct tape tape cut to fit the inside of tin and layered
-Freznal Lens
-Butterfly Bandages (added back when I used double sided
razor blades lol)
-Pre-made spear blade
-Safety pins

I use the items in this kit quite a bit.

The kit is not nearly as important as education and experience. I have practiced many friction techniques for starting fires, made hundreds of feet of cordage, made blades, tips and hooks from randomly found flint/bone, made pitch for glue, made spears for fishing, used several types of traps and snares, built shelters, etc. Uninjured and with considerable effort, I could make due with the clothes on my back and a decent water source (but I'd rather not have to).

I'll save the second kit for another post.

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Survival Kit ideas

by Tom Walker
(Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA)

What I found to be essential in my gear was to carry a small role of black electrical tape and 10' lengths of para (550) cord. I used it in the Military, and you can fix just about anything with this combination.



The 550 cord is carried in 10' coiled lengths with about 1/2 dozen coils all over the body. I also found that carrying 3 knives, one strong fixed blade, one large folder or multi-tool, and a small pocket knife for different applications really works great.

The final two objects that are included are a sponge, to soak up moisture, and a box of the 1" cubes of sugar. Each cube is equal to about 1 hour body heat, provided you have not entered into an advance hypothermia stage.

In high altitude cold country like where I live, Wyoming, it can be a blizzard in July. I have personally helped two people who were starting to get hypothermia with the sugar cubes. Fast Heat.

All these things take up very little room with very little weight since the knives, tape, sponge, and cord are carried on various parts of the body.

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Convenient survival kit

A survival kit to carry every day:

- 2"x3" signal mirror
- emergency whistle
- button compass
- 12 water purification tablets
- condom to hold water
- Spark-Lite to create sparks

- 4 pieces of Tinder-Quik in case no dry tinder is available

- Flint/magnesium fused stick as a 2nd way to create sparks and a second source of "tinder" (magnesium)

- Ron Hock 2"x3.5"x3/16" Krenov-style plane blade



- 1"x4"x1/16" double-sided diamond sharpening plate

- a 3.25"x5" full grain leather pouch to hold all the above

- a double loop of Paracord to hold the leather pouch around your neck; or just put the leather pouch in your pocket

- Braided paracord ankle bracelet to carry at least some paracord at all times


Sometimes it doesn't work to carry a Mora or other knife around with you all the time, but carrying a plane blade may be OK. This kit is a little weak on items for collecting or purifying/filtering water (e.g. no way to boil water), but it's convenient to carry around every day unobtrusively.

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Supplies needed to survive

by Tainiska
(Kisimmee, Fl)

If you are going camping or to the wild and need a list for a kit you might want to consider this:

1. Baking soda, it is good for poison ivy and more.
2. Compass to find your way through
3. Dried apricots
4. Flash light
5. Hiking boots
6. Jacket
7. Knife preferably a multi tool or a spear
8. Matches
9. Neosporin
10. Pillow
11. Blanket
12. Rod for fishing
13. Tent
14. Extra under wear shirt and pants
15. Water purifier or/ ph

Good luck!!

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Take it with you kit

by Shaykh Idris
(2495 Oz)

Take it with you kit

Take it with you kit

Small leather zip-up purse on chain with clip:
lighter, string, candles, leatherman micra, compass; whatever you feel good with. Goes any where that does not have a metal detector!

Clip it to you belt keeper, bag, or clothing.

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Best Survival Kit Ever 13 items

by Taylor Holt
(USA)

My homemade survival kit consists of these items:

1.Swiss army knife - 2.Magnesium Flint Stick - 3.Water Bottles - 4.Tin for boiling water - 5.Big ole belt knife - 6.Axe - 7. 22. Rifle - 8.Rope - 9.Air Horn - 10.Flashlight - 11.First aid kit - 12.Fishing kit - 13.Saw - 14.Backpack


Do you want to safely enjoy the wilderness?

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