Pocket Survival Kit You Probably Haven't Thought About
by Art Leslie
It is advised here to assemble a small pocket survival kit in a small container. I know a lot of people will immediately consider a film container or some other container that is common.
One that I assembled years ago, to the amazement of all that see it, was made from something most people don't even know exists. That being the case, before I tell you what it is, let me describe it for you.
1. Smaller diameter .. Slightly larger around than a dime.
2. Approximately 3-3 1/2 inches long
3. 100% aluminum .. No worries about weight or rust.
4. Screw On Lid .. Extremely high thread count. This allows it to keep out moisture and originally designed to protect contents from exposure to air and water.
5. OK ..
Hint #1 .. Originally designed to house and protect a specific document.
Hint #2 .. Designed to reside "underground"
When I was younger, I had a friend that was not only a Minister but also a Mortician. One day we were talking and he reached into his pocket and retrieved the above item and handed it to me. He told me that he wanted me to have it since he knew I might find a use for it among all my camping gear. (I've been a Scout since old enough to join the Cub Scouts. Now I'm one of those 'men' that the young Scouts have to deal with.)
As I inspected it, I asked him what it was. He then told me something interesting. He said, believe it or not, that it was a container designed to hold the death certificate of a person and is inserted in a special place on the person's casket and accompanies it to the grave.
Some may find the idea of using one as a bit morbid. Personally I don't. To me it's just a metal container. Oh, by the way, if you ever use one you might want to put an extremely light coat of machine oil (such as 3-in-1 Oil) to the threads. The aluminum tends to expand and contract quite well and at times make it difficult to open due to the closeness of the tolerances.
I apologize for not having a picture for you. Perhaps I can do that later and have Erik add it somehow. Now I'm off to see about Erik's eBook. I'm currently working on one that might just be a good companion to his. I won't know until I see what his covers.