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All the things you need for a survival kit...
 
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Step 1: Altoids Tin

Most people use altoids tins to put their survival kit in, but i wouldnt recommend to use one, as it is not fully watertight, however, you can basically use any sort of tin, box or bag you want.

Step 2: Swiss Army Knife

In a survival kit, you need a swiss army knife also known as a pocket knife or multi-tool. You would use one of these in many situations.

Step 3: Bandages Or Plasters

Bandages or plasters are the things you MUST have in a survival kit, for example, if you cut yourself you dont want to get ill by bacteria and germs getting into the cut, so you use a bandage to wrap around it or cover it.

Step 4: A handkercheif

Give a general description of the StepYou can use a handkercheif in survival very easily, you could use it as a bandage or just to blow your nose into, well lets put it this way, YOU NEED A HANDKERCHEIF :)

Step 5: Compass

Obviously if your lost in say, the plain desert or the leafy rainforest, you need a compass to find your way out, a compass always points North, if you have a compass that doesnt point north, give it back to Captain Jack Sparrow Lol :)

Step 7: Matches

Match start fires, so they are very handy to have in a survival situation, also to make them waterproof, dip the ends of the matches in melted wax, then when you want to light it just scrape the wax off with your finger nail.

Step 8: Thats it !!!

Basically you have got a full survival kit containing all the things you need when you are in a survival situation... Please rate and comment on this instructible, Thanks :)
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This is a good start of a kit [and certainly better than most I've seen] however the challenging aspect of an Altoids Survival Tin is not the coming up with ideas of what to put inside it but rather the execution of fitting said survival items into a tiny candy tin.

Check out my new instructable on how I went about making my Altoids tin for ideas. :)
I personally wouldn't suggest taking matches on any venture, even water proofed they aren't guaranteed to work, and are far too easy to waste. Spend the 10 dollars it would take to buy a waterproof lighter, it will always light your fire.
WRONG! a wet or cold lighter will NOT light, flint can wear out and is NOt the best thing,BEST of all is FIRESTEEL or Magnesium FLINT! It will work EVERYTIME and for thousands of fires. Even in WET windy cold temps.
I love the flint and magnesium bars on campouts, but it just seems hard to beat a Zippo.
A good rule of thumb for fire starting gear is a minimum of 2 different fire sources, 3 is even better if you have the space. Rethink the Zippo, bulky and they leak. Heat will cause the standard rectangular Zippo type lighter to loose fuel by evaporation. Try a "peanut" type lighter instead. more compact, very dependable and has an O ring to prevent leakage and evaporation. Find them on Amazon, check out several sources, some of the dealers charge as much for shipping as the cost of the lighter. I found some with free shipping. One on my keychain I have carried for over a year, use it occasionally and it's still got fuel from the first filling. I'm actually trying to see how long it will last with a minimum of 10 quick uses per month. Flint and Mag bars are good, too. I prefer to file some shavings off the mag bar into a small 2" X 2.5" ziplock bag for pills. I carry this in a kit with a "Scout" spark rod about 2 inches long. It all takes up less space than the full mag bar.
My thoughts exactly !!
I think everybody's right on this. Carry them all. then you have a good chance that one of them will work.
The survival Code says two is one and one is none. I personally don't like matches for their single use, but i'll grab a candle and a lighter if need light on the go
true, but they're better than nothing.

so far, I have a 7 boxes of strike anywhere matches, 4 or 5 boxes of strike on the box matches, four lighters, three long lighters (lighters with long barrels on the front) and that's it, except for a dozen candles. six glass Kerosene lamps, 4 Coleman lanterns and such like, two Coleman stoves and a heater or two. We used to buy up camping equipment at yard sales.
When i get some stuff stuffed into the car, it'll be a lantern a few candles, a metal bowl to light the candles in, some matches and a lighter or two. from there I'll set about adding to that as the opportunity arises. (btw we bought those matches years ago and they still light, I check them every so often and burn a few from each box to be sure they're not ruined).
Fire is the one thing I think I could manage for now. I'd still like to add a magnesium rod or whatever you call them, and whatever else I see recommended, but what I really need is a Water filter.
NEVER SAY NEVER, NEVER SAY ALWAYS !!! I agree about lighters. I have had several waterproof lighters that have failed to light. Good ones, too. One was over $25 and guaranteed. After the failure, the manufacturer gladly refunded my money and sent me a new one, with the explanation that the pin holding the spark wheel had twisted or some such thing. Good thing I had my trusty wax dipped, strike anywhere matches with me that day. When you get to be as old as i am, you learn from experiences, EVERYONE'S EXPERIENCES, NOT JUST YOUR OWN ! That's what these instructables are all about, now isn"t it?
Flint and steel can fail also, if its too wet, it's happened to me and several friends.Usually not because of the flint and steel so much as the tinder. Always have a minimum of 2 different fire starting methods, 3 if you have the space.
kreiben2 years ago
Besides catching fish, small animals like possum or racoons that will eat your left overs......... Place leftover fish on hook, sit real quiet at night, when you feel tug, yank to hook, then reach out and stab with spear you made earlier. I know you could just spear it, with out the hook, but the hook sure slows em down and confuses them.... Just make sure its not a skunk.

I love fishing for possum and raccoon. Easier to catch than fish.
Racoons are vicious creatures....you better kill them with your first shot or jab with the spear...otherwise they will come after you....so far I have no possum experience but I wouldn't be surprised if they aren't mean buggers too.
mcxznbv5 years ago
but what if the knife doesnt want to cut the tree down :P
A small collapsible wire like blade with a metal circle loop on each end can be used to cut down a small tree. I think it would be rare to have to cut down a tree, that's a lot of work and you are going to expend a lot of energy when it might be easier to look for something that's already fallen.
A chainsaw works well, too...
@Bushie - just don't forget the white hockey mask
You must remember the rule of 3's:
             You can survive 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water (being generous in a wet climate) and 3 months with minimal food intake
its 3 weeks without food and YOU CAN survive more than 3 days without water. ITS an URBAN LEGEND perpetuated for decades. It is NOT so. You could die after 24 hours or 12 days. Depending on the situation or exertion.
Having taken and taught survival classes in the military, I can assure you of the validity of the "rule of 3's". We are talking about general rules for survival. 3 minutes without air will not kill many people, but in a survival situation, 3 min without air will put most people unconscious and that renders them helpless to access any more air. 3 hours of exposure to extreme environmental conditions can kill, or at least start you well on the road, hypothermia is hard to reverse in a survival situation,etc. 3 days without water IN A SURVIVAL SITUATION has killed many people. You're right about the food, 3 weeks. These are NOT urban myths, they are based on studies done by the military looking at thousands of cases (NO, not experimenting on people) of survivors, and those who did not survive. These are general rules, and as such have exceptions. Look at the records in the Guinness Book and it's plain these rules are not absolutes. But they are excellent planning guidelines to keep in mind and use as planning priorities for survival.
In all due respect for what happened in WWII, the Allied Troops learned quite a bit about human survival after what they found in the Nazi concentration camps. Some of the first surivors discovered where unfortunately given too much food (certain types of food such as steak) too quickly and that too caused thier death. I'm pretty sure there was a certain protocal they followed as time went on to try to ensure these people's survival as they were discovered.
its a rule of thumb. is 3 days not within your 24 hour-12 day time period?
But you can drown in 18 seconds though...or at least that's what we were told in lifeguard training.
Isn't it 3 weeks without food?  Though some of us might be fat enough to go for 3 months (likely)? There is more to the rule of 3's, there is one variation that goes you can die in 3 seconds if you panic in certain situations.
well, I'm sure Jesus wasn't fat and he went 40 days. Research suggests (don't ask for references I read this 20 years ago in a book about fasting) that after 40 days a person body starts to break down muscle for survival. I don't know if you'd make it 90 days in that case, but who knows? I doubt anyone's done THAT research.
gaist milododds4 years ago
Also, 3 hours when exposed to extreme weather

it might be. im just restating words out of my fathers mouth

LOL... where did you hear that?  I just wonder because I wrote up something to that extent for my scout troop but couldn't find anything simple enough for kids to remember.  I turned that lesson into an instructible.
http://www.instructables.com/id/Survivals-Law-of-3/

If there is something similar to what I wrote I'd be happy to read it myself and give credit where it's due. 
I never read your instructable until just today but, I was taught the "Rules of Three" years ago in Military Survival and Evasion training.  Im not sure of the exact origin.  Regardless your article is a good guide on survival and it is great that you are teaching children about self reliance.
 my father but ill give you credit. kudos on the article! it was quite interesting! i hope i dont sound like i plagiarise your work!
don't even worry about it... independant creations just go to vouch the truthfullness of it...

very true. i shall not.

You left out one thing, an exit strategy. Besides a match there is nothing to help immediate rescue. I would almost say ditch the compass because that only makes people want to wander off when help is only a mile behind.
Remember: when you get lost, hug a tree.
Hug a tree is the best strategy, most of the time. But in several survival situations, you may need to move on. If someone is injured and needs care as soon as possible. If you know that a few miles west is a highway, etc. In those situations, a nice little quality, liquid filled compass can be invaluable. It takes up minimum space in a kit.
DON'T FORGET the positive attitude...

"Survival is a state of mind".
Absolutely. Fear is huge if you let it be. The one time I thought I could die was after I fell out of an inflatable kayak into a swift cold river...ok not a good idea for your first time kayaking to go in December during high flow. Started getting water into my chest and hitting boulders on the way down. I never swam so fast in my life after getting out of those rapids. I have TOTAL RESPECT for RIVERS....getting back into the water after my friend rescued my kayak was a leap of faith.
I agree you can hug a tree if you've run out of options but just don't marry the tree. I've never been that entirely lost. As kids it happened a few times but we always knew we could find a creek and follow it out. When you grow up in the country then getting lost really is not something that happens to you all that often...but if it does we never really panicked. We always knew the path of the sun. Whenever we used to go hunting we always knew the characteristics of the mountain tops in case we ever got lost. That's usually a good idea is if you go for a hike is to know the high points of the terrain so you can use them as a reference point. Also follow the natural trail. Animals make trails through the woods that usually go towards food and water sources. The easiest way to get hurt out in the woods is from slipping and falling, much hard to get out on a broken leg or foot. Recently my dad's friend almost died after he rolled down part of a mountain with his horse...even with a broken neck and lots of blood lost he made it...btw the horse was totally ok.
hammerhead5 years ago
The one thing I don't get is why people are recommending a Swiss army knife or a multitool for survival purposes. There are no Philips screws or canned food in the wilderness and the blade is generally to small and weak to do anything useful. I have a Sak, a Leatherman PST1 and a Gerber Urban Legend and I wouldn't rely on any of their blades in a survival situation. The two most essential things you need is warmth and shelter and in both of those cases your knife is your most important tool to bring wood for the fire and building your shelter. A good knife doesn't need to be big but it needs to be strong and sharp. And it won't weigh much more than your average multitool either.
You don't need a can opener, instead you can rub the face of the can against some concrete and within a few minutes you can pull the lid right off. Cody Lundin shows this in one of his videos where he is talking to a TV reporter at a grocery store.
I'm not sure the chances of finding a slab of concrete while out in the woods or in the mountains are that big. Maybe in a post-apocalyptic world where all the can openers are taken... :-)
Work with me here...improvise....it's not like I am telling people to swim out in the ocean...find your nearest hammerhead shark and let him bite the can open for you....though that would be a hella cool way to open your cans....something maybe the Most Interesting Man on Earth might do.
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