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Wow, instructables.com has a lot of people giving their idea what is a perfect survival kit. Well, that's just great. So this survival kit will be like all the rest...

Step 1: Introduction to Surviving

Just remember KNOWLEDGE and SURVIVAL is the key. If you don't have that you're already dead. One of the best FREE PDF files is the

UPDATE: I don't know how else to say this but this is probably the most important of all the steps. I'm sorry there is no flashy images, no fancy graphics, no videos, nothing exciting; but real survival real real survival is knowledge. Knowledge and that can come in all forms you can make all the "Survival Kits" you want but without the knowledge on what to do with it your dead. One great way of knowing if you can survive in a situation is to know how to use your surrounding. I'm not going to try and tell you how to survive cause I don't know what your situation is. If you want some information on how to survive in various places read this guide/pdf. 

Army's Survival Manual. it's very lengthy but it includes a $#!!-load of information.

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coolo523 years ago
i have the flashlight in your kit :)
jtmax24 (author)  coolo523 years ago
worldstrad3 years ago
You DON'T WANT the 88 cent Walmart knife. Please watch "127 Hours" to find out why not. Please get a good quality knife!

Also, the beef flavor would hardly provide any protein, but I include something similar (a beef bouillon cube) and also tea for a couple of different reasons: if you're cold and fighting hypothermia you can drink hot tea or broth but hot water would just make most people puke (body's natural reaction); and it can be a psychological boost to have a comforting hot drink to keep fighting for survival (remember you need to keep the survival mindset and the willingness to stay alive in harsh and lonely conditions).

Even though some army survival guide uses condoms for water storage, they've actually been proven to be very bad for that. Not only are they easy to break, they also don't hold much water. Latex also tends to stick together after it's been wet once. A clear plastic bag works much better and can also be used as a solar still to collect water if you wrap it and close it tightly around a tree branch with leaves in the sun. Water from the leaves will condensate on the plastic bag. Dual purpose, yeah! :)
jtmax24 (author)  worldstrad3 years ago
Good point about the 88 cent knife. The only think the 88 cent knife is really good for is poking something, if your trying to cut ANYTHING with it ain't happening. I've gotten more use out of the small scissors that's on it it seems to cut thread and fishing lines pretty good. I don't really use the one in the Altoids tin, the one I bought at Cabella's for $5 actually is pretty good about cutting skin as I've had to bandage my fingers (and hand once) on occasions. Like I said before the 88 cent knife is pretty much good for poking and fitting nicely into an Altoids tin.

As for the beef flavoring for protein I don't know what to say about that, in that I'm not a food expert, but it does have a lot of salt and it fits nicely into an Altoids tin but so does a couple of beef bullion cubes so your choice. don't know what to say about the tea.

condoms for water storage... yeah latex is bad, especially if your allergic to it. They do have a condoms that aren't latex and aren't non-lubricated. A plastic sandwich bag would work too and both fit nicely in an Altoids tin.

These two kits in are what I started out with, I change items around to how I use certain items, update items that need updating, change things around so nothing is completely the same. For example I took the shoestring out and replaced it with fishing line. I had to replace the gum and tea in Altoids tin because it got wet (NOTE: Altoids Tins are not water-proof, if going for a swim and your Altoids Tin is in your back-pocket make sure it's in that condom/plastic baggie before you go swimming)
jtmax24 (author) 3 years ago
Thanks for all your comments, if there is something you don't like about this instructable fine, please be specific so maybe I can make an appropriate change. If you think that MY Survival Kit is missing something or something can be add that's fine you can make your own and add what you feel what needs to be in YOUR Survival Kit. If you feel I need to explain on how to use each and every item in the kit I refer you back to Step 1. I'm not going to try and tell you how to survive cause I don't know what your situation is."
reddevved4 years ago
jtmax24 (author)  reddevved4 years ago
Thanks I think, hope you enjoy yours too.
samo8404 years ago
You might want to think about fishing gear.
jtmax24 (author)  samo8404 years ago
Hmmm... fishing gear??? hmmmm.... a long stick, twine/string, and hook/safety pin, yep I got it. If bait needed plenty of insects and worms., unless it's in a really harsh winter environment.
jtmax24 (author)  Blackonyx22344 years ago
Actually it's the knockoff brand of SHAM WOW, that's why I said super absorbent towels.
thinshade4 years ago
two dollars ? for what ?
jtmax24 (author)  thinshade4 years ago
Wow, what a question. When I say $2 it's what I had in my kit at the time. The caption clear said EMERGENCY CASH. This could have been any amount of cash that I happen to stash away. The cash amounts varies being it's always replenishes in some form of amount, being it could be as much as $20 or as little as 4 quarters. Yes, $2 might seem small for emergency cash, maybe $20 seems to much. Maybe some people may want to put a credit card or phone card.

One thing I did add to my kit is an emergency contact list just encase, which is a list of various emergency numbers like AAA, 911, and family&friends numbers.

i dont think 911 should have to be listed as an emergency number lol
nice instructable!
jtmax24 (author)  crazycommanche=US=4 years ago
Okay, 911 (meaning any local police, fire, hospital, poison, DPS, doctor(s), or any other emergency number that you might need)
thinshade4 years ago
Sorry for my stupid question, in my country (romania) you can make emergency calls at 112 (911) without sim-card inserted in cellular phone and for other emergency situations you can buy nothing with 2$. Anyway, thank you for reply.
jtmax24 (author)  thinshade4 years ago
Yes, thank you for mentioning about the SIM card removal. Cellphones are a great piece of technology. Yes, you can call for Emergency by removing the SIM card on MOST cell phones. But hopefully you find a charged (partly charged).

No question is stupid, i'm sorry if I made you feel that way. It had been a long week, and I was just exetremly tired.
HI! I like this Kit but i feel there are some things that can be added or replaced. I think jute twine is better than the shoelace. They do pretty much the same thing, but the twin can be used for tinder if none is available. Instead of the package of matches, i think storm proof matches in a little case or bag would be better. Hmm... I guess i don't really have anything to add. Just some suggestions :P
Zovits5 years ago
Why the mixer?
If you have a spoon, then you can use that for mixing anything.
jtmax24 (author)  Zovits5 years ago
 Well uh . . . uh. . .  you might find that coffee beans. water, and milk to make that espresso you love. I actually don't know why I put the mixer in there, but the base is also for some fan blades. If you actually notice I have other strange survival stuff like pillows and cooking oil in that kit. I really don't know why I call it a survival kit, but it a kit that can be used for survival, camping, picnics, and outdoor events. I actually carry this in the back of my car and I have used this for several outdoor events. 
Zovits5 years ago
Why would you include a gum, a teafilter and the beef flavor?
I can't really think of any case when one of these would be required to survival...

Ok, maybe the gum can be used as a makeshift adhesive. But for that purpose I'd rather use fishing line or a thin wire.
jtmax24 (author)  Zovits5 years ago
 Okay this is where thinking of things for more than ONE use.

a teabag has several uses and not just for making tea; a water filter to filter from unknown source, the string can tie stuff together, and the paper on the end can be a trail marker. The gum can also be used as a fishing bobber, adhesive, or sound distraction. The beef flavor can be used as an emergency source of protein and the package can also be used to collect tiny amounts of water from leaves.
Keep up the good work. If more people thought like you we would be better off. A word of warning. The LED flashlight in the picture appears to be identical to one I used to have. I actually bought 2 or 3 of them and all of them had the same problem. After using them for awhile the push button switch would become intermittent at best. I eventually got quite proficient at disassembling the lights and fixing the connection. I would recommend a light that has a simple on off switch instead or you could modify that one.
jtmax24 (author)  backyardmunitionist5 years ago
Really.. thanx for the tip, I actually use the LED crank flashlight attached to my keychain more. It has a on/off switch and I can crank it if the batteries get low. I normally keep the altoid kit in my glovebox and my keychains in my pocket. Sorry I rarely carry a purse.
do you go/used to go to laguna blanca school?  just commenting 'cause I saw the flashlight and it looked like my old laguna one. 
jtmax24 (author)  pufferfish91085 years ago
 Nope. Bought the crank flashlight a Half-Price Book for $4... I recently saw it at Fry's Electronics for $3. and it can also be found online for under $5.
no the mini one in altoids survival
jtmax24 (author)  pufferfish91085 years ago
 um that one... well I bought that one at a dollar store. I've seen them in various stores mostly under $3
1712925 years ago
WHERE THE HECK DO YOU GET ALTOIDS???????????????????????????
I can't seem to find them anywhere!
KittyF 1712925 years ago
Where do you live?  there right by the register in just about every store in the USA.  I have about 20 empty tins.  If it didn't cost me an arm and a leg I could send you some.  email me off list.
it dosnt.    hint:us shipping flat rate boxes "if it fits, it ships"
do you go/used to go to laguna blanca school?  just commenting 'cause I saw the flashlight and it looked like my old laguna one. 
ERCCRE1235 years ago
a candle is a great idea but a better one is one of those magically relighting candles so if it goes out it will relight
jtmax24 (author)  ERCCRE1235 years ago
 thank you for your tip. a relighting candle would have the beniefit of relighting, but if it is anything like a regular birthday candle it will only last for a few minutes. I usually used the candles by making a fire and quickly extinguish the candle
tjk946 years ago
Alot of things you include in this instructable I would have never thought of but hey great ideas!
admin6 years ago
This is a great Instructable, but you need to add a main image of the final project to the intro step. Please do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks!
Ravirar1 year ago

I have the same keychain light as you. (In the first pic)

RZombie792 years ago
I like that you added a foldable shopping bag. I keep a few of these in my purse along with my survival kit. I like the idea of having a back up container, just in case your primary survival container breaks. A foldable shopping bag could be used for many things, signaling, storeage of clothing/found items, stuff with leaves for a pillow/seat. Plus it does not add any weight and they usually hold around 25 pounds.
Pet Wolf2 years ago
I can see having gum ,but tea and flovoring, thats just strange.
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