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Creating A Portable Bug Out/Survival Tub 1.0 With Items Around Your Home

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Many people have Bug Out Bags that are heavy, and impractical to the every day life style, luging these bags to work and in transit is not and option. This tutorial emphasizes creating a small low profile box that is not to chunky to stuff into the bottom of your every day carry bag, we will be creating a small but useful survival box out of a cheap ($8.00 CND) water tight ammunition box with house hold and every day hunting/camping materials. Although this box does not have many items, it is a better that nothing and creates the foundation for basic survival. This will include navigation, hunting, chopping fire/shelter wood, sharpening, currency (silver ounces), warmth, signalling, electricity (solar), protection and so fourth. This however does not factor in food and water as you should carry these things in your nap sack.


Disclaimer: This project will not guarantee your survival but could help you in a survival situation if used properly. Some of these items may be illegal (ie large fixed blades) in your area so always follow your areas restricted and dangerous items law.

 
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Step 1: Choosing A Box

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I have chosen a water tight ammunition box because of its versatility, ruggedness and the concept that I hope my idea will create. Go to your local Walmart or Target and look for these boxes in the fishing section. They should be no more than $15. Choose a box that is right for your needs.

Step 2: Gathering Supplies

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Gathering supplies can be hard, depending on what you have to work with. I have an abundance of outdoor equipment in my house so finding supplies was not an issue. You may have to purchase supplies if you have non or make do with what you have and go "DIY" however knives and silver out of the factor, my total expense for these items was less then $50. Most people in my block have camping items so ask your neighbours if they have any of the items in this intructable that you could have.

Step 3: Knives And Choosing A Knife

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Knives are probably the most important survival tool due to their multiple critical purposes such as: Fire starting (with flint and magnesium), wood chopping, game processing (and hunting some times), and many other creative uses, making it the most important tool of any survival kit. I like to have at least 2 blades in any survival kit and for this kit, i have chosen a kabar bull dosier with au 8 steel and a kydex molded sheath as my primary knife with a browning black label knife and cold steel neck knife as my secondary choices. These knives are reasonable quality and reliable, however when choosing a knife, you don't need any thing  extravagant, a simple fixed stainless steel blade will do. These knives costed me more than $150 but a simple blade can cost as little as $25.

Step 4: Hunting

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Hunting materials can be as complex as guns, and traps, but for this project, a simple $5 sling shot will to the trick. I choose a sling shot because it is not hard to find stones to use as ammunition. I also have a 200 yard spool of 50 pound fishing line with a tackle box with hooks, lures, and bobers. With a stick, i could create a make shift rod.

Step 5: Fire

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Although a firesteel would be ideal, I could only spare a tin of matches, however fire is vital and you should probably have more than what i have, i also have fire starting blocks meant for camping but good for survival, these blocks can be broken into chunks to conserve.

Step 6: Currency For Barder

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I have cash, a debit card and limited edition minted silver ounces in this box in total about $100 cash, and the coins are worth $400 since they are limited mintage. I have a debit card linked to my bank account as well in case there is a debit machine in the wild :D. Bargaining with items like these can save you in an emergency and while i cant teach you how to barder i can say this "dont let these items go easily!" make sure there is some thing good in the deal for you to like a tent or more supplies.

Step 7: Medical

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This matter is important but hard to add to a small box. non the less, i have added a few rolls of medical tape, band aids, gause, and some krazy glue for holding wounds together. Add what ever you feel necessary to your tub.

Step 8: Other

These last steps will brush on odd items that i have added.

Step 9: Rope

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I have wraped rope around my box, this not only adds external space for knife and container mounts.

Step 10: Charging

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I have a small usb 5 watt solar charger that could charge a satelite phone, or in my case, an iphone.

Step 11: Light

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I have a small, but humble flash light that runs off 2 AAA batteries, i also have a crank light.

Step 12: The Rest

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I have a compass, watch, handheld radios, a knife sharpener, some batteries and reflectors, a whistle, and finally, an exacto knife.

Step 13: Organizing

Every one has their own preference with this, but keep in mind that you must fit all of these items in your tub, if something doesn't fit, you must prioritize. And please, stay safe! Thank you for reading this tutorial.
ar_caver4 months ago

Coins and paper currency will still be useful during a crisis. Some people will of course take the position that "all is lost!" and money will not buy a thing from them. But no matter how bad it gets, many in our society will succumb to Pavlovian instincts about cash, thinking that it will regain its value, and they could be correct. A better source of barter would be ethyl alcohol. Our species has a long history of enjoying its anesthetic properties. Plus it can be used as an antiseptic and fuel. There would be no room in a small container for large quantities, but a small flask might be appropriate as would instructions on distilling. When TSHTF courage quite often is found in a bottle.

Capitalist (author)  ar_caver4 months ago

Thank you for your feedback, ive since redone the tub into a larger car kit that I keep in my trunk, and recreated the concept of EDC survival into a smaller but still essential kit of items for my day bag.

I would think that if the poo hits the ceiling, the limited mintage of the coins won't matter. It will be scrap price. I see on the pawn shop shows on TV that most stuff is bought at below scrap price, and they usually keep it and turn the metal in if they need to free up some cash (otherwise they usually keep it in the vault). I think the only way they would be worth more would be if they are really old or really rare/special.
Capitalist (author)  industriald1 year ago
Hi There,
I disagree with your view, depending on the place and the crisis it may still hold its face value. You bring up a valid point but i think it really all depends on the situation. Thank you for your insight i will definitely consider it when collecting alternate currency.
Here's a thought - say your limited edition was the only thing you had left to barter with, and the item you want is worth half what the coin is, what do you do? If you had bullion for example, you could cut it into pieces if necessary.

Just my $0.02
bakdrft1 year ago
I have a question. I have put some thought into this question, If there is a SHTF situation and we were stuck and you used your BOB tub ( which is a great idea) why do people spend a lot of effort on their cellular device ie chargers, cases and the like. Am I the only one who thinks that when the SHTF that "We" will have cell service? I really don't think so, Think about it, a ordinary storm barrels through a town ripping down all telephone/cell towers what happens? NO cell service-so why then carry a 1lb paperweight?
bakdrft: The solar charger could be used for other items than a cell phone. My first thought would be to invest in a Sat-Phone, as opposed to a cellular unit. a couple of rechargeable LED flashlights and/or a radio for news & weather would a wiser choice than the 'crank charged' unit referred to in the article if you want to save weight. I would add a few survival rations, just to keep yourself alive for the first 72 hours after the SHTF
bakdrft1 year ago
I have a question. I have put some thought into this question, If there is a SHTF situation and we were stuck and you used your BOB tub ( which is a great idea) why do people spend a lot of effort on their cellular device ie chargers, cases and the like. Am I the only one who thinks that when the SHTF that "We" will have cell service? I really don't think so, Think about it, a ordinary storm barrels through a town ripping down all telephone/cell towers what happens? NO cell service-so why then carry a 1lb paperweight?
ac-dc bakdrft1 year ago
You must be joking. If cell service goes down it will be one of the first things brought back online even if it means flying airplanes or balloons overhead to restore it.

Remember, SHTF doesn't necessarily mean an apocalypse, there are many much more likely events, ones where there is a hope of survival rather than staying alive for only a few more days.

BUT hey, if you don't want to have a cell phone then I won't force you to. ;) Can't imagine how you still manage to use one that weighs a whole pound though, could it be that you are over-dramatizing because you know you're wrong?