My Survival Pack (M.S.P)





Introduction: My Survival Pack (M.S.P)

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I'm the type of person that likes to be prepard for just about anything so I created a survival pack with one thing in mind, It's better to have it and not need it then not have it and need it.  I wanted the basic survival Tool Plus other things  I thought would be use-full. Also it's starting to get colder in Minnesota where I live so I have added some good cold weather gear too.

Step 1: Main Container

Main container is a lager metal coffee container. It Serves as the survival can plus water purifacation ( boiling ), cooking food, water storage. There is 100ft of orange paracord, 50ft black paracord wrapped around the coffee can. you can never have to much rope!

Step 2: Fishing Kit + Yo-Yo Reel + Sewing Kit

I used an ALTOIDS tin to hold the fishing gear, there was room to put the sewing kit in there to. Never waste space.

Fishing kit contains: inside an altoids tin
2x razor blades tape to the lid
1x 30-40FT braided 27# test line (wrapped neatly)
1x 30-40FT Mono Fishing line 12# test (wrapped neatly)
1x leader 
6x jig heads assorted sizes and styles (in small baggie)
4x plastic tubes  (in small baggie)
10x sinkers +
4x bobber stoppers  (in small baggie)
1x small bobber
3x swivels +
8x hooks assorted sizes  (in small baggie)
1x extra large circle hook not needed but it fit and I had it on hand
2x wet nap useful and they help keep things from rattling around
1x Yo-Yo Reel (No room in tin put in coffee can) A yo-yo reel is an auto hook setting reel extremely useful in A survival situation works kinda like a tape measure

Sewing kit inside of fishing kit there was extra room.
In small baggie 2in x 3in:
1x 15FT sewing string wrapped onto thin cardboard
2x sewing needles
2x buttons
1x safely pin
1x paper clip

Step 3: First Aid Kit

First aid kit in altiods tin:
10x excedrin tension headaches  (in baggie)
12x Advil   (in baggie)
2x razor blades taped to top lid
2x cleansing wipes
4x individual wrapped tooth pics
3x cough drops
1x floss container removed to make smaller
6x band-aids
1x lip balm

Step 4: Fire + Light

Tools for starting A fire. 
1x magnesium fire starter
1x flint striker
1x paracord wrapped bic lighter
3x Waterproof Dryer Lint Fire-Starter they work great and cheap to make got the idea from  
Not Include but will add once I find A small Magnify glass
1x Survival aid: Match box with waterproof matches and orginal striker, liquid filled compass, signal whistle, cheap flint bar (would't trust if that all I had), signal mirror.

Ways to have some Light.
3x 6hour glow stick ( must fit in coffee can)
2x 8-10 hour emergency candles
Need SMALL LED light with extra batteries or a shake n charge light (must fit in kit) I normally  have Surefire Flashlight on my person and an extra in my car plus extra batteries but there to big to fit in kit.

Step 5: Knife, Multitool

Leather Man WAVE multitool:
can opener
serrated blade
wire cutters
screwdriver (flat, Philips )

Step 6: Other Useful Items

2x Emergency blanket
2x Emergency poncho ( bright colors are the best)
1x pencil 
still need 1x note pad
1x sharpie
not a must but good to have rope saw ( I need to find one)
1x pack of gum 
2x one-use tooth brush no water needed
2x single use instant crazy glue (in baggie) 
2x roll duct tape 30FT each wrapped on chop stick 
2x trash bags rolled up in ziploc bag get as much air out as possible
1x roll of tracer line for A bow 17# test over 2000FT very compact 
1x 3FT tin foil folded into flat square
4x wet naps +
1x cleansing wipe+
2x alcohol swab

Step 7: Pack the Coffee Can

Try this more than once to see how everthing will fit try and use all available space.
I like to have my multi tool on top in case I need it right away.

Step 8: Back Pack and More Gear

1x Gerber Knife fixed blade with built in sharpner in case plus leg holster
1x toilet paper roll in ziploc bag
1x water proof matches (extra)
1x compass (extra outside of coffee can kit)
1x scarf
1x pair of good quality heavy duty leather gloves
2x 12 hour glow lights
1x 100FT paracord (black)
1x roll duct tape

Step 9: Shelf Stable Food

2yr Shelf life
1x spam single 
1x tuna creation (lemon pepper)
3x chunk tuna

Step 10: Things to Add

There were some thing that if I had I would add them:
Rope saw
Money (Cash and some change will add)
Note pad (will add)
Very small led light with extra batteries  ( I need to find one)
Another water purifaction method
Snare wire (will Add)
Hanker-chief  (I need to add) Band-aid, sweat rag, water filter, wash cloth
Small piece of chocolate 
Tootsie roll
Bigger first-aid kit for back pack
Magnify glass
Finger nail clippers

Step 11: How I Wrapped the Paracord

I will show you how I wrapped the coffee can and lighter with paracord.
Pictures are better then words sometimes.

Step 12: My Thoughts

I Think it's a pretty complete kit Minus a few things that I need to add.  
The Pack weighs around 15 pounds not bad for all the stuff in there.
There is plenty of extra room in the back pack for more items.
Change it up make it work for your needs and environment.

Let me know what you think. if I should add anything else.
Please Vote For Me. Thanks for looking.



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    I'm lucky they had givin me
    prescription's of Naproxen 500mg and I like rarely took them, they are
    the same as Aleve but stronger I'd pack those, also if i didn't have a
    lot extra's of them or they get too old I would still pack Aleve because
    as I found out Naproxen is slightly different from ibuprofen both
    anti-inflammatory but research shows that Naproxen may have anti-viral
    activity against influenza.
    Specifically, it blocks the RNA-binding groove of the nucleoprotein of
    the virus, thereby preventing formation of the ribonucleoprotein
    complex, thus taking the viral nucleoproteins out of circulation.

    so I came up with a saying an Aleve a day keeps the flu away.Though I wouldn't recommend taking them for longer than about two weeks or just during the flu season and if or when there is a break out of the flu.

    Instead of cough drops I would pack throat lozenges but actually they are the same thing and well if you are a smoker you should make sure to put Zinc Lozenges in there unlike stop smoking aids they are cheap and if you run out Cigarettes they will help you get over your Smokers cough.

    Awesome I really like the Fishing and Sowing kit all in one that is really cool and takes little space. I did discover something though when I was going try making a similar project it's that instead of a regular large coffee can you can get a bonus size can that is just slightly bigger to hold more stuff.

    I've notice that people in there survival packs always want several different things for starting a fire when a lot of it's all unnecessary what you need is a hatchet or a rock and that is how you really can start a fire. most those fire starters are mostly junk I would however pack some matches, a couple of Bic lighters, signal flares and if I had room a refillable torch lighter with a can of butane and not a Zippo lighter they leak.

    In my Coffee can pack since my hatchet won't fit in there I will carry my pet rock I've used him to start fires before. it's just a smooth flat rock that you can hold in your hand and it has kind of a dull point on one end. One the best survival moves to watch is called "A Cry in the Wild" and the book it's self is called "Hatchet".

    I would add peppermints because it will help stimulate brain function after a day or two without food

    Great setup. Really like all the contents. Didn't know about yoyo
    reels but I'm about to go find a couple to add to my fishing kit
    somehow. That's a very neat contraption. I would like to suggest a
    couple things.

    1. Your fire starting portion. I see you have a
    magnesium block with fire rod as well as a plain rod. I've had pretty
    bad luck with mag blocks. I instead carry a ferro rod and a bunch of 2
    inch cut/sealed drinking straws filled with petroleum soaked cotton

    2. I see you have matches. I did a bit of experimenting
    with them because a friend told me they won't last as long as a bic. I
    had carried strike anywhere matches for years. But I went into it with
    an open mind and he was correct. And usualy a box of matches takes up
    about as much room as the bic lighter but won't give you as long of
    flame. Plus if the wind blows your match out.. you cant really relight
    it. They're also water tight and pretty rugged for the most part. Just
    something to consider.

    3. You have a leatherman. Good. But I'd really like to see you have a fixed blade knife. There are plenty of uses for the blade on that leatherman but skinning isn't one of them. Skinning a small animal with it and not gumming up the folding mechanism or hinges would be a pain for me. I always prefer to have a fixed blade to use on my food. Easier to clean up afterwards.

    Anyways just a few thoughts I had on your gear. You really put a lot of time and thought into this write up. Nice job. Favorited

    If you're looking for more ideas check out my instructable. I'm more of a bushcraft enthusiast but I posted up my vest and did a breakdown similar to yours. Gimme a fav if you like it :)


    I have absolutely zero trust for gerber sorry. I broke 5 of them during one deployment. Might just be that I'm hard on my tools. But I've never broken my SOG or Leatherman.

    Keep the circle hook. Since it does not require hook setting and as long as your trot line is secure it's a set it and forget it fish line.

    Alot of comments so I'm not sure if someone mentioned this, you could add the snare wire if you wanted however there is a way to make the yoyo reels into a snare for small game from squirrels to foxes because I believe the reels have 60 pound test! Look it up on YouTube and the knowledge will save you the space of a desperate snare! Good job by the way!

    Hey thanks for the comment. I looked into the yoyo reel snares that's a neat alternative use for them. Might have to add a second one to my kit, Thanks again.

    Excellent kit! It gave me a lot of good ideas to beef up my own. I know I'm a little late on this one, but I would also recommend adding a small mirror for signaling.