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Neck Survival Kit

video Neck Survival Kit
Made a quick video of my bare boned neck survival kit. I really enjoy the mental challenges of making these survival kits. If y'all have any suggestions or [constructive] comments be sure to leave them.

See more of my DIY survival kits at http://www.youtube.com/user/BudgetBugout
jstewart445 months ago
I'd say a peanut lighter or even the "split pea" to replace the bic. They have a cap and o ring to keep fluid in and water out ;) numyth tohil seems most reliable, but my true utility fire stash is cheaper and still nice it works. I keep an extra flint and wick under the flint. They also make fuel capsule containers
bcavaciuti6 months ago

alright bit bulky but the double sided sticky tape would not be great if it get wet at all i would glue it more permanently

wdsims6310 months ago
Cool idea and great compact kit.
Why did you choose the full size bic over the smaller bic 'mini' lighter? It seems that would be a better fit for a neck kit like this. Did you say that was tin foil inside the matches/survival guide? Would an emergency blanket fit in there?

I hear you talking about the knife, but I missed what brand/model it was.
Did you replace the original neck strap with paracord, or did it not come with one?
kouker11 months ago
The bic is too large for a neck kit. I would go with Sparklite http://www.amazon.com/Spark-Lite-Fire-Starter-Hunter-Orange/dp/B00029EWIA instead and also throw out matches. Also, I'd rather prefer to see the kit disassembled on the table for clarity, as you did with the Altoid kit.
BudgetBugout (author)  kouker11 months ago
Thank you for your comment.

I own the Sparklite but in my testing I found it a poor substitute for a Bic lighter. The Bic lighter can do what the Sparklite can do but better and in a more reliable manner. Also, the Bic lighter does not need tinder to set something on fire. I will always choose performance over convenience when it comes to survival. :)

As far as the matches go, survival 101: one is none, two is one. Meaning: ALWAYS have redundancy when it comes to something very difficult to replicate in the wild such as fire. :)
Sure thing, the Sparklite needs some practice, but it's way better in producing sparks, compared to Bics. For the tinder, I'm easily lighting plain paper with the Sparklite in any conditions. In dry weather there is no problem to light dry grass with it either. In wet weather the Bic will need dry tinder too anyway.

I do have Bic lighters in almost every kit I've made (as well as ferro-rods). My point is that on my neck I would like to have something less bulky, and it better be really flat and unnoticeable. That's almost a last resort kit after all.

The redundancy principle is a must, but there is another survival related proverb - "don't put all eggs in the same basket" ;)
cortes961 year ago
What if you get a longer match director and put it on the side of the lighter
BudgetBugout (author)  cortes9611 months ago
Not a bad idea.