Introduction: Outdoor MakeKit V2.0

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Hi Instructables Community,

this week I would like to share with you a kit that I've been thinking about for quite some time now. I named it version two because the first version was something I put together almost 15 years ago during basic training in the army. At the time we learned how to make a kit that we could use in the field to assist us with preparing shelter, maintain and repair equipment and parts of our kit as well as making live a little more convenient. These kits were called Pi-Pack (pi would be the abbreviated form of the word pioneer which in the military is a soldier that is specialized on construction & engineering tasks). In opposite to almost all other things the make up of those kits was not regimented but instead followed a loose list of items and recommendations based on the experiences of senior soldiers. The kit was usually part of the first or second line of equipment and in opposite to the survival kit (Which should only be used in an actual emergency) parts of the kit would be used regularly and later replenished.

I have since then thought about revisiting this concept and after reading SeamstersMakeKit Instructable the thought came back to my mind. A first step was now to make a large comprehensive version that would be carried inside a backpack (or bug out bag, INCH bag etc.) along with some other items that would complement it.

I have planned two more versions of this kit with one being medium sized to fit into your second line and the other small to fit into the pockets of your pants or jacket.

Please check the last step for info on the March 2016 Giveaway.

Cheers Alex

PS: This Instructable was admitted to the "Full Spectrum Laser Contest" and "Hack Your Day Contest". If you like my work I would really appreciate your votes! Thank you all!

Step 1: Not Included Items

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There are a number of items that either didn't fit inside the kit or are already part of my EDC (Every Day Carry). These items are:

Paracord organizer

I keep one of these DIY paracord organizers in my backpack at all times. This variant holds approx. 10m (30Ft) of paracord whilst taking up just a small amount of space. This item is already on my list for a future Mini Project Instructable.


I do not carry many EDC items but a multitool has been something I carried on an almost daily basis whenever and wherever possible. My current favourite due to its low weight & versatility is the Gerber Strata which I had for a few years now. My choice when heading outdoors however is the Leatherman Wave which packs more tools but also more weight. I guess the choice of the right multitool is a very personal one.


I also carry a Bic Mini along with a small jet flame lighter. from starting a fire, melting the ends of paracord, (de-)soldering electronic items there is an almost endless array of applications.

Step 2: Tools

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There are also the following tools included:

Wire saw

Along with a green stick one can quickly improvise a simple bow saw. These do however have their limitations that one should be aware of. Felling a tree is well outside its capabilities. when building shelter and with smaller diameters of wood this kind of saw can safe you lots of time and energy. I will demonstrate this in a future Quick Skills project.


An awl can be used for a wide range of tasks from using it as a marking tool, piercing small holes into leather and other fabrics to making small holes into wood when crafting tools & weapons.


This is a small and lightweight tool to drill relatively clean holes into wood with a minimum of energy.

Hacksaw blade

This is a length of a metal cutting saw and apart from cutting metal it can also be used as striker with a ferro rod to start a fire.

Utility Knife Blades

These come in handy for precise cutting tasks but can also be used to make tools and improvise weapons.

Pencil & Sharpener

Not only good for taking notes but also good to create tinder for a fire. Even when twigs are wet from the outside the sharpener will produce dry tinder if the core is dry. Wipe the outside of the twig dry and start to use it like a pencil the result are dry shavings that should catch a flame quickly.


Chalk is inexpensive and will write on most surfaces. I wrapped this piece in some tin foil to protect the chalk and the other contents of the kit. You can use it to mark measurements on building materials when building a shelter or to mark the path your walking for yourself or others.

Step 3: Fastenings and Adhesives

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I included a wide range of fastenings and adhesives that can be used for a wide range of tasks from building shelter, improving structures, improvising shelter & tools making traps etc.. I used pieces of cardboard to organize screws and nails in addition this also keeps them from creating unwanted noises. This takes up more space however and you would have to decide whether you wanted to use the space for something else or reduce the noise this kit creates.

Included are:

  1. 3x 2 1/2" (6,5cm) Nails
  2. 20x 1 1/2" (4cm) Nails
  3. 20x 1" (2,5cm) Roofing Nails
  4. 20x U Staple Nails
  5. 4x 3" (7,5cm) Nails
  6. 5x Hook screws
  7. 5x Eye screws
  8. 2 stainless steel shackles
  9. 7 Thumb tacks/Drawing pins
  10. 4 small carabiner swivels
  11. Assorted needles (Leather needle, upholstery needle, sack needle, sewing needles)
  12. 5 Large safety pins
  13. 5 Small safety pins
  14. 1 Large & 1 small paper clip
  15. 2 Large Velcro fastening loops
  16. 20cm of adhesive ripstop fabric tape
  17. 8ml Cyano Acrylate (Superglue)
  18. 2 Sticks of hot glue
  19. 20cm of self-cling camo wrap
  20. 10m of 1 1/2" olive duct tape
  21. 10cm of glue pads

Step 4: Cordage & Sewing Kit

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The cordage I have included can be used for a variety of tasks around the camp. From lashing together poles for a shelter, as fishing line, snares, sewing thread, fire starting tinder etc..

Included are:

  1. 10'/3m reflective thread for marking purposes
  2. 33'/10m Mason's lacing cord
  3. 33'/10m braided fishing line
  4. 150'/50m crafting wire
  5. 10'/3m organic twine
  6. 4 steel wire leaders
  7. 2 cotton wicks
  8. Assorted sewing threads
  9. 300'/100m multi purpose thread
  10. Assorted sewing needles
  11. Pack of assorted buttons
  12. 1,5m/4 1/2' measuring tape

Step 5: ​Miscellaneous

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In this category I have included items that didn't fit into any of the previous categories (or which I mistakenly photographed in the wrong category :P).

Included are:

  1. Compression & tension springs for improvising tripwire alarms and other things.
  2. Length of plastic coated twist ties - these are good to close a bag or create weak temporary lashings
  3. Cord stopper (Cord Lock)
  4. Shackles (I know I had them on the previous step)
  5. 2 rubber bands - Adds a little flexibility to this kit ;)
  6. 1 square meter (1,2 square yards) of tin foil - Signalling, marking wrapping things....
  7. 1 cotton cleaning pad - Fire starter
  8. 2 candles/tea lights - Light source, fire starting help etc.
  9. 2 pieces of Styrofoam - Improvised floats for fishing, improvise a compass
  10. Steel wool - Fire starter, cleaning accessory...
  11. Cotton wool - Fire Starter, protective padding for breakable items
  12. Tampon - hygiene, first aid, fire starter etc...
  13. 2 Red & 2 Green mini chem lights - Light sources, signalling, marking, tripwire....
  14. 2 regular & 3 mini clothes pegs - Hanging out your washing, tripwires, temporary fasteners
  15. 6 pieces of plastic straws - Use them as straws, improvise filters, improvise water tight containers...
  16. Length of PH test paper - test the acidity of water
  17. 2 pieces of heat shrink tubing - Fastening, protective layer etc.
  18. 2 Large & 5 small zip ties - these should have been included in the Fastening step
  19. 4 one liter plastic bags
  20. 2 coffee filters & 2 teabags - Make yourself a brew or improvise a waterfilter

Step 6: Monthly Giveaway

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You can win one of three Let's Prep "Tinder" Skill Builder Kits including a 3-Month Instructables Pro Account.

The kit shown is the current work in progress of the Skill Builder kit which includes a number of natural and synthetic materials. The whole concept is still very much in development and I will publish Instructables & videos accordingly once I know where I really want to go with this.

All you have to do is to subscribe to my YouTube channel and leave me a comment at this video and include "I want to go out and learn something new!" & your Instructables username. You have until the 15th May 2016 1800 GMT to participate after which I will announce the winners on my FB, Twitter & Blog. (Only entries from the EU, Norway, Switzerland, USA & Canada are eligible to get the full package mailed (please understand that I pay for this myself), residents of other countries may only receive the Pro-Account).


Slime Eel (author)2016-04-21

Whats the hooked looking razor blade? I've never seen one and it looks interesting. Cool kit

CharlesE6 (author)Slime Eel2016-05-06

You would use it to cut linoleum, but for that matter anything that fits in the hook. It would make cutting the cordage easier as it is hooking the cord, you could even use it to cut a seat belt if in a car wreck.

Dream4real (author)2016-04-23

Wonderful amendment to survival kits. May I recommend ditching rubber " breaker " bands. Search Amazon " cooking bands ". These are available in many sizes and made of SILICONE ! Boy are they tough. I've never had one break yet. Thanks

Was1x (author)Dream4real2016-04-24

Good choice. I discovered these in a Kitchen Store, they are used to wrap asparagus or keep a turkeys legs together. I use them all the time in the garage. They even stand up to the temperatures in our attic here in Central Florida. !

Pothuset (author)2016-04-21

Very nice kit, Alex. Do you have some special places you find your stuff for all your kits?

Alex 2Q (author)Pothuset2016-04-21

I often buy in hardware stores, DIY supermarkets, Arts & crafts stores, fishing stores etc. sometimes I use items I already have.

Cheers Alex

Pothuset (author)Alex 2Q2016-04-22


RastaWife (author)2016-04-21

Alex, this instructable is spot on! I recently relocated to the Adirondack Mountains in upper New York. I have taken up hiking at age 60. Since I am a newbie at hiking, I am told that I should be prepared to survive at least 24 hrs. in the woods; even if I am just planning a 2-3 hr. hike. I bring plenty of water, some light snacks, a lighter and a whistle; but that's about it. I am going to begin putting together your outdoor kit, hopefully, I will never need it, but in the event that I do, it just may save my life. Thank you for the post.

Alex 2Q (author)RastaWife2016-04-21

Hi Rastawife, I admire that you started something new at that age (Not that 60 is particularly old but not many people feel like trying something new by that age).

Maybe this kit is a little over the top for your purpose though. I wrote another Instructable on how to make individual Survival kits that maybe also have some ideas for your kit. Water, Food, a lighter & a whistle are a good start but I think you should be also looking at some form of shelter or something that helps you keeping warm. Emergency blankets are great since they are cheap and come in a small & lightweight package. Also have a secondary way to start a fire packed watertight and carried in a different place than the lighter.

I could go on forever but there are many great Instructables on the subject available and waiting to be read :)

Cheers Alex

katzpawz (author)2016-04-21

Your instructions are well thought out and easy to follow! I want to go out and make something! My name is : katzpawz

Alex 2Q (author)katzpawz2016-04-21

Thanks katzpaw! I have updated the giveaway page since this Instructable was published over 1 1/2 months ago and the old Giveaway is over.

Thanks for participating!

Cheers Alex

MelodyW3 (author)2016-04-21

Nice kit!

Alex 2Q (author)MelodyW32016-04-21


darlene.holmes.75 (author)2016-04-21

WOW! Your kit is the best I have seen. Thank you.

Thanks a lot!

papashanty (author)2016-04-21

:) good kit, thanks for share!

Alex 2Q (author)papashanty2016-04-21


kiltedtxn (author)2016-04-21

Great Kit Alex. One question though, what size is the organazier box?

Alex 2Q (author)kiltedtxn2016-04-21

Thanks kiltedtxn, the box is 27cm*19cm*4,5cm (approx. 10" * 7 1/2" * 1 3/4")

Cheers Alex

CSI worker (author)2016-03-20

I don't know why but I keeps putting the comment a second after I post it. Sorry bout that!!

CSI worker (author)2016-03-20

Yea... About that... Just started the merit badge at winter fest.. I'm got most of the requirements done. But I still have a few left I'm getting closer tho!

CSI worker (author)2016-03-20

Yea... About that... Just started the merit badge at winter fest.. I'm got most of the requirements done. But I still have a few left I'm getting closer tho!

CSI worker (author)2016-03-18

What's your fb, and Twitter blog? I entered the giveaway... It would make my day if I win... I only won one giveaway... It really wasn't a giveaway it was really a silent auction, but that was YEARS ago. Also I am I Boy Scout I would take this stuff to summer camp and take the wilderness survival merit badge.

Have a great day, CSIworker

Alex 2Q (author)CSI worker2016-03-20

Hi CSI worker, thanks for your feedback for participating in the giveaway. Good luck for the Giveaway!

Cheers Alex

PS: If you win and get the wilderness survival merit badge you would have to share it with me ;) Or at least post a picture of it :D

CSI worker (author)2016-03-18

CSI worker

I keep forgetting that I did my username like that xD

blorgggg (author)2016-03-13

I've used many kinds of little storage boxes for electronics kits in the wild, and I have found these versions with built-in gaskets to be super useful for weatherproofing the internals! That's the only improvement to your kits i would make :) Good work!

Alex 2Q (author)blorgggg2016-03-13

Hi blorgggg,

thanks for reading and also for your suggestion. I too like the Plano boxes for fishing and currently wait for a couple I have ordered!

Cheers Alex

lostatsea3698 (author)2016-03-11

this is a phenomenal kit, you obviously put a great deal of thought in to its contents. Also, the container is spot on for keeping organized ( I'm a medic and you know as well as I do that is as good as nonexistent if is impossible to find...)
However, as a medic ( can't help it, life is SURROUNDED by FA) I can't help but notice lack of FA/trauma gear- however, I definitely assume that's just an entirely separate kit ( it is for me anyways haha). also, I believe in mine I'd add just a few simple fish hooks maybe stuck in the cardboard somewhere (not that you couldn't fashion a few hooks out of several items listed, of course).
Great indestructible! I'm definitely going to check out your channel. Its funny because we have eerily similar EDCs (SOG multitool [issued 15 years ago and literally haven't a day I haven't had it or needed it for SOMETHING], benchmade triage [more work related than anything], leatherman raptor [trauma shears with o2 wrench, again work], 10m pcord, 150lm pen-light [tight spaces and regular 24s], lighter and torch [same reasons as yourself]- maybe it's a brainwashed in service thing?? Anyways, thanks again- looks phenomenal!

Alex 2Q (author)lostatsea36982016-03-11

Hi lostatsea3698,

thanks a lot for your feedback it is always a great motivation for the next project!!!

To answer your questions:

I was looking for a suitable container for ages but most had rounded edges/corners and I felt that those would be just a waste of space (or space waster ;) ). For the more compact ones I will most probably order a container like the ones used for fishing gear that can be used from top & bottom.

I left First Aid completely out of this kit as I do have a basic kit in my EDC and more extensive kits in my outdoor/filming & bug-out bags.

The same goes for fishing supplies. I keep a version of my Altoids Kit on my person when heading outdoors. In my bag I also carry a small fishing kit (Which I will do a Instructable on soon).

I also still have my first ever multitool which was a Leatherman PST which I carried for the entirety of my service and beyond.

Thanks again for taking the time to write me your feedback.

Cheers Alex

PS: Since you are a medic you might also like to read:

4WantofaNail's First Aid Kit:

or my Personal First Aid Kit for Hostile Environments

4WantofaNail (author)2016-03-10

What, no zip ties? Neat idea, glad. to see ur still posting. Cheers

Alex 2Q (author)4WantofaNail2016-03-11

Hi mate, thanks for reading! I have indeed included zip ties but didn't have them in the fasteners picture (for whatever reason). You can find them in the miscellaneous step :D

Cheers Alex

seamster (author)2016-03-10

Hey, thanks for the shout-out! :)

I really like the intelligent assortment of things you've put together here. This is an excellent kit!

Alex 2Q (author)seamster2016-03-10

Hi Seamster,

that's the least I could do! Thanks for the inspiration!

Cheers Alex

shambuda2000 (author)2016-03-09

Nice kit.

Alex 2Q (author)shambuda20002016-03-09

Thanks shambuda2000

Bubbaselz (author)2016-03-09


Alex 2Q (author)Bubbaselz2016-03-09

Hi Bubbaselz,

thanks for reading & commenting. Thank you also for participating in the monthly giveaway could you please visit my video to leave your comment?

Thanks Alex

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