Any type of survival kit you decide to carry should at a bare minimum be able to either provide you with, allow you to make, or make it possible to aquire the basics of survival:
- First Aid
Step 1: Fire
You should always have at least three means of producing a fire. If one fails or you run out of matches you can still make fiire. It is esential that you practice making fire with all of the methods you choose to carry with you under all types of conditions.
I spent the last few weeks making fires while camping with each of the fire starting aids in this kit in everything from near freezing temperatures to the rain to keep my skills up, you should do the same. Seldom will the conditions be exactly what you would want when you are forced into a survival situation.
Step 2: Food
I carried two snare wires that I made and packed into the kit as well as 150 yards of 50# braided fishing line and various hooks and sinkers. With the strength and small diameter of the fishing line it can be used to make repairs to your clothing, sutures, and for lashing.
I always find a way to carry a bouillon cube or two in my kits. They are good for adding a little flavor to a hot drink on a cold night or more imporantly to add flavor to that rat you are cooking for dinner.
Step 3: Handy Stuff
I made a small water carrier with the duct tape (I saw that trick on Mythbusters) as well as using it for lashing on a lean-to.
The sewing needle can be used to make repairs in clothing and if you sterilize it, to make repairs in you using the fishing line.
It took a bit of experimentation to figue out the "right size" peice of tin foil to add but 12"x3' seemed to be the best fit for the size container I was going to put everything in. You can make a small pot for boiling water and another for cooking, and an approx. 12 oz "cup" with it and you have something refelctive for signaling if needed.
I added one of the small survival knives I made in a previous Instructable as a back up to the pocket knife I always have on me. I used it pretty much exclusively during the field trials I put this little kit through and it held up very well. It did require sharpening when I got done. The thing I did notice, and corrected within a short time, was that it's small size make it a little uncomfortable to use after a while, so I found a peice of wood and made a larger handle for it for use while I was in the woods. For storage I went back to the original layout.
Step 4: First Aid
Step 5: Conclusion
The whole kit fits very neatly in a chest or front pocket and at a bit over 9 oz it is easy to carry without noticing it.
I am not a fan of minimalist survival kits by any stretch of the imagination but having something is better than having nothing. That said I hope you find the kit useful. As always I look forward to reading any comments about the kit you may have!
Train to survive!