Introduction: Pocket Sized Survival Kit

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I know this has been done before, but I thought I'd add my $.02 and make one my way. After looking at a lot of these survival kits I realized that they were missing a lot of things, and adding useless weight.

Step 1: Materials

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For this kit you will need most of these

-Altoids tin
-Leatherman/ other multool
-Lock back knife (leatherman c301)
-Lighter (Zippo works great)
-Magnifying glass lens
-Matches (wax coated ones work best)
-First aid materials (Bandaids, alcohol wipes)
-Razor blades
-Tape (Medical- 3M transpore)
-Bag (1 gallon zip lock style)

Step 2: Wire

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Wrap the wire inside the altoids can as shown in the picture.
Wire can be use to fix cars, hold parts in place, hold a splint together, hold cans over a fire, and so much more.

Step 3: Tape (3M Transpore)

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Tape can be used to hold things together, and to wrap wounds it also can be used to waterproof stuff.

Step 4: String and Needle

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String and a needle can be used to sew clothing, and also if you injure yourself you can use it to stitch yourself up.

Step 5: Razor Blades

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Razor blades are used to cut stuff too delicate or small for the knife. You can also use them to do rudimentary surgery if you injure yourself (don't forget to sterilize it with an alcohol wipe).

Step 6: Firecracker

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These are a great attention getter. Unfortunately at the time I only have one. In an emergence go to the highest point you can find and light one off there. This is best done when there are other people or planes and helicopters in the area.

Step 7: Flint

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Use flint as your last resort to start a fire or light a firecracker. If you have a zippo use that to make it much easier to spark. If not use the file on your leatherman.

Step 8: First Aid

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In addition to the tape keep band-aids, and alcohol wipes. You might also want to bring some basic medicines. Survival tip: Willow is natural aspirin. Boil it in water and drink it and it will work just as well as taking an aspirin pill.

Step 9: String

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These strings are much stronger, and can be used for lashing branches together to make a shelter. The darker one is elastic, and can also be used as a tourniquet to slow blood flow while you stitch, or wrap a wound.

Step 10: Compass

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Obviously this will help you find your way. Use the smallest one you can find. Also know how to find your way around using trees, the sun, and stars.

Step 11: Plastic Bag

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This can be used to condense and collect water. Put it over a tree branch,zip, tie, or tape the end, and in the morning it will have water in the bottom.

Step 12: Matches

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These are your second back up fire source. Wood ones are best, but I didn't have any at the time. Coat them in wax to water proof them.

Step 13: Leatherman

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My leatherman blast is a life saver. The most important part it has for survival is it's saw. It also has scissors, screw drivers, bottle opener, knife, file, pliers, wire cutter, and a ruler.

Step 14: Knife

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A sturdy locking knife is another important tool. You want to be sure it locks, because if it doesn't it could close on your fingers. You can use it for cutting, hunting, and making certain tools and types of shelter.

Step 15: Lighter

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In order to start a fire you will need a lighter. I chose a zippo because even if the fuel runs out I can still use the flint. It is not as waterproof as a gas lighter, but if kept in a bag it should be fine.

Step 16: Phone

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Don't depend on this! Its battery could die, and you probably will have a hard time getting a signal. It is good to carry it, but don't depend on it! It will not save you!

Step 17: Other Things to Have

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My list is pretty good, but you might also want to have:
Condom: Protect cuts, hold water, protect electronic, lighters, matches, papers, conserve body heat..., etc! (might want a few)
Magnifying glass: Start fires, surgery (you can make one for fires using ice in the winter)
Alcohol wipes: I would have put them in, but I couldn't find them
Fire steel: It is extremely hard to start a fire with a tiny piece of flint. These work much better
Fishing hooks: Good if you are somewhere with lakes and streams, not useful for me anymore :'(
Whistle: Unfortunatley the firecracker only works one time. This can be reused infinitely.

Thats it. Simple and small

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dgraham17 (author)2015-12-29

nice basic setup. I used a tin that a new watch came in. similar size but just a slight bit deeper. thanks for sharing ur idea!

hkrasinski (author)2011-08-18

y do u need a condom

Kuro-Tsukiyo (author)hkrasinski2015-09-15

interestingly enough, condoms, without the spermacides and stuff just plain ones....are exceptional at holding water.

arcticmom (author)2013-12-28

One piece of advise for all survival kits, put the contents in the bag rather than storing the bag separately. When you need something in a hurry from the bottom of the kit, or you need the tin to carry water, etc, the bag keeps the contents from getting dumped out on the ground.

joshabgvghn (author)2013-04-10

Phone battery to start a fire

Grey_Wolfe (author)2008-03-22

If you're planning on using thread to stitch yourself up (why else would it be in a survival kit, lol), then it is best to use nylon tread, as it is more sanitary. Cotton is unsafe to put into your body. Cotton fever is not a pleasant thing, nor is infection in general.

LinuxH4x0r (author)Grey_Wolfe2008-03-22

Thanks! I'm glad I didn't try it yet.

htikeagkyaw (author)LinuxH4x0r2010-10-22

Damn Scary to stitch yourself up. Can't Even Imagine.

Grey_Wolfe (author)htikeagkyaw2012-04-12

Cheaper than a hospital bill. ;)

pastaking (author)Grey_Wolfe2011-05-31

Best to have both, as nylon is not the best for repairing clothes. As I found out the hard way ;-)

mad hatter503 (author)2012-04-01

Add one thing-a "can't blow out" candle, the prank ones you all have seen. Light the candle and it will be tough to have it go out, even in windy conditions!

Cartuner55 (author)2008-05-24

why the heck do you need a condom?!?!

DIYerr (author)Cartuner552008-06-09

lol... everyone who sees that for the first time says the 'zact same thing. In a survival situation it could be used for water carrying. Good question, very good 'ible

masterchrisx3 (author)DIYerr2008-06-23

and if u have a girl with u and ur about to dye ...

crobson (author)masterchrisx32011-05-09

what your tshirt?

Lukas7 (author)crobson2011-11-24

HAHA, sharp..

well, if you're about to dye anyway, then you don't need one, because aids won't kill you if you're already dead, but good point though...

bumpus (author)AnarchistAsian2008-07-13

the both of you misspelled "Die"

mg0930mg (author)bumpus2008-09-06

Wow, we should start an actual group that goes on instructables, just to correct comments. That would be funny. PM me

bumpus (author)mg0930mg2008-09-07

Good Idea

Grammar Nazis

WILL62 (author)bumpus2010-02-17

hey Bumpus, YOU can't spell either its HEE HEE not he he

pdc (author)bumpus2009-05-03

Maybe they were contemplating a hypothetical "haircare situation" rather than a survival situation?

bumpus (author)pdc2009-05-04

Mebbe. :P

Or if you wander out of the wilderness into a city and you been in the woods soooooo long that just can't help yourself.

Okay, that's kinda nasty

PCvsMac (author)DIYerr2008-07-28

Hold up. - A condom contains spermicide (A chemical that holds and kills off sperm). So would that poison the water!? For hygenic reasons, I prefur NOT to use a condom: To be honest, I dont feel comfortable using one (for holding water...) But other than that it is a good water carrier :)

DIYerr (author)PCvsMac2008-08-10

There are some kinds you can get w/o the lube, or spermicide, im pretty sure. But yeah, i know what you mean about the hygenic reasons lol.

Noname23 (author)DIYerr2008-09-24

You can buy dry condoms for cheaper then condoms that have spermicide.

nathan-safc (author)Cartuner552010-04-15

u use a condom to carry water

XWXAXDXEX (author)Cartuner552010-02-03

I dont see it? the quality foods thing?

squidstew (author)Cartuner552009-10-23

Hey, bears need love too.

Knot71 (author)2010-08-04

Can you get Altoids in the UK?

phonetic (author)Knot712011-08-21

Poundland sell them for, you guessed it, £1. Marks and Spencers sell them under their own branding for £1.19, I think.

Mutantflame (author)phonetic2011-08-23

Altoids at poundland? I've never seen them there before. However I found them at a pharmacy near my friends house for 99p so we get them occasionally.

dsherlock (author)Mutantflame2011-08-28

Yes ... I reckon I know that pharmacy ...
not, of course, to be confused with farmacie (which is very much like a pharmacy except they keep chickens - obviously)

rblee (author)Knot712010-10-10

Yes - Try Waitrose. My local one stocks them.

rblee (author)2010-10-10

You forgot a signalling mirror. These are small and durable and attract attention over great distances. S&R pilots will tell you that they're much more visible than burning tyres. I'd swap it for a firecracker any time.

Maybe you could do something clever with the bottom of the Altoids tin, although you'd have to stop it getting distorted.

Mutantflame (author)rblee2011-08-23

The inside of the lid of the tin can be used as a mirror, if it's clean.

BigDave67 (author)2009-06-06

Actually, it is the willow's inner bark not willow that is the natural aspirin. Strip the bark down to the cambium layer, then scrape the inner bark from the outer bark and use this to make a tea. A tea may also be made from the leaves. Please be careful where and how you strip the bark as you can kill the tree.

Lhtrf (author)BigDave672010-09-24

about killing the tree, if its camping, you should be careful, but if it depends on your life, it isn't that important, most important thing is you survive, the tree surviving is optional.

jtpoutdoor (author)Lhtrf2011-07-25

aspirin isn't going to save your life however

Sabata (author)Lhtrf2010-12-20

Willow are hardy and taking a few small cuttings won't harm the tree. AAMOF, doing so can even make the plant healthier. Also worth mentioning is that many types of can be propagated simply by sticking a branch in moist soil.

pastaking (author)Sabata2011-05-31

Yeah. FYI, a good park keeper's pruning does more damage than this. Trees are very resiliant plants.

mrsmileybob (author)2008-04-16

you shouldn't use a tourniquet unless you plan on losing a limb later. Tourniquets are a last resort and really are not meant to temporarily stop blood flow.

LinuxH4x0r (author)mrsmileybob2008-04-16

This is meant to be temporary for while you clean up or cut away. (less than 5 mins)

cjones-7 (author)LinuxH4x0r2011-07-07

having a tourni on my arm for 5 hours saved my life, and my arm. damage from long term tourniquets is minimal and is usually limited to slight nerve damage.

chicken0207 (author)mrsmileybob2009-07-18

Tourniquets have been used to save solider on many occasions. A seal team in Afghanistan actually used them for several hours with success and they only encountered problems when there medic in the evac chopper started to administer fluids. Also in my cert team we were taught to always use them.

Lakusus (author)mrsmileybob2009-07-18

Actually, you can use a tourniquet for extended periods of time, as long as you loosen it about every 5 mins for about a minute. This will allow enough blood to flow to the extremity to keep it alive, but not lose too much blood...unless half you extremity is cut off. If that's the case, don't loosen the tourniquet as you may lose more than your extremity! ;)

Wascopirate (author)2011-04-05

great kit!!! Most of these kits I see have the leatherman wave or kick but I personaly believe that the blast is the best for survival great choice!!

Kasekine (author)2010-01-04

Another item that would be important is a small squeeze bottle of honey.  You can dab some honey into your cuts before you bandage them to help prevent infection.  Bacteria and virii don't grow in honey so it is one of the safest items you can use.  And if need be you can eat some of it to sustain yourself for a couple hours (all that sugar).

TheInventor1997 (author)Kasekine2010-03-16

 how small can you get honey

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