Step 5: The Knife and the Earplugs

The knife has unlimited uses. It can be uses to shave some wood, stab someone, cut rope, etc. Extremely useful. The one in the picture is a junky one, and really isn't that good, so get a better.one. It is very small. The earplugs are also useful. Say, your stuck in a jungle with loud animals and can't get any sleep. What do you do? Earplugs. They can also be used as rope to tie something together.
Great kit! Punkhead58 has some great suggestions. One thing I would recommend is trading out the $5 for a $20. I know I've been thankful that I have a backup $20 in my survival tin a few times! :) Keep up the good work! <br> <br>I've recently uploaded my own Altoids survival tin instructable if you'd like more ideas. :)
How about a $100? That'll keep you covered! ^^
<p>$100 is too big of a bill. Getting change for $100 is always a pain. </p><p>I usually have the following:</p><p>(1) $2.00 in quarters tapped together with a thin strip of duct tape (useful for vending machines and parking meters). This can be tucked into the corner of the tin, and is the perfect height to be pinched in place by the top and bottom of the tin.</p><p>(2) 2 - $1.00 bills (for vending machines)</p><p>(3) 2 - $20.00 bills (for emergency spending)</p>
Yeah if I had $100 &gt;&lt;
<p>The gum is to plug things!</p>
You're off to a great start. Now, if you don't mind, I would like to offer some suggestions.<br><br>You focus mainly on first aide, which is good. <br><br>I recommend getting a better quality knife, perhaps even one that locks. Leatherman, Victorinox and Spyderco make a ton of super-small folders and multitools.<br><br>Next, you need a better firestarting method; I would never rely on a few matches, especially on a windy and rainy day; you can replace them with either a mini Bic lighter, or a small ferro rod. And, maybe throw in another cotton ball or two (wrap them in tape to compress them).<br><br>And, since you have a plastic bag, you should add a couple of water purification tablets (I prefer Chlorine Dioxide). <br><br>You should replace those earplugs with some waxed thread (for use as cordage, not sewing), and add a small business card wrapped with duct tape.<br><br>And lastly, you need the necessities for signaling and navigation: a flat whistle, a micro flashlight, and a button compass. <br><br>This all sounds like a lot, but you seem to have plenty of space to work with. If you want, you could take out that medical tape to free up room, the duct tape could substitute for it anyway. <br><br>Thanks for sharing, and by the way, great photography!
Thanks! I didn't realize i was focusing on first aid, but all the band-aid stuff can be smashed in really small. I actually saw a better small knife that had a mini flashlight on it, but i'm a bit short on moneys right now. I like all your suggestions. I can't believe i forgot about the purification tablets. I'm thinking about replacing the medical tape. The duct tape is a good idea. I'll try to get a mini lighter. I have a locking knife, but i usually have that on me anyways(not in the kit). What's the point of cotton balls anyway? I wasn't really sure. BTW, could flint work instead of a lighter?
Cotton balls are used as tinder. And, a flint could definitely start a fire, with the right tinder (i.e. cotton balls). Actually, that's why a lighter is such a valuable survival tool: it will start dozens and dozens of fires before it runs out of gas, and even after it does, the flint wheel can still be used to start more fires!

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