Introduction: The True Army Survival Kit

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Here is the survival kit that they use in the army. I dont have all of the gear, so I will show you the pages from the us army survival book.

Step 1: What to Do

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So here is what the army uses

Go here (too much to type)

Read next step for my personal survival kit That I personally made.

Step 2: My Personal Survival Kit

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Ok, I realized that a survival kit isn't practical so I only carry 2 things, and my skills.

What do I carry you ask?

Pocket knife
Survival skillz
(you can get the firesteel and knife all in one like the pic, I just lost the knife so I now just carry separate tools)

I used to carry the same knife in the pic, but I dropped it while fishing. It is now at the bottom of the Atlantic ocean.


Mattakers (author)2014-01-04

The link was taken directly from United States military survival guide FM 21-76

BudgetBugout (author)2013-03-09

Fire, knives, and intellect is how mankind got to where it is today. A good survivalist needs those items at a minimum. Too many survival kits have rubberbands and paperclips but no knife.

I recently uploaded my Altoids Survival Kit. Lemme know what ya think.

loverise (author)2009-05-14

My question is what tins like altoid are safe to heat water in and which tins are not because of toxic leaching? I bought some cute tins around xmas time to make survival kits the tin color is goldish and I just don't know if it would be safe to heat water in them to drink. Can any one tell me how to tell which are okay and why some are not okay to drink from? With much appreciation, Laurie

I have heard that if you throw the tin in a fire until the paint and other things burn off that it will be fine.

Honestly, I think the least of your worries when you are trying to survive is chemical leaching. If you need water and the only way to make it consumable is in an altoids tin, then you have no choice. On another note, if you include water purification tablets, you won't have to worry about boiling the water. I don't know if there are any similar containers out there to cook in that are safe. Good luck in your search!

izzyk84 (author)2011-02-20

Lol, not trying to be immature, but why would you use a condom for water storage? I really think that condoms might be too tempting to people, and wouldn't there be something else?

tomsoulm8 (author)izzyk842012-11-03

I would think a gallon ziploc freezer bag would be better suited for portable water storage - not to mention much more durable. Condoms break easily, and won't hold nearly as much water as a gallon ziploc would.

ac1D (author)izzyk842011-03-25

Condoms (NOT the lubricated one!) are really nice for water storage!

bushcraftnewbie (author)ac1D2011-05-20

and terrible for what theyre ment for...

General D3 (author)2009-07-22

folding blades are fine, you just need a really good locking system. my lock on my knife broke, so i got a new knife. a cadet swiss army knife.

yah i just got a new knife it has a super strong lock.

I'm a woman and not as strong in my hands, (arthritis).  I love the idea of the safety of a strong lock, but the last one I had I had to take back since it was to strong for me to work the lock.  I'm thinking of a non folding one in a sheath but I want a sharp one like my paring knife.  Should I just make a sheath for my paring knife or wouldn't it be a good knife for survival?

well, a paring knife is kind of flimsy, if it is a good grade metal, and it is not serrated then go for it. In my oppinion i would just go out and get a nice ka-bar i have three that I take with me into the woods and camping (Knife 1, Knife 2, Knife 3, which i keep hidden) i find that these all really help. Like I said before, If your paring knife isn't flimsy, and is made of good metal with no serrations, then go for it.

Knife #3 looks like a great thing to include in one of these survival kits. Thanks for the link!

wow that last knife would be hard to use I would think.  How do you hold that?  do you have to be trained to use it?

no actually that knife is used as a last ditch self defense knife, but i had other purposes. it works great for those small jobs that you dont feel like taking the big knife out for, or when your in a sticky situation where you cant get to the regular knife. You hold the knife like a regular knife, look it up on youtube. its a great knife for a small price.

Beggsie11 (author)KittyF2012-04-17

If you need a knife for survival I recommend the bear grylls ultimate knife.
It's a very sturdy and sharp blade and it has a field sharpener and a flint that works really well. Best of all it folds and has a simple piece of Velcro to help keep it in the sheath and oce you've un done its a simple clip.

jddockery2 (author)KittyF2011-11-27

you may want to look at some of the CRKT knives, they are liner locks and several models have a secondary lock switch. I have a couple and they are really solid. They also can be disassembled for cleaning.

Blechmen (author)KittyF2011-09-19

You should look up leatherman They have a great line of quality products such as multitools and flick blades I have the leatherman wave and love it it has one hand opening system which is really easy to use.

sandwitch, sorry to hear about your lost knife. I've only lost one knife I really cared about. Then a friend advised me to get a bungee type lanyard and put it on with my knife. Haven't lost one since. Also, I served in the military a long time, and taught survival, I believe I do have a substantial set of skills. Even at that, I would not be so bold as to head out equipped as you suggested, with "with 2 things and my skills". That's a short trip to a scary ending.

freeza36 (author)General D32012-01-01

i don't much like the cadet knives. they arent the best

brickman93 (author)General D32010-08-08

the gerber paraframe series has a good lock. had mine for two months, hasent failed yet.

RoboTronics21 (author)2012-08-27

Which knife is this?

glynn19 (author)RoboTronics212012-09-05

Tool Logic or Light My Fire SL3 Tactical Folding Knife..... about $25.00 on eBay

Beggsie11 (author)2012-04-22

You're very brave going out in he woods with only a knife and fire steel.

poppyo (author)2009-03-24

O No. And I thot I had all the different tpes of knives I could use. I would be sorry to lose almost any knife. Now I will go searching the knife sites.

? just buy a nice very solid knife.

there are some very nice ones on the market. i like buck, tool logic, leathrman, and blind horse knives. smith and wesson also has the h.r.t series witch is very nice.

i meant leatherman, my key board is all fuked up

Gerber is WAY better than Leatherman the ARMY carries GERBER not Leatherman. I will leave it at that.

rownhunt (author)chicks dig me2009-05-28

I have a smith and wesson hinged blade!

chicks dig me (author)rownhunt2009-06-01

i hav a smith and wesson folder that is part of their h.r.t. series in urban camo.

Nothin' beats a Kershaw Leek

blind horse knives rule. id say there the best i mentioned. i also forgot kershaw, redhead,and gerber.

Cool I'll check them out


I agree folding knives are no good for survival you need a good fixed blade. :)

but they are convenient, and legal for me to carry.

me and my dad make fixed blades so its easy for me to get although i have a couple hinged blades for knocking around!

freeza36 (author)2011-12-26

so does my friend

B2BSurvivor (author)2011-12-19

Harbor Freight has some OK little generators for about $100. Compact, will run lights, a small microwave or hotplate TV and computers, radios etc. Not all at the same time, of course.

blacksmithsurvial (author)2011-12-02

I got lost in the woods and got out from a hichhiker sleeping near the road he saw me and got help because my arm got badly hurt by the way get a raser blade from a pencil sharpener or something

sokamiwohali (author)2009-07-25

being lazy with survival can get you killed. it took me 7 years to make my survival kit because i didnt think that it wasnt energy bars, or pre-packaged water, or not enough rope...i now have 2 survival kits...a fishing kit (which you can find on here, and a professional kit that i just bought...that alows it was worth the frovides limited food and water, some sort of shelter, rope, and basic essentials. thats where the kit i made comes matter what, i can get some sort of animal to eat if available, and theres a wide range that i can catch with just a little rope a hook, and mono-filament.

im lazy when it comes to typing and stuff, but im a scout with the survival merit badge

cool. i am an eagle scout. what rank are you? i too have the survival merit badge...i was the most prepared when they put us out in the forest for our one-night stay in a wilderness survival shelter that we had to build ourselves. i took the bare minimum that i needed...water, rope, a few matches, knifeand a couple snacks. heres a hint though...dont be lazy when writing your just robs everyone else of the knowledge you have to share with them...believe it or not, i love to learn from the younger scouts because they do have their good ideas...thats what scouting is all be a leader, one must follow... if you would like some of the knowledge i have gained from scouting, please feel free to ask. i have learned alot since i was in scouts. Once an Eagle Always an Eagle.

RangerJ (author)sokamiwohali2011-11-25

Your post reminded me of something I had intended to mention before. If you have room, one of the handier things you can take in your survival or bug out bag is a Boy Scout handbook, especially one of the older ones. I have mine from 1961, which has a lot of good information, and my cousin's from the 1950s, which is even better. There is information on snake identification, trees, shelters, map reading, land navigation - all kinds of stuff. The only caveat I would offer is regarding the first aid material - it has changed dramatically since then and the information presented, especially on CPR (which didn't exist back then) is totally wrong.
Believe it or not, things I learned in Scouting served me well in the Army, and even now, in my present job, I use some of the information and skills from time to time.

sokamiwohali (author)RangerJ2011-11-25

haha are you a retiree? what was the highest rank you obtained? i got out the day i was supposed to be promoted to Spec. Yeah alot of things from Boy Scouts is always useful in the Army/Military.

HAL 9000 (author)sokamiwohali2010-01-13

 Indeed. Imagine if Einstein had been lazy with his writings. "Well, you know, there's like, the speed of light and stuff... you'll figure it out." The more detailed the instructables the better. How about an instructable on, not just what to bring, but how to use these things in a survival situation?

I am first class. I also brought bare minimum all I had was a water bottle, a knife, flint and steel, and some rope. the instructable was just a quick thing that I made one night out of boredom. what troop are you in.

well, i am not in a troop right now. i can only be an assistant/ (soon may qualify) scoutmaster. i really liked being in the scouting program. i am not OFFICIALLY enrolled into the scouting program as an adult leader, but i am a behind the scenes recruiter/ encourager of geting into the scouting program and earning eagle. right now my focus is the cub scouts. they often need the most encouragement cause they reach a "boring" pinnacle where they think that they arent having fun. boy scouts are the easiest to keep in usually. but i do still consider mysefl to still being in the scouting program...once in, never out. what troop are you with and what town is it based?

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