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From the current plethora of “survival” or emergency kits packed into tins, it’s very clear that the idea of a small and compact emergency kit is something that pretty much everyone should have.  It’s also pretty clear that each kit more or less reflects its owner.

That being said, I am a city kid.  I do not fish, in fact, I don’t eat fish at all.  (Remember “Finding Nemo” – my motto is that “Fish are friends, NOT food!”  However, I certainly have no issue at all with anyone else catching or eating fish if that’s what they desire.  It’s not a criticism, just a personal preference.  Besides which, in LA there are only 2 real places to fish – the ocean or the neighbor’s koi pond.  Ocean fishing would require more than I could fit into a tin and if I were forced to eat the neighbor’s koi, I could probably get one out of the pond without a hook…  The same goes with fire.  It’s unlikely that I will really need to ever start a fire, and if I did, then a match or lighter would do me.  In the concrete jungle it’s pretty unlikely that I’d need to start a fire with a mag & flint, so I’ll stick to a lighter & matches.  Again, for those of you that camp or go into forresty areas, mountains or other wilderness places you’d certainly need to have that option available to you.  I’m more interested in making sure that I can get out of an 8th floor office if the power is down.  I don’t think I’d need to make a torch from the coatrack to do that.

So with that preface, please keep in mind that my kit matches me, and is designed to be an emergency kit, rather than true “survival” kit.  If the apocalypse is coming, I really doubt that anything in a tin would save me anyway.  This is my very first Instructible, so I hope that you'll enjoy checking it out and I welcome your comments!
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Finding nemo is THE best movie in the world!!!!!!!
Pretty good, Just like to say when you are really starving you'll eat the koi & their pet poodle too. :-)
Pretty good, Just like to say when you are really starving you'll eat the koi & their pet poodle too. :-)
poofrabbit2 years ago
Congratulations on being a finalist in the be prepare contest!
Tracy_Marie2 years ago
Very good. If My digital hadn't broken I'd show you pixs of my kit. But it's a major earthquake kit made of small catagory kits. ie: toilitries, cooking, washing-up, washing clothes, etc. I'll have to do an 'ible someday.
Nosanon2 years ago
This is a very good mini urban kit, it follows the philosophy you put forward in the intro, the one about keeping it tailored for your use case. I was also a bit confused about the trivet but I get it now after reading the comments.
JDTagish (author)  Nosanon2 years ago
Thank heavens for comments! Lots of times I've found more helpful info in comments than in some 'ibles. Thanks for taking the time to check out my Instructable!
EmcySquare2 years ago
Very Good Urban Kit, better than many others I've seen around !!

I totally agree with you about the uselessness for a fishing kit in an urban environment (and most of the time in a wilderness one too).

I don't get 100% of the magneti cork trivet

In my kit I have COPIES of ID, a lot more zipties and elastic bands.
You might also consider adding a spool of dental floss as a durable strong line for multiple uses. I also have a small pry-bar with multiple functions, Bus tickets and printed phone numbers of friends and family
JDTagish (author)  EmcySquare2 years ago
I knew the "trivet" was going to throw a few people off. It serves a few functions. Like, if the power goes off at work, but you boss won't let you go home, because they're thinking it won't stay off, but you'd like to be able to see a bit. Light your emergency candle, and put the trivet under it so you don't burn your desk.

Second, I wanted somewhere to store the tacks and needles that was on the top of the kit, rather than inside the box part because I was concerned that I'd wind up poking myself (which I did several time when the needle rolled to the side of the tin) so I decided to put them in the cork, then decided that the cork worked best on the top, of the tin not the bottom. Hence the magnet, so it sticks to the top of the tin. Also, it now will magnetically attach to the bottom of the tin, so if I needed to carry the candle for some reason I'm, not as likely to burn my hand while doing so.

There's now way for me to also put in a pry bar, but if that's your preference to the multi tool, then I strongly encourage everyone to use the tool they feel will give them the most benefit.

The printed phone numbers is a good idea, bus tickets in LA wouldn't help me much. Our mass-transit system is non-existent. But, again if it has you to YOU, then I would encourage that for your kit.

Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it!
JDTagish (author)  JDTagish2 years ago
Good grief, I need an edit button!

To correct above - I have NO way to fit in a pry bar...

And, if bus ticket has USE to you...


Floss isn't a bad idea, I carry it in larger kits, but I also usually have it in my desk at work and at home, as well as in the usual places at home. I had to make some choices here, and went with the thread, since there is MILES of it on the bobbin, when I wound it with my sewing machine. I can double, triple or quadruple it up if I needed stronger or wax it myself with the candle, so I personally went with the thread.
Good points
Anyway I meant the floss to replace the cotton thread in the same bobbin as it is stronger. You can find it in a single bobbin as a refil sometimes
JDTagish (author)  EmcySquare2 years ago
EmcySquare, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! I enjoy the exchange of information, and for readers, it is always informative to hear the thoughts of more than a single person when they are deciding how to put a kit together for themselves.

For me personally, floss would not help me nearly as much as thread. I chose white on purpose as well, since I actually checked the buttons on many of my shirts, and even the colored shirts seem to be sewn on with white thread. I'm so much more likely to lose a button on my shirt, or need to repair a seam, or need to fix a torn hem. I don't believe that floss would be a better tool for me in those circumstances. Additionally, the eyes of the needles I have are too small to accept floss even if I wanted to use that instead. I'm sure I could find a needle with a larger eye if I looked for one, possibly even large enough to get floss through it. I also don't think that waxed floss would go through my sewing machine very well to get wound onto the bobbin. I suppose I could wind it by hand, but I probably wouldn't.

For anyone who is looking to make their personal kit more towards the "survival" side, and is not thinking of sewing on lost buttons, floss may very well be a better utilization of space than thread. It just wouldn't make as much sense for what I would use it for on a day-to-day basis.

I checked out the link you put in. It's too bad that that site does not tell you where you can purchase such a tool. It certainly looks handy! :-)

About the Floss:
You are right, thread is the way to go for sewing purpouses, whyle I use floss for other (more hardware / survival oriented) repairs. My sewing kit looks a lot like your "half match book": I got 3 needles (one is magnetized so to be used as a compass should I ever need one) with a yard or so of white, red and black cotton thread already in the neddle eye.

About the Prybar:
I made those prybars myself and sent it to Jalapeno Gal (the author) for a review. I'm planning to start producing them on a more resious way, maybe one day soon I'l start selling them on my website.
Now I get it better
My pray bar is 7cm (less than 3inches) long: it's the one you can find here:

"made in Italy" ;-)

I just wanna say that there is a lot of stuff in that tin!
JDTagish (author)  NinjaOrange71592 years ago
LOL, that's what my mom said too! I guess that's part of the point - to "Be Prepared" for most day-to-day minor emergencies. Thank you for taking the time to comment!
Johenix2 years ago
Some years ago, when my niece was headed for National Guard Boot Camp, I used my computer to make an eight point type list of all the cousins, their names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mails.
One line per household.
When it was done it was twice the size of a phone calling card.
I took it to a copy shop, photo reduced it to half size and printed it on sticker stock.
I put the sticker on the front of a prepaid, reloadable, phone card and gave it to her so she would have a complete address book in her wallet.
You might add something like this to your kit.

P.S. Use the list as your Christmas card list and send a copy with each card.
Thank you for posting this. This is an EXCELLENT contest entry, will you be sharing more?
JDTagish (author)  audreyobscura2 years ago
I'd love to be post more, if it seems helpful to others. I'm trying to more or less go from smallest to largest for building emergency kits, and putting them together so that the smaller one gets incorporated as part of the larger so that I'm not duplicating the same things over and over, while overlooking something essential in the process. Thank you for the encouragement!