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This survival kit composes of a backpack, extreme survival book, fire extinguisher, flashlight, extra batteries, pliers, multi-tool, soup, aspirin, water, money, cup (guys only), tampon (girls only), phone, pencil, paper, knife, gas mask, scissors, rope, gaming device, hand sanitizer, tissues, candle, lighter, matches, cards, word-search, glasses with rear-view mirrors, gloves, binoculars, paracord bracelet, thermometer, and a lantern.

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GaryH8 (author)2015-07-02

Lidocaine,syringe, Morpineor opiate, scalpel. Prethreaded suture needles.

scrapedfire1256 (author)2013-01-04

i got one of those coconut heads but i use it for drinking out of ...... what do you use it for?

A protective helmet...it keeps the aliens from reading my mind!

Th33w0krap15t (author)2012-11-27

One question, what's up with the coconut head?

To be honest, I was probably up late, on a sugar buzz, and my cat will put up with anything. Other than that, I have no explanation.

Rkaynjehll (author)2014-04-05

Many comments and questions from the community here but no reply from the author. daywee, if you're going to make something here why not give some feedback to your followers? Just saying :)

Mattakers (author)2014-03-02

You are missing a couple elements of survival. Water, fire and first-aid. For water, get a life straw and a steel cup to boil water in. For shelter, I would add a tube tent and a Mylar blanket. For first-aid, you could just buy a pre-made one , but I made mine from many different first aid kits to suit me best. Good attempt!

Rkaynjehll (author)Mattakers2014-04-05

i have one of the straws, but without quit a bit of rigging.. how do you suggest using it to filter water into a cup to boil in? suck the water and spit it into the cup? I see this problem a lot. I carry a filter straw. But only for perfect conditions because using it as it was intended makes me have to skip the boiling process. Just curious, thanks

Mattakers (author)2014-03-02

I meant shelter not fire

Wyattr55123 (author)2013-06-28

Like pickles suggests below, a fair amount of this stuff could be disposed of or replaced, and to me it looks like an early attempt, but overall, a very decent start.

jboseman (author)2013-05-22

I think the first aid value of the tampon, which can be used for large wounds, validate their addition for both sexes kits

Pickles5000 (author)2013-01-20

There are a few good elements to this kit which I will talk about in a minute but first up some constructive criticism:
The PSP - While at first it may provide entertainment, once the battery is dead it's really just a piece of junk weighing you down. Not to mention, in a survival situation, gaming should be one of the last things on your mind.
Fire extinguisher - While useful in an urban environment (we keep on in the car and most commercial buildings have many attached to walls) a fire extinguisher is another example of useless weight in a survival kit. The type of fire I expect would be facing you in a survival situation is not going to be beaten down by a small (yet heavy) fire extinguisher. The space and weight allowance could be much better utilized.
The Book - Read it, Memorize it. Takes up space and while it might provide some interesting reading while facing the boredom phases of waiting rescue/world returning to normal, it will ultimately also become a nuisance.
The Coconut? - for food, replace with protein rich bars used by athletes, not good for bowel movements but take up less space, are lighter and more suited to the situation. For a water receptacle, use a metal water bottle, canteens like what the military use or a kidney cup - You can cook in all three of these (if the canteen is metal) and they will last longer.
Unless you plan on playing cricket, baseball, etc. I'm not entirely sure why you have included a cup.
As mentioned, tampons are not just for girls - they have many uses and if you aren't comfortable carrying them, carry some cotton wool and Vaseline - when the cotton wool is rubbed with Vaseline, you can light it with the smallest spark and it will stay alight for quite a while.
Having a phone is a good idea but personally I would invest in a sat phone or rent one for when I go bush. Personally I carry a personal locator beacon which when activated, contacts the government (I live in Australia) and a full search and rescue operation takes place. Obviously, these are only used in an emergency but if this truly is a survival kit then it's contents shouldn't be designed for calling your parents asking for a pickup.
The Gas mask - could be helpful but a shemagh, scarf, or any piece of cotton for that matter, when soaked in water, should be suitable.
Word search - potentially good for some short - term entertainment, I see it more as a fire-starter though which leads me back to cotton wool and Vaseline.
Thermometer - what for? If it is 40 degrees celsius then it is hot. 10 degrees then it is cold. Your clothing should reflect what your body feels/is telling you. Why have a thermometer when your body is perfectly good at this task.

That may seem a bit nasty but I am simply offering my advice on how to better your survival kit so that, if faced with a survival situation, you will have a better chance of survival.

Now, what do I like?
torch/flashlight - while not essential, it certainly helps in many situations. If you are desperate, wire can be taken out and a spark created bu connecting the wire to your batteries and touching the ends.
extra batteries - always a good idea, make sure they are good quality and rechargeable (save the environment)
pliers - while they come on most multi tools (if yours doesn't have them then I wouldn't call them a 'multi-tool') they can still be a useful stand-alone tool if not available on your multi-tool.
Multi-tool - not for heavy duty work but as aback up for your knife and a lot of urban situations, a good choice.
water - I like to always have 2 litres on me when out bush. I would also recommend water purification tablets or if you can get them, condy's crystals. These are used for water treatment, disinfecting wounds and starting fires (to do this you will need sugar or a simple alcohol)
Money is also a good idea for urban situations, when travelling multiple currencies are a good idea - in some countries, us dollars are the preferred currency when the countries own currency is unstable, etc.
Knife - I always like to carry at least a small folding knife. Not sure what you plan to do with the monster in the picture but I find that a GOOD QUALITY (not necessarily expensive) medium sized folder or a decent bushcraft knife will usually suffice. If you are cutting down trees then a wire saw with handles would be recommended.
scissors - good for first aid, I would suggest including a decent sized cache of first aid supplies in your kit (and the knowledge of how to use them) if you really want to survive.
rope - at least 30 feet of PROPER paracord is always on me (pockets, etc.) when i'm hiking. This is indispensable, and no, cheap cord from the supermarket is NOT acceptable. If you are really serious, a 30+ metre length of static climbing grade rope is suggested along with a locking gate carabiner and some webbing to make a harness.
candle, lighter, matches - I would also add flint and steel
cards - probably my choice for entertainment, a variety of uses, lightweight and small.
sunglasses - when combined with proper sun protection (hat, clothing, etc.) these are very important.
gloves - to go along with the first aid kit, I also usually carry some riggers gloves in case I need to do some heavy work, put my hands in dark places, do an emergency abseil, etc.
binoculars, good if you are in a hostile environment though I would choose some smaller ones. Otherwise, they aren't good for much except birdwatching and making leaves hot in an attempt to start a fire.
paracord bracelet - see rope.
lantern - I would say this is already covered by the torch.

Overall, this is a good start. I would say that if you take up some of the suggestions, see what others have done and adapt your kit to suit situations you are likely to face, you will have one hell of a kit that is adaptable to your every need. Good luck :)

loki_thor2001 (author)2012-11-02

Great list for starting a good pack. I would say that the tampon is a universal tool. Great for puncture wounds if you fall on a stick or heaven forbid you get shot(hunting accidents) Not to be crude but it is designed to plug a hole, absorb blood, and is sanitary. Also can make a great fire starter. Catches fire with flint and steel when you fluff it out.

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