Introduction: Worlds Smallest DIY Survival Kit

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I have created what I think to be the world's smallest survival kit. While this kit is certainly not the only thing you should count on, it is very useful and tightly packed. I can say for sure that at lease one of the things would help in nearly any survival situation, if not more. The tape, the thread, and the fire making kit are avery useful. I have not used this kit to do so, but I have made fires from one match and no external tinder many times. Please do not comment below telling me how I will die in the wilderness, I am from Alaska and I always carry more than just this one kit.

Here is what the kit includes:

  • Fish Hook
  • Needle
  • 3 feet of cord
  • Two Matches and striker
  • Fire tinder
  • Knife
  • Compass needle for DIY compass
  • 1 foot of electrical tape

These things can be used with the combination of the outdoors to equal:

  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Repair
  • Finding your way home
  • Survival

Step 1: Gather Materials

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Materials needed:

  • Pill capsule or other small container
  • Fishing Hook
  • Safety pin
  • Paper Clip
  • One sided razor blade
  • Cotton ball or makeup pad
  • Matches and box, or strike anywhere matches
  • Thread or thin cord
  • Electrical tape

Tools needed:

  • Pliers with cutter
  • Safety Glasses
  • Hammer
  • Vice or more pliers
  • Scissors or knife
  • Ruler

Step 2: Cut Safety Pin Into Needle

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This needle is useful for many things, sowing, patching skin, popping blisters, and so much more. Be sure to sanitize it in alcohol or with a lighter.

Step 3: Cut and Magnetize Needle for Compass

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This is pretty important, once you have a magnetized needle, all it takes to make a compass is a leaf and a container of water. Even if you can't take the compass with you, you can at least get an idea.

Step 4: Measure and Cut Matches and Striker

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"This step is on FIIIIIRRRREEEE"

Cut Matches to the length of your capsule, you can use however many that fit, I used two. In addition cut the striker out of the box and down to the length of the capsule. Be sure to keep the matches from splitting when cutting the matches. I placed the matches in the capsule with one facing each way.

Step 5: Break Razor Blade

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This step is very important, you will be procuring your micro razor that can easily be put in a stick to be used as knife. TO break the razor into smaller pieces it is very simple.

  1. Place in vice until you reach the hole in the razor
  2. Hold top with pliers and hit with a hammer.
  3. Remove bottom portion from the vice and break in half so you have the perfect length for the capsule.


Step 6: Wrap Thread Around Needle

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This step is fun! All you need to do is tie the thread onto the needle, chuck it into the drill, and spin it up. Move the thread back and forth and it will wrap evenly. instead of timing tying it off, just put the end in between the rings on the needle.

Step 7: Fill Excess Space With Tinder

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This is pretty self explanatory, but in an emergency situation this cotton will easily light up.

Step 8: Pack Everything In

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This is the tricky part, but I did as follows: Place cotton in bottom, put sharp needle through hole in fish hook and slide in place. At the same time put the matches on each side of the hook. Finish it off with the piece of razor blade (Be sure to cover blade in tape to protect it) and the striker. Carefully put the cap on tightly, but not too far.

Step 9: Wrap Kit With Tape

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Wrap one foot of tape as a final barrier from the elements and a place to hold your magnetized needle. This is perfect because tape always comes in handy and it acts as protection for the kit. This is the final step to your kit that once again includes:

  • Fish hook
  • Needle
  • 3 feet of cord
  • Two Matches and striker
  • Fire tinder
  • Knife
  • Compass needle for DIY compass
  • 1 foot of electrical tape

These things can be used with the combination of the outdoors to equal:

  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Repair
  • Finding your way home
  • Survival

Step 10: Enjoy!

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If you found this instructable helpful, cool, or just wanted to say hello, please leave a comment below!

If I was to win the EPILOG CONTEST VII I would use a laser cutter to make affordable 3D printer kits that simply work. I am tired of companies coming out with 3d printers that use proprietary cartridges, low quality prints, or simply non working kits. I also find it extremely unfair that Chinese manufactures can create completely stolen 3D printer kits that are low quality and much cheaper than what the designers can create them for. So if I had a laser cutter I would create an affordable 3D printer kit that had great support from the manufacture and constant improvements.


jhsyds37 made it! (author)2016-07-06

Awesome! thanks for the idea

jhsyds37 (author)2016-07-05

That is sick

RyoSan made it! (author)2016-02-05

You can get longer; thinner containers that can easily hold a sewing needle.

I have included a size comparison image to compare our containers

This is the exact container that I bought;

When I seen this instructable, I made a similar one straight away.

contains 4x extra extra strong painkiller tablets (4 moderate or 2 severe doses), 8x codeine tablets (4 mild doses or 2 moderate doses), 4 barbed fishing hooks, 5
split shots, about 10 feet of (don't get mono line, get braided) 50lb braided fishing line wrapped around a
panel pin (with a 90degree bend at the very tip to prevent it from
unravelling), 2 magnets, a sewing needle, litmus paper for testing the ph content of water and a barbed fishing hook attached to paracord lure.

I have a few useful things on my keys which go hand in hand with this latest addition.

have pliers, screwdrivers, knife, torch, a container identical to yours
filled with alcohol gel soaked cotton (for firelighting), an old broken,
blue aluminium keyring torch with the head missing which I have stuffed with
dry cotton(the alcohol gel doesn't ignite too well without a tiny piece
of dry tinder too), a tin opener, nail clippers, a ferrocerium rod with
striker and, most importantly, the keys to my home.

(If you post images of your survival key set, don't post pictures of your actual keys, take your keys off, replicas can be easily cut from pictures of keys)

I apologize for any repeat images.

Akinventor (author)RyoSan2016-02-05

Thanks for the awesome post! I will include your picture in the instructable. PM sent for the free membership.

Akinventor (author)Akinventor2016-02-05

I just realized you posted this on the 1.0, I will include the photos on 2.0 :)

RyoSan (author)Akinventor2016-02-05

Thank you. I appreciate it, Thanks for sharing your idea with the world.

Akinventor (author)RyoSan2016-02-05


Moodle2 (author)2016-02-02

this is a great, super tiny.

Akinventor (author)Moodle22016-02-02

Thanks :)

CSI worker (author)2016-01-18

ive been attempting to make one like this but I cant find a pill like the one you used. what medicine brand did you use?

Akinventor (author)CSI worker2016-01-18

Unsure, just wait a couple more weeks and a better version is coming out. If you want to order parts early for it get this:

CSI worker (author)Akinventor2016-01-26

Sorry for for the late reply, thanks for the answer. I got me some at me local medicine cabinet. xD

Akinventor (author)CSI worker2016-01-26

Ask if you need anything else!

Stealth_invader (author)2016-01-13



CSI worker (author)2015-12-20

Question: have u watched Alaska state troopers? Since u live in Alaska I thought u might...

Akinventor (author)CSI worker2015-12-20

Yup. It is pretty hilarious just because of how it is narrated. Somewhat like Alaska, but somewhat show.

CSI worker (author)2015-12-19

*plays x-files theme* illuminati canfermed

Akinventor (author)CSI worker2015-12-19


CSI worker (author)2015-12-18

Dude this is pure death...

I'm just kidding this really good if u have nothing at all. I going to attempt to make this when I get the chance. If you can try to squeeze a water purification (cut up really small) in it.

Akinventor (author)CSI worker2015-12-18

Lol, maybe some tiny water purifier.

CharleeAnn (author)2015-11-26

This is awesome! I'll have to try this soon.

Akinventor (author)CharleeAnn2015-11-26

Post photos if you do!

madbee123 (author)2015-11-22

i must show this to my mate he loves compact camping kits ...great !!

Akinventor (author)madbee1232015-11-22

Nice! I am coming out with 2.0 soon, so stay tuned!

jeanniel1 (author)2015-10-21

It'd be easier to get to the items inside if the tape were to be wound around the outside part of the capsule, allowing one to access the internal items without having to unwind the foot of tape, and possibly messing it up for later use. Great 'ible!

beshghi (author)jeanniel12015-11-04

I'm agree with you

Akinventor (author)jeanniel12015-10-21

True, but the capsule would also be easily crushed, it would fall apart, and the contents would be spilled. I have some ideas for V2.0 that will fix this.

Zaphod Beetlebrox (author)2015-11-03

Congrats on the win :)

Thank you!

yosanatanm (author)2015-11-01

Good idea dude! i love it

Akinventor (author)yosanatanm2015-11-01

Thanks man!

AdyV (author)2015-10-30


Akinventor (author)AdyV2015-10-31

Thanks :)

WestieBoy (author)2015-10-31

FANtastic! Awesome instructable; very clear easy to follow steps. Loved the way you used the electrical tape as a seal for the capsule too.

Akinventor (author)WestieBoy2015-10-31

Thank you!

laith mohamed (author)2015-10-29

Good idea , Good work

Akinventor (author)laith mohamed2015-10-29

Thank you!

nancyjohns (author)2015-10-26

wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww... howwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww... SO COOL!!!

Akinventor (author)nancyjohns2015-10-26

Thanks :D You should try it! It is really fun...Don't forget to vote for me in the survival contest! (If you like it)

RajeshS9 (author)2015-10-24

Nice work.

Akinventor (author)RajeshS92015-10-25

Thanks :)

cayooper (author)2015-10-22

Impressive. Good suggestions as well. However, I wonder how useful the compass would be, as this magnetization is only temporary. Would it last for even a month ?

As a Yooper, my takeaway from this is to do a larger version using the old metal match carrier, which is an easy pocket carry. Don't know about AK, but the tiny things in the capsule would be difficult to use, if not impossible, in UP winter, whereas the bigger versions in the match carrier would stand a chance.

Looking forward to .V.2

Dr. t

Akinventor (author)cayooper2015-10-22

Thank you! The small things would be hard to use, but if you needed to use them, they would work. I am not sure about the needle for the compass. I often leave things on a hard drive magnet to magnetize them, but I didn't know that the effect would go away. As a good policy you could leave the kit on a magnet at night to "Charge it" :D The winters really vary in Alaska. In some places it will get to -60 and others it will float around 15-20. Where I live we get a fair amount of snow and it stays from 15-20 most of the time. Some winters it can be much colder, and others it will be quite warm.

King monkey (author)2015-10-21

AMAZINGGG!!! Where did get the idea

Akinventor (author)King monkey2015-10-21

I just thought one day that survival kits are too big and have too much junk. I want to change that.

StanleyS1 (author)Akinventor2015-10-21

Everyone should have one of these on their keyring! Crowdfund this asap!

Akinventor (author)StanleyS12015-10-21


Akinventor (author)King monkey2015-10-21

I just thought one day that survival kits are too big and have too much junk. I want to change that.

RigoC (author)2015-10-21

Impressive. Now that's DIY!

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