Worlds Smallest DIY Survival Kit





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

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

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

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

"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


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

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

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

Step 8: Pack Everything In

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

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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this is a great, super tiny.

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?

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:

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

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