World's Smallest Survival Kit V2.0





Introduction: World's Smallest Survival Kit V2.0

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Meet the world's smallest survival kit V2.0! If you have not had a chance to check out the original follow this link:V1.0

This version has been fully submerged in water for over an hour, frozen into a block of ice, and much more. This is a general guide to create your own kit. There was still plenty of space left over to add many more things. The only thing I would change would be adding survival matches for a longer burn. I created this whole kit with many tools, but nearly all of it could have been done with ingenuity and a Leatherman.

This versions extra features include:

  • Waterproof
  • Durable
  • Built in Magnet
  • New, better, and more components.

Things this kit includes:

  • Two fish hooks
  • Needle
  • Ten feet of cord
  • Four Matches and striker
  • Two long lasting fire tinders
  • Knife
  • Compass needle for DIY compass
  • Two feet of electrical tape
  • Neodymium magnet
  • Cotton

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

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

Step 1: Collect Tools and Materials


  • Container (My container was a small metal pill container from eBay $0.70
  • Razor Blade
  • Matches
  • Cotton (cotton swabs work)
  • Tape
  • Paperclips
  • Thin Cord
  • Wax (Cheese will sometimes have a red wax on it)
  • Magnet


  • Scissors
  • Leatherman/pliers
  • Hammer
  • Knife

Step 2: Line Interior With Paper

This is fairly self explanatory, just be sure the paper does not cover the threads.

Step 3: Cut Matches

Cut all four and the striker to the same height as the paper in the kit.

Step 4: Wrap Tape and Cordage

While you could wrap the two feet of tape, or the ten feet of cord by hand, I chose to use a cordless drill. This sure speeds up the process, but is not required. Instead of wrapping the tape around itself, I wrapped it around a short section of paperclip. I bent the end up so that it would not slide off. The same process was used to wrap the cordage.

Step 5: Make and Test Fire Starters

I took a little bit of wax from an old candle and some more wax from cheese. This is red wax, but it is scentless, therefore better than a candle. I put the wax in the bottom of a water can and melted it with a torch. I find that you can use whatever source of cotton you want, that is why I didn't have photos of it. I got mine off the end of a cotton swab. You would be surprised how much cotton is on each end. One swab equals two starters.Covering the magnet in the lid are two fire starters. These could even be cut in half to equal four starters. The burn time was 3:47 and I hadn't even started the timer until I saw it really catch on. If you want these to last longer include a small piece of aluminum foil in a small bowl shape. This bowl will keep the wax on the starter instead of on the ground.

Step 6: Make Needle and Knife

This is the dangerous part. Even though I am a kid, I would definitely suggest adult supervision. Remember kids, let your parents get cu...I mean do the easy part. ;) To make the needle I used a paper clip, bent the end into a tiny "Eye" shape. Then all that is left is to sharpen it.

The knife: This is the sketchy part. Grab a single sided razor. Put it in your vice at the thickness you want. I chose right at the center hole. Holding onto the top with pliers so the top won't fly away, pound it with a hammer. You should be left with the bottom half. Break the bottom half in the same manner. I chose slightly longer than half way through. Clean the blade with rubbing alcohol. This will sterilize it.

Q: Why must you use this process?

A: Razor blades are made of spring steel, cutting them is incredibly tough. Tin snips will not work. Hacksaw just takes too long.

WEAR SAFETY GLASSES!! Critical, if you want to be able to see again, use them.

Step 7: Add Final Touches

This is the best step. You get to decide whatever you ant to put in your kit. The more you customize the better. I finished up my kit with paper, cotton, two fish hooks, and may keep adding more. If you guys want I can show how to make a micro pen to fit inside of this kit! Just let me know down below in the comments.

Step 8: Test It!

Test your kit! I put mine in water for 24 hours, in ice for several more, and even smashed it out of the ice. I tested the shorter matches and the tinder and I can say it all works well!

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i loved it. I'm going to make some and give them as stocking stuffers next christmas

can you buy one already built and ready to go?

Not until or if I ever create a production line.

Could I send you a mail order of 10 USD for one of these?

great idea!! I haven't tried it yet but I am going to use a pill container instead of aluminum.

I finished it and it looks great! I wrapped duct tape around the razor for a handle, and wrapped gorilla tape around the outside of the capsule. GREAT INSTRUCTABLE!!

Be sure to post a photo!

Funny thing is this is an aluminum pill container, so similar :D Will you use plastic?