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

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  • 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

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

Step 3: Cut Matches

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

Step 4: Wrap Tape and Cordage

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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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floydfloyd (author)2016-04-25

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

Tractor boy (author)2016-03-27

Its a grate pice of kitb

mollisgu (author)2016-03-07

can you buy one already built and ready to go?

Akinventor (author)mollisgu2016-03-08

Not until or if I ever create a production line.

Instructa-billy (author)2016-02-20

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

No, sorry.

Seanmac134 (author)2016-02-07

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

Seanmac134 (author)Seanmac1342016-02-07

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!!

Akinventor (author)Seanmac1342016-02-07

Be sure to post a photo!

Akinventor (author)Seanmac1342016-02-07

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

RiverJim (author)2016-02-01

it really is a good idea bu/ check this site out for very thin strong thread / also go back to their home page

Akinventor (author)RiverJim2016-02-02


RiverJim (author)2016-02-01

it really is a good idea bu/ check this site out for very thin strong thread / also go back to their home page

Fishatron (author)2016-02-01

this would be great for hiking or camp out in the woods or outback

Akinventor (author)Fishatron2016-02-01

Yup! :)

SpyrosB (author)2016-02-01

Damn boy. I've hanging around with my "O'ring container" all the time and never thought in using it as a survival kit.

Great idea.

I'll definetly try to do something like that.

Akinventor (author)SpyrosB2016-02-01

Post pictures if you do!

kwkstar (author)2016-02-01

Try a regular sewing needle cut or grind to size. A thicker carpet needle may fit in drill to sharpen to point. Or use a small pin-vice that would fit in drill.

Akinventor (author)kwkstar2016-02-01

I would, but I just didn't have one. Thanks for ideas!

angela0703 (author)2016-02-01

Fantastic idea, well done i got 1 for xmas to put a £20 note in just incase you run out of money, kinda like an emergency supply of money if bag stolen or mugged pit on keyring

Akinventor (author)angela07032016-02-01

That is a fantastic idea!

Printy (author)2016-02-01

Cool! I like the container you put it in. I may go out and grab myself one or two of those - thanks for the source!

Akinventor (author)Printy2016-02-01

Thanks for stopping by! They sure are cheap.

windkissed (author)2016-01-31

I think I would save some room and wrap the tape on the outside.... Very nice selection of components.

Akinventor (author)windkissed2016-01-31

Check out my V1.0 ( I was trying to keep this one around the same size and it was already larger than the first. You should make one and try it! Thanks for commenting!

dragon fllyer (author)2016-01-31

Neat! I might be inclined to use say a red container - much easier to see if it gets dropped in the wild, which is bound to happen (usually at the worst possible time...!)

windkissed (author)dragon fllyer2016-01-31

yOu can find them in varied colors at drug stores and such.

GottliebG (author)dragon fllyer2016-01-31

Greetings, I don't recall Harbor Freight allows a choice of color, I think the pickers just grab the first on top of the pile>? ~( :-})={>--- ]

Akinventor (author)dragon fllyer2016-01-31

Paint time :D

RiverJim (author)2016-01-30

great job / instead of thread use dental floss / it is way stronger and makes better fishing line

Akinventor (author)RiverJim2016-01-31

I was going for smaller size, but I will have to look into different cordage.

imcp1024 (author)RiverJim2016-01-30

there are some pretty mean threads out there. some much stronger than floss, and easier to fish with.

imcp1024 (author)2016-01-30

awesome survival kit.

Akinventor (author)imcp10242016-01-31

Thank you!

mamaoliver (author)2016-01-31

Another alternate blade is a craft blade. The ones that are interchangeable on a holder. The blades can be purchased by themselves in various sizes. Also have a safe bottom to grip. Acco is the most commonly used type.

Akinventor (author)mamaoliver2016-01-31

Great idea! I just didn't have one... :)

Diesel Weasel (author)2016-01-31

Look up Geocaching containers. I actually made a tiny kit a little smaller than this with mostly everything you mentioned. Geocaching uses many containers like these. Check out the magnetic nanos lol

Akinventor (author)Diesel Weasel2016-01-31

That is tiny! I made a smaller version, but I wanted to fit more into this one. :)

fransch3 (author)2016-01-31

you can also cut strips of rubber from a tire. these work as great fire lighters that are also waterproof

Akinventor (author)fransch32016-01-31

Never heard of that, maybe you could make an instructable or video! :)

jbillen (author)2016-01-31

Well done. I would have used a real sewing needle, as the homemade one would be difficult to use if you had to stitch with it. Just imaging stitching yourself up with your needle.

There is a fishing line called spider wire. It's incredibly strong and durable. It's similar in thickness to a heavy sewing thread but much stronger.

And finally, a thin bit of duct tape to cover the back of your blade will make it easier to use. I like to use Gorilla Tape

Akinventor (author)jbillen2016-01-31

I will have to look into all of that! Thanks for the tips. :)

goldenskyhook (author)2016-01-31

Great Instructable! I suggest going to the paint section and grab some scraper refills.some will be too long, but they are already in the desired long, narrow shape. That way you might not have to break the blade, and the back is dull already. You could also put each fire starter into a large 00 gel capsule to keep things neat. Many vitamin and herbal supplements come in such caps.

Akinventor (author)goldenskyhook2016-01-31

Thanks for the tip! I don't think the pills would fit however, Mine are very smashed into the top, so the rest won't be affected.

VirginiaJ5 (author)2016-01-31

I have a few tools I keep in my purse which I feel would cover most things: an off-brand Leatherman and a pair of Fiskars for Kids scissors because the multi-tool didn't have scissors. When you go to the dentist, you can get a small ovoid container of floss which is quite compact, and you might be able to fit more, or put your electrical tape into. Or you can put medicines in them, too. lf you collect stickers, or if you have the pages leftover from taking sticky labels from, use them to mount strips of duct tape. Duct tape, I was told by a nurse, is better than a butterfly bandage to hold some wounds together. You can use a small strip of duct tape from your mounted strip.
I would get one of those needle assortments including a carpet needle, a glover's needle, and a darning needle as well as some sharps. The carpet needle would help in making shelters of tarps and fabric, and you can use a glover's needle to pierce leather and heavy fabrics as well as sew sinew and thong. If you can afford the space, you can afford several needles. You can also include a big eye needle.

Akinventor (author)VirginiaJ52016-01-31

I often carry my leatherman too! Sowing needles would be great. Thanks for the comment! :)

DriverTrainerMV (author)2016-01-31

I got another idea for fishing line,try using a line from a retractable name badge holder.That line is very tough. Also an Xacto blade is small and durable for a good cutting tool.

Now you're thinking! I just used what I had hand.

Tampaguy (author)2016-01-31

Great job that can go anywhere.... I might see if I could squeeze in one water purification tablet.

Akinventor (author)Tampaguy2016-01-31

Good idea! I think there is space :)

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