Putting Together a Small Survival Kit.





Introduction: Putting Together a Small Survival Kit.

This instructable will give a good idea about what is necessary to put together a small survival kit together.

I find these components to be most useful, and customized to my needs. you may wish to change a few things. I feel also that this is better than most commercially available ones. that said you could use a fair few of the things that come in those. and this is also just an opinion, so don't blame me if you get into trouble and it doesn't work for you.

it worked for me when i got lost in the new forest, which is a huge field and woodland area. in the end we walked our way out. 40 miles in 2 days. this kit worked for me so i thought i would share.

Step 1: The First Thing May Be the Hardest Thing to Get!

a tobacco tin. seriously, Mine is from 1965. In the Uk we don't tend to be able to buy altoids. this is annoying because those tins are really useful, though actually a little small for this. even worse they are made in south wales, but not sold (mainstream) over here. why I don't know. seems pretty stupid to me.

that said once you have one your in business so to speak. i have photos of most things how ever not all of them, but i shall right them down as well. and i shall explain how to use these things, and my reasoning for including them. and what to do with them in the field.

Step 2: What Goes in It

ok so what do you put in it. largely this is up to you as much as anything but here are my suggestions.

needles and thread
pencil (half of one or one of those small ikea ones that everyone steals)
broken up CD.
small magnet
fire steels. (light my fire ones are best)
pen knife
zippo lighter
cotton wall
fishing wire
variety of hooks.

things not pictured - because either I don't have or couldn't be bothered to go and find.

water purification tablets, a good idea
condoms - 2 or three should do. (not incase you get lucky!)
tampon x2

Step 3: Pack It All Down.

easy as that really. pack it all down.

Step 4: Uses for Various Things and Stuff That You Might Have Expected to See There But Aren't.

you might have expected to see a compass in all of that. - I'll show you why i didn't take that in the next step

how ever you may be curious as to the use of the condom (try to get the ones with out spermicide in if you can help it, some of them taste funny) - your not going to be too worried about getting laid i imagine. they have a great many uses. the first one being that they can be used to collect and carry water in. they keep stuff dry, matches and so forth. they can help to keep wounds clean. and they really do pack small.

tampons, did i lose my mind? no fear not dear reader. you see they come sealed and sterile. and because of what they are meant to do, they absorb blood really rather well, thus they make great dressings for semi - serious cuts. also they are easy to ignite with fire steels.

the broken CD is actually very useful as a Signaling mirror.

Step 5: Why I Don't Carry an Emergancy Compass.

firstly, i try not to break / lose my hiking compass. how ever that could happen. but you don't need a compass to show you which way is north

always remember (its very useful) that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
(i smell an instructable coming on how to find north with out a compass)

with the cotton needle and magnet you can make a compass, the advantage is you can also stitch things together.

what you do is rub the magnet against the needle. when you do this tough do it point to eye, then take it off the magnet and repeat. if you do it in two different directions it will not work. to check if it has worked take another metal object that is attracted to the magnet but not itself a magnet, say your penknife and see if the needle now acts as a magnet, it it does then you've done this right.

now hang it from the cotton and a tree, it will point northwards, it is exactly the same as my hiking compass so its perfectly good enough.



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    This is a great Instructable, but you need to add a main image for the project, even if it's just a video that you're trying to publish.

    Please do that, and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work.


    I would suggest a using a bic lighter or similar in place of the zippo unless you use/ maintain this kit often; left to sit the fluid in a zippo (or any fluid lighter) will evaporate. You may also want to replace the cotton wool with birch bark (which will light even when wet) and remove the stricker which comes with the flint as a flat blade always works better.

    Compaq lap top?
    i think my mother has the same one

    I'm glad that you have seen the big red box underneath the reply box about being constructive, and the "be nice Policy" Its only very small and intended for a few nights tops, and as I say I have used this thing for real, and it works, you've got all you need to set a trap/get food, collect and light a fire, find you're direction, pretty much all you will need in the initial stages of an incident. treat wounds, store water and so so on, now unless you can think of constructive things don't say anything at all. thank you kindly

    might be a little late for the comment but: "set a trap/get food" it really would be better to use that space for something else, since a person can go about 25-40 days without food, and by then your most likely either rescued or dead.

    True. How ever if you go a long time (well even a couple of days) with out food, your energy starts to drain, and you find simple tasks quite a bit harder. So in the interests of keeping up energy levels I think it is is a good addition. Also In any such situation You never know how long you are going to be there, also having food helps to keep morale high.

    Food can get morale up, but if you dont catch anything that would probably bring morale more down than getting food would bring up.

    That is why you must learn techniques before you have to use them!

    just because you know how to fish doesnt mean that you are going to catch anything. If you go out with a professional guide on a fishing trip (say the guide has 30 years experience) you still might not catch anything. Plus what bait are you supposed to use? Fish don't go for absolutely anything, professional fishermen use bait that has worked for them for years, but even then its not for sure for catching anything. You have to take all this into consideration, nevermind the fact that there is no guarantee that you are even going to be in 100 miles of water with fish in it, and the fact that the chances of you catching anything for shore is not very likely at all since fish are usually way out there...

     if you have a stream where you can see fish, and you dont care for the enviroment, you might be able to shoot the stream/pond, and the shock will kill the fish inside. Better than using bait as its more garenteed. But there wont be fish anymore