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.
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. <br/><br/> Please do that, and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. <br/><br/> Thanks!
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?<br>i think my mother has the same one
why did you add a zippo? the fuel will evaporate and all it would do is serve as another firesteel.
Kept in an air tight container as it was, minimises evaporation. Especially when you consider that my rucksack is cool and dark. It has the advantage over peizo-electric lighters because it works at high altitude. Being a climber this can be very important to me. Good for lighting stoves and such. It takes a long time for the fuel to evaporate out of a zippo anyway I find. So It would be used up before it evaporated if it was used in a survival situation. The zippo also has the advantage of being somewhat wind proof over cheaper sealed flint lighters. I always advocate taking what is right for you though. What suits me, might not suit you.
The little Altoids tins are great for very small kits, but are not waterproof. One alternative to consider for a container is a plastic jar, like for peanut butter. Messy to clean out, but absolutely water and air-tight, and weigh nothing. And come in a lot of different sizes.
Yeah, I've found that a water bottle, something like a Nalgene Lexan wide mouth works wonderfully for the job too. With this though you can use electrical tape and that pretty much seals it. Or a small bait box for fishing works nicely too. Thanks for the comment.
i carry my compass on my watch. nice one! i have one of these but i fit it all in the box from my NATO fire lighting kit.
Kl, yeah I don't normally carry a watch thats the thing, they bug the hell out of me. though natural compass is very easy. There are many methods.
pretty neat.and go wipe your screen!
yeah I know it looks really mucky under the flash (gloss finish screen) It has been cleaned since what can I say don't let 5 year olds near your lappy!
Tampon is a GREAT idea. I like trick candles since they do not blow out in the wind. Thanks for the tips, as I'm always looking to upgrade mine.
the trick candles are quite good, i've been using BBQ lighters and stuff as well they seem quite good and really light weight only have to take like 3. anyway yeah tampons are a amazingly useful from wounds to making great tinder for fire steels, and it's completly clean so fine for plugging cuts, always good to exchange ideas
This is great but you are missing the most important thing of all . . . knowledge. If a person wants to 'be prepared' then knowledge should be the first thing. Some books I would recommend would be 'Tom Brown's Guide to Wilderness Survival' and 'Tom Brown's Guide to City and Suburban Survival.' Or any of the SAS Survival Guides. <br/><br/>You might get a few odd looks while reading them but if you are interested they are good reads, especially anything by Tom Brown because he bases his instruction on the concept you have nothing, no gear whatsoever, except maybe a pocket knife. But he also goes over sharpening a stone to make a knife.<br/>Just some food for thought. He also has a survival school out of New Jersey and website at: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.trackerschool.com/">http://www.trackerschool.com/</a><br/>
interesting but i brought a tin of those yesterday! quite nice as well!
The problem you have with the tobacco/altoids tin in the UK? Go to Marks and Spencer - they sell 'Extra Strong Mints' in a tin practically identical to the altoids one... it's all lovely and green and old fashioned and everything.

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