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

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    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

    If you are going to do this you must remember not to put the muzzle in the water. You could end up killing yourself. It would I imagine also need to be a fairly high powered firearm to have the desired effect.

    I know, but It isn't just for fishing, It can also be used to make a snare, and there is enough there to do both. I have been fishing for about 12 years myself (since i was about 5) I've come away empty handed plenty of times. Interestingly Hobbo fishing seems to work really well. As for bait, I've actually had a fish using a leaf, If you know what you are doing, then it is possible. And as I say it is there because you may end up being there are a long time. Of course there is every chance that you will be no where near water, but making a snare is none to hard either. Again the use of proper techniques will maximise your chances of catching something. This is multi-purpose, with out trying to be rude, I think you are thinking a little one dimensionally. Also you always need string, always, and this stuff doubles as string wonderfully. Its great just for putting a tarp up between two trees, at 6lbs breaking strain it isn't going anywhere.

    Snares arent very good for getting animals either, granted they do work, but they are not too effective...

    As for thinking one dimension, not to be rude but I think my kit is more multi-purpose than yours.

    I've already seen your instructable as it happens, and I note that you include fishing line which was really the main issue here. So I don't see why you think that it is such a bad idea. I like the stuff you have included too. though they noticably are not too different, granted the stuff is different, but the results indended are very similar. Yes snares do work, you have to knwo how to do it though. I have managed to snare a rabbit (obviously I ate it as well) over night befre now, it was actually very easy. Granted snares are not the most efficent method of catching your food, a gun is, How ever they are rather bulky.

    well when i originally said the first statement i was talking about the hooks, but then i got a little bit sidetracked to the arguement of catching food being important or not and the likelyhood of actually catching anything

    Yes, and bringing a LOT of hooks is important. You can lose them on snags, etc., very easily. They are cheap and weigh nothing. A couple of little lead sinkers is handy, too. Tying rocks onto fishing line is a real pain. If you have the space, a bottle of salmon eggs stores really well, and is good bait for almost any fish -- probably 50 "baitings" in one little bottle. Saves having to dig for worms & grubs

    Hooks can be very useful, if for nothing other than sinking into a tree branch and hanging stuff off out of the reach of bugs and such creatures.

    Guns are far better for getting game, but sometimes not allowed in certain areas (Nat'l Parks or Forests, some State forests). There are a couple of survival guns designed specifically for this -- the AR-7 probably the most popular (and cheap). It comes apart in a couple of seconds, and all the parts fit inside the foam-filled stock -- and it floats! It's a ten-shot .22, not much good for bear protection, but great for small game like rabbits, birds or squirrels. As far as fishing -- if you're anywhere near water of any size at all, there's probably fish there, even if small ones. I'd like to see a small mesh net in the kit since it weighs nothing and takes up no space. Even in tiny creeks there are usually frogs or crawdads (crayfish) or salamanders. Not appetizing, but better than worms or grubs. Bait should never be a problem. Poking around in dirt, leaves, or in dead, rotted trees, should bring up tons of bait, and fish will bite faster on that, or worms, better than on fancy lures. Another thing I like in a survival kit is a good-quality Swiss Army knife, either Wenger or Victoninox (most other brands are junk). I wouldn't be without a very high-quality hunting-type knife, but there are a lot of handy little things in the Swiss thingie -- saw blade, toothpick (for cleaning wounds & splinters), can openers, etc. The ideal survival kit is probably about the size of a steamer trunk, and we have to be realistic -- but depending on the area and conditions, I'll usually put up with "more & bigger" just in case .... One of us usually carries a cheap plastic flare gun (from boat supply places), so if we see someone looking for us, like in a plane or chopper, we can signal them. We've always figured it might be a great defense against bears or cougars, too. Magnesium burns into the critter and keeps on burning for several minutes. Nobody usually mentions map or compass in these kits. A GOOD compass costs about ten bucks, and is worth every penny. Good, detailed maps of most areas are usually cheap, sometimes free -- you should never be in the boonies, especially if you don't know the area well, without a map.

    Being in the UK gun laws are quite strict, yes I could get a .22 Riffle but carrying it around (even in a legal manner can really spook the police). Does have a Victorinox, Its a good knife even if the edge does dull a bit quickly there again its stainless so thats kinda what you get. I normally carry my compass when I'm out and about Hiking, but in a survival situation, the sun makes the best compass of all (Unless its night time), pretty light weight. Also the included Needle and magnet can be used as a compass. But yes a good compass is very useful indeed. Even a button compass is useful. I tend to carry a spare map case, incase one gets wet.

    and i never said snares didnt work, they just dont work very well considering they can take a couple of day, and usually people are rescued in a couple o days anyways