Bare Minimums Emergency Kit




I define an emergency kit as something very small and portable that I might keep in my pocket or attached to my belt at all times. It contains the absolute minimum for sustaining life in a worse case scenario. Everything in my kit will provide either food, shelter, warmth, or medical care. May be sufficient to get me through a few days to a week or more.

I am going to assume that the kind of emergency I face will be one in which there probably won't be anyone around to help. I may be isolated and alone in an area with probably no way of walking out. It may be several days to a week or more before help comes.

This is a kit I carry with me wherever I go. I keep it in my car most of the time. It is in a compact camera case I picked up at the thrift store for fifty cents. It can be carried on my shoulder or attached to my belt

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Step 1: Bare Minimums Contents

* two compressed aluminum foil squares( maybe a yard each) - can be folded to make a cup for water, for heating soup, tea or broth. Can be used as a reflection device to signal for help. Can be used to make a hat or sun visor, all sorts of uses....

* I have a folding magnifying glass that folds flat to 1/2 inch. It can be used for starting a fire, for seeing well enough to get splinters out, etc.

* I have a flint and striker with tinder. What do you do when your four matches are used up? Ever tried lighting a fire in the rain? This thing works for 1,000 strikes.

*I have a heavy darning needle as an awl. Use for punching holes so you can tie things down, etc. Can be used for digging grubs out of bark, etc. Can also be used with fishing line to "sew" things together. It is wrapped with a yard of duct tape. Can be used for bandages or holding things together.

*compact emergency blanket - reflective foil. One side reflects sun other side absorbs heat. Can be used either to wrap up in or as a lean-to shelter.

*heat packets - open and massage to generate chemical heat in pouch. Put in pocket or under clothes for warmth.

* emergency food - bulgur (cracked wheat) good source of protein, can be soaked and eaten cold or heated like grits. Add foraged greens for more nutrients if available. There are other useful food choices, but this is filling and satisfying and for its weight is highly nutritious.

*water purification tablets

* first aid - foil packed tylenol & foil packs of antibiotic ointment

*good strong knife - used as a tool for making tinder sticks, cutting small branches for shelter or burning, weapon, and whatever else needed.

* fishing kit

Step 2:

I I have an assortment of small fishhooks on leaders stored in a tiny magnetic sewing needle box.

Step 3: Fishing Tackle

Most of my tackle is stored in a tiny one inch x two inch plastic zip bag.

This includes sufficient fishing line wrapped around a knitting bobbin for convince and ease of use. Enough to make a trot line or do hand fishing. It’s strong enough to use to help hold lean-to together.

Lures, flies, and weights in case I can't find any suitable live bait

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    11 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    so ive been trolling the internet looking a BOB bags and ideas and very rarely have i seen people pack a map of the city or state in which they live. maps are very useful and FREE. you dont need to pay 22 bucks for a map. this is bare essentals but i would encourage everybody to go to there local library and get a map. almost all of the mave some form of a state map. and there very essental. even if its a state map of cap ground locations there free and if you are realistic about your preps and survival im sure you will be able to navigate the land with any type of map you have. or call your state hunting and fishing group. theyll send you a map for free.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I have same bag and is perfect , but I use like first aid kit and everything fit in there ...


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice! Only additions I would recommend would be 550 cord as mentioned by others. Also, perhaps a folded up plastic bag for use as a water container. It's hard to purify water without something to put it in.The tin foil won't give you adequate volumes of water.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is really well put together, thanks for sharing it with us! I've been looking for something like this, to be honest.


    8 years ago on Step 2

    I like the repurposing of the lead container for hooks. I've thought about hook management but always came up dry...


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Glad to see you have fishing line doubling as thread/rope. Might not hurt to have some 550 cord in there as well. If you're looking for a good place to put it, maybe wrap it around the strap on the camera case, solomon-bar style?

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    great idea about the 550 cord, intead of a solomon bar you could do a small sinnet becasue it is faster to undo but harder to re-tie
    stormdrane has a great instructable on how to tie the cobra stitch (same as solomon bar)


    9 years ago on Step 1

    i say you could add stuff like q tipps, neosporin spray, a pocket plant field guide and bandages.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    There's some good thinking behind this, and you've got a practical container for it.