Marine Corps Survival Kit




information frome USMC Summer survival guide

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Step 1: S Carabeener

 this is an S carabiner it can be used for many things like attaching paracord to a tarp or or many other things.

Step 2: First Aid Kit

This is the first aid kit it can help you save fingers and scrapes.

Step 3: Sewing Kit

can help repair clothes tents and your body 

Step 4: Signaling Mirror

if lost can use this instructions on the back

Step 5: Plastic Bag

think what you can do with it  like storing water

Step 6: Emergency Blanket

keeps in body heat 

Step 7: PARA CORD !!!!!!!!!

so useful use it for anything be creative but conservative 

Step 8: Fire Making Stuff

flint and steel and cotton ball soaked in petroleum jelly or hand sanitizer 

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    13 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I think that if the Marine corps has came down to this then we are really in trouble


    6 years ago on Step 2

    What a "really useful box" you got there!

    Remember if you add a zippo that they normaly dry up too quick leaving you S.O.L. also if you take a butane lighter (bic or mini-bic) keep them close to your body because the colder they get the less likely they will work.

    And I agree with whom ever said NOT to use the sewing kit to stich your self up...not good! If you feel that you must have some thing to do that with get a field surgens kit and LEARN how to use it! The Special Forces Medical Guide is a good start,an even better way would be to see if you can get a local surgen to show you how for purly survival reasons and NOT to practice medecine.

    Good luck and good start on this 'iable.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Looks like the "summer survival guide" your talking about is for a unit going to Bridgeport (CA) for the summer moutain package. The med items are (some) what we (Marines) already carry in our IFAK (Individual First Aide Kit).. I think you missed the rest of the gear list.
    the good news is, there is a low cost copy of it for your e-reader at Amazon. While your there, snag a copy of the desert guide too... though I don't like to promote them, the Army Ranger Jungle Survival book is a good read and addresses a lot of issues that you would face in mid America...
    A better pouch, for this application would be the Camel Bac nag bottle holder.. It has a zipper lid and you can put your items in a nag bottle - then you have a place to store water (like Doc recomended - we always listen to Doc, always - he keeps us alive...).
    MSgt F


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Nice starting point and i comend you for trying and posting on here. As a former hospital corpsman (medic for the marine corps) I can tell you that this is inadequate. Lets look at some of the things you might want to consider. Shelter, water, rescue, fire and food. Now situation is going to dictate what order those things need to be used in but for the most part those are your survival neccesities.

    Shelter could be something as simple as a drum liner rolled up and stuffed in. You already have 550 cord and a biner. It would be relatively easy to rig up some 550, throw the drum liner, split down the middle, over the ridge line and you have a makeshift tent.

    Take it from doc, water is of the utmost importance. After shelter I would say it is the most important and one of the easiest to get right or wrong. A metal container to boil in or even just some treatment tablets or a small bottle of normal bleach would be life savers.

    Signal mirrors, an emergency blanket reflecting light, or a fire with green material all work well, include a whistle and you greatly increace the efficacy of your kit and your chance of being found.

    Looks like you have a good start on fire. Dont discount the use of a good ole' zippo or a bic. Much easier to start a fire with a lighter when your hands are cold and wet than it is to strike onto tinder.

    Food is typically your lowest priority in a survival situation. All manner of things can be fashioned from your suroundings to help you procure food. The inner strands of 550 are very strong snare material. Deadfalls are very easy to make against small game but remember to always take them down after you are done with them to avoid someone hurting themselves. Include some type of shelf stable food in your bag, trail mix works ok, jerky is good, mix it up.

    Definately include a knife in there somewhere. A knife is crucial for making other tools, cleaning and skinning game or fish, can be used to split wood, carve triggers for snares, or one of my favorite to make hooked barbs for frog giggin'.

    Most importantly get out and use your gear, become proficcient in your craft and have fun.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    If the space of the kit is a limitation, you have to prioritize your stuff according to your specific needs.

    I would hesitate to carry a sewing kit in such a compact survival kit, and if i would it would be in more conveniant way, by saving space: use a flat solid piece (plastic, cardboard, etc) and have the thread rolled on it.

    If you a scratch just needs a band aid, i think in a surviving situation you would have bigger trouble such as having food/water.

    you can easily carry a whistle,

    a few matches are always useful.

    and theres a lot of different books listing different type of such kits.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    It is just a nylon water bottle pouch that my dad got from LA Police Gear. It's a 5.11 Tactical Gear brand pouch. It's a very reasonable and durable little pouch. It's 7-1/2" tall and 4-1/2" in diameter. Tomorrow I will try to show you how tough it is.

    You can see it here on the LA Police Gear website at


    7 years ago on Introduction

    That's what an IFAK is for.

    Compression bandages, tourniquet, burn dressings, quikclot combat gauze along with several other necessary items. This kit listed above wouldn't take care of much more than a bumps and bruises.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Is this the whole kit? It doesn't address any survival need beyond owies and a lost button.I know a few Marines and they would never carry something like this. Doubt seriously, the DOD would pay for it either.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    First aid kit is very good

    Just don't. It's not the right needle, it's not the right thread, will get infected.
    Use superglue instead if the cut is not too big.

    Nice thing you DON'T have a fishing kit there.
    Could add a lot o other useful small cheap things (ziplocks, iron wire...)
    Would add an extra knife (because a marine should already have one)


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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Steri-Strips (butterfly stitches) are probably a safer option for wound closure. They don't take up too much space.