A survival kit bracelet is a wearable band of Paracord (550lb) with your custom choice of survival gear weaved into or attached to the band. Wear it on your wrist/ankle or custom make them to add to a Bug-out-bag or keychain.
Why a Survival Bracelet? Let's face it a Bug Out Bag or even an Altoids Survival Tin may hold more gear but I can assure you they are not always in arm's reach. When a storm hits, an EMP disables the grid, or your car breaks down in the middle no where: it's good to know you have some peace of mind. These bracelets can be worn 24/7 making you always ready.
This instructable is a guide for helping you DESIGN, NOT BUILD a survival kit bracelet.
Step 1: Checklist
1. First you need to know how to make a standard cobra weave bracelet. Here's an instructable for that.
2. Next you will need to know how to pack and attached the items into your bracelet. Here's an instructable for that.
3. Optional, Duct Tape or Plastic Straw
4. Optional, Pliers and Small Screw Driver/Poking tool.
SURVIVAL KIT ITEMS NEEDED: The following are categories covering survival essentials.
2. Buckle or Fastener.
5. First Aid and Repair.
6. Food and Water.
7. Navigation and Signal.
8. Tools and Tactical Gear.
The next steps will provide a list of small survival gear for each category along with estimate prices for acquiring each item.
Step 2: Buckles and Fasteners:
(1)*$25- LED Light w/ Flash Buckle. Water Resistant. Replaceable battery. TIPS: A. Keep the on/off button secure by wearing with the red safety clip or by running a ranger band over it. B. Replace the battery unsnapping and exchanging with cr1220 lithium battery.
(2)*$15- 3in1: FireSteel Ferro Rod.Striker Blade and Cutting Tool. Emergency Whistle with improvised storage space. Create Fire: Scrape slowly to shave off Ferro shards for use as combustible tinder. Strike quickly to ignite tinder. Reflect on sparks into nest of fine tinder, provide oxygen flow by blowing into the base of flame. Signal for help: One whistle blast, "where are you", two blasts, "come here", three blasts, "help me". Or signal the SOS distress call with 3 short, 3 long, & 3 short blasts. TIPS: A. The ferro rod is removable. Hold in hand or press down tip against hard surface while lighting into tinder nest.
(3)*$10- Handcuff Key Buckle: non-metallic, concealed. Universal fit.
(4)*$9- Emergency Whistle Buckle, small, curved buckle.
(5)*$5- Standard Side Release Buckle w/ hidden storage compartment.
(6)*$7- Adjustable Black Stainless Steel Shackle (allows up to an inch of slack/tightness)
Step 3: Cutting and Sawing:
(7) $15- Mini Curved Surgical Carving Blade #12 X-Acto size (Carbon Steel - Pointed Tip - Lanyard Hole) Use as arrow tip, attach to wood handle yo use as knife, whittle wood as a morale booster, carve tools, cut rope, fillet fish, etc.
(8) *$25- Zirconia Ceramic Razor Blade and Fire Striker w/ Sheath (Wear Resistant - Non-Dulling Cutting Edge - Covert - Non Metallic)
Conceal. Strike against flint to create sparks, cutting blade for endless uses, razor sharp for shaving or skinning, sheath between a tip-split stick to use as defensive jabbing knife, etc.
(9) *$7- 1ft Kevlar Utility Thread (K.U.T.) Sawing Cord and Snare Wire (200lb tested - UV/Friction Resistant) Saw branches/zipties/ropes- Fashion a bow saw, catch wild game using as a snare wire, make a trip line, use as garrote weapon. Adopted by US Army SERE specialists and NAVY Seals.
(10) $3 per/ additional 1 foot. TIPS: A. Use long back & forth sawing motions to reduce friction/damage to K.U.T. Concentrate sawing on a single point of item being cut. B. Wear gloves to protect your hand or create handles from a pen/stick.
Step 4: Fire Making:
(11) *$2- Fire Tender Packet, Small (Vaseline filled cotton stuffing) TIPS: Cut open straw and fluff up cotton, keep in straw container to allow for a slow and smokier burn time.
(12) $3- Fire Tender Packet, Large(Vaseline filled cotton stuffing)
(13) $1- Survival Torch: Water/Wind Proof Match. Long burn time, Strong Flame, Requires Striking Surface or Spark.
(14) $1- UCO Strike Anywhere Match. Carbonized, White Phosphorus Tipped.
(17) *$7- Fire Steel Ferrocerium Toggle Peg: Scrape slowly to shave off Ferro shards for use as combustible tinder. Strike quickly to ignite tinder. Reflect on sparks into nest of fine tinder, provide oxygen flow by blowing into the base of flame.
(18) *$3- Jute String/Tinder, 1 foot of 3 ply small rope, use as wound dressing for absorbent properties, tie down, fire tinder.
(19) $2- Tinder Tape Patch 2"x2": (see below description)
(20) $5- Tinder Tape Stap 1ft: Heavy duty adhesive Duct Tape with added flammable strands allowing a slow tar like burn. Stick to your kindling and ignite or wrap around a limb to use as a torch.
Step 5: First Aid and Repair:
(21) $8- S.A.R.K: Suture And Repair Kit- Angled Suture Needle(6 Size 5*12) Monofilament Line, Sewing Needle, Thread, 2x2 inch duct tape patch
(22) $13- Wound Seal: Quick Clotting Occlusive Dressing- Sterile prepackaged topical powder to instantly stop bleeding from open wounds.
(23) $6- Angled Suture Needle(6 Size 5*12), curved surgical suture with needlepoint, needle body , pinhole (the eye of a needle).
(24) $2- Small Bandage, sealed
(25) $1- Safety Pin: improvise as fish hook, pin broken arm's sleeve to chest for a sling, remove splinter.
(26) $1- Needle/Pick: repair a torn pack, modify a jacket, navigate by statically charging and floating on leaf, improvise as suture pin.
(27) $1- Duct Tape Patch (2x2 inch): patch and waterproof small holes, repair gear, use as bandage
(28) $2- Duct Tape Strap (6"x2"): waterproof tears to a tent, splint boat paddle, use as fly trap for protein
(29) *$15- Waterproof Pill Container, black (store water purification tablets, meds, tinder, alcohol pad, etc)
(30) *$3- Alcohol Prep Pad, 70% Isopropyl Alc. Antiseptic-Sterile (REQUIRES PILL CONTAINER)
(31) *$5- F.A.T. First Aid Tinder, quick light cotton fire tinder soaked in anti-bacterial treatment.
(55) $8- KiO3 Radiation Defense Tablet, 130mg: Shield against radiation exposure with this specific blocker of thyroid radio-iodine uptake. High dose potassium iodide for nuclear emergency scenarios.
Step 6: Food and Water:
(32) *$8- P38 Multi-Tool: Can Opener, Black Plated: Use as Cutting Tool, Fire Striker, Screwdriver, Sinker and Weight, Fish Gutter, Box opener, Rifle Carbon Scraper Knife Sharpener, Prying Device, polish off black to use as signal mirror.
(33) 7- Fishing Kit- 15 feet 6lb Fishing Line & SZ8 All-Purpose Fish Hook w/ 2x2 inch duct tape patch
(34) *$5- MSR Aquatab Water Purification Tablet(2liter treatment): Add 1 tab to 2l clear water, mix 10 minutes, let stand for 30 min, hydrate.
(35) $3- Square of Aluminum Foil (5x5 inch) (heavy duty for cooking, signalling, lure, Faraday cage, cup, etc)
(36) $3- 15ft of 8lb Fishing Line (packaged in 6" electrical tape) TIPS: Use nylon strings in paracord sheath to add extra line length.
(38) $3- All Purpose Small Fishing Hook
Step 7: Navigation and Signalling:
(39) *$16- Luminous Compass. Fixed 360 Degree Dial. Subdued Fit on Paracord Bracelet. Water Proof/Impact Resistant.
(40) *$14- Clipper Compass. LAND -NAV spec w/360-degree dial. Features a rotating bezel with easy-to-read markings in 10-degree increments, liquid-filled capsule, jewel bearing and hardened steel needle. Compass also clips to the edge of a map, bag strap or the sleeve of your jacket. NOTE, SOLD DETACHED FROM BRACELET, COMES WITH VELCRO WRIST STRAP
(41) *$4- Luminous Glow Light Surface: charge in seconds from natural/artificial light source(flashlight, sun, phone screen) generates minutes of a low glow output for seeing a map or operation orders in dark environments.
(42) *$4- Reflective Signal Mirror Surface: use in sunny conditions as a short range signaling tool to alert others of your location.
(53) *$4- Retro Reflector Surface: use in night time search and rescue attempts to reflect your rescuer's search lights aiding in your recovery at sea or land.
Step 8: Tools and Tactical Gear:
(43) $5- Mini Stainless Steel S-Carabiner
(45) $2- Ziptie, black
(46) *$10- Non-Metallic Handcuff key
(47) *$25- Field Rifle Tool, front sight adjuster, AR-15/M4
(48) $2- Black Steel Plated Security Pin, (heavy duty safety pin)
(49) $1- Pick/Nail, Steel: Tack to tree for hanging gear, combine with 3in1 buckle to make a puncturing weapon by inserting in whistle opening.
(50) $1- Operator Tape- Black Insulation/Electrical Grade Vinyl/Rubber Adhesive strap used to secure noisy straps/clips on your ruck sack, add grip to pistol, wrap around a blister to prevent injury, black out small LED lights on electronic devices for concealed movement, repair a frayed wire, etc.
(15) *$3- Ranger Band: Fire Tender & Smoke Signal (30 Second burn time), heavy duty rubber band, bandage for fingers. TIPS: Use band to secure smaller items to your bracelet.
(16) *$4- Ranger Band Large: gear strapping, bundle loose items, water proof a survival tin or Zippo, use as shock absorber on cell phone, secure flashlight to a rifle, burn for a large signal flame, grip for pistol,etc.
Step 9: Support Supplies:
(44) *$5- Micro Paracord Ink Pen: Always have a pen ready.
(51) $10- C.S.T.- Carbon Survival Tape 4"x2": A strap of multi-use carbon fiber fabric being heat resistant to 1200℃. This highly capillary tape can be improvised as a torch(wrap around limb and soak w/ fuel), oil lamp or stove(place in can and fill with fuel), conclusive dressing(absorbs exudate, creates flexible scab), gas/water mask filter(stuff in bottle, cut small hole in base, breath thru or strain water), signal fire(spell out SOS, soak with fuel, light).
(52) $20- Thermometer, Scubadiver: ℉ dial, crystal liquid filled dome, freeze/water proof.
(54) $4- Rite in Rain Sheet: jot down a note, grid coordinates, or a message on waterproof memo sheet. Use as tinder to start a fire.
(56) Bushman Wire 1ft: Metal, flexible, survival wire- Use to bind items, fashion a snare, hang a canteen over a fire, jimmy a locked car door, wrist tie, breadboarding, etc.
Step 10: Build and Wear
Well, now you have looked over the many options available for a survival bracelet. Design one that you need and build it. I hope these ideas were helpful. Thanks, like us on Facebook. Leave any comments or questions below. Looking forward to chatting with you.