Wearable Survival Kit -- Hat




About: As my user name indicates I take a budgeted approach to survival. Check out my creative survival kits and more on YouTube! http://www.youtube.com/user/BudgetBugout

Wether you are preparing for a hiking trip, a natural disaster or the zombie apocalypse, it's good to be prepared! In this installment of my wearable survival kit, I show you how I introduce cover [one of the "C"s of survival] into my survival gear.

See more of my vids for other components of my wearable survival kit!



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    17 Discussions


    2 years ago

    A small day pack would work way better, or even a camel back.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    This is a good idea, however in real life the too heavy top could make hat wearing a chore. A simple agreement nod may throw it off your head. You have to work hard on a habit of keeping it in place by constantly monitoring your movements if you have more than 3-4 oz of stuff inside...

    The DIY part.

    As far as I understood, this particular hat was designed with that pocket in mind, so at least they should have provided enough room for some items, to also accommodate your head properly regardless. But regular hats usually have very limited dead space left in the top part. In other words if you try to put something there on the inside, you may not be able to wear it securely. 

    I have all of my regular travel/hiking hats outfitted with such a feature for many years. I'm simply wrapping my survival stuff in a certain way in bandanna and clipping it to the hat's top sides from inside by 4 safety pins.

    There is a trick, however. To prevent things moving inside and eventually ending in the lowest point - in the center, where your head can start rubbing against the bulge, I'm using a coiled piece of stiff enough stainless steel wire inside the bandanna "sachet" as a perimeter frame. All of the items inside are secured to that wire ring in different ways, keeping each of them from moving to the center. The safety pins are inserted from outside so to grab the wire inside too. Very secure and comfortable as you are adding only the thickness of folded bandanna over the top of your head and your stuff is sitting in the dead space between your spherical head top and cylindrical hat's top.

    The kit I'm wearing in the hat is very lightweight:
    - large bug net;
    - spark-lite fire starter;
    - vaseline impregnated cotton balls in a soft tubing (firestarting, skin care);
    - 30ft fishing line;
    - 4 hooks;
    - 4 scalpel blades.
    - 4 ft of stainless steel wire (1/16");
    - about a feet of duct tape in pieces (attaching items to the steel wire);
    - large bandanna;
    - safety pins.

    Also I have about 3 feet of thinner steel wire in plastic sleeve inserted into the rim of my favorite heavy-canvas hat.

    4 replies

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    For your Vaseline-impregnated-cotton-balls, I assume you melt the Vaseline, do you need to carry them in a plastic bag to protect them/keep them from goo-ing the inside of your hat?


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for your comment and taking the time to come up with suggestions! :)

    To answer your comments:

    We are on the same page about not putting too many items in my hat due to weight restraints. That is why I put what I did in my hat :)

    As far as the rest of the items go... the large bug net is a good idea with multiple uses... I EDC a bandanna everyday... and most of the other items I keep in my Altoids survival kit but it would be a good idea to replicate some these items and put them into my survival hat... However, another main focus of making this kit was to cover gaps in my survival kit [such as cover] so I wouldn't want to sacrifice the space in that hat. But I'd hafta say that you have a pretty good survival kit in your hat for the most part.

    Question: I noticed that your kit does not have a way of purifying water, it has no back up for fire starting, it has no shelter options and it has no knife. Are you also supplementing your "survival hat" with a survival kit like I am?


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    My pleasure. Sure thing, I'm employing a similar modular concept in my EDC, travel, and bushcraft gearing. The hat is just another piece of clothing to stuff with survival goodies :)

    By the way, my compliments to the well done videos and instructables on the subject. I'm really enjoying your work. 


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! I appreciate the feedback and the suggestions. Next month be on the lookout for my 500 subscriber giveaway and hopefully at the end of September month I will have perfected my comprehensive bugout bag and have a vid of it up!


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    That's a good idea as well, I could even carry a few other useful items inside the weave.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for sharing us uh a great idea! I love hiking and can't wait to make mine. I was thinking, since I already have a hat I like but it does not have the kangaroo pocket that I could either carefully cut into the lining of the top of the hat or stitch in a small pocket for these items. Of course, ziplock bags and the handyman's secret weapon (duct tape) are always an option, too. Excellent ideas!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Cool! I love your instructables BudgetBugout!! This is really thinking outside of the box!! I am thinking I might integrate some items into my clothes or something like that!!
    Nice Job!!
    Keep the great instructables coming!!

    -The hat is manufactured by Outback Trading Company LTD. [www.outbacktrading.com]

    -Emergency blanket/bivvy: Adventure Medical Kits Sol Survival Blanket, Two Person, 3.2 Ounce [http://www.amazon.com/Adventure-Medical-Kits-Survival-Blanket/dp/B001MW31XS/ref=pd_sim_hpc_5]

    -Mini Bic lighter

    -Gerber 22-41122 STL 2.0, Fine Edge Knife [http://www.amazon.com/Gerber-22-41122-Fine-Edge-Knife/dp/B000MG7FDW/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1377645594&sr=1-1&keywords=gerber+stl]

    -And the whistle I got from another survival kit :)

    Hope that helps!

    Oh and Four Seasons Survival Tinder-Quik Fire Tab