How to make a survival kit

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A tobacco kin makes a great survival kit

Having a small a small survival kit in your pocket can be very useful, and could even help to keep you alive. It is best made out of a small tobacco tin.

It is small enough to carry with me all the time in the pocket of my barbour coat. Although unlikely to be needed in an extreme survival situation it would be very useful if you went out for a long walk.

You could equally make one out of a plastic take-away container.

When I made my first one – it got used within a few days when one of the kids fell over and needed a plaster!

Here is one we made for my son

Here is one we made for my son

The kit includes above includes

  • Mini swiss army knife
  • A piece of string
  • A carabina with built in torch
  • Fishing line
  • Small fishing float
  • Two fishing hooks and two lead shot
  • Two pound coins (approx $3)
  • A box of matches
  • A pencil
  • Some paper
  • A few plasters
  • There were a few small mints in a plastic tube, but my son ate these.

Other Survival kit contents

  • Cigarette lighter
  • 2 large safety pins
  • 3 plasters
  • Antiseptic wipe
  • Small pen knife
  • 2 fishing hooks
  • Fishing line
  • 2 coffee sachets
  • Sachet of sugar
  • 2 Tea bags
  • Cotton wool
  • Short pencil
  • Three sheets of paper
  • Needle and thread
  • Small torch (like a mini maglite)
  • 2 boiled sweets
  • Possibly an emery board

I’m not sure that all of these would fit inside a survival kit. The kit enables you to do a number of useful things.

  • Light a fire (the cotton wool could be useful for helping to get the fire going)
  • Catch a fish. You can make a pole fishing rod out of a long stick. (Turning over a few stones should help you to find a worm).
  • Minor first aid
  • Make a cup of tea or coffee (provides that you have access to clean water). You can use the base of the tobacco tin as a cup and possibly a saucepan. You could also find a coke can that could also be used for boiling the water.

Published On: 27th Feb 2007

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  1. wire saw

    Anonymous 13 Oct at 4:44 pm
  2. snare wire

    Anonymous 13 Oct at 4:46 pm
  3. comn domn for carring water

    Anonymous 11 Feb at 10:42 pm
  4. How to make a personal survival kit:
    Find a small pocketsize tin or waterproof box and fill it with some of the components below :

    Small disposable lighter
    Windproof waterproof lighter
    Winproof and Waterproof Matches
    Wet Fire Tinder Cubes(burn when wet)
    Cotton wool soaked in petrolium jelly(tinder)
    Signal mirror
    Small Penknife
    Small Locknife
    Scalpel Blades
    Commando wire saw
    Space Blanket
    Orange Survival Bag
    550 Cord/Parachute Cord NOT PARA CORD !(it rots easily,frays and if you open up 550 cord it has 7 smaller strands inside)
    Food and Water:
    Purification Tablets
    Plastic Bag
    Snare Wire
    Fishing Kit:various hooks,sinkers,snap shot,weights,and various strengths of line
    Waterproof paper
    Duct Tape
    The purpose of a survival kit is for you too survive until rescue arrives and nothing else.If you look at other websites you will see survival kits that are huge,this is a bad idea theres no point being stranded in the woods with your survival kit in the car brcause it was too big or too heavy to carry.

    What you put in your kit is up to you this contents list is only a guide,remeber its up too you.If you are not very good at firelighting you might use the space for extra firelighters rather than a pencil.

    Another thing don`t put componenets in just for the sake of it, don`t put a sewing kit in if you dont know how to sew.

    Lastley choose carefully you might be tempted to coose a vial of windproof matches because they are cheaper than a windproof waterproof lighter and look nice!,BUT choose the matches and you can light 25 fires,chosse the lighter you could light 150 fires +so don`t comprimise!

    Lastley choose the type of component that is best for you a good example is the flints better quality ones are bigger and take up less space but poorer quality ones are tiny.It depends on your level of skill and room in your kit which one you pick.

    George Sawkins 13

    Anonymous 2 Mar at 5:25 pm
  5. magnesium striker or flint and steel striker

    Anonymous 4 Apr at 7:10 pm
  6. comdom (can hold up to 1 leater of water)

    Anonymous 24 Apr at 4:28 pm
  7. plastic bag and tin foil

    Anonymous 18 Aug at 5:56 pm
  8. Little container of rubbing alchol

    Anonymous 21 Nov at 6:27 am
  9. a whilstle
    a coumpas
    water purifying tablets

    keenan 10 Jan at 2:40 am
  10. A small pocket knife is probably usless, the best knife I can think of for this kit is the Swiss Army Knapsack, it has; lock blade, good saw, toothpick, tweesers, can opener, screw diver, cork screw etc. – but it should be in your pocket anyway.
    Those wire saws don’t work very well, although they cut cow horns off good.
    What is the emery board for?
    I would drop most of the first aid stuff, we can cure infection, but hypothermia would kill you sooner. So add one of those big orange garbadge bags – acts as a rain suit and/or a shelter
    If I was packing this much stuff, I would pack a bannock mix in a bag; flour, b.p.and salt, just add water and wrap around a stick to make bread.
    I am making my next survival kit around a Cold Steel hollow handle Bushman Knife, check it out.

    Charlie Smith 17 Mar at 3:04 pm
  11. I also carry a pack of “Jellybabies” (a soft chewable sweet sold in the UK) which I have been very grateful for to give the energy boost needed to get out of trouble (three times now) after misjudging distance/wind/tide when paddling at sea in bad weather.

    SimonH 16 Aug at 6:43 pm
  12. Good old (Orange)flare pistol with a dozen of cardthridges! It can make the difference!

    Anonymous 29 Dec at 3:08 am
  13. A good range sling Shot with berings

    Anonymous 29 Dec at 3:10 am
  14. For food or killed animals or insects…a small pouch of Mixed spices with salt an pepper!

    Anonymous 29 Dec at 3:12 am
  15. I would advise a small amount of rations, dried fruit is good.

    Gareth 3 Jan at 10:24 am
  16. swiss army knife is best

    ryan 17 Feb at 7:26 am
  17. u need a multitool, small flash light,fishing hooks line,tin can, tinder (cottonwool,bar b q firelighters,first aid kit,a fit bird and some good drugs happy days

    rees 9 Mar at 8:37 pm
  18. rope and survival blanket

    tdog 25 Apr at 8:16 pm
  19. a watch so you couled find the direction

    tdog 25 Apr at 8:17 pm
  20. To find the direction using the watch point 12 at the sun and half way between 12 and the hour hand is north (southern hemisphere).

    Anonymous 22 May at 4:00 am
  21. -flint
    – knife
    – drink bottle
    – some rope
    – fishing hooks
    – fishing line
    – compas
    – cotton ball (to light)

    jayden mclellan 23 May at 7:34 am
  22. flint
    water purifing tablets
    a desposable lighter
    tined food
    a water bottle (1 liter)
    a flare gun
    fishing hooks
    fishing line
    cotton wool
    a blanket

    Elise Hayward 9 Oct at 4:56 pm
  23. Wax paper, it’s very light to carry and will get a fire going no matter how wet your wood is.

    Betsy Cromer 23 Mar at 1:47 pm