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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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