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JewDuh
2008-11-07, 16:03
I was running through Cabela's a couple months back, and noticed these "Survival kits" packaged inside a 1 liter water bottle and thought it was a good Idea, but hadn't been implemented correctly. (Here is a pic)
http://www.campist.com/archives/ultimate-survivor-bottle-outdoor-survival-kit.jpg

Now it is getting to be Christmas time, and I thought I would try my hand at making my own kit to hand out as Christmas presents for those people that I have to buy presents for, but I don't want to spend to much time or money shopping for them (You know you have people like that on your list as well)

I've compiled the following list of things to include:
1. Multi-Tool with pliers (And of course a knife)
2. 550 cord (25-50 ft)
3. Water purification tablets
4. Poncho
5. Mylar Blanket (Big enough for 2, or to use like a sleeping bag)
6. Flashlight
7. Whistle
8. Compass
9. Fire Source
10. First aid kit
11. Fishing hooks and line
12. Needle (Use fishing line as thread)
13. Zip lock bag
14. Duct tape (maybe 10 ft if that)
15. Carabiner (It clips on the outside and could be very useful)

If there is space I'd also like to include:
Glow Stick
Fire starting tinder
Tube Tent (Or maybe a tarp)

I'm having some trouble with the first aid kit. I want to keep it as small as possible, and I need the stuff inside to last essentially forever. I also want it to be easy to find. Does any one know of a good cheap and small kit?

I think this will be a good kit to throw in the back of the car. Then if they ever need it (Like for a day hike or a picnic) they can just grab it. Hopefully it will weigh less than a pound. It would almost be small enough to fit in a purse

Here are some of the products that I've been looking at including:
Fire Starter (http://www.blackridgeoutfitters.com/coghpic7870.html)
6 function whistle (http://www.rei.com/product/745498)
2-person-tube-tent-with-cord.html (http://www.dollarnights.com/i326290-wholesale-2-person-tube-tent-with-cord.html)
carabiners-with-blue-led- (http://www.dollarnights.com/i252634-wholesale-imprinted-keychain-carabiners-with-blue-led-light.html)
Multitool (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/WINDZONE-MOTORCYCLE-MULTI-TOOL-ESSENTI-TOOL_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ66Q3a2Q7c65Q3a15Q 7c39Q3a1Q7c240Q3a1318QQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQh ashZitem300271337647QQitemZ300271337647QQptZMotorc yclesQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories)

I look forward to feedback

saimyoji
2008-11-07, 20:30
make sure all that crap is in its own baggie inside the bottle. that way the bottle is useful for more than just carrying crap around in.

JewDuh
2008-11-07, 21:24
I figure if it comes down to an actual "Emergency" the idea is to take all of the stuff out of the bottle and put it in your pockets. Then you also have a good water bottle.

kayak karl
2008-11-07, 21:48
I was running through Cabela's a couple months back, and noticed these "Survival kits" packaged inside a 1 liter water bottle and thought it was a good Idea, but hadn't been implemented correctly.

I look forward to feedback
would be great to keep in car or truck, but seems like a lot to hike with. what are the basic items in your daypack? if you are camping (overnight) a lot of that stuff would be in your pack or pocket as basic gear. my son and i put two of these together. it was fun. http://www.m4040.com/Survival/Survival%20Kit.htm

other then basic gear i carry.

A few band aids and ointment
Water purification tablets
Mylar Blanket
Lg Trash bag (backup pack liner or rain gear)
Needle & dental floss
Duct tape 10-3' pieces
Fire starter
In a zip lock bag

kayak karl
2008-11-07, 21:53
check out this knife :biggrin:http://www.m4040.com/Survival/10_Cent_Survival_Knife/10_Cent_Survival_Knife.htm

Bulldawg
2008-11-07, 22:11
http://www.atwater-carey.com/lightdry.html#

JewDuh
2008-11-08, 03:30
Karl thanks for the good links. I thoroughly enjoyed reading some of them. Especially the hack saw blade knife... (I thought that ground down hack saw blades were normally called shivs or shanks and were only used in prison JP) I jumped over to your article on the survival necklace and have one major disagreement with your final conclusion. I say build your own, don't waste money on his. The colgans 6 in 1 whistle is $9.99 (See link in original post), A magnesiums fire starter and flint is $3, Combine this with your hacksaw blade/knife (You call it $0.10). Since that knife blade is also a saw don't waste your time with the wire saws that never work anyway find a way to braid about 3-5 yds of 550 cord into the necklace that's still only $1. That gives you all the function at $15 not $30-$40.

You asked what I carry in my day pack... I have pretty much everything in the kit in my daypack already. In fact I have pretty much everything in my day pack. I think it weighs almost as much as my base pack weight. I figure that if I am going to run into some idiot that needs help it's going to be when I'm strolling through the city mertroparks, not when I'm miles from anywhere. I have a huge 1st aid kit that can pretty much do minor surgeries (Minus a pain killer more potent than motrin) I even carry one of those light weight fleece sleeping bags most of the time. Who knows I may find a nice shady spot under a tree and have a picnic lunch. I also carry a kukri, though mine came from kabar and cost a lot more than $20 (It stays inside the bag... If I need it then answering for it is the least of my worries). I keep it all in a handy pack I found at walmart (I know I'm ashamed but I haven't found anything comprable for the price) It has about 1500 CU inside and has a double stay internal frame and hip belt. It was on clearance for $20 so I keep it packed with all my daypack stuff. I even leave it as is when going car camping

I read through a bunch of your comments on your kit and had thought the same or similar things (Use an Iodine tab for wound sanitation, I plan on buying curved sewing needles they are easier to stitch most anything with any way... etc) I'm glad for your input. Not to mention everyone else's.

Wise Old Owl
2008-11-08, 11:38
To better answer your question on the First Aid Kit - Don't buy one, you already have it, it was the duct tape. Think Bandana & Duct for splints and such. Now if you want to take bandaids that's great. No weight there- but I haven't reached for them in years. My first aid kit includes things that don't come in the pre-made kits- chewable Pepto, Imodium, Ibuprofen, deet, Deep-woods-off, asprin, and a antibactial ointment-for blisters. And yes it shoud still fit in the bottle, except the deet.

Wise Old Owl
2008-11-08, 11:39
A real survival tool would also have a bunch of fish hooks and stren rapped around the bottle on the outside - so the bottle becomes a reel, (no weight there)

sheepdog
2008-11-08, 14:32
How about a Heine pot in a Ziplock screwtop container with Lighter, esbit stove and tabs, ziplock bags, fish hooks, line, water purifying tabs, etc....

kayak karl
2008-11-08, 15:02
ive gone round and around with this survival kit idea for my thru hiker. i feel my pack is my kit. it is what i need to survive on the trail. these small kits are great , but if you put it in your pack its redundent. i feel the best kit should be on your person. if you get separated from your pack, you could survive. other then that its just a repair or backup kit. just my thoughts.


this reminds me of a skit George Carlin did, called STUFF. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvgN5gCuLac last 10 second is hiking.:biggrin:

sheepdog
2008-11-08, 16:35
Only time I would take a survival type kit is on dayhikes/hunting/river kayaking..... They are handy to have even if you just want to boil a cup of tea.

Wise Old Owl
2008-11-09, 21:32
How about a Heine pot in a Ziplock screwtop container with Lighter, esbit stove and tabs, ziplock bags, fish hooks, line, water purifying tabs, etc....

I like that idea

Frolicking Dino
2008-11-09, 21:49
How about a Heine pot in a Ziplock screwtop container with Lighter, esbit stove and tabs, ziplock bags, fish hooks, line, water purifying tabs, etc....This is a great idea - I may do this for my daypack.

oops56
2008-11-09, 22:27
Now a put together survival kit but where do you keep it in the house some where. But you use your car ever day is it in the trunk.You are on your bicycle where is it at home. You must learn it's a part of you like your wallet or purse.

Wise Old Owl
2008-11-16, 18:45
One thing I cannot get over is the store bought ones are --- well lame - pre-put together and no thought put to it. Another pound for the tenderfoot uneducated beginner hiker to carry - but not knowledgeable to use. When do they pull out the instructions? when they are finally stuck, making them the brightest LED user's out there.

Damn, I am starting to sound like someone --- who is it?