(Article 6 of 6 in the Survivor Series)
Let’s start with kits, because, while we’ve done this entire series assuming that you have nothing with you, that should only be the case if you’ve been chased out of bed in your pajamas and dumped in the middle of the wilderness. At the very least, you can have a tiny capsule with matches and an x-acto blade that attaches to your keys or a length of Kevlar cord that you wear all the time.
But you can do much better than that. In a capsule the size of your thumb you can carry this 18-piece survival kit that includes a compass, rope, two fire-starters, fishing supplies, sharps, and a data card plus more. This website, Vinjabond.com, is about vagabonding, so he includes items for urban survival, as well, but this is a perfect example of what thought and planning can accomplish.
A little time on YouTube or Pinterest will glean you myriad survival kits that fit in an Altoids tin (the latest craze). Many of them are very well thought out. This one, in a 2 x 2½” tin, is my favorite, though my kit has only one fish hook in it and 20’ of brass wire for snares. I’m much more likely to trap rabbits than I am to fish. Ed’s, I’m sure, will have the full fishing kit. The man who made it, Paul Elkins, also shows in the video how to use the items in the tin to make a water canteen (with straw!) you can hang around your neck, a debris rake, a knife and saw, a fishing reel, head lamp, and hat… all in a 2 x 2½” tin! He has other videos, too, and they’re all worth watching (see Links below). Be careful…he’s an ingenious inventor and you’ll get completely sidetracked from your original purpose!)
Here’s my point. Any tools in your possession in a survival situation could mean the difference between life or death, or between extreme discomfort and a well-executed hunker. There’s no reason for you not to have a nano- or micro-kit on you at all times, and redundancy is a plus. So, here’s a fairly complete list of items (some specifically recommended) I’ve found in a plethora of kits. Let this be your starting point in compiling your own personal survival kit(s). (Disclaimer: Conservative Prepper has NO affiliation with any of these products – except a desire to have them all!)
Dave Canterbury (from the show “Dual Survival”) established the 5 Cs of Survival (must have items):
Keep these priorities in mind when making your kit.