I arrived at the superstore and was distraught to find that the antibacterial wipes were empty, you know the ones you wipe down the handle of your cart with. When I got home I laid everything out on the floor so that I could marvel at my purchases and so that I could take a picture for you all.
Now that I had all of my supplies I had to make a few modifications in order to get them into the Altoids tin, some of which ended up working and some (I later found out) did not. Modifications complete it was time to lay out everything that I had assembled to fit inside the tin. Once the lid and bottom were complete I set about trying to fit everything else inside the tin.
I ended up strapping the 550 cord and flashlight to the outside of the kit, in addition to 4 rubber bands  (which I had planned to put there all along). Food and Water: The food and water in this kit will comfortably provide you with adequate nutrition for 72-hours without access to additional supplies. I’m a huge fan of building a self-contained HYDRATION KIT using these MOLLE bottle holders.
As many of you know, my newest book, Build the Perfect Bug Out Survival Skills, hits shelves and AMAZON this month. I’ve developed a little trick to using a ferro rod to ignite one – let me show you how! This is a skill best taught by video so I have filmed a short video tutorial for APOCABOX subscribers. It is packaged in a durable box to ensure the items remain protected until they are needed.
Not only do they hold a standard Nalgene or Klean Kanteen but they also have room for other water related kit items. BATUCA is the perfect solution for storing a variety of battery sizes for flashlights, radios or whatever other electronics you may have packed in your BOB. You can sew this patch on or heat-seal it using a home iron on COTTON setting for 30-60 seconds.


Made in France since 1890, this brand is a proven winner in the Bushcraft and Survival community. I’ve negotiated with my publisher to do something unheard of – release a FREE chapter download to APOCABOX subscribers.
I’ve learned through experience that if you can control the temperature in your neck you can control it in your body (under most circumstances). Sap from nonpoisonous trees is an awesome source of hydration during later winter and early spring.
The front zipper pouch is the perfect space to store a variety of items, including water purification tablets, pocket sized straw filters, plastic water bags, bandana, spile or any other items that relate to survival water collection, filtration or purification. The BATUCA holds up to Eight (8) AA batteries, Twelve (12) AAA Batteries, Eight (8) CR2 or Eight (8) CR123 Batteries. An incredible amount of heat is lost through your neck in cold weather due to how close your blood is to the skin surface.
This light-weight and durable spile is a turn-key solution for filling your canteen in a pinch. The small free spinning bearing in the center of the block will provide the smoothest drill you’ve ever seen. Not only does this one spray a ridiculous shower of sparks but it also has a glow-in-the-dark thumb grip. However, most guitar picks are made from a material called celluloid which happens to be incredibly flammable. Use your knife to twist a hole about ?”deep into the sapwood, press in the narrow end of the spile and wait for the flow. If you build your own hydration kit, I’d love to see photos of it on INSTAGRAM with the hash-tag #APOCABOX.
This fireproof telescoping tool allows you to compress and focus the oxygen in your breath directly into the heart of your fire.
The back of the carbon blade makes a great striking surface for ferro rods AND natural flint.


Increase efficiency and reduce the time it takes to bust out a big fat bow drill ember with this handmade SPEED BLOCK. This comes in handy when you’re digging through your pack in dark or low-light conditions trying to find your fire striker.
Late winter and early spring is the best time to tap trees, as that is when the sap is flowing. This is my way of carrying some incredible and very unassuming fire tinder on my person at all time. Maple sap does not require purification and can be consumed in a survival scenario (or just for fun) to rehydrate. Make notes and compare your findings to the same trees in a few months when the leaves have grown.
Any tool that makes fire starting more effective in difficult weather conditions is worth it’s weight in gold. I wipe mine down with mineral oil every now and then and that really helps prevent corrosion.
In the skills challenge video I also give a quick tutorial on HOW to properly use a Ferro Rod Fire Striker.
They will quickly burst into flame with the open flame from a bic lighter but igniting them with the sparks from a ferro rod takes a little preparation.
I’d love to see INSTAGRAM photos of your personalized SPEED BLOCK – be sure to use #APOCABOX so all can see! In this month’s SURVIVAL SKILLS CHALLENGE I show you how to start a fire using one of the enclosed picks and your luminous fire striker. This is a cool skill that I know you’ve not seen elsewhere – BECAUSE I INVENTED IT and am sharing it with APOCABOX subscribers only.



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