Tiny, light and infinitely transportable, this affordable little kit might save your life in an emergency. You can go fancier and build a kit in a small Otterbox waterproof case, but the whole idea here is to create something small enough that you have no excuse not to carry it and cheap enough that you have no excuse not to make one. The items in this kit aren't the kind of stuff you're going to want to rely on through hard, frequent use.
If you want to include one of those Mylar survival blankets, wrap it around the outside of the tin after the kit is complete. A few water purification tablets can be a good idea too, giving you the ability to make water safe to drink without relying on boiling it. A Loksak makes a great waterproof case for the kit and can double as that clear water container.
Food: Packing fishing line as your cordage give you a multi-use capability, making the most of your limited space.
You can also use your little cable saw, knife blade and cordage to create a spear to catch small game and fish. A little tin foil, folded up flat and small, can make cooking much easier and can create a container for water too. First Aid: You've got duct tape and the ability to tear or cut your clothing, so you have the capability to close wounds and make Band-Aids, slings, splints or cover blisters. I’m talking about a “Bug-Out Bag,” a ready-to-grab-at-anytime kit that gets you out the door and long gone, quickly and safely, when things go south. Even though you probably aren’t going to have a foreign hit squad on your trail, or Federal agents ready to kick in your door, there are still a number of situations where the Average Joe needs to have a bug-out bag — or a “Get Home Bag” (see below) — packed and ready to go. So I spoke with Creek Stewart, survival skills trainer, owner of Willow Haven Outdoor, and author of the upcoming book, Build the Perfect Bug-Out Bag: Your 72 Hour Disaster Survival Kit (May 12, Betterway Books), to find out what those situations are, and what we city-dwellers need to have to create an Urban Survival Bug-Out bag that’ll keep us from resorting to “Lord of the Flies”… for 3 or 4 days at least.
If you’re forced out of your home and need to survive on your own for at least 72 hours, Stewart says to remember the Core 4 Basic Human Survival Needs: Shelter, Water, Fire and Food – and to make sure your bag covers them all. Stewart says to keep in mind the first bug-out bag you grab may actually be a “Get Home Bag” — providing you the essentials you need to get out of a stricken city and home to your family.


Mass chaos and exodus would make getting from work to home very complicated, and a disaster-stricken city is a very dangerous place. So, just as military pilots have a “get-home survival kit” packed in their cock-pit, Stewart recommends having a “Get Home Bag” ready to go at your office or in your car. Stewart told me having Bug-Out bags at the ready isn’t about becoming a crazy survivalist in the woods or having a bunker mentality.
You can put anything you want in your survival kit as long as it fits without damaging any of the other components.
Birthday Candles – Once you light your match or lighter, you can use the birthday candle to hold the flame so you can get your fire lit. Safety Pins – Use to hold clothing together, hold a poncho or other material together to make a tent, or use as a makeshift fishing hook. Building your own pocket survival kit from scratch is one most satisfying, yet intimidating projects you’ll ever attempt. If fact, I have revised and updated my kit since Joe and I shot the video.  You should, too. Pro Knot Cards – Knots are important, and using the proper knot can help you keep safe and make cool stuff in an emergency. Survival Saw – Shelter building, improvised tools, trap wire, cutting firewood, weapon. These are some great diy survival kit ideas which is perfect for me because I’m the type of person that likes to build my own survival kit and have it customized to my personal preferences! Just FYI I picked up a Sawyer filter kit from your water article and these are great items to have in a kit.
They're small, light, works-in-a-pinch stuff, intended to give you a diverse level of extra capability should you find yourself stuck somewhere with nothing else to rely on. These remain the same no matter where you find yourself, desert, mountains, forest, whatever. Two unlubricated, plain condoms can each hold a gallon of water, while taking up very little space in your tin.
In a survival situation, small prey should be your focus, it's easier to catch, much more abundant and, cumulatively, can actually add up to a lot of food for not much work.


A flat whistle is also a great idea, it's much louder than even the loudest shout and you can blow on a whistle long after you'd have lost your voice hollering. Aluminum foil can be formed into a makeshift container to catch and hold water (as long as you press it tightly so there are no leaks). Thank you so much for sharing your DIY, I love it and immediately went to make several bottles (for hubby & his friends). Heck, you’re putting together a kit that could save your life, and the lives of those with you, if the poop hits the fan.
Joe (a Black Belt, Biologist, Medical Doctor and Former Army Captain) and I broke out our pocket survival kits and turned the cameras on. Will keep food clean, give you a firm surface to cut on and prevent your knife from getting dull while preparing food. Much louder than your voice and uses very little energy to produce a sound that travels far. Being able to see through it is very helpful when you need to find something quick and don’t want to dump your whole kit out. When it comes time to use it, tear it into thin strips, doing that will make a limited amount stretch much further. While it’s not a full-fledged bug-out bag, what you put in your pill bottle can help you in a dire emergency. You can also use it as a wind break for your fire (which will actually double as a heat reflector).
If you don't want to or can't carry a large length of steel on your hip and want a knife you can pack alongside this kit (but outside it, won't fit), we recommend the ESEE Izula, which will be just the thing for wood processing, fire making and shelter building in a real pinch. Remember, knowledge is your ultimate survival tool – everything else is just helpful!



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