So, I have only been putting together - actually, even considering
- survival gear only as long as I have been a member of this site (peek over at the join date, it hasn't been all that long). I've been mostly concentrating on small stuff to start out with, and gathering big ticket items later. I was intrigued by the idea of a survival kit in an Altoids tin, so that was the first idea I seized upon. Anyways, here it is as it stands right now. I am still adding things to it as I go along, thus the "work in progress" in the title.
This is an EDC item and is supplemented by my Victorinox OHT.
Closed up tight, secured with some rubber bands. External dimensions are 3.75"W by 2.5"H by 0.75"D, giving me approximately 7.75 cubic inches to work with - I have already ordered an Otterbox 1000 which will give me an extra cubic inch, provisions for a paracord lanyard, and resistance to submersion and crushing. Also, I used a Myntz brand instead of Altoids tin for two reasons: first, it was slightly cheaper. Second, I wanted to go against the grain a little bit.
Opened as packed. Not shown is a thin foam insert kept packed in the lid to prevent noise - it makes no noise whatsoever when shaken. Note the card attached to the lid with Morse code and signals to aircraft. It doesn't look like it but there is still a lot of space available in here, which will only improve moreso when I upgrade to the Otterbox.
Unpacked! Here is where we can go over the individual items.
2 resealable plastic bags (1.5" x 2.5")
- 8 water purification tablets (enough to purify 1 gallon)
- 2 fish hooks, one size 4 and one size 10
2 resealable plastic bags (4" x 4")
- 10 Diamond strike-anywhere matches
- other bag is empty
3/4"-diameter spool with at least
20yd. of 10-lb fishing line
2 corks (for bobbers)
2 safety pins, 1.5"
Nail clippers with file, 1.625"
Razor blade, 1.5" (still in cool cardboard sheath, for safety)
Razor blade holder, cut and ground down to 2.5" length from 4.5"
MagLite Solitaire AAA flashlight (upgrade to Fenix E01 in the future?)
Mini-Bic with 15' of electrical tape wrapping
Rescue mirror cut down to 3" x 2"
Bubble, just an interesting micro item, 0.75" long and about 0.25" diameter
Also, some things I know I need to add but haven't gotten around to yet:
Pre-paid phone card
Thoughts, comments, constructive criticism always welcome.