Monday, January 26, 2015

Survival kit part 1 (choosing a container)

Building a useful survival kit part 1 the container.

Theres loads of different containers you could use from an old first aid pouch, a camo pouch, a belt pouch or the classic old tobacco tin.
The trick is to use what you have or can get easily or cheaply.
Probably the easiest to get hold of is the tobacco tin, you can buy these in lots of the cheapo (pound/dime) stores, ok they may have a marijuana leaf painted on but you can either live with it or rub it off with a bit of sandpaper, or whatever.  Plus any serious smokers may well have one laying around somewhere, ask about.
These tins are pretty well ideal, they are fairly sturdy and more or less pocket sized, and with a bit of sticky tape (another survival tool) waterproof.
The idea of the survival kit is to have things that could help you and just maybe save your life if you get stranded somewhere.  Obviously the kit is no use if you haven't got it with you.
Should you carry it everywhere?  Well some people say yes, never leave the house without it!  But common sense says otherwise.  Lets face it if you live in a normal built up area and your popping over the corner shop for a tin of cat food and a mars bar your not very lightly to need water purification tablets or a fishing kit.  If on the other hand you live somewhere a bit more isolated sticking the tin in your pocket might be a good idea, use your common sense with this.
So what do we need with our container.  Well it needs to be big enough to carry the essentials, but small enough to carry around without being so big it'll get left at home because it's awkward, hence the tobacco tin.
When the time comes to seal the kit with tape put a few turns around the join, cut off the tape and fold the last inch over to leave a tab, this makes opening the kit with cold wet hands a heck of a lot easier.

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