Urban Survival Day 4 – Make a Kit in a Can

Posted: February 25, 2013 in Survival/Self Defense
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Today is the last bug out bag style tip.  After this we start learning things.  Not that bug out bags aren’t important, I just feel knowing how to use everything in your bag effectively will be more useful than simply having it.  In coming tips we will learn how to disinfect wounds, set bones, avoid pickpockets, etc.  These things are of more immediate interest to me.  But without further rambling, here is today’s survival tip:

4)  Make a Kit in a Can

“You can pack a surprising amount of crucial gear in a very small container”.  In today’s tip we learn to pack a small container with very useful items.  Most of these items, while small in size, have many important uses.  Here’s what the book says you should try to include:

  •  Small pen and paper
  • First-aid instruction cards
  • Duct tape
  • Razor blades
  • Wire saw
  • Waterproof matches or fire starters
  • Needle and thread
  • Safety pins
  • Water-purification tablets
  • Zip ties
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Micro compass
  • Fishing kit (ten hooks, four split shot, two swivels, 25 feet of 2olb test line)
  • Folded one-page guide to edible plants in your area
  • 5 square feet of aluminum foil
  • Signal mirror
  • Bouillon cubes
  • Shoelaces
  • Copper wire
  • AA batteries
  • Alcohol swabs
  • Painkillers

My only comment on this one is to be careful when storing batteries, wire, and aluminum foil.  Especially if being stored in a metal “can”.  AA batteries have a positive and negative side, and if connected to one another, the battery can become extremely hot very fast.  Make sure to store your batteries safely to avoid damage and possible injury.  Sorry, my AC/DC Fundamentals course just fought and fought until I let it out.

What else can we keep in a small container?  I would personally toss in a small multi-tool like the one I talk about here.  Many uses all in one small package.  I’m sure there are plenty of small items we could add or substitute if we took the time to think about it.  Let me know in the comments.

To buy the book, head on over HERE or visit your local bookstore of choice.  I’m not getting paid to advertise this or anything, I just figure if I’m using their ideas for my blog I should probably give them credit and whatnot.


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