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Pocket Survival Kit Contest Entry #23

I have three different kits, one for winter ( snowshoeing ) one for summer camping based off the standard S.A.S. Kit. But this Altoids smalls tin I carry everywhere everyday, it is so light I don't even notice it.

Outside of Tin contents
Boker Gnome ( great little fixed blade, I've cut down 3-4" white birch trees with this knife in a pinch)
Bike tube ( Ranger band, can carry in belt horizontal, if you don't want in pocket, fire making)
button compass ( general direction when no sun )
The small band seals tin

Inside Tin contents
$ 20 bill sometimes it's all you need :-)
Two small band aides ( for daughter )
Two Imodium pills ( nothing worst then the sh**s )
10 strike anywhere matches (glued together at base to help contain and consolidate )
Two straws filled with petroleum jelled cotton balls ( ease in fire making )
One straw filled with Neosporin ( first aide)
One straw ( to consolidate) filled with split shot ( fishing )
One wire leader ( fishing, snare )
Two small weighted hooks ( fishing )
Two swivels ( fishing )
Tail end of rubber worm ( fishing )
Under blue tape cordage, wrapped with twine, and wrapped again with fishing line, ( multiple uses, shelter, snares, fishing, blue tape is for compression and ease of removal)
 Match Striker glued to lid ( convince and ease )
Small amount of tin foil ( fishing, have caught sunfish with weighted hook wrapped in the tin foil )
Three paper clips ( multiple uses, fashion hooks, pins, needles, compass needle, attach two different size strings together etc...)
The tin itself could be used as a signal mirror, and also not ideal but in a survival situation can boil small amounts of H20 and pine needles, to keep hydrated.

This kit could also be carried around your neck, although I like it in left front pocket. Having a bunch of stuff is great but knowing how to use your items in variety of ways, and using your head has ways gotten me by.

I don't see the need to keep a sharp inside my kit seeing that I always carry a Case peanut cv, a Case med. stockman w/ punch cv, and a large Tidioute moose 1095 carbon steel blade in my pockets, along with my zippo, jute twine, and piranha pocket tool and handkerchief.

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Second prize will receive an AR-15 Essential Parts Kit and Car Rescue Tool from Choate, a bundle of survival gear from OscarDelta & SnakeDr666, as well as at least $30 worth of survival books & gear from TEOTWAWKI Blog.   

Third Prize will receive a Choate Car Rescue Tool and at least $20 worth of survival books & gear from TEOTWAWKI Blog.


  1. Just wanted to know...Did you seal the straw ends with a flame or an iron?

    1. I used a candle and needle nose pliers, heat above flame with pliers pinching , then slide pliers forward and wait a few seconds to set.

    2. Thanks! Very clever of you.

  2. That Boker Plus Gnome looks like a great knife, I looked it up on the net and for such a small knife, it appears to be pretty heavy duty. A very simple but heavy duty folder choice would be the Case Sodbuster - nothing fancy, just plain works.

    1. Fixed blade more reliable, plus I always have multiple slip joints already in my my pockets , plus I like Opinel #9 for cheap and reliable knife kind of the French Sodbuster, people think of them as picnic knife, but I have used at work to cut sheetrock, cement board, scrape mortar, and smash through 30 gauge & 26 gauge sheet metal, without any harm

  3. GodfatherJsApril 28, 2012

    I like the additional fising equipment, I will have to add a jig and maybe a spinner to my kit from the tackle box.

    1. I try to go fishing 2-3 times a week, and have learned that fish like sunnies will strike on just about anything, have used corn, flower buds, beef jerky, tin foil, and other sunnies as bait, along with the normal baits, in a survival situation I would rather catch 7 small fish in an hour then try to land a 5lb bass

  4. I've been looking at getting a Gnome--how do you like that little guy?

    1. I really like it, I find most fixed blades I tend not to carry, but this one I carry every day, attached to kit, or in coin pocket, or on belt horizontal with ranger band, it's 1/8" thick and sharpens to a shaving sharp edge. It is very tough I've used it to chop down a 3-4" white birch tree. I would recomend putting a lanyard on to increase the hand, but is secure in hand without because of the deep finger choil. It makes me want other Boker made Vox knives. Very well made.

  5. AnonymousMay 24, 2012

    Thanks for the Neosporin/straw idea. After trying to locate individual use packets of triple antibiotic ointment and burn jel at a reasonable price, went with this idea and it works great. Surprising how much fits in a 1" to 1.5" piece of straw.