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#5
Having ended up in the middle of nothing on an adventure holiday that went tits up I can highly recommend adding a spare credit card and an international phone sim - not quite as rugged a 15 fish hooks but a damn sight more handy.
 
#6
Well if you have to ask, tha's a poor start. I made a survival tin when I was younger. Fish hooks magnetised razor blade etc. Had no idea of how to fish or navigate with my razor blade. I think the best thing to put in it is a last letter to wife and kids.
 

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#8
I'm looking to put together a basic survival tin, and one in the know or with experience suggest got suggestions of contents?

Also any views one pre made kits such as Combat Survival Tin [CST] - £11.23 : RVOps, Military Boots, Clothing and Equipment ?
We got Master Fang that as a stocking filler for his christmas as he's doing DoE this year, seems not too bad, the fire steel definitely works, though there's a bit much in the tin as he can't reclose it without the tape that was round teh outside. Might get him to ditch the night light candle.
 
#10
This is mine... and similarly i can barely close it when fully filled.

tobacco tin (golden virginia)
beta light (wrapped in blue tac... i suppose it could be used for something)
scalpal blades
strip of elastoplast
some pre made snares
potassium permanganate
sugar
magnesium block and flint and steal.
water proof matches (i recently opened it up and replaced these with the new big pink ones from the rat packs).
water puritabs.
edible candle
condoms (learn how to use these for water carrying please)
fish hooks
sailmakers needle
magnifing glass
tweezers
pencil and paper
button compass
wire saw with some split rings (big key rings)
fishing line
hooks and weights
antiseptic wipe or two
stout sewing cotton (about 1mm thick) and some good needles.
a few safety pins.

packed out with cotton wool to prevent rattle and provide kindling.

the whole lot is not only taped shut (for water proofing) but i wrapped green string around it in three directions (ie length ways, then width, then around the sides) so I also have a good length of string.

then I put it in a big plastic bag and folded that down and held it in place with four elastic bands. Which also holds a mirror (metal with a hole punched in it with a nail).

I think that is about it.

Always comes in handy to be honest.... although not how you'd imagine. Has been used as an impromptu lesson.

When away I do carry it, and I have been known to stick my AMEX card in it, and some local currency.

Believe it or not the fcuker floats too.
 
#11
This is mine... and similarly i can barely close it when fully filled.

tobacco tin (golden virginia)
beta light (wrapped in blue tac... i suppose it could be used for something)
scalpal blades
strip of elastoplast
some pre made snares
potassium permanganate
sugar
magnesium block and flint and steal.
water proof matches (i recently opened it up and replaced these with the new big pink ones from the rat packs).
water puritabs.
edible candle
condoms (learn how to use these for water carrying please)
fish hooks
sailmakers needle
magnifing glass
tweezers
pencil and paper
button compass
wire saw with some split rings (big key rings)
fishing line
hooks and weights
antiseptic wipe or two
stout sewing cotton (about 1mm thick) and some good needles.
a few safety pins.

packed out with cotton wool to prevent rattle and provide kindling.

the whole lot is not only taped shut (for water proofing) but i wrapped green string around it in three directions (ie length ways, then width, then around the sides) so I also have a good length of string.

then I put it in a big plastic bag and folded that down and held it in place with four elastic bands. Which also holds a mirror (metal with a hole punched in it with a nail).

I think that is about it.

Always comes in handy to be honest.... although not how you'd imagine. Has been used as an impromptu lesson.

When away I do carry it, and I have been known to stick my AMEX card in it, and some local currency.

Believe it or not the fcuker floats too.
Cheers mate looks like a great list (not like Id know)

As for why I ask I have a Short ex in the new year with a SERE instructor, been told to get a basic survival tin together.
 
#12
you never hear of anyone ever actually using one bet if that bloke starring in 127hours had had one no film or best selling book.
 
#13
A decent knife, a roll of bin bags (the thicker ones) and some hexamine for lighting fires never goes wrong either. Plus a bit of emergency food to keep the morale up whilst your SERE mate's eating worms and bat intestines; oatmeal blocks tend to good for their size.
 
#14
you never hear of anyone ever actually using one bet if that bloke starring in 127hours had had one no film or best selling book.
saw that the other day in the book shop but couldn't get to it.

what is it about? I am guessing it is that chap who had to bite his own arm off whilst climbing.
 
#15
Cheers mate looks like a great list (not like Id know)

As for why I ask I have a Short ex in the new year with a SERE instructor, been told to get a basic survival tin together.
It's seen me right, but I don't have any official training.

I've also had a knfie blade in there. Just break a pen knife so you have the blade but not the handle.

The mirror is on the outside for two reasons... it is too big to fit inside the tin and takes up a disproportionate amount of space. If i want to signal with it quickly i don't want to be unwinding several miles of green string and unpacking my tin when I don't neccesarily need to.

Thus it's on the outside.

my writing paper had bits of lofty wisemans book photocopied to one side, like an aide memoire... just little things like ground to air signals and what not.

I've taped my Amex card to the bag before, with a load of numbers and contacts on a bit of paper wrappted around it, in a plastic change bag with some local, small denominations for phone and a phone card as applicable. That way i can take it out and put it in my pocket if neccesary.
 
#16
saw that the other day in the book shop but couldn't get to it.

what is it about? I am guessing it is that chap who had to bite his own arm off whilst climbing.
Close; he was climbing through a canyon when an 800lb rock fell on his arm. He tried to get it off by rigging up a pulley system, but didn't manage; eventually he tourniquet'd his arm, snapped the bone and cut it off with a Leatherman before managing to walk to safety. I've not seen the film, but the book was an impressive tale; he even took a photo of his chopped-off forearm squashed under the rock.
 
#17
Close; he was climbing through a canyon when an 800lb rock fell on his arm. He tried to get it off by rigging up a pulley system, but didn't manage; eventually he tourniquet'd his arm, snapped the bone and cut it off with a Leatherman before managing to walk to safety. I've not seen the film, but the book was an impressive tale; he even took a photo of his chopped-off forearm squashed under the rock.
That's the one i was thinking of... I knew he didn't bite his hand off, but I didn't know the full details of how he managed to separate body from arm so to speak.

GA. Find another tobaco tin and you can fill it with my favourite foodstuffs. Sugar and Lard. Loads of kendle mintcake, energy drink (from new rat pack) and various lards. About 10 multi-biontas could come in handy too.

Then if you are resorting to eating bat spinchters at least you can a) remove the taste with minty freshness. b) add a bit of calorific value to the whole thing. c) get some vitamins in.

Don't put the two tins in your chest pockest though... you look like you have boobs :D

You don't have to have that tin though. Just shove some of your rat pack in to your smock, and eat from your bergan/daysac first.
 
#19
Not a big fan of wire saws myself as they do have a tendency to snap. I have a folding saw (think large serated pen knife), that although takes up a little more space, is far more solid feeling and reliable. This said it won't fit in your average survival tin.

Also a tin is not a fixed list container, in that you will vary the contents depending on your environment (extra tinder, tallow candles or even a space blanket for an arctic environment, or extra puritabs or dextrose for a jungle). CF has given a decent list above, but you (personally) may wish to drop some items in preference to others.
 
#20
We were never really encouraged to prepare or carry a survival tin when in Germany, the thinking being that there would be no situation for a long term survival scenario if World War III broke out and the Red Army steam rollered BAOR.Fishing for trout behind enemy lines while dodging T-72's was classed as optimistic.

However, most of us did carry a compact box of kit in addition to a more substantial first aid kit that some would call an E&E box....but really it was a glorified first aid kit to be honest.

1 ) Tinfoil
2 ) Firestriker/steel
3 ) potassium permanganate
4 ) Scapel Blades
5 ) Suture Kit
6 ) puritabs
7 ) Foil Blanket
8 ) Condoms
9 ) Butterfly stitches
10 ) Either polished inside lid or a heliograph
11 ) Taped to bottom/inside tin...morse/international aircraft signals fabloned.
12 ) Outside of box was wrapped in silly amounts of harry black.( so it can be re-used )
13 ) Wire saw ( paracord handles )
14 ) Every spare gap was filled up with something useful like a few plasters etc.

Thats it really...add some crap for different areas, take stuff as as required.

Only used it a few times in the army, But I still carry the same kit around with me when I disappear on my bike trips for a few months at a time...and I have used it on a regular basis.Also got a similar box of gubbins made up specifically for the motorbike...lockwire/electrical wire/tie-locks etc.
 

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