posted on Oct, 22 2006 @ 01:54 PM
I spent alot of years in the BSA (Boy Scouts of America) We had a pocket size kit to keep with us at all times I still carry one today, just incase
Ime not around any of my BOB's. Before I give you the list I would also like to remind you to stock up on med's. I have asthma I always keep
plenty of extra inhalers around. Should society fall A extra supply may keep you alive longer. Yes I know you will die sooner or latter but as Sid
says on the movie Ice Age I choose later. Any way on with the list.
The Pocket sized ESK (Emergency Survival Kit)
I put together this kit many years ago while a Boy Scout, and recently found an almost identical kit list I've mixed both list to come up with what I
feel is a great kit. Ill list the URL to the list I found on the web at the bottom Some of the wording is from that page some of it is mine.
Water proof container can be made water resistant with wax for a short time only not a permanent fix.
10' of wire A medium guitar string works.
Razor blade or as I have in my kit 2 razor sharp arrow heads
small leather man style multi tool
3 sq. ft. of heavy duty aluminum foil
10 waterproof matches
8 water purification tablets (16.7% Tetraglycine Hydroperiodine)
Wire Saw with 2 finger rings (nice to have)
3" strip of 180 grit & 320 grit emery paper
5 assorted safety pins
5" long shrink wrap tube
3' electrical black tape
2 1/2" wide heavy rubber bands
Small metal container, use your imagination.
The small leather man style multi tool is a must, don't skimp on price make sure it has quality pliers jaws, wire cutter, scissors, and surgical
The 10' of wire has many uses, like antenna replacement, snares, attachment of expedient tools to shafts and handles, and general construction.
The heavy duty foil serves best as a pot to boil water for purification, lasting for 5-7 cycles. It can be used as a signal, light reflector, baking
pan, solar still, or bits of it left as a trail marker.
The emery paper removes rust and corrosion, polishes, and sharpens; also used as a striking surface for the matches.
The shrink wrap tube can be used as an insulator, and when heated, shrinks to join items together. It is used as a straw to suck water from a seep or
from below a surface.
The condom is capable of holding 2 gallons of water, elastic bandage, slingshot rubber, or trigger spring for a small animal trap.
The fishing kit, besides the obvious, provides line for surgical stitches, bird snares, and squirrel poles.
The sewing kit provides 25' of white thread, (white is strongest), sterile needles for surgical probes, fish gorges, etc. The needles are magnetized,
so they can be used as a compass when suspended from a thread tied in the middle of the needle.
The sponge is disinfected, rinsed, and compressed under a weight to dry, reducing it's size. Used to absorb dew from vegetation, fish bait, etc.,
sponges were also popular with the Roman Legion. (Think Charmin)
The electrical tape is used to seal and water proof the container, and quite useful generally.
The rubber bands help hold the lid on, and keep the kit from easily falling out of shirt pockets. They provide triggers for snares, elastic for
bandages, rubbers for slingshots, etc.
The fishing kit contains 25' of 12lb. monofilament line, (spiderwire is better) assorted small hooks,wet flies and weights. I now use plastic coin
holders, with the line coiled inside, along with hooks, a few wet flies, and lead foil from wine bottle necks. I use foam strike indicators for
The sewing kit is simply made by wrapping thread around a strip of shirt cardboard. I use a 3" wide strip, and notch the top and bottom where the
thread rests. I then add 4 assorted sizes of sterilized and magnetized needles, and a cut down needle threader, fold cardboard around the kit like a
book, and tape shut to seal.
The contents are housed in an any small container. I prefer metal, as the polished in