Dollar Store Survival

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Which Kit Wins

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  1. canoes

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    Hi All

    This may not be new to some but this week was the first time I had heard of it. For those that are like me, the basics are you have $10 to spend in a dollar store to survive 24 hours outdoors. I showed my wife and she thought it was cool and immediately challenged me. Since we are Canadian, and our dollar stores do not compare to the USA ones we allowed ourselves $15.00. We had to have shelter, fire and 2 meals. We are posting the pics below with numbers 1 or 2. We are asking you to determine the winner ( if there is one) as it is totally subjective.
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    #1 8 boxes matches, 4pk serrated steak knives, 3pk foil bread pans, small lantern w/ 4 pk batteries, 2 ramen noodles, 1 can corned beef, 78x100" Heavy plastic mattress cover, 200' Mason twine.

    #2 8 boxes matches, I box Kleenex, I foil sunshade, 1 shower curtain liner 70x72", 1 knife, 5pk candles, 5 black garbage bags, 2 cup of noodles, 1 can sardines, 1 can peanuts, 200' Mason Twine.

    Tell us what you think. Please keep it light. We did this just for fun. IMG_0046.JPG IMG_0051.JPG
     
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  2. gohammergo

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    I would choose #2. I will also say that I can be bribed as well to change my mind if need be. :)
     
  3. justinspicher

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    This is a pretty interesting challenge. I know what I’m doing the next time I’m in a dollar store.
     
  4. rustystove2017

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    tough one....#1 has the ready to go water boil container, but #2 has peanuts (yum) and a better looking knife. If the peanut can is all metal and not cardboard side- I will have to go with #2 as after all the tasty peanuts are consumed- you could use it to boil your water. Why do I think your wife may have picked #2...now you have to tell us who won.
     
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    I like parts of both kits, but have to go with #1 because I can't come up with any bushcraft use for Kleenex!
     
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    yep #2 for sure if the peanut can is all metal. Candles would be better for fire and light than the AA battery lantern...and you have floor and top for shelter with garbage bags and silver solar shield....
     
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    TP or soak them in melted candle wax for tinder, minor first aid perhaps.
    Lamp wick if the sardines are packed in oil.
     
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    See, that's why I joined BCUSA...gleaning info from others when my own brain isn't capable of thinking outside the box!!
     
  9. Gii shi kan dug

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    After you eat the sardines the Kleenex will be much needed
     
  10. NevadaBlue

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    #2!
    Neat idea!

    I think you can add a poll to the top of the thread.

    If you go together, you can both have something to cook in! :D
     
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    Naw......after eating them Sardines you won't need them Kleenex.....one good sneeze and you will ruin both socks :4::4:
     
  12. canoes

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    Thanks just added the poll.
     
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    #2. I guess I will have to try this for my self. Very fun idea.
     
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    I think you should go test both kits in the field.
     
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    your 1st kit is better i think, but if you don't bring all 8 boxes of matches and all 4 knives, you can divide the "cost and bring some other items. your shouldn't need 8 boxes of matches for 24 hours. I think the canned beef is a better choice then the sardines as you will get more calories from it and actually more then one meal as well

    also, i agree the candles should replace the lantern
     
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    I like some items from both, first choice was #1 but then this came to me. You could use the sardines as an attractant, dead fall or improvised noose type trap may produce some additional calories. Depends upon how long you plan / think you are going to be in the dirt.
     
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    For shelter, fire, light, and knife, I like #2. But for food, #1. Ultimate choice would depend on the weather....or how hungry I was... ;)
     
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    Initially, I was leanin toward #1 primarily due to the tin foil trays for boiling water. However, due to the trash bags Which have a variety of uses, shelter, foraging. collecting water, etc. And the kleenex which is good to use for bandaging, nature's call, tinder, etc. I believe I would go with the second choice.
     
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    Since your terms were that you need to have: shelter, fire, and 2 meals, I'm going with #2.

    #2 has a much better shelter/sleeping ability, and more versatility I believe. Overall both of them are very good choices from a dollar store.
     
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    I think we have the start of a competition here.

    Canoes was nice enough to start it, who else wants to show what can be had for $15 CAD or $11.39USD at the Dollar Store for survival?

    I'd say a receipt + pics of items is needed for proof.
     
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    excellent idea- past threads have included photo evidence of purchase (receipt) for full disclosure.
     
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    2. Sun shade as a ground pad to reflect heat back to you/keep you off the ground and the shower curtain as a nice improvised tarp. Plus Kleenex as tp as someone said before. One of the few things I won’t improvise in the woods unless the situation is dire.
     
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    I personally like the flashlight.. light source even when the wind is blowing. Guessing the mattress cover could be split and provide roof and ground cover. It is really dependent on where you are and what time of year it is.
     
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    Cool idea for a conversation!

    I like the second one. The foil is pretty useful for a short time like 24hrs and the candles plus sunshield look like good items.

    Those dollar stores are pretty amazing when you look at the contents from a different perspective. Bushcraft does not need to be expensive and a good bit of the I intrrint for me comes from the adaptation and problem solving shown here.

    Thanks!

    :38:
     
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    Don’t like sardines so my vote for #1
     
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    #1 for me. I thought kit #2 had a little more going for it in terms of shelter and possibly a better knife, but the ability to boil water and the lack of sardines on the menu pushed me to #1.
     
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    Ensures that you are truly hungry before eating and not just snacking!! True survival food...... " I ain't eatin' that unless I'm starvin' to death!!":26:
     
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    Eh every 1 needs toilet paper and firestarter outdoor dauber
     
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    #2

    No real need for the four duplicate knives or batteries in #1.

    #2’s shelter materials seem better. Lots of good stuff there.

    Back in Boy Scouts we called toilet paper “AP”... for “all purpose” paper... fire starting, dish washing, heinie wiping, nose blowing, even some first aid. Kleenex is close enough.

    As @rustystove2017 mentioned... if the peanut can is metal, I’d call it a no-brainer. But, I bet the sides are cardboard. Swap in the bread pan for one or both packs of noodles and you’re good to go for the next reality show.
     
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    That mattress cover could be a tube tent, the sunshade on the ground. Not bad actually.

    Think that a can of something like beans or soup, largest reasonable can, would be a good thing since it would provide a cooking pot for other things like ramen or other thinly packaged food.

    This will be fun!
     
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    Looks interesting. I would make a simple change to the challenge allowing to use a knife that I already owned and put the money spent on the knife on food. There are several options to effectively accomplish this mission.
     
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    And replace the peanuts with peanut butter and add a thing of crackers. Between actual food and peanut butter crackers a guy could stay full all day long leaving 4 to 6 bucks for a basic emergency kit.
     
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    #2, seems more practical to me, but I do like having a cooking vessel.
     
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    2 you probably could in a very limited sense use the peanut tin to boil water or food. Not as good as the foil in 1 but could work.
     
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    Yeah, I was looking for something super cool...you know beyond wiping you nose and your backside!
     
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    Before reading everyone's response I picked #2, and I like sardines. The peanut can must be metal to boil water, or it's out.
     
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    Love this idea! It’s definitely going on my list of things to try.
     
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    2. The garbage bags allow you to do so much with shelter, cover and warmth. Plus there is cordage.
     
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    No 2.

    All my reasons are also said by

    Also forgetting the sardines are in a metal tin . Not the best tin .But its metal .

    Frankly I don't worry about finding a vessel. I cant think of a time I did not come across a empty beer can in the woods .Sad but true .

    I like this idea!Im in
     
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    I'm trapped on a Navy Base in Africa - $11.39 would get me some food at the Navy Exchange. Everything else, even though tax free, is priced over MSRP.
     
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    If just for overnight I say do a 2 before you go. Lol
     
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    You can boil water in a paper cup
     
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    #2! and kleenex is softer than leaves!! The sardines are good for food and bait.
     
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