(E) Make a Personal Survival Kit

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  1. IA Woodsman

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    I know many of you have a personal survival kit (PSK). Having a small kit you can carry on your person is a very good idea. There has been a lot of discussion about this subject. The main goal is to have a kit that will help you meet your basic needs.

    Water
    Shelter
    Fire
    Signaling
    Travel
    Sustenance

    The contents of a good kit will reflect these needs. This is a vid on the kit I carry.



    Place your tied twig bundle over you burning tinder bundle and let 'er go.

    Here is a break down of the contents.


    The pouch is a US GI compass case
    Mylar survival blanket
    1 gallon ziplock bag
    Turley PSK knife
    2 band-aids
    2x2 gauze pad
    Snare wire
    Fishing line
    3 hooks
    5 sinkers
    100 lb test cord
    Tin foil
    Iodine tabs
    Wire saw
    Fire steel
    Fatwood
    3 needles
    Button compass

    Here is a link to thread that is worth looking at. Lots of people have contributed there PSK's.

    http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=16229

    For the student practice you kit must meet the needs listed above and be able to fit in a BDU cargo pocket.
     
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  2. The Warning

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    I've got some great ideas for this one.

    I've been needing to overhaul my PSK for a while.
     
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    What are the measures of BDU cargo pocket? In inches or something I think I haven't never even seen one as living here backwoods of europe :p
     
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    The kit should be no bigger than 6" long X 6" wide X 3" thick.
     
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    Does it need to be a new kit or can we use/improve upon one we already have made up?
     
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    I hate to muddy the water with dumb questions but if we have already done a vid on a PSK that meets these requirements can we just post it Terry?
    David
     
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    That is up to you boys.
     
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    It is up to you. If that is what you carry post it up in the student practice thread.
     
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    Well, the whole package doesn't fit in a cargo pocket, but the ingredients do easily and are separated into three main pieces. The plastic container, mylar, and mini-light. I just wasn't sure if it qualified by your cargo pocket themed kit. Thank you.
     
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    If I understand correctly, having it fit into a pocket is important because it is always on your person and easily accessed unlike maybe having to carry in your pack or put on a belt, that may be difficult to get to, open and access the contents. This is why we want it small enough for a pocket right?
     
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    Correct
     
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    Funny this should get put up today. Just stopped by the drugstore and ended up picking up a couple Altoids tins.
     
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    Whoops! Nevermind I saw the dimensions posted above, my apologies! :eek:
     
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    My PSK that stays in my family vehicle. The kit includes the follwoing:

    32oz bottle with 30' of 550 cord wrapped around it (water and cordage for shelter)
    Knife and sharpening stone
    Fishing kit with jigs, hooks, sinkers, bobber and line (food)
    Bic lighter and inner tube pieces (fire)
    Trash bag (shelter)
    Signal mirror
    Pencil and note paper
    Shock cord wrapped in cobra stitched 550 cord (used for shelter line and/or slingshot, snares, etc)
    Ziplock baggies

    It's very basic but it for those serious emergencies in the vehicle.
     
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    Be sure you post it up in the student practice area of this lesson. Thanks
     
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    Sorry, wrong place. It's in the right place now with a pic. Sorry again.
     
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    It no big deal brother, just giving you a heads up.
     
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    Question about a PSK:

    Do you duplicate items that are already part of your gear in a PSK or is it something that's should be used continuously (and practiced with) like your other gear?
     
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    I practice with mine. I also have some duplicate items that are in my pack.
     
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    That makes more sense to me than just making the PSK and throwing it in your pocket. You don't want to be out in the middle of nowhere and find out that the gear in your PSK doesn't work or that you don't know how to use it.
     
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    This may be a stupid question, but if I don't ask it I won't know. What purpose does the piece of aluminum foil serve?
     
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    Mainly cooking, but it will work for an improvised signal mirror in a pinch.
     
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    Some uses I had written down(some I have tried others I will get to)

    -a fireproof base when needed,
    -a funnel (pour oil in engine or fill a water container)
    -tin foil hat(Not just for the aliens, it will help conserve heat)
    -antenna for better reception on radio or TV
    -a cup
    -a bowl
    -wind screen for alcohol stove
    -electrical repairs (wrap around blown fuse to get circuit going again)
    -making char cloth
    - signal
    - Trail markers
    - Use as scrubber for cookware(ball up works like steel wool)
    - tighten lose battery springs in electronics
    - fire deflector
    - making fishing lures
    - serve as a lid
    - keep tinder dry by wrapping the tinder in layers of it
    - Pinhole glasses. (Just fashion the foil into a glasses shape and poke)pinholes
     
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    Skab- that's a great list! Thanks!
     
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    I imagine it might also work as a radar reflector. Hung from a fishing rod in a life raft.

    Wolf
     
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    What's your opinion about a PSK vs a "possibles pouch?" Or do you reckon they're the same thing?
     
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    What would you use to polish the top of the Altoids tin. I just took a bunch of em' and spraypainted them with BBQ hi-temp paint. Maybe polish the insides?
     
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    Thanks, IAW. This is the kind of thing I look for on these forums, the reason I signed up.
    To your list of basic needs I'd add "cordage". I like to carry a hundred feet or so of 75-100 lb test braided fishing line, such as Spyderwire, in my PSK. It's handy for making shelters and camp furniture, sewing repairs in clothing, packs, etc. and for making traps and snares. Best of all it weighs very little.
    I also have tried the Altoids tins, but don't care for them. I prefer to use a small water-tight fishing tackle box, they are made by several companies. They hold more than the altoids, weigh very little, are water-tight, and still small enough for a BDU pocket.
    Just some food for thought.
    edit: BTW, IA Woodsman, your link in the OP to the PSK thread is a great thread. I wonder if it could be made a sticky, and any other threads about PSK's combined into it, so it's easily found by newcomers and others here. Just a suggestion.
     
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    Hi,

    I'd like to participate in these Bushcraft classes, but a bit confused on sizes for these PSK, as I see pictures in the other thread pertaining to this, of people using a Nalgene bottle & putting their PSK in that. A Nalgene bottle is pretty big, can I use one of those too, or something that size?

    whats the container size requirement to pass this section of the class?

    Thanks.
     
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    It needs to fit in a BDU Cargo pocket.
     
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    Would a container 6 1/2" x 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" be OK?
    It exceeds the length stated but as the other measurements are under the stated sizes the volume is less than the max size described and it fits my smock pocket like a glove.
    I plan making a new PSK for the Advanced lesson and would like to use this particular tin as it seems ideal for a practical PSK.
     
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    If it exceeds the required size then no John. It has to fit in a BDU leg pocket
     
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    Not exactly although the is some crossover. The psk is for emergencies. The possibles pouch is for carrying your most used items in an easily accessible bag. Some do carry more survival geared stuff in their possibles bag but that is personal choice. In my mind a psk is for when you've lost your pack and possibles bag.
     
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    I have no BDUs to try it but I do have 5.11 TDUs which I think are the same size pocket - and my tin fits with room to spare, so I guess it is OK
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    OK?
     
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    That is fine.
     
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    Thank you - I will get on to it now :)
    I am looking forward to this lesson though work means that I may have to wait a while before I can get out again....
     
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    Sons PSK kit

    My son (Alex is 9 yrs old) and I have been working on a few of the bushclass lessons (and will post them in a few days). I wanted to ask if an exception could be made for him. I ask this for his personal safety reasons. Can he have a slightly larger PSK (small hip/butt pack) that could have a few more additional items for his PSK? These might be a tube tent or a small homemade Mors type super shelter, maybe a water pouch or two (or one of those tiny water filter straws), and maybe a few energy bars. Obviously, I won't put him in a dangerous situation, but want him to have a little more security with his own personal PSK. I want to thank you so much for these classes. Had to take him out of Scouts due to my weekend work schedule. He got a bushcraft backpack with everything for Christmas, and he is so excited! And we are both excited and are having so much fun going through bushclass courses! Thanks, Ken
     
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    In order for your son to get credit for any lessons he would need his own account on here. If you are doing the lessons and he is just with you and learning with you, without him having an account, then obviously there would be no restrictions of his PSK
     
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    My family thought I was nuts when I put together my PSK. All kinds of crazy questions. Now several family members and friends are carrying one.
     
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    Mine is 7" x 5" x 3" but it still fit in my BDU cargo pocket. Would t hat make it eligible?
     
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    As long as it fits.
     
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    Thanks for the help. By the way, nice video on your PSK.
     
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    Oops. Posted my PSK in the wrong place. Sorry. Re-posted on the student practice thread now.
     
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    Never mind, already found the answer to my question.
     
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    This is a old camera case. I a crkt minimalist on the outside. There are two pouches.
    The outside has a cork with fish hooks sinkers and fishing line wrapped in hockey tape. A lighter and flashlight.
    The zipped interested pocket has a mylar blanket, gallon Ziploc bag, duct tape, 2x3 bandage and Altoids size tin. The tin has aqua tabs band aids compass tin foil, p38, Gerri bar, jute and backline. IMG_20190210_135244128.jpg IMG_20190210_134641765.jpg IMG_20190210_134630007.jpg
     
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    i din't realise that there was a tread going on on the forum about this
    I'm just on top of the iceberg to read and search into all the interesting articles here on the forum.
    It was because of @bacpacjac mention it to me,I start looking for it.
    Thanks Jacqui for pointing me this way.
     

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