Mess Kit type survival kits ...

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  1. woodsmanjohn

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    If you guys have any mess tin type kits post them up I would like to see them.

    I recently picked up one of the ESEE Mess kit tins and assembled a kit for my pack that I keep in my truck. I was going to get one of their already assembled mess kits survival kits, but decided to add gear for this kit from stuff I had on hand. I was able to fit this kit in my cargo pants bellow pockets as well. A little clunky but it does fit ..

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    I packaged the kit in a see through storage bag..

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    I was able to fit quiet a few items in the mess kit and still had a little room left on the sides .

    The kit includes the following items .
    Inside the Tin
    Survival Saw
    Fishing kit
    Snare Wire
    Acme Signal Whistle
    Large Ferro Rod
    Mag bar Ferro Rod
    ESEE Arrow Head
    Hurricane Matches
    Bic Lighter
    Fresnel lens
    Water Purification tabs
    Assorted fire tenders
    Signal Mirror 2 -1 stainless 1 glass
    Derma Safe Razor
    Sharpening stone
    Small first aid kit
    Suunto base plate compass
    Small button compass backup
    Small thermometer
    Safety pins
    Sail needle 2
    Duct tape 2 small rolls
    Burt's Bees lip balm
    Victorinox Ranger 1
    Leatherman Squirt 1
    Thru nite 100 lumen small light
    Princeton Tech red Light 1
    Zip ties 3
    Nite Ize Doohickey 1
    Kevlar twine 25 foot
    100 Foot of small diameter para cord
    P-51 can opener
    Two BDU od green buttons.
    Small first aid kit
    Outside of tin I keep 2 Adventure Medical Kits Emergency Blankets and a Becker Eskabar
     
  2. Haggis

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    Lot of stuff in a small package !
     
  3. woodsmanjohn

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    Yes sir ! :) Haggis I could probably fit a few more small items in it, allot of room in that small mess tin.
     
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    CRKT quick sharpener
    Bandana
    Trail marker tape
    Bank line
    Mini Bic lighter
    Gorilla Tape
    Buttons compass
    Flashlight
    Spare AAA battery
    Waxed jute twine
    Fat would
    Tinder Quick tabs
    Exotac nano striker
    Small fishing kit
    Fresnel lens
    Whistle
    Signal mirror
    Leatherman style
    ESEE Arrowhead
    Small Gerber blade
    Super glue
    Tweezers
    Small first aid kit
    Standup Water Bag


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    Never carried a dedicated PSK ( just items in my pockets) but these are very nice.
     
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    I assembled a small psk in an altoids tin back in '12. Never have used it to date. I'm like you. I wear cargo shorts and carry items in the cargo pockets daily.

    Dom
     
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    Very cool.

    Now to go to the woods on an overnighter with just that tin and a water bottle. That would really help you decide what you don't need or what you can add.

    Seems like a very thorough PSK though. Thanks for sharing
     
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    Great timing, I am putting together for my car using a GI canteen cup.

    Bob
     
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    I would like to see that when you are done please!
     
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    I had an awesome survival kit stored inside a trangia mess kit...lemme see if I can find pics.
     
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    This is my mess kit and water bottle as of last week's walk in the woods...
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    Packed and then unpacked
    The bottle contains: a bandanna, large ferro rod, water purification tablets, a pencil, water filter, beeswax candle, 2 instant coffee, superglue, 2 tea bags, ramen flavor packet, and 2 sugar packs.
    The mess kit has: bowl, fry pan, 3 cup pot with lid, 1 cup cup, baggie of parched corn and toasted grains, 2 tea bags, 2 sugar packs, and a ramen flavor pack.
    The little pouch of goodies: twine, compass, magnesium ferro rod, Swiss Army Knife (SAK), box cutter, Bic lighter, Maglight Solitaire, AAA battery, sinew cord, whistle, fatwood sticks.
    This isn't a survival kit but it could be used as one. With this plus my woods EDC, I'd be okay for a day or two...
     
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    These are some real nice kits folks ..
     
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    I made one(which is an ever-evolving work in progress) based off my Heavy Cover Canteen.
    Will that count?
    If so I'll be sure to revisit.

    Sent from my LGMS330 using Tapatalk
     
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    Add a wool blanket and that is my exact plan.
     
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    I love this thread. I am going to rethink my kit and I will post the results. I hope to see more of your kits.
     
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    Sure buddy post it up I would like to see it.
     
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    That was a awesome kit Seeker great thread too buddy thanks for the link to it. I like seeing these kit threads vary interesting to see what everyone is using.. Thanks buddy..
     
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    Here you go[​IMG]
    (Keep in mind it's a work in progress)
    What's in it now:
    .Heavy Cover Canteen/ Mess kit
    . Sea to Summit Spork
    .2x 10 hr hand warmers
    .2x 6-8ft 18g brass snare wire
    . 25 yds of 20lb test fishing line
    . Assorted hooks/ sinker
    . Signal mirror and Whistle
    . Space blanket
    . 6 Katadyn Micropur tablets
    . 5 instant Coffee's
    . 2 fruit punch mixes
    . BCUSA 5X7 MEST
    . Bushcraft Essentials Ti Bushbox

    What's getting added:
    . Tops Turley PSK knife
    . BCO Lightweight Shelter Line kit
    . Exotac ferro rod
    . a small pouch for Additional items and a mini FAK
    . Petzel E light headlamp

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    All packed up
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  23. hunter63

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    I'm gonna quote the thread on the ditch kit....LOL

    My experience these kits a great as long as you don't "use them regularly".....
    What do you do with all the "stuff" when you want to use the pan or cup?
    Or are we talking emergency kits only.......JIC.

    I carry a a hunting fanny pack....and even that, requires careful repacking if you use it.....and stuff gets lost in the grass and leaves.
    If I'm intending on cooking....I have a small cooking kit w/strove... that I can attach....Mostly use the USGI canteen cup/stove set up.

    So how about y'all include how you handle storing or what you do with all the stuff when using the pan/cup/plate to water bottle.
    Or should this be a separate thread?
     
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    I plan to use the cotton bag the kit is stored in as a dump for the items when I would need to use the pot.
     
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    Most of it fits in my pockets.
     
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    Thanks....I had always though that I would only use this as a last "ditch kit" to only be used if I was out of other options.

    Then again if you were to cutout a round piece of cloth, like bandanna, with maybe a draw string?....that could be put in the tin first....then taken out and spread out contents and...not lose something?

    Always amazed me as to how these "kits" have evolved...at least for me......From a 2 piece cigarette box, with matches, candle end, couple of band-aids,aspirin, razor blade....and directions for processing a deer
    Then:
    Thermos, apple, and ham sandwich....couple of candy bars...and some hard candy....in your coat.....
     
  27. TarHeelBrit

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    Thanks to the OP and everyone else. I love these types of threads, keep the ideas and photos coming. :dblthumb:
     
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    AHA!! good point my friend. :) I had a similar thought with my Trangia kit. In my case it was an easy fix I popped in another 1QT zippy bag for storage while the can is boiling water.

    I'm messing with the idea of using my B.A mess tins for a bigger kit and I can use one for storage and the other for cooking.

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    Loose the large hexi stove and KFS sets and I should have more room. Maybe use one of the Esbit emergency stoves instead and a cut down rat pack spork.
     
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    Here is mine. I started with a 2 qt canteen cover. The first pic is front, second is back as it is packed to grab and go.
    The lay out pic has numbers on each item to make it easier for me to describe. Some I'll explain, some are obvious.
    1. Ontario knife company bushcraft knife. Don't know what kind, bought long time ago. Has skeleton handle I wrapped, saw blade spine, 4" blade, 9 1/2" overall. 20 feet of fish line and 10 feet snare wire on the sheath.
    2. Stainless steel knife a friend gave me. 3 1/2" blade. 7" overall. 3/16 thick. I could beat it with a rock and not break it.
    3. 2 qt canteen carrier pouch. About 9"x8"x3 1/2". Clips on the back so it can be worn on a belt as well.
    4. Waterproof notebook. Pencil. Plastic covers with 20 feet of duct tape wrapped onto them. Survival notes for making things. Basically my survival manual.
    5. 21" bow saw blade with rings. To make a saw in the field. Directions in notebook.
    6. Standard map compass with magnifying glass.
    7. Fero rod with striker.
    8. Mini Bic lighter. Carried in outer pouch on carrier.
    9. 20' survey ribbon. Marking trails or traps.
    10. 10' snare wire and 10 premade snares.
    11. Signal mirror. Plastic.
    12. Cordage. 50' of 550 cord. 100' braided nylon cord. 50' waxed string.
    13. Saw. Made from a folding saw, handles like a fixed blade knife. Cut up to 4" diameter. With belt sheath.
    14. Wind storm whistle. Crazy loud.
    15. Fishing gear. 2 spools of fish line 20' each. Plastic box with 2 red devil spoons and 15 hooks.
    16. Shelter. 3 mil trash bag 38x60". 2 space blankets 48x72.
    17. 1/2 gallon mylar water bag with cap/spout. (inside of a box o' coffee to go)
    18. Petroleum jelly/cotton balls. Firestarter.
    19. Aluminum cook pot. 7"x5 1/4"x2". Holds about 5 1/2 cups, can cook about 4 1/2. With handle.
    20. Hard candy and a ramen noodle flavor packet.
    21. Medicine. Anti diarrhea and headache meds.
    22. Toilet paper in zip lock bag.
    23. 3 ziplock sandwich bags.
    24. Tablespoon.
    25. 8 lg safety pins.
    26. 42x42" cotton fleece. Like a shamegh. Multiple uses.
    27. Assorted sewing needles. Taped to cover of notebook.
    28. Carry strap for pouch. Can be used as a belt as well.
    When it is packed, I have the cloth tied around the strap, the cover is safety pinned, and there is a clip around the carry strap to secure the knife.
    Any questions, please feel free to ask.
    Great thread, I love to learn from others!!
     
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    @Bridgetdaddy Great looking kit, you've certainly got a lot in there, thanks! I have a spare 2qt canteen cover doing nothing so this is a good idea.
     
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    I put everything in a cheap ditty bag and then in the "container." In pocket/small (like cargo pocket) kits I just make sure to have a freezer back just for the contents. With just a basic "tin," unless I end up nekked, I just stuff it in pockets or dump into my bandanna. But I see a "Pocket tin" more for organization/protection. It's not like I'll be trying to boil water 2 oz at a time.
     
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    I use my bandana as a catch all when I am using the pot or fry pan. Tie the corners together and they make a pretty good bag.
     
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    That is a real nice kit. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    always good to see other's ideas that they share.
    i'm afraid mine all look pretty bare bones when
    compared with what's posted here
     
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    Show some pics! We all get ideas from each other.
     
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    That's a very comprehensive looking kit.

    I used to carry a small aluminum percolater coffee pot. I never used the perc basket so I removed it. I drilled through the body at the top, including the lower rim of the lid. I fashioned a bail with a heavy metal coathanger with the ends through the holes, securing the lid to the body of the pot. This was the basis for a survival kit... or just a cook kit, depending on what I was doing.

    The pot, was an 8-cup size and I bought it at the local grocery store. It soon took on the usual 'campfire patina' that all such camp containers eventually get. I carried this for several years. It served me well.

    Steve
     
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    Impressive kits !
    Humble $0.02 of my limited experience :

    1 - All lighting needs extra batteries, don't store lights with batteries in them, because they will drain slowly but surely and be dead when you need them.
    2 - Use of the container for cooking/boiling means emptying it out = A nylon zip bag or stuff sack for the entire contents is better than a ziplock or cheap plastic bag,
    it will be less prone to puncture and wear. Keep a dedicated water bag in with the contents.
    3 - When cramming things into a hard container, be sure on/off buttons are not being inadvertently pressed = lighters, etc.
    4 - Water purification tabs do expire, batteries as well, check the dates to be sure your kit is up to date.
    5 - If water is abundant, compressed towel (becomes washcloth size when wet) and hotel size bar of soap will keep things nice n' clean better than baby wipes.

    My kit is almost ready !
     
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    My tin kit i assembled for the Bushclass. Please criticize, comment, suggest improvements!

    My first larger PSK. Usually i carry some essentials in my jacket or backpack but i like the idea of a mess tin survival kit.
    After some research and going through my unused gear this is what i came up with.

    Container is a ESEE mess tin.


    ESEE tin sealed with duct tape to hold the lid in place and it also provides an extra repair/fire/first aid resource.

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    Opened tin. Theres a little stuff sack on top in which i could drop the items when the tin is being used. It might also be used to carry water, harvesting, collecting tinder etc. etc.

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    No space is wasted in the tin.

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    • Silva Expedition S compass including magnifying glass and a mirror
    • Tornado signal whistle
    • Petzl e+lite headlamp
    • 2 CR2032 spare batteris wrapped in duct tape for the headlamp
    • 15m of micro paracord
    • duct tape
    • brass wire
    • 2 split rings
    • Victorinox Outrider with locking blade
    • fishing kit
    • Bic lighter
    • vaseline cotton ball wwrapped in tin foil
    • UCO matches
    • Light my Fire mini ferro rod
    • Pro-knot knot guide
    • Essee tin
    • more duct tape
    • SOL emergency blanket
    • 3 sheets of rite in the rain paper
    • pencil
    • stuff sack
    • bag with mixed little items
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    Fishing kit, inspired by a "survival" fishing kit i have seen online. Since i got all the stuff anyways it was easy to set up. Cant wait to test it.

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    Fishing kit

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    The Victorinox Outrider offers a pretty decent set of tools. Size is perfect for the kit and the blade locks which is important in my opinion.

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    Contents of the little bag:
    Water purification tablets
    Alcohol wipes
    Plaster
    Ibuprofen pain killers
    Anti diarrhea pills
    sewing kit for no specific reason. :)
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    Looks like a great kit. The saw on the knife works great.
     
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    Thank you.
    Yup, the Victorinox saw is actually pretty decent and the slightly longer ones in the larger SAK patterns are pretty capable saws. Even enough to weaken larger pieces of wood so they are easier to break or bend for example.
     
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    Very Nice kit buddy great contents.
     
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    That is a massive kit buddy very cool.
     
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    I hadn't thought to put kit gear in a mess kit tin.. great idea!

    Not sure where I'd use it though. If for a vehicle, I'd rather have a dedicated bag for this, as I do now... for on the go, again.. stuff is organized in pouches and such and in my rucksack.

    To carry with me, would be too large/heavy/cumbersome.
     
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    I love PSK porn!:D
     
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    Thanks, Jason I do appreciate it buddy, but this was not my Idea the first time I remember seeing this was back in the '90s and it was with an east german mess kit. Also, Mors Kochanski along with quite a few other instructors have done this. But I am glad you like the kit and post. I have put several of these together as vehicle kits and gave them away as well. I have a smaller belt pouch kit I keep on my person.
     
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    Yeah, Mors bush pot kit was the first kit of that kind i saw i think.
    I actually made mine part of a minimalist car kit/bushcraft kit/grab bag kind of thing.
    The bag is a Helikon-Tex Bushcraft pouch.
    A Mora Bushcraft Black, some food, a foldable water bottle, some paracord, a cheap but good Tajima G-Saw, Esbit stove, more Tinder, Ballistol wipes, spare bic lighther and a pocket bellows expand the kits size but also capabilities. Only thing i still want to add is some bank line.
    The kit sits under the drivers seat of my car now.
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    Nice kit! I really like that bag buddy.
     
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    is this an emergency kit in your truck in case your truck breaks down?
     
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    y'all, i'm confused on the application... are you keeping this on your person AT ALL TIMES? If so, how?
     
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    Thanks! The bag is pretty decent and happened to have just the right size for the tin and some extra stuff.

    Its in my car and will go into my backpack if i feel the need to have it on person.
     
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