My “always with me” kit

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  1. Brown Beard

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    this is just my kit that is always with me when in the bush. I do add on other stuff depending on my needs

    First is just a leather possibles bag and my 64oz Klean Kanteen
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    Next is my kit content. Which include lighters, matches, poncho, svord peasant, jute cord, paracord
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    Finally contents of large tin. Which is a signaling mirror, homemade pocket bellows, boker congressman, ferro rod, whistle, sharpening stone, and char tin. The char tin includes fat wood, dryer lint, char cloth, matches, and a lighter,
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    So what y’all think? Polite criticism encouraged
     
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    If you will change the first "URL and /" to [IMG ] with no dash, your images should show up. The second box is fine and is supposed to be [/IMG]

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    Thx, new here and trying to figure it out
     
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    Are the pics visible
     
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    Alright they should be now
     
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    Looks good to me. You need a small fixed blade. Maybe some heavy duty aluminum foil, I've seen some people @NWPrimate do some cooking on.

    I have a similar kit in a Finnish Gas Mask bag, about twice that much stuff. Yours is way more compact and plenty adequate.
     
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    Pics are working fine now. I like your kit.
     
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    Looks like a pretty good little kit young fellar. joe
     
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    That is a good core kit.

    I would:

    1. Swap out the knife for a SAK or Multi-Tool.

    2. Include a space blanket. A Grabber if there is room. One of the small mylar ones if not.

    3. Ranger Bands around the tins.

    4. Duct tape around a credit card or something.

    5. Needle.

    6. Safety pins.

    7. Small sample sized unwaxed dental floss. Lots of uses. Very strong.

    8. A small tea candle.

    9. Some cash and coins.

    10. Lip Balm.

    11. A stainless steel pot that your Kleen Kanteen can nest in.

    12. Small compass.

    These things weigh nothing, take up little space and are cheap (except for the pot).
     
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    That's really not as big of an add as it sounds. And a Glacier Cup would suffice for a pot.
     
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    Helpful stuff to have in case you get into a bind. The fact that it's a reasonable size to always have with you is great. Many minds would be eased if we knew you typically carry a good fixed blade knife outside of this kit.
     
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    That is a nice kit to have on you when you are out and about. Prov 27 : 17
     
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    Looking good brother !
     
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    That looks great. I wouldn't change a thing. It looks like you got it nailed down to the things you like and know.
     
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    All great gear and multiple ways to make. Fire. I agree with the addition of a fixed blade and all the other suggestions. Safety pins were mentioned and have tons of uses. I would recommend some dedicated fish hooks and pinch weights. Some line if you don't want to canabalize your paracord. I don't know where you live. but here. Fish gear can keep you fed year round. Plus extra line and bits of sharp metal can handy for other things. I like to put the curve and point of my hooks on a piece of wax paper. Lined up small to large. Then clear tape over top. Roll them up. No points to stick you. Easy to get a hook by cutting it off the strip. The weights you can pinch to a piece of the bag or in a baggy if you don't want lead bouncing around.
    Cheers
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    I like it. I can't really add to the suggestions already made, except maybe in the area of sustenance....maybe a couple energy bars, some buillion/instant broth, etc?
    And is that a bottle of water purification tabs in the pic?

    ....toilet paper?
     
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    I carry either my cold steel bushmen, Marttiini, or a condor kephart. Usually my Plumb Scout Hatchet accompanies me as well.I am in the market for a Bag that is a little bit bigger though.
     
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    I like the bullion cubes idea
     
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    I like having bullion, but I prefer the packets vs cubes. they are flat and easier to store IMO. its a trivial amount of space, but my OCD feel satiated with the nice flat packets stored away.

    Edit: love that pack, especially the bone toggle!
     
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    Nice looking kit there, my friend. I like the J&J tin!

    Welcome to the forum!
     
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    Looks great to me.
     
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    These are my go to choices for bushcraft. Although a fixed blade is always good I can make do with my Svord Peasant folder and the Hatchet.
     
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    Perhaps I missed it, but how are you carrying the water bottle?
     
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    I like your kit. I have been looking for the perfect sized tin like that one that you have.
     
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    I like your First Aid Kit tin. Retro.
    I would put everything in the big pocket in a 1 gallon ziplock. Keeps it waterproof and ziplocks have several uses.
    Also, wrap the sharpening stone in a piece of cotton fabric. It will keep it from scratching up any other gear and is another source of tinder, a potholder, etc.
    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    A very well thought out kit. Nice bag too! Did you make it? Is it something that you wear on your belt or can you wear it over the shoulder?

    Things to consider.........If you have a fixed blade with you and that medium size folder, I'd suggest removing the other folder from inside the tin. Same goes for the book of matches. You already have the ferro rod, a lighter and the matches in the metal holder. Bet there is a good chance you have another ferro rod in your pocket or with your belt knife.

    Redundancy is good, but taking these couple things out will free up space for other useful items such as some of the suggestions @Harper made. Two is one and one is none is a great rule to live by. I personally think three is a crowd though.

    You might also try replacing the paracord with bank line. Again, this will save some space (and weight) yet still give you the functionality needed for most any task you would need cordage for.

    A small First Aid Kit Might be a good idea as well.

    Also, perhaps throw in a shemagh in there, or at least a cotton handkerchief.

    Lastly, a small strop would make a companion for your sharpening stone. The stone is a great tool to have but is probably not needed very often. Definitely something to still keep in there just in case. Chances are that a quick stropping of your blade after each use is all you will generally need to keep that edge nice and sharp.
     
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    Shoulder strap and harness
     
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    I actually found it at a antique store and I wear it on my belt with suspenders
     
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    I would definitely add some sort of compact flashlight.
     
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    Nice looking kit. Nice and streamlined.
    Love the bag, too.
     
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    Being an Old Sailor, I'm hooked on the Military Scout Survival Tin. You have added several nice to have personal items (nice kit) but you may have left out a few must have items. This is the contents of the Scout Tin: Military Scout Pocket Survival Tin contents:

    (1) Weather Resistant Tin Container (Includes Rubber Seal)
    (1) Mil Spec Outer Packaging for maximum protection of the survival kit (Mil-Prf-81705 Type 1)
    (1) Adventurer Button Compass (NATO/U.S. Military Issue)
    (10) All Weather Survival Matches (NATO/U.S. Military Issue)
    (1) Derma Safe Razor Knife (U.S. Military Approved)
    (1) Sewing Kit w/6 Safety Pins (Assembled in USA)
    (6) MP1 Water Purification Tablets (U.S. Military Issue)
    (1) Adventurer Survival Whistle (SOLAS/NATO Approved)
    (1) Mini Survival Fishing Kit (Assembled in USA)
    (1) Vinyl Tape Waterproof Kit Seal
    (1) Type 1A Utility Cord (U.S. Military Approved)
    (1) Brass Snare Wire (Trapping and Equipment Repair)
    (1) Emergency Signal Mirror (Daytime Emergency Signaling)
    (2) Beeswax Candles (Made in USA)
    (1) Compact Flint Fire Starter w/Striker (Adventurer Series)
    (3) Fire Starter Tinder Tabs (Adventurer Series)
    (1) Adventurer Fresnel Lens Fire Starter (Adventurer Series)
    (6) Band Aids/Butterfly Bandages
    (1) Pocket Wire Saw (Made in USA)
    (2) Industrial Grade Tie Wraps
    (1) Water Bag
    (1) Survival Instructions (Made in USA)
    (1) Pencil
    (1) Silica Gel Desiccant (Moisture Absorbent)
    https://www.adventuresurvivalequipment.com/military-pocket-survival-tin.html

    I prefer the Old Stainless GI 1 Quart+cup+stove all inserted into the canteen pouch with extra water tabs in the exterior pocket.

    But it's a very nice Kit Brown Beard. Tea Bags also have medical properties.
     
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    Just looked up one of those tins and they have definitely caught my interest. May have to look into picking one up here shortly
     
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    Lots of good info, thanks for sharing.
     
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    Very nice EDC kit, @Brown Beard ! Tune it up with the suggestions here and you're good to go.

    Lots of guys pack their PSKs according to their specific area. Only YOU know what you need and like. You have two folders there, I'd pull one (the slip joint) and replace with a medium sized fixed blade. A Mora Companion or #2 would do nicely. They're very inexpensive and weigh next to nothing.

    Your kit will ease your mind when you are away from your comfort zone. Knowing you have what you need is a load off your mind.

    Like @LongChinJon said, some toilet paper is a 'don't leave home without it' item. I always carry a half dozen "One Wipe Charlies", they're individually wrapped moist towelettes with a peppermint fragrance from 'Dollar Shave Club'. Very good to have in an emergency. They beat a handful of leaves, hands down. The peppermint oil feels real nice, especially after Mexican or Indian food!

    Steve
     
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    As with all items that carry an NSN, they are manufactured at the least cost to the American Taxpayer. The folks that utilize them receive multiple hours of Professional Training prior to using an NSN item. In every case there is probably a better made more expensive Civilian item that will outperform any item included in an NSN product. Yet, every item included in an NSN packet has been proven to be required.

    All this being said, a self made kit incorporating upgrades to each and every item contained within the NSN Kit would probably perform better should the user ever need such items. JMHO.
     
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