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#145807 - 08/25/08 03:47 PM Opinions on my kit
terry13111 Offline
Newbie

Registered: 06/09/06
Posts: 44
This is my survival kit:

1 heatsheet space blanket
12 ft. of paracord
1 Fox 40 micro whistle
1 Rescueflash signal mirror
1 Mini magnesium firestarter
1 spark-lite firestarter
12 tinder-quick
1 bottle of potable aqua tablets
1 brunton mini compass
1 photon mini light
1 mini first aid kit
1 razor blade that folds into its handle

This is all packaged in a 1/2 qt. "lock & lock" rubbermaid dish. The dish has markings on it for a 1/2 qt. to measure water to purify.

A few things to consider. I am carrying this kit while hunting and covering a lot of ground. I have tried carrying more, but I have found I am way more likely to leave the kit behind if its any bigger. I also carry a K&M matchcase loaded with 30 matches, a good fixed blade knife, a gerber telescopic saw, Fenix L1D light, two more compasses, and a 16. oz nalgene bottle.

What do you guys think? I know it lacks, but at least it will be carried. Thanks

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#145819 - 08/25/08 04:48 PM Re: Opinions on my kit [Re: terry13111]
Colourful Offline
Journeyman

Registered: 11/14/07
Posts: 86
Loc: Yukon
Good! The space Blanket is a good idea but I prefer the bivy from the same company. And why 2 more compasses?

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#145820 - 08/25/08 04:53 PM Re: Opinions on my kit [Re: Colourful]
CityBoyGoneCountry Offline
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Registered: 11/04/07
Posts: 369
Originally Posted By: Colorama
why 2 more compasses?


I have 2 compasses. As long as they both point the same direction, I know neither one is broken. Might be a good idea to get a third. That way, if one breaks, I'll be able to tell which one it is.

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#145821 - 08/25/08 04:55 PM Re: Opinions on my kit [Re: terry13111]
BobS Offline
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Registered: 02/08/08
Posts: 924
Loc: Toledo Ohio
Add a Bic lighter (protect the button so it doesnít leak out all of the butane) while itís nice to play with fire steel (and I like doing it as much as anyone) and other fire making things, itís also nice to just flick your Bick and have instant fire.




And 12-feet of cord is not enough, I would have at least 50-foot.

I would take a second knife, shaving a magnesium stick is very hard on a knife a small knife just for it is nice to have. I take the back of one of my knifes and file it to a flat edge, this helps with the magnesium shaving while saving the edge of the knife. I also use a small keychain pill bottle that I full with pre-shaved magnesium. Trying to shave this stuff in a high wind sucks, itís nice to have it done already.

Also a package of dental floss (the military kind as there is a lot in the package) and a sewing kit. Dental floss is amazingly strong stuff, great for sewing and lashing things. It will work well for lashing a knife to a stick to turn it into a spear if needed.
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#145824 - 08/25/08 05:17 PM Re: Opinions on my kit [Re: BobS]
terry13111 Offline
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Registered: 06/09/06
Posts: 44
A bivy and more cord would take up too much space, resulting in my kit not being carried.

I sometimes end up 5-6 miles of the road while tracking deer, so I really feel that having a few compasses is a good idea. Normally I would carry two, one pinned to me, and one in my pack, but I wanted my kit to have one as well.

I like the mag. stick because its versatile, and the spark-lite is good one handed. I usually have a bic in my pocket anyways to check wind direction.

Thanks

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#145833 - 08/25/08 05:35 PM Re: Opinions on my kit [Re: terry13111]
Stu Offline
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Registered: 05/16/05
Posts: 1058
Loc: Finger Lakes of NY State
Originally Posted By: terry13111
A bivy and more cord would take up too much space, resulting in my kit not being carried.

I sometimes end up 5-6 miles of the road while tracking deer, so I really feel that having a few compasses is a good idea. Normally I would carry two, one pinned to me, and one in my pack, but I wanted my kit to have one as well.

I like the mag. stick because its versatile, and the spark-lite is good one handed. I usually have a bic in my pocket anyways to check wind direction.

Thanks

Look at a smaller diameter cord, such as a 2.7mm cord. A little more expensive than 550 cord, but you can carry more in the same space.
You may not be able to strip the lining from it though.
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#145836 - 08/25/08 05:43 PM Re: Opinions on my kit [Re: BobS]
epirider Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: 12/03/05
Posts: 232
Loc: Wyoming, USA
There is a lot of truth in what you are saying about shaving magnesium in wind. Living in Wyoming it is a constant force to be dealt with. Ranter and I took a drill with a 3/8 bit to a fire stick and got a LOT of shavings in about 5 seconds. Do that numerous times and stash them in a pill carrier like you said and wah-la lots of fire starter! wink
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#145841 - 08/25/08 06:05 PM Re: Opinions on my kit [Re: epirider]
big_al Offline
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Registered: 01/04/06
Posts: 586
Loc: 20mi east of San Diego
I realalize you are trying to keep it light and small, but I would change out the 16 oz. nalgene for a 32 oz. now you don't have to measure when you have to use the pills to purify the water.
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#145852 - 08/25/08 06:45 PM Re: Opinions on my kit [Re: big_al]
TeacherRO Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2560
How cold is it where you hunt?

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#145854 - 08/25/08 06:51 PM Re: Opinions on my kit [Re: TeacherRO]
terry13111 Offline
Newbie

Registered: 06/09/06
Posts: 44
It can drop down to below zero.

As far as the 32oz. nalgene over the 16, the Potable aqua pill bottle says two tablets per quart. 16oz. is 1/2 a quart, so one pill should do it. Am I wrong?

Thanks guys for your opinions.

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