Subject of kits  - file started 26 March 2004.


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2004 what you may need earlier article, different details

Good one from Duncan Long Backpack Survival

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In truth, most guys think of their "gear" as having some magical power to protect them. In their own mind, their survival depends on it. -  Talisman article


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Preface, written after file was done:  There are many things one might have in a survival kit, more than you can probably think of.  The basic principle is to gather what you think might be useful, and put it into a form you can pick up and carry easy, when things get rough.



There are  many writings about kits, and emergency kits, and 72 hour kits, and what not.  Now, I am no authority on anything I can discover, but this is what I have done.

One of my kits is based on a "case" that originally held a reciprocating saw.  I am voiding the purpose of putting it in that type of case by by telling you about it, but here goes.

I am a carpenter, or at least have a carpenter's truck and tools. (joke)  I do not have enough room to keep all the plastic cases that my power tools came in,  within the confines of may medium-sized pickup truck. My power tools are kept behind the seat of my truck, while the power cords and hand tools are kept in the tool box on the back of my truck.

I was about to "toss out" the no-longer needed plastic case, when it occurred to me to convert it into an emergency kit.  The first step was to put on a respirator, as plastic dust is not good for you, and take the grinder from my truck and remove the dividers within the case. 

From there, I picked from my collection of "survival" and "camping" gear, what seemed the most important.  The purpose of using such a case is that it could remain un-noticed in the rest of my gear.  Good principle to remember.

What I will do is open the case, and list the contents, and photograph them.  Note that I am still on the first roll of film started when this "Paul's Soapbox" section was started.  Pictures will be forthcoming in this section, when that roll of film is processed.

this is just what I collected, and not necessarily what you should: (actually wound up scanning the gear in)

  NOTE  THAT  THE  PICTURES  ARE  NOT  IN  SCALE  WITH  EACH  OTHER.  Set your browser to full screen  - F 11 for best viewing-   Paul






This is a normal sized Swiss Army Knife.  It just looks big.


There is a small folded cardboard with these knives in it.


The Kukuri is both a cutting tool and a possible weapon.  For its' size it cuts better than most axes.


The Gill Hibbon Throwers, being solid stainless steel, make good field knives, easy to clean. Working blade on the larger one is about four inches long.



Actually, I found a lot of scans of this stuff already in my files.  Paul



There sure is a lot of stuff in this kit.  There are a couple of others.  This is sort of a secondary one.




winding down this article now, using other sources for pictures of what is in it, and leaving only a very little of what is left in kit, out of article


Pocket chain saw, works very well.  I actually have a second, "wire" saw  tucked into the same case.



good folding scissors

This one is in my sewing kit, but one like it I have had for  twenty years.


SAS survival Pocket Guide. 

A copy of this book is wrapped up and in my kit -following is ad from the web, two sources about it

above picture is about actual size, info follows:

    How to retain fluids, Animals as signs of water, Water from plants, Water from animals
  • FOOD
    Identifying plants, Edible plants, Poisonous plants, Edible fungi, Poisonous trees, Seashore plants, Fishing techniques, Traps and Trapping, Insects, Finding game, Cooking methods, Preserving food
    Selecting location of camp, Animal products for clothing, Rope making, Tying knots, Joining ropes, Fishing knots, Hitches, Ladders
    Interpreting maps, Using plants as pointers, Using the heavens
    Abandoning ship, Survival afloat, Indications of land nearby, Dangerous fish, Sharks
    Singnalling, Codes, Ground to air codes, Morse code, Body signals, Mountain rescue codes
    First aid, Reducing danger, Artificial respiration, Severe bleeding, Internal bleeding, Stitching wounds, Burns, Fractures, Dislocations, Sprains, Shock, Moving the injured, Emergency childbirth, Poisoning, Natural medicine

    Much more information in this book. Including how to prepare for disasters, hurricane, tornado, fire, drought, earthquake, lightning and volcano.


    You can carry it anywhere because it is pocket sized. These goldmine of survival information is based on the author's extensive experience with the SAS. Author John Wiseman served as a professional soldier for 26 years with the British Special Air Service (SAS).

    To sum it up here is a quote from the Essentials for Survival section of the book:

    "Think of survival skills as a pyramid, built on the foundation of the will to survive. The next layer of the pyramid is knowledge. It breeds confidence and dispels fears. The third layer is training: mastering skills and maintaining them. To cap the pyramid, add your tools. Combine the instinct of survival with knowledge, training, and tools and you will be ready for anything."


  • Actually, my friends, all this is entirely to give you ideas you may use.  I notice a couple of lacking things, like simple band aids, and maybe tissues.  Not knowing ho long this box may be stored might effect the storage of band-aids, whose glue sometimes breaks down over time.  There are two knives that were purchased since this case was closed at the end of last year.  Pictures follow.


    There are a few more items, mostly duplicates of what you have seen, in the case.  I do have some 000 steel wool, and moth balls in bags, for fire starting.

    Spoke of   doubts, and why am I doing all this.  Compiling all this into one file has helped, and

    everything has changed since the tree fell on the trailer.

    am submitting everything to the LORD.



    2006 What I Might Take

    2004 what you may need



    Newer Article  With a lot of my own simple survival gear stored, the 1st ALICE pack project has started me thinking about having a few of the things I might need for two or three days, in one place.