Best Survival Tin For Preppers What’s In Your kit

Best Survival Tin For Preppers
 What's In Your Tin?

The good old fashioned survival tin is an often overlooked piece of prepping kit.
The reason:  it's not straight forward and requires a bit of thinking and bushcraft skill to make it work for you.

But what is actually involved with making yourself the Best Survival Tin For Preppers?

* Why Do You Need A  Survival Tin

Space and weight are a very important factor in survival.
Many people tend to make the mistake of over packing, and simply having too much gear in their store or bugout bag, which means they invariably have to leave something out.

But once you begin to leave your survival gear behind, is when your health and survival is in jeopardy.
A survival tin is somewhat of a last ditch bugout bag in miniature, containing the very bare essentials to give you a fighting chance of carrying on and surviving without a whole backpack full of gear.

We all know that it is impossible to carry every survival item with us. Which is where a compact survival tin becomes an essential bit of your survival kit. and is the perfect solution.

It can be carried in your pocket, briefcase, satchel, glove compartment or in any small personal pack that may be used by joggers, hikers and, of course, preppers.

* Initial Considerations For Your Survival Tin

You can either buy yourself a ready made survival tin, off the shelf and packed with gear that is generally considered the most essential for everyday survival.  Or you can make your own kit to suit your own personal conditions.

A hot weather kit will be different from a cold weather one and so on.

Your personal medical needs differ from others and it may be important to include personal medication as well?

Also consider what other equipment you will have on your person as well - if you carry a pocket knife or a multi tool on you, then don't include on in your survival tin.  In fact anything you carry in your pockets, needs to stay there, leaving more room in your tin.

* Most Essential Items In Your Survival Tin

Think about the essentials of survival: Shelter, water, fire etc. and, after making sure personal medication is sorted out, cover these survival essentials first.
If your not carrying a survival blanket on your person, then consider it to be an essential in your tin - it's that type of thinking that makes up your own survival tin contents.

There are many website articles giving advice and telling people they must include this or that, and to a point they are correct in so much as there are definitely certain items that should not be missed out, the rest must be suitable to your situation, conditions and, of course you skill set.

So with that in mind: This is my reasoning behind the perfect survival tin:

  • A Mylar survival blanket.
  • Water purification tablets
  • Fire starter

Within your survival kit you should always make room for a means to carry and store water.

As well as tablets to purify the water - these are normally added to suspect water, shaken around and left for a half hour to kill the bacteria before drinking. [ one tablet per one litre of water ]

Next, a ferrocerium (ferro rod) fire lighting steel and striker. These are essential to ensure you can make a fire.

The Swedish Army fire steel shown below is reliable and good for over 12,000 strikes.
The sparks produced are over 3000 degC and it will strike in damp or wet conditions, making it the ideal tool to start a fire with.

A lot of pre made survival tins do not include a fire steel, but it is essential and I would always add one to your tin.

Fortunately they do not cost a fortune and the Swedish Army Steel shown here is only £12 for Amazon.

These three item are essential - from here you need to complement then with secondary survival kit:


Add a small plastic bag and you can then collect water and add your purification tablet for safe drinking water.
Or you could cut a small section off the Mylar blanket as a container.

* Additional Items To Add To Your Tin

Next is the fiddly bit. Choosing what else to add can mean leaving other item out, simply because of space.
But always remember, we are talking full on survival here, meaning keeping yourself alive using only the tools in a small tin.
With that in mind, here's my list of addition kit you will need:

Number #4 on your list is cordage.
Strong, lightweight 550 paracord, I only use the Mil Spec Type III as this is guaranteed to hold 550lbs.

You don't necessarily need huge amounts - one small 'hank' of paracord of 10 feet  it's quite cheap as well.

You may decide on more - maybe for guide lines or a hammock ridge line. 
But always include some cordage in your kit.

Also, don't overlook a decent paracord bracelet.
separate article about 550 paracord here + article about 550 paracord bracelet here.

 #5 you must include some wire, for bindings, shelter building and animal snares.

 #6 include fishing line as well as a selection of fish hooks

 #7 add a compact  sewing kit, along with various needles and thread

 #8. a small knife, but preferably a multi-tool.  

 #9 all weather matches

#10 mini compass

#11 a candle

#12, some dry tinder or fatwood

#13 a mirror - for emergency signalling 

#14 an emergency whistle

#15 some razor blades

#16 resealable plastic bag - ensure there are no rips or tears and it can be used for collecting and storing water when you are without a water bottle. 

#17 unlubricated condom - emergency water storage or a first aid bandage.

There may well be different items you want to include that are specific to you, in which case, add them.

Generally speaking, most of the items I have suggested here will be included in an 'off the shelf' standard survival tin like the one's shown below:

* Pre Made Survival Kits

* Other Items Worth Adding

You can also add tea bags, instant coffee, bouillon cubes and salt packets.

I also add some pain killers and a few anti-diarrhoea tablets as well.

Keep in mind the #18. The actual tin itself can also be used a piece of survival equipment  because of the shiny nature of the inside of the lid it can be used as a signal mirror or even used to collect water.

In fact many items have dual uses. Essential in any survival situation. This paracord, for example, is not only cordage, but fishing line and fire tinder as well.

It can be used for splints in an emergency, traps and snares and even flossing your teeth..!

* When Do You Need A Survival Tin

It is important that it be compact and lightweight. Many Preppers have what is a called an everyday carry kit so they are never left without the means to survive regardless of the situation.

Many hikers, campers and hunters find that after they have packed their backpack with food, water and a change of clothing the weight is more than they anticipated so adding any more gear is not an option, but an additional survival tin in your coat pocket is not so much of a big deal.

The fishing kit allows you gather food, and fishing is considered the quickest and most reliable way to gather food in a survival situation.

People naturally assume they would simply come home once their supplies have been depleted never giving a thought to what if they become lost, injured and thus are stranded. Supplies have run out and all you have left in your pack is a change of clothes.

Having the right survival kit packed away in your trousers pocket or coat pocket assures that you have the ability to gather water, purify that water, start a fire and signal for help. With cordage, you can also put together a shelter and wire can be used for that shelter and for making snares.

Steve Hart UK Prepper

The good thing about a survival tin is the cost 

Pre made kits are very cheap to buy, with most priced at under £20 for a good quality kit with the essentials you need.
You can always add or take away to suit your needs. You can even have several made up for different conditions and situations.

Once you have the items, a survival tin can be assembled in minutes and it may very well save your life one day, so start now, gathering the needed items and remember redundancy is the best backup plan there is.

Happy Prepping Folks,  Steve


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