I first saw the 5lb Survival Kit Challenge on SouthernCrossSurvival’s YouTube channel, and then after watching several videos submitted on the subject, I decided to make up my own 5lb bag using stuff I had already bought – or had lying around. These are leftover things I had laying around – all of my best things are already in other packs.
5lb Survival Kit Contents
- Altoids Tin containing:
- 1 Birthday Candle
- 1 Small Roll Duct Tape
- 1 Vial of Lighter Fluid
- 1 3-Bladed Arrowhead
- 6 Safety Pins
- 1 Curved Needle
- 2 Exacto Blades & Container, wrapped in dental floss
- 3 x 3 Square of Tin Foil (folded)
- Bear Grylls Multi-Tool (fire steel & flash light)
- PVC Homemade Fishing Kit:
- 20 Yards of Fishing Line (braided spider wire)
- 6 Assorted Hooks
- 8 Assorted Lead Weights
- M48 Fire Steel & Whistle
The Lansky sharperner is my absolute favorite. I have several that I keep with me around the house or in my tackle box. On this particular one the handle broke, but I did not want to lose it, so I put a lanyard on it and I added it to this pack. I only use the Lansky sharpening rod to sharpen all of my knives.
- 100% Cotton, Red Bandana
- Chipaway Cutlery, Full Tang Bowie Knife
- Stanley Stainless Steel Cook-Pot & Cup
- 1 Compass and Mirror
- 1 Small Bic Lighter
- 1 Small Bottle of Iodine
- 1 Roll of Electrical Tape
- 1 Cup of Brown Rice
- 1 Blue Dry Bag, Containing:
- Assorted Medical Supplies
- 4 x Packs of MRE Toilet Paper
- 1 Small Bottle of Ibuprofen
- 6 Yards of Blaze Orange Trail Marker Tape
- Assorted Bandages
- 1 Triangular Bandage
- 20ft Length Jute Twine
- 20ft Length Bank Line
- 1 Small Packet of Cayenne Pepper
I chose this dry bag for my medical kit because it will keep some of the important things dry, and the dry bag can be used to carry water. The medical kit I included here is not very extensive, but it has some of the basics that you need including cayenne pepper which can be used to help blood clotting. Jute twine is my main fire starting tinder and because of this I am storing it in the dry bag.
- 7 x 9 Poly Tarp
- Orange, Yellow & Green para-cord (15ft each, braided into a single rope for carrying the pack)
In all the videos I have seen everyone used a pack or a bag that they used which also ate up some of the 5lbs. I decided to use my shelter (blue tarp) as my carrying case which cut down some weight and allowed me to include more things I wanted to add. The para-cord carrying strap is, of course, also multi-purpose.
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