In Building a Survival Kit - Part Three , several additional gear items were added to our survival kit. These items included an LED light, cordage and a small sewing kit. This time we will be adding our fire-making tools. The ability to start a fire is one of the most important abilities needed in a survival situation. It is also important to remember that our goal is to build a quality survival kit that will be easy to use by any member of your family.
The sixth item that will be added to our survival kit is a small mini Bic lighter. A simple lighter will give you the ability to start a fire in an emergency. A mini Bic was chosen for its size and weight but a full size Bic lighter could be used. This gear item adds $ .50 to the cost (a three pack of mini Bic lighters normally costs about a $1.50) and an additional ounce of weight to our survival kit.
The seventh item that will be added to our survival kit is a magnesium firestarter. This will give you not only an optional method to start a fire but will also supply you with a source of tinder if needed. The firesteel on the side of the magnesium block can also be used by itself to start a fire. The striker, which is actually a piece of hacksaw blade, could also be used to cut wire or metal if needed. This gear item adds approximately $4.50 to the cost and an additional 2 ounces of weight to our survival kit.
In a survival situation, the ability to make a fire will be an important and critical part of your survival. Having two different means to start a fire in your kit will increase your chances of being able to make a fire for warmth, light and cooking.
Here is a current summary of the contents of our survival kit:
Gear Item Cost Weight
Container $5.00 5 oz.
Mirror $3.00 1 oz.
Whistle $2.00 1 oz.
LED Flashlight $1.00 1 oz.
Sewing Kit $1.00 1 oz.
Cordage $1.00 1 oz.
Mini Bic Lighter $ .50 1 oz.
Magnesium Firestarter $4.50 2 oz.
Totals $18.00 13 oz.
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