In Building a Survival Kit - Part Five, a dust mask was added to our survival kit. This was to give us a small measure of protection from air-borne contaminants and a means of emergency water filtration. This item created at least two other options for our survival. This time we will give our survival kit true versatility by adding a couple of quality tools to our survival kit. Once again, our goal continues to be building a quality survival kit.
The ninth gear item that will be added to our survival kit is a small mini-tool. This mini-tool will enable us to make simple repairs or give us access to areas that might otherwise be impassable without the aid of a few simple tools. While this mini-tool won’t take the place of a regular size tool box, it will give us a few additional options for our survival. This simple mini-tool can enable a number of small tasks to be completed efficiently and effectively and can be found in the fishing dept. at your local big box store. They are made of stainless steel and are generally quite reliable. This gear item adds $ 5.50 to the cost and adds approximately 2 ounces of additional weight to our survival kit.
The tenth gear item that will be added to our survival kit will be a small, high quality knife. A knife is one of the most important tools that you can carry to aid you in a survival situation. The knife chosen for our survival kit will be a Gerber
STL 2.0. This is a frame-lock design with a titanium coating and is
extremely durable, compact and lightweight. This adds $12.00 to the cost but
only one ounce to the weight of the survival kit.
In a survival situation, you will almost certainly require a few simple tools to accomplish a variety of minor tasks. These tasks could be almost impossible to complete otherwise. While the mini-tool may have more value in an urban setting, it can also be valuable in a wilderness setting and a good knife will be invaluable in any survival situation. Each survival situation comes with its own unique set of problems and having some basic tools available will hopefully make these problems easier to solve.
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.
Dust Mask $1.50 0 oz.
Mini-Tool $5.50 2 oz
Knife $12.00 1 oz
Totals $37.00 16 oz.
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