The Scout Survival Kit

Looking for a lightweight, compact survival kit that always stays on your belt in the outdoors? Look no further. Here’s a design that you can customize to your liking.

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46 thoughts on “The Scout Survival Kit

  1. It's pronounced "potable" not "portable". I mean, yeah they are portable, but they are actually potable. Also, I have an app on my phone called Gaia GPS. It will place you anywhere in the US and show your location on a topo map even without cell service. I know you shouldn't rely on technology, but in this case, it's worth any risk to me cuz I always have my cell phone on me and it's extremely convenient in trail finding.

  2. I really like the paracord wrap on the sheath. A wood stove and a machette pairing seem ideal for this approach. All the wood processing ability to cut sticks the best size for a 3 oz titanium wood stove to boil a quart of water in 5 minutes. Add a section for cover, cooking pot and water containers and my entire back packing system might drop to 3 pounds or less. 11 pounds if water in a 3L camelback water bag and food for three days were added: Cutlery, Combustion, Cover, Container, Cordage.

  3. When I was a Boy Scout, we used all U.S. Army surplus gear. We had a hatchet to drive tent stakes, a pocket knive, a mess kit, canteen, and now I suppose they take condoms and Tampax for their tentmates.

  4. ESEE 6 is a good choice. But I would prefer putting the pouch on my belt instead of the knife sheath. Only thing attached to the sheath would be a ferro rod.
    Plus IMHO, I would put the water purification tablets in the pouch of my canteen cover and put a small filter straw in this kit.

  5. To be honest, this kit is quite good.
    The only item I'd suggest as an addition would be a collapsible/plastic 1- liter container for use as a water container.
    Other than this single item, your kit is ideal.
    Low weight.
    The knife is fine.
    But you'd never want to use your mylar sheeting unless absolutely necessary. It can be a matter of life and death in both frigid and desert environments.

  6. In my view, the emergency begins when lost, cold and likely wet in high winds. The ideal person can evade such danger but actual humans are not so ideal. I swam across an aparantly windless ice fed lack to an island. On the island, the wind was surprising and my lighter too cold to start. Even after warming the lighter in my hand until it could light, the wind would blow it out. In the end, the fire pit had three rocks protecting the lighter from the wind and a roof of sticks being lit. Warm and drying finished, the few snacks — granola bars — in mylar wraps eaten, I have items I really needed if I would want to stay and swim back under more favorable sunshine. Space blankets would seem water proof but drops of water on them can be remarkably cold.

    1) Head lamp is essential to see when starting fires especially as it gets dark.
    2) Space blanket. Consider a space tarp and a netting roll between oneself and the shiny side. Tarp provides shelter from wind and infrared body heat reflection. Netting, dries instantly, prevents conductive contact with the aluminum metal and trapped air bubbles for improved insulation.
    3) The water purification, that would have been good. (Consider potassium permanganate.)
    4) The cordage where useful for bag transport too and from the island — tree to tree.
    5) Compass is great, as for my I enjoy the trigonometry (George Washington's survey methods with 3-4-5 triangles for back country woods works remarkably well.) . Pacing and angles allowed for estimates of island distance.
    6) Adding a barometer, altimeter capable watch provides graphing trends in weather for foul weather warning. Futher, a compass line to a peak and an altitute makes location of a TOPO map very fast and esay to sustain. For precision work, orient map north, site two peaks intersect and double check with altimeter reading. Siting the north star and calebrating leads the compass sight works really well. The local search and rescue will be using largely similar techniques to find you as they generally have TOPO maps.

    Really like the magnesium block fire starting kits as the magnesium block itself tends to reduce germs and can be suitable for a bandage preperation surface when needed. My real problem with them is that magnesium flakes blow arround easily in high wind. Braded twine soaked in molten wax leads to an excellent water proof fire kindling/bird's nest kit suitable for single strike fire starts.

    Consider storing your kit inside a 1 quart ziplock and gain your container and slight improvements in water resistance. Duct tape cures leaks in plastic bags very well. Water tight bags allows for dry food transport, or water containers. In my case, the modular part is a Camelback 3 Liter water backpack, water filter that connects to camelback tubing, flashlight, bathroom kit, whistle and food.

    The majority of deaths in the wilderness are from hypothermia. The majority of lost persons got seperated from their group while going off to the bathroom. The need to go pee leads people to leave warm gear, head out in to the cold, seek secluded spots not visible from camp and not think about the way back until after the deed is accomplished. This person needs an emergency kit for that "where is my sleeping bag anyway moment."

    The second greatest cause of death on Guam during WW2 were people being picked off by Japanese snipers while going to the bathroom.

  7. .. i have seen your videos somewhere before, .. always good info with brief descript info,, i myself am not a prepper. but i have recently made a b.o.b. .. and i realized how to make several "kits" from it in case i have to move, scramble or leave the bulk .. anyway, take care man , peace

  8. Are you a Ham Radio operator? I noticed the fixed microphone in front of you, and what looks like a large multi-meter on the cadenza beside you. Plus you have one of those soothing voices that other people like to hear on the air. If so, I'm Bill AA8VA.

  9. I don't believe in "survival" kits.  I've yet to see one that works, if you're injured.  Even the SAS kit that started it all didn't work.    This kit is no exception.  There's pretty much nothing here that will work for an injured person.

    Unless a "survival" kit contains a full size mil-spec poncho, a saw such as a Silky Pocket Boy,  an axe blade, a tomahawk is best, an alcohol stove that has a simmer ring, and you have 190 proof grain alcohol as fuel, and preferably a candle lantern, along with enough food for three days, it's just toys for kids to play with.

    Some of the most common injuries in the wilderness are broken arms and hands, badly burned hands, and badly lacerated hands, either from a knife, or from a fall.  Each of these injuries makes a knife almost useless.   People talk about one "TOOL options when they should be thinking about one HAND options.   This is one of the big reasons woodsmen have always carried the Holy Trinity of tools, the knife, the axe blade, and the saw.    Three knives, actually, a sheath knife, a backup sheath knife, and a pocketknife.  Not a silly flip knife with one blade, either.  A hunter with two blades, or a Stockman with three.  The Stockman is the best small carving knife there is, and even many professional carvers use it.

    Get injured, and you won't be erecting a shelter, or finding food and water.  You probably won't be building a fire, either, because you have to gather wood for a fire, and unless you're lucky enough to break your leg on a pile of firewood, it's not going to happen. 

    A poncho, a real poncho, is instant shelter, even for someone who's injured.  In the sitting position, a poncho is large enough to be a wearable tent, and the can heat it with an alcohol stove that has a simmer ring, or even with a candle lantern, if it isn't too cold.  

    You also need food because all the outdoor skills in the world won't helt you gather food when you can move ten feet. 

    Outdoor skills are important, but when you're injured, the right gear is as important as any skill. 

    "Survival" kits should be called what they really are.  If you're lucky, they can be called "Be comfortable if I can't get back to camp tonight" kits.  If you're unlucky, they need to be called, "How to make sure Search & Rescue finds a corpse" kits.

  10. "Fast Mover" setups are what I landed on as an aspiring master survivalist. i
    my bob, gobag, inch bag is the same. Weighs maybe 11 lbs? this setups been nice so far. posting a breakdown on my channel soon.

  11. That kit reminds me of the inventions coming from boyscouts in the late 60's and early 70's made from small camera cases and binocular cases and canteen sets and fishing rod travel tubes   sound vaguely familiar?

  12. congratulations mate, sleep when the baby sleeps get some sync going. I've none but a beautiful nephew, 2 nieces Monday is 3 and magazine is 3 weeks old she so big she wearing 3 to 6months cloths already. love the video I've been watching out 4 this sort of thing

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