Building your own survival kit is smart to do because you can customize it to your needs and region. For this particular DIY survival kit, we're going to use a coffee can. Why a coffee can? Because they aren't in short supply and make an excellent storage container for a survival kit.
How to Make a DIY Survival Kit in a Coffee Can
1. Coffee Can
A coffee can is a perfect container for a survival kit. It can be used as a survival stove as well.
All purpose wire or even a wire saw is a good edition for cutting wood or cobbling together gear.
3. Duct Tape
Duct Tape will save your butt when it comes to gear repair. There are an infinite number of things you can do with DT - from making fire starters to making rope.
4. Signaling Mirror
Flag down a rescue team from far away with a signaling mirror. You'll be able to see how good looking you are every day, even if it is the end of the world.
Having a compass on hand to navigate is important. Your compass doesn't have to be fancy but make sure you get one that is durable.
6. Folding Knife
A solid folding knife is a must have. A blade can help with gutting animals while a serrated edge can chop up small branches.
7. Water Purifier Tablets
If you don't have a water filter, water purifying tablets a good #2 choice. These should be used for emergencies only, as there are chemicals in them that wouldn't be good for long term use.
8. Flashlight or Headlamp
A tactical flashlight or headlamp is something you will need if you're out in the wild. Consider extra batteries if your light uses a lot of juice.
9. Fire Starter
A waterproof fire starter steel is more valuable than a lighter. You can get thousand of uses from one rod, and it won't stop working when it's wet. A lot of gear has fire starters as add-ons. The survival bracelet, first aid kit, and portable water filter all come with fire starters.
A candle is good for heating up your hands and limbs. It's also a good source of light. The downside is that candles take a lot of space.
11. Emergency Whistle
A loud whistle is good to signal for help. Search and rescue can assist you if you've wandered off the beaten path.
Tampons are great for fire starting, and they come in a waterproof case. They are also good for first aid.
13. Chute Twine
Another great flammable fire starter is chute twine. It's extremely light and won't take up much space in your kit.
14. Fishing Kit
Your fishing kit should consist of hooks, lines, weights, and floaters. If you're the proud owner of a paracord grenade, it's essentially the same thing.
15. Paracord and Bow String
You can do everything with paracord from patching gear to building shelters. Bow string is good to have for when it's time to make a ranged weapon.
16. Energy Snack
Find something high in sugar with a far off expiration date. If you don't have food, it can provide you that boost of energy needed to get the job done.
17. First Aid Supplies
You won't be able to fit an entire first aid kit into your survival can, but you can take out the contents and stuff band-aids, bandages, and wound cream inside and it won't take much space.