Friday, September 2, 2011

Survial Kit in a Bottle

"Every survival kit should include a sense of humor"
-unknown
Here's an interesting idea for a survival kit, ThinkGeek.com is offering the "Ultimate Survival Kit in a Water Bottle" for $20. The 32 oz (1 liter) water bottle contains:
  • Carabiner
  • Multifunction tool
  • Multifunction whistle/compass
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries (2 pcs)
  • Survival blanket
  • Hand warmer packet (2 pcs)
  • Candle
  • Box waterproof matches
  • Emergency poncho
  • 20pc First aid kit
  • Reusable zipper-lock bag
I have not bought this so I have no idea about the quality of the flash light, etc. Normally I'd recommend making your own kit but it might be difficult to duplicate the contents for just $20.

Bottom Line

Any survival kit should be customized to your needs. What's the market for the kit above? Hikers most likely. Tossing the above kit in the trunk of your car is better than nothing but you can make a better car kit with little effort. For the car you'll want bottled water (with water!) and powerbars when stranded, duct tape and other quick fix items, as well as most of the items in the hiking kit above (I'd leave out the carabiner and compass - best advice when stranded is to stay with the car so you can be found. Not to wander away and get lost. I'd keep the whistle in case your car goes into a deep irrigation ditch off the road and is out of sight.)

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