June 26, 2014
Survival Skills: How to Build a Survival Kit on a Budget - 3
by Tim MacWelch
As with most consumer goods, the cost of survival gear is creeping upward. But don’t let inflation stop you from being prepared for emergencies — it’s entirely possible to pull together some critical gear on a miniscule budget. Here’s how to build a life-saving survival kit with just $10.
My $3 metal cup will allow me to boil water in order to disinfect it, and also make tea and cook a little bit. I selected the cup over a $6 bottle of purification tablets because the cup was half the price and more versatile.
Next, we come to fire building. There are many ways that we could have approached fire in an affordable fashion, but I believe that a simple butane lighter will serve us better than the other options. I could have gone with a $3 spark rod, which works well enough and should last forever. But the $1 lighter gives us an active flame (the spark rod doesn’t), it’s capable of lighting more fires than a box of matches, and it’s waterproof.
There you have it: a $10 survival kit. It’s not fancy. It’s not high-end. But it is more than capable of changing a survival scenario into a success story, through the smart use of a few basic items.
Do you build your own survival kits? Tell us about your budget-kit contents in the comments.