Survival Kit on a String

Lightweight Small Survival Kit Worn around your Neck

What you Carry Around your Neck can Save your Life?

Survival Kit on a String Layout

Picture Yourself Stranded Alone Somewhere on a Mountain Trail or Cutline. What if you had to Survive? The Survival Kit on a String is designed to be carried everywhere you go in the Wilderness. It is the 24-Hour a Day 7-Days a Week Survival Kit. Always Taking Critical Items can make a Survival Situation Easy instead of Tough. A few well chosen items can make a real difference. It is useful to see What I Choose to Carry around my Neck and Why I Choose these Particular Items.

Survival Kit Breakdown and Explanation

Kit Priority #1: Fire Lighting

Strike Anywhere Matches in a Waterproof Container

Strike Anywhere Matches in a Waterproof Container

25 Full Size Strike Anywhere Matches in a proper Waterproof Match Container. I always glue a piece of Sand Paper to the inside top of the lid to ensure that I can always Light the Matches easily. I placed one piece of Tinder on top of the Matches to stop them from accidently striking the lid. I also wrapped a piece of Duct Tape around the Container so I have a piece handy for repairs.



Good Quality Striker, a FireSteel made in Sweden and sold under the brand name Light My Fire. If my Matches Fail I can always Fallback on the Striker. This will give me Hundreds of Fires if Necessary. In this case I choose a full size Striker of the best quality available. I do not like to take chances with cheap alternatives and the sharpened steel piece of this model is excellent at producing lots of sparks.

Fire Lighting Aids

Fire Lighting Aids

5 Pieces of Tinder (Cotton Balls, Wax, and Kerosene) are packed into an old Ear Plug Container and 1 extra in the top of the Match Container to reduced the chances of the Matches Striking by accident. Space is limited so I take the best Tinder available. You will never know the conditions you might get, so having good quality Tinder just makes sense.

Kit Priority #2: Survival Knife

Stainless Steel Mora Knife

Heavy Weight Stainless Steel Mora Survival Knife

I always carry a Good Quality Survival Knife. My first choice is a Carbon Steel Mora Knife. In this case I am trying out a heavier weight Stainless Steel Morakniv to see if the extra weight makes the knife more useful and resistant to damage in the field. One big disadvantage of this knife is it will not stay sharp as long and it takes longer to sharpen because it is made of stainless, not carbon steel. I also attached a piece of duct tape around the sheath so I have some more readily available duct tape. Do Not Take Chances with a Poor Quality Survival Knife. Always choose a razor sharp, flat topped, sturdy Survival Knife.

Kit Priority #3: Signalling

Plastic Pealess Whistle

Plastic Pealess Whistle

This excellent Fox40 Whistle is lightweight and is of a flat design that rides much better under my shirt. It is not as good as a full sized whistle, but it is still the best lightweight signalling device available.

Critical Items Not Include in the Kit

A Survival Kit this small has no choice but leave out many useful items. There is a physical limit as to how many items you can comfortably carry around your neck. This version has only three of the top 8 Critical Survival Items, but they are of the best quality and are always there for you if you carry it. This does not mean that this is all I carry, but I always have these items with me.

When and Where To Carry the Kit?

Survival Kit on a String being Worn around the Neck

The Entire Small Survival Kit Hangs Nicely Around the Neck. All its Components except the Knife and Whistle will Hang nicely under the Shirt or Jacket. You will find that you quickly get use to carrying it there and the knife is very handy. Carrying your Survival Knife around your neck also means that you are less likely to loose it. Since whenever it is not in use you need to simply place it back in the Locking Sheath provided with the Knife.

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Chief Instructor of the Boreal Wilderness Institute