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From The Week, the May 13, 2022 edition, page 28, Consumer column "The Best of ..."
This time, "The Best Of ... Graduation Gifts."

VSSL Compact Adventure Kit

This 9-inch aluminum canister packs in more than 70 outdoor essentials, including a sewing kit, matches, and fishing hooks. The canister itself is a flashlight with a built-in compass.

'Pretty cool, huh?'

$175, vsslgear.com
Source: Men's Health


Or in other words, for $175 you can get a kit that is rather less well equipped than a Skynex Rambo knife that costs one-third as much, plus a respectable single AA cell flashlight. But then again, this is not being aimed at people who have a clue.
 

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I have the same kit built into a modified Model 1897 Swedish bayonet like this one. It does not have a terribly good compass, and it looks a little odd with a bolt sticking out of the hilt, but it has a cut down magnesium fire starter, fish hooks, split shot, glovers needles (those last two in cut down and plugged plastic straws), monofilament fishing line, monofilament sewing thread, and .a diamond sharpening rod. I'll stick with mine instead of that pretentious aluminum tube, I think.




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I ordered one of these 2-pk waterproof storage containers and handed them to my daughter - said: Your task should you accept this mission is to configure one of the cases for a SHTF event to add to your Bug-Out-Bag. She said she will let me know when she's ready to start. She's been thinking about it for a couple of weeks so far.

 

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I ordered one of these 2-pk waterproof storage containers and handed them to my daughter - said: Your task should you accept this mission is to configure one of the cases for a SHTF event to add to your Bug-Out-Bag. She said she will let me know when she's ready to start. She's been thinking about it for a couple of weeks so far.

Ya, youths today can put months and months together of "thinking about it"
 

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Ya, youths today can put months and months together of "thinking about it"
That's true - daughter is my oldest...39. She was in Florida on a business trip this week, heading to a conference next week. Wife and I get dog duty. Son was also on a business trip out west, will be back mid next week. Looks like I'm going to be grilling for a day or two, weather is superb. Yesterday 12 May evening was getting flowerbeds prepped and flowers in the ground. Saturday's expected rain will hold off until late night so the garage will get my attention on Saturday. A lot of stuff needs to be thinned out and tossed or recycled. R/C aircraft and some balsa kits will be dropped off at the local R/C club, that will really make some room. Multicopters (drones) take up much less space.
 

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I ordered one of these 2-pk waterproof storage containers and handed them to my daughter - said: Your task should you accept this mission is to configure one of the cases for a SHTF event to add to your Bug-Out-Bag. She said she will let me know when she's ready to start. She's been thinking about it for a couple of weeks so far.

Glad to see it has a rubber gasket.

If I can offer suggestions, she needs to have these among other things in that box:

Uncle Buck LB-5 knife
(preferably a vintage one made in the USA of good steel)
Diamond sharpening rod
(ditch the aluminum handle to save space)
Magnesium fire starter block with sparker rod built in
Little glass or metal tube with fire-starter tinder in it
(dryer lint saturated with petroleum jelly, DIY)
Spool of nylon monofilament thread
Glovers needles and coarse regular needles
(store in cut down McDonalds straw, plugged)
Boy Scout compass
(with copy of variation table for your area - contact NOAA and request a variation table; Copy your region and blow it up to 3x5 card size)
Bottle of water purification tablets
Bottle of iodine
Emergency dental filling kit
(it's tiny, a bitty tub of stuff to pack the hole in the tooth)
50 meters of good monofilament fishing line
Split shot
(in cut down McDonalds plugged straw)
Some compressed food tablets in metal or plastic tube
Small pack of bandaids and gauze pads with adhesive edges

And either inside or tied to the outside in a seal-a-meal custom sized bag, The Official Pocket Survival Manual: A Life Saving Manual Needed By Every American To Combat National Emergencies Caused By Terrorists Or Otherwise, by Robert W. Pelton. More survival information in a smaller package than any other survival manual I have ever found.

Please show this post to her. It should give her a starting point. Survival is an art, not a science. She needs to pack what works for her, not for you, me, or anyone else.
 

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If I can offer suggestions, she needs to have these among other things in that box:
Cyrano, that's a good list and I want to highlight your suggestion about the Emergency Dental Filling Kit - you get a gold star - we never thought of this.
I will share one item she gave us for our Bug Out Bags, she gave us (wife and I) 4 tampons each...said - Mom doesn't need them any more and neither do you except they work great to plug a bleeding hole until you can get medical attention.

Cyrano, I will pass on your list and reading suggestion to daughter and son. Thank you for sharing - very good stuff. 👍
 

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Cyrano, that's a good list and I want to highlight your suggestion about the Emergency Dental Filling Kit - you get a gold star - we never thought of this.
I will share one item she gave us for our Bug Out Bags, she gave us (wife and I) 4 tampons each...said - Mom doesn't need them any more and neither do you except they work great to plug a bleeding hole until you can get medical attention.

Cyrano, I will pass on your list and reading suggestion to daughter and son. Thank you for sharing - very good stuff. 👍
During the Vietnam War, the so-called "antiwar activists" shipped literal tons of the old-style bulky menstrual pads to the Viet Cong. They work very well as field dressings.

Something worth remembering for the post-SHTF scenario. There are still reasonably thick pads for sale in the personal care aisle at the supermarket.
 
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