Nalgene Survival Kit

Nalgene Survival Kit

Nalgene Survival Kit List:

1.  1L Wide-mouth Nalgene bottle (watertight, floats, crushproof).

2.  Snow Peak Mini Solo Titanium Cookset (fits perfectly with 1L Nalgene bottle).

3.  Small Metal Tin w/ fishing supplies (hooks, jigs, lures, line, weights etc.).

4.  Lanyard (attach a whistle, neck knife, compass, signal mirror etc.).

5.  Space Blanket (can be used as a fire reflector, signalling device).

6.  Sea to Summit Small Bag w/ small carabiner (holds the entire kit and store survival items if the Nalgene bottle needs to be used for water. Bright orange.).

7.  Iodine (treat cuts & scrapes, use to purify water).

8.  Mil-spec Tourniquet (keep separately – ideally on your person – so it can be accessed at an instant).

9.  Mil-spec 550 Paracord.

10.  Headlamp (pack spare batteries. Allows your hands to be free vs. flashlight).

11.  High-lumen flashlight which can be used for signalling (min. 600 lumens).

12.  Condom (placed in a sock to store water, wrap bloody hand etc.).

13.  Signal Mirror.

14.  Magnesium Tinder Block.

15.  Tampon (great tinder).

16.  FireSteel.

17.  Whistle (bright orange, floats).

18.  Compass.

19.  Sewing Kit.

20.  Band Aids.

21.  Aqua-Tabs.

22.  Candy.

23.  Tweezers.

24.  Dental Floss (makes great expedient cordage).

25.  Buff Headwear (Protection against the elements, strain/filter water, bandage, wash cloth, etc.).

26.  Rubber Bands (use to hold a Buff in place as a bandage, use as Tinder in wet conditions, etc.).

27.  Bug Spray.

28.  Tick Key (wood tick remover).

29.  Space Pen (usable in extreme conditions, use to write impromptu maps for reference, messages etc.).

30.  Red Sharpie (use to leave messages on vehicle windows etc.).

31.  Bic lighter (brightly coloured).

32.  Small folding knives x 2.

33.  Small fixed neck knives x 2.

Not shown: multi-vitamins, small salt packages.

Why we like our version of the Nalgene Survival Kit:

There is a lot of talk these days about packing light… the problem with packing light is that some people take this concept a little bit too far, sacrificing essential items, and potentially compromising their safety and survivability as a result. Instead of trying to “pack light” try to “pack right.” Packing right includes packing light.

The problem with a lot of survival kits, is that they can be so “comprehensive” that they are too big and cumbersome to take with you – they simply get left behind because they are a pain in the butt. The Nalgene Survival Kit is small and light weight so it can easily be transferred to and from a backpack, car, kayak, etc…

Nalgene Kit

In addition to storing water, many “off the shelf” survival kits lack a simple, robust, and reliable means of making water safe to drink. This is why we’ve added the Snow Peak Mini Solo Titanium Cookset. The Nalgene bottle fits perfectly into this set. It’s super light and extremely durable. Now you have a very robust bottle with a screw top to store and transport your water, and a simple and reliable way to treat water – no filters to change, no pumps to malfunction. Between the metal pot, AquaTabs and Iodine, we have 3 systems to treat water, all of which are very simple – nothing to break down.

A small sturdy bag is essential to this system. Why? Once you need to use your bottle to store water, where are you going to put all those nifty survival items? In the brightly coloured bag of course.

There are a few items which we do not contain in the bottle, either because they don’t quite fit, or for quick access. For example, we leave the headlamp out so that if the survival kit needs to be accessed at night, the headlamp is readily accessible so that we have light as we start removing the contents.

We consider many of the items in this kit to be “essential items”. We define “essential items” as those which you cannot effectively replicate in nature.

Nobody is as smart as everyone… and everyone you meet knows something you don’t. Do we believe this kit is an excellent base/foundation that is very versatile? Absolutely. Can our version of the Nalgene Survival Kit be improved? Of course! Feel free to make it your own.

Stay safe.

Nalgene Bottle Survival Kit

For those who have an interest in preparedness and survival kits, you have likely seen the infamous Nalgene Bottle Survival Kit – a survival kit where your survival items (knife, fire starting devices, signal mirror, compass, etc…) are contained within the Nalgene Bottle itself.

There are 3 factors which make this system appealing.

  1. You can easily transfer it from one pack to another.
  2. It’s small. It’s common for survival kits to be left behind or neglected because they are too bulky to pack quickly and easily.
  3. The bottle itself is very effective at protecting the survival contents from water and being crushed. The other benefit of housing your survival kit in a Nalgene bottle is that it will float if dropped in water. Tip: Buy a brightly coloured bottle so you can easily spot it if you lose it or if it goes overboard.
While these previous 3 points make for an easy-to-grab, fantastically portable, and robust survival kit, the majority of homemade Nalgene Survival kits lack two essential items.
The first item which is often lacking is that of a bag or pouch. If you are in a survival situation and need to use the Nalgene bottle to store water, what are you going to do with the survival contents inside it? Having a simple bag or pouch as part of the kit will enable you to quickly and effectively stow away your survival items.
Remember – these items are critical to your survival (that’s why you packed them in the first place) so it’s important to ensure you have a means of keeping them together when your bottle is in use.
The second item which is lacking, not only from this system, but from most survival kits (particularly survival kits purchased “off the shelf”) is something to boil water in.
When it comes to the Nalgene survival system, an effective solution to both problems is the Snowpeak Mini Solo Titanium cookset. It allows you to perfectly remedy the issues mentioned above (lack of a contents bag/pouch and a means of boiling water). The beauty of this combination is that it adds virtually no weight to the set up, nor does it add any additional bulk. In terms of dimensions, the whole system remains virtually unchanged – it’s essentially the same size as the Nalgene bottle itself.
The addition of SnowPeak’s titanium Mini Solo Combo makes for a superior survival system.
  • The bottle contains enough space in which to house all your essential survival gear.
  • The bottle provides effective protection for contents against crushing and is water tight – making it float too!
  • A brightly coloured cap makes it visible. In addition, choose a clear bottle so you can quickly see how much water you have left.
  • The size of the Nalgene Survival bottle is small enough to easily take with you without being a burden.
  • Using the bottle in conjunction with the Snowpeak Mini Solo Titanium Cookset gives you a two piece cookset which can be used to cook food, but more importantly, boil water.
  • The mesh bag that comes with the Snowpeak cookset gives you something to carry your survival contents in when your bottle is being used to carry water.

A perfect fit!

Note: The Nalgene Survival bottle system uses the 1 litre “Wide-Mouth” Nalgene bottle.