Coffee Can Survival Kit for Your Vehicle

by Jarhead Survivor on February 18, 2011

Here’s a short post today folks.

It seems like every time I turn around there’s a spot that could use another survival kit.  Home, work, vehicles, camp… everywhere!  I hate putting a lot of money into something I probably won’t use, but on the flip side I want to have stuff good enough to save my ass in case TSHTF and I DO need to use the kit.

Anyway, I was staring at the French Roast coffee can I talked about in one of my posts and the thought popped into my head to fill it with items that could help out in case I get stuck somewhere.  Keep in mind this is just for basic survival in an overnight situation and also keep in mind I wanted to keep the kit as low cost as possible so it can be attained on any personal budget or even with stuff you already have around the house.

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

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So far I’ve added a compass, multi-tool, pen, paper (to write a note or start a fire), nails, spoon, stove, paracord bracelet, flashlight, knife, matches, and some small food items.   One thing I’m thinking about putting in there is one of those cheap Walmart ponchos (thus the nails to help make a temporary shelter if necessary).  They’re less than $10 the last time I looked and if you go easy on this poncho you might get a few uses out of it and it should fit in quite handily.

Another thing I need to put in here is some fuel for the stove – not a whole lot, but enough to boil a few cups of water or maybe to help start a fire when the wood is wet.

Below you can see the items packed into the coffee can.  What doesn’t show up as well is the empty space in the can.  I’d like to pack it full, but right now I’ve still got roughly half the can empty.


For some reason I’m drawing a blank and as I was sitting here racking my head and trying to dream up stuff to put in a small vehicle kit I said to myself, “Jarhead!  Don’t be a dummy!  There’s a thousand people out there with good ideas.  Tap into your network.”  So…. what would you put into this kit given the criteria above?   Help me dress out my kit folks! Would you put in a space blanket?  More food? Spark plugs?  Coffee packets?  Send me some good ideas!

-Jarhead Survivor

noisynick February 18, 2011

I like the idea I’ve often thought the same thing about a gallon paint can.
a Datrex food bar, and I would wind some toilet Paper around that pen I saw in the kit. Maybe a wire saw.
Keep us thinkin……..Thanks

Liberty February 18, 2011

a 1 gallon paint can sounds like a good idea.I’d like to make one also. I don’t know if this would make a difference but; the last couple of times I bought paint the cans were made of plastic not metal. And is there any worry of chemicals from the paint seeping into the food ? And does anyone know of an easy opening lid that can be used ?

gat31 February 18, 2011

I started looking around the room here and realized l have a bigger sized maxwell house plastic handled coffee container. (sams club 8.99) l was thinking might be better than the can. Lightweight, handled so can tie it to me to not have to carry it persay, can dip water without rusting my can up, it’s a good tight seal, and water proof. Just a thought….

NoMEPreppy February 18, 2011

But you can’t set that plastic can in a fire to boil water…

Anonymous February 18, 2011

true you can’t but he had a hobo stove already l was just thinking of the lighter weight and the easy handle in which to tie to a belt loop instead of trying to carry especially in a hiking through the woods type scenario.

irishdutchuncle February 19, 2011

lots of thrift stores etc have an assortment of pots and pans. usually they’re dirt cheap. i’d find a pan, large enough to hold a can of progresso or chunky, and duct tape it to her plastic container. while she’s in the thrift store, she can also pickup several metal soup spoons, to throw in the kit as well.

wal-mart sells a two cup enameled steel mug, that’s just the right size for making up a serving of ramen noodles. it wouldn’t hurt to keep a few of them in the car.

S1nn3r1 July 21, 2011

If done right you can use a 20oz bottle to do that. I believe it was on an episode of Survivorman. Just the right height to boil the water yet not burn the plastic.

irishdutchuncle February 19, 2011

fresh, empty, steel paint cans can be found at some hardware stores. if the inside is washed in hot soapy dishwater, it should be pretty safe for storing survival food. if you aren’t completely certain, you could place your food items in ziplock freezer bags, inside the can.

redleg74 February 21, 2011

How about 20 – 30 ft of 10 guage steel wire. Doesn’t weigh much at all an infintely useful. A block of wet-fire. Small portion of duct tape.

Shotzeedog February 18, 2011

Definitely toilet paper and a small bottle of hand sanitizer. A small first aid kit and a bandana would be good too.

gat31 February 18, 2011

What??? No Coffee??? And hey what about a 20 dollar bill just in case you need cash for something. Maybe one of those small can openers especially if you’re like me and always have canned food in the car. How about a small first aid kit ( iodine, band aids, excedrin ) just in case you get a cut or scrape. Love the toilet paper on the pen idea and maybe a trash bag for rain deterrent,(thank you GSA) or sleeping on to keep moisture off of ya.
Unrelated but does anyone know where you can get one of those giant tubes they use under the roads? Not the cement kind but the plastic ones really would love one.

ChefBear58 February 18, 2011

Are you talking about the sewer/storm drain pipes?
There are plumbing supply stores around here, but they won’t carry anything bigger than 8″. If you are talking about the ones that are several feet across, I am pretty sure they are custom ordered/made. However, a friend of mine (years ago) wanted something similar for a paint-ball field he was setting up, he wanted them to use for firing positions/obstacles. When he couldn’t find them I suggested using 55 gal drums, you can find them made of heavy plastic and sometimes you can even find them for free. We found some and used them for the field, they worked great! We cut the bottoms off a few of them and stuck them together to form all kinds of crazy looking “bunkers”, we even cut about 1/8 off of a few of them, fitted them together and sunk ‘em into a hole to make a “pillbox” on top of a hill.

gat31 February 18, 2011

Never thought of that! Man you rock! Looking to make a fort for my grandson underground so he doesn’t tunnel up the back yard.

ChefBear58 February 19, 2011

That’s awesome, I bet he’ll love it! I have wanted to make a “fort” for the kids that live in the cul-de-sac I live in, though I haven’t managed the time/money to do so with everything else I have going on! I envisioned a set up similar to the “hamster-tubes” they sell in the pet stores, plastic 55gal barrels with tops/bottoms cut off and placed together to make all kinds of cool tunnels and slides…. If only they had barrels big enough for adults to use! AND a ball-pit! I would never leave the house!

Jason February 18, 2011

gat31 -

What are you using for? The big plastic drainage pipes are very pricey.

Jason February 18, 2011

Sorry gat31, was a little slow on the draw with my question!

Jarhead Survivor February 18, 2011

I actually mentioned that I needed to buy some coffee packets and then edited it out. I knew someone would mention it!

Jason February 18, 2011

Jarhead, that’s the sign of a good writer – create an opportunity for the reader to think & participate.

ChefBear58 February 18, 2011

I don’t care for starbucks coffee from the shop (as mentioned in the coffee post, they set the extraction temp to high and it ruins the flavor for me), but they have a product called “Via” which is compact/light and just mixes with hot/cold water to make your cup ‘o joe. There are a couple other brands if the starbucks ones are to pricey, Foldger’s; Maxwell House; Tasters Choice- For the money I think the Tasters Choice is the best of them, they come in a box of 20 servings (individually packaged), I think the last box I bought was like $4 at wal-mart

ChefBear58 February 18, 2011

A few things I didn’t see in there that I put in even my most basic kit…

-Handkercheif- HUNDREDS of uses, and always handy!
-Water purification tablets- Lightweight, cheap, small, and can REALLY save your ass if you need them!
-Small pack of dryer lint- Come on… ITS FREE! And makes a fire a lot easier
-Cheap pocket knife- Always a good idea to have a blade separate from your multi-tool, you could even just use one of those “cheapo” razor-knife things but even better would be a knock-off Swiss army knife
-Super Glue- If you need it… you tend to REALLY need it, lightweight, cheap, small, and works to close up small wounds (try finding a Chef who doesn’t keep a bottle on hand… I dare ya’! Nick your finger in a professional kitchen, and it’s either super-glue or those finger condom thingies! No band-aids allowed according to the health dept.)
-Small candles- Can save your flashlight, you can use the wax to water-proof stuff if need be, can be cut-up to make fishin’ floats
-Small fishing kit- Just about 30′ of line wrapped around a chunk ‘o’ cardboard, a couple hooks and maybe a lure or two or a strip of Fish-Bites (natural-artificial bait). I either do this simple kit, or enough stuff to make a couple trot lines, they don’t add much size/weight and they work while you do other stuff… For trot lines I pack 4/0 catfish hooks, 30# line- at least 75″ for each rig, and sometimes I pack a small fishing-pole-bell for each, for a sinker you can just use a rock you find near the water or a soda bottle full of dirt/sand
-DUCT TAPE- No explanation needed!
-Compact Mirror- Get a tiny one (>1″) from the $ store, signaling, fire-starting, checkin’ your ‘do!
-Trioxane tablets- Get the bars, they last longer and you can burn them right on the wrapper, cheap, last for almost forever, lightweight
-Sharpening stone- You can pick one up for about $2 at wal-mart that will sharpen your knife and hooks and is pretty small/light (~2″, >1oz) , never know when you will need to sharpen your knife!
-Medicine- Just a couple of the P.C. (personal container) things of asprin or Tylenol, pep-to bismol, Imodium AD, benadryl. They even have 3x antibiotic ointment and hydro-cortisone cream.
-Cotton ball fire-starter- I bought a couple of the little travel containers (with a twist top) from wal-mart for $.97, rub a couple cotton balls with either petroleum jelly or hand sanitizer and cram ‘em into the travel container. They are a GOD SEND when all the tinder you can get is wet or the wood itself is wet, they will burn for a good bit of time and burn pretty hot.
-Twine/Wire snares- I keep 12 twine snares in a Copenhagen can, they are 16″ long (slack, not including the business end of the snare) and I make them ahead of time in case something happens and I #1 don’t have time to make them in the field -OR- #2 I am injured and CAN’T make them in the field (the previously mentioned Duct tape can help with securing them, one handed)
-Cheap Lighter- Always good to have a back-up to the matches, you could even pick up one of those tiny gas-station Bic lighters to save on space, they have ones that are >1″
-Tin Foil- I fold a 10×10″ piece into a small square, can be used for cooking, little strips can be glued to your hook for a simple fishing lure, mark a trail/camp, and many, many other uses

I know it looks like a lot to add to your “Can ‘o’ Survival”, but it should all fit with the other stuff you already have, and can be pretty handy! Also, I know you said you wanted it as an “overnight” kit, but some of the seemingly long-term survival supplies can find uses in a short term situation.

gat31 February 18, 2011

Another great comment chefbear. However l think l might have to start camping at gander mountain to save fuel cause l just found so many things l’m lacking! lol

ChefBear58 February 19, 2011

Thanks, luckily I live about 5 miles from my local Gander Mtn, and there is an AWESOME tackle shop about 3 miles away. Otherwise all my money would probably go to gas to get to bass pro and a local hunting/fishing shop called green-top

john March 3, 2011

try using a carpenters chalkline for a survival fishing kit

Spook45 February 18, 2011

think I would add a mouse gun, extra mag half a box of ammo, and a larger knife than the multi tool. More cordage, that roll type heavy nylon that is used for trotlines, that stuff is great, real strong, large amount in a small space and cheap. maybe a few fish hooks n sinkers and probly a lil redunancy on fire starter. And Iwould have to add a small bottle of heet and a penny stove.

gat31 February 18, 2011

l have seen reference to this penny stove now several times can anyone explain to me what that is? Please excuse my ignorance l was born and raised a big city girl. My dads idea of camping was a campground with electrical hook ups :)

Jarhead Survivor February 18, 2011

Hi Gat!

A penny stove is an alcohol stove that can be made at home. You can google them or check out one out here:

This is an alcohol stove quite similar to the penny stove that I made awhile back and posted on here. Total price: 10 cents for the cans. Needless to say they’re basically throw-away stoves, but extremely handy and they work surprisingly well.

Welcome to the forum!

gat31 February 18, 2011

Thank you jarhead for the warm welcome. I seen this stove and have made several since seeing them on this site. l didn’t realize that was what the penny stove was. l love these things but was wondering if you could use the gel fuel for tiki torches instead of the alchohol for maybe a longer burn time. l know they have citronella in them so the smell wouldn’t be great but no mosquitos seem like a bonus :)

Jarhead Survivor February 18, 2011

Hmm, the only thing I’d wonder about is if the fuel is a true gel it might not be possible to pour it into the stove. You could always modify your stove of course, but make sure you test it outside! You never know how a fuel is going to act until you actually put a match to it. I don’t believe I’ve ever messed with that particular type of fuel, so I’m not sure exactly what its properties are.

Spook45 February 18, 2011

another way to poor the fuel in is to make one large hole with a tap screw or sheatmetal screw. The hole is larger so you could use a dropper type bottle and inject it into the stove and then you just put the screw in the hole to plug it up. The down side is that it will last only so long and the screw will wallo out the hole and you have to either make a new stove or get a bigger screw. I would have also added a candle lantern but it looked like there wasnt enough room left.

Spook45 February 18, 2011

IDK, you hv to remember you are going to cook on this thing and do you really want your food to taste like citronella? The best fuel we have found is HEET like you put in your car to prevent fuel line freeze up. it works great, good heat, long burn stable. 3 ozs will last for around 30-35 mins.

gat31 February 18, 2011

spook where do you find heet? We don’t have fuel line freeze ups this far south is this another gander mountain item? man l definately need to camp out there :)

Jarhead Survivor February 18, 2011

I get my HEET right at Walmart. I just did a search for alcohol stove fuel on Google and came up with a few hits that should work for you. I’d post the link, but it’s a mile long. Go to Google and type in alcohol stove fuel and you should be able to find something that will work for you.

Spook45 February 18, 2011

You can find heat in the auto ssection at walmart or at any auto parts store.

irishdutchuncle February 19, 2011

best alternative to “HEET” would be “denatured alcohol”. available at “True-Value”, “Ace”, or anyplace else with a good paint department.

ChefBear58 February 19, 2011

irishdutchuncle- Denatured alcohol is the way to go…. if you can pack liquid fuel.
For something like this project I think a stable, solid fuel is more “in line” with the needs of the kit. That being said (I said it earlier to), I think Trioxane would be a great option. You could also make your own fuel “blocks” by packing a small can with dryer lint, then pour wax over it -OR- do the same thing and mix in some sawdust. This stuff will burn through just about anything, and they are cheap/easy to make. I like to make them in an old ice cube tray, when you pop ‘em out they are almost exactly the right size for cooking in a canteen cup/can over them, and you can just fold up some tin-foil to make a “stove” to burn it on, fold up a little of the extra tin-foil and you have a built in wind screen!

Spook45 February 19, 2011

YUP! thats what they use in them, in the interest of improvisation, I have also use fingernail polish remover. It works, but it is not as efficiant and harder to light.

Jason February 18, 2011

I would make them dedicated containers -

1. First Aid items – Advil, band aids, tape, scissors, tweezers, gauze & the rest.
2. Emergency Food – protein bars and whatever your diet requires.

I’d make one for each category & label the outside accordingly. I’m very much into keeping things simple & hate distraction & confusion so I would not combine items into one container. You can put a lot in each one of those containers.

Right now if any emergency takes place like a power outage, I know exactly where the candles are, flashlights, generator is placed etc and I move in the order of creating calm (avoiding panic) for my kids. If the car breaks down, it’s the same routine.

Shotzeedog – I learned many years ago to keep toilet paper in my car & keep in in a ziplock bag in my trunk. I keep about a 1/4 to a 1/3 sized roll because it is less bulky and you can flatten it somewhat. You never know when the S could HTF – couldn’t resist the obvious joke.

Prepared N.D. February 18, 2011

Hahaha :) I keep a “SHTF” kit in my car too – extra underwear, toilet paper, and a ziplock bag.

Protein bars are a great suggestion. I saw some oatmeal and a nutrigrain bar in the kit, but it needs some trail mix or a protein bar for more dense energy.

Jason February 18, 2011

Ask anybody on this site – the LAST thing I need is dense energy!

Prepared N.D. February 18, 2011

That’s what the duct tape and handkerchief is for. You can tape your mouth shut :-) (kidding… maybe)

Jason February 18, 2011

Incorrect – tape the hands together so I can’t type. The butt of a rifle takes care of the excessive lip. That’s the Khmer Rouge solution or maybe the AFT ….. not to sure these days.

Cliffystones February 18, 2011

Chefbear, Spook,

Maybe I’m finally getting senile, but isn’t it “troutline” and not “trotline”? Regardless, I’m glad CB included the Imodium for the “trots” :).

When we took the Colorado hunter safety course the instructor was a lifelong hunter in his 60s. He swore by the cotton balls covered in petroleum jelly. He said he always kept them in his pack and on his person in small pill bottles when hunting.

Something no one else has ever mentioned here. For a signaling mirror, find an old computer hard drive. Disassemble the thing and use the disc platters. You will probably need some super-small philips and torx bits. These things are highly polished and unbreakable, about 4 inches in diameter and a 1 inch hole in the middle. In between sentences I just went to my basement and did a quick test. I found you can also file down the outer edge to make a curved knife or scraper.

Spook45 February 18, 2011

No its trot-line. A trout line is a special type of floating line for fly rods. A trot line is a semi-commercial fishing method used predominately in the south. You take a loooooooooong line and attach lots of smaller lines with catfish hooks on them and put lil bouys on each end so you can find it. Bait the hooks and come back later, like tommorow. Then you run the line from one end to the other and harvest your catch. Thus the line” we can skin a buck we can run a trotline and a country boy can survive:)” The line they use is a heavy line that comes on a roll, you can get about 250′ for say around 3bux. It is a very strong line and can be used for building shelters, trip and snairs, booby traps and you can fish with it but its a lil thick for for just dropping a line. ANYWAY, it serves as a great cordage for things you dont want to waste your good 50 cord on. Save the 50 cord for more heavy stuff and moore important things. Use this stuff and if you have to leave it, who cares.

Mountain Rifleman February 18, 2011

Trotline, but I’m an old guy.

Mountain Rifleman

ChefBear58 February 19, 2011

I have always heard it -Trotline- myself. It can be a very effective way of catching your grub while you are doing other chores! I have not only caught fish (mostly catfish), but have also caught snakes (tasty, but be careful), turtles (also tasty… 7 different tastes/textures of meat in 1 animal, now if they only came with bacon instead of a shell!), cayman (VERY DANGEROUS… VERY DELICIOUS, kinda a cross between flounder and pork-chop!), bass, pike, chain pickerel, carp, eels, even a bull shark once (VERY VERY TASTY!), there have even been a few birds I have caught with them, though it was completely by accident, Canadian geese, mallards, wood-ducks, grouse, seagull, pelican- Most of those I tried to free without harming them, not all of these cases was it possible, so they got cooked and eaten… no sense wasting it!

NoMEPreppy February 21, 2011

How the hell’d you catch a grouse on a trotline?

ChefBear58 February 21, 2011

Not real sure how it managed to get caught in my line, because I left it unattended while I was gathering firewood and making camp. When I came back to check my line it was all kinds of tangled up in it, and had the treble hook stuck in its mouth. I must have got to it just a few minutes after it died, cause it was still warm which made dressing and plucking it much easier. Tasted pretty good roasted on an improvised spit over open coals! I had some cat-tail roots, dandelion greens, wild onions and ramps with it and made a hot beverage from tea-berries and pine needles. That was one of the best meals I have ever had while back-country camping!

Jarhead Survivor February 18, 2011

I don’t think the can I used here is “true” metal now that I think about it. I like the idea of using one of the plastic cans because they’re air tight and could easily be used to transport water. A real metal can could be used to heat water though. There’s good and bad sides to everything!

Some awesome ideas here so far. Keep’em coming! Let’s see, I need to get some toilet paper, water purification tabs, wire saw, and…

Anonymous February 18, 2011

Jarhead, you said:

“Let’s see, I need to get some toilet paper, water purification tabs, wire saw, and…”

that combination just struck me kind of funny -

Anonymous July 21, 2011

On an episode of Surviorman (I watch anything to learn from) he did indeed heat up a 20oz plastic bottle with water in it to drink from. He mentioned I believe the fact of being careful about it’s heighth

Prepared N.D. February 18, 2011

Scrap the poncho. Use a couple contractor grade garbage bags or the large black garbage bags. They’re tougher and have more uses.

I would add Polar Pure, a small fishing kit, magnesium fire starter w/ some tinder, duct tape, space blanket, bandanna, coffee filters (for coarse water filtering). Maybe some 100% DEET if you have room?

Anonymous February 18, 2011

Baby wipes may be a useful, all purpose item as well.

Prepared N.D. February 18, 2011

The hand sanitizer also makes a good little fire starter and you could make your own wet wipes with the included toilet paper.

Jason February 18, 2011

My mother-in-law’s picture makes a great fire starter, insect & shark repellant and a detour sign.

Sorry Jarhead, off topic but couldn’t resist the opportunity to add a little levity.

Jarhead Survivor February 18, 2011

Contractor bags are a great idea! They’re way tougher than those cheap Wally World ponchos.

Ranger Man February 18, 2011

In my very early days of hiking we had to turn the contractor bags lining the inside of our backpacks into makeshift ponchos while descending Mount Katahdin during an unexpected downpour. They worked fine for a limited time. For a car, I agree, they offer more uses than a straight poncho.

Anonymous February 18, 2011

Put a wide mouth water bottle in with a lot of the smaller items stuffed inside it. Saves space and gives you a canteen.
Regarding the suggestion to put a gun and ammo in. My opinion is you want a survival kit that you aren’t going to worry about. Something that isn’t a danger to others or likely to be stolen. I don’t want a gun in my car when I’m not there but I surely want a survival kit in my car all the time.

Jarhead Survivor February 18, 2011

I was just down to LL Beans a couple of weeks ago. Check this out:

gat31 February 18, 2011

Agreed on the no gun in the car. Hard enough to explain the BOC (bug out can) not to have to explain the need for gun and ammo too. Not to mention in my state l think it’s illegal to have the gun and ammo together. With the random searches they (police) do here for even a license check no gun in the car is a good thing.

Spook45 February 18, 2011

VOTE with your feet….

Spook45 February 18, 2011

Idk where you live, but where I live we do not tolerate “random” searches because that is illegal! Its a violation of your fourth amendment rights. Also, in our state, they give away hangun permits in freakin crackerjack boxes! Also, if you have a HG permit, you are allowed to have a loaded rifle or shotgun “in or on your vehicle provided that there is no ammunition in the chamber” that means you can have a full magazine as long as it is chamber clear. The first time I get a “random search” by police, Im jumpin for joy, I pray they arrest me because first Im gonna sue local for violation of my states rights and then Im gonna sue in Federal District Court for USC 1983, civil rights violations under color of law. Basicly, when Im done it will be like hitting the lottery cuz, IM GETTIN PAID! RANDOM searches without PROBABLE CAUSE is against the law and lots of people have gotten rich off of those types of violations. And I will reiderate, if it is that bad where you live, you should really consider voting with your feet and get the hell out of there.

ChefBear58 February 19, 2011

Probably wouldn’t be able to fit anything bigger than a “pocket-pistol” in .22/.25 in a coffee can with all the other stuff. If you really want a “weapon” or hunting tool, a slingshot might be “just what the doctor ordered”. They have some pretty small ones at wal-mart where they keep the BB guns, can be effective against small game and can help deter larger animals that could be a threat (including the 2-legged variety), while you probably won’t be able to land a fatal shot on anything much bigger than a dog it can deliver a painful or even a stunning blow to many different animals. They are relatively cheap, especially when compared to a pistol, at less than $15 each, for ammo you can use the stainless steel ball-bearing like projectiles they sell there or in a pinch you can just use some stones from a creek bed.

Spook45 February 18, 2011

Given the wonderful winter we have had this year( things appear to be getting back to normal) I would have to have the candle lantern. If you are stranded in your car in the snow/extreme cold or run off the road into a snow bank or such, the candle lantern could literally mean the difference in life and death. IT burns real slow, puts off enough heat to raise the temp inside your car/shelter by more than ten degrees. You can do this with just a candle, but the candle lantern holds the heat so it disipates more slowly thus creating more heat build up in a confinned space. The lantern also affords you more safety because if it falls over etc. it is contained would not immidiately start a fire. There are several types of these on the market and they are worth the cost.

Anonymous February 18, 2011

at wally world they have chafing dish fuel cans small cheap and burn a while.

gat31 February 18, 2011

thank you l will look there next time l go

Spook45 February 18, 2011

Chaffing dish fuel is basicly gelled alcohol AKA Sterno. Dont know which flavor is cheaper but is approximately the same thing.

ChefBear58 February 20, 2011

One thing to note about the gelled alcohol “stoves” (like Sterno). they are usually designated by a number. for example- 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12…. The latter ones will only usually be found at restaurant supply stores. The numbers are a designation of how many hours of burn time you should get from them. The shortest would be 2-2hrs. the largest would be 12-12 hrs, they are about the same size, the more burn time they have will make them slightly larger, almost unnoticeable. Most of the longer burning ones will have a wick buit-into them. If you wanted to extract the fuel from these, it may pose a bit of a challenge. However they can be packed as-is and used as a stove with nothing else needed. I haven’t tried using one as a camp stove, so I don’t know how long it would take to cook with it, say boil water, but sounds like it might make a good project for anyone interested!

Jim H February 18, 2011

Didn’t read everybody else’s fine ideas, but here’s a few things I have in mine. . .

50 yards of braided wire fishing leader (for deep sea fishing. Snares and supports, STRONG stuff.
50 dollars in 5 dollar bills.
3mil plastic contractor bag, larger than most and thicker than any. Find at home depot.
2 suture kits (the prethreaded kind)
Saran wrap. You’d be surprised how useful it can be for wound covering and/or split binding and everything else. I’ve been toying with a mostly depleted carton wrapping roll, but too much bulk.

Hear is Mike’s kit – it’s awesome… got a couple of good ideas from him.

irishdutchuncle February 18, 2011

the nails will tear right through the contractor bag or poncho plastic. not that they shouldn’t be included… but do you also keep a hammer in the vehicle with which to drive said nails? they sell “tarp clips” which allow you to add a grommit anywhere you need to on a tarp. the better way is to tie up a pebble or other small object in the plastic where you need to attach to it, and tie it down with cordage.

i also carry a tarp in each vehicle, anyhow. (the theory being that i can cover the roof and windshield of the vehicle with the tarp, before the snow starts, and remove most of the snow, by removing the tarp) (in the summer, the tarp can be used across the top of the vehicle to create shade)

Mountain Rifleman February 18, 2011

Twist you up some bowstrings. Use Dacron B, or something similar. Tie a bowline on one end and a timber hitch on the other. Make steel arrowheads cut out of annealed saw blades. Use a hacksaw. Harden and temper them with a torch. Include some plastic vanes for feathers. Tie them on with strands of Paracord. Almost any limb may be used for arrow shafts. Straightened with your hands. Costs are small and this stuff takes up little space. Use your knife to make a “quick bow.” Juniper is great as are many other woods.

Mountain Rifleman

Ray February 19, 2011

Um, why not just buy a bow and arrow?

ray February 18, 2011

gat 31- “With the random searches they (police) do here for even a license check no gun in the car is a good thing.”

Really? Random searches? …

ChefBear58 February 18, 2011

Another thing I didn’t see anybody mention is a couple of those Gatoraide drink mix packs. They have some sugar, vitamins/minerals and electrolytes, they are pre-measured (I think for a 16.9 oz water bottle) and compact/light weight… putting 10 of them in your coffee can kit would only add a couple ounces of weight and only take a few square inches of space. Could help to “stretch” the little bit of food you have, in case the overnight situation turns into a few overnights!

tjbbpgobIII February 19, 2011

ChiefBear58; do you really mean > 10 0z.etc.etc.
>= greater than
<=less than
Not trying to be an ass but it looks like you're adding weight.

ChefBear58 February 19, 2011

Sorry for any confusion, where specifically did you see the comment that needs clarification?

Bubblehead Les February 20, 2011

Mechanic’s Wire from the Auto Parts store. Then you can make a handle and stick it over a fire on a forked stick, plus that stuffs tough, yet flexible. One of those 1000 and 1 uses items. Also an Esbit Stove and a box of Trioxythane, Spare batteries for the Flashlight, and a LED Head light, unless you like using both hands and the Flashlight in the mouth technique. Space Blankets, Magnesium Bar, couple cans of Tuna Fish (check expiration dates), Military Surplus Steel Fork, Knife and Spoon ( nice Euro Stuff coming in, and you don’t have to worry about your plastic spoon breaking), and a P-38 or P-51 can opener should all fit. Hope this helps.

Chinasyndrome February 20, 2011

Great idea! I have one in car. Mine is in a cheap UTG? Sling bag. 2 space blankets,several snares,mini led lantern,mini fishing kit,foil pouch of tuna,beef jerky,water bottle it fits in bag,small spray tubes of deet,tiny mag lite,fire making kit includes lint firesteel mini bic mag ferro bar.Little bit of rice in a 5hr energy bottle.2 bandanas. 2 water filter straws.Cold steel pendelton hunter which is small skinner.1 pistol mag.Multi tool stays in car.Water bottle is S.S. could boil water in it.Some great ideas there people time to go back over my bag. What I have now is actually light weight,very carryable.


A noni mouse February 20, 2011

If the coffee can is only half full then there is room for a couple of hand warmer packs. For a car survival kit these would be ideal as one wouldn’t likely start a fire IN their car, nor leave the shelter of their car in order to start a fire but expose themselves to the elements.

The hand warmers could aid in keeping one’s body temp up enough for survival until help could arrive.

JeanneS February 21, 2011

I didn’t see work gloves listed; I get mine at the Dollar Store and always keep a few pair around the house (and a pair in each of my go-bags). Also those inexepensive ponchos (and lots of other preparedness goodies!) can be had at the Dollar Store too. Their stock rotates frequently but I do see chemical handwarmers and glow-sticks there every now & then — lots cheaper than getting them at a regular retail store, or even a military surplus shop!

ChefBear58 February 21, 2011

Good idea with the glow-sticks, I buy the tiny ones at the $ store near me. They don’t provide much light, but they can be pretty handy in any fishing kit. Around here in the summertime you can glue/tape/tie one of the tiny light-sticks to a treble hook and catch catfish with no real bait. It only seems to work at night, but who knows it might just catch you a meal when you don’t have anything else!

Jen-pi February 24, 2011

I have a question I have been struggling with. What do those of you that live in the Northern climates do with an in car coffee can survival kit or back pack in the winter. Water, canned goods, medicine, they would all freeze.

Just wondering.

ChefBear58 March 2, 2011

I live in VA, I keep a few gallons of water (in 1.5L bottles) in my vehicle all year. When the temperature gets cold around here, usually not to far below freezing, I just put the bottled water into a cooler which I keep in my JEEP. I have had the bottles partially freeze, usually less than 1/3 freezes, and that’s only if the temp goes down into the 20′s and stays there for a few days.

I always keep water and first aid kit (that contains a few items that could freeze) in my JEEP all year, because I hunt/fish and if it snows I am usually out driving around looking for people to “snatch” out of the ditch (cause NOBODY in VA can drive if it even looks like it could snow! And it’s fun to pull out a lifted truck with a stock JEEP Wrangler!). With as much as I am outdoors and in situations where I could possibly have to weather a night or two in the elements, I don’t take any chances and try to keep anything I might need close at hand.
Try the cooler trick, it might end up being an effective, low-cost solution to your problem.

The Captain March 4, 2011

I would include (at lest) :
1. a space blanket style emergency sleeping bag
2. Tube Tent
3. 60 gallon trash bags (2 or 4).
4. Gorilla Tape
5. Survival Bandana (survival tip, first aid or knots print).
6. Sports bottle with built in water filter (i.e. “Bota Outback”)

Destiny Daddio April 6, 2011

Contrary to popular belief, stretch marks don’t occur since the skin is stretching as the name implies. The stretching does lead to connective tissue breakdown and inflammation, but it is the scarring that happens when the injury heals that causes those not-so-attractive lines to show up.Sadly, you don’t need to be a pregnant woman to get stretch marks. Even gym club and exercise buffs get them. Nobody deserves stretch marks, but they coexist when muscle mass increases at a fast rate with heavy bodybuilding.

nora April 9, 2011

jen-pi: I live in MN and have lived in ND, the “coffee-can kits” used here always include metal cans that have 3 equally spaced holes about 1/4 inch from the top, you use 3 pieces of heavy twine and safety pins to suspend the metal can from the roof-fabric of your car. place a votive candle below the suspended metal can and, voila, snow and other frozen items can now be thawed easily. you’d be suprised about the amount of heat one of those little candles can put out.

here’s the MN Dept of Public Safety flier for winter car survival, recommended kit items are on the second page

Arlean Defonce April 14, 2011

Other remedies incorporate peels, exfoliation by means of a body brush or body scrub, laser treatment or, in extreme cases, plastic surgery. Even exercise and using self tan minimize the appearance of stretch marks as firming up the skin makes the skin looks firmer and self tan lotions tan your whole body, whereas sun tanning is not as efficient as the marks do not tan.

Stevie Buttrum April 14, 2011

Preventing these marks is as easy as enhancing the skin’s ability to stretch. Striae are caused when the skin is stretched too far, too fast, causing tiny tears and little rips. These lesions heal, and are substituted by scar tissue. These rippled ridges of pale scar tissue are these marks we wish to get rid of. Improve the skin’s ability to stretch, along with the rips and tears will never happen in the very first place.

Katherine May 29, 2011

I just finished putting together some mre’s….
Here is what I put in mine
1 package tuna
1 packet of mayo
salt and pepper packets
3 wasa crackers
1 powdered drink tube to add to a bottle of water
natural dried fruit, blueberry and pomegranite
All of the above condiments and fork were obtained when I went to target, mcdonalds, subway…etc so they were free.
The crackers, tuna, drink tubes and dried fruit were from Target and each MRE is approx. 370 calories and cost less than $2.00 each.
I then used my vacuum machine and viola! MRE’s for a FRACTION of the cost.

Child of Odin April 25, 2012

My supply Sergeant did something similar with ammo cans. I think I will use up some of the empties I have and make a kit like this. Although, I’m not about using it for cooking/water boiling. Is the paint on that thing safe? hmm

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