Survival In A Can: Easy Camping Survival Item
Survival in a Can is a survival product that tucks 25 useful survival items into a small sardine can, something that can easily fit in the car, in a briefcase, in a backpack, or in a purse.
Most of the items in the can are geared towards survival camping, but thy could be useful in a variety of other situations as well, especially if you find yourself far from home when trouble hits and have a need to travel over land to get back to where you belong.
The contents of the can won’t get you too far. However, the can is compact enough that carrying it wouldn’t hurt, either. It’s also less than $10, which makes it quite an affordable little starter kit.
The Contents of the Can
The can includes pain reliever, bandages, an alcohol pad, ointment, matches, a compass, gum, sugar, salt, an “energy nugget,” a waterproof bag, duct tape, a fire starter cube, some basic first aid instructions, a whistle, a fish hook and fishing line, note paper, wire clips, a razor blade, a safety pin, a reflective signaling surface and a tea bag.
Using the Can
At the very least you can get warm and dry, catch, cook, and spice a fish, make yourself a bit of tea, signal for help and carry things through a storm that might get damaged, such as a cell phone or a book. You could use the razor blade to butcher up the fish a bit if you’re not carrying a good knife (and you really should carry a good knife).
The can itself can be used to boil the water and can double as a cup if necessary. There’s not enough duct tape in there to make much of a difference, but you could patch that bag if you had to. If you decide to set off again in the morning the paper, pencil, and compass could at least make you a map and keep you from wandering in circles.
In short: you’ll be in reasonably decent shape if you get lost in the woods for a very short period of time, and a few of the items will remain useful over and over again. If anything the “energy nugget” is the most dubious—it can’t possibly masquerade as food and it’s certainly not medicine.
It looks like a chunk of beef broth so it’s possible it’s meant to be turned into a soup in case you can’t catch a fish (after all you might not get conveniently lost by the water). Others think it looks like a tootsie roll, which can hardly be confused with good survival chow.
Medically the can doesn’t offer much, since you really only get a Band-Aid and some Neosporin to work with, but it’s certainly better than nothing.
If you stuck it in your back pack with a few other good camping tools the items inside would certainly be more useful (bring a real roll of duct tape, while you’re at it).