Make Your Own DIY Fire Starter Kit

Making your own DIY Fire Starter Kit will allow you to start a fire in both everyday and survival situations. Added bonus, these kits are easy to make, and fit into a 72 Hour Kit!  Let’s get to work!

What you need in a DIY Fire Starter Kit

You know the rule about having one is like having none, and having two is like having one?  Well, this rule applies to your DIY Fire Start Kit too.  You’ll want at LEAST TWO ways of starting a fire.  And if you choose to add a couple more options, well, good for you!

Ignition Tools For A DIY Fire Starter Kit

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One beauty of creating your own kit, is that you can do it very inexpensively.

1.  Bic Lighters   Yup.  Go with a brand that you can trust to get the job done.  Often the cheaper no-name brands have a habit of leaking and not working when you need them the most.

2. (This post contains affiliate linksFerrocerium Rod and Striker      Hold the rod in one hand and the striker in the other, bringing the striker down the rod in  a firm manner.  This will result in sparks you can then direct towards your tender.  You’ll get a thousand fires out of just one kit.

While these are easy to use, and can be use in any weather, there is a learning curve.  Practice before the emergency, k?

3.  Stormproof Matches and Strikers   Now, you  could save a couple of bucks by purchasing strike anywhere matches and storing them in your own waterproof containers.  For me it was just easier to do it this way.

What To Use For Tinder?

1. There’s the old reliable, putting a few cotton balls in a bag with a dollop of petroleum jelly, squishing everything around and the storing everything in an old medicine bottle.

2. Did you know that jute twine makes great, although very fast burning, tinder? True story.

3. With a Magnesium Flint Fire Starter, the tinder is actually the the mag bar itself.  You scrape about a Tablespoon of magnesium off the bar, and then light that with sparks from the ferro rod.  These will also work in any weather or at any altitude.

PRO TIP:  Scrape some magnesium shavings and then store them in a empty bill bottle or plastic bag to make the process even easier!

4.  Char Cloth A quick internet search will show you how to make your own, or you can purchase a few pieces ready made.

5. Waterproof Paracord Emergency Shoelaces. Yup, you read that right. Shoelaces you can use as tinder for a life saving fire.  The beauty of this option being that you never have to worry about not having waterproof tinder handy!

The Best Way To Start A Fire Is With A Fire Starter Kit!

What To Store Your DIY Fire Starter Kit In

As I get older, organization is becoming more important to me. I do not want to have to dig all through my Bug Out Bag to find what I need. I want to be able to reach in and grab exactly what I need when I need it.

To solve this problem, I’ve been assembling a few kits in clear make up bags. This way I can see what is in each bag. The size of bag you choose will depend on how big your kit is.

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Simple 72 Hour Kits and Checklists

Everywhere you look there is another natural disaster.  Could your family survive for the typical three days it takes for help to arrive after a disaster?  It’s time to pack the supplies for  Simple 72 hour kits for each family member.  Let’s keep it simple and geared to each person’s specific needs!

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Simple 72 Hour Kits

What To Pack In Simple 72 Hour Kits

Pack items that are unique to your family’s needs. Consider your individual circumstances, environment and situation.  You will most likely be carrying this kit, so the items you can pack that will serve double duty, the better.  This emergency kit is intended to keep you alive for 3-5 days, not for prolonged periods of time.

Pro Tip:  Individual kids’ 72 hour kits should reflect their ages and what they are able to carry.  You’ll need to carry the rest.  Do you have an infant?  Don’t forget formula, diapers, wipes, etc.  A family member with special needs?  What equipment will they need to make it through a period of emergency?

72 Hour Kit Food Ideas

Each kit needs a three-day supply of food and water, per person, remembering you may not have access to food and water. Do any of your family members have special dietary needs? Picky eaters? You’ll want to choose foods that meet their needs.

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*Protein/Granola Bar

*Trail Mix

*Peanut Butter and Crackers

*Canned Meals, Stews, Tuna

*Soups

*MREs

*Freeze Dried Meals

*Hot Chocolate or other water flavorings.

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Make sure everyone has a light weight mess kit, along with at least one pot to boil water in.

Perhaps your family would enjoy a mix of the above to complete their 72 hour menus?  Don’t forget to add a few comfort foods too!  Set up a 6 month schedule where you rotate out the old stuff in your simple 72 hour kits with shorter expiration dates, and add new stuff back in.

 

PRO TIP:  To cut down on the cost of freeze dried meals, purchase them by the bucket, and ration the contents of that bucket between your 72 Hour Emergency Kits.

72 Hour Kit Water

Each person needs their own canteen, collapsible water container or a couple of water bottles.  Your family will need a way to filter or obtain more water. You can choose a personal water filter like the Life Straw or Life Straw Family Water Filter to meet this need.  In addition, I  like to add a few Datrex Emergency Water Packets to my bag.

Remember, 1 gallon of water per day is needed just for drinking.  You’ll want to make sure you store a few larger containers of water where you store your 72 Hour Emergency Kits or Bug Out Bags.  The 7 Gallon Aqua-Tainer is an excellent choice.

Pro Tip:  Not sure what you need in a backpack to use for a simple 72 hour kit?  You can learn about that by reading our post discussing what you should look for. 

Remember!  You don’t have to pick your back pack before you’ve decided on what to put in it.  You can absolutely gather what you need FIRST, and then choose the pack that best fits your stuff.  Heck, you may not even choose a backpack.  I chose a tool chest on wheels for my medically complex son’s needs!

Bedding and Clothing

*Change of Clothing

*Warm Coat, Cap, Gloves depending on the weather.  Change out clothing every six months!

*Good Shoes

*Undergarments, unless going commando is your thing.

*Wool Hiking,  Socks because dry, warm feet are essential.

*Rain Coat/Poncho

*Emergency Sleeping Bag or Bivy

*Yoga Mat to go under an emergency sleeping bag

*Hot Hands Hand Warmers

*Emergency Tube Tent (can also be used as an emergency tarp)

72 Hour Kit Essentials

Fuel and Light for Simple 72 Hour Kits

*Battery Powered Flashlights, Lamps, etc.

*Extra Batteries!

*Solar Powered Lightening Flashlights, Lamps, etc.  I highly suggest the Luci Inflatable Solar Lights. 

*Water Proof Matches

*Lighter

*Cell phone charging blocks like the Mophie Powerstation Plus.

*12 Hour Light Sticks

Personal 72 Hour Kit Supplies and Medication

*First Aid Kit

*Face Mask  ( What kind do you need?)

*Toilet Paper (remove the center tube and the roll will easily flatten and fit into a zip lock bag)

*Feminine supplies

*Soap

*Shampoo

*Hand Sanitizer

*Baby/Wet Wipes

*Tooth Brush and Paste

*OTC Medications

*Prescriptions

*Burn Cream/Spray

*Bug Spray

*Sunscreen

Prepper Gear

*Multi Function Knife

*Handheld AM/FM Radio

*50ft Rope/Paracord

*Sillcock Key  (what is this?)

*Emergency Whistle

*Personal Protection Device

*Map

*Compass

*Duct Tape (Or, as we like to call it:  ‘Magical Miracle Tape’)

*Black Contractor Bags  (Why?)

*Sewing Kit

*CASH in Small Bills

*Paper and Pen

*Can Opener These military can openers work great, are light weight and don’t take up space.

*Hatchet  (1 per family)

*Emergency Toilet (1 per family)

*Foldable Shovel (1 per family)

*Camping Stove (1 per family)

*One light weight cook set (1 per family)

*Family Water Filter (1 per family)

*Face Masks  We love the ReadiMask, A Full Face Respirator that could save your life.  You can learn about other face mask options in our post about Choosing the Best Emergency Face Masks.

Pro Tip:    Take all the items marked ‘1 per family and put them into their own container to grab as you grab your individual kits.  I also keep a case of 50 year canned water by my 72 hour kits for my medically complex son.

Copies of Family Records

Place these items in a waterproof container:

*Legal Documents (Birth/Marriage Certificates, Wills, Passports, Contracts, etc)

*Vaccination Papers

*Insurance Policies

*Credit Card Information

*Pre-Paid Phone Cards

Pro Tip:  Date every single item that could expire.   Mark you calendar for six months out, and rotate any expired items.  Inspect individual  72 hour kits twice a year.

Boredom Busters

Seriously, the last thing you want to do during an emergency is keep anxious kids (and adults) busy.  Make sure you add some activities to their simple 72 kits to help make the hours pass quicker.

*Books

*Coloring Books and Crayons

*Small Toys

*Card Games

*iPads and Solar Chargers

*Handwork

*Small Puzzles

*Fidget Spinners

*Whatever relaxes you and can get your mind off the worry.

What’s Next?

Whew.  You’ve got your simple 72 hour kits packed for each family member.  Way to go!

Next we’ll get to work on Family Emergency Kits.  These kits are meant to build on the base of your individual 72 hour kits to see your family through a longer term emergency.

Purify Water Simply and Effectively

Learning how to purify water is one of the first skills a Prepper must have.  Storing water is only the first step in your emergency water preparedness plan. While we’ve shown you ways to store water for an emergency, you’re going to want to have a way to filter and purify outside drinking sources..

 Filtering and Purifying Water

Filtering water removes things the eye can see from the water, such as bugs, twigs and leaves.

To purify water means removing things the eyes can’t see, such as germs and bacteria that can not only make you sick, but kill you.

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How To Filter And Purify Water for Survival

 Safe Drinking Water

First filtering, and then purifying potential drinking water is the best practice in order to have safe for your family in an emergency.

Ways to make water safe for drinking include:

*Straining.

Homemade filtering systems.

*Bleach.

*Pool Shock.

*Boiling.

With any of the techniques above, you’ll need to first filter (straining, homemade filtering systems) and THEN purify (bleach, pool shock, boiling).

However, it IS possible to filter and purify water at the same time using the suggestions below.

LifeStraw

Filter and Purify Water With A LifeStraw

Portable and very affordable, you throw *this post contains affiliate links a LifeStraw into each family member’s 72 hour kit, providing an easy way to both filter up to 1,000 liters (264 gallons) of water and remove:

-99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, including E-Coli

-99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites, including Giardia & Cryptosporidium

Bonus:  No funky after taste, the way you would get by using bleach to purify water.

LifeStraw Mission Water Purification System

Looking to purify water on a larger scale during an emergency?   Take a look at the LifeStraw Mission Water Purification System.  

This system uses a high volume gravity filter to filter and purify 4755 gallons of water.   Ideal for group and family emergency preparedness situation.

Pour the water into the top, and clean water comes out the bottom.  How much easier can it get?

Berkey Water Filters

Filter and Purify Water Long Term With A Berkey

The aftermath of an emergency can leave municipal drinking facilities scrambling to provide clean water.  Just ask any one that has been slammed by hurricanes and flooding.  Even after the taps are turned back on, the water flowing through them can be of questionable quality.

Berkey systems filter both treated water and untreated raw water from such sources as  lakes, streams and stagnant ponds.  The Berkey is made to tackle hostile environments where electricity, or treated water isn’t available.  No more having to worry if your tap water is safe to drink.

The Big Berkey

The Big Berkey system removes pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites, while reducing harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides.

With a storage capacity of about 2.25  gallons (8.5 liters) this Berkey will filter approximately  12-15 gallons a day, making it the perfect size to keep on a kitchen counter top or by the sink.

How to filter and purify water for drinking during an emergency.

You Must Have A Way To Purify Water

Without access to safe drinking water, you have a life span of three days.   This makes safe drinking water more important than food storage.  You are only going to be able to put away so much emergency drinking water storage. Without a way to filter and purify outside sources of water, surviving a long term emergency is going to be much harder..

Access Outside Water Sources with a Sillcock Key

BTW, while we are on the subject of outside water sources, consider adding a Sillcock Key to your emergency kits. This inexpensive tool allows access to safe drinking water in public buildings during an emergency.

Interested in learning about what else should be included in every Prepper’s 72 Hour Kit and Supplies list?  Read our post on 72 Hour Kit Survival Checklists.

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