There are several different manufacturers and versions of these handy pre-made survival kits. These are great starts to any bug out bag or survival plan. Notice, I said “starts.” While these things are convenient and easy to buy, they do have some down sides. I personally have the Coghlan’s Survival Kit-in-a-can.
Here is a list of pro’s and con’s I have made for these types of survival kits, and why it’s also a good idea to make your own in addition to one of these.
1. They are very small, lightweight, and can fit in your front/back jeans pockets.
2. Relatively cheap so you can buy more than one and stash one in your vehicle, bug out bag, and carry one with you wherever you go.
3. The Coghlan’s kit I have has 27 different items in it from matches and wire to fishing hooks and a piece of gum. All of the items definitely can come in handy in a survival situation.
4. The container itself is made out of aluminum and will withstand a number of falls or drops and can be used to boil a small amount of water once you use the original contents.
1. All of the survival kits-in-a-can I’ve seen have a pull off top like a can of sardines and can’t be resealed. This poses a potential threat of losing the rest of the contents if you only needed one item in particular.
2. Yes, you know what all is inside the kit, but do you know the quality and usefulness of these items? If you do decide to buy some of these, it might be a good idea to go ahead and open one up at home and practice with everything. It would make your survival situation worse if you open up one of these kits and don’t have as much supplies as you thought you did.
3. You can’t add personal touches to these kits. For example, if you wanted more than the one needle or one book of matches provided, you would have to buy multiple kits.
Why to make your own Survival kit-in-a-can
If you make your own kit, you will know exactly what’s inside and a reason to put every item in there. Watch my video to see what I have in my survival kit-in-a-can. Another great thing about making your own kit is that you can always practice with the items before you put them in there. You can also update the items inside whenever you feel the need to do so. For example, if you got a new prescription, you could put a few of the new pills in there and take them out when they expire. If you decide to remove or add any other items, all you have to do is open it up and make the switch.
Whatever decision you make – pre-made kits, one you make yourself, or both – survival kits-in-a-can are a great addition to any bug out bag or to keep in your pocket. Remember, always have backups – two is one, and one is none!