In a survival or emergency situation you’re going to be burning calories fast - so food will become a critical need to maintain your morale, stamina and most importantly, your core body temperature. But you can only carry so much food, and it runs out quickly if you don’t have the right tools to catch dinner on your own. So let’s build a modular, everyday-carry, survival FOOD kit - that will allow you to cook, hunt, trap and fish and is designed to clip onto a bug-out bag, slip into a pack, throw in a vehicle or keep close by... just in case.
______ Here Are the Core Item’s You’ll Need for Your Survival Food Kit:
1. A MOLLE Compatible 4-inch by 10-inch pouch
2. A GSI Outdoors Stainless Steel Cup / Pot
3. A Stanley Camp Cook Kit
4. A 4-ounce Stove Gas Canister
5. A Compact / Lightweight Burner
6. Some Emergency Food and Spices
7. A Fishing Kit
8. A Mini Sling Shot...
9. And a Few Other Items that We’ll Talk about in a Minute
First... to store, transport and protect this kit I’m using the Condor Water Pouch (just like the one I used in my recent survival water kit video). It has a large main compartment that will hold our cooking gear and emergency food, and a smaller front pocket that will hold our fishing, hunting, trapping and survival gear. Let’s start by assembling our cooking supplies...
First, I’m using the GSI stainless steel 20-ounce cup (which holds over half a liter). It’s durable, has flip-out handles, is designed for using over an open fire or on a camp stove.
Next we have the Stanley Stainless Steel Adventure Camp Cook Set that holds nearly a liter when filled to the top (although it’s rated for 24 ounces)... AND because it’s single- walled, it can be used for boiling water, making stew and cooking whatever you like in the back country. It has volume marks on the side, a flip-out locking handle and a vented lid that can also be used as a strainer.
This set comes with 2 nested 10-ounce (or 296 ml) cups that we’re NOT going to use in this kit... so we’ll set them aside. Now, inside our cooker we can fit a 4-ounce gas canister, which is fuel for our mini-cook stove as well as 3 individual packs of peanut butter, that contain about 190 calories in each pack. Peanut butter also makes a great bait for trapping squirrels.
We also have...
2 - 18 by 18 inch pieces of heavy duty foil for cooking
A container of sugar
Soap for clean up
And 2 ounces (or 60 ml) of oil for cooking
With all of this stuff inside, place the cooker lid on top and snap the handle in place to hold the lid tight. Next, we have a small scrubbing pad to put in the GSI cup. And check this out... this cooker nests perfectly in our GSI cup... and our cup and cooker combination all fits right in our Condor pouch! Voila!
_______ To Further Complete This Kit
I found an affordable and compact burner that easily attaches to our stove gas canister and has fired up every time without a hitch. It comes with a protective nylon pouch and is sized to fit snugly inside the pouch, on top of the Stanley cooker pot. Then add a few tea bags and some coffee beans wrapped in small zip lock bags... the coffee beans can be chewed for a quick caffeine boost... but you might like to add chocolate or something like that. In the pouch lid I was able to fit about 2 servings of high protein instant oatmeal... AND below this... about 7.3 ounces (or 208 grams) of Trail Mix, both in heavy-duty quart sized freezer bags.
You can add whatever nutritious and packable food you like.
_______ Now let’s take a look at the Hunting, Fishing Trapping and Survival Items that go into the front pouch.
First, we have a stainless steel, 3-in-1, knife, fork and spoon kit - similar to the one I used in Boy Scouts. It’s durable and fit this kit better than any of the other spork type utensil sets that I own.
Next we have a lighter which I taped up so it doesn’t accidentally discharge all the gas. And for a fire-starting back-up, I’m including the Exotac Ferrocerium FireROD with a waterproof tinder compartment and a cottonball that I’ve loaded in there.
Now We Need a Knife
I chose my Old Timer 44OT pocket knife because it’s small, has 4 blades and is great for food preparation, processing game and small bushcraft chores. I can also use one of the extra blades to strike the ferro rod to start a fire.
A Light is Always a Handy Tool
For a fishing kit... I decided to use the Uncle Flint’s Survival Fishing Kit II which includes a nice variety of gear for catching just about any freshwater fish. They even include a list of all the components in this kit so you can replenish the kit after use AND it’s all packed into a durable tin that fits just right in the front pouch of our food kit.
Also from Uncle Flint’s Survival Gear, I picked up 2 Small and 1 Large Cable Snare, with salt for bait and a useful instruction sheet. Then I added enough 24-gauge wire for 2 or 3 squirrel pole snare sets.
Hunting Kit And last, but not least, I wanted a sling shot for hunting small game to be in this kit. So I came up with a Good, Better and Best sling shot solution for you to choose from.
First... for a Good Solution...
You can grab a ready to go, tubular sling shot band with pouch (for a few bucks) and improvise a sling shot in the back country.
For a Better Solution...
I found the accurate, affordable and small Top SHOT slingshot from Pocket Predator - I’ve added an extra band with pouch and sealed it all in a heavy duty freezer bag for storage in this kit.
And for the BEST solution...
I picked up the Pocket Predator SERE takedown sling bow / sling shot. Mine is made of Black G10. The SERE assembles quickly, using a pin, and is easy to shoot. Converting the SERE to a sling bow is a snap. Simply insert the arrow rest pin (that stores in the handle butt) into the top hole.
Now I can accurately shoot the three-piece takedown arrows (with expanding broad heads) that I’m taking along. The SERE all packs up small in a freezer bag (with an extra band) and fits nicely in this kit. To carry Slingshot ammo, I’ve repurposed 3 Chap Stick containers - filling two with .38 caliber and one with .44 caliber ammo.
Bonus Tip If you want to pack more slingshot ammo, and feel more confident with your slingshot shooting than your trapping skills, you could eliminate the snare kit and substitute 150 rounds of .38 caliber steel or lead shot. Regardless of what sling shot option you choose... all the survival, snare, fishing and hunting gear fits into the front pocket of this pouch.
NOW... If you choose to take arrows along... one, 3-piece takedown arrow should fit nicely through the MOLLE webbing... on either side of the pouch, leaving some extra room for paracord. We’ve just taken a look at a modular, add-on, hunting, fishing, trapping, survival food kit that you can build for bug-out bags, vehicles and home emergency kits that can help you keep calories flowing into your body when you need them most.