$100 Kit Challenge
Combustion: The ferro rod is OK; however, given more money I would opt for a 6" x 1/2" ferro rod from firesteels.com. Any bic is worth its weight in gold in a fire kit. Given a little more money I would add a flint/steel kit for long-term fire starting an altoinds tin for making charred material.
Cutting Tool: The Mora Companion is essentially the baby brother of the Mora Bushcraft Black which I love so much. This knife is tough as nails and I would be willing to bet my life on it if need be. For my secondary cutting tool I really wanted an axe and a bacho laplander but money was a little too tight and I decided that I would just get a bacho saw blade and craft my one saw in the field for processing larger wood.
Container: Once again money was tight and I was not able to afford the Pathfinder Bottle cookset (LINK to My Review) but i did manage a Klean Kanteen which the cookset was adapted from. For my pack I chose a multi-purpose item in a heavy-duty dry bag which could be used to carry all of my supplies, hold water, act as a flotation device, pillow and much more.
Cover: Generally speaking I dress appropriately for the weather conditions I may face so this portion of my kit does not need to be as robust as some others. If you Layer properly you generally could get away with little to no shelter in a wilderness environment in the short term. I have a grabber tarp in my kit currently and love it! Its the perfect reflective tarp/blanket (LINK- See It Setup in Diamond configuration). For a ground cover or blanket a simple aluminum blanket will work in a pinch but for long term can't beat a wool blanket. If I could add anything to this category it would be a 100% wool blanket.
Cordage: While cordage can be made (Learn how- LINK) or found in the field (roots, vines, etc.) its time consuming and no where near the level of quality of today's cordage. I like to carry cordage on my person 24/7 in the form of a survival bracelet, survival watch and a small item on my key chain.
Candling Device: I admit I went really cheap here. My headlamp is over $100.00 by itself and adjustable up to 700 lumens. I also keep a weapon light and edc light on my person but once again cost prohibited it so we were limited to one light source. If you have a few left over birthday candles for $0 well throw those in your kit as a flame extender.
Cotton Bandanna: If there is one part of my kit I view as underrated it is cotton! This bandanna can be used for water filtration (LINK), first aid, making char cloth (LINK), Black powder shooting, camp tasks and so much more. ***Tip- buy white and pre-wash several times to get any residual dye out of the material before you take it into the woods.
Compass: For the great price you cant beat this compass. I have one that is military surplus that I have used for 10 years and it has never let me down. The compass is essential for navigation with any map. You can also pre-magnetize a sail needle to determine North/South for generalized navigation.
Cargo Tape: Field repairs, flame extenders/tinder bundles (LINK), Cordage (LINK), or Container (LINK). No kit is complete without Gorilla tape, given enough of this stuff you can do just about anything, if there were any doubt check out the two Mythbusters episodes.
Canvass Needle: Field repair, navigation and first aid are all uses for this part of your kit. This kit has a few more needles than you will need but better too many not enough.
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