Survival Tips: Tier-1 Kit

I'm Max Joseph and what I'm gonna talk
about right now is your tier-1 survival kit. This means what's on your
actual body… if you have to dump your rucksack and dump your secondary tier
equipment, you still have this on your body. If I had my full uniform on, what I would
have actually in my pockets in addition to this pouch would be my sheath knife on
my side, my handgun magazines if I was carrying those, and also my map, compass,
and flashlight in my pockets… but this would go on my right cargo pocket; my
Maxpedition mini pocket organizer, and the contents are as follows.
We have several essentials for a proper Tier-1 survival kit: Number one –
signaling; number two – water gathering; number three – food gathering; number four – shelter making; and the five is fire making.

So in this kit right here I have
as follows… number one – for my signaling, I have my single mirror and notice how
most of this equipment is all dummy corded in. Same with the equipment that'd be on my body – my compass, etc. Those are life support gear in my opinion so they
would be tied into me with 550 cord or using a lanyard that comes with that
piece of equipment.

So this is my signal mirror for signaling. Okay a proper
military signal mirror has a sight hole here. So how I get this thing oriented is
I would hold my hand up and I get the reflection in my off hand where I could
see that. At that time I would then co-witness my eyeball with my sight and now I have
a visible aiming point. I would then move my mirror and hit whatever desired
target that I needed to hit. My fire making capability – I have both a swiss
steel here and I also have waterproof lifeboat matches inside of a crush proof,
waterproof metal container. Some of the things I've carried in the
past are lifeboat matches, magnesium blocks… this is called a fire steel and
the concept of the fire steel is that on one side of this I have magnesium, on the
other side I have a flint rod. I'm gonna remove fine shavings of my magnesium
block about the size of a nickel or dime.

At that time I'm gonna turn my rod over,
and using my flint rod and my striker tool now, I will generate the sparks
which will kick off my magnesium and in turn light my kindling. For shelter making, we've got a wire saw
here for cutting limbs and cutting other foliage. Never go anywhere without your
550 cord. Also, I have riggers tape on the outside of this pouch right here, which
is conveniently wrapped around a credit card because riggers tape and 550 cord
are the two main essentials. Hey there's an old saying some military that says if
it can't be fixed with riggers tape or 550 cord, it can't be fixed at all. So
carrying around your riggers tape, you have a lot of options here as far as
traveling with this stuff.

Some guys will wrap around their camouflage paint sticks,
some guys will wrap around the handle of their flashlights. I've set this up more
for like traveling overseas where I have it on my carry-on bag or on my body, where
I've used an old credit card or an old room key from a hotel, and wrapped it
around here. This gives me about eight or nine feet of riggers tape, which comes in
very handy sometimes for clothing repairs, for doing emergency battle dressings if
I needed too, etc etc. But this is a pretty good option as far as carrying this
because it gives a nice, slim profile and I can just carry this thing right in my
shirt pocket. With your parachute 550 cord, it's called that because the
tensile strength of this is 550 pounds. We use this for shelter construction,
for lashing our gear, a multitude of other purposes.

If you have one piece of 550
cord, if you perform what's called gutting it, where I take out the internal
strands here. I have seven internal gut strands and then my outer shell, which
gives me actually eight pieces of cordage now for whatever it is I need
to perform. In here as far as water gathering,
we've got condoms… needs to be placed inside of a sock to scoop water out of
a stream. They can also be used for waterproofing your cell phone or
waterproofing your radio handset.

And then lastly I've foil here which can be
used for boiling water or cooking small chow if you're fortunate enough to catch
anything like that, but hopefully you won't be out there that long. So in conclusion, I find the Maxpedition Mini Pocket Organizer perfect for
carrying my tier-1 kit on my body. You see it contains everything here and it
fits comfortably. It lays flat against my pocket. Also, the elastic straps on the
inside and the external pouches on the outside
allow me to organize all my stuff where I know where it is even at night when I
can't see it. Alright, so thank you for watching this short video. My name is Max
Joseph, and stand by for more tips here in the future.

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