26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Sorry BG, but home made can be better,
This review is from: Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit with Gerber Tool Light and Fishing Kit - Black (DIY & Tools)
Firstly, I've been making survival kits with my scouts and guides for years and I wouldn't really use this one by BG. I would consider this an expensive toy and I really wouldn't have it for my son. Better still, if you help your child to do a hunt around the home you will have more fun putting a survival kit together.
1. Raid (ask first) your mums/wife's sewing box. Cut a narrow strip of cardboard and wrap some cotton thread around it. If she has the stronger, thicker type nylon thread. Make sure you wrap this on the cardboard strip too.
2. Take two needles, one thicker than the other, and thread them through the cotton on the cardboard strip.
3. Next, raid your dad's/brother's/grandad's etc. fishing tackle. Take two fishing hooks - ask for some advice from them first - along with two types of strength of line. If mum/sister etc. has a spare bobbin from her sewing machine, use this to wrap the line around. Attach the hooks to the ends of the two lines so you don't lose them in your pack.
4. Survival blanket - £1 from a pound shop.
5. Plasters, sterile wipes, safety pins, small bandage etc. from a) your home first aid kit b) some from a pound shop.
6. Mini compass - even toy ones work in an emergency.
7. Matches - not safety ones. We've dipped them in candlewax to keep the heads dry. Or you could keep them in a mini ziploc bag.
8. Ball of cotton wool and/or lint from the tumbledryer - place in a small sandwich plastic bag. This will roll/fold up really small and you can use the plastic bag for water, food etc.
9. In my youth we used to use a razor blade instead of a knife. But you can get cheap mini knives - just check for the sharpness before you use it in your pack. No good taking a blunt knife away with you but you will need to know how to use the razor blade safely! You can also purchase a good quality army knife, don't forget to shop around first.
Keep it all in a small 'ziploc' type bag OR in a tin. Both can be found somewhere in your own home.
If you really want the rest of the gadgets, such as the screwdrivers, there are plenty of small multi-head drivers/cheesewire available in the hardware shops.
Last years christmas cracker gifts are a good source for some of the stuff, but don't expect quality.
Water purifying tabs? Can be bought for as little as 99p.
Total cost (without the good quality knife) £5 ish?