Whether you are just getting started in the world of survival gear or you are a long-time expert, you should do a quick review of your fire starter kit. Are you sure that you have all the gear that you need?
In this article, we’ll give you a run down of what every survival fire starter kit should include to make sure that you are ready for anything.
Putting Together Your Fire Starter Kit
You should always keep in mind the specific conditions that you are likely to encounter on your trip when you are putting together your fire starter kit.
Will you be likely to encounter wet and windy weather conditions? Do you expect to be able to find fuel easily, or are you going to an area where wood might be a problem?
A smart survivalist always plans for the worst in whatever conditions they can expect. So, the fire starter kit that we are describing here might not have everything you need, depending on where you are going.
However, these are the basics that you will need, no matter where you are.
A High-Quality Survival Lighter
This is probably the most important thing that your fire starter kit can have.
A survival lighter will work in any conditions. They should be waterproof, meaning they will still work perfectly even after being submerged completely in water.
It should also be extremely durable. You don’t want to be without a source of flame just because you dropped your lighter onto some rocks.
The EverStryke Match, for example, can survive being run over by a truck.
A Ferro Rod Fire Starter
A Ferro rod is basically a rod made out of a metal called ferrocerium. When you strike ferrocerium with steel, it creates extremely hot sparks. They can be up to 5,430 °F.
At temperatures like these, you can start fires easily, as long as you have dry tinder.
As another backup to your survival lighter and Ferro rod, it’s a good idea to carry a small pack of waterproof matches.
These matches will work even if they have been soaked in water, meaning you can start a fire even in the rain.
Vaseline Coated Cotton Balls
Keep a sandwich bag of vaseline coated cotton balls in your fire starter kit. These make for great tinder, as they catch fire easily and continue to burn for a while.
They can help you get a fire going even in poor conditions.
A tea light is a great way to have consistent flame when you are trying to light wet wood or kindling.
Just like the cotton balls, fire starter sticks burn for a while, giving your kindling enough time to catch, even if weather or wood conditions are wet.
Firestarter sticks are lightweight and easy to store. They are a no-brainer for any fire starter kit.
These are the must-haves that any fire starter kit should include. Of course, you could easily add more fire starting tools to bulk up your kit, especially to suit the conditions that you will be in.