I have been thinking of the smallest package possible to hold objects which may make a difference in a TEOTWAWKI situation. I remember watching “I Shouldn’t be Alive” and Ken Hilderbrand carried objects around his neck. He was pinned under his four wheeler and could not get to his equipment. What he had around his neck helped him think of things to do as well as aid him keeping alive.
So thinking of a small container that is ubiquitous, not to mention cute, I arrived at the match box. The standard 32 match container measures about two inches by a half inch or so. I came up with the following.
1. A birthday candle cut down to fit inside the match box. This of course, can assist in building a fire, especially if conditions are wet the candle can hold a light longer than the wooden matches. I included four matches. I figured four would be good.
2. Two paper clips. Why two? Because you always drop one. This can be used to hold things together, manipulated into a fish hook, can be sharpened on a rock, used as a fingernail cleaner, bug stabber, writing instrument with which a message could be scratched on a surface. This would work better than a pen as it could be used on cement and dirt alike. I am sure MacGyver may have pick a few locks with one. You could also dig little holes, or poke someone’s eye out.
3. A small binder clip the kind that has metal handles that fold down, after all, it’s up to you to hold it all together.
4. A needle and thread, not just any thread but the best beading thread on the market today, Fireline 4 lb test. It is actually fishing line that can withstand sharp glass beads that even Kevlar thread cannot tolerate. I cut one yard and threaded the needle. Since it is fishing line you can make a hook from one of paperclips and fish if this is available in your TEOTWAWKI situation.
5. One band aid and one 81 mg. aspirin in case of heart attack or, more likely, the headache you will have.
6. One small craft mirror which can be used to signal, or maybe honed to a sharp point and used to cut small things.
7. A one dollar coin and a quarter coin may also come in handy and fits nicely into the match box.
8. Since there are no atheists in a foxhole I wrote a small prayer in the box before I filled it.
These are the things that I found that may make a difference. I would like to include a whistle and a cutting tool but I could not find any small whistles in my house. As for a cutting tool, a razor blade would be good but I don’t have any loose ones and I value my fingers too much to try to pull a safety razor apart right now.
These are the contents of my first pocket TEOTWAWKI match box. I will continue to examine and revise my list. God bless you.
By deereverywhere, winner of an Augason Foods 4-Gallon Emergency Food Supply and a copy of It’s a Disaster! The team of judges gave her entry a big Thumbs Up for creativity.