Minimal Bushcraft Kit and the Five C’s of Survival

On Instagram we often get invited to participate in challenges or tags. Last week we were asked to share our Five Piece Bushcraft kit, so we did! This kit is inspired by the Five C’s of Survival by Dave Canterbury. In this article you can read what made it into the kit, and why.

Check out the unedited version of this picture at the top, and this one that we posted on Instagram. Real life sometimes is just a little bit messy..!

Dave Canterbury describes five essential items, that definitely can make a big impact on your survival, especially when you know how to use your tools (and have practiced extensively). The first Five C’s, provide a good part of man’s primary physiological needs, such as warmth and water.

Five C’s
Cutting tool, such as a knife.
Combustion device, something to make fire with.
Cover, for warmth and protection from the elements.
Container, to store and boil water.
Cordage, for building a shelter, wrapping, fixing and everything else.

In this minimal kit, we only packed the basics inspired by these Five C’s: A wool blanket, stainless steel bottle, knife, fire steel and cordage. Bankline or natural twine is what most often ends up in our kits, but for this occasion we went with waxed thread. We also sneaked in a leather belt, which serves as a handle, tourniquet and a belt (obviously).

With these Five C’s a lot of essentials are covered, but in our opinion a few things are not taken into consideration. Good clothes, first aid (including prescription drugs) and the right mindset along with knowledge, make this minimal bushcraft kit complete.

On top of these Five C’s Canterbury added another five items, to ensure your survival chances.

Ten C’s
Candle, provides light and the paraffin makes a great fire starter too. 
Canvas Needle, for repairing gear and clothes, and even suture if you want (or need!) to go all the way. (Don’t ever do this if you don’t know what you are doing, please)
Cargo Tape, there is this saying that if duct tape (or WD-40) can’t fix it, it ain’t broken.
Compass, to help you navigate.
Cotton, like a handkerchief to use as a fire starer, to wipe your nose, clean your face and even use as a bandage.

As a guideline these C’s provide some really good insights in what your outdoor kit definitely should contain. I feel that often, the more luxury items we have, to more we tend to forget these basics. Yes, a skillet is great, but you still need to lite a fire in order to cook. And even in urban life, clothes tear, noses get wet, wind blows etc.  So we encourage you to take these principles out of the woods, and into every aspect of your life. You never know when a survival situation might hit you.

Final thoughts
We also took these C’s in consideration in our Ikea Challenge, when we tried to survive using only Ikea products. You can read all about it by clicking here.

Feel free to share a comment, advice, question or your thoughts on this subject. They are always much appreciated!

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