The 10 C’s Of Survival

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The 10 C's Of Survival

Building your 10 C’s of survival kit?

Dave Canterbury of the Pathfinder School, LLC developed the “The 10 c’s of survival” as a handy list of the most essential tools for staying alive in a wilderness emergency.

Below I will list the 10 C’s of survival and link to the tools I personally use in my 10 C’s of survival kit to hopefully help you build yours.

As you can see I primarily use black items but most survival items are available in a multitude of colours. The ten C’s of survival is a great starting point for any survival kit or bug out bag as you have pretty much covered all bases.

Ten C’s Of Survival

  1. Cutting
  2. Combustion (A way to make fire)
  3. Cover (Shelter)
  4. Container
  5. Cordage
  6. Candle (A source of Light)
  7. Cotton (Bandana usually)
  8. Compass
  9. Cargo Tape
  10. Canvas Needle

My tools of choice for the 10 C’s of survival.

1. Cutting Tool – Mora Pathfinder

Mora Pathfinder

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  • Fixed blade knife with 1/8-inch (3.2 mm) thick carbon steel blade with anti-corrosive black coating
  • Blade length: 6.75″ (171 mm); Blade thickness: 0.125″ (3.2 mm); Total length: 11.6″ (295mm); Weight: 8.8 oz. (249g)
  • Limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty; Made in Sweden
2. Combustion Device – UST Strike Force

The best fire steel strike force

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  • Strike force fire starter, Ignites wide range of tinder
  • Generates 3 times the heat of ordinary matches
  • Storage for one piece of WetFire fire starting tinder in handle
  • High performance flint based bar, striker built into detachable cap attached with a lanyard will last over 4,000 strikes
  • Will ignite a wide range of tinders, sparks can be generated in rain or other adverse weather conditions
3. Cover – Thermal Survival Blanket

10 c's of survival, cover

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  • Thermal All Weather Blanket comes ready to use with 4 steel pegs, 10 cable ties, 4 lengths of paracord and a ziplock waterproof pouch
  • Windproof and waterproof, with an aluminium thermal reflective layer, use it over or under you for protection come rain or shine, cold or hot
  • Strong with six reinforced grommets. Large, double person size – 2.1m by 1.5m, yet lightweight and can be folded and stored easily in a compact ziplock pouch
  • Instant outdoor shelter, picnic blanket, groundsheet, sun shade, planned or unplanned – just put it in the bottom of your bag or car boot – you will use it
  • Whatever you want it to be, whenever you need it!
4. Container – Nalgene Stainless Steel

best container for 10 C's of survival

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  • Beautifully made stainless steel drink container.
  • Made from single-walled stainless steel in high quality.
  • Perfectly tight with the screw cap (polyamide).
  • The bottles have a wide neck diameter and are easy to clean.
  • All common filter attachments and additional lids fit (not the sipper)
5. Cordage – Paracord

cordage paracord

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  • PREMIUM MATERIAL: Made of Polypropylene & Polyester, this paracord with 9 strand cores is wear resistant and lint-free.
  • WONDEFU TEXURE: Delicate, compact and careful knit shows the wonderful texture.
  • WIDE FUNCTIONS: This paracord can be used as tent rope, clotheslines, strapping equipment, nunchakus connection rope, stick handle rope, life-saving rope, climbing rope, etc.
  • LOAD CAPACITY: The bearing strength can be up to240kg/529LB ( BUT Not for extreme sports,like climbing ) and length is up to 100m
  • Keep your paracord neat with a Spool Tool
6. Candle – Fenix PD35

Fenix PD35 Candle

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  • Uses Cree XP-L (V5) LED with a lifespan of 50,000 hours
  • Batteries: Two CR123A batteries or one 18650 Li-ion battery (batteries not included)
  • 137mm (5.4 in.) Length x 25.4mm (1.0 in.) Diameter
  • 3 oz. (87g) weight excluding batteries
  • Tactical tail switch, momentary-on function  
7. Cotton – Bandanna

Cotton Bandanna

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  • Plain Black Cotton Bandanna
8. Compass – Silva Expedition 15T

Silva Expedition 15T

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  • Frame lock handle design
  • Lightweight open stainless steel handles
  • Sturdy pocket clip
9. Cargo Tape – Gorilla Tape

Gorilla Tape

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  • Portable Duct Tape
  • Grips rough, uneven and smooth surfaces
  • Ideal for tarp repairs
10. Canvas Needle

Canvas Needle

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  • Used For Stitching Thick Canvas Or Leather
  • Taper-shank Size: 6.5cm x 2.2cm – 2.6″ x 0.9″
  • Needle Hole Shape Length: 7cm – 2.8″
  • Needle Hook Shape Length: 6.6cm – 2.6″
  • Suitable For Sewing Shoes,Sewing Soles,Sewing Bag,More Convenient For Household

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