Bug Out Bag: DIY Fire Starter Kit

Last Updated: September 26, 2021
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Fire is an essential survival need that must be addressed in our bug-out bags.

The need for fire creation cannot be overstated. Today, we’ll go through how to make your own DIY Fire Starter Kit.

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It will keep you warm, dry you out, and disinfect your water. There’s also a psychological element at play.

Not only will a wonderful campfire comfort us as we fall asleep, since it helps to chase away the boogeyman at night, but being able to construct fire in difficult circumstances is an incredible boost to our self-assurance.

Three things are required to fire—oxygen, fuel, and heat or a spark—and they may be found in almost any home. In our fire kits, we’re only concerned with the latter two components. You could have far worse issues than cooking supper if you don’t have enough oxygen to create a fire….

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DIY Fire Starter Kit Essentials

Fire Starter #1


Tinder is almost always the first thing you use when starting a fire. This is stuff that will quickly light from a spark or flame and burn for long enough to get your kindling going. Kindling can be anything from pencil leads to your pinky, although it usually ranges in thickness from a pencil lead to your pinky.

You may also light a fire using finely ground dry tinder, which is made from gums and resins mixed with fine wood shavings (from your finger to your arm in thickness). Of course, you won’t be carrying massive armloads of wood in your BOB.

Tinder is the most important component in your fire kit. That’s the one that might be the most difficult to find in nature, especially if it’s been raining for days on end. A handful of cotton balls and a healthy spoonful of petroleum jelly make an excellent DIY tinder prepared from a plastic baggie.

Squish the cotton balls together until they’re soaked in jelly. Take one cotton ball and fluff it up a bit, then ignite it with a flame or spark to use them. They’re a little messy, but they perform effectively.

Pine needles, seed pod fluff, wood shavings, and pine pitch are all examples of tinder that is wild. InstaFire, WetFire, and Zombie Tinder are popular commercial fire starters.

Fire Starter #2


A ferro rod is a length of metal that, when scraped with a sharp edge, will emit a shower of sparks.

Fire Starter #3


Learning how to waterproof ordinary matches is an important skill for the well-equipped and cost-effective outdoorsman. There are three distinct ways to keep your matches dry. It’s critical to use strike-anywhere matches, no matter which approach you choose.

They may be set against any rough surface, unlike strike-on-box matches, which require the phosphorous strip on the matchbox to spark.

Fire Starter #4


In any emergency scenario, having the ability to start a fire is critical. Heat water, prepare meals, keep warm, and even signal for assistance are all possible.

This little bulletproof water will make sure you will ALWAYS have the ability to make fire anywhere, even in a flood.

  • 100% Waterproof: You can start a fire anywhere
  • Solid Stainless Steel: It practically indestructible
  • 600 Degree Flame: It starts a fire FAST
  • Clip On Attachment: You Can Take it Anywhere
  • Lifetime Guarantee: You’ll Keep it Forever
  • Replaceable Flint: It always strikes at 3,000 Degrees

Fire Starter #5


I’ve tried a lot of windproof lighters throughout the years, and they all seemed to be more “wind-resistant” than anything. The Tesla Lighter is a different breed – a flame-free, smoke-free, fuel-less lighter.

There’s no way you can blow out the twin plasma arcs. Instead, they provide simple fire starts for a variety of natural kindling. The tiny Tesla Lighter is an ideal addition to your EDC collection. And a single charge (via USB) will start hundreds of campfires!

Fire Starter #6


You can always use a fire starter, but matches are better. Keep them in a waterproof container for sure. nTo prevent your tinder from becoming damp or moldy, keep it submerged in water and stored out of direct sunlight.


A fire kit should be stored in a waterproof or water-resistant container. Otter boxes, pelican cases, and other comparable containers are ideal for this. They keep the fire kit components neat and dry.

Many of the waterproof containers meant to safeguard cell phones while kayaking or boating would make excellent fire kits. Using Zip-loc bags to enclose the components and keep everything together in a fanny pack or belt pouch is a simple, inexpensive method.


Fire starters and fire kits are entertaining to put together and utilize. Make sure each bug-out-bag has one, and consider making extra kits for each vehicle as well.

At the end of the day, though, use the materials in your fire kits. Learn about different fire lays and why they’re used for (each). Make a fire when it’s raining or snowing if you can. Find out how to make effective use of a platform to keep your fire off the wet ground.

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