I am going camping. I am excited about this outing because i have not been camping since i was very young. I will be honest, my camping experience is pretty much limited to sleeping on a beach or truck because i was too drunk to drive home from a party.
With that said, for what ever reason i felt the need to get out of town for a night, we all get that now and then. I realized i had all the proper camping gear. Over the years my brother and i have won camping gear at game dinners, NWTF dinners, TU dinners, and NRA fundraisers. We have even been handed down some stuff.
I decided to do a test. Could i get a fire going in a damp windy environment? Seemed like a good day to try it out. In the tradition of the survival shows on the Discovery station, i went out in the back yard and went to work. I chose a clear area for the test site and set the stove up. It was a little tough at first, the corrosion on the fire starter made the magnesium weak and it did not shave off well. So i did not get a good bed on top of the fuel bar. Cody from the dual survival show would have smacked me and Mike Hawke's wife would have laughed. I do believe if i put more prep work into it with good tinder i could have fired it up. I went to the matches and got the fuel bar going. The matches were not great but worked and the fuel bar went up. Next test? Can i boil water in the aluminum pot and how long will it take? Yes you can and in 7 minutes!
There is no question you will be able to get by on this kit. My opinion, however, is to go out and make your own kit. Buy the items that were made for the job. Like the fire starter, a lot of the contents of the kit were small and cheap, so spend some loot and build your own. Don't forget to add any medications you need to it. The kit that i opened today would allow you to make it. I think a good blanket and a trusty M-1911 would be great additions.