Aug 2, 2012

How to make a Coffee Can Survival kit, and a few other coffee can uses


Coffee can survival kit for winter driving

You easily can equip your vehicle with essential survival gear for winter. Here's what you'll need:
  • A 2 or 3 pound metal coffee can (punch 3 holes at the top of can, equal distance apart). You'll be storing the other items inside the can.
  • 60-inch length of twine or heavy string (cut into 3 equal pieces - used to suspend can).
  • 3 large safety pins (tie string to safety pins and pin to car roof interior to suspend can over candle).
  • 1 candle 2" diameter (place on lid under suspended can for melting snow).
  • 1 pocket knife, reasonably sharp (or substitute with scissors).
  • 3 pieces of bright cloth 2" wide x 36" long (tie to antenna or door handle).
  • Several packets of soup, hot chocolate, tea, bouillon cubes, etc. (mixed into melted snow to provide warmth and nutrition).
  • Plastic spoon.
  • 1 small package of peanuts and/or a couple protein/energy bars, some dried fruit (such as dried cranberries, which come in nicely sealed snack packs), and even a little chocolate, to provide you with some energy or comfort in stressful times.
  • 1 pair of socks and 1 pair of gloves or glove liners, depending on what will fit in the can (cotton is not recommended because it provides no insulation when wet).
  • 2 packages of book matches.
  • 1 sun shield blanket or 2 large green or black plastic leaf bags (to reflect body heat).
  • 1 pen light and batteries (keep separate).
When complete, place stocking cap over kit and carry in passenger compartment of car. If you have a 3 pound can, you will still have additional room for band-aids, aspirin, small radio, etc. If there is still room left, increase the quantity of any of the above items or improvise items you feel might be necessary.
Other items you may want to keep in the vehicle:
  • A charged cell phone.
  • Large plastic garbage bag.
  • Pencil stub and paper.
  • Plastic whistle.
You may want to keep the survival kit in the passenger compartment in case you go into a ditch and can't get to or open the trunk.

credit goes to the state of Wisconsin for this post


You can also make that can into a cooking pot for the fire and then pack your kit into it


 or cook on a coffee can stove. Put a Sterno under it or a little fire you can feel through he bottom.


Other stuff: Remember coffee cans a METAL.They  can be re purposed for gardens, cooking, fix furnace vent pipes, storage even fixing cars

make arrowheads


building block form


Coffee can foundry


to help with rooting trees

can even go as far as coffee can fusion reactor! CLICK HERE



.You can always make I giant communication system with a bunch of them.....just kidding

ok good song but not really about the post but since the post is about a coffee can I went with a song about coffee. You have to listen to it!! It is totally me. I am all about a real cup of freak'n regular coffee!!!



  1. Hey, Urban chick! I have some gourmet, healthy, coffee you may be interested in. It has an awesome flavor and is prebrewed in individual serving packs, so you could even put some in your emergency kit! If interested send me your info at

  2. Great, Thank you for sharing with us. Very nice article & have great information.

    winter car survival kit

  3. We've started collecting gear, like sleeping bags, travel games, flashlights and food pouches. I can't wait til we go. Survival Gear