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Posted: 03/26/12 05:41am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I carry the strike anywhere matches in a little waterproof container with a screw on lid I bought at Walmart. It has a rubber gasket that keeps the water out. I also carry a survival lighter. They light easier than your standard bic, are more windproof, have a hotter flame, and can be refilled from a butane bottle. They also are rubber armored to make them more impact resistant. I also carry char cloth in a 35mm film canister. The match container has flint on the bottom, and any one of my knives are steel. There is also a magnifying glass in my map compass. I also carry some trioxane, and there is a cotton ball stuffed in the match container that keeps the matches from moving around.

I guess when you have spent years teaching survival for hunter safety courses, you tend to get a little redundant.


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hershey wrote:

Can you just carry a BIC lighter? Works when wet and requires no extra preparation. Just mentioned as an alternative.


Ditto x3


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An empty 20 gauge shotgun shell fits inside a 12 gauge shell, makes for a good watertight container.

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beemerphile1 wrote:

Here is how I waterproof my matches, no chemicals needed. Fits in your pocket.


I have the orange version.

I had a Marble's, "swing out", metal version when I was a kid but I have no idea where it is now.

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Here is how I waterproof my matches, no chemicals needed. Fits in your pocket.




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beemerphile1 wrote:

Here is how I waterproof my matches, no chemicals needed. Fits in your pocket.


I have the orange version.

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Dipped in candle wax and stored in old pill bottles along with a striker.



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archer379 wrote:

Just buy waterproof matches


Too expensive and I'm too economically-minded.

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JayWalker2009 wrote:

Out of sheer curiosity, what will they be used for? As mentioned, can't you buy a Bic lighter or matches that are already waterproof?

Again, you just have peeked my curiosity. LOL


Boondock camping. Caught in some dampness a couple of times last year. Had used paraffin but could get maybe 1 in 5 to light.

Too hard time managing butane lighters - arthritis.

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dcmac214 wrote:

JayWalker2009 wrote:

Out of sheer curiosity, what will they be used for? As mentioned, can't you buy a Bic lighter or matches that are already waterproof?

Again, you just have peeked my curiosity. LOL


Boondock camping. Caught in some dampness a couple of times last year. Had used paraffin but could get maybe 1 in 5 to light.

Too hard time managing butane lighters - arthritis.

You might be able to manage one of the survival lighters. They don't use a childproof wheel and flint. They are push button with peizo electric ignition.

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