My Complete Fire Starting Kit For Jungle Expeditions – I got it for free with 2 packs of smokes at 7-11
How have I started my fire in the wilderness since I was 12? A Magnesium Fire Tool? … Nope, … Swedish FireSteel? … Nope, Rubbing Two Sticks Together? … Nope, A Bow-Drill? … Nope
I carry a disposable lighter.
Yep, thats my entire fire starting kit.
Sure I know how to make fire from constructing a Bow-Drill, Fire Plough, using a coke can, and even using a rubber filled with water (who the hell carry’s a rubber with them in the mountains anyway?).
But the only way that works 100% of the time with minimal effort (I am a lazy survivalist) is just lighting stuff on fire with my lighter. Sure it doesn’t look as cool as scraping a gigantic wave of sparks from a Swedish FireSteel onto a tinder bundle, but it works.
Also a disposable torch lighter has almost no weight, I know several people that carry an entire pouch full of stuff with them wile camping that is just dedicated to fire starting tools.
Now I am not saying that you shouldn’t learn how to make fire without a lighter or matches, or that you shouldn’t throw a Magnesium Fire Tool in your pack as a backup, I am just saying don’t over-think things.
Cig Lighter + Something That Will Burn + 2 seconds of your time =
James G is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long. He spends his off time in his homes in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns and writing poorly written articles.