Pocket Sized Survival Kits – Pros and Cons
Before we get started, I think it’s important to remember that knowledge trumps gear every time. If you have the knowledge, you can make up for missing gear or maybe even not have any gear! And with these pocket type survival kits, you need some knowledge to make them useful. For example, it’s great to have some tinder and a lighter, but you have to know how to build a fire too.
I’d also preface this with, I think the pros outweigh the cons but you might consider the cons.
The pros of such kits are, well, they are pocket-size. They fit almost anywhere and are out-of-the-way; bug out bag, glove box or even your pocket.
But that can be the cons as well. First, being so small, they could easily be lost. Second, what happens if you can’t get to your car or bug out bag? That’s why I carry what will fit in a pocket-size survival kit, on me at all times – that and more. That way I don’t have to worry about losing them or getting to them – they’re already on me. Here are my every day carry (EDC) items.
If you want to create your own pocket-size survival kit, Survival Life has a post on what you need and how to put it together. Here’s their list:
What you’ll need:
- Empty Altoids tin
- 2 rubber bands
- Small ball of dryer lint
- Plastic bottle cap
- Piece of tape
- 7-10 water purification tablets
- Mini keychain lighter
- Mini compass
- Mini Swiss Army knife
- Mini can opener
- Signaling mirror
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