More than a few of my readers have asked about an efficient, affordable and extremely portable everyday carry kit, often referred to as an EDC. I have been reluctant to respond because everyone’s needs – or perceived needs – are different. But there is one thing most of us have in common and that is the need to have on our person a few essential items that will get us through a myriad of unpredictable circumstances.
With that introduction, I would like to suggest five pieces of gear that should be in every backpack, every purse and every glove box. The list is a simple one and while the sky is the limit when it comes to gear, the entire kit can be put together with quality items for less than $55.
The Pocket Survival Kit
Flint & Steel
Survival & Safety Whistle
Surprised? Well remember this: this is a very basic and very portable gear kit. It does not include water, protein bars, pepper spray and the host of other items that I always have near me. This is the kit you put together for yourself, your partner, your spouse or the reluctant brother-in-law who is just getting started on his prepping journey.
My picks have all been recommended before and they are being recommended again. They simply work. All can be purchased for a reasonable price and all have above average if not superior, five start ratings for existing users. Shall we begin?
There is a lot to like about the Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife. This “oh so sweet” knife is solidly built, stainless steel knife that comes razor sharp right out of the package. It will pretty much cut through anything the price is amazing. About $23.
Here is another of my favorites. The Streamlight Nano Light Keychain LED Flashlight is extremely small and light weight yet it will throw off a decent amount of super-bright light. At just .36 ounces and 1.47 inches long, the Streamlight Nano Light Keychain Flashlight will take up a minimum of space in your pocket or bag. About $7.
If you have the time and interest, you can easily put together your own Paracord Survival Bracelet. Or you can get one ready made. Why a Paracord Bracelet? So you always have some of this useful cord on your person!
There are a thousand uses for Paracord but some of the most common are to make gear repairs, to strap things together (or up or down) and make a tow line. But like I said, there are thousands of uses for this extremely durable and extremely strong cord. About $7.
When being heard is a matter of safety or even life and death. you want a whistle that is no only loud but that can be heard for a long distance. I settled on this particular Windstorm Safety Whistle after reading numerous reviews. Sure, there were others that were louder but this particular whistle could be hear a long distance away and above howling wind and other competing sounds. About $7.00.
The last item in our Portable Survival Kit is a Swedish Firesteel. Using this basic pocket fire-starter, you can get a nice fire going under almost any conditions. The key, of course, is to practice before you actually have to use the fire steel in a real life survival situation. This is a small, compact version – perfect for the pocket kit. About $11.
The Final Word
Again, I do not want to give you the impression that this kit is the be all and end all of survival kits. It is not. But what it is is a good, basic starter kit or secondary kit for someone getting started or someone who needs to put together a kit to carry with them at all times as they go about their daily business. And that, I believe, just about includes everyone.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight item: Here is a quick list with links to the items included in my Pocket Survival Kit.
Bargain Bin: Some folks prefer to purchase an all-in-one kit rather than put together their own. There is nothing wrong with that and truly, it is a matter of personal preference. If you happen to be a member of all-in-one-kit fan club, consider the Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Series Ultimate Kit for about $36 or, if the budget is tight, the Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Series Basic Kit for less than $18.
If you have a few bucks left over, invest in some Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets. These come in a pack of 10 and you will be surprised at how warm these will keep you. Just be sure to test one out in advance so that you have the confidence to trust the blanket in an emergency.
To supplement your paracord bracelet, pick up some Camouflage Nylon Military Paracord 100 Feet. Pick your favorite color but be aware that different colors are priced differently. Me? I get the color that is the least expensive although I must admit the camouflage is my favorite.
And last, add some Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets to your kit. These tablets make questionable water bacteriologically suitable to drink. Easy to use and the water is ready to drink in 30 minutes. One 50 tablet bottle treats 25 quarts of water.
Although I have plenty of flashlights and batteries (you might even say I have a flashlight fetish) I also stay stocked up with a dozen of these Clear Mist 100 Hour Plus Emergency Candles as well. For the best deal, purchase a dozen at a time to get a discounted price.
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