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Pocket Survival Kits DIY
« on: September 02, 2011, 05:44:50 PM »
Hey Gang,

I am putting together some pocket survival kits for the wife and I and I got to thinking "derr, what am I gonna put in them?"

So far I found some really nice tins that are the size of an Altoids but twice as long, I am going to put the following in it.

Water purification tablets
2 50" Rolls of duct tape
Condom for water storage
Emergeny Poncho
Wire saw blade
2 Mylar blankets
Matches and waxed cotton
Bulldog clips
Bullion and/or hard candy
550 Cord
Fixed Blade knive
Basic drugs and Band-Aids
55gal. Barrel trash bag.

Most of this stuff I already have but it got me thinking what would you put in your pocket kit?

Sound off like you got a pair!

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Re: Pocket Survival Kits DIY
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2011, 06:21:12 PM »
THANK YOU!  Before the L&L site went tits up, this was basically what I was talking about doing, and maybe having an "advanced" survival/E&E kit also.  The basic would go in a pocket or two and would stay on you all the time.  The ASK would be more for longer patrols or whatever where you would be gone for an extended period of time.  These would also be made up (extras) in case someone in your group who prepped but lost their stuff for whatever reason just prior to or en route to the BOL.  Heaven knows I would like to have even an ASK available to me if I got where I was going but had lost EVERYTHING in a fire or such.  As to what I would have in it I like your list.  Here's kind of a list I threw together.

Whistle [signal movements and for emergencies]
2 (1 LG 1 Sm) Ziplock bags [water storage and protecting valuables from weather]
Paracord [Too many uses to list]
Waterproof matches [Need fire?]
Bic Lighter? [Need fire faster?]
Small flashlight [for general illumination and signaling]
Hand/Wire saw [cutting wood and combat applications]
Fire starter [magnesium variety for long term fire making]
Wire [For making traps and etc.]
Cotton ball or tender [help starting fires]
Reflecting Mirror [for safer recce and for signaling]
Emergency blanket or bivvy [if it gets cold or you want to be seen. there are camo ones]
Compass [Self explanatory]
Duct Tape [holds the universe together]
Knife [many uses]
Safety pins [repairing gear clothing, use as fishing hook, first aid]
Water purification tablets [Duh]
P38 [easier than using a knife to open a can and weight/space taken is negligible]
Inexpensive Multi-tool
Wax Floss
?Sewing kit?

Im still working on it...
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Re: Pocket Survival Kits DIY
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2011, 06:25:47 PM »
Great add ons Outon, I was thinking that I could double duty the saw into snare wire. What do you think?

I am also making water proof matches right now if you guys are interested I will do a write up.

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Re: Pocket Survival Kits DIY
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2011, 06:38:34 PM »
I have pretty much everthing you just listed oonw!
But i keep it all in ziplock freezer bags in side a fanny pack.
Yea,yea,....fanny paks= gay...but you can hang them up out of the way til needed and you can wrap them around just about anything.

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Re: Pocket Survival Kits DIY
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2011, 06:40:35 PM »
LOL... fanny packs. 

You could probably use the wire saw as a snare, I personally would rather keep the saw itself close to me for other applications as well  >:D

It would be interesting to see how you make the matches.
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Re: Pocket Survival Kits DIY
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2011, 06:45:38 PM »
I knew i shouldnt have brought up the fanny pak :-[

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Re: Pocket Survival Kits DIY
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2011, 06:57:26 PM »
Nah, its all good.  as long as it works, there's no knocking it!
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Re: Pocket Survival Kits DIY
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2011, 07:07:19 PM »
Hello all, RON L here

Yes I thiought Outof's Kit had a Lot going for it and It Pretty simular to that I saw in a Issues SAS kit a guy had in Afganistan? It's all what a put in it the size of the tin, the way that it's all packed that matters most? if it's too big and bulky your likely to leave it behind??


  Oh and as for Fanny packs, mine has a 1911a1 or BHP or 2" Model 36 Snub in it, whats gay about that?? LOL

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Re: Pocket Survival Kits DIY
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2011, 07:16:50 PM »
It works for the women folk for an everyday carry that dnt look out of place

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Re: Pocket Survival Kits DIY
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2011, 03:41:13 AM »
It works for the women folk for an everyday carry that dnt look out of place



Ummm.... No women folk under 60 dear.

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Re: Pocket Survival Kits DIY
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2011, 03:57:36 AM »
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Re: Pocket Survival Kits DIY
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2011, 08:07:35 AM »
What do you guys think about having a kit like this on a knife sheath. I've seen quite a number of people have a setup like this on an ESEE 5/6 and a Becker BK2. Obviously it wouldn't be IN your pocket, but you'd still have it, and a good sized fixed blade to boot.
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Re: Pocket Survival Kits DIY
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2011, 03:06:58 PM »
How you carry it pretty much depends on whats comfortable and what you are wearing but most likely you want it in your pocket.  This way it wont get caught, lost or dropped.  This kit would be what you could use to survive in ANY climate and part of the world.  I would probably also carry a small pouch with more items on my belt that are more AO specific. 

Like I said, Im still working it all out.
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Re: Pocket Survival Kits DIY
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2011, 05:42:36 AM »
Southern Patriot, not all fanny packs are gay. I'm thinking about getting this one http://badlandspacks.com/index.php?go=Packs_Core07 - Scratch that just looked up the price $130

As for the wire saw as a snare, if it's like the one I'm thinking of that's the wire with a ring on each end pressed on. It'd be a pretty small snare, I've seen it done, I think on Survivor Man.

Since about 80% of the time I'm wearing cargo pants...there comfortable and stylish 8) (No not 5.11 or tactical pants)(And not camo... At least not all the time) A pocket survival kit for me would be just small enough to fit in the cargo pocket and maybe a first aid or E&E kit in the other. I'll make some when I get back.
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Re: Pocket Survival Kits DIY
« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2011, 09:44:20 PM »
I knew i shouldnt have brought up the fanny pak :-[
Fanny packs are 100% nutnfancy approved high speed low drag tactical weapons carriers. He even made a video about it.

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Re: Pocket Survival Kits DIY
« Reply #15 on: October 21, 2011, 07:59:02 AM »
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Re: Pocket Survival Kits DIY
« Reply #16 on: October 21, 2011, 09:44:45 AM »
All i have is my rape whistle, they told me at the store if i had a problem it was all i needed. They said if i have any problems to blow it and scream "thats not your purse, i dont know you".

Damnnit man, now I have to clean iced tea off of my computer screen.   :)) :)) :))
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Re: Pocket Survival Kits DIY
« Reply #17 on: September 09, 2013, 10:00:39 PM »
http://dvcprepper.com/2013/09/07/1st-line-survival-kit/

Kifaru pouch, 1 pint ziplock, Photon II LED
Knife sharpener (excellent striker), fire steel, second Photon II LED
SWAT-T tourniquet
IBU, Benadryl, Asprin
Oregon Atlas page of AO & Tru-Nord compass
2 electrolyte packs
2 baby wipes
8 butterfly bandages
Super glue in protective container
EESE IZULA knife w/magbar and steel in handle
10ft 550 cord
Signal mirror, moe skin, tweezers
Metal card, 3ft Gorilla tape, 10 ft flora wire
Min-bic lighter
3 petro-cotton balls sealed up
3 needles, 4 safety pins, 5 yrd dental tape, cotton ball in container
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Re: Pocket Survival Kits DIY
« Reply #18 on: September 10, 2013, 11:16:19 PM »
Flora wire... great thinking *wink wink, nudge nudge*

I never could get her to sharpen a knife but I love the idea of carrying a diamond rod!

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Re: Pocket Survival Kits DIY
« Reply #19 on: September 10, 2013, 11:31:46 PM »
Never know when you will find a nice group of wildflowers that need arranging :)
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Re: Pocket Survival Kits DIY
« Reply #20 on: September 15, 2013, 04:35:51 PM »
Yeah, I need green wire for that! I wonder if they have tan floral wire.. you know for dead flowers.

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Re: Pocket Survival Kits DIY
« Reply #21 on: September 21, 2014, 04:35:19 AM »
A few notes on my own MINI KIT

My mini kit is part of my EDC, its also designed to stand alone.

I'm normally in the car - in fact we are fobidden from walking anywhere - and there's a bunch of other stuff in there (so that's kinda EDC too) - but for now:

What you see in the first pic is about 3.5 kilos (3.5lbs)


POCKETS
Key chain: stainless shackles, torch, lock-knife, peanut lighter, 2x100$ in a capsule, cpr face shield, usb (with prepper docs, maps, i.d. etc), and... keys!

Mini tin survival kit

Leatherman Crunch
Pepper Spray
Wallet with cash, family photos, photocopies of i.d. and medical reference card (no credit cards here)

More cash in separate pocket

Smart phone - with various pdfs, maps and ALS ptocol apps
Back-up / disposable phone

SHOULDER BAG
Mosquito repelant
Water in lifestraw bottle thing

Other stuff being 'mission' specific - i.e. tablet, baby wipes, camera, shopping... :p

BELT
Radio
More concealed cash, and handcuff key.


MINI TIN SURVIVAL KIT

Around the outside of the tin:
+Electrical tape - 2m - to seal;
+Aramid 3mm x 8m - 1200kg+ four times stronger than the best milspec paracord and thinner too;
+6x Balloon - modelling type - water carrier, catapult, tournique, ties,  signalling, entertainment :p
+Small nylon drawstring bag.

+Tin - same size as an Altoids tin.

Contents
+Removeable tray;
+Cash - 200$ - decided to go with two large bills - if a fish ends up costing 100$, so be it;
+Docs in ziplock bag - double-sided and printed on lightweight paper, cut and ironed to fold into / fit tin:
   1.    Essential documents - passport, visas, yellow fever certificates, driving license and i.d. for all family;
   2.    Medical ready reference chart (vital signs, temperatures, bp, etc);
   3.   Dose card (adult and pediatric);
   5.     A6 local map - a satelite view - from Google Earth;
      and on the other side:
           A6 larger scale map - also a satelite image but showing main roads - 200km to coast;
   6.    contacts card printed on reverse of mirror card;
   7.    2x blank sheets waterproof paper A6.
+Waterproof matches x6;
+Medicines - in sealy bags:
   4x Malarone pediatric (anti malarial)
   8x Doxycyline 100mg (antimalarial + anntibiotic)
   4x Loratidine 10mg (antihistamine)
   1x Diazepam 10mg   
   2x co-codamol (8mg codeine 500mg paracetamol)
   4x Caffeine 50mg
   8x Multivitamins
   2x Salt sachets
   3x Dextrose - 150kJ approx ea
+Plasters x2 - for feet blisters mainly. Almost everything else can just wait, orimprovise dressings;
+Iodine 5ml (water purification and antiseptic);
+Super glue 1g - for... sticking things together;
+100%deet 5ml - insect repellant (can be diluted to 20% or so in the tin, then applied)
+Magnetised needle - large
+Small piece of fine wet n dry sand paper (for sharpening/  striking)
+Wire - stainless steel 10m
+Hacksaw/ knife
+Pencil lead
+Torch - just an led+battery with no housing (pinch or tape the tails of the led over the battery)

Things I want to change/ add:
- Antihistamines - would prefer Benadryl tabs;
- Dextrose - very bulky - might take one out and substitute a different antibiotic - Cipro probably;
- Matches - at the moment they are just home made waxed non-safety - prefer lifeboat ones;
- Balloons - the mouths are very narrow and its hard to get water in - which is a bit of a flaw in the plan!  Maybe I'll go with condoms after all!
- Aramid from white to black;
- Strip the paint off the tin, spray fluo pink on the outside and properly polish the inside lid;
- Add fishing hooks
- The two bottles - for iodine and deet - they take up too much space as cylinders.  Need something like the 5ml square soya sauce takeaway bottles.

This kit is designed to be tiny - tiny enough that I will actually carry it around everywhere.  Multifunctionality is the name of the game.
So... things i don't put in:
- Whistle - I can wolf-whistle hands-free - woopeedoo :p  If you can't, its worth learning IMO - you're unlikely to loose or break it;
- Compass - magentise the needle. Most button compasses are rubbish anyway.)
- Pencil - pencil is mainly wood = wasted space, its the lead you want;
- Paracord - aramid/ kevlar etc is MUCH stronger than paracord by weight and volume;
- Wire saw - I won't be building a cabin - but there is one in my belt;
- Tinder - there's always enough fluff in the bottom of your pockets for starting a fire or two.  If not you can shave your clothes, or even... shave a piece of wood!
- Lighter - its hot here, so we don't need fire much. Nonetheless its always good to have the option: signalling, water purification, cooking, arson :p.  With good prep six matches = six fires = plenty. I've also got the awesome little True peanut lighter on my key chain.
- Torch - even the minis are a waste of space in this type of kit (most of the volume is the case, lens and switch) - for light all you really need is the led and battery, plus I've got a torch on the key chain;
- Metal survival card thing - I bought one, but imo its just a useless gimmick;
- Tourniquet - apart from the fact its too big to fit this type of kit, I'd use the balloons or tear my shirt and wind onto a stick, or tie with a multi-purchase loop system (What's it called? Trucker's knot?)
- Snap swivel shackles for fishing... why? Maybe good if you want to make spinners... Anyway there's no hooks in there :p

That's it :)

Any comments / suggestions most welcome.

I think the mini kit is a great design test for any prepper.  A bit like how every architect should design at least one chair in their lifetime - deceptively simple, but upon reflection a serious challenge!

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Re: Pocket Survival Kits DIY
« Reply #22 on: September 21, 2014, 08:54:53 AM »
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Re: Pocket Survival Kits DIY
« Reply #23 on: January 29, 2015, 02:20:56 PM »
Both Mrsninja and I have several EDCs so I made us each an emergency kit that we move to which ever one we're using. Now they're not "survival" kits by the usual sense but since I never go more than 20 minutes away without my BOB. . . I digress. Anyway I used a pencil case as the base filled with emergency medical supplies:
-burn cream
-surgical plasters
-wound closure strips
-no2 dressing
-saline solution
-Mylar blanket
-isotropic alcohol
-iodine
-charcoal caps
-antihistamines
-anti diarrhea pills
-powdered rehydration drink
-a reusable ziploc bag with a spout

This was specifically designed to treat the most common and likely ailments and injuries in day to day scenarios and to augment the other supplies in
our EDCs in case the SHTF, all of which have:
-emergency poncho
-a sturdy fixed blade knife
-basic hygiene supplies
-snacks
-smokes
-cash
and soon:
-flint and steel
-pepper spray
-handcuffs
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Re: Pocket Survival Kits DIY
« Reply #24 on: January 29, 2015, 03:51:42 PM »
I was also reminded recently of a scenario a few years back where cops were hijacking motorists, throwing the driver in the boot then beating them half to death and leaving them in a dodgy part of town.

Anyway a friend was a sales rep in the area and he was worried so we made him a kit to keep in the boot in case.

We had a side cutter lying loose to get out of the zip ties. Partly unscrewed the light cluster so that he could quickly remove it. In the kit, hidden under the mat, we had:
-a cellphone (this was a classic Nokia but a modern smartphone with GPS would be better and I would now also add an emergency power supply like the Powerchimp)
-screwdriver for the light cluster
-knife
-pepper spray
-flashlight
-mirror for signaling.

Not flawless but definitely would have improved his chances.
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