Mini Survival Kits: Pocket and Small Survival Kits
You should be thinking about preparing mini survival kits to keep in
your car, at work or as a back up to a larger survival kit, when you
need the essentials for a few days. You can make kits that will fit in
your average sized backpack, but it is also possible to find ones that
fit inside your pocket, a tin can or a well organized fanny pack. These
kits have the distinct advantage of being with you at all times, but the
size can hamper the amount of stuff that you can take with you.
Essentials of Mini Survival Kits
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If you're packing a portable survival kit for you and your family,
the size of the kit makes it seem that you would be away from a bigger
source of food, water and shelter for a day at the most. However, it
does not stop you being able to prepare against an apocalyptic event
where clean food and edible food will be hard to find almost
immediately. Your mini survival kits should include the following
- Fire starting kit - Fire will be
essential whether it is to keep you warm, boil some water to purify it
or to cook food. Matches have the potential for getting wet and lighters
can stop functioning when the flint grinds down. You should pack a
flint and small waterproof fire starter blocks in your mini survival
kits and practice how to generate a spark and turn it into a fire before
packing it away.
- Water bags and tablets -
You need to assume that you will be able to find a source of water
somewhere, as packing water takes up too much room. What you should do
is find a plastic bag that will hold exactly a quart of water and mark
that level on the outside of the bag. You will also need to include some
water purification tablets, which typically cleanse one quart per
tablet. You can then be sure of having the right dosage every time.
- In an apocalyptic event, you should aim to find canned food, as it
will stand up to heat, cold and radiation reasonably well. If you are
caught out in the wild, you should think about including some fishing
line and a hook to catch your own food. In either case, you should have a
multi purpose knife, preferably one that has a retractable or folding
blade to save space. This will allow you to open cans, prepare fish and
- Medical - While you will not
have space for needles or tubes of cream in your pocket survival kits, you
should have some Neosporin to clean out wounds and some Advil for pain
relief if you seriously injure yourself. Buy these as blister packs so
that they pack flatter.
- Cord - Survival
experts recommend that you carry some lightweight cord with you as a way
of securing or tying down fabric for a shelter. You can also use it to
make repairs to your car or bag.
While these items may sound like a lot of gear, the trick to
successful mini survival kits is the way that you pack. Everything
should fold down as small and as flat as possible, and you may need to
experiment with different configurations to make it all fit in.
for a cigar case sized object means that you should not worry about the
order that you pack things in as you will probably stop and use several
items at the same time.
You do need to make sure that any tablets are
either in blister packs or are well wrapped up against moisture and that
you practice using all of your items before putting them in the kit so
you know how to use them.
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