For anyone who has ever wondered where everything fit inside Inspector Gadget, an introduction into the world of pocket survival kits will get you one step closer to answering that question. Pocket survival kits are unique in that they are defined by their size. Their advantages include the convenience of portability, weight, discreetness and utility. One disadvantage of these modern wonders is that, as some experts have joked you have to be an engineering major to repack these pocket survival kits exactly as they were.
The first task in selecting a pocket survival kit is to select the case. Commonly used items include any hard, waterproof plastic or even Altoid tins. If the case is not waterproof it can be made so by wrapping it in white adhesive tape. A pocket survival kit will be filled with multifunction components, such as a basic Swiss Army knife and dental floss, which can be used for oral hygiene, fishing, sewing or setting snares. In addition to these can be added a small supply of waterproof matches and tinder, flint striker, fishing hooks and line, compass, magnifying lens, signaling mirror, whistle, and more.
A pocket survival kit is designed to provide shelter and fire as quickly as possible, on the scenario that you are in the woods, disoriented and unable to the majority of your gear or established campsite. A good kit will include fire starting materials, dry tinder, and a wire saw for gathering fuel. It also contains a space blanket which is waterproof, heat reflective, and a fast and easy shelter for the night.
In regards to the pocket survival kit there are two important things to make note of. Due to its size it will not support an adequate first aid kit. The second thing to note is that you can use lanyards to keep important gear on you without having to cram it into your pocket survival kit. Lanyards can carry the first aid kit you need in its own waterproof pouch or carry lengths of Paracord, for instance. The cord can be unwoven into seven strands which can be used for sewing, fishing or other purposes.
Be creative when assembling a pocket survival kit. Eye hooks, wires, and finishing nails can be uses to aid in constructing shelters or setting snares. Just make sure that if you carry it in your pocket survival kit, know how to use it. It is a moot point to carry around equipment to set a snare if you don’t know how to snare, or don’t know how to clean or prep the animal you trap. Learn to use the kit. As a backup you can photocopy pages from survival guides and take them with your kit for easy reference. One last thing to keep in mind is that survival is a state of mind. Take confidence in the fact that you’ve come prepared if the worst should happen.