Nothing beats the feeling of actually building your survival kits yourself from scratch. It is a satisfaction that just doesn’t come from buying pre-made kits. Plus, building your own can save a lot of money!
Another problem with pre-made survival kits is that what might work for one person, won’t necessarily work for the next. Everyone has different needs.
Get the kit right, and it could save your life. Get it wrong, and, well, it won’t!
The good news is that these survival kits can be built on any budget and to any size. Today we are going to be looking at creating one that could fit right in your pocket.
The problem, especially for those that are new to prepping and survival, is that they just don’t know where to start. This is where we come in…
Now, all survival kits must cover essential areas and you must make sure that you don’t just build your kit, pack it up and forget about it. It must be regularly checked and updated.
Once you have the basics covered like fire, water, shelter, food, protection and first aid, you can then modify your kit to suit your changing needs.
Below is our list of items that we believe should be in every survival kit to cover those essential areas.
Trash bag – lightweight, packs up small and has many uses such as a poncho, temporary shelter, water carrier and making a solar still.
Bandana – again, very lightweight and a multi-use item. It can be used for things such as first aid, lashing, sanitation, etc. Check out our post here for some great uses for a bandana.
Paracord – this is lightweight but strong. Can be used for making snares, lashing, fishing, etc. Check out our post here for some more ideas.
Emergency blanket – can save lives if in extreme weather, can be used to create a temporary shelter, signal for help, plus more.
Credit card multi-tool – a multi-tool that can fit right in your wallet.
Small sewing kit – not only for fixing clothes but can also be used for stitching wounds and fishing.
Duct tape – a little bit of duct tape rolled up or wrapped around other items can go a long way.
Signal mirror – as the name suggests, great for signalling but also as a cutting tool and personal hygiene.
Small fishing kit – a little bit of line and a few hooks.
Small flashlight – it’s not just about seeing in the dark but also can be used as a signal for help.
Ferro rod – in a survival situation, fire is essential. Just make sure that you practice with it now BEFORE you actually need it.
Button compass – these small compasses are actually pretty handy. Want to save a little space by not including this item? Check out our post on how to find true north.
Swiss army knife – many uses.
Emergency whistle – great little tool for signaling for help, their loud and the noise can travel much farther than your voice.
Paper, pencil and sharpener – taking notes as well as fire starting.
Survival wire saw – great when building a shelter, creating a trap, or a weapon.
Water purification straw – no need to boil or treat water and can last for a long time.
Coffee filter – filter any water sources before boiling or treating.
Lighter – easy way to get a fire going
Small first aid kit – cheap and has everything you need.
Freezer bags – keep your kit in this and you can easily see what you need to find without hunting through everything.
Well, there you have the basic components of a pocket survival kit. We would love to see photos of your kits so add us up on Twitter and tag us so we can see your own mini survival kits.