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Pocket Survival Kit Contest Entry #1

Editor's Note: Here's the first entry in our new pocket survival kit contest. The case looks like a Pelican 1010, which I thought would be outside the size envelope in the rules (see the post prior), but I checked and the 1010 will fit inside a shirt pocket; just barely. I'm not personally a huge fan of using the 1010 for PSKs--they're a bit big, bulky and you can't boil, make char, etc. in them, but they are certainly waterproof and tough.

From Jack at Black Scout Survival:

Pelican Micro case. These are best and will protect your gear from being crushed or water. I don't like tin's very much because they can be crushed. Comes with carabiner clip to attach to you.
Standard MRE hot beverage bag. They are super strong and zip lock closed. You can toss them around and the seal wont break
6 Water purification Tablets to use with bag or water container

Spark lite firestarter/Tinder tabs. The spark lite is one hand operated if I become injured and can only use one hand. Tinder tabs are excellent fire starters and have a long burn time
7 Wind and waterproof matches. Matches are easy
Small Ferro Rod. spits awesome sparks, great for natural tinder
Fresnal Magnifying lens. a good Plan B for sunny days

Photon II LED light. Can be used to signal and illuminate. has a switch for constant on
2 Mini Glowsticks. for tactical low light illumination
Nato dry button compass I prefer the dry button compass because I travel to very cold regions and this will not freeze or leak.
Marine Safety whistle I like orange because it can easily be seen if misplaced. this particular one can be clipped to you or worn on a lanyard.
Signal mirror. To signal or assess facial or head wounds

Food gathering/Cooking:
Thompson small snare Brass wire snares do work, but can be broken. Thompson's wont break and have a locking mechanism
Fishing kit I've included 5 small hooks, 2 flies, and 1 jig (if I cannot find bait), 50 ft of 10lbs test fishing line, and assortment of small lead weights
Heavy duty aluminum foil for cooking or attempting to boil water
Cutting Implements: 
Commando wire saw w/ handles I know wire saw's have their shortcomings but for size you shouldn't be without one
Folding Razor Saw One of the best and smallest multi-cutting tools on the market. Saw and super sharp razor combined
Scalpel blade for detail work and back up blade

Medical group:
Band aids
Butterfly bandages
Alcohol swabs will ignite from spark from ferro rod, back up tinder
Miscellaneous group:
Sewing kit hotel grade...repairs and needles to remove thorns
Knot tying card to facilitate my memory
2 sheets write in the rain paper
4 ft 550 cord I keep this attached to the outside but I use this to string whistle, photon light, etc.. when photon light is strung around neck it gives you hands free illumination
10 ft nylon cord shelter building
Heavy duty sewing thread
2 Heavy duty safety pins
3 ft electrical tape wrapped around spark lite


Interested in entering the Pocket Survival Kit contest? Check out the details.
The prize mix is pretty great! First prize will receive a neo-tribal forged survival kit from Randy Church, an AR-15 Essential Parts Kit and Car Rescue Tool from Choate Machine & Tool, $50 in credit from Shelf Reliance consultant Jade Garn, a bundle of survival gear from OscarDelta & SnakeDr666, a copy of the Doom & Bloom Survival Medicine Handbook, and a $25 certificate from Paladin Press. Second prize will receive an AR-15 Essential Parts Kit and Car Rescue Tool from Choate, a bundle of survival gear from OscarDelta & SnakeDr666, as well as at least $30 worth of survival books & gear from TEOTWAWKI Blog. Third Prize will receive a Choate Car Rescue Tool and at least $20 worth of survival books & gear from TEOTWAWKI Blog.


  1. Good kit and nice selection of equipment. However, I wonder how "pocketable" this kit is. If you put it in shirt or pant pocket, you will suffer a lot and miserable, esp if you have to walk for a long distance. This kit will keep on banging on your body or thigh! :D

  2. Nice kit, I agree it might be a little heavy perhaps. But the winner can sag like all the other kids in the neighborhood!

  3. it would have to be a big shirt pocket I think... a pelican micro 1010 is 4.37" x 2.87" x 1.68", but it would fit in the pocket of a military type jacket/shirt with the large pockets so it is fair game, I wear those all the time and prefer wearing them as opposed to regular shirts because of the over sized breast pockets. as a side note and off topic, I like the old camo rather than the digital camo too.

    1. Before posting, I tried this out on a shirt that I was wearing and it fit. Not like you would ever carry it like that--it's too big. Just tried it out on a couple conventional white/button up dress shirts and there's no chance it will fit. The 1010 is too big.

      I would steer future entries towards a smaller case.

  4. Thanks for the kudos...I do agree the Pelican 1010 is a little stout. I'll explain my reason behind it. In SERE school we had to put together our own kit, we could use whatever container that we wanted. The example model we were shown was in a Pelican 1010. I carried mine all over the globe stashed in my tac vest. The case kept my kit protected from getting up and down from the prone and other abuse.

    Just wanted to give my method to my madness. Thanks again and good luck to everyone!

  5. Like Alexander said, smaller as is stated in the; Contest Rules

    quote "packed kit should fit inside the chest pocket of dress shirt. Smaller sized are certainly welcome--it just needs to say within the size envelope." unquote

    that is a small pocket everyone completely flat and ironed it is only a tad less than 5" put a one inch thick altiod tin in there and you can subtract more than an inch from the width making it less than 4"... shirt pockets are just too small unless you work in a jungle..:)