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4/24/12

Pocket Survival Kit Contest Entry #18

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By way of introduction I will say briefly that I am a stay-at-home mom; rarely more than 10 miles from my house, and when I am out, I usually have my 16-month-old with me.  Because I have yet to figure out how to get a diaper, two wipes, and a bag of cherios into an altoids tin, this PSK really is an "emergency only" kit.  It contains what I consider to be the essentials that I probably won't be able to find in suburban trash cans, but need to survive the alien/zombie apocalypse long enough to get home.  If I were to try and create a kit for all of the everyday "emergencies" we encounter, I would be carrying a diaper bag of gear.  Which I often do.

Contents (in no particular order)

Morris code mini chart, and our family's secret communication code on the back.
Illustrated knots because I need visual reference.
8 yards of monofilament to be used as a trip wire, or for catching fish.
A twist tie to hold small things together.
Assorted safety pins to make into fish hooks, or pin scrap fabric together to make shelter, or fix any unsightly holes you may acquire from running away.
Matches and a strike pad to start fires.
2 band aids
2 alcohol wipes
Needle and thread
Mini Swiss army knife with blade, scissors, tweezers, toothpick, nail file, and flat head screwdriver.  I have had this since high school.  I added the eyeglass screwdriver a while back.  This is the only thing I have ever needed to pull out and use so far.
Water purifying tables - just enough to get you home or anouther verified clean water source.
A plastic bag.  
Mini led flashlight to "be a light in dark places when all other light goes out".  (I'm also a bit of a nerd)
A tampon.  Gentlemen, you have no idea what it's like to need one of these and not have one.  However, they also make fantastic, super-absorbent, ultra compact, economical wound dressings.  Or fire starting tinder.
Small metallic signaling disks.
A piece of gum.  It calms me to chew on something.
2 razor blades.  I find myself constantly looking for and using single sided razor blades around the house, so I know they're useful here.
3 heavy rubber bands are wrapped around the outside. These help it from popping open if it's dropped, and they're also incredibly useful.
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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.   

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3 comments :

  1. Thanks for sharing. It is not often that the female viewpoint gets heard in regards to survival and what-not.

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  2. A great, well-balanced "everyday emergency" kit that doesn't try to pack a whole BOB into an Altoids tin :) Kudos.

    Even though I am no longer married and my daughter is 20 and no longer lives with me, I still keep 'feminine supplies' (tampons and maxi-pads) in my larger EDC kits, and disposable diapers in the vehicle/BOB kits. Not necessarily sterile 'surgical dressings', but sometimes you may need to sop up a LOT of fluid, whether you want to or not. A surplus combat trauma dressing costs approx. $6-15 a pop. You can get the others at the Dollar Store, right now.

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  3. Nice kit! I like the attention to medical needs. I would, however, squeeze in a small bottle of 2% Iodine. You can use it to disinfect water (5-10 drops per quart, depending on turbidity) and wounds (carefully). Surgical tape is also handy and versatile. I have heard of people using tampons as water filters, though I'm not sure how well it works.

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