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Pocket Survival Kit Contest Entry #19

 This entry comes from Garrison, author of a Spanish-language outdoors/survival blog

Here´s one of my compact, pocket-sized kits I created since mid-2010. This one is from a category that I called “first approach”, named that way because is not a comprehensive survival kit keeping doubled or tripled tools for every task you can do in the wilderness, but a simple aid that holds essential items you can use when you end in an emergency situation and/or whenever all other parts of the equipment have been stolen, lost, or out of order.

So, I call this kit the “Wrist-Aid”.

It is an assembly of simple  and “macgyverized” things for our survival purpose, all in an appropriate contrasting black/orange emergency colors:
For the container, a little wrist purse, zipper enclosing (9 cms. x  7.5 cms.).
For the bracelet, 7 meters of paracord (3.5mtrs. black,  3.5mtrs. orange) and a black/orange whistle clip.

The contents of the little purse are:
1            Fenix E01 compact led lamp assures light and signaling
2             1” aprox. little brickets of fatwood, performs very well as a firestarter in nasty weather conditions
4             Windproof/waterproof matches
1             Match striker
1             Emergency signaling mini guide
1             Condom
1             Mini fire steel in a hollowed paracord clad, works as a sheath for it and holds a little x-acto knife, for cuttiing tasks and/or scratching  fire steel

Now the thinking behind this kit:

As I early pointed, and as the name of the kit says, this is an AID, not a backup for a complete equipment, I have around 20 years now doing outdoor activities and this is kind of an evolution in my equipment, as many friends say to me, “the most you know, the less you carry”, so, this kit opens a huge space for our most important piece of equipment, which is our knowledge in survival/camping techniques.

Interested in entering the Pocket Survival Kit contest? Check out the details.
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. Did the subitter make the muli-folded emergency signaling mini guideor was it purchased. If purchased can you provide the link? Thanks.

    1. Hi Anonymous! I made that mini emergency signaling guide, let me search deep in the folders of my Computer and gladly I will post a link for you to download it. Thanks!

    2. Garrison,

      It is a great kit and well put together. A nice difference on the PSK. I like the multifold idea for instructions, etc. Well done. Thanks for looking and posting. I appreciate it.


    3. I got it! you can find the multifold in here:


      spanish/english version. It measures 3 by 20 centimeters. Sorry for the font size but still could be readable (I think)

      Another idea, you can print it on some iron-transfer paper and apply it to a piece of clear fabric, then spray it with some scotchgard fabric protector, so you keep humidity away from it and printed data stays longer. ;)


    4. This is great. I appreciate the effort and the tips. I will be sure to return the favor when the SHTF. In the meantime, don't hesitate to let me know if there is anything you I can do for you. Prep well and keep your head down.


  2. Nice little kit. With your bag you loose the ability to boil water or make charcloth but its seems like a very compact and handy bag. Realistically how much water are you really gonna be able to boil in a Altoids tin anyway? I think this works well for its intended purpose--I don't think this would serve well as a backup for all your equipment (no blade for example) but certainly holds some good gear in a compact package.

  3. Hi! Thanks for your comment!
    Yeah! you´re right! this is more like a "distress signaling" kind of kit, not a "mirror" for a larger equipment. In fact it only holds the items for psychological comfort (fire and a way to produce light)

    Regarding the blade, you can always use some flint knapping to provide one or even create some pointy stick or spear with the mini Xacto blade that I include attached to the fire-steel, speaking of which, there´s a little video I shot some time ago showing the combination Xacto blade, mini fire-steel and paracord clad.


    If you want to see more views of this kit go to


    Thanks again!

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