The next entry is from Edwood, who you may remember was the winner of our Zombie Photo Contest back in October!
I have been carrying a small pocket kit like this one since my time in the army. The fact that I work in some very dangerous places and we work in small teams means that the possibility of getting separated from the team is a real possibility.
My kits contents have changed over the years because of my experience and needs that I have had out in the field and by what I have learned from others. Escape and evasion is a big part of purpose of this kit.
I wrap my tin with some electrical tape, and keep my knife, and Swiss Card on the outside since these get used the most. The Go Tube is packed with an emergency copy containing my documentation and money should I need to identify myself or buy my way out of trouble. I usually hide my go tube, together with other essentials in a fall back spot I pre-select when in in a place I might need to go in to escape an evasion mode.
Kit list of contents:
CRKT RSK MK5 knife
SAR Dog Tag Eclipse Signal Device
Small hack saw knife that I made
Small Bic Lighter
Hand cuff key
Eye glasses repair tool
UHU Super glue
2 small silver bars
Surgical scalpel blade
Water purification tablets
Anti-Diarrhea pills (a must have in Mexico)
OscarDelta Go tube, packed with emergency copies of my documentation and money.
Swiss Card Light that contains the following tools: Small knife, scissors, 3mm and 5mm flat-head screwdrivers and 2 Phillips screwdrivers, LED mini light, magnifying glass, integrated ruler; measures 3.25 inches long.
- I think the silver bars probably make more sense in Mexico than they would in the U.S.--I would guess there's much more of a barter economy going on south of the border. Gold would get you more value/weight--gold coins have been common E&E gear for decades, probably centuries. There is, of course, the added cost.
- Consider looking at a backup pre-paid SIM card in case your normal network goes down.
- Duct tape! Can solve wonders; along with the super glue, you can solve a lot of problems. If you're tight on room, I would loose the bandaids--between duct tape and super glue, you should be able to patch up small injuries sufficiently.
- Cordage can have plenty of uses, even in an urban environment. Look at adding some - bank line, dacron line, and Kevlar cordage are all PSK-sized options.
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.