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Pocket Survival Kit Contest Entry #34

My Survival tin was constructed after viewing many posted on youtube.  I tried to pick the best items suited for my needs.  I made up 6 tins and handed them out to my family on Christmas.  I tried to make the items more suitable for my girls and wife.  I did not include items like fishing gear because I just don’t see them sitting by a stream and trying to catch fish when they never fished in their life.  I did include a nail clipper for their sake.

Below are the items I included:

1.       Altoids tin with reflective tape on the bottom. I saw this on done by someone and thought it was a good idea.

2.       2 large rubber bands

3.       1 velcro strap 15” long

4.       Leatherman Micra, Scissors, clip-point knife, tweezers, nail file/cleaner, flat Phillips screwdriver, extra small and medium screwdriver, bottle opener, ruler

5.       Nail clipper

6.       Small BIC lighter with 5’ of wire and 5’ of electrical tape wrapped around it.

7.       Razor blade

8.       Whistle

9.       Krazy Glue

10.   Compass

11.   P-38 can opener

12.   Assorted safety pins

13.   2 paper clips

14.   Fire Steel

15.   Floss (6)

16.   Freznel Lense, for magnification and starting fires

17.   Medication bag, 2 Imodium tabs, 2 sudafed tabs, 2 Advil tabs and 2 IOSTAT Potassium iodide tabs to protect the thyroid gland from exposure to radioactive iodine.  I live within 15 miles of a nuclear plant.

18.   First aid bag, Antiseptic wipes and 4 assorted band-aids.

19.   Sewing kit, black and white tread and 2 needles.

20.   Small paper and 2 small pencils.

21.   Phone list for family members.

22.   Tie wraps (2).

23.   8 GB thumb drive.  This I configured with an encrypted volume and a regular storage area.  The encrypted area is for documents like birth certificate, banking, insurance, passports etc.  The regular storage is for survival documents for example, first aid, food info, water purification, weapon info etc.  I also installed Tor Browser on the drive which allows you to insert the drive into any computer and use the browser on the thumb drive.  This way you don’t leave any trace on the host computer and you can even have your own shortcuts.


  1. Man, this is one sweet kit. My favourite so far, I think.

    /takes notes

  2. AnonymousMay 03, 2012

    I like it. I think nail clippers are a good choice. You never think about them until you tear a fingernail. Once that happens, it catches on everything and is painful as all get out. It is extremely hard (and dangerous) to correct with a knife.

    I see fishing items in some pocket kits, and think that is impractical. You can go about three weeks without food. You need water within a a day or two. I don't see a pocket kit being in use after 72 hours. If you have not obtained/reached a stocked BOL by then, your chances are pretty slim.

    That being said, the contents of any kit are only useful with the knowledge and practice to utilize them. Hopefully your family has been practicing fire making skills, among other things.

    Good job on the kit though.

  3. AnonymousMay 03, 2012

    What does it look like when everything is packed in and the lid is shut? Does it all fit or are all those items in plastic bags in the second picture banded around the outside of the tin? Not clear on how it all comes together.

    1. I've added a picture of the closed tin from the original entry. Looks like it all packs in there ok :D - A.W.