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Cargo Pocket Survival Kit

I've had this cargo pocket organizer lying around for years, literally, not doing much. When Jack at Black Scout Survival invited me to enter into their slightly-larger-size-constraint pocket survival kit contest, I figured I'd give it a crack.

This kit is intended to serve multipurpose keep me alive duty, with contents to address major survival needs--a minimal gunshot wound kit, shelter, water bag and purification tablets, fire starting equipment, signalling equipment and some other essential items. It also packs a capable flashlight and multitool that those who have been following our $40 a week series will recognize--the Fenix E11 and Leatherman Sidekick.

Blow Out Kit
While you don't often see traumatic injury gear in a small survival kit, it can save your life in case of a serious laceration, gunshot wound, etc. I'm sure this is top-of-mind for many of us, given the tragedy in Colorado. The kit isn't a full-blown blowout kit, but it does contain a TK-4 tourniquet and a package of compressed gauze, as well as a pair of mini-EMT shears, a folding razor and a few safety pins. Gorilla tape and the water bag can be used to create an improvised chest seal if needed.

Kit Contents List:

It all fits!
  • County Comm BDU organizer (I think!)
  • Gorilla tape
  • 4x Fresnel Lens
  • Whirlpak water bag
  • 10 Katadyn purification tabs
  • Fenix E11 and spare AA battery
  • Mini Bic Lighter
  • Ferro Rod (don't think it made the picture)
  • Oscar Delta Folding Razor Saw
  • EMT shears
  • Watchband compass
  • Red Photon Covert light
  • About 12 feet of 250-lb test dacron cord
  • 6x TinderQuik pieces
  • SAR Global Tool Eclipse Signal System
  • AMK Heatsheet space blank
  • Leatherman Sidekick
  • TK-4 Tourniquet
  • H&H Compressed Gauze
While not perfect, this kit packs a lot of options into a comparatively small package.


  1. AnonymousJuly 23, 2012

    Awesome organizer! Where are they available? Been looking for an augmented edc, this is it.

    1. Lots of makers have similar organizers--LA Police Gear and County Comm on the cheap end, Maxpedition and Spec Ops on the higher end.

  2. Varian WrynnJuly 23, 2012

    Ever try to start a fire with a fresnel lens? I have - doesn't work. I would toss in some vaseline impregnated cotton balls and/or dryer lint.


    1. They will start a fire, but it takes the right material...and this is a 4x, which is a bit more powerful than the usual 2x or 3x fresnels. But yes, they're not very good for starting fires, but the magnification is handy and they weigh nothing.

      The TinderQuik tabs are much better than PJCBs are don't get your stuff covered in petroleum jelly.

  3. I'm getting to the point now where I'm disappointed when there isn't a new post here every time I come here which is like three times a day lol. Think I might like your blog a little too much. Great post.

    1. Same. I check it every day, even if there isn't anything new. Read and reread it all anyway. Thanks

  4. I have two of these; one from CountyComm and one from SpecOps. The CountyComm version is better. I know of at least five companies that make them.

    I use them for subsets of gear in my EDC bag (Sitka) such as medical and small tools like widgy bars and mini screwdrivers. In the event that I need more room in the Sitka for incidentals, the pocket organizers go into my pockets (surprise!). I wear cargo pants every day, but I don't like stuff in the side pockets unless it's really necessary.

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  6. I spend a lot of time in big buildings at meetings and I have tailored a kit specifically to the needs of getting out of a building in case of earthquakes, fire, power failures or other disasters. I chose the Maxpedition EDC bag and have used it for two years. It is the perfect size as well as rock solid.