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Pocket Survival Kit Contest Entry #28

This entry comes from a young prepper gal in the 6th grade. She's off to a good start...I sure wasn't packing PSKs when I was in 6th grade. Good work!

I created my pocket survival tin to help me survive if I was on my own if a emergency situation.  With this, my iPod and my purse I think I will be able to make it though anything. LOL. I really hope to win!
Now and Later (Great name for a survival kit) candy tin with carrying handle.  It will fit in a shirt pocket, I tested it out in one of my dad's shirts.

Pocket Survival Kit Contest Entry #27

Note: Today is the last day to enter! We will accept new entries until midnight PST tonight, and then its closed up. We'll be posting up PSKs for the next several days in order to get all the entries live n' kicking. I'm anticipating announcing the big winner sometime next week. It's going to be tough to pick just one to take the grand prize package. For more details about entering the contest, click here.

From commenter RomeroNJuliet:

When I decided to enter this contest, I wanted to forget everything I'd ever read about pocket survival kits. I decided to build one from scratch, which could be assembled from materials I had on hand and would be useful in a scenario which might actually come to pass. No pocket fishing kits, no deep woods survival for me. I live in a Texas suburb and work, full time, in security. I carry concealed and keep preps, such as water and first aid, in my car. When I'm not working, I'm generally at home, where I have water, food and other preps to bug-in.

Scenario: While at work, some disaster happens. Perhaps it's a terrorist attack, or a tragic accident. In any case, the immediate danger has passed but people are frightened and the air is awash in sirens. I find myself separated from my car, with no option to retrieve my preps. My only assets are what I've got in my pockets. If uninjured, my best option is to get home by any means necessary.


Pocket Survival Kit Contest Entry #26

 My name is Gyula and I'm from Hungary. I use this kit is a redundancy when hiking and for EDC purposes.

Outside of the tin:
-flexible magnifier(fire starting, first aid for small splinters)
-calcium 500mg(allergic reactions, prevent anaphylactic shock) 
-Streamlight key mate(light source,not Nano because superior battery life 96h - i know its not constant 10 lumens but it last 4 days)
-Victorinox Nomad (cut, repair, tweezers, oral higene- toothpick)
-two ranger bands (repair, hold bandage)
-MRE hot beverage bag (water flask, sucking chest wound dressing)

Pocket Survival Kit Contest Entry #25

This one is a bit too big for final prize consideration, but I'm sure you guys will still enjoy a look!

I am an active-duty Marine and this is part of my escape and evasion (E&E) kit. The theory behind this kit is that I am fully armed (even off-duty) and am attempting to regain contact with friendly units but do not have many tools in order to do so. Initially, I used an Altoids tins but found this to be rather worrisome when the rubber bands slipped off and spilled contents in my ruck, the minty smell permeated most everything which could possibly be a scent indicator, as well as it not being waterproof. I found a small Pelican case to work nicely and retains waterproof capability through some of the roughest conditions.


Pocket Survival Kit Contest Entry #24

This is my PSK that I take to work everyday. I have no need for a compass or fire on a daily basis (I have those in the get home bag stored in my truck).  


Pocket Survival Kit Contest Entry #23

I have three different kits, one for winter ( snowshoeing ) one for summer camping based off the standard S.A.S. Kit. But this Altoids smalls tin I carry everywhere everyday, it is so light I don't even notice it.

Outside of Tin contents
Boker Gnome ( great little fixed blade, I've cut down 3-4" white birch trees with this knife in a pinch)
Bike tube ( Ranger band, can carry in belt horizontal, if you don't want in pocket, fire making)
button compass ( general direction when no sun )
The small band seals tin

Pocket Survival Kit Entry #22

The Urban Guerrilla Sniper Pocket Survival Kit (or UGS-PSK)

Every kit needs a purpose--there is no such thing as an "all purpose survival kit."  Most of the kits thus far seem to have been geared towards a short term wilderness survival scenario.  I decided to go a different direction.  This kit would be my survival kit in a guerrilla sniper scenario, specifically one based in an urban setting.

This kit, in tandem with the appropriate firearm(s), ammo, and "gun gear" would be the primary tool kit for an urban guerrilla sniper.  The intended setting would be an urban warzone--an occupied or contested city (not necessarily in the US).  This would be a true TEOTWAWKI situation--one the world has seen numerous times in recent history.  This scenario WILL continue to be repeated throughout the world for the long foreseeable future.

The city is ripe with abandoned buildings, salvageable goods, and enemy targets--all attractive to a well motivated resistance soldier.  The guerrilla sniper's life is now devoted to finding high valued targets, waiting, executing attacks, and escaping with his life to strike another day.  Key to survival is the ability to find and secure shelter, stay hidden, and scavenge resources.   My kit attempts to target these goals and survival priorities.

Blog Updates

You'll notice a few little updates to T-Blog over the past couple days. In an effort to make blog content more accessible, we've added a "you might also like" gadget to posts and a better navigation to the overall site. I'm not done tinkering yet, so don't be surprised by any changes over the next little bit.

Thanks to all for your continued support and readership! We've got more PSK contests coming up and lots of other fun/interesting stuff in the pipeline. Stay tuned!

Pocket Survival Kit Contest Entry #21

I chose to go with an Altoids Smalls tin because I wanted to create a very small kit, to be slipped in a pocket anywhere, maybe even during dress shirt occasions, where a large lump in one's pocket would be too obvious. It's very light, and can be carried on one's person at all times- a possible restriction with a larger tin. In a t-shirt and jeans, there's very little space, especially when one's wallet, cell phone, and other EDC items already take up so much pocket estate.


Pocket Survival Kit Entry #20

Contents of the KYAA Survival Tin

1.  The Tin-- blank tin (altoids size) polished beneath the labels to a mirror finish.  Remove the labels and you have reflective surface for signaling. Inside the tin is reflective tape that can be seen at night if pointed at a light source (rescue).
2.  20 inches of electrical tape-- waterproofs the contents of the kit. Use as cordage, repair electrical wires.
3.  20 feet of 110 pound test line--  Cordage.  A thousand uses.  Use mostly for shelter building.
4.  2 alcohol pads-- cleans wounds, accelerant for fire, inside of packaging makes a good occulsive dressing.
5.  2 anti-biotic bandaids-- will protect small wounds, slow or prevent infections.
6.  8 water purification tabs-- enough to purify 2 gallons.

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.


Lightweight Water Filter Setup

Here's an ultralight, low cost and fairly versatile filter set up for getting bug-free water. A Platypus bottle and an Aquamira Frontier Pro water filter together weigh only around 3 ounces. Rolled up together and ranger banded up, they make for a very compact package. Combined price is about $27 from Amazon.

Note that the Aquamira Pro is good for removing 99.9% of cryptosporidium and giardia and also improving water taste, but it won't do anything for smaller bacteria and viruses. Purification tablets kill bacteria and viruses within 30 minutes, but they need 4 hours to take care of the bigger bugs that the Aquamira Pro will remove. So, when using this setup with purification tablets, you can be drinking completely safe water within 30 minutes. Depending on the packaging, you can include the purification tablets in the rolled/ranger banded kit.

The clear Platypus bag can also be used for SODIS - set in sunlight for 6 hours and the nasties will be fried by UV rays.

Pocket Survival Kit Contest Entry #18

Keep the entries coming! There's only 6 days left to enter.

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.
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.


Salt N' Prepper & THRIVE Recipe

Wanted to pass along a great newer blog, especially for our female readers. Salt N' Prepper is a down-to-earth food storage and prep blog, and written by a young mom-to-be, Jessica Hooley. Jessica provides a unique perspective in the survival blog-o-sphere, and she's already got some great content to explore on her blog--including DIY instructions for 100 hour candles and egg carton fire starters. Definitely worth checking out.

You may also want to forward Salt N' Prepper on to the less enthusiastic/apprehensive prepper women in your life. I'm sure they'll find it a better "fit" than the traditional macho gun/knives/camo survival/prepper blogs out there.

Jessica was kind enough to pass along one of her food recipes, for THRIVE Chicken Enchiladas. You can view the entire recipe by clicking read more below!

Pocket Survival Kit Entry #17

The way I assembly this little piece of equipment is simply to have a backup for my main survival /camping kit, with some items that I consider essential/complementary. It could act as an emergency kit on its own, in fact.
Here´s the list of the contents. From left to right top to bottom:
First aid items:
2 large band aids
1 pack of “sulfatiazol” powder. It applies to the wound and act as a disinfectant and fast wound closure
2 paracetamol pills
Click below for complete contents and more pictures


Pocket Survival Kit Entry #16

My pocket survival kit is designed to provide the basic necessities to survive an unexpected life-threatening situation for at least 72 hours.  I have been making these kits for some time and I have seen many different takes on the genre.  In some cases, with the strap on gear here and the wrap around gear there, these kits have evolved into mini-BOB or “pocket” kits on steroids.  While the kit should be constructed to meet your specific needs, it is, after all, a pocket kit and should fit comfortably and completely inside your shirt pocket.  I am also a bit of a purist and wanted everything to fit securely inside my tin to ensure that no one piece of gear is at risk of loss or exposure to degrading effects such as light, weather, sweat, dirt, wear, etc.

As this kit is designed to provide the user with the basic necessities for survival in a life threatening situation, it does not address none life-threatening events or situations.  The kit is easy to carry, thus increasing the chances of actually carrying it, and provides the user with the ability to:

•    Make 4 liters of potable water
•    Start a fire for warmth, light and cooking
•    Build a shelter
•    Have a dependable, portable source of light other than fire
•    Catch food
•    Survive on limited resources until help arrives
•    Be found and help rescuers do their job  

Pocket Survival Kit Entry #15

I put this kit together with the idea that the items in it should serve as many purposes as possible.   It is more intended as a SHTF survival kit, hence the cash (as things fall apart) and trade goods (afterwards).  Usage is intended in a backwoods bug-out situation for 1-3 months.  I usually keep well-stocked bags in my vehicles, but there could be a situation where this is all I have with me.


Pocket Survival Kit Entry #14

From Loup espiegle:

POCKET SURVIVAL KIT (outside dimensions : 0.52" x 3.6" x 3.8" - full weight : 4.8oz)

- tin box
- small BIC Lighter
- 4x slim candles
- strong thread & needle
- guarana powder in the small container (could be replaced by salt)
- 2x 500mg paracetamol pills
- hacksaw
- 1Gb USB key with scanned personnal documents
- bandaids
- length of string
- safety pin
- Spartan SAK (may be replaced by a multitool)
- 14x Micropur pills (one per liter)
- balloon (water transport, though it's common to find a used glass bottle in "Nature")
- white LED & 3V lithium battery (takes no place, unlike a Photon Micro-Light)

Pocket Survival Kit Entry #13

This is a photograph of my “PSK” or Pocket Survival Kit inside my shirt pocket. I chose a $3 foam zippered glasses case as my “PSK”.

I chose the glasses case for more than one reason, First it will fit in a dress shirt pocket but also has a nylon strap with a clip on it that would allow me to hook it to a belt loop if I so desired. Second when it is packed it looks like it contains a pair of bulky sunglasses. Third it is made of foam and is zipper closed. The foam will stretch for a little more capacity and form itself when packing, after all, there will be a few odd bulges that a hard tin container won’t form to and could cause you to trim this little kit down even more. Since the rules state we could attach things to the outside I can also use the strap and hook to hold my small flashlight, metal match type lighter, and small Swiss Army Knife.

The things I chose to pack in my PSK are suited to me and my surroundings and therefore may not be an inventory for your particular daily circumstances. I live in a rural community, I am retired, and I don’t get more than 10 miles away from home but a few times a month. You will notice on my inventory of packed supplies I have more diarrhea, allergy meds, pain meds than anything else. When you are away from home with an upset stomach or headache a little kit like this is much appreciated.  My normal routine very seldom will take me far from my truck which has a “Get Home Bag” stocked at all times. I have found myself needing these type things that I packed before; whether on the road or at a friends house these very types of OTC medications will not go to waste.

Since passing forty the old eyes are tired and need readers, yep if I was stuck on a desert island with a case of canned soup that had special printed instructions on how to open and I had no readers...well I would be SOL. In my Glasses Case/ PSK I have a slim set of readers just in case I should break or lose my prescription glasses.

Here are all the contents of my PSK when laid out. I listed the OTC meds that are in the tiny zip lock bag but I did not spread them out for a picture.

More after the jump!


Pocket Survival Kit Entry #12

First, let me say that I am relatively new to the idea of prepping and also to your blog.  Excellent information on your site and I have learned so much in such a short amount of time.  Thank you for the service you provide to those of us out there that realize that we don't already know everything there is to know and that there is always more to learn.  Now, onto the kit.


Pocket Survival Kit Entry #11

I live on the edge of Chicagoland - if you look at a satellite map, going away from the lake from Chicago, you'd see City, City, City, City, yet more City, Me, Cornfields. Needless to say, I am much more likely to get lost in town than lost in the woods.

My EDC pocket carry reflects this. It's more about keeping me and mine in functional repair than spending the night in the woods.

I've recently 'retired' an Altoids tin in favor of an eclipse mints tin. It's 2/3rds the size of the Altoids tin, harder to pack stuff into, but seems more durable. I've only had to re-attach the lid once. The eclipse tin seems to be holding up much better after 6 months in my pocket. The Altoids tin has been in my pocket for close to a year - they can get pretty banged up!

I will list the items in their packing order starting without outside the tin.

Pocket Survival Kit Entry #10

Carried for a week of camping in Hawaii. Cost under $8.
  • 2x alcohol swabs. Clean hands (or scratches)
  • 2x tylenol and advil. for headaches when the ear plugs aren't enough
  • solar rechargable flashlight. to help find where i left the big flashlight in the dark.
  • 6' of elastic (bungee) cording. Tighter knots.
  • super glue. better than bandaids and useful for repairs
  • lighter that uses any flammable liquid (including alcohol swab liquid) - the silver canister
  • small backup knife - for when i loose the big one.
  • wire saw for starting up fire to cook fish on the islands.  also helped start opening up coconuts...
  • Green waterproof canister with carribiner. most valuable item.  keeps gear dry, and when snorkeling i carry my wallet or camera in it, attach it to the back of my snorkel mask's strap, and have a camera available when we climb to the top of the islands after snorkeling out.  used ALL the time.  $20 for 6 of them on ebay. love em.
This pack was used when i wasn't normally wearing pants. Much of these items i carry every day in a pocket. on the beach, the tin kept it all from falling out.
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. 


Sneak Peek @ Church & Son Altoid Kit

Here's one of the prizes up for grab for the grand prize winner of the PSK contest - an altoid kit with custom-forged survival tools from blacksmith extraordinaire Randy Church. Check out his blog for full details.

Pocket Survival Kit Entry #9

From B.H. -

Here's my little kit that I built about 6 months ago. This is the first time I've had it un packed and I'm a bit daunted by the idea of repacking it!
Inside, there's:
10 Waterproofed strike anywhere matches
8' of 550 paracord
1/2" of a dinner candle with a tested 30 minute burn time
P-38 can opener
Assorted safety pins
3 bandaids
4" hacksaw blade
Bic mini-lighter
5 quick tender tads
fishing line
8 splitshot sinkers
5 fishhooks
3' of duct tape
Energizer LED flashlight
Gerber mini-pocket knife


Interested in entering the Pocket Survival Kit contest? Check out the details.
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.


Pocket Survival Kit Entry #8

From W.H.:
I carry my kit around my neck;  its very thin, and I hardly notice it while in the woods. I try to cover the 10 basic area’s Medical, Shelter, Communications, Navigation, Fire, Hydration, Nutrition, Insulation, Protection, Tools. 
I try to pick items to carry that will help in multiple areas.  Yet still stay small/lite enough that I will “always” have it with me.
Neck Survival Kit
sparky, tinder tabs, milk box
box knife  5 blades
flat light
band aids  (outside pocket), ibuprofen (8), cough drop
aluminum foil
safety pin
2 rubber bands
zip lock bag
I still need to add to it some:
alcohol wipes
jute twine
string or dental floss

Pocket Survival Kit Contest Entry #7

Note: Check back over the weekend--I've got some catching up to do! If you want to enter, the full details are right here.

My idea behind my PSK was that I wanted something I could carry around easily in a city, I do parkour so it's geared more towards small injury and rips in clothing but if necessary matches to start a fire and a compass in case you get lost.

List of Contents:
Small sewing kit
4 ibuprofen pills
Eye glasses repair kit with backup sewing needle and thread
Small roll of bandage material
5 and half feet of string
3 tiny Bandaids
2 Alcohol Wipes
1 Gauze Pad
1 book of Matches
Micro tool by swiss tech which has #1&2 Flathead and Phillips screwdrivers, Pliers, Wire Cutter/Stripper


Drawing from the HPG Kit Bag

Last week I reviewed the Hill People Gear Kit Bag - you can read the full write up here. In the review, I mentioned the high potential for sweeping your arm/elbow during the draw--unless good technique is followed. While we all train and know our handguns, accidental discharges happen to all kinds of shooters, including experts and professionals. Avoiding sweeping a body part during the draw is a general best practice.

Here are two different ways to draw from the HPG kit bag and avoid sweeping your body parts.

First up is the method that I've found myself preferring--it's most like the standard drawstroke and requires only small modification to technique.

I run the zipper to the Kit Bag's handgun compartment open slightly, around an inch and a half open. This allows me to insert my strong hand, pictured here, to begin the draw. You can have the bag fully zipped--there's just an added step of unzipping.

Note the position of my support hand--resting on the abdomen--which matches my standard drawstroke. This keeps the hand clear and out of the way, but ready to meet the strong hand and complete the draw during extension. My support side elbow is kept tucked in close to the body to avoid crossing in the line of the barrel during draw.

Another thing to note is the location of the zipper pulls for the main compartment--they are on the support side, to avoid any confusion during the draw. The handgun compartment zipper pulls (and gap) are on the strong side.


Delicious Waffles...THRIVE 6 Grain Pancake Mix

Quick break from the PSK contest to give a thumbs up for the 6 Grain Pancake Mix from THRIVE foods. My wife and son love pancakes, so we bought this mix for them--it's simple, add water and you're ready to go. I noticed a recipe for waffles--more my style--and yesterday was my night for cooking, so I cracked open a #10 can and made some up. I went in with low expectations--the usual "it's food storage, how good can it be?"--and was literally blown away with how good the waffles were. Crisp, great flavor...really amazing. Family gobbled 'em down, loved 'em and amazed that they came from a food storage mix. My 3-year old, incredibly picky son had 2, without syrup!

Here's what they looked like, with a bit o' homemade syrup, fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Pretty darn good.

I did have to play with the recipe a bit - added an extra 3/4 cup of the mix; the can recipe was too runny. You'll need to keep your waffle iron well oiled, too - they were a bit sticky.

Anyways, we were blown away by this stuff - really good. Next time, I think we're going to do bananas and pecans...should be delicious. We'll be adding a case or two to the pantry soon...

Check out the 6 Grain Pancake Mix from THRIVE >

Pocket Survival Kit Entry #6

This entry is from reader & regular commenter Wyzyrd! Keep the entries coming! Remember, your complete kit needs to fit into the chest pocket of a dress shirt!

This one fits into the inside pocket of the  pouch I always  have on my belt, along with  an LED flashlight, A Gerber multitool, a stainless Kobalt-brand 'snap-off' utility knife, a plastic spork, a disposable butane lighter, some bank-line and a non-climbing-rated snap-link.  This goes with me everywhere -   to work-meetings in a suit, to the grocery store, camping/fishing/hunting.
 I never leave home with it (and the stuff in my wallet,  and on my keychain, my folding knife (a Spyderco Resilience ) and my phone).

 This isn't intended as a Bug-Out  or TEOTWAKI kit, but rather, for having the  supplies at hand for dealing with everyday annoyances and emergencies.


Pocket Survival Kit Contest Entry #5

Our next entry is from Clint E. I'm going to hold off on giving feedback/ideas until the end of the contest, in order to keep the playing field level and not point entries in a particular direction.

Clint E.'s Altoids Survival Tin:
1.) 2 Match Striking Strips (Glued on inside of lid.)
2.) 1 Morse Code Cheat Sheet (Also placed on inside of lid.)
3.) 13 All Purpose Matches Bundled with 1 Small Rubber Band
4.) 1 Stick of Winter Fresh Gum
5.) 2 Q-Tips (Cut in half for sizing.)
6.) 1 Sting/Insect Bite Relief Swab 
7.) 2 Safety Pins
8.) 1 MRE Packet of Sugar
9.) 8 ft. of 550 Para Cord with Clasp
10.) 2 Rounds of .22 Long Rifle
11.) 25 mg. of Benadryl
12.) 25 mg. of Imodium/Anti-diarrhea
13.) 2 Water Purification Tablets/Iodine Tablets
14.) 2 2x2 Gauze Pads
15.) 2 ft. of Folded Tin Foil
16.) 1 Bread Tie
17.) 1 Ladies Bobby Pin
18.) 4 Toothpicks (2 Plastic/2 Wooden)
19.) 1 Iodine Cleaning Pad
20.) 1 Cabela’s Mini Multi Tool, with 
LED Light, Saw, Flathead & Phillips Screwdrivers, Knife, Can Opener, Pliers 
21.) 1 Essential Micro Survival Pod:
-Exterior of Pod - 
55 ft. of 20 lb. Fishing Line ( Could be used for snare.) 
8 ft. of Medical Tape 
10 in. of Duck Tape 
2 Rubber Bands 
-Interior of Pod -
4 Waterproof Matches 
2 Rounds of .22 Long Rifle 
1 Match Striking Strip
1 Fishing Lure
2 Fishing Hooks
2 Fishing Anchors
2 Pain Relievers 

From A.W.: Description and "tin dump" after the jump!

Pocket Survival Kit Entry #4

OutdoorSurvivalists – PSK (Pocket Survival Kit) Essentials

This is my PSK submission. It has taken over the course of a year to properly refine my kit to the
most basic items that I can use to sustain mine and my wife’s life, should we find ourselves away
from our primary kits for a period of time. I personally feel that knowledge & wisdom alone
can always keep a person alive under a wide array of circumstances… but having a ready-made Pocket Survival Kit can only enhance your chance of seeing another day!

My primary PSK case is from Ultimate Survival Technologies. It was an extra case from a
SaberCut Saw I keep in my primary kit, but I found it to be perfect for my needs because it has
a large belt loop on the back and a harness clasp on the front. I decided to use this case because
I keep my wallet in my front, right pocket for security purposes and tend to either keep keys or
misc. items in my left pocket; thus leaving me without a suitable space for my PSK. I always
keep my black oxide Leatherman Wave in its MOLLE sheath on the right side of my belt and
my Leatherman Crater c33Lx knife clipped in my right pocket, so my PSK balances things out
perfectly on the left portion of my belt. The case is barely larger than the PSK tin itself, making
the case form-fitted around the tin as you can see in the photo. Because of this tight fit, I had to completely re-stitch the entire case so the seams never fail me due to weight or size.

Editor: Click below for the full contents - there's some good stuff! I'm also going to start adding some feedback on each entry as a bit of extra value for entering!


Pocket Survival Kit Contest Entry #3

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.  


5 More TEOTWAWKI Professions

In last week's post, 5 TEOTWAWKI Professions, I went over 5 potential occupations for a post-collapse world. We got a great response from you guys on additional end-of-the-world jobs, and I promised to give you 5 more this week.

As a reminder, we're looking at professions that are largely skill/knowledge based, and will be things that the average survivor will struggle to do on their own. If they need tools or equipment, it should largely be portable and sustainable in a no-grid scenario. If it requires raw materials, they should be readily available--common natural resources or easily scavenged materials. We're also looking at a post-collapse, TEOTWAWKI-type scenario, where we're looking mainly at smaller communities and pockets of "safe" regions.

1. Blacksmith
The ability to work with metal is huge--making new tools, repairing others. A forge and anvil isn't exactly portable, but they can be built/improvised from common materials. Metal can be readily scavenged from a huge variety of sources--reebar, bed frames, leaf springs, on and on.

2.General Engineering
I've wrapped this under "engineering" instead of repair, because I think it will be just as important to fabricate and build new machines as it will be to repair them. Think Mythbuster's-esque ability to use creativity and a broad range of skills to improvise and solve problems. I'd go with jack-of-all-trades and versatility over a focus in a single area.

3. Power Generation
Electricity is pretty great, and having zero source of power will pose many problems--lighting, refrigeration, . A knowledgeable and inventive person with skills in this area would be hugely valued. I don't expect conventional fuel to be readily available, so knowledge of alternative methods for generating electricity--wind, solar, hydro, wood gas, steam and so on--would be important. Heck, just having some portable solar panels and the ability to charge portable electronics and batteries would be a valuable source of trade; you would just need to protect it!

4. Ammunition Reloader
Without outside supply, the only way to replace ammunition will be through reloading. A survival reloader would need to have the typical tools of the trade (press, scale, a collection of dies, etc.), and a supply of components, but also the ability to cast lead bullets in common sizes, as well as improvise primers or mix up black powder if things got desperate.

5. Gunsmith
The average gun owner barely knows how to take apart their own firearms for cleaning, and expertise in repairing, modifying and even building firearms would be close to priceless. Basic gunsmithing tools and a collection of common spare parts can fit within a normal-size toolbox. Knowledge, experience and ingenuity will be key.


Pocket Survival Kit Contest Entry #2

I wanted a small pocket sized kit that would allow a person to survive, and I mean at least have a good chance at survival under a lot of conditions. Redundancy was important to me, so my kit needed at least 2 ways to start a fire, 3 or 4 ways to adress health issues including your teeth. I think health is important because nothing is worse than a fever, or a cut that gets infected if you are in SHTF situation. I also included a couple ways to gather food, at least 2 ways to get the material to build a shelter and weapons such as spears or bows and arrows. This kit would allow a person to build a shelter, start a fire, gather food and signal for help if they so wished. I used a regular sized Altoid tin to make it small and was still able to put 32 essential items inside and close the lid. I made one of these for each of my children and one for each of my vehicles as well. I think one of the best attributes of the kit is the multi-tool and the medical aspect and redundant fire making. Can it be improved, yes definitely... and I will probably be working on that as the days pass by.


Review: Hill People Gear Kit Bag

There's lots of reasons to want a gun nearby when you're out in the back country. From hungry predators to meth labs and grow operations, there are potential threats and you may be many miles and hours or days away from backup. Unfortunately, carrying a concealed pistol with a serious backpack is often a difficult proposition--the waist belt interferes with normal inside the waistband or outside the waistband carry methods. The Hill People Gear Kit Bag aims to overcome that challenge, placing a pistol and other essentials in an easy-to-access, on-body location--your chest. Think of it as a backcountry CCW-friendly chest rig.


Pocket Survival Kit Contest Entry #1

Editor's Note: Here's the first entry in our new pocket survival kit contest. The case looks like a Pelican 1010, which I thought would be outside the size envelope in the rules (see the post prior), but I checked and the 1010 will fit inside a shirt pocket; just barely. I'm not personally a huge fan of using the 1010 for PSKs--they're a bit big, bulky and you can't boil, make char, etc. in them, but they are certainly waterproof and tough.

From Jack at Black Scout Survival:

Pelican Micro case. These are best and will protect your gear from being crushed or water. I don't like tin's very much because they can be crushed. Comes with carabiner clip to attach to you.
Standard MRE hot beverage bag. They are super strong and zip lock closed. You can toss them around and the seal wont break
6 Water purification Tablets to use with bag or water container

Spark lite firestarter/Tinder tabs. The spark lite is one hand operated if I become injured and can only use one hand. Tinder tabs are excellent fire starters and have a long burn time
7 Wind and waterproof matches. Matches are easy
Small Ferro Rod. spits awesome sparks, great for natural tinder
Fresnal Magnifying lens. a good Plan B for sunny days