Full Confession: Sometimes I don’t feel like lugging my gear bag around when I leave the house or go hiking for a few hours. Sometimes I just want something simple.
 
This article is an attempt to simplify a survival kit for you.
 
How would you feel about accomplishing just as much with a kit that fits in your pocket as the next guy with a kit he has to lug around strapped to his back?

I was excited about it as well when I first stumbled across this kit. It’s incredible and actually humorous at how simple, effective and compact it is.

Pocket Survival Kit List

You can pack a surprising amount of crucial gear in a very small container like an Altoids tin can. Which is exactly what we cover in this below.

Here are a few choices for containers that are commonly used.

  • Altoids container
  • Grenade Canister
  • Assorted Antique Tins of various sizes and shapes

You get the idea, small tin containers. The point is for it to be small and compact. Some like to use these antique types of containers if you can find a good one.

diy pocket survival kit list
 

When it comes to these types of kits. You can pack an incredible amount of items into it and it will take up very little space in your B.O.B.

Here is a list of what to put in an Altoids Survival Kit if you chose that container. If not, it’s still a good list.
  • Duct Tape
  • Mini Saw
  • Mini Multi-Tool
  • AA batteries
  • Mini Fishing Kit
  • Alcohol Swabs
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Copper Wire
  • Zip Ties
  • Safety pins
  • Waterproof matches or fire starter
  • Shoelaces
  • Needle and Thread
  • Shaving Kit
  • Compass
  • First-Aid Supplies
  • Water-Purification Tablets
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Bouillon Cubes
  • Signal Mirror
  • Small pen and paper
  • Painkillers
You would be able to fit all of those into your container. Depending on which container you use, maybe not all of them. But many routinely keep all of those items packed inside their kits.
 
Do you know any tricks for DIY pocket survival kits? Let us know below.
 
DIY Pocket Survival Kit
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