As the name implies, a pocket survival kit (PSK) is a small container packed with essential survival items. Your PSK should be small enough to carry comfortably on your person, ensuring that it's on hand when disaster strikes, especially when you're outdoors.
Like a bug-out bag (BOB), preparing a PSK means you must choose from many options that will depend on your budget, skills, the location where you may use the kit, and any threats that you may encounter there.
Regardless of the size, buying a pre-built survival kit has some downsides. For one, it may save you less time because you have to disassemble it to familiarize yourself with the contents. You also need to customize store-bought kits to cater to your specific needs.
You may forget about the contents of your PSK, especially during very stressful scenarios. The documentation of your PSK includes information that may be hard to remember, but can save lives – like a contents list.
Documentation should include:
A PSK must fit in your pockets, which means you need to carefully consider which items deserve space in a tiny container. If you lose your equipment, you'll only have access to the items in your PSK.
While you can bring several PSKs for various survival needs like fire and water, the size and number of cases or pouches you can carry on your person will be determined by what you're wearing, your activity, environment, weather, and survival skills.
Keep the items in your PSK in a small case, pouch, or tin box. Find a container with the right size that fits in a pocket.
It is easier to pack and carry thinner, flat objects. If your gear doesn't fit in one PSK, split them into two or more modules.
Pouches are soft and easy to carry, but Zip-lock style closures may fail, especially during cold weather or if you accidentally get submerged in water.
Tins are practical, but some tin boxes need to be taped to keep out salt air, humidity, and water. Keep tins closed using a ranger band, a hook and loop wrap (wraps used for horticulture are thinnest), tape, or cordage.
You must keep the contents of your PSK dry at all times. Salt air and humidity can ruin small ferrous objects in your PSK. Protect your gear by using a water-resistant container.
Include a piece of medical cotton in your PSK to soak droplets of water that may get into your kit.
Coat ferrous objects in your kit with a light coating of rust preventative. Use non-toxic rust preventative if the container and its contents will be used to prepare or store food.
Medicines in pill or capsule form also need to be kept dry. Keep these items in water-resistant vials.
Prepping multi-purpose gear lets you make the most of the limited storage space in your PSK.
Follow the modified survival rule of threes detailed below if you need help remembering your priorities when SHTF.
The average person can survive:
Keep these principles in mind as you build a portable survival kit for your particular survival needs.