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What's the LEAST Survival Gear You could carry? The Essential EDC Pocket

As a Survival Strategist, the worst problem is getting my own family to listen and take what I say seriously about Survival Kits and Preparedness.  Even my wife was slow to embrace what I had suddenly realized as I watched the recovery efforts after the 2010 Haiti Earthquake.   The "Average Person" doesn't want to carry a 72 hour bag every where - every day.  How could I reduce the survival essentials to the bare minimum?

This article will give you a foundation for "your perfect" Every Day Carry (EDC) survival pocket / pouch.

Most people walk around our very dangerous planet with no respect for the possibility of how their Life Might Change in a Moment.  Natural Disasters, Terrorist Attacks and Daily Emergency can put your life – your family and friends’ lives also – in grave danger.

Your possible Survival Depends on what you know and what survival gear you have on you, or within reach.

Your EGO won’t like the “Style” aspect of what I’m about to say but PLEASE read the whole article before you dismiss these “Survival Concepts”.  You could put these in your car, at least.  Remember: this is my SMALLEST pouch.  IMAGINE what you could do with a larger survival bag?  Enjoy!
 
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I'd loke to see a shot of you wearing this rig to see how it carries. Good stuff.
cashell012 years ago
shouldn't you also include a knife or some form of weapon for hunting/defense being a hunter i know to always have a weapon of some sort.
If you also read Jacks the big WHY 72 hour kit he said that you should avoid violence at all costs,if you can't then make it quick.I suggest the wire saw to kill silently.
pyrochris2 years ago
KABAR knife and a m6 scout with 2 bricks of 525 .22.lr rounds and a100 .410 shotgun shells
Failbait2 years ago
Amazing work! You've given me tons of solid ideas to get started, and are without a doubt one of the best (if not the best) survival authors on Instructables. Very much looking forward to your continued work!
Survivor Jack (author)  edvannatta2 years ago
How may I serve you? "help us out back pack or hunting and fishing OK" - Edvannatta: I am relearning the basics at 66 years old. There are great local guides and groups that can teach you more about your local needs, plants and weather than I can.

Learn This From Me: Walk About Prepared™

I 'armour up' (as I call it) Everyday before I walk out the door.  In addition to my arthritis, knee braces, I wear or carry:
  • Whistle
  • Emergency blanket
  • Poncho
  • Fire starter (magnesium)
  • Paracord (wear or carry)
  • Multifunction tool
  • 1st Aid Kit and Knowledge
  • LEDs & glow stick
  • Blade Sharpener
  • Water Purification (pills and filters)

Add a fanny pouch with water, food, extra socks, etc. and I'm "prepared".

Every Day with rare exceptions (my son's wedding - no first aid kit on me)
All of these are small, lite & potential life savers in an Emergency.
B2BSurvivor2 years ago
Congratulations on the National Geographic thing !! This is a great instructable !!! I noticed some discussion and comments on snake bite kits. Put out the word to all survival enthusiasts, short term, long term whoever: SNAKE BITE KITS AND THE WHOLE CUT AND SUCK TREATMENT FOR POISONOUS BITES IS MEDICALLY CONTRAINDICATED !!!!! At all Wilderness Medicine conferences (put on by the medical professionals who lead major expeditions for a living) they teach the constricting band treatment, with cool compresses and NO ice.
I love the way you brought in the "rule of 3"s" Hadn't seen that since I was teaching survival in the military. It's still the best strategy for starting out and planning. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !!!
Survivor Jack (author)  B2BSurvivor2 years ago
Thanks for the Encouragement! I've got to keep teaching because I've got so much to learn. Be Honest, Be Excellent & Be Prepared! 
Bushie2 years ago
Re: First Aid kits...

Good call on avoiding/ditching so-called "snake bite kits" - as basically, those pre-packed kits (especially those with "suction/vacuum" pumps..) are over-priced junk, that won't work anyway..

Read up on snake and spider bite treatments, and you will find that the relevant treatments - when needed - are usually either wrapping the bitten limb with a couple of bandages (firmly ~ but NOT tight enough to cause gangrene or DVT..); or in some lesser cases (like with Black Widow and Redback spiders..) maybe ice/cold packs.

A couple of constrictive/crepe roller bandages (3" or 4") wide, will fit the bill as multi-use/'generic' items, including providing snake bite treatment ~ while a bandanna or triangular bandage folded a few times can give a broad or narrow bandage, when other "roller" bandages aren't available - or run out..
Survivor Jack (author)  Bushie2 years ago
I Love how much I Learn by being a Writer. That is greatly amplified by the education provided by responsive readers. Thanks for the mini-poisonous bite clinic. Keep making a difference.
kc8hps3 years ago
Great stuff Jack as always. Keep up the good work!
Survivor Jack (author)  kc8hps2 years ago
I just found out I've been selected to be on an upcoming National Geographic "2012 Preppers" special. I''ll let everyone know as soon as I have more details.
HI Jack,

This is wonderful news! Say can you tell all of us about the rechargeable glow stick. How to make it, or where to get it?

Thanks, Bryan
Airth3 years ago
As always, an excellent kit, Jack! You've definately thought of everything, and stressed the importance of convincing your friends and family to have *something* on them. You know as well as I, that those who scoff will be the first at your door when poop happens, right?

I'm glad you also stress building something beyond an off-the-shelf kit and "making it yours". At least more people are beginning to realize those off-the-shelf kits are, for the most part, overpriced junk--and waiting for something to happen is *not* the time to get familiar with the contents.

Bravo! 5 stars from me!
Survivor Jack (author)  Airth3 years ago
WOW! That was so good, I wanted to go back and read the article. Thanks!