Sunday, July 29, 2012


"Be prepared".  The motto for the Boy Scouts of America.  I try to keep this in mind when heading out to wherever.  For this, I have put together what I call "Just In Case" kits.  I have three primary kits, one of which is almost always with me, along with some sort of knife, and a water source.  We also have one in each of our cars, our enclosed utility trailer that we use for camping, and our driftboat.  Each kit is a little different and serves for different situations.  Being out as much as we are, it's nice to know that there are a few necessities to fall back on if something were to happen.  

My husband came up with the idea to have little kits for our fishing packs.  I love it.  Very small and lightweight.  Measuring at about 8" and weighing less than a pound, it not only fits easily in our fishing packs, it fits just about anywhere.
All of the contents in the carry bag.
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A zippered carry pouch (found this at the Dollar Store)

TOP ROW (left to right):
  1. Pocket hand wash leaves - very handy to have when you need to freshen up and you don't have to worry about messy liquid soaps spilling in the bag
  2. A votive candle and a book of matches sealed in a small ziplock bag
  3. Light My Fire Firesteel Scout 2.0 fire starter
  4. Waterproof match holder with waterproof matches and striker surface
BOTTOM ROW (left to right):
  1. Small plastic container of mixed spices - you never know when you'll want to cook up your catch!
  2. Safety whistle
  3. LED light
  4. Small LED flashlight
  5. Chapstick with SPF
  6. Mosquito repellent
  7. Sunscreen with SPF

Although a little bulkier than the red one, this serves more like my portable toolbox.
The Maxpedition E.D.C Pocket Organizer, measures 5" x 7" and weighs just over a pound.

All of the contents are neatly organized


Top to bottom, left to right:
  1. Duluth Telescoping Magnetic Light/Pickup Tool
  2. Tweezers
  3. Fingernail clippers
  4. Safety whistle
  5. CRKT Eat'N Tool
  6. Miniature pry bar with paracord wrapped around it
  7. Outdoor Research zippered pouch
  8. Orange trail marker tape
  9. Sterile scalpel
  10. Glow sticks
  11. Gingher 4in featherweight thread snips
  12. "P-38" military can opener
  13. Magnesium fire starter
  14. Lighter
  15. Earplugs
  16. Sewing kit with mirror
  17. Sharpie marker
  18. Firestarter materials
  19. Small fishing kit
  20. Tea and Emergen-C drink mix in Ziploc pouch 
  21. Rubber-tipped toothpicks
  22. Gerber Crucial Multi-Tool - Green
  23. Sharpening stone
  24. Maxpedition E.D.C Pocket Organizer
  25. Bandana
  26. Small first aid kit
  27. Handwarmers  
All of the above contents fit in the Outdoor Research zippered pouch.  
The Outdoor Research pouch fits nicely into the Maxpedition organizer.

The largest and bulkiest of the three.  About 9" long and 4" tall and weighs in on the heavier side at about three pounds.
The North Face Base Camp Travel Canister


Top to bottom, left to right:
  1. Bandana
  2. Light My Fire Firesteel Scout 2.0 fire starter
  3. Waterproof match holder with waterproof matches and striker surface
  4. Firestarter materials
  5. Magnesium striker with piece of hacksaw blade
  6. Signaling mirror with case
  7. Chapstick with SPF
  8. Small multi-tool 
  9. Sharpie marker
  10. Handwarmer
  11. Notepad
  12. Light stick
  13. Frontier water filter
  14. Heavy duty twine
  15. Water purification tablets
  16. Small roll of duct tape
  17. First-aid kit in waterproof container
  18. Tea, energy drink mix, and granola bar
  19. Snow Peak titanium cup
  20. Adventure Medical Kits Emergency Bivvy
  21. Small fishing kit
  22. Sewing kit
  23. Zip ties
  24. Platypus Plus Bottle, 1 liter
  25. Brunton compass
  26. Rain poncho
  27. On the outside of the bag are two, 3 1/2" and one, 2" Nite Ize S-Binders

It is easy to get carried away and spend more than necessary when building a kit.  When you use your imagination and are creative, it can be fairly inexpensive.  The internet is an endless resource for survival and outdoor gear.  Putting a kit together can be fun.  Get to know your items and practice using them in different situations.  Who knows, it might help you when you need it the most.

Here are a few website links to help you get started:

#jic #edc #survivalkit #prepperkit


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you so much Abigail! I appreciate your kinds words. I have a lot of fun making it. If you ever have any suggestions, questions, etc please feel free to shoot me an email. Thanks again!