forward, is the most essential kit you would want to have, and at the same time, you’d be willing to carry it with you every day.
The next Level 2, and 3 are essential survival kits, but get bulkier as the kit level increases. The idea is that
the bulkier the items, the less likely it is that you’re going to carry that item everywhere. If you happen into a “bad situation”, you’re more likely to have your essential Level 1 kit, any given time of the day, than your monster size, end of the world, ruck sack. So it’s important to think about what will go into that little tiny kit, because THAT’s the one we’re most likely to be carrying “on our person”. Bad things never seem to happen when we’re expecting them too.
One of the reasons we really like the USRSOG.org guys, (aside from the fact that most are US Special Operations survival experts), is that they encourage people to test their kits. It’s easy to theorize about your abilities or kits, (and that has its place), but it’s entirely different to get out and used your kits and train with them.
What good is a kit that always sits in your pocket and you never break open and test out once in a while? If nothing else, using our survival tools once in a while will cement things we already know, force us to “rotate our stock”, and there’s always something new to learn “out there”.
Level 1 Survival Kit Purpose: Every Day Carry
So here are our Level 1 four major components:
The Credit Card Survival Kit: One Sided Razor, 6 Fish hooks, 20’ Fishing line,
Flint Rod, 4 water purification tablets, a sewing needle, 3 wind/waterproof
matches, 2 credit card size cardboard pieces, and enough “100 MPH” tape to seal
the whole thing.
Pocket Gear: Essential items that cannot fit in a credit card sized contraption. These are add on items, but can however, fit into pockets all over your body. When not on your body a small pouch can keep these items
on your belt or next to you. Either stuffed in a cargo pocket or my briefcase, these items are always with me. A
survival blanket, 20’ of Paracord (more if you do your boot laces with paracord), Booby Trap wire (great for small game snares), 1-2 butane lighters with bicycle inner tubes over the body, a signal mirror, 4’x4’ of clear plastic, a small LED light or headlamp, Firesteel flint rod.
We recommend unless you’re not able to because of work, you have all of these items on you at all times. Even at the office you can have at least your pocket knife and Level 1 survival kit. Pocket gear is pocket gear, spread out, you'll never know it's there if you're not in dress clothes. Going into the wilderness, I'm never without
these items though. Really, the pocket gear is part of the first line of survival tools.
These are just suggestions, you know what works for you. The bottom line is this: With the most basic of items, can I defend my life against the elements, dehydration, and would be attackers at any given time? If you’ve proven to yourself that you can, then you’ve got a leg up on most Americans. Congrats.
In the Next Post we’ll look at Level 2 gear.
Thanks for reading,
- GLSC Team