And it’s better to be at least a little prepared than it is to be not prepared at all. I’m not suggesting that you go all out with the prepper lifestyle. Just saying that carrying a few items with you, or at least in the car, isn’t a bad idea.
They’re easy to put together and carry in your pocket, purse or backpack.
Here are some small emergency survival kit categories you should consider
Medication: pack a week’s worth of pills into a large pill bottle. Use cotton balls to separate layers as needed. (You can also reuse the cotton balls for kindling.)
Fire Starting: Matches, striker, lighter and fire starter straws. It’s a good idea to have a survival wire saw to cut branches and small logs for firewood. Be sure to have a back up plan, including more than one way to start a fire.
Tools: Since this post is about small kits, I’m going to recommend a multi-tool pocket knife. Minimally, you should have both slotted and pillips-head screwdrivers, pliers and a knife blade. Keep the knife in your pocket as opposed to taking up space in another kit. Be sure to pack a straight edge razor blade in another one of your small kits.
Personal Hygiene: Toothbrush, toothpaste, tooth picks, dental floss, soap, shampoo, etc.
The Get Home Kit: Breakdowns and fowl weather can leave you stranded. A few important items in a small bag includes a change of socks, emergency blanket, cash and a fire starting kit. Be sure to pack a few snacks as well, such as granola bars and trail mix.
Two counter intuitive maxims apply to emergency survival kits. The first is, “one is none and two is one.” In other words, strive to include “plan b” supplies in all your kits. This means carrying two light sources, such as a key chain light and a small LED flashlight. Or carrying both waterproof matches and a lighter.
The second maxim is to carry as a little as possible. Resist the desire to pack everything but the kitchen sink in your kit. In addition, keep an eye out for items that can be used for more than one purpose. For example, the cotton balls in a pill bottle can be used for kindling as a “plan b” item, therefore lightening the load in your fire started kit.
Finally, consider packing your emergency survival kit with enough for two people to get by. When the going gets tough, two are almost always better than one. And on top of that, you may have someone with you depending on you for your safety.