Everyday Survival Tools

Everyday survival tools

By A. Page

Being prepared doesn’t have to mean carrying around large bags and kits that cover every last thing you could imagine. Though its good to have these expansive kits, creating an everyday kit that can fit in your purse or pockets is the ultimate amenity for those who admit the struggle between man and the wild, is very real.


Here are eight everyday survival tools that are bound to come in handy, whether your hiking or waiting for the bus.

Metal Encased Flint. You never know when you’ll need to start a fire, or when you’ll want to impress your friends. Metal encased flint is extremely sturdy and will not cut your pocket, or worse, your leg.  Most are made with a built-in striker, and several other amenities.

A Survival Card.  A survival card is about the size of a playing card and includes many features that cut the amount of gear you’d normally carry ten fold.  A can opener, flat head screwdriver, rules, bottle opener, wrench, saw blade, and ancillary indicator are among the most common amenities these survival cards have to offer.  The best part?  It fits in your wallet.

A Solar Flashlight.  A solar flashlight protects you from common flashlight problems, water damage and dead batteries.  Most operate on a full time charge after just a few hours of charge. Its a great tool to keep on your keyring, and LEDs are sure to illuminate any issues you may be having.

Alcohol Prep Pads.  This is an obvious tool for antiseptic purposes, but another use for this common product is fire-starting.  If you’ve forgotten your flint, taking a lighter to an alcohol prep pad is a great way to start a fire, even in the worst conditions.

Waterproof Pill Boxes.  Of course these boxes are great for storing meds, but they can also be a great place to keep your strike-anywhere matches.  They’re air tight and can be attached to your car keys.

An Emergency Whistle. Whether you’re in the woods or out in public, having a whistle that has a high decibel can save you in a tight spot.  Most come with added compartments, which is a great place to store back-up pills or a needle and some strings.

A Metalized Polyester Blanket. This emergency blanket is unique in the fact that it can be folded down to the size of a deck of cards. When the gas-lines pop or a car accident leaves you in the cold, this lightweight and flexible material reflects up to 90% of body heat. This is a must have for any and every survival kit.

A Foldable Water Bottle. Carrying around your aluminum two-quart water bottle can get a little old.  Getting a collapsible water bottle is ergonomic for your everyday life.  When you’re finished with the contents, this water bottle fits away in your pocket or purse.

Not every day is a day to carry around a fifty pound bag, but that doesn’t mean you should abandon survival tools altogether.  You never know when you’ll need them, and its always better to be prepared than be forced to rely on others when a crisis (even a minor one) occurs.