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As I have stated in my past articles you face the possibility of some threat to your safety no matter where you live.  The danger will most likely confront you when you least expect it.  Earthquakes, landslides, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, wind storms, fires, tsunamis, dirty bombs, mall shootings, government collapse are all potential threats to your safety.  There are so many more threats to your safety, enough that I may write an article just on potential threats.  Some threats could be as simple as your car sliding off a snow-covered road in a remote location.  My point here is would you be prepared by having the most basic of tools and equipment to keep yourself safe or even survive?  If you said no to yourself what the hell are you waiting for?

In previous articles I have promoted preparedness for you and your family in the form of 72 hour kits, BOB’s, Go Bags and the like.  This articles intent is for you to take action by building or purchasing a small every day carry (EDC) kit that you can keep in your vehicle or office or both.  A basic small EDC kit does not have to cost you a fortune or require a substantial investment like the prior mentioned larger kits.  A small EDC kit like the one pictured in the kit below is all you may need to get through 24 hours or less of hardship.

Small Survival Kit EDC

Lets break down what components I recommend that you should include within your basic small EDC at a minimum.

  • Pouch
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Flint Striker
  • Bushcraft Knife
  • Whistle
  • Compass
  • Flashlight
  • Water Filtration Straw
  • Survival Bracelet

 

Now lets examine what you I recommend that you add to your small EDC kit to supplement it.

Altoid Survival Tin

Contents:

  • Lighter
  • Candle
  • Tinder
  • Fishing line, hooks, sinkers
  • Bandaids
  • Duct Tape
  • Signal Mirror
  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Safety Pins
  • Can Opener

A small EDC/Survival kit like the one in my video and discussed above may function as a get home bag as well as an everyday emergency kit.  If you are within a day or less travel by foot of your home a kit like this one should aid you in your return home.  My kit goes with me on my short day hikes and serves its purpose very well.  Thank you for watching my video and reading my article.

Magnum Elk Hunter 1 Magnum Elk Hunter 3

It can be difficult to prepare for emergencies on a low or virtually non-existent budget.  With little money to spend I research and ultimately purchase the best equipment available for the amount of money I have to spend.  I have conducted a great deal of research looking for low-cost survival knifes of which I have not found many, that is until I finally found a relatively unknown high quality yet affordable knife.

The knife is manufactured by Boker a company that began around 1829 in Germany.  The Magnum Elk Hunter knife is one of the knives within the Magnum line by Boker.  For a review of the Magnum Elk Hunter please view my YouTube video by clicking on the video below.  Click on this Magnum Elk Hunter link for more information or to find out where you can purchase the knife.

In my previous posts on 72 Hour Kits and Survival Bags I discussed the gear needed to assist you during a time of need.  You may have a need for some of the items everyday while other items may only be used durning a natural disaster, roadside emergency or civil disturbance.  If you do not yet have some sort of kit/bag for preparedness for such an event I suggest you do so soon if not now.

IMG_3490This post is intended for you to be able to fairly quickly build your own custom BOB (Bail Out Bag), EDC Kit or 72 hour kit in one place at one time.  Instead of spending hours of research on products online you can pick and choose from quality items already reviewed by myself or others in the BYOB Market Place.  My goal is to help as many individuals and families become prepared for events that may occur at any time.

The BYOB Market Place is stocked with the major items needed for your BOB with additional items periodically being added to the stock.  The following items are things which you can then add to your new BOB inexpensively on your own to make it complete.

Please check out the BYOB Market Place and start preparing today, even just a few items will get you more prepared.  If you have any questions, need help or have suggestions for gear to be added to the BYOB Market Place please feel free to comment.

One of the crucial tools needed in an EDC, BOB, GHB or 72 Hour Kit is a good flashlight.  I recently purchased a FordEx Group 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight.  I purchased the flashlight through amazon for $4.20 and received free shipping as part of my total purchase.

So far I am amazed at the quality and operability of this little light.  It is bright and has what they call an adjustable focus zoom which allows you to adjust from a flood to more narrow beam.  The flashlight only requires one AA battery and operates via a tail/thumb push button.  With one full push of the button the light turns on to full brightness.  A second slight push dims the brightness and a third light push produces a strobe effect.  The order may vary depending on which cycle you are currently on when you fully depress the button to to power off.  Another nice feature is that this flashlight includes an installed belt clip.

From the Manufacturer

Features: Super mini size, bright, blinding effect. Skid-proof design & waterproof design. Output bright can come to 300 lumens (MAX). Adjustable focus range for different usage, stretching to adjust its focus. Clip for convenience carry. Working voltage is wide and can utilize the batteries in the largest extent. Suitable for hunting, cycling, climbing, camping and outdoor activity etc. Specifications: Colour: Black Lumens: 300LM Reflector: Convex Lens Material: Aluminum alloy Model of LED: CREE Q5 LED Switch: Tail-cap press ON/OFF Battery: 1 * AA / 1 * 14500 3.6v Battery (not included)

  • 7W 300LM Mini CREE LED Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp
  • Super mini size, bright, blinding effect
  • Skid-proof design & waterproof design.
  • Output bright can come to 300 lumens (MAX). This mini flashlight can use AA size Alkaline, NiMH, and lithium 14500 batteries.

I am impressed with the quality and features of this flashlight especially for the low available purchase price.  If you are like me with your budget for gear being extremely low or virtually non existent I recommend this flashlight for your preparedness needs.

You can purchase one now through amazon just click the link below.


FordEx Group 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp

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Before I buy most products especially those related to prepping I perform extensive research and review of the product.  So when I decided to purchase a very well made and dependable multi-tool for my BOB (Bail Out Bag) my review process was again utilized.  About 7 years ago I had a Leatherman Wave multi-tool and had performed research at that time.  After only having it for a few months I lost it which really bummed me out.  I eventually grasped the fact it was gone forever and moved on.

When I initially put my BOB together I did not have much money and I built it over time.  In order to have the key tools and equipment my purchases consisted of inexpensive items from places like Walmart knowing the quality and dependability was at stake.  I ignored my usual review process and bought a Berkley brand fishing oriented multi-tool for about $12 as I figured something was better than nothing.  Shortly after buying it I realized that if my life depended on the tool it would not last long and I knew I needed something better however I had to wait until I could afford the upgrade.  When the time for upgrade approached I put some time into review of different multi-tools despite the fact I had already tentatively planned on purchasing another Wave.  After two to three hours of Youtube, amazon and other reviews my decision regarding the Wave was solidified.  One significant factor which aided the affirmation was the fact that the newest model of the Wave included a locking mechanism on all of the blades and tools.  This was something that only the main blades and tools of the previous model had.  Another factor was the new bit socket which replaced the fixed in place screw drivers on the older Wave model (see picture below).

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Last year my wife purchased a Leatherman Wave with pouch and an included Monarch 400 flashlight for my birthday.  She paid about $62 with shipping for the combo which was a good deal.  The combo as pictured below is very good for an EDC because the sheath carries the flashlight and has room behind the knife for the extra bit kit.  In my case I used the bit kit pocket for a magnesium bar and striker which fit snugly inside effectively providing the tool and ability for fire and a light source.  You could carry a lighter in place of the magnesium bar in the pocket if desired.

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It is my opinion that the Leatherman Wave is the best choice for quality, value and dependability when compared to all the similar multi-tools available.  Currently you can purchase a Wave through Amazon for about $52 with free shipping.  There is no shortage of reviews available on the web should you choose to conduct your own research of the various available multi-tools.  The  capabilities of the Wave are listed below for your convenience.  And oh yeah to my elation last year I found my old leatherman Wave which was left in a paint sprayer box 7 years prior.  So now my wife and I both have Leatherman Waves in our BOB’s.

Multitool Capabilities:

 

  • Needlenose pliers
  • Regular pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Hard-wire cutters
  • 420HC knife
  • 420HC serrated knife
  • Saw
  • Scissors
  • Wood/metal file
  • Diamond-coated file
  • Large bit driver
  • Small bit driver
  • Medium screwdriver
  • 8-inch (19-cm) ruler
  • Bottle opener
  • Can opener
  • Wire stripper

Key Tech Specs:

  • Length closed: 4 inches
  • Length open: 6.3 inches
  • 100 percent stainless steel blades and tools