Here is something I threw together that can be tossed in a bag or pocket, or even sewn into a piece of clothing.
I am moving toward a minimalist/ultralight daily carry method. Even though I keep a GHB (Get Home Bag) in the car, I wanted a little Ace up my sleeve so to speak in the event I was traveling with someone else or disaster prevented me from reaching the vehicle.
Cyalume Light stick (light)
Kevlar line (Cordage)
Bogota Titanium Lock picks (shelter)
Mini Diamond file (Cutting/Sharpening/escape)
Micro Handcuff key (Escape)
$40 Cash (Gold shown as option for those working OCONUS)
Strike anywhere matches (Heat/Light)
Verbatum micro Usb drive with Tails Linux boot-able (communications)
Mini Knife/saw (Making tools, Cutting)
Padlock Shims (Shelter / escape)
Button Compass (Direction Finding)
If you have a “Seal-A-Meal” or other food vacuum packer you can use it to easily seal up the kit in a tiny flat package, otherwise follow the instructions below to use Mylar bags and a small vacuum cleaner, its not as compacted but still works well.
- Now simply lay out the items flat as close together as possible on a sheet of notebook paper
- Trace around the grouped items
- Using a ruler trace a box around the original tracing approx 1/2″ bigger on all 4 sides.
- This square/rectangle is the size mylar bag we will need. If a common sized bag is too large we will simply trim two sides of it using our paper pattern.
- Then seal three of the trimmed sides with an iron.
- Place your items inside
- Seal the opening, leaving a small 1/8″ gap
- Insert the smallest attachment from a black and decker “dust buster ” or other small vacuum and suck out as much air as possible.
- Remove the vacuum tube as quickly seal the gap.
I’m already working on version 2.0 which will contain the contents of a military Sparklight fire kit and a form of water purification.