Since my early days in Boy Scouts, we were always taught to be prepared and that every time we went on a hike or camp out there were essential items which we needed to carry on our person for the “just in case” scenario. Being a person who works in the “just in case” field, I have always promoted the use of pocket survival kits. Most people choose to customize their kit with a variety of gear and although many kits vary in size, a pocket kit seems to be the most practical for a day to day kit. As for the basic parts of the kit, each kit should include at a minimum:
- A Knife
- Fire Starter
- Signal Device
Most of these items can be easily carried in your pockets, so a “kit” isn’t always necessary, especially if you limit your outdoor experiences to short trips near civilization. Now if you choose to take longer excursions into the wilderness an actual “kit” that could support you for at least overnight. There are plenty of pre-made kits on the market and we have chosen to review a few as options for different applications.
The first kit we reviewed is produced by Adventure Medical Kits and has been named the Origin. We had the opportunity to try out the Origin survival kit recently and liked the features of the kit. The first feature of the kit that stands out the most is the case itself.The waterproof case is very robust and the individual slots and spaces to keep gear is very well designed. The case is also big enough to house your gear and any additional small items you would want to add to your kit (a suggestion is medication or first aid supplies). The first drawback we experienced was with the case. The small latch that holds the lid closed popped off the case, but was snapped back on easily. Unfortunately now every time we open the case, this latch comes off. An easy addition to the kit may be a rubber band, just in case this latch snaps off and gets lost. Other than that the case floats and was water proof as claimed, so loose items in the case will be water tight. I wouldn’t suggest submerging the kit, as the seals probably wont allow for much pressure.
Of course a cool case is only as good as its contents so on to those…
The kit comes with:
- AMK Core Light Knife (Combined folding knife, LED Light and Whistle)
- Button Compass
- Flint Striker
- Fire Tender
- Aluminum Foil
- Fishing Line
- Safety Pins
- Fishing Gear
- Snare Wire
- Nylon Line
- Sewing Needle
- Survival Guide
The AMK Core Knife is a multifunctional item that combines a knife, whistle and LED light. The knife is well built and comes very sharp. We easily used it for various types of tasks with no problems. The blade is a little small, but in a survival situation it should perform quite well.
The flint striker and tender included are pretty impressive by any standard. We used them to start a small fire while out on a hike. It is important to remember that when building a fire, having all of your kindling, small to large sticks and logs ready before you start the process of actually starting the fire.
Overall this is a great “grab and go” survival kit, designed primarily for the day hiker, overnight backpacker or the minimalist with better than average outdoor survival skills. The kit has everything you need and nothing you don’t in a robust, waterproof case that you can throw in a glove box, your pocket or a pack and not worry about the contents dumping out. The price point of this is $40.00, which is not out of the realm for the average customer. We were happy to get to try this and it will be a great to keep around for outings in the wilderness.
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