First Tier - First Line of Survival Gear
The first tier of your basic survival gear is the stuff that is always kept on your person, like in your pocket, which can be divided into three locations (wallet, key chain, pockets, and belt). It is meant for short-term activities.
The purpose of the first tier is to get you through the day-to-day routine. If you should find yourself stranded with nothing but what is on you, you would still be able to survive.
First Starter - small fire steel, waterproof matches, and waxed fire-started in a zip lock bag
Signaling - small signal mirror
First Aid - Band-aids, razor blade, antiseptic pad
Phone Card - Substitution for emergency cell phones
USD - Small amount of USD stashed in the zip lock bag
Cordage - Preferably paracord in the form of a key-chain fob. Paracord bracelet
Pinch light - Small pinch lights provide limited light, and LED version lasts forever
First Starter - Small fire striker
Pocket Knife - A small Swiss Army knife
Whistle - better than shouting when you need to attract attention
Compass - Button compass
Pants, Pockets, and Belt
Pocket knife - Full-size lock-back pocket knife with a sound clip (last-ditch defense).
Cell Phone- Nice convenience
Flashlight - If you will be out after dark - mini-maglight or similar flashlight
Multi-Tool - Leatherman or Gerber multi-tool
You may want to purchase a mini pocket organizer with the first tier kit, and you will have the means to obtain or improvise food, shelter, and water. You can signal, have a means of security, and can administer limited first-aid.
Second Tier - Second line of Survival Gear
The second-tier survival kit includes items that you can fit in a small carry bag like a fanny pack or Camelback backpack. It is the grab-and-go bag that you often keep in the car.
Fixed Blade knife - heavy duty survival knife. Something that can serve for defense and heavy utility duties
Full-size compass - Full-size compass for ease of reading
Water container - internal reservoirs
Fire starter - Wind-proof lighter and small fire-starting brick
Water purification kit - water purification tablets
Flashlight - Souped-up Mag-light or Surefire G2
First-aid Kit - Tweezers, Gorilla tape, adhesive tape, ibuprofen, band-aids, antibiotic and hydrocortisone cream
Simple Shelter - Emergency blanket and a lightweight tube tent
Cordage - about fifty feet of paracord cut in ten-foot lengths
Sign Mirror - better than a standard mirror with a hole in the center for accuracy
Multi-tool - A good Swiss Army knife
Rain Gear - Military issue raincoat or poncho
Others - Waterproof notebook and pocket addition of survival manual
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