One of the very first ‘survival’ tools that I bought my family Everyone has one for their wallet. It’s one of this kitchy things that you think aren’t worth the money, but it’s a really great, small first move you can make that is cheap to boot!
What is it? It’s an 11 function survival tool that is the size of a credit card. It just slips right into a pocket in your wallet and gives you some cool options for tools you might not have ever thought you would need.
Here’s what I’ve done with the Survival Card so far:
- Cut a zip tie with the saw blade
- Used it to open a soda can and a juice can with the can opener.
- Measured the width of lumber at the store to find out if it would fit in a small shelf area we needed.
- Tightened a screw on a bike when on the road and we didn’t have the bike toolkit
- Cut through a scrap piece of seat belt material (probably not the best use of this tool)
In every one of these situations, I didn’t have my day pack with me. But this one little tool allowed me to whip out my wallet and have an immediate fix. Were they emergencies? No. But the great thing about it is that since I’m using it in everyday circumstances, I’m going to be more likely to be able to figure out how it can help me in an emergency if the time should ever come. And if for some reason, my day pack wasn’t with me, this piece of survival gear is always in my EDC (Everyday Carry) because I carry it in my wallet, so I’m bound to have it EVERYWHERE I go!
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THAT is what is important about all of the preps you do. Having them and never using them is just buying stuff to have it. If you aren’t familiar with how to use it, and how to adapt it, you’re not giving yourself that upper hand you’ll need in an emergency situation.
I do need to practice how to use the directional piece on it, but otherwise, the $1.31 that I spent per piece on it makes me very happy. You really should grab some for your family. They make awesome stocking stuffers for any of the guys who aren’t into ‘survival’ stuff, too!
Your Thoughts: What other “survival tools” have you wondered about their usefulness?