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I have always wanted a larger Pry Bar for my EDC "Get Home" kit but just could find one that would work in a small pack or bag, and yet be big enough to be useful. I have plenty of the little pry bars, but when it comes to prying open a window, door, or something substantial, well... they just didn't get it.
What I like to put in mini kits is a small disc which is very flat and can be used to push your magnetized needle (I sure all the needles you carry in you kit are magnetized) through so it floats and can be used as a compass, floating it in water.
I've seen some information put forth that might lead some people to believe that a mini survival kit is useless. This post is not to defend mini kits, but to clarify what a mini kit is, and why it is useful. People like Ron Hood, Doug Ritter, and myself (among many others) have recommended them for years... and for good reason.
Did you know that you can no longer trust aluminum foil to hold water? We did some testing and the results were not good.
A useful item that can be carried in small survival kit is a Mini Loaf Pan. The Mini Loaf Pan can easily be folded flat for storage in a survival kit.
Wrapping a survival kit tin with cordage provides a means to carry cordage with a small kit, and at the same time, allows you to secure your tin lid with the cordage. There are various ways to wrap a survival kit tin with cordage.
We noticed that various companies included coffee filters in their survival kits for pre-filtering water. What they don't tell you is that a coffee filter will not hold water unless it is supported.
An improvised water bag for mini kits can be obtained at the local grocery store.