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Pocket Survival Kit Reviews: a New Series on ITS Tactical

By Mike Petrucci

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce a new series we’re starting on ITS Tactical all about survival kits.

Rather than review typical full-blown survival kits, we’ll be focusing on the survival kits that fit in your pocket.

Most of these are given as stocking stuffers and we want you to know which kits are qualified to be called true “survival kits.”

Over the next few months you’ll see overviews and opinions on a number of kits. Some of these kits may look like simple novelties, but we’ll be answering this important question.

“Can you depend on them for your survival and that of your loved ones?”


I certainly don’t claim to be any kind of survival expert. I’ve actually been known to use more than one match to start a fire! I know there are many others out there who are in the same situation that I am, which is why we wanted to create this series. I’ll be learning right along with you!

While we have a number of kits we’re already planning on reviewing, we’d like your input on which pocket survival kits you may have seen out there that you’ve always wondered about.

We’ll be unboxing each kit and showing not only its contents, but how to best use the items to survive and address their strengths and weaknesses. We’ll also be rating the kits on these different criteria:

  • Cost
  • Waterproofness
  • Size/Weight Portability
  • How well does the kit perform/provides in these areas:
    • Shelter
    • Water purification
    • Food
    • Fire starting
    • Signaling

If you have any recommendations for the kits you like to see, or suggestions for testing criteria, throw them up in the comments and we’ll definitely take them into consideration. We want this series of articles to have strong input from our community and address what you guys want to see.

What we hope that you’ll be able to take from this series, is that all survival kits are different and you truly need to know how to best use all the different items within the kit before you get into a real survival situation. Also, that no one kit is right for everybody and you need to carry the best option for your abilities.

Stay tuned for our first article in the series coming soon, where we’ll be reviewing one of the “sardine can” style survival kits without the bad smell…

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