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Having a full emergency kit is great but sometimes you don’t have the luxury. You may not have the budget or space for a bugout bag or a get home bag…or even a fully stocked EDC setup. I heard about the S.O.L. Survival Medic kits a couple of years ago and have purchased more than 10 since. I love them as a minimal base set of supplies or as a backup to my main supplies. They don’t contain food or water, but they do have a means to make fire, shelter you, signal for help, perform minimal first aid, and aid your navigation…and all in a water tight pouch that can fit in a purse. They are rather inexpensive, so I have them everywhere…every bag, every vehicle, every kit, everywhere.
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WEBVTT Kind: captions Language: en 00:00:00.030 --> 00:00:03.929 hey everybody I get asked all the time what are your favorite pieces of gear 00:00:03.929 --> 00:00:08.429 what should I know what should I have I don't have anything where do I start 00:00:08.429 --> 00:00:13.349 well today I'm gonna show you guys one of my favorite little kits it's a really 00:00:13.349 --> 00:00:19.500 inexpensive but fairly complete kit that you can get and and add to either your 00:00:19.500 --> 00:00:23.730 kits or it's a good starting off point so stay tuned to the episode and we'll 00:00:23.730 --> 00:00:31.650 go through it hey everybody welcome to Cascadia dispatch this week i'm casey 00:00:31.650 --> 00:00:36.540 and today i want to show you one of my favorite little pieces of gear that i've 00:00:36.540 --> 00:00:41.610 come across over the last couple of years it is the survival medic kit from 00:00:41.610 --> 00:00:46.680 salt survive outdoors longer there are a little branch of adventure medical kits 00:00:46.680 --> 00:00:52.739 they make a variety of first-aid kits and little survival kit setups that are 00:00:52.739 --> 00:00:57.930 super useful relatively inexpensive this will run anywhere from I think it 00:00:57.930 --> 00:01:03.329 retails for about $15 you can find it on Amazon or Cabela's or Target or Walmart 00:01:03.329 --> 00:01:08.070 or Fred Meyer and you just about anywhere usually there's some sort of a 00:01:08.070 --> 00:01:12.240 sale you can usually get it for about thirteen I have found them on camping 00:01:12.240 --> 00:01:18.990 clearance clear outs and close outs and things for 40% 50% off and usually when 00:01:18.990 --> 00:01:23.330 I find them on sale I'll stock up all by five or six of them and I'll put them 00:01:23.330 --> 00:01:28.049 everywhere or I'll give them to people who have been asking me about them as 00:01:28.049 --> 00:01:33.750 gifts or something like that they are super small this is about the same size 00:01:33.750 --> 00:01:41.759 as my phone so you can see I mean these are not this is not a go bag this is not 00:01:41.759 --> 00:01:45.899 an EDC bag this is not the five-day survival kit that we looked at a couple 00:01:45.899 --> 00:01:51.450 of weeks ago this is really meant to be if you don't have anything to give you 00:01:51.450 --> 00:01:57.750 kind of an initial little grouping of gear if you don't have the ability to 00:01:57.750 --> 00:02:02.850 have a full bag this is something to supplement or augment an existing bag so 00:02:02.850 --> 00:02:07.619 like I said I keep this in my bags along with all of my other gear that I may 00:02:07.619 --> 00:02:10.390 have you see or I may have in a get home bag 00:02:10.390 --> 00:02:14.870 this is kind of a backup for that but when I was first getting started this 00:02:14.870 --> 00:02:18.890 was something that I kind of put everywhere as a solid base layer so I at 00:02:18.890 --> 00:02:22.819 least felt like I had something so what I want to do is open it up we'll go 00:02:22.819 --> 00:02:28.040 through what's inside of it show you what's in there and go from there 00:02:28.040 --> 00:02:34.579 so stay tuned all right so let's go through and open up the kit see what's 00:02:34.579 --> 00:02:39.290 in it and go from there so one of the first things is it's sealed to start 00:02:39.290 --> 00:02:44.870 with and then when you open it up there is actually a kind of ziplock tight seal 00:02:44.870 --> 00:02:50.569 inside so this will stay waterproof both when you open it and when it's not open 00:02:50.569 --> 00:02:56.120 so everything inside of it is gonna be really secure and it's not gonna get 00:02:56.120 --> 00:03:01.700 spoiled or rot or moldy or anything like that one of the first things that's in 00:03:01.700 --> 00:03:06.829 here is duct tape everybody loves duct tape you make all kinds of things out of 00:03:06.829 --> 00:03:10.519 duct tape I mean you can use this to secure items you can use it to patch 00:03:10.519 --> 00:03:15.590 items I've seen people make wallets and dresses and there's blogs associated 00:03:15.590 --> 00:03:18.980 with duct tape we all love duct tape I mean if we're watching this video you 00:03:18.980 --> 00:03:23.660 love duct tape so there's a pretty decent sized roll of duct tape this is 00:03:23.660 --> 00:03:28.010 not meant to necessarily make one of those big projects but it's enough to 00:03:28.010 --> 00:03:34.190 patch something or latch something if you need it as you're going from point A 00:03:34.190 --> 00:03:40.459 to point B if you're going from downtown to home and your pants rip or your shirt 00:03:40.459 --> 00:03:44.989 tears or your coat tears or something this will be enough to repair that and 00:03:44.989 --> 00:03:49.310 and maybe get a bundle of tinder or something I don't know whatever you 00:03:49.310 --> 00:03:53.090 would want to use it for but there's at least some of that there all right next 00:03:53.090 --> 00:03:58.940 up is fire starting so what's really cool about this kit is it has a non 00:03:58.940 --> 00:04:03.799 liquid based fire starting kit included in it so the first part of that and I'll 00:04:03.799 --> 00:04:08.930 open it up everything actually comes in little individually sealed bags which is 00:04:08.930 --> 00:04:15.799 also wonderful because if the big bag were to be punctured or ripped and water 00:04:15.799 --> 00:04:21.230 where you get in it all of the contents the inside of the bag is going to stay 00:04:21.230 --> 00:04:27.200 dry which is awesome so the first thing is it comes with this little sparker so 00:04:27.200 --> 00:04:31.550 for those of us who remember the kind of Matchbox cars of things where there was 00:04:31.550 --> 00:04:36.080 a little plastic stick that would go inside and you would pull it out and the 00:04:36.080 --> 00:04:41.030 car would spark of the engine would go so same idea with this you're gonna kind 00:04:41.030 --> 00:04:47.840 of run it along and it's gonna spark as as you move it along and what its gonna 00:04:47.840 --> 00:04:56.540 spark on to are these little cotton tinder braids that they have and this is 00:04:56.540 --> 00:05:00.830 something that soul and adventure medical kits have you can buy them 00:05:00.830 --> 00:05:06.380 individually but they include some in the kit so you have four of these which 00:05:06.380 --> 00:05:13.430 will allow you to start a fire without requiring the use of gasoline or butane 00:05:13.430 --> 00:05:19.700 or kerosene or something like that which would potentially leak in a bag or 00:05:19.700 --> 00:05:23.900 leak in a car or something like that this is going to stay dry it's not gonna 00:05:23.900 --> 00:05:27.920 affect any of your other gear and it's gonna allow you to start a fire if you 00:05:27.920 --> 00:05:32.150 need it to I can't like I said this kit is not a go bag this is not gonna 00:05:32.150 --> 00:05:38.870 sustain you for three days or five days or a week or two weeks this is you know 00:05:38.870 --> 00:05:43.820 to sustain you for maybe 24 hours while you're getting somewhere or 12 hours if 00:05:43.820 --> 00:05:48.260 you're in really bad conditions it doesn't have any food it doesn't have 00:05:48.260 --> 00:05:54.920 any water it doesn't have a multi-tool it doesn't have some of the things that 00:05:54.920 --> 00:05:58.610 you might want to have and it go back but what it does have is pretty 00:05:58.610 --> 00:06:04.190 significant for the size package that it is alright so the next thing that's in 00:06:04.190 --> 00:06:14.720 here that is pretty cool and it's wedged in here is survival blanket so a lot of 00:06:14.720 --> 00:06:17.810 times you'll see the mylar blankets that people get wrapped around in the 00:06:17.810 --> 00:06:24.590 marathon's this is same idea so a little bit bigger it's got orange on one side 00:06:24.590 --> 00:06:27.230 and it's got the silver on the other so 00:06:27.230 --> 00:06:29.070 you you use it for signaling if you wanted 00:06:29.070 --> 00:06:35.610 to you might be able to turn this into some sort of a shelter possibly like a 00:06:35.610 --> 00:06:39.750 little a-frame sort of the thing with a tree maybe or you can I don't think you 00:06:39.750 --> 00:06:45.600 could really turn it into a tent but it would at least maybe keep you dry you 00:06:45.600 --> 00:06:49.400 can maybe cut a hole in the top and turn it into like a poncho if you need it to 00:06:49.400 --> 00:06:56.730 but really is to keep you warm and mostly dry that is super helpful I 00:06:56.730 --> 00:07:01.830 actually have a separate emergency blanket that I keep in my laptop bag 00:07:01.830 --> 00:07:06.360 that's a little bit bigger it's kind of designed to go around to people so if 00:07:06.360 --> 00:07:11.070 I'm with a kid or if I'm with my wife or something we have something that would 00:07:11.070 --> 00:07:15.360 be bigger but this I also keep one of these kids in my bag so I actually have 00:07:15.360 --> 00:07:21.120 two blankets in my day but this is a solid choice and it's a lot it seems 00:07:21.120 --> 00:07:25.080 like if the material is a lot sturdier and more durable than kind of the 00:07:25.080 --> 00:07:30.360 cheaper mylar blankets that maybe you get on Amazon in a big bulb pack so this 00:07:30.360 --> 00:07:35.580 is going to be a good addition to your kit so speaking of signaling another 00:07:35.580 --> 00:07:41.640 thing that this kit has is a whistle everybody loves whistles so this is kind 00:07:41.640 --> 00:07:45.870 of a plastic bright orange whistle you would use this for signaling to alert 00:07:45.870 --> 00:07:51.690 people that you needed help what's nice about it is it's bright orange so while 00:07:51.690 --> 00:07:55.350 it's maybe not the most obvious signal if you were wearing it against you know 00:07:55.350 --> 00:07:59.100 black clothing or white clothing or anything other than orange clothing 00:07:59.100 --> 00:08:04.620 someone might actually see this in the woods and be able to spot you these are 00:08:04.620 --> 00:08:10.080 super loud even though it doesn't it's super thin it's about as thin as my 00:08:10.080 --> 00:08:15.780 phone it's actually thinner than my phone but it makes a really loud noise 00:08:15.780 --> 00:08:19.950 and it doesn't have the little ball thing rattling around so you're not 00:08:19.950 --> 00:08:24.960 gonna hear this thing rattling when it's not out so it's a great addition to the 00:08:24.960 --> 00:08:31.020 kit all right so the next thing we're gonna go through is first aid so like I 00:08:31.020 --> 00:08:36.540 said MIT's adventure medical kits it is called the survival medic kit I this is 00:08:36.540 --> 00:08:41.010 not a trauma kit this is not a full first-aid kit but it does 00:08:41.010 --> 00:08:46.920 have some band-aids it's got a couple of a finger band-aid and a couple of kind 00:08:46.920 --> 00:08:52.440 of your standard little oblong band-aids which is helpful it's got some 00:08:52.440 --> 00:08:57.480 antiseptic towels so you can use this to clean cuts and make sure you don't have 00:08:57.480 --> 00:09:03.150 any dirt or bacteria or anything ducting in there and antibiotic ointment so this 00:09:03.150 --> 00:09:08.670 will take care of a really solid cut or scrape of course it's not going to help 00:09:08.670 --> 00:09:12.600 you if you need stitches or something like that but at least have you covered 00:09:12.600 --> 00:09:16.710 until you can get to a bigger first aid kit there's also some Advil or some 00:09:16.710 --> 00:09:20.370 ibuprofen in here which is helpful so if you've got a headache 00:09:20.370 --> 00:09:25.560 or pain associated with whatever you needed the band-aids for you at least 00:09:25.560 --> 00:09:30.630 have something to go off of in most of my bags I have a separate medication bag 00:09:30.630 --> 00:09:34.500 I have a separate first-aid kind of bandage kit area and we'll go through 00:09:34.500 --> 00:09:38.700 those in a different video but this is at least gives you something to get to 00:09:38.700 --> 00:09:43.610 your next kit also one of the cool things that this kid has is these 00:09:43.610 --> 00:09:48.060 instructions which are not necessarily instructions for the kit but they're 00:09:48.060 --> 00:09:53.640 just kind of general Survival II sort of life-saving they call it life-saving 00:09:53.640 --> 00:09:59.610 tools and techniques but they're just things if you were out in a disaster or 00:09:59.610 --> 00:10:04.680 an emergency and you were trying to get somewhere and you maybe had no training 00:10:04.680 --> 00:10:08.580 or you didn't know a whole lot this at least has some general things you could 00:10:08.580 --> 00:10:12.710 read and maybe learn a couple things as you're on the go I would not recommend 00:10:12.710 --> 00:10:17.790 relying on this as your main source of knowledge you always want to be more 00:10:17.790 --> 00:10:22.590 prepared than that but it is nice that they at least included and worst-case 00:10:22.590 --> 00:10:27.720 scenario is if you are in the process of walking home and you need a moment to 00:10:27.720 --> 00:10:32.280 rest you release have something to read we will look at the last two things in 00:10:32.280 --> 00:10:39.680 the kit a safety pin which these are always super useful because you can 00:10:39.680 --> 00:10:45.060 attach things to other things with them because it's a safety pin you're not 00:10:45.060 --> 00:10:48.960 going to poke yourself or you're not gonna poke other things like gear or 00:10:48.960 --> 00:10:52.520 other plastic kits and I can put a hole in this with the 00:10:52.520 --> 00:10:58.820 deepen and make it not waterproof so a really helpful thing to have the other 00:10:58.820 --> 00:11:04.370 thing is a little bubble compass so this is going to help you if you're trying to 00:11:04.370 --> 00:11:09.200 figure out and orient yourself to maybe where your house is or where an 00:11:09.200 --> 00:11:16.640 evacuation location is this is not obviously a big compass that's maybe 00:11:16.640 --> 00:11:20.780 going to be the most accurate if so give you a general idea of where you need to 00:11:20.780 --> 00:11:26.690 go and I think for a lot of us who rely on GPS and rely on Google Maps and Apple 00:11:26.690 --> 00:11:31.610 maps and ways and everything else in an emergency if cell towers go down we're 00:11:31.610 --> 00:11:35.390 not going to have access to all of the features of those apps I actually have 00:11:35.390 --> 00:11:39.680 some apps that run on my phone that are mapped related that don't require GPS 00:11:39.680 --> 00:11:43.250 necessarily or don't require a cell service and we'll go through those in 00:11:43.250 --> 00:11:46.790 another video I'm not sure if you're catching the theme here but there will 00:11:46.790 --> 00:11:51.020 be more videos we will go through more things so subscribe you might want to 00:11:51.020 --> 00:11:57.050 know these but you know I think for a lot of us at least having a general idea 00:11:57.050 --> 00:12:02.930 of where we're going we may know that we are you know due north of our houses due 00:12:02.930 --> 00:12:04.610 north of our office or something like that 00:12:04.610 --> 00:12:08.600 so this at least help orient you and during a disaster there's gonna be a lot 00:12:08.600 --> 00:12:11.960 of things going on it's so having a general bearing on where you're going 00:12:11.960 --> 00:12:16.010 with something like a compass is gonna be really helpful all right so that's 00:12:16.010 --> 00:12:19.280 going to do it for today's video thanks for sticking around and watching 00:12:19.280 --> 00:12:27.620 it with us going through the survival medic emergency kits like I said a bunch 00:12:27.620 --> 00:12:33.320 of times this is not a go-bag don't for a second think that it's a go-bag don't 00:12:33.320 --> 00:12:38.300 comment it's not a go back it's not a go back but what it is is it's a good 00:12:38.300 --> 00:12:43.880 collection of supplies that will either be a great thing if you don't have 00:12:43.880 --> 00:12:49.040 anything or it'll be a good supplemental backup if you have a lot of things as we 00:12:49.040 --> 00:12:54.350 go through other kits that I have I'll show you my laptop bags and some of my 00:12:54.350 --> 00:12:58.430 go bags and things like that you know I have a lot more gear that I keep in 00:12:58.430 --> 00:13:04.960 those bags that are you know maybe more durable or larger quantities obvious 00:13:04.960 --> 00:13:09.100 more than two band-aids in the first-aid kit but if I don't have those if I'm 00:13:09.100 --> 00:13:14.440 somewhere where I can't have a 72-hour pack because you know who goes to you 00:13:14.440 --> 00:13:19.360 know a play and brings a 72-hour kit with them another thing this is 00:13:19.360 --> 00:13:23.380 something that I can have in my wife's purse and if we needed something we at 00:13:23.380 --> 00:13:28.240 least have some of our 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