Despite our best efforts, not everyone in our family is a prepper. Even our children may not completely grasp the potential situations we could face in the future. Despite this, we can help our family members be a bit more prepared with a small and simple mini emergency kit!
Mini survival bags are perfect for stocking stuffers, as well as relative and co-worker gifts, and are easy to put together.
Mini Emergency Prep Kit
Using a small pencil bag as the “housing” for your mini emergency kit is perfect for a stocking stuffer! Kids can keep it, unnoticed, in their bag or locker, or your co-worker, relatives, and friends can tuck them away in their desk drawer where we all hope they’ll never need to use it. Grab a pencil bag made of a rugged canvas if possible, with a strong zipper for longevity. I found two great pencil bags here, one in a more girlish style and a plainer pencil bag for a boy.
What to Put in a Mini Emergency Kit
With all of the neat small scale prepper tools out there, a mini bug-out bag doesn’t have to be useless. With the right tools, this little kit will become indispensable when your loved ones realize how handy it is. Here’s a list of some of my favorite prepper tools that are perfect for these stocking stuff mini bug-out bags.
- Fire Starter Tool – Start by adding a fire starting tool like this Swedish FireSteel fire starter tool that is small and compact. Having a way to build a fire, no matter what the circumstances, will be vital in an emergency. Fire means a way to ward of animals, warmth in the cold, light and a way to cook and boil water.
- Utensil Set – Next, add a utensil set so that your family and friends have a way to eat. Unfortunately, a stainless steel cup won’t fit in one of these bags, but you can heat up a can of food over a fire and boil water in a stainless steel flask. I like this tool because it has a spoon, fork, knife, can opener and a cork screw.
- Flashlight – Mini-LED flashlights are perfect for these very small scale bug-out kits. Not only are these lights very bright, they also last a really long time. Flashlights can be kept inside the bag or even attached with the key chain clip that is on the end.
- Escape Tool – Being able to shatter a window or cut through a seat belt could be the difference between life and death. I love the ResQMe car escape tool. I think everyone should have one of these on their key chain and should never get in a car without one.
- Subsistence Items – You also want to include a little something for subsistence in your mini emergency kit. Include a bottle of water purification tablets and a couple of energy bars to carry your loved ones through the hours immediately following an emergency situation.
- First-Aid – Last, include some first aid supplies. Finding a pre-built kit small enough to fit in a pencil bag is pretty tough and even then, the supplies are minimal. I suggest you pack your own tiny first-aid kit in a plastic zip bag that includes bandages, gauze, small antiseptic ointment packages, liquid bandages, cotton balls, petroleum jelly packets or Chapstick, and roll gauze. By packing your own, you’ll include better supplies and in a larger quantity, and you’ll be able to fit the first-aid kit to your bag.
Making Your Mini Bug-Out Bag School Friendly
Price, Practicality and Making a Useful Mini Emergency Kit
I know several of the tools I recommended are a little high-priced, but I believe that you can create a usable, useful and adequate mini emergency kit with these tools. Giving a mini bag full of these emergency tools will bring your friends and family one step closer to being prepared for any situation, and you’ll have the peace of mind to know that you helped them get prepared.