Having watched my share of survival kit and every day carry videos on YouTube, I have noticed one essential thing missing from most- A repair kit. This post is about a small, easy to put together kit that I made a few months ago. All the components are attached to an old credit card, and it is not very thick- it easily carries inside your wallet, and takes up very little real estate.
The three main pieces to this kit are electrical tape, string, and thread. There is about 6 feet of electrical tape, 10 feet of string, and 30 feet of thread. I may substitute duct tape for electrical tape on the next one I make. These three pieces are the ones that are the most versatile. You can repair just about anything, from a ripped backpack to a hole in your rainfly, with one of these pieces. To go along with the thread, I also taped two sewing needles to the card.
The other pieces of the kit consist of one small button, one paper clip, two safety pins, and a small razor blade. These pieces are more for a specific task, and not as versatile as the aforementioned parts, but they are essential nonetheless. You will be happy you had them if you ever need them. You can thank me next thanksgiving when your pants button bursts and you are able repair it quickly.
Now I don’t want you to think that these components are the only components you can have with a repair kit. You should obviously modify it to fit your own needs. The goal of this post was simply to demonstrate that you can have a kit to carry in your wallet, and give you some ideas to get started. If you have any suggestions for things to add to a repair kit, share it with the rest of us, and add a comment below.
-The Urban Outdoorsman