Keychain Flashlights Torches an EDC With Style Necessity

Keychain flashlights torches are getting smaller and lighter. Gone are the days filament bulbs and Ever Ready Lantern Batteries.

With LEDs as the light source and vastly improved battery technologies, miniature flashlights can light up an area quite nicely, thank you.

And what a wide selection available. So here my top 7 picks for my ‘Every Day Carry Pouch’.

1 Surefire Unisex Sidekick Ultra-Compact Variable-Output LED Flashlight Torch

High-performance LED and special faceted reflector produce broad, smooth MaxVision Beam optimized for the human eye

Dimensions: 1.5 X 0.3 X 6.4 cm
Weight: 9 gm
Light source: LED
Output levels: 3
Power source: Li-ion battery
Charging port: Micro-USB
2 Olight® S1R Baton LED Flashlight USB Rechargeable Charging Clip

Dimensions: 15.5 X 5 X 3.5 cm
Weight: 36 gm + battery
Light source: LED
Output levels: 1
Power source: 16340ER battery
Charging port: Yes
3 Pixel LED Keychain Flashlight

Durable stainless steel construction
Supe bright LED rated at 25 lumens
Water resistant o-ring seal
Square body design prevents roll

Dimensions: 0.8 X 0.8 X 4.3 cm
Weight: 14 gm
Light source: LED
Output levels:
Power source: 4 X LR521/379A alkaline watch batteries
Charging port:
4 Fenix UC02SS CREE XP-G2 S2 LED Key Light

Floodlight on a set of keys - The Fenix UC02SS is a Keyring Torch for everyday use.
Features: digitally regulated, waterproof in accordance with IPX-8

Dimensions: 17 X 14 cm
Weight: 41 gm
Light source: LED
Output levels: 2
Power source: Li-ion battery
Charging port:
5 Nitecore Tip CRI - Neutral White LED

Dimensions: 15 X 13.4 X 1 cm
Weight: 27 gm
Light source: LED
Output levels:
Power source: Li ion battery
Charging port:
6 IllumineX-4

Dimensions: 17.8 X 5.8 X 0.3 cm
Weight: 9.1 gm
Light source: LED
Output levels:
Power source: Li Ion battery
Charging port:
Price: Check on Amazon
7 ThruNite Ti3 EDC Cree XP-L AAA Torch 130 Lumens LED Flashlight

Convenient twist switch design for better one handed operation.
Small but bright, simple but functional. Come with a keychain for easy carrying.

Dimensions: 17.3 X 10 X 5.2 cm
Weight: 54 gm
Light source: LED
Output levels: 3 + strobe
Power source: 1 X AAA battery
Charging port: No
8 ThruNite T01 Mini LED Flashlight CREE XP-G2 LED Max Output 125 Lumen

T01 built with high quality & good heat dissipation with competitive price - best price for key chain light.
Convenient twist switch design for better one handed operation.

Dimensions: 17.3 X 10 X 5.2 cm
Weight: 18 gm
Light source: LED
Output levels: 1
Power source: 1 X AAA battery
Charging port: No




Basic First Aid for Everyone to Survive in Style

If you’re going to survive, for sure you will need to know basic first aid.

Get to know the following basic first aid techniques and for sure carry a well stocked first aid kit in your bug out bag and an even bigger first aid box in your car with backup first aid supplies in your store room

Remember to wear surgical gloves when treating open wounds, OK.

And remain calm and think clearly. Call the emergency services and follow their instructions


When an adult or a child is chocking and finding it difficult to breath:

  • Ask the person to cough
  • Support their upper body, ask them to lean forward and give five sharp blows with the heel of your hand between their shoulder blades
  • The Hiemlich Manoeuvre:
  • Stand behind the person
  • Put both arms around the upper abdomen
  • Lean the person forward
  • Clench your fist and place between navel and bottom of rib cage
  • Grasp clenched fist with other hand
  • Pull upwards and inwards sharply
  • Repeat up to five times
  • If still chocking call the emergency services

Continue the cycle of back blows and abdominal thrusts until the obstruction is cleared

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Severe Bleeding

In basic first aid, the priority is to stop the bleeding.

Apply direct pressure to the wound with a pad or your fingers.

If there is an object embedded, do not remove it. Apply pressure each side of the object

Secure the pad or dressing with a bandage to control the bleeding

Lay person down and raise their legs to treat for shock

Get to an emergency room or call the emergency services

Unconscious Not Responding

Check their airways is open, clear and they are breathing

If breathing OK, put them in the recovery position

If they’re not breathing start CPR

The Recovery Position

The casualty is lying down, on their back, make sure their legs are straight

Kneel by the side of the casualty

Place the arm closest to you at right angles to their body

Bring the other hand across their chest and hold their hand on their cheek closest to you

With your other hand, grasp just below the knee of the casulaty’s furthest log and pull it upwards and towards you, rolling the casualty onto their side

Adjust their head and make sure their airway is clear and they are breathing

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CPR – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Wow, a mouthful of medical words.

What basic first aid can you do if the casualty is not breathing.

Call for help! The emergency services

  • Start CPR
    • Lay patient on their back, tilt head, lift chin, make sure airway is clear
    • Place one hand on centre of their chest
    • Place heel of your other hand on top of the first and interlock fingers (keeping your fingers off their ribs)
    • Lean directly over their chest and press down vertically about 2 inches (5 cm)
    • Release the pressure but keep hands in place

Give thirty compressions at a rate of 2 per second (Think the Bee Gees and their song “Staying Alive” Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Stayin’ alive…)

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Continue CPR until the emergency services arrive…

You will need to learn more basic first aid techniques in case of emergencies…


Emergency Sleeping Bag from Survival Frog

TACT Bivvy Emergency Sleeping Bag from Survival Frog must be the lightest emergency sleeping bag on the market today.

When rolled up it slips into its own carry bag that can fit into the palm of your hand and weighs just an incredible 6.2 ounces. Which means it doesn’t take up much room in your bugout bag, vehicle glove box, or even your kitchen drawer.

When unrolled it is three feet wide and a full seven foot in length. Long enough for most people to snuggle up inside and wrap it around their shoulders and even covering their heads providing protection for the whole body against the most extreme weather conditions

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More Information on the TACT Bivvy Emergency Sleeping Bag…

The TACT Bivvy emergency sleeping bag is made from Mylar, a lightweight material developed by NASA that reflects around 90% of body heat

The outside is coated in a material that is stretchable, resistant to tearing and durable. So can be reused over and over again.

This emergency sleeping bag is waterproof and windproof with taped seams creating an impenetrable barrier to the elements.

For the Survivalist, lighter and smaller is better. The TACT Bivvy Emergency Sleeping Bag is exactly that. 6.2 ounces and rolled up fitting into the palm of one hand.

Because the mylar reflects 90% of body heat the TACT Bivvy Emergency Sleeping Bag will keep you snug and warm.

And if you want warmer, slide it inside your regular sleeping bag. Man, what a life…

Harrington Jackets : All-rounders But Not For All Seasons

Harrington Jackets are quintessential of all casual jackets. Originally manufactured by Baracuta of Manchester England way back in 1937 and officially called the Baracuta G9.

The Baracuta G9 has built a solid following being worn by James Dean, Elvis Presley, Steve McQueen, Frank Sinatra and even James Bond, Daniel Craig.

The Baracuta G9 is affectionally called the “Harrington Jacket” from a character in the 1960’s soap opera Peyton Place, namely Rodney Harrington.

The Harrington Jacket become popular in the UK among the Mods and Skinheads of the 1960’s often worn with Fred Perry or Ben Sherman shirts.

A timeless design that fits between semi-formal and casual but for sure not a jacket for all seasons. The modern Harrington Jacket, the Baracuta G9, is made from water-resistant polyester/cotton. The lining is made with the Fraser Tartan made from breathable cotton/polyester.

2013 saw the relaunch of the Harrington Jacket, Baracuta G9, by the new owners, WP Lavori, with a slimmer shape and using new and improved fabrics.

What’s So Special About Harrington Jackets

  • Waist length made from cotton, wool and sometimes leather.
  • Fits snugly at the waist with expandable elastic at the waist hem.
  • Expandable elastics at the sleep cuffs.
  • Full front zip running up to the neck.
  • Two front side pockets with flags at the iconic 45-degree angle.
  • Mandarin-style collar fastened by two buttons.
  • A back yoke that lets the rain run-off.
  • Lining made with the famous Fraser Tartan.

Harrington Jackets and Golf

The design of the Baracuta G9 was originally inspired by the designer’s passion for playing golf.

Designed to keep off the rain and the angled pockets ideal for keeping golf balls, the elasticated waist and cuffs at the waist and wrists allowing freedom of movement made the garment ideal for playing golf.

A timeless design, versatile and flattering for all ages and body shapes, the Harrington Jacket demands a place in your prepping wardrobe, for the milder days…


Want a body warmer – Men’s Gilet

First Aid Boxes: First Aid Kits You Need to Survive in Style

So many lists and recommendations. So many first aid boxes:

  • First aid kits for vehicles
  • Fist Aid Box for  sports
  • First Aid Boxes compliant with the Health and Safety Executive, and,
  • Compliant with the BS8599
  • Personal first aid boxes
  • First aid kits for catering
  • First Aid Boxes for travellers
  • And First Aid Boxes made especially for the home

There are many first aid kits ready-made available online or you can make up a kit and select the items that you consider essential.

Whatever way you go they all serve the same purpose to render first aid to an injured person

And with that in mind doesn’t really matter where the patient is, we still need basic items in our first aid box

First aid box

Let’s start with the first aid box.

It can be a shoe box or a specially designed suitcase

For long term emergency use a durable moulded case with hinged lid is the way to go.

The international standard for first aid boxes is that they should be identified with the ISO symbol, a white cross on a green background

What to Include in a First Aid Box

Sterile dressings and plaster

Plasters: for small cuts and grazes

Sterile Pads: for covering wounds, holding the pad in place with adhesive tape

Sterile Wound dressings: A sterile pad attached to a bandage. Quick and easy to apply. Used on larger wounds


Roller Bandages: long thin cotton to support joint injuries and hold dressings in place

Triangular Bandages: Strong cotton triangular shaped can be folded to use as a bandage or a sling, or as a dressing for large wounds and burns

Protective Items

Disposable Gloves: Reduces the risk of infection. Always wear them whenever dressing wounds or dealing with bodily fluids

Misc Items

Cleansing Wipes: Alcohol-free to clean the skin around a wound

Gauze pads: Use as padding or as swaps to clean around a wound

Adhesive Tape: to hold dressings in place or secure loose ends of bandages

Pins and Clips: To fasten the ends of bandages

Tweezers: To extract splinters and foreign matter from wounds

Scissors, Shears: for cutting tapes, bandages and clothing if necessary

Emergency Foil Blanket: to keep the injured warm and protect from the weather

Torch: To help see in the dark and to attract attention

Whistle: to attract attention

Scissors for First Aid Boxes

Scissors need to be sturdy, stainless steel and long enough to provide enough force to cut through layers of bandages.

The blades of nurses dressing scissors have one blunt tip and one sharp tip.

But maybe include trauma shears instead of the nurse’s scissors

Trauma Shears

Also known as “Tuff Kuts” are strong scissors used by paramedics to quickly and safely cut clothing from injured people.

The blades are bent and the rugged construction can cut through seat belts, denim even leather

The wide blunt tip slides across the skin minimising the risk of cutting the patient as well as the clothing.

And if you’re buying a first aid kit, then please inspect the scissors that’s included because they will probably be too small, too weak and easily broken. Avoid the frustration, replace with a decent strong pair

Video from St John Ambulance

In an emergency situation you may need to act quickly so it’s important that you know your way around your first aid box

Here’s a short video from Saint John Ambulance showing how to use your first aid boxes

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First Aid Box Contents List

Before a trip and at regular intervals first aid box contents need to be checked, missing items and damaged items replaced.

The first aid box contents list needs to be very legible fit very easy to fit into the first aid box and maybe laminated to make it durable

So, Here is my suggested list of contents for emergency first aid boxes

The Quantities are typical for a family of four

ALICEAll purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying EquipmentOr, in military jargon, Advanced Light Infantry Combat Equipment
ATLAttempt To LocateOr, Above The Law. Or, All Time Low
BIBBug In Bag
BOBBug Out BagA kit of essential equipment that needs to last atleast 72 hours
BOLBug Out Location
BOVBug Out Vehicle
CMCompressed MealsUS alternative to MRE's ???
C-RationCombat RationUS army field rations that were replaced by MREs
CYACover Your Ass
DLPDefence of Life and Property
EDCEvery Day Carry
FAKFirst Aid Kit
FEPFamily Emergency Plan
FIFOFirst In First OutWith respect to rotating food in storage
GHBGet Home BagThe contents of which will be different to that of your BOB...
GMOGenetically Modified OrganismWith respect to vegetables that have had there genes modified
HAMAmateur Radio OperatorWhy HAM, I just don't know
INCHI'm Never Coming Home
JICJust In Case
MOLLEModular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment
MREMeal Ready to EatLatest type of rations in US military
NINJANo Income No Job or Assets
PrepperA survivalist actively preparing for emergencies, disruptions to social, civil, political orderOften acquiring emergency medical and self-defence training, stockpiles of food and water, preparing to become self-sufficient
SHTFShit Hits The Fan
SOTFSurvival Of The Fittest
TEOTWAWKIThe End Of The World As We Know ItScary...
WSHTFWhen Shit Hits The Fan
YoYoYou're On Your Own

Including medication in your first aid boxes maybe a little controversial but as long as the first aid box is made secure and out of reach of small children, it will not hurt to include:

Folding Pocket knife

Used for all sorts of tasks, from opening the mail to self-defence.

LED Flashlight Torch

Not just for the night time but to light up any dark space during the day

Scissors, screwdriver, pliers and many other tools. But for sure only the light work. EDC multitools are not made for the heavy lifting

Even non smokers will need to carry some tool to light a fire. In emergency survival situations. Fire is needed for warmth, cooking and signalling

Be sure to replenish whatever you use and check the expiration dates.

First Aid Guidance Booklet

The first aid guidance booklet offers advice on basic first aid principles. It should not be considered comprehensive.

First aid training needs to be attended by at least one member of the party

The booklet needs to be up to date with the latest first aid procedures and include the use of the items in the first aid boxes. Including unconsciousness, bleeding, broken bones eye injuries and burns the most common injuries.

You can download a free first aid guide from Saint John Ambulance

The pocket-sized guide covers the following first aid techniques

  • Choking
  • Severe bleeding
  • What to do when someone is unresponsive
  • The recovery position
  • Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Heart attack

Saint John Ambulance also provide a free downloadable mobile app that provides easy to follow advice on first aid procedures including CPR, choking and allergic reactions. Very handy.