A bug-out bag (BOB) lets you carry all the items you'll need to survive for 72 hours after SHTF. But if you're looking for something lighter or if you need a backup plan, try making pocket survival kits (PSKs) to cover basic needs like self-defense, first-aid and signaling. (h/t to Survivopedia.com)
Escape and self-defense PSK
The items in this PSK can help you escape a survival situation:
Diamond rotary cutoff tool – This item is easy to hide because it's small and flat. Use a diamond rotary cutoff tool to shape bobby pins, hair clips or metal scraps into tools.
Lock jigglers – When trapped or kidnapped, use lock jigglers and a fleet key or two to escape on a commandeered vehicle.
Norseman SNAP card knife – This small but versatile knife can be used for shelter building, firestarting, finding food and food prep. It's also compact enough to fit in a small PSK.
Oleoresin capsicum (OC) powder – This irritant is the active ingredient that makes chili peppers spicy. In concentrated powder form, OC is the irritant used in pepper spray. Use a small vial of OC powder to contaminate your scent tracks if you're being followed.
Petroleum jelly – Use petroleum jelly to slip off handcuffs or other restraints.
Restraint escape tool – While the other items should be stored in your PSK, it's best to hide a restraint escape tool somewhere else on your person so you can easily find it if you're capture by an enemy. Secure your chosen tool and hide it inside your sock or the lining of your jacket while traveling.
Safety pins – Use safety pins to open flex cuffs or hide smaller tools under your clothing.