The second iteration in the hugely successful Pocket Survival Pak™ line, the Pocket Survival Pak™ PLUS (PSP+) takes personal survival up a notch. Designed with survival expert Doug Ritter, who also designed the first PSP, the PLUS kit features many of the same high-quality components that were carefully selected for the original, in addition to new custom designed tools that give users the best shot at surviving a variety of situations in the outdoors.
Along with high quality components for signaling (signaling mirror, triple frequency whistle) and navigating (liquid-damped compass with lanyard ring), the new PSP PLUS also contains additional components for food gathering and gear repair (knife), working at night (LED flashlight) and collecting and purifying water (collapsible water bag, water purification tablets).
“The original Pocket Survival Pak remains the best survival kit at its price point of under $35, which was our goal,” says survival authority and Equipped To Survive founder, Doug Ritter.
He continued, “However, with the PLUS version AMK and I sought to answer the question, ‘what kind of pocket-sized kit could we build that would greatly enhance the serious outdoor enthusiast’s ability to survive, if price weren’t as much of a factor?’ This enhanced kit is the result.”
For the new items in the PSP PLUS, AMK and Ritter worked with a who’s who of survival and outdoor gear companies, including Columbia River Knife & Tool (RSK™ Mk5 fixed blade knife designed by Ritter); Essential Gear (eGear PICO™ Lite LED flashlight also designed by Ritter); Katadyn (Micropur MP1 chlorine dioxide tablets), Nasco (lab-quality, sterile,1 liter collapsible Whirl-Pak® water bag) and Pacific Outdoor Equipment (PNUEMO ZIP waterproof Pouch).
“The PSP PLUS is designed for the serious hunter, hiker or backpacker who recognizes the full spectrum of dangers and contingencies that the outdoors poses and wants to be prepared to face them head on,” says AMK marketing director Frank Meyer.
Every year, 50,000 search and rescue missions are conducted in the United States, according to the National Association of Search and Rescue. Despite all the best precautions taken, anyone can find themselves in danger, says Ritter, “weather changes and accidents happen, leaving even the most experienced outdoors enthusiast stranded and separated from their gear unless they are carrying it on their person. That’s where the PSP PLUS can make a difference – its lightweight, compact design makes it easy to carry in a pocket and its high quality components really could save your life.”
Despite the extra gear and the added survival capabilities provided, the PSP PLUS remains light enough (5.9 oz / 170 g) and small enough (4.5 x 5 inches / 11.4 x 13 cm) to carry in most shirt or pant pockets. As Ritter so often explains ” if it isn’t with you, it can’t save you™.”
Like all of AMK’s survival and medical kits, the PSP PLUS includes a “Register Your Kit” card, which when activated provides users with refill updates and notices on upcoming sales promotions. The PSP PLUS has an MSRP of $80.00 and is available from many Adventure Medical Kit dealers. A partial list of Retailers making the PSP PLUS available online can be found at: http://www.dougritter.com/psp_retailers.htm
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the PSP PLUS supports the non-profit Equipped To Survive Foundation
Doug Ritter provides extensive information on the PSP PLUS (and the original PSP), including details about the individual components and development of the kit, at: http://www.dougritter.com/psp_index.htm
NEW TO THE PSP PLUS:
CRKT RSK™ Mk5 Knife – Doug Ritter designed this knife produced by Columbia River & Tool. Made of stainless cutlery steel, the knife is a compact, lightweight, but robust, fixed blade designed specifically to fit into a small survival kit tin or pouch. It offers multiple uses in the outdoors, including gathering food, building shelter and repairing gear.
Essential Gear eGEAR PICO™ Lite LED Flashlight – Field & Stream 2010 Best of the Best Winner. Doug Ritter designed this super bright micro-sized LED light specifically for reliable emergency use. It is ideal for navigating or working at night or in low-light conditions. It projects a powerful 10 lumen beam up to 30 feet from tough cylindrical 6061 anodized aluminum body- not plastic -weighing just two-tenths of an ounce. The knurled on/off bezel switch ensures it cannot be turned on inadvertently in storage and makes it easier for a user to grip if their hands are cold.
Katadyn Micropur MP1 Chlorine Dioxide Tablets (6) – Recognized as the industry standard in water purification, each tablet purifies 1 liter/1quart.
Nasco Whirl-Pak® Water Bag – A lab-quality, sterile, collapsible 1 liter water bag with secure roll-top closure
28″ Stainless Ball Chain – mil-spec, use as a neck lanyard or security lanyard for survival gear or for gear repair
Doug Ritter Illustrated Supplemental Survival Instructions – Building on the waterproof kit-specific Illustrated Survival Instructions he wrote for the original PSP, Ritter expanded on multiple uses for the additional components in the PSP PLUS with additional detailed, easy to understand, practical information.
Pacific Outdoor Equipment PNUEMO ZIP Waterproof Pouch – Don’t-Lose-Me bright orange 40D ripstop back and Clear TPU front make the PNEUMO ZIP pouch light but tough. Rated waterproof to 3M for 1 hr. Pull tabs make it easy to open. Zipper access to back storage. Retro-reflective trim for night visibility. Lanyard loop for security. Still fits in a pocket
ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS (same as original PSP):
Spark-Lite™ Firestarter – current U.S. military issue, waterproof, useable one-handed, over 1000 sparkings in tests
Spark-Lite™ Tinder-Quik™ – 4 tinders, current U.S. military issue, waterproof, wax impregnated cotton tinder in zip-top plastic bag, each burns 2-3 minutes
Fox-40® Rescue Howler™ Survival Whistle – designed exclusively for this kit, triple frequency, exceeds U.S. Coast Guard and SOLAS specifications, bright yellow with dual mode lanyard hole
Rescue Flash™ Signal Mirror – 2 x 3 inches (5 x 7.6 cm) Lexan™ polycarbonate with mil-spec style retro-reflective aiming aid for one-handed use, instructions on back, protective cover to prevent scratches while stored in the kit, lanyard hole.
20mm Survival Compass – liquid damped with groove to accept an improvised lanyard ring
Duct Tape – 26 inches x 2 inches (66 x 5 cm), rolled around plastic mandrel, repairs, first aid, the ultimate repair and improvisation component, uses limited only by your imagination
Stainless Steel Utility Wire – 6 ft. of .020 inch (1.83 m x 0.5 mm) mil-spec grade, stronger than brass, won’t get brittle in frigid cold, multiple uses
Braided Nylon Cord – 10 ft. (3 m) 150+ lb. (68+ kg) test, won’t unravel, shelter building, repairs and much more
#69 Black Nylon Thread – 50 ft. (15.2 m), 10.5 lb. (4.8 kg) test, repairs, fishing line, light duty lashing and much more
Fishing Kit – 4 x medium Fish Hooks, 2 x Split Shot and 1 x Snap Swivel, in a clear plastic vial with cap.
Heavy Duty Sewing Needle – will penetrate heavy materials, easy to grip, large eye for easy threading
4 Safety Pins – repairs, secure items to prevent loss and much more
Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil – 3 sq. ft. (0.9 sq. m), reflect fire heat, cook and much more
#2 Pencil and Waterproof Rite-In-The-Rain® Notepaper – 2 pieces 2.125 x 3.667 inches (5.4 x 9.3 cm), leave notes, memory aid, keep log
Fresnel Lens Magnifier – 2 x 3 inches (5 x 7.6 cm), in protective sleeve, read small type in survival instructions if glasses lost, start fire using sun
Waterproof Illustrated Survival Instructions – authored by Doug Ritter, 33 illustrations, on waterproof highly tear-resistant synthetic “paper,” detailed, easy to understand, kit specific practical information
Doug Ritter is a world renowned authority on survival equipment and advocate for better survival equipment to save lives. His research and exposés have resulted in recalls and stricter standards and testing for emergency survival equipment. Ritter is Chairman of the non-profit Equipped To Survive Foundation and founder and editor of Equipped to Survive www.equipped.org, often described as “Consumer Reports for survival gear.” Ritter’s personal web site is www.DougRitter.com. Ritter is also founder and Chairman of Knife Rights: www.KnifeRights.org.
Doug Ritter, doug@DougRitter.com