VSSL Supplies – Emergency kit

The VSSL is a bit of a jack of all trades, and is only as useful as you know how to use it – so it’s worth taking time to read the little instructions book. It’s also worth noting that there are other flavours of VSSL – a 1st-aid version and an emergency shelter version – for more specific needs. And perhaps most useful of all for people who DO know what they’re doing, they sell an empty version which still has the torch and compass at each end, and is waterproof and drop resistant.

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Klecker/CRKT Nathan’s Knife Kit

Minnie, aged eight, made short work of putting it together and, interestingly, treated it naturally with respect as though it was a real knife. Neat psychology. She needed a little help in pushing through the wooden dowels as they were so tight but she made the point they had to be, “Or else the knife would fall apart”. Good job the ‘helpful’ adult didn’t start sanding parts.

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Leatherman – Micra

It’s a neat set, designed to attach to a keyring. These aren’t the tools you’d want to grab if you needed to fix something technical, but they are the kind of tools you might use on a daily basis, making this a neat and practical additional to any pocket. I’ve actually surprised myself by using this more often than my more ‘tool-heavy’ multi-tool, as these are things you tend to want to have to hand.

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Nite Ize – DoohicKey Key Tool

Made of durable stainless steel, the Nite Ize DoohicKey features half-dozen tools that do everything from tighten bolts and screws to open a bottle of refreshment, all in a simple key tool that fits in the palm of your hand. On one end of the Doohickey is a sturdy karabiner clip, allowing you to attach keys to it, or attach the DoohicKey itself to any loop or ring. Opposite the clip is an etched ruler for on-the-spot measurements and the karabiner opening is strategically shaped to function as a wrench. On the other end, the DoohicKey features a bottle opener, a flat head screwdriver, and a box cutter.

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