However, not everyone wants to carry around lots of extra gear every day. So, what better way to improve preparedness than making an EDC survival wallet.
You’d be surprised how much survival gear you can fit into an EDC wallet. Thanks to all of the new ultra-compact survival multi-tools, you can get the basics – like a knife, firestarter, and can opener – into a wallet without it getting bulky.
Here’s how to Choose the best EDC Wallet.
Step 1. Choose Your EDC Wallet
Finding the right wallet for survival EDC is a tough task. It needs to be sturdy and have lots of room for tools, but not so bulky that it won’t fit in your pocket. Tactical wallets are generally built to hold more gear.
It’s a good idea to get a wallet that has an RFID-protecting shell or cardholder. If it isn’t, then make sure you are getting an RFID-blocking case for your credit cards.
It has a built-in bottle opener and top-grade leather. The wallet is also RFID-resistant and has a lifetime warranty.
Dango Tactical EDC Wallet
The multi-tool has over 10 functions, including a mini knife. It’s RFID blocking and made from genuine leather. Oh, and the entire wallet weighs less than 2 ounces.
Step 2: Add EDC Credit Card Tools
There are tons of really cheap credit card tools you can buy. Of course, you shouldn’t expect too much from a $4 multi-tool. They are often made out of cheap materials which will bend or crack during even small jobs.
That said, there is still a lot you can do with credit card tools. I use the screwdrivers on my credit card survival tool quite often. If SHTF, I would also be thankful for the compass and can opener.
I’ve picked out some of the better-quality credit card tools to share below. They are still all cheap but hold up better than others I’ve used.
SOG Credit Card Companion
SOG makes a lot of really cool survival gear, including this credit card tool.
It’s a bit thick but has 9 tools that are quite strong, including a knife, compass, tweezers, toothpick, and can opener.
Wilderness Survival Credit Card Tool
This credit card tool was made with bugging out in mind. It has fish hooks, a saw blade, and arrows.
Now, you just have to learn how to use those tools in a wilderness survival situation!
Step 3: Choose a Wallet-Sized Knife
A knife is one of the most critical survival items that you need to have. If the credit card tool you choose doesn’t have a knife, you’ll want to get one to put in your wallet.
Again, credit card tools aren’t meant for doing challenging tasks. In a pinch, you might be able to shave some tinder with a wallet knife, but I’d rather have a fixed blade with me. If you are on a budget, you might want to check out these Top 10 Survival Knives for Under $100.
Even if you do carry a knife as part of your EDC, it’s still nice to have a wallet knife too. When it comes to survival, “two is one, and one is none.”
Here are two options for wallet knives. Just remember to remove wallet knives before going through security!
Cheap Foldable Knife
These cheap folding knives are really trendy now. The design is superb – you just fold down the sides and flip out the knife. I’ve used mine to cut plants a few times, and the blade was surprisingly sharp.
Zootility WildCard Knife
Another fantastic design, the WildCard credit card knife, also has a few other tools built into it. I love it for its longer blade and serrated edge.
Step 4: Wallet Survival Items
There are a few random survival items that you might want to include in your EDC wallet.
You’ve got three options here: lenses, magnesium and flint strikers, or matches.
I prefer a Ferro rod because it is the most reliable and doesn’t run out. It does take some skill to use them, though, so you might want to choose another method.
How could you survive TEOTWAWKI without a can opener? This little one fits in your wallet.
Water Purification Tablets
Water purification is a life or death matter! It’s nice to have a few water purification tabs in your wallet, just in case. Some people would consider this overkill, though…
Other Wallet Survival Items
- Pen – See our guide to the best tactical pen.
- Spare car key
- Duct tape (wrapped around a credit card)
- Calling card
- Whistle for signaling for help
- Lock picking kit
- Wire blade or snare wire
Are Your Documents Ready?
This isn’t something that preppers talk about often, but you should have an emergency binder prepped for emergencies.
I find the best way to keep these is on a password-protected, encrypted flash drive (See our binder template here.) If all hell breaks loose while you are out of the home, at least you’ll have all of your insurance, medical, ID, and copies of other personal documents handy.
Also, don’t forget an ICE card and a medical ID!
What survival items do you have in your wallet?