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Key Chain Survival Tools

Usually if we leave the house, we have our wallet and our key chain (or key ring). What better way would there be, to ensure that you have some basic tools than to put together some key chain survival tools?

Key Chain Survival Tools

What do you have on your key chain (or key ring)? Keys? Is that all?

I’ll bet you have more than just those keys, on your key chain.

Everyone should carry a couple items on their key chain to give them an edge up, if things go down.


Maglite Solitaire LED – This tough little light, from Maglight, gives you the ability to focus the beam from a wide-angle floodlight down to a narrow spot beam. The high-powered LED output of this tiny titan provides 37 lumens, enough power to light up objects on the far end of a parking lot (55 meters), and runs off of a single AAA battery! This keychain flashlight is tiny enough that it can live in your pocket, or on your key ring. It will always there when you need it!

micro light keychain carry geek-prepperNite Ize MLSA-M1-R7 Micro Light STS – Lately, I’ve been carrying the Nite Ize MLSA-M1-R7 Micro Light STS and love it. Since it’s “Swipe” activated, I find that it doesn’t come on by accident while in my pocket. 16 scorching Lumens of white light when I need it. This is a great little light. You can read more on it on my post, Micro Light for EDC KeyChain Carry



Mini Pry Bar

The Gerber Shard has been my key chain companion for quite some time now and I’m surprised by how much I’ve used it. It’s handy because it’s right there, so I’ve grown accustom to using it to pry, unscrew, tighten and many other uses.

Bottles of root beer are being popped open, by this Gerber Shard, as we speak…. that counts as an emergency use right?

gerber shard keychain carry geek-prepperThe Gerber Shard includes a small and medium flat driver; Philips head driver, wire stripper, pry bar, bottle opener, lanyard hole.


Exotac nanoSTRIKER Ferrocerium Fire Starter – This is a handy, self contained tool. It boasts 3000 fire-starting strikes and the 1/4″ Ferrocerium rods are replaceable. This fire starter will even work if it’s wet.



Leatherman Squirt – 420 HC clip-point knife blade, Needlenose pliers, regular pliers, wire cutters, Spring-action scissors, wood/metal file, bottle opener, Flat/Phillips medium regular screwdrivers and key ring attachment

Leatherman Style PS Multitool – (No knife, but it does have pliers, wire cutters, scissors, file, regular and phillips screwdrivers, nail file, tweezers). This multitool is perfect if I know that I have to fly. It’s fully TSA approved.

It’s good to take advantage of your key chain and add some tools to make life easier, to give you an edge in unexpected situations and  to make survival easier. Put together some key chain survival tools!

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  1. A word of CAUTION about carrying lock picks… PLEASE check your local Police Department to see if you can have them. Here in CA if you have lock picks and not a licensed Locksmith you can end up in JAIL, they are considered Burglary Tools!

    I have a small flash light on my key chain and a small ferrocerium rod, a small magnesium rod and a striker as well…


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