A survival kit that fits in your pocket is strongly recommended by Wallowa County Search and Rescue. It can save your life. Here are the components of a pocket survival kit:

• A Ziploc bag into which everything else fits and which can also hold drinking water.

• A straw for drinking from the bag without spilling.

• A garbage bag to use as a raincoat, shelter or even a sleeping bag to preserve heat.

• A strip of duct tape to fix holes in the Ziploc or garbage bags and also to cover a wound.

• A small candle to conserve matches and to start a warming fire.

• A box of matches to light the candle.

• Flagging ribbon and a whistle to signal rescuers.

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