If you’re going hiking or camping you’re going to need lots of supplies. A backpack full of necessities is needed right off the bat. You’ll have to have a source of heat or fire, food and drinks, items to use for cooking and much more. But, when you get to the location where you want to camp, you don’t really want to carry all those supplies along with you. Most people set up camp and then take off with just a few needed items. When you’re hiking the less you have to carry, the better. And, if those things will easily slip onto your belt, that’s really ideal. You can easily make a little survival kit for these trips by starting with a baby sock! The miniature emergency kit is perfect for young kids.
The perfect sock is one without lace. It can be a bootie-type or an ankle sock. It can be a boy’s or girl’s sock. If the sock is one that folds down at the ankle go ahead and fold it down. You’ll make the sock easy to slide on and off a belt by cutting simple slits on one side. Position the sock against the belt so that it faces to the left or to the right. Mark the area where the belt meets the sock. Cut two slits. These should be at least an inch away from the very edge. Space the two slits so that they’re equally apart. If you’re using a sock that folds over at the ankle you’ll cut the slits through both layers of the sock.
Put things in the sock that could be helpful on a hiking trip. Making a small sewing it by wrapping some thread around a piece of thin cardboard. Slide a needle and some pins between the thread and the cardboard. Drop in a button.
A small list of things you can add to the sock survival kit include band-aids, a miniature lighter or matches, anti-bacterial cream, fishing twine and hook, paper money and/or coins, a list of phone numbers, folded bathroom tissue and similar items. You’ll be surprised at how many useful things a small sock can hold!
Grownups can make sock emergency kits, too. Use a larger sock and create it in the same manner. Make different ones, too! Use one sock to hold first aid items, another to hold fishing needs and another to hold your cell phone! The sock survival kit makes a useful addition to your supply of camping and hiking gear.