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Tiny Pocket Survival Guide

Tiny acw survival guide fresnel acw

A True Actual Life & Survival Guide

MADE IN THE USA. We design, illustrate and create it all here. The “ACW Compact Reference and Field Manual” (Pocket survival guide) <that’s a link right there to an in depth visual page> Is unlike other booklets out there. From a couple of curious kids long ago in the north country, to now as big (still curious) kids, we have distilled years of research and problem solving into something that’s Tiny, and packed full of useful real world and survival content.  It looks different, because it is. Sometimes you just need to create what you dream, in order to have it.

How to solve the problem of creating a “most useful field guide”?

For us it just made sense to first identify it as a problem, then creatively solve that problem.

The constraints…

Keeping it small, mass matters. Keeping it effective. Make it practical & useful for all ages. Create something different. Have it a useful guide for Daily things, and emergency.

“Edibles that are good & plants to avoid. Most people can not correctly identify poison ivy / oak or sumac. Find these two and 70 more pages in this Tiny 5.5 inch by 4.25 inch booklet.


Our solution to be most effective…

OK, so true, but let’s work in those “limits”, and make some of our own rules. If you become familiar with the Pocket Field Guide, you will more and more realize how un-orthodox it is.


  1. Adding a refreshing sense of AWE. Hidden riddles, miscellany and Easter-eggs. Nice (possibly rare) are the times in life when you crack a silly smile. We share and operate as a business to GIVE this. Whether it’s our unique way of supporting or how we design gear. Sort of the business model. Otherwise we could just be silly idiots by ourselves.
  2. Almost every inch is covered with something. Space is overly maximized.
  3. “Range” of Topics covered. People live in the real world. True wilderness survival is more of an “off chance” scenario, we therefore included MOUNTAINS of information that we thought most applicable to REAL LIFE.
  4. Physical add-on features that supplement the user: A Fresnel lens that stores in the back cover. The design of these neat lenses is incredible. Recommend checking out this Wikipedia link for a read.
  5. Keep in interesting. Interesting quotes, ideas, and humor are woven throughout.
  6. Focus on MIND-SET. We tried to give a lot of “primer” into’s to effective topics, and ways to look at the world to better prepare ourselves. “Luck favors the well prepared” is true for a reason. Wherever you find yourself, is IN PART at least, a culmination of all your decisions up to the point of “NOW”.
  7. USABILITY. Procedures, Conversions, Formulas, Tips, Flow-chart, Measuring, Navigation, Expedients, Facts, Symbols, Communication (from non verbal, to Morse code), First aid, Knots, Edible plants, What poison ivy actual looks like, Thoughts on survival, Stories and much more.


Something you can reach for, or remember from when life has a question for you.

…Now that it seems over-hyped, remember it is not a masterpiece, rather a distillery of helpful ingredients. Your the cook. It’s basic, raw, artfully illustrated, thoughtfully composed, and for the price of a drive-thru Happy meal you can be content with such a small investment that’s good for your health too.

When you look at it through this lens, it makes perfect sense. For us it was just a matter of realizing how our brains function and then to apply it just like solving everything else. It’s so simple and just a matter of turning the perspective to a different vantage point.

  1. If what you want does not exist, find a way to make it exist.
  2. Actualize. Execute

Well that’s the simple formula. Other ingredients are peppered in along the way that make the difference: Staying on course. Figure out ways to get from A to B. A little whiskey. Applying your strengths. blah bl blah etc… So lets call #3: Persistence. out-last.

We hope you enjoy it. It was made as a way to offer our version of “as much help in the smallest form”, to like minded community members and all folks. So we could share something with others.

Pictured: Fresnel mini-magnifier lens (stored in the back cover)

The end take-away?

Here’s why you should have your’s.

"Useful . Because survival is problem solving.
Unique. Because you're tired of the usual

Unlike digital reception, this is always available to you. Piece of mind. Plus contents that are just good to know.

Over all the years, and thoughts, and problem solving solutions. All the preparedness efforts and planning we all do. Scenarios, “what-if’s” and on and on… The king of ALL survival is ADAPTABILITY.

The ability to adjust, based on your current surrounding, material gear, and mental/physical status.

Perfect for young adults or the recent grad leaving the nest…

The ACW Tiny Pocket Survival Guide is a must have for the outdoors types, or the indoors…

Stay safe in these days of the Corona virus. Use the time to connect with loved ones and enjoy the change in pace, from the normal “RAT-RACE” we have become so used to. It’s a good time NOT to panic, but be grateful. Think about how vulnerable we are by not being more self sufficient. Think about reaching out to others in need.


Discover more visuals at the Pocket Survival Guide page here

Visit our home on the web for the Survival guide, and our other unique preparedness gear like the “MAC-Gyver kit”. The ACW MAC-Gyver kit is our effort to embody everything above, like the Tiny Pocket Survival Guide, into a “kit” form. Not too small or big. But loaded with “POSSIBILITIES” for diverse life scenarios. Perfectly geared towards aiding the modern, or not-so-modern problem solving human.

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“Luck favors the well prepared”

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Jeep essentials, the MAC-Gyver survival kit

Hey all! just sharing a cool and Quick video of our ACW MAC-Gyver kit inside a jeep bug out vehicle

We love finding videos and posts about our gear “in the wild” and we appreciate the support in return.

Let’s have a great year 2020! Stay prepared, luck favors the well prepared…

Video by Wes from Superesse straps:

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The ACW team

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Survival kit contents

Survival kit contents & essentials

There is a lot of information out there about survival kits, for sure… but let’s consider what a survival kit is, and what YOUR needs are.

Let’s also consider one important fact that needs to be touched upon, that is: It is impossible to plan in detail for an unknown scenario. This is also why we at ACW believe in survival kit CONTENTS that are super versatile and act as force multipliers (especially when combined with the proper mind set) ! Build your load-out around this philosophy and your way ahead of the game.

Enter the “ACW MAC-Gyver kit”

– Combining specially selected common (and purpose made) items in a compact survival & utility resource.

Inside you will have over 150 individual items, all adding to your arsenal of adapting to any situation- especially effective for “Macgyver” types, Clever individuals and problem solvers…

Let’s compare what the Red Cross recommends in a kit, adding our own insight and recommendations, noted in italics

American Red Cross is a reputable, helpful and well established outfit by most accounts.

visit them here to read more.

What Do You Need In A Survival Kit?

At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:
  1. Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home) Great idea, but let’s have compact “water purification tabs” or filtering options for even better mobility and potential
  2. Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).-good idea, this is great as an add-on to a basic core kit, but not ideal for “on the move” prepping
  3. Flashlight -check!
  4. Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible) – Excellent add-on. Also remember in the event of an EMP or solor flare hit, you can save maps on your cell phone in the even no GPS or service is available.
  5. Extra batteries (Similar item available in the Red Cross Store) -Recommended !
  6. Deluxe family first aid kit -Not sure what this means exactly…but sounds good to me. What is definitely needed is a “bleed / Trauma kit” add-on: Tourniquets, combat gauze etc. Learn to use them. A deluxe family first aid kit will not be effective at saving lives in severe cases of trauma and bleeding….
  7. Medications (7-day supply) and medical items -Yes, load up on your personal meds
  8. Multi-purpose tool-Definitely
  9. Sanitation and personal hygiene items -Sure thing
  10. Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies) -This is a great idea, maybe in a secondary kit for sensitive items storage. Think Fire & water proof here for storing….Also on a side note; leave a note or word as to your heading and time of departure if you are going to wander off
  11. Cell phone with chargers (Similar item available in the Red Cross Store) -Most people are so attached to their device that this will be a no brainer’. Savvy folks will also be able to rig charging devices with old cables and various batteries (depending on the device), so bring extra cables and such
  12. Family and emergency contact information -Good idea. Also have a family/friends bug-out plan that everyone knows about in advance of any emergency. This would include primary meeting points, secondary, and misc link-up spots & caches.
  13. Extra cash-Not a bad idea, at least in the preliminary stages of even a doomsday scenario, cash will have a value that’s embedded into most people. Later things with true value will rule: metals, water, fuel,batteries,etc. Extra cash is also good just to have as a convenience for small emergencies
  14. Emergency blanket -Recommend a foil “space” type bag. If you have a vehicle or home safe rea then a good wool blanket, or other bedding would be clutch
  15. Map(s) of the area – Another great idea. For those that are younger (teens to 30’s) you may not have any real concept of paper maps. Snuggle up with them and get familiar. Remember survival will be dominated by the Analog world in large part (depending)

Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit:

  • Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Games and activities for children -Don’t forget the adults too! there is no need to suffer more than one has to.
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl) -If possible
  • Two-way radios – Yes! and batteries again
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys -Zip tie an extra set under your car as a back-up
  • Manual can opener-P-38 type

Additional supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:

  • Whistle -recommend ACR coast guard approved type.
  • N95 or surgical masks-check
  • Matches -Good, strike anywhere, dipped in wax for water resistance is even better. Then there is the most basic and useful fire source (often forgotten all together); The BIC lighter! (strikers and MAG bars are great too)
  • Rain gear -Stay dry, if you can’t have full rain gear, at least have a decent large clear garbage bag
  • Towels -Luxury, but well received if you have the space. Also a good multi-purpose item (we are all about options)
  • Work gloves– Luxury again, but good to have
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home – Good idea. having a separate tinkering/tool kit is a plus
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Plastic sheeting -Very ideal to have. As mentioned above, a drum liner or garbage bag or three, are wonderful additions to any kit. Solar stills can be fabricated for clean water procurement, and shelter roofs made to thwart the rains and help maintain optimal body temps
  • Duct tape -Yeah, but also consider electrical and specialty mending tapes like “Tenacious tape”, foil tapes, etc. This is 2019, not 1985 any more!
  • ScissorsRecommend having a multi tool with scissors to start with
  • Household liquid bleach -Well it is a heavy burden…Water weights about 8.34 lbs per gallon. If you can store some then great, but for the mobile individual or unit, having bleach in a small secure dropper bottle is even better. It only takes a few drops to chlorinate a gallon of water for drinking.
  • Entertainment items– Cards, and a creative mind work best. Also check out “The Compact reference and field manual” it’s a great small asset and highly rated. Full of interesting everyday life info and survival topics.
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Think outside the box. Adding wires, sewing kits/mending supplies, tubes, glues, and “junk drawer” items are some of the most versatile items to have.

Survival and Preparedness is not a one size fits all, save for the basic core essentials. You will find that to be optimally prepared for various situation, that different kits will be on stand-bye for different areas and needs. For example your Vehicle every day carry (VEDC) will be more expansive and particular in ways as compared to your personal EDC carry gear, or your Bug Out Bag (BOB), and your office, safe area, fall-out shelter or camp will like-wise be unique.

For individual items or pre-made kits, check out and build your own kits.

“Luck favors the well prepared”


ACW team.