I recently put together a small prep kit. Something for the basics, water and fire. Like I stated I wanted something small, to keep in the vehicle and move easily. This prep kit was inspired by one of Angery Americans post on his website. For the box I bought an adventure survival kit box by Best Glide ASE(7.3"x4.6"x2.3"tall). It is water tight. So far I got the Sawyer Mini Filter, with the bag that comes with it and an additional Evernew Water Bag 900mL. Swedish Fire Steel 2.0(already have one and really like it, but bought an additional for the kit) A BIC lighter Small 2" Pocket knife Spare boot laces 2 small craft wire rolls, not even sure the gauge or how long, something I found in the shop Things to add that I know will fit Aspirin Ibprofen Acid Reducer Finger nail clipper What didn't fit was the syringe for blowing back the debris on the Sawyer Filter..... Maybe I am asking for too much, but for the small kit it does pack the essentials...just wish it had a little bit more room for some additional water storage, a small flash light, space blanket(North country gets cold, but I do have a winter survival kit in my vehicle so that does have it), some sort of small first aid kit etc... As far as protection I have my permit to carry and practice that anytime I am not sleeping for the most part. But that being said I do have a small LCP I wouldn't mind in there or a smaller 9mm. What is everyone else using for a smaller kit? or even a fanny pack for that matter? What additional items would you pack?