Survival Cards

Survival Cards

Today I’m going to be talking about some of the different types of cards that preppers can use for survival Purposes. Survival cards come in various forms and can perform many useful tasks if you ever find yourself in a survival situation.


Survival cards can make a great addition to anyone’s survival kit or EDC because they are lightweight, practical and often multi-functional. Some of the cards that I’m going to detail below are manufactured and designed specifically for survival purposes. Others are cards that exist for other purposes but have a survival benefit.

Survival Skill Cards

Survival skills cards are really handy items to carry either on your person or in your emergency kit. These cards are designed to give you easy instant access to important survival tips that could save your life and keep you alive. Here’s a list of some of the survival topics this type of card provides.

  • Animal Tracking
  • Clouds
  • Fire Building
  • First Aid
  • Knot Tying
  • Outdoor Skills
  • Paracord Tips & Uses
  • Shelter Building
  • Way Finding

Whilst we all try to commit to memory basic survival skills like tying knots, first aid and so on, these cards will come in handy in a survival situation. They are also a great learning tool for children who want to learn basic survival skills.

Contact Information Cards

Another highly recommended part of prepping should be to create and carry on you at all times a contact information card. These cards should contain important contact information, for example, emergency phone numbers. Many people store this info on their smartphones but you never know when your smartphone may let you down. You could lose your phone or it could become damaged. If this happens you need another way to access these important numbers. These cards are easy to make yourself using a piece of card and cutting it to shape of a credit card so you can store it with the rest of your cards. If possible it’s a good idea to laminate the card once you have made it to protect it from the elements.

Multi-Tool Cards

There are many different credit card style multi-tools available, these cards are credit card sized so they are easy to carry and they are multi-functional. A well-known quality example of one of these credit card multi-tools is the Victorinox Swiss Card. Depending on which one or ones you opt for credit card multi-tools have features like:

  • Pens
  • Knife Edge
  • Knives
  • Scissors
  • Nail file
  • Screwdrivers
  • Toothpick
  • Tweezers
  • Can opener
  • Saw blade

These cards fit into normal credit card slots of your wallet or purse and are there to help you out in case of emergency.

Fire Lighting Cards

Fresnel Cards

Plastic Fresnel lenses cards are often used as magnifiers but they also make a great backup fire starter. They are lightweight, flexible and it’s easy to carry one in your wallet or purse if you get one that’s the size of a credit card.  You can use a Fresnel card to light tinder if you have enough direct sunlight. It’s a low-cost option to carry on you daily as a backup fires starter, I say back up because if the sun isn’t out you will still need to rely on other fire starting methods.

Survival Playing Cards

Now it’s always a could idea to have a pack of playing cards in your survival kit for those times when you need to occupy yourself or your family. Playing cards are a great way to alleviate boredom. But did you know you can get survival playing cards that have handy survival tips on the reverse side of the cards. There are also playing cards that have wild edibles information on the back of the cards. Survival playing cards are a great way for the family to learn survival skills and make a great addition to your emergency kit.

Medical Cards

I.C.E Cards

I.C.E stands for in case of emergency and it’s a good idea to carry these cards in your wallet or purse. These cards allow you to write information on them about any critical health issues you may have. For example, specific medication was taken, allergies and any pre-existing medical conditions. Some people have this information stored on their smartphones but this is not practical because your phone could be locked or damaged during an emergency situation.

The idea behind I.C.E Cards is that they are easily identifiable and on hand. If you are taken ill or injured, carrying an I.C.E card could make all the difference. It enables first responders, such as paramedics, firefighters, and police officers, as well as hospital personnel, to act quickly and more effectively knowing your specific medical circumstances.

Survival Cards That Could Save Your Life Summary

I think you will agree that all of the cards mentioned above could be very useful for a prepper in a survival situation. I own a number of these cards and have added them to my EDC. Thanks for reading, I hope you have found this article helpful. Maybe you have some cards you carry that I haven’t mentioned if so why not add your comments below.

Recommended Reading

Twenty Free Preps

Basic Emergency Survival Planning

Survival Cards Links

I didn’t want to add loads of links to this article’s text so it was easier to read. So here are some links to some of the types of survival cards I have mentioned above.

UST Learn & Live Educational Card Set, Outdoor Skills

UST Learn & Live Educational Card Set, 52 card deck, Survival Tips

Wilderness Survival Playing Cards

Victorinox Swiss Card

Edible Wilderness and Wilderness Survival Playing Cards

Wallet Ninja 18 in 1 Multi-purpose Credit Card Size Pocket Tool

Credit Card Fresnel Lens Pocket Magnifier



4 thoughts on “Survival Cards Could Save Your Life”

  1. The knot tying cards and magnifying glass card are excellent ideas.

    $32 for the Swisscard Lite Pocket Tool is a little pricey, but it would make a nice edition to my EDC gear. I’ll have to think about that one a bit.

    Although not true, “Survival Cards” I do carry with me the 1st deck of Conflicted the card game. I mostly have it on me, because we’ll sometimes get together with friends who like to play, and I don’t want to forget to grab them. I wouldn’t consider them an EDC item, but I do recommend them for their intended use, which is to get some good conversion going with like minded folks. I guess you could use them for tinder if you really needed. lol

    1. Hi Vey, yeah the swisscard is a little on the pricey side, I think Victorinox get away with it because of the brand. One thing I will say though is I have had one for a few years and its still going strong and if you lose items from it you can replace them individually. I’ve not got round to picking up the conflicted cards yet but its on my to do list.

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