Prepper Gifts 2021: Emergency gear you wish you owned

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Times are crazy. Prepping no longer feels like an odd hobby practiced by the paranoid. Many are realizing that preparing for family and national emergencies is just smart.

Get friends and family on the high road to personal reliance and preparedness by getting them good gifts that make prepping fun.

Training and preparation are much easier to stick with when you have good gear. If you can’t come up with a good gift idea for your prepper, or if you are ready to start prepping yourself, check out some of the quality gear listed below.

The equipment in this gift list is used for camping, hiking, and emergency preparedness.

Let’s check out the gear.

Summary of Prepper Gifts

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TOAKS Titanium Long Handle Spork

If you are heading out with your bugo-out bag, this is the only eating utensil you need because it acts as a fork and a spoon and it is ultra-lightweight to keep bag weight down. Use it to stir small camp pots and to mix powdered drinks. As an added bonus the extra-long handle keeps your hands clean when digging into a bag of freeze-dried food.

Risen Emergency Foil Mylar Thermal Blankets

Amazon|Toaks

These emergency blankets are constructed of heavy-duty double-sided aluminum foil providing a windproof and waterproof outer layer. The Risen retains 90% of your body heat so it is ideal for emergency situations where staying warm is paramount. Keep it in your bug-out pack, go bag, EDC, and emergency vehicle kits so you have protection when you need it.

Amazon|Risen

Black Diamond Spot 350 Headlamp

The Black Diamond Spot 350 is compact, lightweight, and bright at 350 lumens. I like this headlamp because it is high-quality but simple so there is less to break. Powered by AAA batteries, the Spot 350 allows you to work hands-free in any situation like moving around camp, hiking at night, or lighting your way in a power outage.

Amazon|Black Diamond

Streamlight ProTac Tactical Flashlight

Light, durable, and bright, the Streamlight Protac blasts 500 lumens illuminating the task at hand. The Protac is an outstanding piece of gear that goes well in a bug-out bag as part of an everyday carry or mounted to the weapon of your choice. If you like headlamps like I like headlamps, don’t fret. You can clip the Streamlight Protac to the bill of your cap.

Amazon|Streamlight

Etekcity Camping Lantern

Compact, lightweight, and bright, the Etekcity is excellent for emergency LED lighting in base camp, shelter, or bug-out vehicles. The light expands and collapses so it takes up less storage space and provides 30 hours of continuous use on fresh batteries. There are also double handles on top if you would rather hang the lantern than set it on a flat surface. This light is well made, excellent emergency lighting for blackouts, emergency power outages, hurricanes, or in a snowstorm kit.

Amazon|Etekcity

Maxpedition Gyrfalcon Backpack Bug-out bag

It’s getting harder to find a superior quality bug-out bag with excellent stitching, materials, and design, but this bag hits all those marks. It is pricey compared to some of the cheaper bags, but it is worth it. The two bags I owned before the Gyrfalcon didn’t last a year. I wore a hole in the bottom of one bag due to cheap material, and the main zipper broke on the other bag. You won’t have these issues with any of the Maxpedition gear.

At 36L, the heavy-duty, Gyrfalcon offers compartmentalized storage with an internal frame that transfers weight from your shoulders onto your hips via the wide load-bearing waist belt. The Gyrfalcon is highly compartmentalized for easy organization of emergency and survival gear with a removable fanny pack and a bunch of extra MOLLE attachment points to add ditty bags for quick deploy gear like a first aid kit or navigation gear.

If you want to see a smile on the face of your favorite prepper, you can’t go wrong with the Gyrfalcon—a great gift.

Amazon|Maxpedition

Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack (EDC)

Are you looking for a bullet-proof EDC bag with Maxpedition quality? Look no further. The Fatboy Versipack is the ultimate man-bag constructed of 1000 Denier nylon with YKK zippers, a triple coat of polyurethane for water resistance, and a final coat of Dupont Teflon fabric protector to keep the elements out.

The Fatboy is comfortable, ages well, and will last for years. An excellent gift for any prepper looking for a daily carry bag. Did I mention it’s tacti-cool?

I have this bag, and I love it.

Amazon|Maxpedition

Valtcan 900 ML Titanium Backpacking Mug Metal Cup

In a survival situation, you may need to boil water for dry foods and sterilize it for drinking. A lightweight single-walled backpacking mug like the Valtcan builds redundancy into your water and cooking system. This is a must-have item in a bug-out kit.

The Valtcan is a 100% titanium single wall cooking cup, super lightweight, weighing in at 3.8oz for the Pot and 0.9oz for the lid. It holds 34oz of liquid and has small dimensions at 5.4″ tall and 3.9″ in diameter. To maximize bag space store gear inside the cup when it’s in your bug-out or EDC bag.

Amazon|Valtcan

Jetboil Mighty Mo Ultralight Backpacking Stove

Mini-backpacking stoves like the Mighty MO are fantastic. If you’ve never used one, you are in for a surprise. Mini-stoves are an asset in a multitude of emergencies. A must-have in a vehicle emergency kit, as a backup for power out scenario, or as part of a bug-out kit.

Jetboil portable stoves are lightweight and boil water in 3 minutes. You can quickly cook dry packaged emergency foods like Ramen noodles or Mountain House freeze-dried meals.

Mighty Mo is a great gift by itself or as part of an emergency prepper gift basket, including the Valtcan Titanium Cup.

Mighty Mo is small at 4.1 x 4.1 x 3.75 inches and somewhat lightweight at 3.36oz.

Amazon|Jetboil

MSR PocketRocket Ultralight Backpacking Stove

The Pocket Rocket is the ultralight stove that kept me fed during a 130-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail. The Rocket is tiny and lightweight, coming in at 2.6 oz with dimensions of 2″x2″x3.” This stove has been in my pack for 10 years and hasn’t let me down yet. The Rocket brings water to a boil in three minutes, thirty seconds, an excellent choice for a bug-out bag where weight and space are an issue.

Amazon|MSR

Jetboil Jetpower Fuel

Jetboil fuel and other fuel canisters with an EN417 nozzle will work for the Jetboil MightyMo and MSR PocketRocket portable stoves. I’m putting this fuel link here for individuals who live off-grid or don’t have access to a big-box store like Walmart.

Find this fuel cheaper locally in a brick-and-mortar store and avoid paying the HAZMAT shipping charge.

Amazon|Jetboil

Mountain House Freeze-dried backpacker meals

Mountain House meals have a shelf-life of 30 years and are excellent for a bug-out bag, hiking, hunting, or other situations where pack weight is an issue. The meals are super lightweight freeze-dried meals that make excellent emergency food. To prepare the meals boil water, soak ten minutes in the bag, and eat.

Mountain House meals are probably the most eaten freeze-dried food for through-hikers on the Appalachian Trail.

Amazon|Mountain House

Tacamo 15 Piece Emergency Fire-starting kit

The Tacamo fire starting kit allows you to make a cook or campfire in nearly any situation. I suggest your primary fire starting kit include BIC lighters for ease of use but this kit builds redundancy into your fire starting capabilities.

The fire-starting kit includes a cool waxed canvas bag, small Ferrocerium rods, two magnifying glasses, collapsible bellows, charcloth, Ferro-rod striker, Choctaw rope, fatwood chips, and fatwood sticks.

Amazon|Tacamo

Kelty Cosmic 20 Degree Down Sleeping Bag

The Cosmic is a 20-degree sleeping bag ideal for 3-season emergencies. It is nicely insulated with 600-fill DriDown, the most efficient and compressible insulation on the market. This bag is highly compressible to save room in your bug-out bag. It will keep you warm in a bug-out vehicle or a shelter. The bag dimensions are 84″ x 24″ x8″ and it weighs 2.2 lbs or 1.27 kg.

Amazon|Kelty

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite Ultralight Backpacking Air Mattress

The NeoAir Xlite sets the standard for ultralight sleeping pads. It’s comfortable, keeps you warm with a 4.2 R-value, and inflates super fast. The pad only weighs 12oz, and it crushes down to the size of a one-liter water bottle, so it doesn’t take up a lot of pack room. In my experience, a good sleeping pad makes all the difference in how well you sleep, which directly correlates to how much energy you have for the next day’s hike. A sleeping pad is an option for some, but not for me. If you decide to get a pad, the Neo-air is an excellent choice.

Amazon|Therm-a-rest

Tact Bivvy 2.0 Emergency sleeping bag

Made out of ultra-lightweight Heat Echo reflective polyester film, the Bivy is lightweight, durable, 100% waterproof, reflects 90% of body heat back to the body, weighs just 4.8 ounces, and compresses into a tiny stuff sack. Tact Bivvy is an emergency heat retention shell that retains body heat. It is not a soft sleeping bag. Store the bivvy in your bug-out vehicle or boat to keep you alive during emergencies like a blizzard.

Amazon|Survival Frog

ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent

I purchased this tent before hiking the Vermont leg of the Appalachian Trail because I couldn’t find a lightweight tent that was affordable. I used the Lynx on a 135-mile hike in Vermont, and it held up well. There were two nights where it was raining sideways The Lynx kept me dry and snug as a bug.

The only complaint I have with the Lynx is it weighs 4lbs and is 10z. It’s pretty heavy and you know it’s in your pack. Compare this to a camping tarp like the Wise Owl Outfitters Rain Camping Tarp that comes in at 1.62 pounds.

Even though the Lynx is on the heavy side it is a fantastic budget option. If you go with an ultralight tent, expect to pay three or four times more than you would pay for the Lynx.

The base size of the Lynx is 2’8″ and 7’6″ long with a center height of 36″.

Amazon|Alps Mountaineering

Map Case Raine Tactical Gear – Shooters Armband Sleeve

This Raine Armband Sleeve protects maps and other necessary paperwork keeping them readily available and hands-free. Paper maps are a great backup in the event of a major conflagration that takes down satellites, cell towers, and electricity or removes landmarks as in a hurricane. In addition, any electronic devices used for navigation, like a handheld GPS, can also be used to track you.

Amazon|Raine Tactical

Red Vex Ranger Pace Counter Beads 10″

Ranger or pace-count beads are used to track how far a person has traveled on foot based on their pace. They are instrumental at night when visibility is poor, and they build redundancy into your land navigation kit along with topographical maps and a good compass.

Red vex beads are made in the United States from heavy-duty ungutted 550 paracord. The total length is 10,” but you can order a custom-made set that fits your specifications.

Amazon|Redvex

TOUGH-GRID 550lb Mil-Spec Paracord

Paracord is another one of those must-have items in your emergency kit. Perfect for building tarp shelters, camping, hiking, bug-out bags, bug-out vehicles, and paracord crafting. Paracord is as important as duct tape in an emergency kit and can help you work on important survival skills like knot tieing and shelter building.

Amazon|Tough-Grid

Cammenga US Military Tritium Lensatic Compass

The Cammenga Lensatic compass is the official pocket compass of the U.S. military, made from powder-coated aircraft-grade aluminum, with a self-powered light, it is water and sand-proof.

A land compass is essential for a hiking or bug-out situation. You may depend on a handheld GPS unit when all systems are a go, but what if there are issues with electricity, satellites, or an EMP event?

A compass is an epic survival tool that builds redundancy into a survival system and should be included in your emergency land navigation kit.

If you get lost, at the very least, you can orient yourself. Take it a step further and learn to use Ranger beads and topographical maps, so you aren’t dependent on batteries or electricity for land navigation.

Amazon|Cammenga

A comprehensive book on land navigation that makes complicated subject matter simple.

Amazon|Mountaineers Outdoor Basics

Casio Men’s G-SHOCK

G-shocks are simple, reliable, and well-made. If you are looking for a practical watch to keep time in any environment, the G-shock is your Huckleberry.

I’m on my fourth G-shock, which I’ve been wearing since I enlisted in the U.S. Navy. I’ve worn this watch for scuba diving, hiking, running, walking, biking, hiking, and in all weather. For the price, the G-shock can’t be beat.

Amazon|Casio

Vortex Optics Diamondback HD 10×24 Binoculars

Vortex Diamondbacks are a solid set of emergency binoculars you can use to see danger before you are too close to avoid it. These binos are a perfect weight and dimension for a bug-out bag, and they are armored to handle bumps, bangs and jostling.

With 10x magnification, fully coated glass lenses, rubber armor, Argon purging, and o-rings sealed to provide water and fog-proof performance, Diamondbacks are a winner in all environments. Did I mention these babies have a lifetime warranty?

Amazon|Vortex

überleben Kräftig Fire Starter – Round Solid Ferro Rod

The Uberleben costs more than the average Ferrocerium rod, but it’s worth it. You can throw 20,000 sparks with this bad boy at up to 55,000 degrees Fahrenheit, better than any other Ferro rod out there. This rod is 1/2″ thick and 8″ long, so you’ll get a good purchase when striking with the back of a carbon steel blade or striker. If you’ve ever used a short, thin Ferro rod, you know how frustrating it can be, avoid that and go for the überleben.

Amazon|überleben

Aqua Quest Defender Tarp (10×10)

The Aqua quest is a little heavier than lightweight tarps, but it’s built like a tank. This heavy-duty tarp is an excellent piece of emergency gear. It is 100% waterproof, with a lifetime warranty and a hydrostatic resistance of 20,000 mm.

As a side note, preppers often choose tarp shelters for their bug-out bag instead of tents because they are lighter weight and more flexible in how they can be used.

Amazon|Aqua Quest

Easthills Outdoors Jungle Explorer Hammock

The Jungle Explorer is a solid beginner’s hammock at the right price. Everything you need to hang the hammock is included: hammock, bug net, rainfly, straps, ropes, and carabiners.

If you live in an area with trees, hammocks are a great emergency shelter. They are ideal for a bug-out vehicle or emergency base camp. This model isn’t suitable for a bug-out bag because it’s relatively heavy. If you plan on using a hammock in super cold situations, you will want to purchase an underquilt to stay warm.

The Jungle Explorer weighs 4lbs and has a weight capacity of 600 pounds.

Amazon|Easthills

Morakniv Garberg Full Tang Fixed Blade Knife with Carbon Steel Blade

The Merakniv Garberg is a relatively inexpensive tank of a knife. You are getting a lot of knife for the money.

The blade is made from full tang carbon steel that is top-grade and high hardness. The total length of the knife is 9 inches, with a total weight of 9.6oz. The entire blade length is 4.3 inches.

I like carbon steel blades because they are easy to keep sharp, and you can use the square back of the knife to get a spark from your Ferro rod. Carbon steel takes such a good edge it’s worth the effort. One downside to carbon steel is it needs to be kept dry and maintained.

Mora blades are of outstanding quality.

Amazon|Morakniv

Condor Bushlore Camp Knife

If you are looking for a rustic survival knife with a carbon steel blade, a wood handle, and a nice leather sheath, check out the Condor Bushlore. This is a lot of knife for the money. I also own the Condor Hudson Bay knife, which is more a meat cleaver than a survival-type knife, but it’s cool.

Amazon|Condor

Morakniv Wood Carving Knife

I use this knife more than any knife I own. If you are interested in bushcraft, carving spoons, or other small items, this knife is fantastic. I’m a woodturner, so I do a lot of stuff with greenwood. This knife is always on me in the shop. I suggest getting an aftermarket sheath if you plan on carrying it in the bush. Great for small work, but avoid buttoning with this blade.

Amazon|Morakniv

Lansky Deluxe 5-Stone Sharpening System

A good sharpening kit like the Lansky will help you keep your blades in top shape so that they will take care of you should things go sideways.

The Lansky Deluxe 5-stone knife sharpening system includes extra-coarse, coarse, medium, fine alumina oxide, and extra-fine ceramic hones, color-coded stones with finger-grooved safety holders. Honing oil is also included.

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LEATHERMAN Skeletool CX

Keep a multi-tool in your bug-out bag, and your EDC carry because you never know when you’ll need to cut wire to get through a fence or use pliers to fix gear in a survival situation. Mult-tools increase redundancy in your survival tool arsenal because most of them, including the Skeletool, have a backup knife, and they offer tools that would otherwise be unavailable.

The stainless steel Skeletool includes needlenose pliers, regular pliers, hard-wire cutters, a knife, a bottle opener, and a significant bit driver.

Amazon|Leatherman

Fenix Whistle NW20 Survival Whistle

The Fenix is a high-quality whistle for your bug-out bag or EDC. If you are looking for a cheap plastic whistle, this isn’t it.

Whistles are used to communicate with a search team or notify someone of your location, i.e., post-hurricane rubble searches and other catastrophes and freak-out attackers. Many women carry an emergency whistle on their key chain to notify bystanders when something isn’t right and call for assistance.

Well constructed and super loud.

Amazon|Fenix

MIL-M-18371E Emergency Signalling Mirror

The MIL-M-18371E mil-spec signaling mirror is manufactured from glass with a chip-proof coating for maximum reflectivity. The center eye hatch lets you know where your signal is going so you can aim the signal at a passing ship, pre-designated area, or aircraft.

A signal mirror acts as a signal device for emergencies or survival communication and builds fires during daylight hours. On a clear day, a glass mirror signal can be seen from seven miles. A signal mirror builds redundancy into your fire starting and signaling abilities in an emergency situation.

Amazon|5col Survival

Sven-Saw 15″ Folding Saw

The Sven saw has been made in the United States for almost 60 years. Painted with high-visibility red so you can find it if you lay it in a pile of brush. The saw is all metal and weighs 11.1 ounces, much lighter than an ax, takes less work, and require less skill.

Lightweight folding saws like the Sven are ideal for processing small stuff to build fires, easily saw a dead sapling, and process it quickly to start a cooking or heat fire—an excellent tool for a bug-out bag or a vehicle go-kit.

Amazon|Sven

Gränsfors Bruks Hand Hatchet

Gränsfors of Sweden makes one of the best bushcraft axes you can buy. This is a tool used to process wood for base camp, in an emergency bug-out vehicle kit, or for bushcraft to build shelters and equipment for camp. They aren’t as efficient at processing wood as a saw, and they are heavy. I would avoid carrying a hand-ax in a bug-out bag.

Hand axes shine when working with green/ fresh wood. They are great for making shelters, stools, chairs, and roughing out wood utensils. Combine an ax with a good survival knife to make anything from wood.

The Gränsfors Bruks ax with the handle is 13.5″ long, weighs 1.3 lbs, and has a vegetable-tanned leather sheath. The ax also comes with an ax book.

Amazon|Gransfors Bruks

Sawyer Squeeze Water Filtration System

While hiking on the Appalachian Trail I used the Sawyer mini to fill my water bottles at the only water I could find on an eight-mile stretch of the trail, a beaver pond that was barely feeding a crick. The water was gross but probably saved my life. I used my Sawyer mini to filter water that was barely moving over moss and gunk-covered rocks. Because the Sawyer removes 99.9% of bacteria, protozoa, and microplastics. I didn’t get sick.

Because water is so heavy, you can’t carry all of your water. A portable water filter like the Sawyer Squeeze that only weighs 2.3oz is a must-have in a bug-out scenario.

Amazon|Sawyer

Sawyer MINI Water Filtration System

The Sawyer Mini is my go-to water filter, an outstanding little lifesaver, and probably the most used water filter for through-hikers of the Appalachian Trail. I’ve used this baby on so many hikes and situations I can’t name all of them. The Sawyer mini filters up to 100,000 gallons of water. The Mini is ideal for one person on the move. It’s not suitable for a base camp when you need to process larger quantities of water for washing, cooking, and hydrating groups of people.

The Sawyer Mini fits in the palm of your hand, weighs just 2 ounces, and removes 99% of all bacteria, protozoa, and microplastics.

Amazon|Sawyer

Sawyer Gravity Water Filtration System

This is the gravity filter you want for basecamp. I suggest having extra, clean water bags or containers so you can process more than the 1-gallon water bag this unit comes with. to hold more than one gallon of water.

The gravity water filter is easy to use just fill it, hang it and let it filter the water to remove 99% of all bacteria, protozoa, and microplastics.

Amazon|Sawyer

Platypus Collapsible Water Bottle

The platypus bags are an excellent way to store water when you are in camp or in a bug-out vehicle and they are lightweight and crushable for stuffing in a bag when you are on the move.

Water weighs 8.34 pounds per gallon, so carrying a lot of water isn’t an option, especially if you are bugging out on foot and trying to keep your pack weight down. I tried carrying two filled platypus on the trail, and I ended up dumping the water because they were so heavy.

The 2-liter Platypus weighs 1.3 ounces and measures 13.8 x 17.5 inches. The bags are BPA-free, BPS-free, and phthalate-free; and the food-grade polyethylene lining does not taste like plastic or retain flavors.

Amazon|Platypus

CamelBak Crux 3-Liter Water Reservoir

A great way to carry water in your backpack, hang the spout over your shoulder, and drink on the move.

Amazon|CamelBak

Osprey Syncro 12 Men’s Hydration Backpack

Hydro packs work well in a vehicle or emergency where you are doing light reconnaissance from basecamp or if you are doing training hikes. These packs are not ideal for bugging out on foot because you will be carrying a bug-out bag.

Amazon|Osprey

Nalgene Wide Mouth Water Bottle

I drink my water from a Nalgene bottle when I’m sitting at my desk, and I always have one filled in the Jeep. They are tough, BPA-free, don’t leak, and are a great place to put your stickers. Nalgene bottles are excellent to use in vehicles and base camp, but I wouldn’t carry them in a pack. They are too heavy and aren’t crushable.

I prefer using the wide-mouth Nalgene bottles because they are easier to fill with water, ice, and other ingredients. If you want to use Nalgene bottles with your Sawyer mini, get the smallmouth Nalgene.

Amazon|Nalgene

Surviveware Small First Aid Kit

This little first aid kit is rugged and ready to treat minor injuries like cuts and scrapes in the field—ideal for a bug-out bag, emergency kit, or bug-out vehicle kit. Ideal if you want to just buy a high-quality ready-made kit. It is cheaper to build your own kit but not as convenient.

The kit includes a removable CPR pouch, a First Aid Guide, 100 high-quality first aid supplies, and labeled inner compartments.

The first aid kit pouch is made from rugged 500D polyester, which is water and rip-resistant.

Amazon|Surviveware

MARCHWAY Floating Waterproof Dry Bag

Keep it dry. The Marchway waterproof bag is durable and compact and comes in different sizes to fit your needs. The bag keeps electronics and essential gear like fresh underwear and socks dry. If you are using a boat as a bug-out vehicle, hiking in the jungle, or working close to a waterway like a river, a dry bag is even more critical.

Amazon|Marchway

Small Mesh Bags

Keep the emergency gear in your bug-out bag organized and categorized so you can quickly find what you need. I prefer mesh bags because you can see what’s inside the bags. If your gear is in your bag without using some kind of organization, there is a higher possibility that you will lose gear, and it takes more time to get things done.

A perfect example is rolling into camp after a 12-mile hike, and it’s raining sideways. You set up your tent, your cold and miserable. The first thing you want to do is get into some dry clothes to sleep. You don’t want to be digging around in your bag looking for what you need. Know where the gear is, have everything that is like-kind packed together in a mesh ditty, making life a lot more enjoyable on the trail.

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Snugpak Rain Poncho 

If you are hiking in the rain or cold, a rain poncho acts as a wind and rain barrier. Use it to cover your pack, keep warm, build small tarp shelters, or as a groundsheet. Don a poncho liner with your poncho and you can stay pretty warm above 45 degrees.

Amazon|Snugpak

Woodland Military Poncho Liner

Poncho liners are an excellent way to stay warm, and they work well as part of a sleep system.

The woodland is a lightweight, heavy-duty, military-grade poncho with an outer shell of rip-stop nylon and polyester insulation. The poncho includes tie closures used to make a bivvy for sleeping in temperate weather.

Dimensions: 65″ x 88″ (5.41 ft x 7.33 ft.)

Amazon|Medals of America

Salomon Forces Quest 4D Tactical Boots

If the Salomon Quest fits your foot they are the best multi-purpose boots you will ever own.

For winter boots, buy one size larger than you normally wear to allow room for thicker socks.

Amazon|Salomon

KEEN Men’s Targhee II Hiking Shoe

I wore these babies on a 110-mile hike without issue, and I still wear the same pair to mow the yard. Keens are comfortable, stable, and durable.

Amazon|Keen

Darn Tough Socks Vermont Hiker Merino Wool 

Darn Tough socks are the best hiking socks I’ve ever worn. Cotton kills, so avoid going with old-school cotton socks. Instead, get a sock with a merino wool blend that cuts down on bacteria and stays warm when wet, and cool when it’s hot. Darn tough socks are guaranteed for life.

Sock Composition – Knit with 63% Merino Wool 35% Nylon 2% Lycra Spandex. Soft, breathable merino wool dries fast with an all-weather performance that keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Fast action wicking pulls moisture away from the skin, so no more sweaty socks.

Amazon|Darn Tough

Gold Bond Medicated Talc-Free Foot Powder

Keep your feet bacteria and fungus-free by conducting daily maintenance. Use gold bond powder on your feet every night and every morning before moving out. Change your socks every day if possible. Rinse your dirty socks in a natural water source, ring them out, and hang them on your pack to dry if you are on the move.

Amazon|Gold Bond

Spenco 2nd Skin Blister Protection

If you are bugging out on foot, you will get blisters. 2nd Skin bandages are a lifesaver when you’ve got blisters but need to keep moving away from a disaster or emergency.

Amazon|Spenco

PIG Full Dexterity Tactical (FDT) Alpha Gloves 

High-cost, high-value tactical gloves with total flex joints for digit articulation. No need to power through a trigger pull. These tac gloves are pricey, but they are worth it.

Amazon|PIG

RAPDOM Tactical Breathable Shooters’ Mittens

Shooter’s Mittens are the way to go if you’re operating in frigid environments. You get more dexterity with tactical gloves, but that won’t do you any good if your fingers are frozen stiff.

Amazon|RAPDOM

TAC9ER Entrenching Tool

The Tac9ER is compact carbon steel, foldable shovel coming in at 3.21 pounds; it’s not something you will want in your bug-out bag, but it’s excellent for a bug-out vehicle.

Use the TAC9ER for snow, vehicle recovery, shelter, and latrine building.

Amazon|TAC9ER

VooDoo Tactical Scorpion Range Bag

The Voodoo tactical is a high-speed, low drag range bag that helps you stay organized and makes going to the range more fun.

The Scorpion Range bag is “tacti-cool,” roomy, and rugged with a lifetime warranty. Ideal for the pistol shooter who demands everything to be in its place.

Double pull zipper top with a rubber handle to access the main compartment. The main compartment has two full-length open top-end pockets and a divided side pocket with elastic loops.

The outside of the Voodoo has two padded, covered end pockets, two full-length padded side-zip compartments, one with an inside padded zipper pocket, cell phone pouch, and elastic loops. These compartments can hold handguns and ammo, and both have lockable zipper pulls. Also included, a removable, adjustable, padded shoulder strap, a wrap-around carry handle, and textured rubber feet.

Amazon|Voodoo Tactical

AMABILIS Tactical Jacket

This is the jacket you want when SHTF. Made from a 50/50 Nyco blend, it is ready to keep you warm, dry, and organized through any catastrophe. The Nyco material used to make the jacket is battle field-tested and chosen for its mil-spec toughness. Strategically placed panels give a tailored fit and provide unrestricted movement. Reinforced neoprene armor plating with MOLLY attachments on the chest for quick deploy gear, and a total of ten pockets for storing emergency gear. Including chest pockets, two zippered and magnetic closure pockets, handwarmer pockets, bicep, lower sleeve pockets, and a back kangaroo style zippered pocket.

Amazon|Amabilis

Military Shemagh Tactical Desert Scarf

A Shemaghs is an oversized emergency scarf that builds redundancy into survival gear loadout. Shemaghs are multi-use, and they are tacti-cool. Use The Shemagh to make as a sling if you are injured, as a temporary waste pack, and to protect your face and neck from sun and cold. The Shemagh can also be used to strain water for filtering and the cotton cloth makes an excellent charcloth for fire starting.

Amazon|Luxns

Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Stainless steel, single-walled canteen is another major piece of survival kit that builds redundancy into your get-home bag or survival kit. Use the bottle to sterilize water by boiling for one minute or cook dry packaged foods like freeze-dried meals and dry pasta dishes like Knorr noodles. Avoid using a double-walled or insulated canteen on a camp stove or campfire. They may explode.

Amazon|Klean Kanteen

Oakley Men’s Flak 2.0 XL Sunglasses

The Flak 2.0 are issued to the U.S. Army and Marines, so they have been tried and tested in harsh conditions. I’ve had four sets of these, and I love them. I don’t currently have a pair because I lost my last set paddle boarding without a Croakie so they’re lying at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Flaks are lightweight, comfortable, high quality, and tacti-cool.

Sunglasses are essential survival gear. They keep your eyes safe from sun glare, u.v. Radiation and blowing dust. Lenses on the Flaks are replaceable, so it’s easy to change lens type or replace damaged or scratched lenses.

Amazon|Oakley

Oakley Original Flak 2.0 Replacement Lenses

It’s easy to replace lenses on the Oakley Flak 2.0. You might want a different lens type or an extra set if you scratch your lenses.

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Columbia Bora Bora Booney Hat

The Columbia Bora Booney is a lightweight, crushable hat made with 50 SPF sun protection and Omni-wick water management to move sweat away from your head quickly. If you need a cap that is well built and will last try the Bora.

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