I don’t like hype. There are a ton of ads, especially in the preparedness niche, that try to sell people on the idea that there is only one solution, process or book to solve their problems. Sometimes the ads are for something that is not even really a problem or, worse, is a problem that won’t really be fixed by the solution being marketed. Or sometimes the ads are selling a product that should be purchased only long after the foundational components of a preparedness plan have been addressed. Your survival purchases should be relevant to your goals and prioritized based on need. Regardless of what you are preparing for, here are six survival items that you should buy immediately if you do not have them already.
There is only one kind of water that you want to have in a survival situation: clean water. If there ends up being some sort of disaster, whether it is a flood or algae outbreak, water supplies can be interrupted. When these events are even forecast to occur, stores usually run out of bottled water in a matter of hours, often before anything even happens. This leaves a couple of options, filter your own water supply or wait for someone else to take care of you. I am guessing that most of you are not the type to wait for the government to come along and assist, so you are more inclined to take your survival into your own hands.
A small water filter for personal use can cost as little as $20, fits easily into a jacket pocket and removes almost all health threats from any water source. Two of the most popular personal-use water filters on the market today are the LifeStraw and Sawyer Mini Filter. If you are looking for a home-use water filter, there are several models of countertop filters that are great for filtering water for several people. The Berkey water filter is probably the most popular. As a gravity-fed ceramic filter, it will not only produce water that is safe to drink but it will do so in a passive manner. All you have to do is fill it up and let the filter make clean water while you are free to perform other tasks.
There may not be a more useful tool overall for survival than a knife. A high-quality knife can be used to hunt and gather food, make a shelter, start a fire, dig a hole, and even defend yourself if you had to. The best type of knife for survival is a full tang, fixed blade knife that is made of quality steel. One of the most important things to remember is that a knife could be a tool that literally could save your life. Get the best knife that you can afford.
A light source can be invaluable, especially while there is not any power. Whether there is power or not, a good flashlight can be useful for working in remote locations, outdoors and in confined spaces. It can even be used as a defensive tool. Technological advances in flashlight technology have resulted in lights that are not only brighter but last longer and are lighter. This is especially true of LED flashlights.
Not all tasks can be completed without the use of both hands. If you find yourself in this situation, consider getting a headlamp, which allows the user to use both of his hands. Because the light is mounted to your head, everywhere you look the light will follow, meaning that the light will always be focused on the work area. Whether you opt for a flashlight, headlamp or both, you will often get what you pay for.
It is absolutely true that accidents happen, often when we are not expecting them. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be an accident, right? In order to be prepared to deal with a medical emergency, a high-quality first-aid kit is a must-have survival item. Survival scenarios often involve completing tasks that we would not ordinarily do or carry greater levels of risk because of the way they must be performed. This solidifies the need for a medical kit.
There are many medical kits that are commercially produced for families or sports teams. They can be found on shelves of your local big box stores and are basically a plastic box with about 500 different sizes of bandages. While this is great for the various sizes of paper cut you might get, these are not the most well-rounded kits for a true emergency. When looking for a first aid kit for survival, look beyond the bandages and ensure that your kit of choice also includes advanced treatment capabilities like trauma dressings, over-the-counter medications and splinting materials.
Back-up power source
Power is vital for our current lifestyles in most cases. This is especially true with all of the modern conveniences, electronics and gadgets that are a part of our everyday lives and require some sort of energy. During normal circumstances, this power can just come from a wall outlet but during a disaster that may not be an option. This makes having a back-up source of energy not only useful, but necessary — especially if there are existing conditions like medical diagnoses that require refrigeration for medications or air conditioning.
There are two basic back-up power sources that can be obtained relatively affordably: a gas-powered generator and a small solar system. Each option has advantages and disadvantages and should be chosen based on the amount of energy required. A gas-powered generator can typically provide a steady stream of power over long periods of time but makes a lot of noise and requires a supply of fuel which is volatile and difficult to store for long periods of time. A solar set up often requires batteries to be charged from the sun instead of directly hooking up a device to a solar panel. The process of charging batteries is quiet but requires the sun and can take a long period of time to fully charge.
Regardless of the option that is best for you, these systems can both be obtained for less than $500 and will supply enough power to overcome the challenges of an emergency or systems outage.
Set of basic tools
Survival often requires not only skills, but tools as well. Without a basic set of tools, basic tasks can become difficult and complex tasks can become impossible. While no one has every tool for every job, a basic set of mechanic’s and carpentry tools will be sufficient to complete most repairs and improvements. Something to consider when deciding on a set of tools is whether or not to include power or battery-operated tools. Both sets of tools should be composed of hand tools exclusively. And if power tools are added, ensure that your backup power supply is capable of charging the tool batteries. Also consider any specialty tools that may be needed based on other pieces of gear that you own or plan on using.
While these are not the only items that are needed to survive the end of the world, they are basic items that should be front loaded on the list of items to acquire. Without a solid foundation, other efforts will often be in vain. As an example, all the food in the world will be of no use if you don’t have the clean water required to sustain life. A good plan is to determine what the most common threats you face are and match these up with the basic items needed to survive these threats. For the most part, it doesn’t matter what you face, these six survival items will put you far ahead of the sheeple. Buy yours today!