Survival prepping has become something of a fad. In some ways this is good, as many entrepreneurs are looking to capitalize on the survivalist market. This means there is more competition which results in the manufacture of quality survival gear at lower prices. Yet it can be hard for the serious survival prepper to sort through the shear mass of items available.
We’ve sorted through all the marketing hoopla to bring you a list of the very best selling survival gear on the market. Some are high tech, some are simple and all are practical. If your bug out bag needs an update or you simply want to make sure your home is ready for any crisis, this list is the place to start planning.
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1. X-cords Paracord Bracelet Kit
A good supply of paracord is a must for every survival prepper. With this kit you can make your own paracord bracelets, belts, rifle slings and more. The only limit is your imagination.
The kit includes instructions that will teach you the cobra stitch and how to make the library. It comes with a fire starter buckle with a whistle and includes three simple compasses that can be added to a bracelet.
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2. UltraFire Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch
The UltraFire Mini Cree Flashlight is small, effective and ridiculously cheap. It produces a blinding ray of light using a single AA battery. The focus is adjustable, there is a clip to attach it to your clothing and it is waterproof. For a mere $3.20, you should have these guys stashed everywhere.
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3. BaoFeng UV-5R+ Dual-Band Ham Two-Way Radio
A good ham radio is an essential tool for any survival prepper. You need one. You’ll need a license for it, so get that too. The BaoFeng Dual-Band Two-Way Radio is used by Search and Rescue and fire departments all over the country.
It is easy to operate, easy to learn and incredibly reliable. These features have made it a best seller since the day it came on the market.
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4. Solo Stove: Wood Burning Backpacking Stove
If you are looking for the ultimate light-weight camping or emergency stove, the Solo Stove is the only option. It won the 2014 Gear of the Year award from 50 Campfires & Section Hiker and is recommended by Backpacker Magazine.
With this stove you won’t need to pack in any fuel. It burns hot and efficiently on everything from twigs to leaves to pinecones or moss. The Solo stove weighs nine ounces and boils water in eight minutes.
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5. ILBE Main Pack USMC Generation 2 w/ Assault Pack
This military issue pack is unbeatable for the price. It is tough, durable and has all the features you need. The ILBE Generation 2 pack was designed for hard work over long distances. It is easily adjustable for ultimate comfort and will take any beating you can throw at it. If you are looking for a good bug-out bag that you can take absolutely anywhere, this is the pack for you.
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6. Life Straw Personal Water Filter
A water filter that weighs only two ounces and removes 99.9999% of bacteria from your water… what more could you want? The LifeStraw has been used extensively around the world in areas of humanitarian crisis. The LifeStraw allows you to drink directly from any water source, including a muddy puddle. It is ideal for backpackers and should be in every survival prepper’s bug out bag and vehicle.
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7. Car Hammer Life Saving Car Tool
The Car Hammer is a must-have tool that should be in your vehicle at all times. It has a hardened steel double headed hammer to break the windows of a vehicle, a razor sharp blade to cut through seat belts and protective brackets for both.
Like most survival gear, this is one tool you hope you’ll never need. But it has saved many lives by allowing people to escape from burning or sinking vehicles. Under some circumstances there just isn’t time to wait for help to arrive.
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8. US GI Military Original Issue E-Tool Entrenching Shovel
It is not uncommon that military issue gear is the best survival gear. It makes sense. In both the military and a survival scenario people’s lives are at stake. These are not times to be caught with cheap, breakable products.
This entrenching shovel folds into an easily transported package. It has a serrated saw edge and a sharp ax blade. This is the shovel you want in your bug out bag. You can dig, chop and saw, get it filthy and wet and use it again tomorrow.
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9. American Red Cross FRX3 Hand Crank Radio with Smartphone Charger
In case you find yourself without electricity or spare batteries, it is important to have a back-up radio that can be charged manually. The American Red Cross FRX3 can be charged by hand. 90 seconds of cranking will give you 5-7 minutes of battery life. It can also be charged using solar power.
This radio gets AM/FM weather band reports, has a USB port to charge your cell phone, features an LED flashlight and an emergency beacon.
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10. Leatherman 830039 Wave Multitool with Leather/Nylon Combination Sheath
A good multi-tool is an obvious necessity for any survivalist. You may choose to keep one on you at all times. The best selling 830039 Wave is a classic stainless steel Leatherman which features 17 tools: Needlenose Pliers, Regular Pliers, Wire Cutters, Hard-Wire Cutters, Clip-Point Knife, Serrated Knife, Saw, Scissors, Wood/Metal File, Diamond-Coated File, Large Bit Driver, Small Bit Driver, Large Screwdriver, Ruler (8 inch/19 cm), Bottle/Can Opener, Wire Stripper & Lanyard Attachment.
The wave model features four blades that can be used without opening the tool. They are easy to access with one hand and have a solid locking mechanism.
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11. New Military Surplus Steel Ammo Can Double Pack
No list of survival gear is complete without a good ammo can. The choice that made our best seller’s list is this double pack which has a .50 caliber and a .30 caliber military surplus ammo can. Each is individually tested for air and water tightness, so you’ll never get a can with a worn-out seal.
These are perfect for storing batteries, electronics and important paperwork (including maps). You never know when you’ll need these items and you cannot afford to lose them to water damage in a real survival scenario. You can even lock them if you want.
12. The Pocket Shot
The Pocket Shot is an evolved slingshot that packs a punch. It can shoot up to 350 feet per second! This is definitely not a toy, so if you’re buying for your kids, always supervise them. It can shoot several kinds of ammo and even arrows with a whisker biscuit. You can store all the ammo inside the the pouch and simply screw on the lid to secure them inside. It makes for a great alternative means of protecting yourself or killing small game. It’s definitely capable. Check out the video below to see the guys having some target practice.