10 Awesome Items for Your Prepper Wish List
I wanted to compile a list of 10 important items that every prepper should possess in their bug out bags. Now I know that these items are my opinion and certainly up for debate, but they where chosen based on my prepping knowledge to date, affordability, practical use and overall cool factor. These items make great additions to your wish list and won’t bankrupt your family when looking for gifting ideas.
KA-BAR Full Size US Marine Corps Fighting Knife
Originally manufactured for American troops fighting in World War II, this KA-BAR full-size hunting knife sports a leather handle and a 7-inch straight-edge blade made with 1095 cro-van steel. The knife features a U.S. Marine Corp. stamp and was made in the United States. Also included is a leather sheath made in Mexico.
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Midland GXT1000VP4 36-Mile 50-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radios
Midland’s GXT1000VP4 two-way, 22-channel radios are designed for GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) operation, in a rugged, weatherproof package. With a range of up to 36 miles (line of sight), they’re perfect for most any adventure. Features include privacy codes, direct/group calling, NOAA weather radio/alert/scan, silent operation, whisper function, SOS siren, and plenty more.
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LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
A Time Magazine “Invention of the Year” winner, LifeStraw is the most advanced, compact, ultralight personal water filter available. LifeStraw contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It features a high flow rate and weighs only 2oz. LifeStraw is perfect for the ultralight backpacker, traveler, boy scout, hunter, and especially for emergency preparedness.
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Outdoor Waterproof 1600LM CREE XM-L T6 LED Headlamp
This headlamp is a perfect fit for outdoor sports, such as camping, traveling, hiking and etc. The working voltage is wide and can utilize the batteries to the largest extent. It has an aluminum alloy casing with fall-off protection. The output brightness comes to 1600 lumens (Max). Ordinarily I would suggest a handheld flashlight, but why not use a headlamp? Then you can defend yourself if needed with your hands.
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Bushnell Powerview 8×21 Compact Folding Roof Prism Binoculars
The PowerView® series offers the largest line of Bushnell-quality, affordable binoculars. No matter what your purpose, you’ll find a variety of magnifications, styles and sizes, and fully-coated optics for bright, vivid images. Bushnell PowerView compact binoculars combine contemporary styling and design with traditional Bushnell quality and durability. They are easy to use and economical and feature general-purpose roof prisms. Their black rubber armoring ensures they can sustain active use. Bushnell’s PowerView compact binoculars include a carrying case and a neck strap for convenience and comfort on the go.
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Goal Zero 12301 Nomad 7M Solar Panel
The Nomad 7 from Goal Zero delivers an ultra-compact yet powerful solar panel that enables you to charge your handheld devices directly from its USB and 12-volt DC charging ports. The Nomad 7 is 30% smaller than comparable panels and 14 times more powerful than closest competitor. You can use the Nomad 7 with a Guide 10 power pack (sold separately) to power your devices when solar is not available. Using 7 watts of highly efficient mono-crystalline solar technology, its dual solar panels provide plenty of power and conveniently fold into a small, lightweight portable case. So whether you’re backpacking, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, or more, you can easily pack and carry your solar energy. This solar panel can charge most of your portable devices to help you take your digital life to go.
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Goal Zero 11406 Guide 10 Plus Silver Battery Pack
This allows you to charge your batteries from the Goal Zero Nomad 7 panel. This is an ultra lightweight USB solar charging system that fits in your pocket. You can use as a single unit power pack to power your device or as a power source to recharge the batteries for use in any AA or AAA battery powered device.
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Emergency Food Supply, Instant White Rice
This bucket contains 112 servings of instant rice and will help you to be ready. We provide 14 individual eight-serving pouches in each bucket. This provides maximum shelf life from the first serving to the last. With a shelf life of up-to 20 years for each individual pouch, you don’t need to worry about opening the bucket and having to use the product all at once. The bucket itself provides added protection, easy storage and portability – and won’t reduce the shelf-life of the individual pouches when opened. This rice can provide the proper nutrition needed when emergencies arise. Rice can be added to any meal to for additional calories. This bucket will be the perfect addition to any pantry or emergency food supply. * 20 year shelf life * Packaged in convenient 8 serving foil pouches * 112 servings (14 individual pouches) * Instant and Enriched * Ready to eat in less than 6 minutes * Stored in an air tight 5 gallon pail for added protection and storage.
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Light My Fire Original Swedish FireSteel Army 12,000 Strike Fire Starter
Originally developed for the Swedish Department of Defense, the FireSteel is a flash of genius. The FireSteel is intended to replace matchbooks, lighters, and other fire starters, providing a 3,000-degree C (5,432-degree F) spark that makes it easy to build fires in any weather, at any altitude. The FireSteel is a breeze to use: just pile up a small quantity of dry grass, paper, or other flammable material, and then force the included striker down the FireSteel. The resulting spark will create a fire even when wet, letting you light campfires, stoves, and gas barbecues at a moment’s notice. Used by a number of armies around the world, the FireSteel’s dependability has already made it a favorite of survival experts, hunters, fishermen, and campers. You can even use the bright spark as an emergency signal.
This Army version of the FireSteel, which comes in several handle colors, is designed to last for 12,000 strikes and is approved by the International Survival Instructors Association.
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Adventure Medical Kits SOL Emergency Bivvy
This is one of those things that your emergency kit – whether in your car, for camping, or backpacking – should not be without. It is lightweight but effective and packs down incredibly small, about the size of a 4 fluid ounce bottle. The bivvy sack comes in it’s own small bag with a drawstring and there is still room inside to include additional small emergency supplies. It is so light and so inexpensive, there really isn’t a good reason not to have one of these as an emergency backup shelter. It is especially good for dayhikes, where you don’t want to pack a lot; there is ALWAYS a possibility of a dayhike going wrong when you hike far and are remote (getting lost or injured) and if you absolutely have to spend the night when you didn’t expect to, you’ll be glad you tossed this little guy in the pack.
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