Have you ever wondered what survival gear the pros have and recommend? I have put together a list of items from some of the top survival pros. Their recommendations are a great place start if you are new to prepping. If you have been long time prepper, check if you have these items as part of your survival gear. Many of these may be “new and improved” compared to what you currently have stored.
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Author of Prepper’s Home Defense,
Urban Emergency Survival Plan,
and Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide http://www.SurvivalWeekly.com
Streamlight ProTac 1AAA Flashlight
This is my favorite flashlight and is at the top of every list I make for
recommended gear and equipment. I’ve carried this flashlight for over a year now and I use it quite literally every single day for one thing or another. From checking out a noise in the backyard to looking for a dropped toy under the seat in our van, this little light has been quite handy. My wife liked it so much I had to get her one, too. It is small enough to ride in a pants pocket without discomfort or you can use the pen clip to keep it secure in a shirt pocket. The battery is even included!
Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System
In many disasters or emergencies, ready access to clean water is often one of the first things to disappear. Having a good water filter is just common sense. The Sawyer Mini is easy to use, portable, and just plain works! This system comes with everything you’ll need to turn questionable water clean and potable. While it isn’t an ideal filter for cleaning large quantities of water at once, at about $20 each you might consider buying one for each member of the family.
CRKT Ignitor Knife
CRKT has a long-standing and well-deserved reputation for providing extremely well-made knives at affordable prices. The Ignitor is a relatively new offering from CRKT. It is an assisted-open pocket knife with a built-in safety feature. The thumb stud must be depressed and then the blade rotated open about 30°. Only then will the patented OutBurst assisted opening feature engage and swing the blade fully open. The blade simply will not move without the thumb stud being pressed. Closed, the knife is 4.25″ long and it has a 3.38″ blade, so when fully open it runs about 7.5″. It is robust enough to handle any daily chore and small enough not to scare coworkers. At about $30, it is a lot of knife for a very reasonable price.
Gerber Dime Multi-Tool
A good multi-tool is one of those things every prepper should have, right? Here’s the thing, though. They can get really expensive really quickly and, honestly, most people aren’t going to use a multi-tool every single day. The Gerber Dime will do most of the same jobs a larger and pricier multi-tool will do, at a fraction of the price. At 2.75″ closed and only 2.2oz, it is small enough to fit in a pocket or purse without adding weight or bulk. You won’t be performing extensive engine repairs with a Gerber Dime, of course, but few multi-tools would be any better on that score. At far less than $20, this is a great prepper-related gift idea, too.
InstaFire Granulated Fire Starter
There are dozens of different fire starters available on the market today, not to mention homemade versions like dryer lint stuffed into egg cartons and covered in wax. For my money, nothing beats InstaFire. It is a granulated substance that looks sort of like kitty litter with small sticks scattered about. One pouch is enough to start 3-4 fires. You pour out the amount you wish to use and light it with a match, lighter, or spark. It lights fast and easy and will burn long and hot enough to get the rest of your tinder and kindling going. InstaFire lights in any weather conditions and will even burn while floating on water!
Dr. Joe & Amy Alton, ARNP
Joe and Amy Alton are the authors of the 3 category #1 Amazon Bestseller “The Survival Medicine Handbook”. See their articles in Backwoods Home, Survival Quarterly, and other great magazines. For over 900 articles on medical preparedness in wilderness, disaster, or other austere settings, go to their website at www.doomandbloom.net. The opinions voiced by Joe Alton, M.D., and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P. are their own and are not meant to take the place of seeking medical help from a qualified healthcare provider.
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In our early days of prepping we made lists of critical areas to cover and non-electric or solar cooking products were near the top of our list. The first, and turns out to be the best, solar oven we bought is called The Sun Oven. Learning how to cook all kinds of food with only the sun is not only cost saving, it’s fun! Let your family help you set it up, which is super easy, and have the kids help check on it with you. They will be amazed and excited about dinner.
The full package comes complete with lots of extras like an amazing cookbook with 600 recipes, pots and pans, and even a baking rack. It is easy to open up and get cooking when you are ready, no complicated bolts or screws for assembly. I’m so happy we own this Sun Oven full package and I think you can’t go wrong filling your preparation needs with this excellent solar oven.
Solar Powered Lighting:
Who doesn’t worry about being in the dark without any lighting options? As a Mom and a prepper, this has been something that is not only on my mind for the future, but a need everyone should solve asap. Just yesterday our lights went out for a couple of hours because a tropical storm came through South Florida. It had gone out the day before several times also. Instead of having to look for our batteries and flashlights, we had a quick action LED solar light, called Luci Original. Thankfully, we also have the sister light, the Luci Emrg.
These inflatable, lightweight solar lanterns are small enough to store in many locations around your home and in cars. I actually left mine outside in the hot South Florida sun for 6 months to see how the plastic tolerated the rain and searing heat. Wow! After I cleaned them up, they look like new and the lights were as bright and long lasting as the day we got them. They really are 100% water-proof.
I have to say I was totally blown away. The Luci Original and Luci Emrg both turned on quickly and lasted hours, and all three settings worked. They both have bright, super bright and 1 second flashing for emergencies. The Luci Original lasts 12 hours, and the Luci Emrg up to 7 hours. To charge, just place the built in solar panel in the sun for a few hours. The Luci Original is clear and larger, and the Luci Emrg is frosted and slightly smaller, but both provide strong lighting.
Dehydrator and Jerky Maker:
I never thought I would be excited about dehydrating food and even making beef jerky, but here I am. When I thought about how I could store food longer and make nutritious snacks for my family, an Excalibur Dehydrator was my first choice after extensive research and reviews. I made a great decision, and you should too.
So what have I made with my awesome Excalibur dehydrator? My most recent recipe was Honey-dipped Banana Chips. Since I live in South Florida we get a harvest of fresh bananas from our backyard on a fairly regular basis. When the full stalk ripens we have about 50 bananas that are all ready to eat at about the same time. We don’t own a monkey zoo, so I needed to create something that lasts.
The Honey-dipped Banana Chips were made by first creating a honey, sugar and warm water solution. I sliced the peeled bananas thinly and used a strainer to dip the slices in the honey solution then strained them (some recipes recommend washing off this dip, I did not) and patted them dry. The slices were placed on the non-stick tray liners with a little space between each. The temperature was 145 for 24 hours (my slices were thicker than you should cut them, lesson learned). Rotate the trays every few hours for even drying.
I have used The Excalibur Dehydrator 5 Tray unit to dry strawberries, blueberries, candied orange slices, peas, carrots and a few tasty beef jerkies. The list of what you can dehydrate is nearly endless. The 26 hour timer makes it great for the busy person and I suggest Mary Bell’s Complete Dehydrator Cookbook for creative ideas.
If you had to deal with an injury or illness in a disaster, would you know what to do? My husband and I had to put this handbook together so others would have the answers. We spent day and night for months putting together strategies for the average family. It is a 670 page detailed guide for those who want to be medically prepared for any disaster where help is NOT on the way.
The expanded third edition is geared to enable the non-medical professional to deal with all the likely issues they will encounter in catastrophic short or long-term scenarios. It is not your standard first aid book: Unlike other, it assumes that a disaster, natural or man-made, has removed all access to hospitals or doctors for the foreseeable future; you, the average person, are now the highest medical resource left to your family.
The Survival Medicine Handbook will give you the tools, in plain English, to competently handle injuries and illness for any situation that leaves you as the end of the line with regards to your family’s medical wellbeing.
Who knew the very first article my husband, Dr. Joe Alton wrote in 2010 for SurvivalBlog.com (about Fish Antibiotics and Expiration Dates for emergency and disaster storage) would win us prizes, which included a Big Berkey water filtration system. I admit, that many years ago, I had no idea what qualities a good water filter should possess. Since then I have researched and tested many filters, and I am even happier we ended up with our first Big Berkey.
Living in South Florida means we live with the possibility of power outages from summer afternoon thunderstorms, hurricanes, and flooding. Too many scenes have played out in real life after disasters leaving people without water simply because they were not prepared. Commercial water filtration is usually fairly simple to perform, but without a system, people could get sick if they are unaware of proper water purification.
The Big Berkey purifies water from many sources, including water that looks contaminated. It removes bacteria, parasites and cysts 100%. I know I’m concerned about my daily drinking water containing fluoride, herbicides, pesticides and other contaminates, which Big Berkey extracts. It makes water clean without removing the beneficial minerals that are good for us. A Big Berkey can filter 7 gallons an hour, so a family will have plenty of water during emergencies. Be prepared.
Author of Prepare Your Family for Survival & blogger at Food Storage Moms
My favorite 5 survival products I highly recommend are the following:
Sports Berkey Bottle– purifies water whether you are camping, traveling or a disaster hits your community. I gave one of these to every member of my family for Christmas a few years ago.
A few years back, I had to wait three months for a gas line to be installed in my kitchen for a new gas stove
I used this Butane Stove with one butane canister because I did not have a stove or oven in my house for three months.
In that same period of three months waiting for the gas line, I used a Sun Oven to bake meals outside.
I am a big survival fan and therefore every Christmas I give my four daughters something that is needed for survival. I gave each family a Lodge Dutch Oven they are able to boil water, bake bread, or make just about every meal they want to make outside with the charcoal they have stored.
My son-in-law requires a CPAP for sleep apnea nightly, and if the power goes out he needs a backup plan. I purchased a Goal Zero Yeti 400 complete with solar panels to save his life if the power goes out.
EverBrite Headlamp: We keep several of these headlamps on hand. They’re useful for any kind of hands-free nighttime activities, from wrangling chickens to walking outside in the dark, or reading. Don’t let the low price fool you. We’ve had our for 2 years and never needed a replacement.
RAVPower Pocket Knife: I love the screwdriver bits that come with this knife. It’s a bit lighter than my Leatherman multi-tool so it doesn’t further weigh down my bag that also has a gun and extra magazines in it.
Sawyer Mini: This is probably on everyone’s list and for very good reason. It’s simple to use, filters a LOT of water, and is quite compact.
SAS Survival Manual: Even though this is isn’t gear, it is knowledge. It isn’t in-depth but it has a little bit of information about a lot of different topics. You can use it as a reference in almost any situation.
Swedish Fire Steel: This is a no-fail method for starting a fire. It’s rated for 12,000 starts.
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An ETON emergency radio — I like this radio because it’s easy to operate, has emergency channels pre-set, so I didn’t have to track down the frequencies myself, and has multiple ways to keep it charged.
I own many flashlights, but when we were in Iceland this fall, my handy Pelican LED flashight outshone them all. I couldn’t believe the broad spread of light from this tiny unit. It’s solid, sturdy and small. One of my very favorites out of my large flashlight collection. (I’m a flashlight hoarder.)
Mini Leatherman Tool — I slip this into an inner pocket in my purse or backpack, forget about it because it’s so small and lightweight, but it’s there when I need it.
AeroGarden — I was so skeptical of this but it has been such a handy source of fresh herbs that I have to recommend it. Easy to set up, it monitors its own water and fertilizer and provides just the right amount of herbs I usually need.
Battery Powered Fans– . We have 4 of these and they were battery’d up and ready for Hurricane Harvey. My worst fear was that our power would be out for an extended period during some very hot weather. These small fans can be taken anywhere, and are lightweight.