What to buy the prepper/survivalist/hunter/fisherman/outdoorsperson on your list? The nice thing is that people who fit into these categories generally need and appreciate quality gear. Here are my Top Ten Suggestions for Prepper/Survivalist Christmas Presents, from the equipment I tried, tested and used this past year.
Check out the reviews listed below:
Berkey Sport Bottle: This product was used and abused and came through with flying colors. It made the cut for my elk-hunting equipment team.
Cold Steel Master Hunter: After passing the kitchen-use test, this knife went on two elk hunts. It performed well as a hunting knife. After using it to dis-joint several legs on elk carcasses, it was used to skin and quarter a cow elk. When the job was over, it was still sharp, and it only took a few swipes with the butcher steel to restore its razor-sharp edge. I really like this knife!
Cold Steel SRK: I’ve used an SRK (which stands for Search and Rescue Knife) for nearly 20 years and for field dressing more than 50 deer and several elks. It is my choice for the best survival knife.
Swiss Army Classic: This tiny, keychain knife is a surprise to most survivalist types. Once you have one, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it! The Classic is the only knife I carry 100% of the time wherever knife carry is legal. I feel vaguely uneasy without one on my keychain.
Mora Knife: Another favorite, this Scandinavian product is my first choice for skinning and cleaning small game, fish and smaller animals. The blade is about four inches long, making it perfect for peeling potatoes, slicing onions and other camp cooking chores. Best of all, the knife is inexpensive, so you can buy several for gifts or stocking stuffers. I always have a Mora in my fanny or day pack.
Suunto Compass, model M-3DL: A quality compass belongs in every survival kit. I have a couple of these Suuntos, just because I like them so much. Features I like include the declination adjustment, the large, easy-to-read dial and the different map scales on the base plate.
Emergency Whistle: A whistle will last a lot longer than your voice when it comes time to signal for help! I like this howler-type whistle because it doesn’t have a pea in it that may freeze when the temps are below freezing.
Magnesium Stick: Combine a magnesium stick with cotton balls and petroleum jelly to make one of the most effective fire-making available.
Nikon Binoculars: I have used Nikon cameras and lens throughout most of my 30-year career in Journalism. Simply stated, when it comes to quality optics, there are few companies that can provide higher quality products! I used the 9×25 5.6 Travelite V model compact binoculars extensively this year on two elk hunts, and they are light, fast-focusing and provide superb resolution.
Other good gift choices include a Leatherman Wave. I’ve carried a Wave for several years, and so far, it has done everything I need a multi-tool to do.
Leon Pantenburg writes about wilderness survival topics on his blog, Survival Common Sense. Thanks, Leon, for sharing this list!
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