This handy accessory deserves a place in every bug-out bag. The Spool Tool is designed to hold and neatly wind up to 100 feet of paracord. It’s also got a built in safety knife for cutting cord, and a spot for a BiC Mini lighter (not included) for heat-sealing the ends of paracord.
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This waterproof aluminum flashlight from Klarus is small but mighty. It measures just 4.75″ long and weighs just 5oz. with the battery, but can crank out an impressive 4000 lumens in its 5-second turbo mode. Runtimes range from 200 hours in its lowest “moonlight” setting down to 1.5 hours at 2000 lumens.
Keep your beer bottles and cans frosty cold for hours with these cooler shells that wrap around your beverages. They feature double-wall vacuum insulation and a stainless steel body. A removable cap holds bottles securely in place, while cans fit snugly on their own. As a bonus, its cap doubles as a bottle opener.
KeySmart’s portable, rechargeable air purifier uses ultraviolet LEDs and a 360º H13 HEPA filter to remove 99% of unwanted particles, including dust, smoke, odors, and other pollutants. It cleans up to 160 sq. ft, is small enough to fit in most car cup holders, and can also dispense fragrances. Save $40 when you buy a 2-pack.
If you ever have to access a screw or bolt in a really tight spot, Powerbuilt’s low-profile driver could be a big timesaver. Its ratcheting design and thumb notches increase leverage and minimize hand cramps. Comes in 1/4″ and 3/8″ socket sizes, with a 1/4″ hex driver on its opposite side. A great addition to any toolbox.
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day year? Sip your coffee or tea from one of these mugs for a reminder of just how much worse things could be. Calamityware’s mugs include scenes of a village overrun by robots, UFOs, giant frogs, poodles, and other creepy creatures. These 12oz. mugs are made from fine porcelain and sold in a set of four.
These miniature pry bars make a great addition to any keychain or carabiner clip. The tiny tools are perfect for pulling nails and separating items, and come wrapped in a length of versatile 550 military paracord. Sold in a set of four stainless steel tools, with black, green, orange, and desert camo cords.
Starting to travel a little more? It’s time for new luggage. Brandless makes durable luggage from lightweight polycarbonate with reinforced corners, and interiors made from recycled PET plastic. They come in a 21″ carry-on size and a 25″ checked baggage size. Both offer smooth-rolling wheels and an easy pull-out handle.
Pelican’s soft-sided cooler bags make it easy and comfortable to carry bottles and cans. The Dayventure Backpack has plenty of room for carrying items in its top section, while chilling a six-pack in its bottom. The dedicated Dayventure Sling cooler holds 12 cans and ice, or up to 4 wine bottles.
Farmer Customs‘ machined metal bottle opener is the perfect keychain companion. It’s got a sleek, yet pragmatic design that allows it to hang a keys from either end, and clips easily onto your belt or pants pocket. Available in aluminum, stainless steel, brass, copper, or titanium for the ultimate in strength.
Tacray’s tiny utility knife is the perfect addition to any keychain and makes quick work of opening boxes, cutting paper and rope, and other everyday tasks. Its body is made from titanium in a blue-tint finish, while its knife blade is made from 440C stainless steel. It also comes in copper.
How’s this for a sight gag? Check your eyesight from the comfort of your couch with this clever 17” square pillow by textile designer Heather Lin. It features a classic doctor’s eye chart with 3D lettering that can be viewed with the included retro red-blue glasses. Also comes in a non-3D organic hemp version.
If The Dude were to snack on something with his White Russians, it might be these yummy sugar cookies from The Hayley Cakes. The soft-baked treats are flavored with vanilla bean and almond extract and hand-decorated with a vanilla glaze. At $8 per cookie, they’re not cheap but are a great gift for Coen Brothers fans.
The sweetest smells at NYC’s Chelsea Market come from the mini donuts made fresh at Doughnuttery. The stand now ships DIY Donut Kits to foodies everywhere. Just blend their secret batter mix with water, use the depositor to drop perfect circles into hot oil, then dust with cinnamon, coco loco, lemonpop, and strawberry sugars.
Looking for a gift for a beard-wearer in your life? This grooming kit includes a variety of products to help care for and tame facial hair, including beard wash, beard oil, beard balm, a boar’s hair beard brush, and a face cooling towel. It all comes packed in a travel case, along with a “Grave Before Shave” keychain bottle opener.
Since the quarantines began, many of have us have been stuck home with our families. If you need a break from the chaos, go hide in a bathroom and burn Crimson & Clover’s soy wax candle to help you temporarily escape the drama with the delightful scents of coconut, lime, and verbena.
While it’s not as fancy as a Kamodo Joe or Big Green Egg, this steel and porcelain kamado-style grill won’t empty your wallet. The egg-shaped cooker can hit temps up to 700ºF, and only needs a small amount of charcoal. Its cast iron grate offers 153 sq. in. of cooking area, and its top and bottom dampers ensure smooth airflow.
Gerber’s popular micro multitool looks great in this flashy purple color. It measures just 2.3″ long when closed, but manages to pack in spring-loaded needle-nose pliers, a wire cutter, a fine edge knife, a package opener, spring-loaded scissors, a Phillips driver, a flat driver, a file, tweezers, and a bottle opener.
This unique modular shelving system features boards made entirely from recycled chopsticks. The sustainably-made shelves come in three widths and attach securely to metal wall frames to provide height flexibility. Mix and match components to make exactly the shelving unit you want.
This heavy-duty outdoor blanket is made from lightweight, dual-layer polypropylene with corner grommets. It works as a waterproof tarp, an impromptu shelter, or an emergency blanket. Its Mylar side reflects heat, and also can help signal for help by reflecting light. Measures 60″ x 82″ when opened, and stows in a zipper pouch.
Never be caught without the proper driver again. This kit includes 90 magnetic bits to fit just about every small screw head, with bits for flat, philips, micro-torx, pentalobe, tri-wing, square, Posidriv, and triangle heads. It also includes a flex extender, tweezers, mini metric sockets, and other tools for working with small parts.
Furniture designers Mateo’s adjustable height desk is built from baltic birch or hardwood and offers electronic height adjustments from 28.5″ to 48.5″. Its top has a small drawer, a felt-lined tray, and built-in cable management. Add-ons include a tack-friendly felt partition, an LED lamp, a shelf, and a business card holder.
Old Spice helps keep your undercarriage dry and fresh all day with their new Below Deck Powder Spray, a talc-free, aluminum-free powder spray that helps cut down on moisture down there. And before working out, apply Below Deck Anti-Chafe Stick, which reduces friction in sensitive spots without feeling greasy.
KeySmart’s inexpensive keychain multitool incorporates a bottle opener, wrench, ruler, cutter, spoke wrench, flat- and Phillips-head screwdrivers, and a wire cutter. Its built-in carabiner clip attaches easily to a belt loop or bag too. They sell versions in other animal-inspired shapes, but they include fewer tools.
When it comes to pocket tools, steel is great, but titanium is better. It’s durable, lightweight, and corrosion-resistant, and looks great even in raw form. Everyday Carry offers up 14 great flashlights made from titanium, from the diminutive TEC Accessories Pixel Ti, to the powerful and substantial Mechforce Mechtorch Turbo.
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