Whether you’re working from home or out on the road, it’s always a good idea to be prepared for emergencies. An essential part of your survival pack should be a good first aid kit. Everyday Carry recommends a few off-the-shelf kits, along with a handful of add-on tools to enhance their life-saving abilities.
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Tacray’s unique titanium pen combines a writing instrument with a self-defense / glass breaker tool on its rear end. It’s made from Ti-6AL-4V alloy that’s been oxidized to produce a colorful, iridescent look, and its knurled body provides a firm grip while adding to its bullet-inspired style.
Holtzman’s survival kit looks like an explosive device, but this grenade is packed with tools to help you survive in the event of an emergency. It includes 48 items, including a fire starter, LED flashlight, razor blade, fishing line and hooks, needle, thread, pocket knife, compass and more, all wrapped up in about 45 feet of versatile 550 paracord.
StatGear’s smartly-designed stainless steel tool belongs in every vehicle. It includes two essential safety functions – a seatbelt cutter, and a carbide glassbreaker tip. It also comes with a visor-mounted carrying case for quick access in an emergency. Sold in a pack of two, so you can keep one on each visor or in two cars.
Designed by US military veterans, Everlit’s individual first aid kit is packed with useful emergency supplies which could save a life in the event of an accident or other injury. There are items to help treat burns, major bleeding, bone fractures, and more, all packed into a compact (6″ x 8.5″ x 4.5″) Molle-compatible nylon bag.
This hefty stainless steel multitool offers 14 functions, encompassing both everyday uses and lifesaving tools. It’s got two kinds of glass breakers, a seatbelt cutter, wrenches, screwdrivers, a box cutter, oxygen valve opener, and a bottle opener, among other features.
Written by retired Navy SEAL Clint Emerson, this book is packed with illustrated tips and solutions for taking control in dangerous situations, including self defense, escape, and evasion techniques. The tips include low-tech/no-tech methods to help you improvise when things go South. Be sure to check out the Survival Edition as well.
You never know when you’ll be stuck in an emergency where you need to call for help. Whether you’re lost in the woods, or being attacked by a gang of thugs (or bears), this super loud titanium whistle will draw attention to your precarious situation. Works in wet or dry environments.
Build your survival skills with Michael Powell’s useful, but lighthearted instruction manual How to Send Smoke Signals, Pluck a Chicken & Build an Igloo. It packs more than 75 short, but useful guides on how to improve your chances when you’re lost in the woods, or when the inevitable zombie apocalypse hits.
Uncharted Supply Co.’s pocket-size emergency kit is designed to combine items for first aid and gear repair in a single compact package. The Triage Kit includes bandages, wound closures, duct tape, zip ties, storm matches, bailing wire, and more inside a lightweight bag made from ripstop parachute fabric.
The CarAIDE is a versatile all-in-one tool to keep in your car’s trunk. In addition to being able to jumpstart a dead car battery and charge other gadgets via USB, it packs a flashlight, compass, thermometer, hook, emergency rope, emergency alarm, window breaker, seat belt cutter, and an industrial-strength magnet.
A useful survival tool from the creator of the Off Grid Survival Axe. The Lifesaber combines a flashlight, lantern, strobe, and siren with rechargeable USB battery charger which can be juiced back up by twirling or cranking it by hand. It offers optional snap-in modules like a plasma firestarter, or a UV water purifier.
550DesignStudio makes a variety straps for the Apple Watch made from woven lengths of paracord. They not only have a great rugged look, but give you a survival tool right on your wrist, thanks to paracord’s versatility and strength. Of course, if you use it in an emergency, you’ll probably need to buy a replacement band.
If you’re in the field and need to stitch up something (or someone) in an emergency, Grim Workshop’s stainless steel card could be a lifesaver. It comes with a wide variety of needles and awls, along with four replacement buttons. No thread in your kit? Fishing line, dental floss, or paracord strands will do in a pinch.
Always be prepared with Überleben’s survival tool that can help you quickly start a fire. Its comprised of a mini ferrocerium (fire steel) rod and serrated ring scraper which can make flaming hot sparks in any weather or at any altitude. Comes with a 34″ paracord lanyard.
Kershaw’s bright orange pocket knife has a 3.5″ stainless steel blade with one-handed opening, and a liner lock to hold it securely in position. In addition to its black oxide-coated blade and built-in pocket clip, it packs an emergency seatbelt cutter and carbide glass breaker in its handle.
Always be prepared (to eat) with this durable lightweight camping utensil, which combines a fork, spook, and knife in one. The fork has a serrated edge, while the spoon on back has a flat tip, making it perfect for digging out melons, ice cream, or other scoopy stuff.
Zippo’s compact fire-starting kit is a great travel companion for any outdoor adventure. It includes five compressed discs of easy-to-light paraffin coated cotton tinder, and a large flint spark wheel, all packed inside of a water-resistant, floating container with a lanyard hole.
PVC is quite the versatile material. It can be used for plumbing, building support structures, or even storage units. In this clip, SensiblePrepper shows us 17 different ways you can use various sizes of PVC pipe and fittings to help you survive when things go south. His ideas include weapons, tools, storage vessels and a makeshift canteen.
Uncharted Supply Co’s comprehensive bug-out kit is packed with 35 items to help you survive in just about any kind of emergency. The bag itself is made of lightweight, durable tarpaulin, and can be used as a floatation device. Available in grey or black. Detailed unboxing video here.
Give yourself a fighting chance of starting a fire when you’re out camping. This 4-piece kit packs an all-weather magnesium bar and friction tool for getting a clean spark, then gives it some extra oxygen with a collapsible bellows tube. You’ll also get an aluminum alloy whistle that can produce 120db, and a zippered carrying case.
This compact tool packs a three useful survival items in a pen-sized package. It’s got a carbide-tipped glass breaker, a safety whistle, and a firestarter and steel wool tinder compartment inside its anodized aluminum shell. Includes a built in keyring for easy carrying.
Author Devon Fredericksen presents a comprehensive guide to spending time in the great outdoors. This 304-page hardcover book is packed with useful tips, techniques, and illustrated advice for camping safely and successfully – from choosing your gear, to packing, to setting up and enjoying your campsite.
CRKT’s compact tool clips onto you car’s seatbelt, and provides a belt cutter, glass breaker, and LED flashlight in one, helping you escape quickly in the event you’re ever in a collision. Attach one to each one of your seatbelts for added confidence for all your passengers.
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