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.
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Whether you’re a first responder or just want to be prepared, Leatherman’s special emergency tool is a great addition to any tool kit or bugout bag. It combines a strap cutter for ripping through seatbelts, a carbide tip glass breaker, a 1/4″ hex bit driver, and an oxygen tank wrench in a single stainless steel gadget.
There are plenty of good books out there for honing your survival skills, but how many of them cover what to do if you’re held captive by furry creatures on Endor, stuck on an exploding Death Star, or frozen in carbonite? Well, you’re in luck, thanks to BBC culture editor Christian Blauvelt and his handy Star Wars survival guide.
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.
The CarAIDE is a versatile 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, a strong magnet, and more. Save 20% in The Awesomer Shop.
There are lots of tools out there for breaking a car window in the event of an emergency, but most of them require a good deal of leverage. The LifeString has a spring-loaded steel spike that does the job with the greatest of ease. It also doubles as a 150-lumen flashlight.
MyMedic’s Solo is a single-person first aid kit. It contains numerous items that will help you take care of the most common injuries at home, at work, and outdoors. It’s packed in a ballistic nylon zipper case and comes with a 20 ft. length of paracord and a whistle. Save 14% in The Awesomer Shop.
Nitecore’s NWE30 is an ultra-compact electronic emergency whistle which activates with a simple twist. It cranks out up to 120dB of volume in all directions, and flashes a 2,000 lumen emergency beacon at night. Measures just 0.98″ x 2.64″ and easily hangs on a backpack.
A smart alternative to the “bug-out” bags, the R72 vest is a wearable survival pack you can grab in a hurry when disaster strikes. It not only works as a floatation vest, it has lots of gear loops and MOLLE webbing for carrying whatever you need, along with a system of eight modular bags, and an emergency tube tent.
This 5-in-1 pocket knife packs in a partially-serrated 420 stainless steel blade, along with a seatbelt cutter, a glass breaker tool, firestarter rod, and a removable LED flashlight. Save 28% on StatGear’s useful multifunction tool in The Awesomer Shop.
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.
This collection of four books from wilderness expert and author Dave Canterbury includes everything you ever wanted to know about thriving in the wild. The combined reference guides include over 1000 pages of techniques for building shelters, trapping, gathering, and cooking, along with first aid and survival.
This unique lighter from Prometheus Design Werx is precision milled from a 6AL-4V titanium billet. Its deeply-textured body pattern is reminiscent of a grenade, and provides an excellent grip for opening and closing. Its screwtop lid connects with an O-ring seal to keep moisture out, and has a lanyard hole on top.
United Cutlery’s long-handled, spiked stainless steel hammer will tear through just about anything you smack with it, making it the perfect tool for demolition work, or fending off the undead while keeping them at more than arm’s-length, making you far less susceptible to being turned.
Gerber’s money clip is designed to hold cash and up to five cards, and packs a secret – a 1.75″ fine-edge stainless steel blade for everyday cutting or emergency needs. Its body is made from rust-proof titanium-coated steel with a G-10 front plate. Measures 3.6″ long when closed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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