The best prepper gear available isn’t going to make much of a difference in the event of a major existential threat like a rogue black hole.
Humans are going to have few options other than to accept their fate.
But during a natural disaster, an economic collapse or one of the other lesser crises, a well prepared collection of survival tools might mean the difference between life and death.
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, the guys behind the doomsday clock, recently moved the time forward to two and a half minutes to midnight.
The Science and Security Board warned:
The probability of global catastrophe is very high, and the actions needed to reduce the risks of disaster must be taken very soon.
The purpose of their report is to nudge governments to act faster to avert catastrophe. But, what can you as an individual do to prepare?
The single greatest thing any individual can do is put together a bug out bag.
The problem is that there is a lot of prepper gear on the market. You have to be ruthless when deciding what survival tools to get.
Of course, no two collections of prepper gear will look the same however here at Go Apocalypse we believe every sane survivalist should pack 7 specific survival tools .
1. LifeStraw Water Filter
One of your biggest concerns in the wilderness is going to be clean drinking water. When the SHTF you are going to need a few tools in the your bug out bag to keep you hydrated.
The most important of these tools and also one of our favourites is the LifeStraw.
The LifeStraw is specifically designed for survival in the wild and filters out 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella, and 99.9% of waterborne protozoa, including Giardia & Cryptosporidium.
It weighs only 2 ounces, is 9” long and 1” in diameter. It can filter around 1000 litres of water. Which to give some context, would mean all your drinking water for a year.
This is a must have item for any prepper!
Top Tip: Unfortunately chemicals, salt water, heavy metals and viruses can’t be removed by the LifeStraw. So drinking chlorinated pool water is not a good idea for example.
2. Leatherman Charge TTI Multi-Tool
Every sane survivalist needs a multi-tool in their bug out bag. You can’t completely prepare for the unpredictable but a multi-tool nudges the odds strongly in your favour.
The Leatherman Charge TTI is the best multi-tool from the best company in the business.
As Leatherman’s flagship product, the Charge TTI has an impressive 19 different tools which are optimized and organized for a variety of functions. They have also invested heavily in a high quality stainless steel blade and an ergonomic titanium handle.
All the tools can be opened and operated with only one hand and every tool except the pliers can be locked into place.
The Leatherman team have pulled no punches with this tool and it is easily the best multi-tool on the market.
Top Tip: Be sure to practice using the bit driver tool before you use it in the wild as it has a wide variety of functions which effectively double the Leatherman’s numerous uses.
3. MSR Windburner Stove
If you are out in the wild and fancy a hot cup of soup then you need a backpacking stove. This solid piece of kit easily fits into your backpack and takes very little time to set up.
The MSR Windburner Stove is hands down the best backpacking stove on the market.
The all-in-one integrated stove and cookware system is wind resistant, fuel efficient and performs particularly well in the extreme cold in comparison to the competitors.
It takes around 2 – 3 minutes to boil water and is a reliable tool to have in a crisis. All the necessary parts fit into the 1 litre aluminium pot.
Now, this may not be the best prepper gear for prolonged stays in the wild but it is second to none for any quick excursions.
Top Tip: There is a coffee press sold separately which is well worth the investment.
4. Light My Fire Swedish Fire Steel
Imagine for a minute that you get drenched in a freak thunderstorm. There are few tools more useful in such a situation than a fire starting tool.
The best fire starting tool for your money is the Light My Fire Swedish Fire Steel.
Designed to replace matches, lighters and other forms of fire starters, the Fire Steel is an essential tool. You can use it with ease in practically any weather conditions, at any altitude and in a crisis.
The ferro rod combined with the stainless steel blade gives out an impressive showering of sparks and with practice come very easily. The tool was originally designed for the Swedish Department of Defence and is now used by a number of different armed forces around the world.
It is designed to last for 12,000 strikes and can work even when wet. I can’t recommend this awesome tool more strongly!
Top Tip: The Fire Steel took us on average 7 strikes to light our kindling. Don’t give up and be sure to practice.
5. Coast HL7 Headlamp
One of the most common tools that people forget to pack for the wild is a decent headlamp. They are absolutely essential in an emergency and always useful for making your way around camp after dark.
The Coast HL7 is our favourite headlamp.
The Coast performs well for trail-finding with a maximum beam distance of 152 m. But, it hands down outshines the competition with close proximity use.
You can adjust the light level within a very generous range with the intuitive controls at the rear. This headlamp can take a battering, is pretty weather resistant and the LED is virtually bomb proof.
You won’t regretting picking one up!
Top Tip: The battery life is unfortunately a little less than some other products on the market so be sure keep this in mind when out in the wilderness.
6. Estwing E24A Sportsman’s Hatchet
A good survival hatchet needs to chop, split and carve well. But the best hatchets on the market have great balance and are comfortable to use day in day out.
The E24A is forged from a single piece of carbon steel which means that the body, head and the handle cannot break apart. The grip is made of leather and does a great job of reducing the impact when chopping and splitting wood.
This hatchet is made in the USA and offers an unrivalled degree of balance. The cutting edge is 3-1/4 which is perfectly suited to the job.
If you are looking for a high quality single piece hatchet then look no further!
Top Tip: The back of the hatchet head is perfect for hammering any tent stakes into the ground.
7. Snow Peak Titanium Spork
There are some preppers out there so concerned with the weight of their bug out bag that packing both a fork and a spoon is deemed excessive.
Thankfully we need not argue any further because some intelligent ape came up with the humble spork to solve this dilemma.
There are a few option on the market but you might as well invest big with the Snow Peak Titanium Spork.
This spork has a number of different uses, and sports a simple, stylish construction. The titanium material means it stands out from the competition. It is pretty damn strong and i’d say next to impossible to damage. The sleek finish also means that this spork is easy to clean.
Don’t leave home without one!
Top Tip: The curved side can be used to cut soft food. So, soft food not raw carrots or twigs.
So there we have it. That was our run down of the 7 best survival tools in our personal prepper gear.
In truth I would be lost without each and every one of those tools. They have each proved incredibly useful countless times over the years and I am sure that they would make useful additions to a prepper’s gear. I hope you enjoyed the list!
We welcome discussion at Go Apocalypse and i’d love to hear from anyone with an opinion on the topic of survival tools, prepper gear or bug out bags in general.
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