Survivalists always try to be prepared. With these seven survivalist tools, it’s never been easier.
Some people make things harder than they have to be and would-be survivalists are no different. Some have bags upon bags of tools and equipment that you’d need a pickup truck to haul around.
But all that gear is unnecessary. Instead, think minimal and go for survival tools that are light and can easily be carried on your person so they’re always ready when you need them.
Here are seven survival tools you shouldn’t leave home without.
1. The Leatherman Crunch
The Leatherman Crunch combines 15 tools in one and gives you a set of vise grips that no other Leatherman offers. This beast can cut wire, has a serrated knife and multiple files to help you with whatever comes your way. It weighs just under seven ounces and is only four inches long, perfect to strap onto a belt or slip into your pocket.
2. SwissChamp Pocket Knife
This Swiss Army knife give you everything you need and more. With 33 implements, including a magnifying glass, tweezers, scissors, fish scaler and a knife sharp enough to be a scalpel, this thing could save your life. It comes with a lifetime warranty, is three and a half inches long and weighs only seven ounces. The only question is why aren’t you already carrying one of these?
3. Hultafors Hunting Axe
This hunting axe from Hultafors is well made and heavy duty. From skinning an animal to preparing firewood, this axe won’t let you down. It’s been struck multiple times during manufacturing making it extremely durable with an increased density. Weighing just over one pound, it’s not even too heavy to carry around.
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4. Gerber’s Bear Grylls Ultimate Fixed Blade Knife
There’s so many great aspects to this knife designed by Bear Grylls. Not only is the blade made from high carbon stainless steel, but half of it is serrated to make cutting easier. The base of the handle features a pummel for hammering, and the sheath has a built in diamond sharpener. The sheath also holds a ferro rod for starting fires and the knife blade has a striker notch. Another added bonus: there’s an emergency whistle integrated so you don’t have to worry about bringing one.
This little thing may look a bit funny, but LifeStraw can be a life saver. Just put one end in a body of water and this sophisticated filter removes 99.99 percent of all bacteria, virus and protozoa, giving you clean, safe water no matter what the conditions. One LifeStraw can clean up to 1,000 liters of water and requires no batteries to function. And the best part, it weighs only two ounces so it won’t weigh you down.
6. Paracord Bracelet
It may sound odd, but in a survival situation, wearing a paracord bracelet could save your life. With up to 25 feet of cord in each bracelet, it allows you to make snares, fishing line or a bow drill to start a fire. It can also provide you with rope to set up a shelter, markers for a trail or even a tourniquet if need be. Honestly, there’s no excuse not to be wearing one of these.
7. Contractor-Sized Garbage Bag
Small enough to fit in your back pocket, a contractor-sized garbage bag can be a huge help in a survival situation. You can wear it as a poncho to keep you dry, lay on it at night as a ground barrier or even pitch a makeshift shelter in an emergency.
What survival tools do you not leave home without? Tell us in the comments.