Cell phones are an integrated part of just about everyone's lives. It only makes sense that they should be survival tools.
Although a lot of times most of us outdoor enthusiasts are out of cell phone range we still keep them on us. Learn how you can take your everyday phone and turn it into an extremely useful survival item.
TaskOne multi-tool phone case
This phone case designed by TaskLab turns your useless phone case into a 22-piece multi-tool. The TaskOne G3 case is available for various iPhone platforms and they are working on one for the Samsung Galaxy phones.
This case includes:
- 2.5-inch knife with 1.8-inch saw blade back.
- Magnesium fire starter (iPhone 6 only)
- Pliers with wire cutters and strippers
- 5-inch ruler
- 6 hex wrenches
- 6 box wrenches (iPhone 6 only)
- Small and large standard screwdrivers
- Phillips screwdriver
- Reciprocating saw-blade mount
- Bottle Opener
If you don't have an iPhone there are a few other companies out there that make similar products. None of them offer as many tools as this one though.
There are billions of apps available today and most can work without an data connection. A ton of them are geared towards survival. Here are a few you should checkout and download before heading out.
- SAS Survival Guide- Created by John Wiseman, this app has videos, photo galleries, checklists, and access to his best selling book. It is a gold mine of information for anyone lost in the woods. Apple/Google
- First Aid American Red Cross- This app was designed for emergency use with step-by-step instructions and videos to reference while performing any first aid. Apple/Google
- Smart Compass- This app uses a real-time video feed from your camera with the compass to show distances and directions of landmarks. This allows you to not have to constantly re-check your orientation while walking around. Apple/Google
- ViewRanger GPS- This is an extremely popular app for outdoors enthusiasts. It has over 10,000 route guides and trails to keep you from getting lost in the first place. Best part is the GPS works without any data or internet connection. Apple/Google
- Wild Edibles- This app will help you find food in the wild. It has pictures as well as descriptions of over 150 common wild food sources. It even comes with warnings of poisonous look-a-likes. Apple/Google
Behind your phone storage
A lot of people don't take advantage of the security of storing thin objects between their phone and case. Not only is it a great place to hide emergency money, but a great way to hold a few emergency use items.
Take a small sheet of aluminum and fold it down to be used for cooking or to use with your battery to start a fire. A couple of bandages and a maybe a razor blade are good to keep there as well.
This would be a great project to recycle an old cell phone into something you can leave charged up and off in your pack. I do this with my old Sony Xperia so I have a backup at all times. You just never know when you might need it.