There are a lot of tools that could be needed during a disaster, but there are a few basic ones that are critical.

Should you have to bug out, you definitely want these tools in your bug out bag.

Multitool:  Our recommendation features 18 different tools in one.  It includes everything from a saw and hammer to instruments used to clean and repair your firearms.  Click here for our multitool recommendation.

Knife:  Our knife choice is ideal for a variety of chores.  General cutting is a snap, but it is also durable enough to clear an area in the woods for a campsite, if needed.  In extreme situations, it is also a self-defense weapon.  Plus, its carbon steel blade is easy to sharpen and very durable.  Click here for our knife recommendation.

Hatchet:  This choice can clear obstacles, break through barriers, prepare firewood, and dig.  It is both tough and lightweight and comes with a nylon sheath.  Click here for our hatchet recommendation.

Shovel:  Shovels are made for digging.  Whether you need to fortify your encampment or prepare a latrine, our shovel choice will do the job.  For tough ground, it also has a built-in pick to make the digging easier.  When folded, it is less than 9.5 inches long – and it is light weight too.  Click here for our shovel recommendation.

Folding Saw:  A folding saw provides an easier way to cut wood for a camp site without taking a lot of room up in your backpack.  Our choice is compact and light weight.  Click here for our folding saw recommendation.

Sharpening Tool:  Knives, hatchets and other tools for cutting and/or digging will dull over time.  A sharpening tool is vital to ensure your cutting and digging tools stay sharp and keep you from working too hard.  Click here for our sharpening tool recommendation.

Fishing Kit:  Fish is an excellent source of protein, so if times are tough, and there is a body of water nearby, you may need to try your luck at fishing.  To do that, you need some basic equipment contained in a fishing kit.

Compass:  If you have to evacuate your home or safe place during a societal collapse, a compass could save your life.  It is extremely easy to get off-track when hiking, and a compass will help you stay on course.  Our choice is the one chosen by the U.S. military.  Click here for our compass recommendation.

Radio:  A radio is a link to the outside world, and it is important to understand what is happening ‘out there’.  Our choice can be powered by a hand crank, solar, and two battery options.  Click here for our radio recommendation.

Binoculars:  In an uncertain environment, it can be very helpful to see things at a distance more closely.  If there is danger in the distance, and you can see if more quickly with a set of binoculars, you have more time to prepare.  Our choice is both compact and light weight.  Click here for our binocular recommendation.

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