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.

Headlamp: For a hands-free light source, consider getting a light-weight headlamp. The best headlamp is light weight, not like the old miner’s hats, and allows you to see in the dark while still having your hands free to do the work that is needed.

We recommend getting one with an LED bulb that uses lithium batteries for maximum battery life. Click here to see the headlamp we have in our emergency kit.


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