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.
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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