Your bug-out bag is limited in size and you’re limited by the weight you can carry around. This is why multi-purpose survival tools are better than single-function ones. Multi-purpose survival gear saves space, lightens the weight of your bag and ensures that you have everything needed to get through the critical 72 hours pretty easily. Below we look at some of the most versatile and durable tools which should form a part of anybody’s bug-out bag.
1. Survival Hatchet or Pocket Chainsaw.
A survival hatchet is available in a number of different flavors so, ideally, pick a steel one. However, the big problem with a survival hatchet is often that if it’s large enough to cut big chunks of wood, it’s too heavy and bulky to carry easily. Yes, you can choose a smaller, lighter one, but it will take you forever to cut down brushwood or chop logs. So, as an alternative, we recommend that you pack along Stunning Gadget’s multi-purpose pocket chainsaw because it’s light, durable and does pretty much everything a hatchet can do, but quicker. Given the weight-to-productivity ratio of both items, the pocket chainsaw is a no-brainer.
2. Survival Whistle
A survival whistle generally weighs just a couple of ounces and is very cheap. Try to buy one that combines a waterproof container and compass with the whistle. Some types even have fire-starting flintsincorporated too, which can be very useful. In line with our mantra of multi-functional, the more features the whistle offers the better.
The multi-tool is a classic and anything that has the term ‘multi’ in the title is well worth looking into. There are a number of great multi-tools around which focus on providing a lightweight solution and excellent practicality. Because of the variety available, consider your own individual needs when making your choice. Ideally, make sure it has a straight blade, a can opener, and a saw as a minimum before you think of personalization. For example, if you’re likely to carry around a few corked bottles then one with a corkscrew would be a sensible option. You may also want to buy one with a bonus option of a magnifying glass, since this makes it easier to start a fire. But, of course, if you’ve already bought a whistle with fire-starter incorporated, that would be unnecessary duplication, wouldn’t it?
A tarp is truly a life-saver because there is so much that you can do with it, from keeping you and your gear dry to using it as a shelter when it rains. It can also be used to signal and can be transformed into a handy stretcher in order to carry injured people. They are neither expensive nor heavy, so taking along a couple might be an option.
5. Plastic Bags
Though you may not think that plastic bags are going to come in handy, they do, especially when you need to carry small, light stuff like fish, clothes, or maybe fruit that you’ve picked, etc. Plus, plastic bags can easily be used to carry water, keep your fire-starting kit dry and organize things around your camp. Always pack along half a dozen plastic bags of varying sizes, since they are light and versatile.
6. Survival Knife
Always have a decent hunting knife or survival knife, as it is called, in your bag. A survival knife always comes in handy, whether you need to go fishing, hunting or just want to live on a few wild berries. It can also be used to defend yourself against bears, lions, snakes and a host of other predators if you don’t have a gun. A broad-bladed one can be used to dig dirt, they can take the place of a firesteel and can be used for emergency first-aid if necessary.
7. Duct Tape
Always pack along duct tape, because it just makes your life so much easier. Duct tape can double as a bandage in an emergency; it can secure and repair waterproofing and help with other types of building projects; it can mend or even replace clothing and can be taped over sore spots just to prevent blisters. The possible uses of duct tape are endless; if you want some more ideas, check out the mythbusters website!and so ideally you’ll want to take along as many rolls as possible.
8. Solar Battery Charger 5000mAh
Stunning Gadgets’ Solar Battery Charger, rated at 5000mAh, uses the sun’s light to charge its internal battery, which can then be used to charge everything from your cell phone to your GPS handheld. The dual output makes it possible for you to charge two devices simultaneously. You’ll obviously be taking along your cell phone,but the fact is, the national grid may not necessarily be available. So, a rugged, reliable and high-capacity solar battery charger should certainly be added to your bug-out bag.
9. Bluetooth keyboard
If you are like most people, your bug-out bag will most certainly have a tablet in it. Whether you need to send emails, post Facebook updates, or communicate with loved ones back home, a keyboard will make your life easier. Stunning Gadgets’ lightweight, easy to use and rugged keyboard can be connected to just about any device, including your Bluetooth enabled cell phone. It’s worth taking along no matter where you’re going.
When investing in survival tools and gadgets always make sure to buy a brand that you trust. Keep in mind that cheap can often work out very costly if it fails in a survival situation, which is why companies like Stunning Gadgets are worth looking into when reliability and durability are a must.