We backcountry lovers, hurricane relief workers, former military members, and other disaster experts what they'd want to have with them in case of emergency.
Includes 34 individual items: mirrors and fire-making sets, a stocked first-aid kit for fractures, burns, bruises, and common ailments, and repair tools to put any gear that breaks back together.
A microscopic sieve filters out nearly any virus, bacteria, and general gunk from wherever you drop the hose, turning questionably sourced streams or even dirty puddles into water fountains. The Guardian pumps 2.5 liters a minute, self-cleans, and will filter more than 10,000 liters in its lifetime.
Fire starter that works in any condition—even in the water. Shave a small bit off the cube and onto your kindling and, no matter how windy or rainy it is, the WetFire will catch.
This satellite communication device puts you in constant texting with Search and Rescue teams in case of an emergency. In less dire times, you can email or text family and friends, and post to social media (if that’s the type of adventurer you choose to be), whether you have cell service or not. It will also track your movement and allow those you authorize to check in on your location.
An axe that packs down to the size of a multitool to be built when you need it. Find an 18-inch stick, and, depending on how you tie the blade to it, you can make a knife, chisel, splitting wedge, axe, or adze. Just make sure you know your knots.
This tough roller bag is loaded with the medical gear, emergency, and personal supplies you’ll need to survive most evacuations. It includes instructions for making an emergency plan, guides for what to fill the bag’s empty spaces with (medication, paperwork, and maybe a stuffed animal), as well as suggestions for what steps you should take next.
Packable and water resistant, great for changing weather. Wind proof with 4 way stretch fabric. Simple. Effective.
. Get into, or out of, nearly anything: cars, windows, attics when there are 20-foot flood waters. Later, use it to split firewood at camp. $328
Block rain and sun—whichever is beating down—with this flexible ripstop . Collapsible poles are included to make a lean-to and the set weighs just under three pounds. Before you pack up, know how to tie the half-hitch, bowline, square, and slip knots so it doesn’t collapse in the middle of a storm. $135
Sync a goTenna to your phone to send messages and your location to another via UHF and VHF frequencies. The new Mesh network turns every unit into an encrypted relay station to extend the range. $179
This sold out last hurricane season. A crank provides backup manual power (biceps not provided) for the radio, flashlight, and USB outlets. $60
. Best served neat. Good on cuts. $30
This shock-resistant can never get too dirty. It also measures barometric pressure to tell you if another storm is coming. If air pressure drops, head for shelter. $750
“I always carry a fixed-blade knife,” says Matthew Sanders, a retired Army Ranger who worked the aftermath of Irma and Harvey. “It’s good for a lot of jobs, and I can tie it to a stick for a hunting spear.” His requirements are simple: a stainless-steel blade around four inches or less, to abide by most state knife laws. The 4.4-inch TSR has a compartment in the handle that stores sewing needles, fishhooks, and line. The sheath holds a magnesium rod to spark a fire, a ceramic sharpening edge, and a signaling mirror. $90
Waterproof, dustproof, and on the 350-lumen High setting—half the brightness of a car headlight. $50
Your clothes should keep you dry or dry fast, says Sanders. Built to move over dry and wet land, dries in as little as an hour on a hot day. $13
Afford yourself basic comfort when the world goes sideways. is antibacterial and fast drying so you can wash and then wear it again quickly. $25
There's nothing warmer than real animal fur from the arctic. Wolf, beaver, wolverine—in terms of durability and warmth, those hides beat anything synthetic. will make you a pair of beaver-fur mittens for $200. When the temperature dips below zero, you'll realize it's money well spent. — Nate Becker, Dog musher, Alaska
Stanley's Mountain Coffee System is a complete coffeemaking kit nested around a thermos that keeps drinks hot for up to twenty-four hours. The cap stores enough freshly ground coffee for two cups.
Building a shelter can be a chore. With ENO's JungleNest Hammock, you get full coverage with an integrated mosquito net and rain guard, and it packs down smaller and lighter than a tent.
When the gas light flips on or your generator starts to sputter, you'll want this. is nonflammable, has a ten-year shelf life, and acts just like regular gas.
With six superbright LEDs embedded in the handle, three flanking each side of the knife, the SOG BladeLight Folder pulls double duty as a flashlight and a blade.
When society collapses, a bicycle becomes the optimal mode of transportation. The Cream ($8,700), a mountain bike made by Spot Brand in Golden, Colorado, can handle smooth pavement and rugged wilderness trails alike. It's also low maintenance. The frame is sturdy titanium, and it's a single-speed, so no gearing to fuss over. The drivebelt needs no lube and is nearly silent—good for keeping a low profile.