2017 BDS Best Prepper Gifts – The Best Gifts for Preppers This Year

While the Holiday season is a great time to think about gifts, it’s not the only time to give. For me it usually involves a lot of cooking and eating and spending time with my husband’s side of the family and our neighbors. The gifts we give are often gift baskets that we put together ourselves and that contain items that we think the received will enjoy.

It is important to think about others during this time of year but you also need to realize that a well thought out gift means a lot to someone regardless of the cost. For this  gift guide, I am going to focus on a lot of smaller items that you can mix and match for more elaborate gift baskets or you can use as stocking stuffers.

NOTE: This resource has been updated for year round gift giving! All those special occasions – birthdays, anniversaries, special day’s – in addition to the Holiday season.

I have tried to make an effort to include a lot of gift options in a variety of price ranges with no single item costing more than $100. Homemade gifts and crafts are another prepper appropriate gift option that is ideal for the person that seems to have everything and you are at a loss as to what to buy.

Give the Gift of Fire

One of the most critical gifts of all is the gift of a reliable portable stove system. Here at BDS, our team has reviewed a variety of cooking and heating sources over the years. The following products are the ones we can highly recommend for any gift giving opportunity.

BioLite CampStove 2 Bundle

BioLite offers some truly excellent and functional products for energy generation. One of my favorites is the CampStove 2 Bundle available here, which features a lightweight grill system, cooking system, water boiling system and USB charger. Truly a multi purpose kit! All that is required is wood for fuel, making it the ideal comfort item for remote self-sufficiency.

SoloStove Lite

Speaking of fire, if you just want the ultimate lightweight heating source, I would highly recommend the SoloStove lite available here for a special discount. All you need is a handful of twigs to boil water anywhere.

Gifts For Coffee Loving Preppers

When it comes to making coffee, there are a lot of options. A lot of preppers like the idea of a French Press but like me, they have discovered how fragile some are and how quickly coffee goes cold. The Stanley French Press comes in several sizes and keeps coffee hot for 4 hours!

Stansport Percolator

A percolator is a great way to manage your coffee needs in a variety of situations. This is a lightweight aluminum version.

Kingnice 8 Cup Camping Stainless Steel Tea or Coffee French Press Coffee Maker, Thick Durable Non-slip (1000 ml, 34 oz)

Tools For The Prepared

Bellfyd Tactical Pen

A tactical pen is great because it can be carried most anywhere and is not considered a concealed weapon. You can pay a lot or you can get this pen at a fantastical price. This carbide tip pen can be used as a glassbreaker, a wrench, bottle opener, a sharp point for fending off attackers, and an LED flashlight. This is a good stand alone gift or an impressive stocking stuffer!

Gerber Bear Grylls Firestarter

This sturdy fero rod and striker fits together to form a waterproof cylinder where you can stash some dry tinder for getting a fire going fast wherever you are at. The lanyard makes it easy to hold on and reduces the chance of you losing it. There is an emergency whistle built into the lanyard. Gerber makes good quality products that they stand by and they don’t charge as much as some.

Cold Steel Hunter Knife

Pendleton Hunter

This knife has a 3 inch fixed blade so it is legal in a lot of places. This is a very high quality knife from a popular company. If you want to give a great belt knife then you will not be disappointed in what you are getting for your money.

Emergency Sleeping Bag With Drawstring

Everyone needs a bag for the unexpected night out. This bivy is perfect for keeping in a car or a day trip bag if you live somewhere that the weather can turn in an instant, even a short hike of a few miles means you should be prepared. These bivies are affordable enough to give to everyone on your list.

Gerber Gator Ax

I am a huge fan of the Gerber family of axes and hatchets. We have a hatchet with a knife that we bought over a decade ago and have used for a ton of different projects. The serrated saw that fits in the handle of this ax is pretty amazing. The husband is definitely getting one of these for Christmas.

Gerber E Tool Folding Shovel

There is nothing worse than a tool that breaks when you need it most. A lot of folding spades don’t hold up to the job over time. The folks at Gerber have once again created a quality product at an affordable price. This is quite possibly the only folding spade you will ever need to buy.

Garmin GPS

I remember when a cheap GPS was $400. It was only about 14 years ago. Now you can get a quality garmin GPS for under $100. GPS doesn’t take many batteries and they are just nice to have.

While a good waterproof map can get you out of a situation, if you have a GPS you are going to be better off. Many people are more comfortable navigating using them thanks to every cell phone having the technology built in.

Mylar Blanket

While you could give this 10 pack to just one person or you could put a few in a gift basket or as stocking stuffers. At under $1 each these are something every prepper should have a few of.

299 Piece First Aid Kit

This is a wonderful starter kit or back up kit for your car. Sure you may want to add in a few things like bloodstop powder and extra medications but every great kit needs a good foundation to start with. This affordable kit could be part of a prepper gift basket for sure!

Solar Wall Lights

This is another item that I am going to buy on my next Amazon order. A lot of folks have places that they wish had a bit more light outside. These lights are bright, LED, solar powered, will last 10 hours on a single charge, and they even have a motion sensor feature.

Putting together a gift basket

When it comes to putting together a care package for a holiday present, set a budget and go from there. $35 for example would allow you to give someone the Gerber Firestarter, Emergency Bivy Sleeping Bag, and the 299 piece medical kit. That is a good start to being more prepared!

Creative wrapping

I usually get paper gift bags and use those or get creative and put gifts in a cheese box that formerly housed a 20 lb wheel of Amish Cheddar. Our little farm stand offers these for $5 and they are great for storing small things. People don’t just throw them away like paper.

Alternative Gifts

Help out a fellow human on a big project

If you have a friend or family member that wants to do some prepper projects then offer to lend them your time for an afternoon or for a specific task. Helping someone out with labor is a great gift. There are times when a fellow prepper may need help getting a barn finished, shearing sheep, digging, getting their garden prepped, harvesting, etc.

Maybe you know a couple that could use some free childcare while they work on a project?

These are just some suggestions and I bet you can think of a lot more things to do to help out those around you in lieu of a gift from the store.

Home Canned Goods

If you have priced what a quart jar of good jam made with even mediocre ingredients costs then I bet you have been shocked. The same jam I make at home with more fruit and less sugar costs 70% less than what you can buy it for! People love homemade foods.

Pickled products are also popular for gifts!

Remember that this season is about taking the time to relax and rejoice with those that you care about the most.

Gifts For Pampering

It is very easy to get so caught up in prepping that one forgets that everyone needs something that is just for enjoyment once in awhile. Preppers need to let their hair down and be pampered too. Small luxuries can mean a lot sometimes. Here are a few ideas for pampering a prepper in your life.

A New Bathrobe

I went a long time without owning a robe for running outside and such. In the winter time it can get pretty cold and windy here at 3000 feet. My winter weight fleece robe has been very nice to have for when I just need to run outside for a minute first thing in the morning or if the thermostat got set too low. I wish I had been smart enough to get that robe when wood heat was all we had!

Alexander Del Rossa Womens Fleece Robe, Long Hooded Bathrobe

Alexander Del Rossa Mens Fleece Robe, Long Hooded Bathrobe

Bath & Grooming Gift Sets

A lot of handmade soaps are $5-$7 a bar. Scented candles are not expensive either. Burt’s Bees has some kits available that make great prepper gifts.

This is my favorite gift set from Burt’s Bees because it takes care of major dryness, flaking, and blisters from working outside. For the hardworking prepper this kit is an amazing gift that will last for many months and is very affordable.

The everyday essentials kit is one that can be appreciated by men and women alike. At less than $10 this is a gift pack worth considering as part of a large gift basket or as a stocking stuffer but it makes a good small gift all on its own too!

Beauty and Grooming Box Subscriptions

Allure Beauty Box

I used to think that the idea of a beauty box subscription was kind of silly but I decided that what harm would it do to spend $10 and try out Birchbox. I was really surprised. For lady preppers on a budget that want some good quality beauty products it is a good deal and something to look forward to in the mail each month.

Right now Birchbox is running a special where you use the code DOUBLEFUN and get a free extra box with a subscription. You really do get at least $50 worth of products and sometimes more for $10 per month. Birchbox also offers a man’s grooming box for $10. The first box I got had a single product that was worth more than what I paid for all the samples combined!

Allure is more at $15 but you also often get $80 worth of beauty products each month for your money. So for $30-$45 you can buy a gift subscription and the receiver can customize their box online so the get samples relevant to them.

Kids & Teens

Some of these recommendations are not going to be appropriate for all kids, ages, etc. and some you will want to supervise kids when they are using. Of course most things are not allowed to be taken to school. When I was a kid I was out on the banks of the Skagit River with a lock back pocket knife. Now days some may think 8 years old is too young for a knife of ones’ own.

Survival Tool Kit

X-Plore Gear Emergency Paracord Bracelets

This survival bracelet is something I would have though was pretty neat when I was a kid. This sturdy paracord bracelet has a compass, flint firestarter, a scraper that doubles as a knife, and of course the paracord can be unraveled in an emergency and used. This bracelet comes sized for kids and snaps on and off with ease.

ECHI Outdoor Survival Tools, 10 in 1 Multi-Purpose Outdoor Emergency

This kit has a lot in it that is useful. A tactical pen, compass, firestarter, knife, flashlight, scale, whistle, key light, and a tool card are all included in a sturdy plastic case small enough to fit in a smaller backpack. Although Amazon shows this kit with a paracord bracelet, it does not come with one.

Solar Lantern

A solar lantern that doubles as a flashlight is a safe gift for kids and it is something they can get a lot of use out of. Camping trips, slumber parties in the backyard, tree houses, ect are all times when some cool extra light is a good thing. Even younger kids will find it cool that the sun charges the lantern. This lantern also is a powerbank so it can be used to charge cell phones, tablets and other small devices.

LED Flashlight

This 2 pack of tactical flashlights is a great option for those that have more than one kid to buy for or you can give them both so they have one in their backpack and one in their room for outages! I am pretty sure that most schools allow flashlights but you may want to check before they take this one with them. This light is bright and features a zoom future which kids will think is pretty cool.

I hope this list has helped you get some great ideas and find some bargains. The holidays do not have to be stressful. Get your shopping done early if you can and take the time to relax and remember what the season is supposed to be about.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season! – The Team At Backdoor Survival

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Holiday season is once again coming upon us. While good food, traditions and family is all you really need for the festive time - giving some great gifts can't really hurt, can it? Here are all of our top recommendations for wonderful gift ideas for your family and friends!

  1. I don’t consider myself a Grinch either, but I 100% agree with you: the giving of ourselves is far more lasting and meaningful than simply giving another meaningless trinket of some sort or another.

    Just this past evening, while out for an evening walk with my wife, after commenting on how full we both were from that day’s Thanksgiving meal, we later talked a little about what we both believe the Christmas (or, if you prefer: the Holiday) Season really means to each of us. Ironically, we happened to pass a homeless man using the sidewalk in front of the local Goodwill store as a makeshift shelter spot. He had the requiste cardboard boxes and newspapers, along with a few other scavenged items that would serve as his home for that night. My wife and I just looked at one another as we passed him by, then silently walked over to the local convenience store. We picked up a few things for him: hot food, water, and a few candy bars. It wasn’t very much, but when we offered them to the man you would have thought we were giving him so much more. He seemed sincerely appreciative.

    Later, as we were walking home, I mentioned that I believe Christ didn’t only come to save our souls, but came to also teach us “how” to live our lives in the ways that are both good and right; ways which I personally, and far too often, find most hard to succeed in. I don’t know about you, but I believe with all my heart that today’s commercialism has absolutely nothing to do with the real spirit of The Christmas Season–or by whatever name one may choose to refer to it as.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Gaye. I found them to be very thought provoking.

  2. That was an awesome list! I can attest to the usefulness of “The Apartment Preppers Guide…”, it’s an awesome book! The pressure canner would definitely be the gift that keeps on giving, as would the Volcano Stove, which looks amazing! You can never go wrong with cast iron, either.
    I completely agree that Christmas has become a mad-house of trying to get the best, the newest, the most techie. The one thing that’s always bugged me is how little thought some folks put into gift giving. I say that, planning to give my family gift cards, but that’s because I know they would be better served by having the means to pick out what they need and want, not because I’m lazy. Shipping gifts 700 miles away is not an easy undertaking, nor is it cheap anymore.

    This was yet another thought-provoking post. Keep up the great work!

  3. Your post reminds me of something I realized this past week which is the extent to which the entire “Black Friday” shopping frenzy demonstrates the fact that a huge number of people in the U.S. are pursuing what I call “Dead End” lives. The term “Dead End” lives refers to many things but might be summed up by pointing out that in this age of mass communication/advertizing, millions of people in pursuit of some meaning to their lives and some sense of fulfillment are lead down myriad false paths. Thus people come to believe that “if only I had this ‘thing’, I’ll be happy”. How soon they forget that the last time they got the ‘thing’ guranteed to bring them happiness, it proved to be entirely transitory and that once the momentary thrill of ownership and use passed, they were left again with a feeling of emptiness. These “Dead Ends” aren’t limited to the acquisition of ‘things’. We fall victim to seeking happiness, inner peace, fulfillment and life meaning in a myriad of dead ends such as mere possession of piles of money, increased power and dominance, work “success”, relationships, children, etc.

    My wish for this season would be that more and more people awaken to the unseen signs on lifes road that read “Dead End” and that they turn off the t.v., put down the newspaper, infrequent the cell phone, the twitter account and yes, even the Internet and listen in the new found silence to the sounds around them of their families, friends, relatives and neighbors, (including the birds outside their windows). I would hope that in this new found silence, they would simply begin to learn how to listen and to begin to hear the reflection of their inner needs in the voices and sounds around them. Perhaps, if my wish were to come true, they might find in that listening a new curiosity about whats happening around them and then if my wildest dream were to come true, perhaps then they would be prompted to get off the couch, out of the computer desk chair and proceed to investigate these sounds in light of their new curiosity.

    If people could become aware of the Dead End paths that are out there and stop pursuing them, then perhaps they could start choosing paths that lead them to the open spaces of life and the society around them which would open their minds to a fresh understanding of the meaning of their lives in the context of their mortal existence in this world and the needs of the “others” they’ve never really noticed or listened to.

    So for your prepper wish list, I’d suggest one other category of items….BOOKS! Books written by those who have delved into the roads less traveled; Books written by people who were “seers”, philosophers, life coaches. Inspirational books; books about Martyrs, books about those called “Holy”; books about the Sacred; books about Meditation and Prayer and books about Prayer and Meditation; books about How To Reach Out and help others; books about caring and sharing, living and dying.

    Stop living Dead End Lives!

  4. i have that battery tester and it has already paid for itself in batteries and saving me aggrevation trying to figure out whats broken or dead

  5. You know Gaye, there are so many companies out there that have “simply amazing offers” on dehydrated foods. I’m sure you have readers that are confused about what and where to buy, but I want to endorse “Emergency Essentials” as the place to buy. I tried and tried to order Black Friday items on their website but couldn’t get it to work. I thought something was wrong with my internet service, so I called them. They told me they had so many orders, their website was knocked off the air. I was so happy they took my order over the phone. I think if my UPS driver didn’t bring me an order from Emergency Essentials quite often, he would miss me..
    You have a great sponsor.

    1. John – As you may know, I use my FD foods in day to day cooking and meal planning, After taking into account the 20 mile round trip to town, the extra cost, if any, is nominal. This is especially true for the veggie and fruit items. I used FD celery, onions and fruits in my Thanksgiving stuffing this year. So easy, no waste and no real cleanup from slicing and dicing.

      I always try to wait for sales and stock up. Another sale is coming on Monday – different items from Friday.

  6. Thanks for this list Gaye. This year we will be giving baked goods to our circle of friends and family because the budget is fairly thin for gift-giving. It helps that a massive cookie-baking extravaganza will be a good way to rotate out a lot of our stored flour, sugar and oil. We’ll replentish the stocks with fresh stuff when they go on sale at the grocery store.

  7. Hi Gaye,

    I love your articles and read every one of them! You are a very practical prepper with good and positive ideas for everyday living, not the doomsday zombie attitude like some sites out there. We share the same outlook! 🙂

    In fact, because we couldn’t find any stores around here with what we wanted, my husband and I opened a new retail store in central NC called APU Self Reliance. We have a website and online store as well with a LOT of products that are new to the market, unique and useful not just for prepping, but for everyday use as well. APU stands for our 3 steps to take to be self reliant: AWARE – PREPARE – USE. We are about learning new skills and knowing how to use what we have, along with providing new products to help you be better prepared for what life throws at you.

    How do I partner with you? please contact me. Thanks for all you’re doing. Keep up the good work!

  8. PER Amazon shopping: Is your commission a multiple-time deal or must a person link from your site to Amazon each time? Thanks for all you do. 🙂

  9. I had given my husband the SE MT908 11 Survival Pocket Tool as a Christmas gift last year. The TSA “officer” at either the Minneapolis or KC airport confiscated it in August because he said it had a saw included! IOW, I think he wanted it for himself! (I will perhaps be getting him another one this Christmas.)

  10. Janet – That is sweet of you to ask since the commissions support my work and I will never ever ask for accept donations :).

    With Amazon, you should start your shopping “session” from one of my links (any link). I am told that if you place things in your shopping bag then come back later, the affiliate code is still valid but I honestly doubt it. What I tell people is that if they want to go back and visit their shopping cart, start from any of the links on my page.

    LOL I spend over $500 a month at Amazon but none of my purchases count.

  11. My gifts for the holidays are rather low tech. Each Christmas for the past 10 years, I write a memory of a family member or a Christmas past. Then I email it to my family which covers from Florida, to Michigan, to Louisiana to the middle of the country. Coming from a large family, this is the best I can do. Since I am also the family historian, they never know from who, what or where each family story may come.
    For those more local, what started out as just wanting to learn more about what is in the food I eat, has become more than…so this year, the people near me will be receiving a sets of Homemade Herb Blends especially created for their health and well-being along with the nutritional info and health benefits for them. My daughter is creating the labels and cards. While I now grow my own herbs and some spices, I also buy in bulk. lol Though I have saved spice and other small jars so each package will be different. There goes my stash of jars, but will be gathering again next year. These people know I am not any sort of medical person, just interested in eating the best with what’s available. 🙂
    For the younger set, I am working on my own set of cards which feature local plants both in the yards and around us. Just my way of teaching with fun…anyone for a scavenger dinner??

  12. As my kids have gotten older, their stocking stuffers have become more useful items. My 21yo daughter appreciated those things more when she moved to her own place and had to weather her first storm and power outage alone. Even little things count, like waterproof matches and emergency candles, because they aren’t items people normally think about purchasing.

  13. Thanks for posting this gift guide. My daughter had a 72 hour pack when she lived with me, but when she moved out from the Pacific NW to Southern CA she was not interested in keeping it updated. When her fiance’s stepdad began getting into prepping, out came the bag and she and her new family have emergency plans, a designated meeting place, and provisions for all 4 adults, 9 dogs, and 1 cat.

    That you posted gifts to make, makes me feel good. We used to give baked goods all the time, and everyone appreciated them. “The perfect gift” wasn’t something one bought, but something one thought up to do for another. Thanks for helping to bring that back.

  14. Nice list! One thing I have found is that everyone, boys and girls, love a knife for a gift. If they are under 8 years old a small folder is good (Swiis Army). 8-12 a Mora knife is really cool. 12-16 fixed blade skinners hit the spot and 16+ good butcher knives for the girls or things like the SOG Bowie for the boys seem to put a smile on their face.

    It seems a universal fact that people like a well made knife.

  15. Come so far ..from sowing own food etc homesteading small holdings raising chickens goats for produce.etc.skills long long ago deserted left for a dust bowl .skills long ago abandoned for some shiny wrapper or another .won’t be used neither will those precious skills.your loved ones seem to have left there abandoned and have left to be lost.not giving children the chances would give children loved ones if could see doing.not to late brothers to share skills .and indians still do survive in pack.tought animals young bring good to pack.like the carpenter used to show how to make usefull ploughs etc bows for hunting maybe so much more messages .show carpenters skills didn’t get anywhere.

  16. Thank you very much for your holiday gift guide, Gaye. My family is considerable distance away and I cannot see them at holidays, so I am always looking for things I can send them easily (although the rest of them laugh at my mania for prepping, so these may be gifts for myself!)
    As we are both fans of adult colouring books, I wonder if you are familiar with Alberta Hutchinson’s Mandala colouring book series? She has several of them out now, such as the “Mystical Mandala Coloring Book“. I think you may enjoy them!

    Wishing you and your family a very blessed Christmas!

  17. Great article as always. But i kind of wish youd address stuff for elderly. I am 60 a diabetic and find my go bag is essentially all first aid and its heavy.what do you suggest ive been looking for a red backpack type bag that had the symbol for first aid. So i can switch my first aid stuff to it to leave more room for go bag stuff then how to make it lightèr or i think i need a red wagon or something.i need a cane sometime crtches to walk and have not seen anything out there addressing disabilities in a crisis.how could we help ourselves. I dont have a car but thought of a go cart with attatche trailer. HELP!

  18. Great article as always. But i kind of wish youd address stuff for elderly. I am 60 a diabetic and find my go bag is essentially all first aid and its heavy.what do you suggest ive been looking for a red backpack type bag that had the symbol for first aid. So i can switch my first aid stuff to it to leave more room for go bag stuff then how to make it lightèr or i think i need a red wagon or something.i need a cane sometime crutches to walk and have not seen anything out there addressing disabilities in a crisis.how could we help ourselves. I dont have a car but thought of a go cart with attatched trailer. HELP! Plus i could email you the contents at this time to help give you an idea what is there now

    1. Hi, Debbie. I am disabled, too, and I wonder if you can use a walker with a seat instead of cane/crutches? I can push many things on mine, while keeping them accessible as well. There are all kinds of baskets, bags and accessories available.

      1. thank you for your replyroxanne.i would like one of those .i have a prescription for it but found no dme place to bill it

  19. A few of these have been added to my wish list. I’ve finished buying for Christmas now, I start about August and hopefully finish by end of October, spreads cost and helps me avoid hordes of people (ugh people)

  20. I love your articles and postings. I too am getting older. At 77 with a rotater cuff injury I can no longer chop my own wood for my wood stove, but am trying exercising for more independence. I collect and save seeds and will keep up my gardening. I live in the PNW area and WILL STAY the rest of my life. Keep the good information coming. Yours is my favorite site.

  21. gale, there’s nothing wrong with recommending gifts, or buying them. it’s a matter of moderation. our society has been warped by the greed of those who have made us into nothing but consuming machines, with no idea what we really need or want other than the status that owning and spending money can bring us. i think prepping is a great remedy for that illness, and your site is a reliable reality check for anyone who wants to maintain a sense of perspective in an insane world! thank you.

  22. gaye, there’s nothing wrong with recommending gifts, or buying them. it’s a matter of moderation. our society has been warped by the greed of those who have made us into nothing but consuming machines, with no idea what we really need or want other than the status that owning and spending money can bring us. i think prepping is a great remedy for that illness, and your site is a reliable reality check for anyone who wants to maintain a sense of perspective in an insane world! thank you.

  23. Please don’t feel hypocritical for offering a gift guide. Yours is different — it comes from personal experience and not necessarily an attempt to earn money by selling your own stuff. Many of the suggested items are inexpensive, too. And knowing that someone else uses these things helps the rest of us a whole lot.

    I love that your family chooses not to exchange gifts, too. Our family is getting too large and we’ve been trying to come up with an alternative, and I most certainly like yours. I’m an artist and like to make gifts for family members, but another alternative for the non-crafty-type is still to do an all-homemade Christmas where cookies or other homemade baked goods/treats are exchanged as the only gifts. They won’t get exchanged or sit in the back of someone’s closet forever. (As long as you know your recipients’ food likes/dislikes/allergies.)

    Happy Holidays. Thanks for continuing to share your expertise.

  24. A few weeks ago, I ordered 3 of the portable camp lanterns. Our electric power goes off especially during the winter. My old camp lanterns just were inadequate, never holding a charge. These new lanterns, made by Hatori, are excellent. They are compact, and easy to use. I especially like the multiple sources to recharge the battery on these lanterns, Only thing I would improve, would be to re-wire the lantern so that the solar cells in the lantern could be used to re-charge the 1.5 volt AA batteries in the bottom of the lantern.

  25. Wow, what a list. This is really a great one. The only two exceptions I can see on here are, number one, the Stan sport percolator. Do not buy the aluminum version. Get the stainless steel version with the wooden handle. I have had mine for over 30 years. It is the only piece of camping equipment that is giving me full satisfaction. The second item would be the two flashlights, do not fall for the Navy seal flashlight BS. Those flashlights are crap. Get something good like an Ollite, Streamlight, 3sevens etc. you will spend quite a bit more money, but it won’t break on you when you need it most.

  26. I realize that you probably make money from Amazon if folks buy these items, but honestly, several of these are truly useless and shouldn’t be recommended as a serious “prepper tools”. At the top of the useless list is the 299 piece first aid kit. Like most of these pre-packaged kits, they offer nothing that would be truly helpful in a real emergency, just crap for minor cuts and abrasions like bandaids, antibiotic cream packets, and tweezers. Hardly the stuff necessary to stop a major bleed, reestablish an airway, or protect against shock. The military’s Individual First Aid Kit has a lot less stuff, but has the sort of items that could really help with life threatening emergencies.

    The Garmin GPS is another “prepper tool” I would never suggest anyone serious about prepping waste their money on. It may be fun for geo-caching, but it’s much too high tech to withstand the rigors of a real emergency, especially one brought on by an EMP blast. You’d be a lot better off buying a military-style compass with a luminous dial. Much cheaper and eminently more practical.

    Buying stuff that makes you feel like your prepping is different from buying items that would truly help in a real disaster. I think you would be well advised to avoid the former in favor of the latter, even if it does mean you make less money.

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