Amazon Top Most Wished For
Emergency and Survival Kit Items
Updated on November 7, 2016
Periodically, I visit a number of Amazon lists to get a bead on both best selling and most wished for items. In the past, I would look at lists related to outdoor recreation but this time around I had some new choices. With mainstream interest in prepping and preparedness, Amazon has created a list of the Best Sellers in Emergency & Survival Kits as well as a related list for Most Wished For Emergency Items.
I was able to couple and cobble the “Best Sellers” and “Most Wished For” into a single list that would make any prepper proud. Using these lists, I have found a number of items that have made it into my personal kits.
Below you will find the top ranking items from these lists. They are loosely listed in order of popularity and no surprise, I either own most of them or have them on my personal wish list.
The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2oz. making it perfect for the prepper. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.
I was happy to see these show up in the top 10 again. These lightweight blankets are small enough to fit almost everywhere and have no weight to them. They are perfect for tucking into pockets as you head out the door. I keep some in my car and in my first aid kit. About $7 for a package of 10.
Whether you even need to use it or not, everyone should have a quality fire starter in their kit. I have not used this particular unit (I use the Scout) but am impressed with the 2,800 positive reviews. Whichever fire starter you choose, take time to practice using it so you are familiar with the process.
So here is the deal. The LifeStraw Family is a cinch to use and you don’t have to mess with filters. It is good for 4755 gallons and can be purchased for less than two Black Berkey filters. Gravity fed, the LifeStraw Family surpasses EPA standards for water purifiers and removes 99.99% viruses, 99.9999% bacteria and 99.9% protozoan cysts to 0.02 microns. For reliability and ease of use, LifeStraw is my number one choice. Read my review here.
Next up is this emergency sleeping bag. Great review and value priced, this is one of the few items on the list I do not own yet. I have added one to my shopping cart, however, and will post a mini-review as soon as I can.
Less than $10 for two paracord bracelets is a good deal. Even non-preppers will not balk at wearing one of these. Each bracelet compactly stores 12 feet of paracord, ready for deployment.
I was recently asked whether I thought bulk food in buckets was preferred over freeze-dried meal pouches. For bulk foods such as beans, rice, oatmeal, wheat, pet food, etc. you will save a ton of money doing it yourself. On the other hand, it is good to have some freeze dried meal pouches in buckets ready to go for those times when the power is out and your ability to cook regular meals is limited. I personally have enough in freeze dried entrees to get by for five or six months. They are both in buckets and in #10 tins, mostly from Buy Emergency Foods and Mountain House.
My two Mountain House favorites are Chili Mac and Beef Stroganoff. I promise that you will not be disappointed.
This is the original Luci EMRG Solar lantern. I have put mine through its paces and it is one tough cookie. It has weathered both a wind storm and rain storm while hanging outdoors for a month. Lightweight, waterproof and shatterproof, Luci EMRG provides ultra-bright, reliable light to guide your way indoors and out, through blackouts or extreme weather conditions.
This is the first time I have seen a wool blanket on the top 10 and I am happy to see it. I own a similar blanket I purchased at Emergency Essentials and am amazed a warm, yet light weight and compact, it is. I keep my wool blanket in the car at all times. It is 66 x 90.
This is another one of those handy items that takes up very little room yet can be a godsend if you ever have to use it. It definitely will keep you sheltered from the rain but note it is not designed for long term survival use. Still, as a rain shelter it is perfect and packaged small enough to fit in a pack without taking up a lot of room.
The following items did not make the top ten this time around but are perennial favorites of mine none the less.
I admit to owning a number of these collapsible lanterns. They use 30 different LEDS and are powered by AA batteries, including rechargeables. Instead of a switch, you turn these lanterns on by extending the lantern from its collapsed condition. There are many different brands available but I have not found much difference between them. Shop by price. For more, choices, click here.
This flashlight is amazing. It throws a strong beam that can also be adjusted by pulling out the head to create a smaller, more focused light. Because it requires just a single AA battery, it is lightweight and feels comfortable to use in spite of its small size. It even has a clip so you can clip it to a belt or inside a pocket. At the time of this writing, this one is less than $3.50 with free shipping. I am hooked on these Mini-Crees and own at least a dozen.
This makes a great clothesline! An ideal all-around utility cord in the field, paracord is tough and long lasting. It is made from 550-pound test nylon and features a seven-strand core for maximum strength. Also, it is manufactured in the United States. Note that some colors may be more expensive than others. Need ideas? See 44 Really Cool Uses of Paracord for Survival.
This knife is currently priced at less than $9 and is ranked the #1 best seller in hunting knives. The reviews raved about this knife so I bought one and can recommend it. See my review: The Inexpensive Tac-Force Speedster Outdoor Knife.
This nicely built charger will charge charge AA, AAA, C, D, N, 9V, Ni-MH, Ni-CD, and Alkaline batteries. It has an LED display so that when you first put a battery in the charging bay, you know whether it is viable for charging or simply bad and ready to go back to the recycle box. Yes it really works, even under solar power. I am not kidding when I say I use this charger 2 or 3 times a week. Read my review: How to Recharge Alkaline Batteries.
The sky is the limit when it comes to survival knives. For the beginner, or someone on a budget, a decent quality, all purpose knife is what you need until you have a chance to use it and learn what you like and don’t like, feature-wise, before you invest in something more pricey. Even then, perhaps the OSO Sweet will work out so well that it will become your #1 blade with no upgrade needed.