Tools and Gear

We talk about which tools and gear are best for survival situations, we give you our top picks, and even teach you how to use some of these.

 

But remember, skills and knowledge always trump tools and gear.

The 5 Best Survival Axes

axe next to fallen tree

An axe is one of the best survival tools that any prepper can take with them during a disaster, especially if you live in a heavily wooded area. No tool is better for rapidly chopping down trees and then processing it into usable wood, be it for shelter or for …

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How Long Does a Fire Steel Last?

ferro rod

Fire steels are time-tested and effective fire starting implements for backpacking, hiking and emergency preparation. Weighing next to nothing and taking up very little room in a pack, almost every prepper has one or two as part of their kit. With one good scratch from the striker a fire steel …

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Is It Safe to Burn a Propane Stove Indoors?

One question that always seems to be bouncing around the forums and the blogs is whether or not it is safe to burn a propane stove indoors. The answers and anecdotes vary wildly and there is no shortage of opinion stated as fact. In this article, we will look at …

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Can Sleeping Bags Be Zipped Together?

If you are going on a trip and can’t bear to be parted from your significant other by your sleeping bag, you can’t just toss the bags in the vehicle or backpack and say, “We’ll just zip them together when we arrive,” – it’s not quite that easy. Zipping sleeping …

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How Long Does a Ferro Rod Last?

ferro rod

Ferro rods are nearly ubiquitous among preppers and outdoorsmen, and feature prominently in all kinds of DIY and off-the-shelf survival kits. These compact metallic rods along with their equally small strikers are capable of producing a shower of sparks in any weather conditions, perfect for fire starting in austere environments. …

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205 Preps to Get From the Dollar Store

items on store shelves

Dollar store preps have become almost an obsession during my weekly errand running off of our survival homestead. I do not think that I can walk out of the Dollar Tree store in our region without spending a minimum of $35 – and have a whole shopping cart full of …

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Rocket Stoves: How Do They Work?

functioning rocket stove

Rocket stoves are old technology now becoming newly appreciated on the prepping scene. Homesteading, camping, hiking or SHTF survival situation, rocket stoves can handle it all. While surprisingly simple, these marvelous little stoves are efficient and burn hot, hot, hot! Chances are if you care anything at all about prepping …

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