When it comes to survival products, many preppers prefer to keep their money at home, in the good old USA. This means searching out and buying only those products that are 100% made in the USA.
With today’s global economy however, it can be difficult to find survival products that are completely manufactured in the USA.
Whatever your reasons for wanting to buy products made in America, we’ve done the work for you and put together a list of 50 different survival products for your consideration.
We’ve separated the items into several major categories, so you can quickly find suggestions for items you need to buy for your bug out bag or bug in stockpile.
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Clothing 100% Made in USA
Below are the clothing items we found that indicated they are 100% made in the USA.
- Merino Wool Hiking Socks by People Socks made of merino wool are definitely something you want to have on hand to help your feet stay dry and warm during a survival situation.
- Men’s Mountain Light II Hiking Boot by Danner are made of leather with a waterproof with GORE-Tex breathable membrane to keep feet dry.
- Boot Laces with Kevlar by Mercury + Maia are crazy tough and made to withstand flames, resist chemicals, hold up under pressure and stay tied.
- RFID Blocking Armor Wallet by Viator Gear keeps your financial information safe using N.A.T.O. certified RFID Armor material. 8 pockets and triple stitched for durability.
- Wool Ski Cap by Genuine Issue are made of 100% wool for warmth and come in a pack of 3 at a great price.
- Military Web Belt by Thomas Bates is fully customizable and works for everyday wear but is reliable enough for any survival situation.
- Ski Mask by The Hat Depot is great when you need to keep your entire head covered for warmth. Fits most adults and made of 100% Polyester.
Hygiene and First Aid Products 100% Made in USA
First aid and hygiene during a bug out scenario or following a SHTF situation will be critical. Below are a list of hygiene and first aid products 100% made in the USA.
- Nail Clipper with Catcher is a 100% made in the USA product of stainless steel that is heat treated for durability. Great to have in your first aid kit or EDC.
- Moleskin by First Choice is latex free and durable to help prevent calluses, blisters, and chafing. A great addition to any first aid kit.
- Liquid Skin Pro by Chemence is waterproof and painless. Protect abrasions and minor cuts with a breathable layer that falls off naturally.
- Hand Wringer by Wisemen Trading wrings out excess water from clothes so they dry faster. It will be a necessity for life after an EMP or other SHTF event.
Self-Defense Products 100% Made in USA
When it comes to a survival situation, nothing is more important than being able to protect yourself and your loved ones. We’ve pulled together some suggestions for security and self-defense products 100% made in the USA for your consideration.
- Police Strength Pepper Gel by Sabre Red has a 17-foot range and maximum stopping power against intruders.
- Compact Rugged Radio Receiver by Sangean is a compact rugged radio that is weather resistant and runs on either AC power, “C” batteries or take advantage of the built-in charger and use rechargeable “C” batteries.
Food, Water, & Shelter
If you’re familiar with the survival rules of threes, you know that fresh air, clean water, shelter, and food are key elements to your survival in a bug out situation or following a SHTF event or natural disaster. For those who prefer to buy survival products 100% made in the USA, we’ve provided some suggestions below.
- Eclipse Water Bottle by Vapur is BPA-free, durable with a wide mouth opening and built-in clip.
- Heavy Duty Tarp with Grommets by Tarp Nation is vinyl coated polyester with UV protection and rust resistant grommets. Seams are heat welded for extra protection. Puncture resistant and waterproof it makes an ideal temporary shelter.
- Can Opener by OHsay USA
- Bandanas by Essma Clothing are made of 100% cotton and made in the USA. These are great for filtering water, using over your nose and mouth to filter out smoke or debris filled air, make a sling, etc.
A knife is an important tool to have on you in a survival situation. It’s a jack-of-all-trades kind of tool and apart from the obvious self-defense uses, can be used for anything from food prep to chopping/feather sticking wood for the fire. Here are some suggestions for knives that are 100% made in the USA.
- The Gerber Strongarm is a great tactical and outdoor fixed blade that’s built like a tank. This knife’s full tang construction allows it to perform any task with ease. The blade is easy to sharpen and holds an edge really well.
- The Tom Brown Tracker has an interesting design to it that initially left the knife community torn. In the time since then, it’s gotten quite popular. It’s great for sawing, chopping, and feather sticking wood. The thick, full tang construction means it’s as tough as nails and the handle is contoured for a comfortable grip.
- The Ka-Bar Becker is a heavy blade that’s great for chopping and feather sticking. It weighs around one pound, but the contoured handle is comfortable enough that working with this beast is nice and easy.
- The Benchmade Altitude is a knife that’s made for hunters and designed to make processing an animal easier. It’s lightweight and minimalistic design is comfortable, and blade holds an edge for forever – the trade-off being that field sharpening can be a nuisance.
- The Schrade Frontier is a full tang knife designed for camping, bush crafting. The handle is textured and contoured to allow for a comfortable grip; making it easier to use for prolonged periods.
- The Seal Pup from SOG is a knife that was initially built for military personnel but has since found popularity as an outdoorsy survival knife. Weighing just 5.4 ounces, and with a comfortable GRN handle, the Seal Pup is a joy to use. The nylon sheath is durable and MOLLE compatible so you can set it up however you like. The blade is powder coated to allow for increased durability and add some corrosion resistance.
Storing and transporting your gear is crucial. After all, what good is a knife or first aid kit if you don’t have one with you? A backpack makes transport and storage easy so that you can always have what you need on hand.
There are many options available on the market, so many that purchasing a backpack can be a bit tricky. With that in mind, here are a few suggestions to make things a little bit easier.
- 5.11 Tactical Rush 72 is built to store enough gear for 72 hours (hence the name). The MOLLE webbing allows you extend that space and add extra bits and pieces. It can get a bit bulky but if you need to bug out of somewhere then this is a good option. If you need something slightly smaller, the Rush 24 is also a good option.
- The Condor 3 Day Assault Pack is built specifically for emergencies. If you need to carry extra gear, then you’ll need something like this to do it.
- 5.11 All Hazard Prime is larger than the Rush 72 and is built to deal with harsh environments. It has ample storage space with a maximum capacity of 29-liters and a 180-degree opening to allow easy access to your equipment.
- Maxpedition Condor 2 is a great option for those looking for a tactical bag that looks more like a regular hiking pack. The price may be quite steep for some but make no mistake you’ll get your money’s worth.
Obviously this isn’t meant to be an all-inclusive list for a survival situation and you will need to buy or stockpile additional items that may not be completely made in the USA.
Many American preppers prefer to buy only gear and supplies that are made in the USA as a way of showing patriotism and support for the country. Others prefer to buy American made products for quality reasons.
Do you have any survival products 100% made in the USA that we didn’t include on our list? Share your favorites below.
Born and raised in NE Ohio, with early memories that include grandpa teaching her to bait a hook and watching her mom, aunts, and grandmothers garden, sew, and can food, Megan is a true farm girl at heart.
For Megan, the 2003 blackout, the events of 911, and the increasing frequency of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, spurred a desire to be more prepared. Soon to be living off-grid, this mother of four and grandmother of ten is learning everything she can about preparedness, survival, and homesteading.