Looking for the perfect gift for your urban prepper friends? Here is my list of the top 13 best urban survival gadgets.
I gave myself this present a few months back, and have only had the opportunity to try it a few times. So far though, it’s been love at first sight. Another alternative is its close competitor, the
Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System, which is advertised to filter up to 378,000 liters instead of just 1000. Sawyer also scores points for being designed to screw on to ordinary water bottles, while including a collapsible water bottle of its own. Either way, both the LifeStraw and Sawyer make great stocking stuffers.
I have to admit, I’m not the biggest fan of multi-tools, but even I can admit the PS4 is pretty solid. It’s noticeably smaller and more compact than most other high-quality multi-tools, yet still contains all the basics any survivalist is after. My favorite part of the design is the fact that every item can be accessed without opening the entire tool, which really makes this little guy far more convenient to use than many of its competitors.
Cuter than anything else, the VSSL is a magic box of basic medical gear. It’s like a first aid kit you can fit in your pocket, or keep at the bottom of your everyday backpack. Extremely convenient, and easily slipped into any urban survival kit.
Waterproof lighters aren’t just for camping; a fact any survivalists who experienced 2017’s rough season of floods and storms can probably appreciate. This also happens to be the only product on this list that I’d literally suggest throwing in the toilet. Go ahead, then fish it back out again and be amazed that it still works. This thing is as tough as nails and able to get a fire going even under ridiculous conditions.
Easily one of the best folding knives on the market right now, the Blur is beloved for its light weight and versatility. The corrosion resistant blade is a dream for both cutting and stabbing and holds up pretty well under pressure. Plus, the grip is amazing, and it looks sweet as well.
If you’d rather something even more discrete, it’s harder to get thinner than the credit card knife. Small enough to fit in a wallet but still sharp enough to get the job done, this little guy is a great everyday carry companion.
Likely to bring up childhood memories of Scouts weekend trips, the Trangia has stood the test of time for a reason: it works. These camping stoves are great for when the power goes out, and are both easy to use and virtually impossible to destroy. Plus, they’re dirt cheap.
A favorite of wilderness survivalists and hikers the world over, the Whisperlite has worked hard to maintain its popular moniker, the Kalashnikov of stoves. It’s easy to use, easy to maintain and can run on a wide variety of fuels. The newest variant, the Universal, runs on white gas, kerosene and unleaded gasoline and even butane. Realistically, it’s probably better suited to the wilderness than urban survival, but come on, you know you want it.
Okay, so this one is just plain cool. It’s a collapsible solar charger for your smartphone. Whether you love or hate smartphones, you’ve got to admit this is neat, and potentially extremely useful. Imagine the power goes out during a flood, and you want to keep up-to-date with the forecast. All you need is a few moments of clear sunlight, and you’ve got just enough charge to keep the smartphone alive and kicking.
Every survivalist loves to taste test a Meal Ready to Eat (MRE). It’s like exploring the world through bland emergency rations. In all fairness though, some MREs are legitimately good. French MREs are the stuff of legend, while South Korea’s are apparently some of the most flavorful you’ll ever get. Russian MREs, on the other hand, are often considered so bad they’re worth trying just for laughs.
Most survivalists already have their own favorite flashlight, but what about a backup? The MECO is built for last stands when you’ve run out of batteries and the candles are burning low. This solar powered flashlight can be easily charged by simply attaching it to the outside of your bag. If there’s no sun, don’t panic: six minutes of turning the crank will provide you with around an hour of light, meaning you’ll never be left in the dark again. The slightly pricier ThorFire is also supposed to be good and has the added perk of being advertised as somewhat waterproof.
The king of crowbars, the B215 SuperBar has long been favorite of tradespeople and has garnered a bit of a cult following among urban survivalists. Its heavy-duty design will make it your best friend when things get rough.