6 Tools to Survive Anything

Some tools are so versatile you can’t even begin to list all of the things they are useful for. In fact, 9 times out of 10, you won’t even know what you’ll need them for until it happens. Here are the 6 tools every self respecting prepper should have in large quantities and always available.

Survival Gear Duct Tape1. Duct Tape

The fame of duct tape has taken on a life of it’s own. What can you even say about it? (or it’s big brother Gorilla Tape, from the folks that brought you Gorilla Glue)

Survival Gear Zip Ties2. Zip Ties

From handcuffs to lashings and a thousand other ways to tie stuff together, you should have a stockpile of zip ties in every shape and size.

Survival Gear WD-403. WD40

“If it moves and it shouldn’t; use Duct Tape.  If it should move and it doesn’t; use WD40”

4. Rope

Survival Gear RopeFor those larger jobs that zip ties and duct tape just aren’t going to handle good rope is endlessly useful.

5. Knife

A knife is the bread and butter (pun intended) of every survival tool kit. You really should have one on your person at all times.

6. Pry Bar

Stanley Fuctional Utility Baror Utility Bar. You can pry, hammer, lift, smash, and just generally mess stuff up. (I need to do a full write up on the Stanley Functional Utility Bar or “FUBAR”)

What Else?

What other tools are so useful? So manly? If you have others you think should be on this list leave a comment and let us know.

Also read “6 Dangerous Urban Survival Myths About Water”

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Joel Jefferson
Written by Joel Jefferson

Joel is one of the original founders of SurvivalCache.com. After college, he joined the USMC where he served as an (0302) Marine Infantry Officer. Joel is an avid outdoorsman and spends much of his free time in the mountains. Joel’s hobby is researching survival gear & weapons as well as prepping. Read his full interview here. Read more of Joel's articles.

126 thoughts on “6 Tools to Survive Anything”

  1. I'm iffy on the zip ties – they get brittle in the cold and rarely do anything you can't do with either rope/paracord or duct tape. One time I thought I would be high speed and remove all the ALICE clips on my tactical gear in favor of zip ties… yeah, it was lighter, and cool for a while, but the plastic fatigued over time and once it got cold I started having some failure as they just gave up the ghost.

    I think a bandanna is key for it's multiple uses, but would recommend a shemagh over a bandanna.

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    • Dustin,

      I'm not sure if I've ever torture tested zip ties that extensively so I'll take your word that they aren't great for super long term use in weather.

      I sort of disagree about zip ties not having a job that rope can't do simply because of all the different sizes of rope. What if you need to hold something small together and all you have is big rope? Kind of a silly example but you get my point.

      I'll agree that a bandanna is probably much better for EDC than zip ties. I don't walk around all day with zipties in my pocket, but I do carry a bandanna.

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      • I agree that zip ties are more useful than rope in most situations. For example, if you need something secured to your pack temporarily (such as a camp cup or stove or similar small tool, you can just zip tie it there. You won't have to cut your rope down in size, because once you cut that rope to secure something you lose that length for good.

        Present company excluded, how many people do you know that can honestly tie a good knot that is both strong and simple to undo in a hurry? I don't know very many, so a zip tie is a very good option in that case.

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  2. I do agree with the part of knife that one should be carried at all times. If anyone has seen Survivor Man, or Iron Man he always eaither A) brings a knife or B) fashions one ASAP.'
    I also strongly agree with the bandana and duct tape. I keep a hotel card wrapped with duct tape in my wallet at all times, and a bandana in my pocket. See the article of all the uses for the bandana on this site, its great. You can go anywhere and everywhere with a knife, duct tape, and a bandana.

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    • Jon,

      The duct tape on the hotel card is a great one. You can fit quite a bit of tape on one of those things and it doesn't take up much space. Another way to double is wrapping several yards around your water bottle. It comes off just like a roll of take and is usually easily found.

      Thanks for the compliments the bandanna article. I definitely borrowed a bunch of those ideas from different sources and gave them a "survival" slant.

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  3. I think we should all try to carry and use a multi tool. Where i live in the country and so do all my best buddies we all have one on us and one we keep in our car/truck. I like the gerber but others carry leathermans I also love my SOG it is a gear operated one that can and will cut through a penny.

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  4. my friend sent it home from germany while he was in supply it was one that went to EOD teams and he got repelling gear and a gerber tool kit that has a saw and axe and first aide kit and multitool it had all the stuff we need in a basic tool kit for survival minus the shelter which him and i know how to build from nothing but what is around us. He sent home a lot of good stuff. but it has no indicator as to what kind it is all it says on it is SOG.

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    • I didnt know that they issued SOGs . I thought the multi-tool contract went to Gerber, (thats what they issued my dad). I have a friend who has a tool kit that sounds similar to the one you described.

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  5. I never go anywhere without my multitool and more. My Carolina multitool is a heavy-duty item that has many applications. Apart from the pliers, it cuts wire and has a solid, keen edged four inch blade along with the usual swing out accessories. But what makes this tool my favorite is the addition of six snap on screw heads. Also on my belt is my Mini-Maglite right next to a small pouch containing a disposable "Jeep"butane lighter. There's just enough room behind the lighter to slip two neatly folded twenty dollar bills. This set-up wont save your bacon in every survival situation but it sure goes a long way to making you feel a tad secure for most minor ones.

    Cheers everyone, from the Great White North

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  6. Re: Zip ties.

    The multi size zip ties you can buy cheap in the plastic cylinder at the hardware store are junk for long term use. Consider the type used in the HVAC trade They are made of a better grade of plastic and much tougher. Some have a mechanism for releasing the tie for reuse. Same thing goes for duct tape and I guess anything in life. If it's junk in everyday life imagine it's worthlessness in a survival situation. You get what you pay for!

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      • Lucas sorry its been so long but i am trying somthing new just to see how it comes out will let you know when it is done. But what i wanted to say was you are right everything you have in your gear you should test and be proficent with before the time comes that you need to use it and have no clue what you are doing its a life saving kit not a life threatening kit remember

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    • I'm a big fan of duct tape, going all the way back to my boy scout days. But until very recently, I was under the misconception that all duct tape was created equal. That is until I added a vent fan in my bathroom and picked up some actual UL listed duct tape, since I was actually taping ducts. After using that, I'll never buy cheap duct tape again and use the professional stuff for everything.

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      • one of the things i liked when i tried it was gorilla tape it is a lot like duct tape but it holds tighter and has a heavier nylon weave its better in some things but it is more expensive.

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  7. Zip ties are good, I've held lots of things together over the years with them. Having owned several VWs (not new ones with a dealer support network) and having worked on commercial fishing boats on the west coast, I never leave home or drive far in a VW without "crab wire": stainless steel wire used to fix dungeness crab pots… or anything. Stainless wire won't break when its cold, can usually lash anything together that needs to be and is fairly cheap. Look for it in commercial fishing supply stores.

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  8. The canteen covers used on ALICE web gear has a little pocket on the front supposedly for water purification tabs. I stored my emergency stash of duct tape there. I wrapped it around a pencil. We were required to carry both canteens so I had two rolls, a pencils to write with and an eraser to clean electrical contacts on radio gear. In addition to repairing and creating gear, it works well on blisters because it's thin and sticks to everything. It's funny that they sell ENGO as a blister solution when it is essentially the same as duct tape.

    I love paracord. I wrapped it around the tang of a knife that lost it's handle, because someone left it on the grill. Now I see they sell knives like that.

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    • warthawg,

      very nice mutli-uses of your gear with the duct tape/pencil

      I've used duct tape on blisters before and it works well (painful coming off though, but in a pinch it works) I'd prefer moleskin, it's much nicer on the blister but comes off easier.

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  9. Wire is another good. I think it's especially a good idea for something like an urban survival bag. You can toss in some pretty small wire that's light and takes up almost no space.

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  10. As mentioned already – a set of Gerber Multi-pliers. I have one in every one of my kits. I have had several – all Gerber – and all great.

    On second thought – I think one of those Easy Buttons from Staples would really be helpful. See a bear coming at you – press the Easy Button – problem solved. A gang of motorcycle gun weilding brigands – Easy Button!! Crops growing too slow – Easy Button – presto – full grown!!!!

    Just a thought.

    Rourke

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  11. Great Article. I've found your website yesterday, and am going through it page by page backwards.

    I'm brand new to survival prep, at least physically, I've always thought about scenarios in my head, but yesterday I had this feeling that I needed to actually DO something. If I were to Bug In, I'd be ok for a bit, my current home is well stocked on food and I'm lucky enough to have a spring feed cistern for my water source. I also have the right mindset, which to me is the most important thing any prepper needs.

    I will admit that I've thought the negatvie stereotypes of "Survivalists" before, but the older I get, the more it looks like something could spark a world wide disaster. So I come here humbled with eyes open ready to learn.

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  12. Always carry a multi tool and at least a pocket knife. Never leave home without them. Same with a flashlight.

    And duct tape…the original super glue.

    Liking the site btw.

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  13. I have used the FUBAR pretty extensivly for a few months and am ready to highly recommend it to anyone that thinks they MIGHT have even a small job they could use it for, you will keep finding things to use it for. Also, I. Haven't used it for self defense (fortunatly) but I would think it would great especially in your urban B.O.B. Just a great tool.
    Great site guys

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  14. Long term we will need manually operated hand tools. Anyone remember these? Hand crank drills, two man felling saws, files,peening blocks and hammers. Just a thought for the future.

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    • I have been going back to the basics so to speak for the last couple of months and its easy to forget about things when you dont need them and take the easy push button way out its just one of those things its EASIER and FASTER well wait till you need them and no one knows how to use them its not hard to learn so i decided to shut off the power and try it with out for a few weeks not as easy as i had thought but still able to manage so try that and see what it is you are missing in your kits.

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  15. Has anyone ever seen the movie; Alone in the Wilderness? The guy retired in Alaska alone and built a beautiful cabin. He lived there for over 30 years.
    Dick Proenneke had an:
    Ax (I like a machete)
    Saw
    Rifle(I like shot guns)
    Canoe
    Fishing kit (also good for snares)
    Pots and pans

    He had other stuff too but these were some of the items not previously mentioned.

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  16. I say we all carry a multi-tool wrapped in Gorilla tape and zipped with zip-ties. Just kidding. My actual everyday pocket carry is stainless steel cable keyring with the following on it:
    1. split pea lighter
    2. mini swiss army knife (sorry, I'm old school)
    3. photon micro light
    4. bison container with 12" worth of "fire paper" rolled inside (for definition of "fire paper" see my post under "5 fire tinders")
    5. bison container with 5 water purification tablets inside
    6. Swiss-tech utili-key
    7. Swiss-tech utili-tool
    8. P-38
    In my wallet is 4 feet of duct tape folded to 6" long (dollar bill length)
    A double-width paracord bracelet = 15ft

    If I'm at work, I also have a pak-lite with a paracord loop and 6-inches of 1" gorilla tape securing the cordage to the 9-volt battery.

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    • My understanding is that modern leather is all treated with nasty stuff that you DON'T want to eat. Unless you happen to have a pair of hippy-vegan-organic-leather boots. (Probably don't).

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      • They are usually tanned in a chemical mixture of some sort or another, but hides tanned in some third world countries are tanned using the mashed up brain of the creature the hide comes from.

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  17. A gun. When the SHTF, if you have nothing else, have a gun. The cold hard truth of the matter is anything you don't have you can acquire with a gun. Even if you'd rather die before taking something from another human by force, your neighbor may not feel the same way as you do.

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  18. I like the six but I would ditch the zip ties and go for a flashlight.

    I like to bring those glow bracelets often seen on ravers. They can mark things like a door, flashlight or gun; that way you can find it fast in the dark. They also do not emit tons of light (in case you are hiding).

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  19. Just as FYI – a site called County Comm ( countycomm.com, I think) offers a number of items that are unique, useful and easy to carry… they offer a 'breacher bar', and a 'mini breacher bar' both of which are flat, have single bevel and double-bevel leading edges and can be packed away or carried in almost any pouch, bag, briefcase, or webgear. While not as heavy duty as the FUBAR, these items are also far more portable, discreet and lightweight. And any tool that you can keep handy is worth more than a better tool that is stashed in an inaccessible place.
    Just a thought.

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  20. One of my favorites that is often overlooked, a shovel. Personally I like the Vietnam style US Military "entrenching tool", its fairly lightweight, can be used as a "pry bar" or as an effective and VERY deadly weapon in close quarters (and provides a hell of a lot more reach than a knife). My grandfather actually had to fend off attackers in Korea with his shovel at Chosin, because of that shovel I am here (sounds stupid but it's true). A short list of other essentials (in my pack) are-
    -fire starting "sets"
    -diamond stone and carbide sharpener (lightweight and VERY handy)- I don't leave home without a knife… EVER
    -flashlight -w- extra batteries
    -Rifle, Shotgun, Pistol and ammo- IF NOTHING ELSE I HAVE AT LEAST 1 OF THESE; OfficerOtto made a good point!
    -Boy Scout Field Manual- good info and provides "entertainment" when needed (i.e. reading)
    -First aid kit- I keep a few packs of Quick-Clot in each of mine

    These are the BASICS, in a more substantial kit I would include a hand-held C.B., hand-crank charger, pack axe (Gerber), old "hospital" sheets (great for making slings/bandages) and water purification tablets (iodine- for cost reasons)… to list but a few!

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    • I agree , a shovel is very handy ! sucks trying to dig with a stick because you forgot to bring one ! I have the cold steel one , its not folding but its not big enough to get in my way to begin with . And yes it would be a nasty weapon , cold steel sharpens theirs for that purpose . You could also use it as a half ass chopper also , but I would worry about handle breakage if used in that way .

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  21. I have a "FUBAR" in my house, in mY car kit and in my BOB, but have another suggestion, too – a plain ol' "gooseneck" crowbar in every vehicle you own, stored within each of your 'strong' hand. In 1968 (?) – whenerver I went to my best-friend's-dad's funeral because he burned to death in his squadcar because he was trapped in his seat by his steering wheel, and his wooden nightstick broke, I started carrying my "issue" lugwrench next to my seat. When I switched to a "spider" wrench, and car companies stopped providing good levers,, I bought a hardware-store crowbar.

    Never used it to escape a burning vehicle, but have moved recalcitrant objects, pulled nails and poked fires for many years. Used it as an "Implied Attitude Aduster" on 3 occasions. Unless you look like "The Incredible Hulk" the FUBAR looks more like a tool than a credible weapon. Consider a $10 purchase.

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  22. I was in Ace today and looked at the Stanley ” Fubar ” , I ‘ll pass on that . Its very heavy and awkward . I’ll keep my overused flat metal pry bar .

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  23. I used to work on a cattle ranch and the tool I used everyday, I one I would have to include is a fencing tool. If you don't know what a fencing tool is looks like a long set of close jawed pliers, with a hammer end, a sharp hook end, wire cutters, and teeth in the handle. A great tool. I can't begin to tell you how many different ways I have had to use one in the past. http://www.grizzly.com/products/G8068/images/

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  24. I'm seeing a lot of positive notes about the Fubar, definitely going to look into that more. One quick note I'd make about duct tape though, always buy a brand you have used and trust. Some of the ones online at various survival stores claim to be "super heavy duty" and say things like "tactical strength", when most of them are crap, quite frankly. I bought a roll of cheap duct tape online once and it was probably the worst duct tape I've ever used. Great post and awesome comments on this page too!

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  25. Well also ….. for some reason the word ” Tactical ” seems to be the new sales buzz word . ” Look New Tactical chewing gum ! ” ” Try now ! Tactical a$$ wipe ! ” ………… you get the picture . Its a piece of chewing gum , a roll of a$$ wipe , a flashlight , a magazine pouch , a back pack , etc . Nothing more , nothing less …. nothing ” Tactical ” about it ! please just call it what it is and leave the trendy pitch word out of it .

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  26. One overlooked item that is cheap and easy to get is heavy duty cloths line . Why would you want one ? Main reason is that cloths line is tough as nails , easy to get , weather treated , and is something that you can use as a tie down or anything else you would use paracord for . Use this stuff for all your mundane tasks and save the more valuable paracord for more important things .

    I have some sitting in the bed of my truck that I use for tie down , Its been rained on and baked by the arizona sun for two years now and shows no sign if decay , like I said this stuff is weather treated . I tossed away the nylon rope that frays and rots in less than a year in this climate .

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    • Actually this is a great idea. I took a trip to a local story, sort of a budget store, but regardless I bought 10 meters of clothes line for 69 cents. It isnt the strongest thing in the world but ive put a good 40 lbs hanging from it for a day and it showed no signs of failing.

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  27. Zip ties are a must as well but in a lot of cases , good old fashion bailing wire ( tie wire ) will be so much better ! dont underestimate the potential of this stuff , gotta figure if bailing wire ties on re-bar is a legal substitute for welding , its pretty tough . No redneck would be without it lol , which is why I carry ;D . I think the legal specs are either a 2″ weld or a 4″ tie .

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  28. If it can't be done with rope or duct tape, it shouldn't be done. leave out the zip ties. Learn to tie 3-4 proper knots, much more useful. Knowledge beats tech any day.

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  29. Has anyone ever thought about what would happen if a cop searched your bag and found a pry bar, flashlight and gloves?

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  30. I have not personally used it so if any of yall have any contradictions to this let me know, but it looks like Rothco's survival hatchet could be a good alternative to the FUBar especially if in a back country environment as opposed to urban where a hatchet would be more useful than the grip side of the FUBar: http://www.amazon.com/Rothco-45-Survival-Hatchet/

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  31. A quick comment on the zip-ties, while not an all-inclusive binding fix for all situations, they are very handy and will last in most situations and temperature ranges. We use them on our blackhawks to secure tail rotor boots which spin very fast and must endure major temperature variations and centrifugal force. However, they do fail at times, and are quickly replaced by another, so I guess the idea here is use them for applications that do not depend on the binding saving your life, like climbing equipment of skydiving, but for everyday use, just fine. Be sure to get the heavy duty contractor grade stuff, not the colorful gas station multi-pack crap.

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  32. In most of the world ticks and small parasites are a big problem. For this i use a tick removal card to remove them easy and without problems like they empty their stomach and you get sick (ticks) normally they should be taken of with in the first 24 hours after they bite but here in Europe we have a new and particular dangerous tick that you have to remove within 15 minutes. Why do i say all this well survival is equal to long term planning and if you get bitten by ticks in Europe you end up getting Borelia(brain disease, paralysis, cramps and death) and that sucks.
    http://www.tickremoval.co.uk/tick_card.html
    The link shows an english site where you can buy a card to remove ticks and i will say this like all your other tools are one of the most crucial to have on you and for safety i have more than one just in case.

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  33. WD-40 is wrong, PB B'laster is a much better product that will do all the same things only better.
    Slip joint pliers need to be on the list as well. If the limit needs to stay at 6 then lose the zip ties for them. Also, regular 14 gauge smooth wire is a far more versitile solution than the zip ties anyway, I'd take the wire and good pliers over the zip ties and tape.

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  34. I'd take out the ties and go with an axe or hatchet. You got the rope which is much more sturdier, so why go with ties? Also, a first-aid kit is very handy for minor injuries.

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  35. I was issued a gerber mulit tool when i was in USMC and have never stopped carrying it. The uses i have found for it are far to numerous to mention. I have added several heavy flow fem napkins to my med kit..they are desigined to collect lots of blood and make great cheap pressure bandages (another use for duct tape as well)…instead of wrapping my knife handle with 550 i use some waxed siezeing twine i found at the fisherman supply store…i have used it to secure item in excess of 100lbs with not fraying or breakage…great stuff and while wont do as much as some other line is light and you can carry three time the length…BTW my wife say i spend more time with your site than her…she may be correct but i cant stop learning from it.

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  36. Growing up in nebraska i never left the house without bailin wire or fencing pliers. I also never leave the house without my Kershaw junkyard dog on my side.

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  37. Just want to toss this notion @ all ya folks out there- dirt cheap and taking up almost no space with plenty of use would be a couple of Hacksaw Blades. They’re plenty useful- with or without the full frames r with a cheapie lil handle on em. Ya can just duct tape em 2 a axe handle or gunstock 4 storage. Being that its not likely you’ll be able to cut steel or chain even with the best of survival blades- I think they’re worth having around… Steel, Bone, Wood,etc. Even a variety of sawzall type blades with a holder can come in handy. I think the holder/ handle I use is made by lenox? Hard 2 remember since years of abuse wore the brand name off. Anyhow- Happy Prepping and hopefully a Happy 2012 to y’all!

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  38. 1 i am new to a lot of prepping and getting my feet wet so to speak. i would like to find out where to get a FUBAR and 2 what are bump keys?

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  39. You forgot to add the latest Apple “I” gizmo of the week and designer flip flops, all the lib college sheeple in my town can’t seem to survive without them……

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  40. I'd second the flashlight suggestions, and recommend an LED one. Also invaluable for it's weight and cost is a wire saw, the kind you wrap around a tree limb or small tree and pull back and forth.
    Also, much lighter and small than duct tape is electrical tape, which is even useful for some things duct tape isn't (blasphemy I know). It tightens better if you stretch it while wrapping something and (IMHO) holds up better in the cold and damp.

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  41. Mosquito netting. Of course this depends on where you are perhaps; but I sure keep it in my pack. Besides, it's multi-functional; you can use it to filter your morning espresso, for example. (No, I haven't really tried that.) 🙂 (Note obviously technically you can dissuade insects via smoke and other methods, but I consider the convenience and ease of netting worth the space it takes up. Besides, it really is multi-use.)

    In an urban environment (or really anywhere I think) – I keep heavy duty Kevlar gloves and kneepads in my pack. I'd add Kevlar elbow pads too, but these items take up a lot of space and I made a judgment call there. Like mosquito netting, these aren't something you can easily jeryrig out of other things, and they could be critically useful. I'm sure many of you are manly men who can claw their way bare-handed through piles of shattered rubble; but I'm a girl, and I don't even want to try.

    Machete. This is a new "must-have" item for me since moving to the Florida swamps, which made me realize what a useful tool it is, even though I also have a couple of really great knives. The machete is a multi-tool, if you have a good quality one, and I've realized that there is a reason that so many people in so many lands carry these.

    Styptic. Unless you know which plants you can use for that; again, this can be a critical-need item that is impossible to make on the fly when needed. I have one of those new styptic pouches in my pack, since it's gotten rave reviews for saving lives. Sanitary napkins are a good idea as mentioned by others; but this has the extra substance to stop bleeding.

    Salt. Multi-purpose, I'm sure nothing more needs to be said.

    Honey. Real honey (recent studies proved that over 70% – ! – of "honey" marketed in the U.S. is NOT pure honey). Real honey is a wonderful medical emergency item as well as providing food energy and flavoring. Honey has been proven to keep wounds from becoming infected/gangrenous.

    Beeswax. Again, probably nothing more needs to be said; obviously uber-useful to have some real, soft-at-room-temperature, malleable and unscented/undyed beeswax on hand. Easy to carry, never goes bad; I carry in one of those rolled up candle forms, so I can also use it as a candle if I want to.

    Pepper berries or flakes. I had this recommended to me by someone who's used it successfully; at first I was dubious, but I do plan to add a container to my pack. The purpose is to scatter around your campsite if you are concerned about animals such as bears. Apparently, as they come sniffing around, they will inhale the berries/flakes and, finding that distasteful, they will leave or at least make enough reactionary racket to wake you up. I haven't tried this myself but I believe the person and his U.S. Navy SEAL buddies who have used this method around the world. That makes for a pretty simple perimeter barrier technique; and of course you can season your food with the pepper. Pepper also has medicinal qualities such as being able to help clear stuffy nose/cold/flu or used as an emergency liniment (made into tea first, obviously). It's also an insect deterrent. You can consider this one or not…be sure to keep fresh/pungent pepper in the pack though. 🙂

    Finally just want to add – so little is actually needed. I remember going out to places like Death Valley with my father as a child, and we didn't take anything, except maybe a jug of water, the occasional can of Hawaiian punch, and sometimes a package of Twinkies or something. There were a couple of occasions when I had to drink water out of the radiator (don't recommend this, especially if you put additives in the water). I've eaten rattlesnake for dinner (delicious) and sucked on cactus innards for water (kind of ick to a kid). My dad taught me that we are tough creatures and can get by pretty well with very little. So I figure if I forgot something in my emergency pack, well, I can probably figure it all out! 🙂

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  42. I like 550 cord you can get it in big rolls it can handle most things your larger ropes can and in a pinch you can use it to cut itself. That means knife optional. Not that any of us would be caught without one.

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  43. I have a sawed off shotgun with a 20gauge to 9mm adapter, rifled slugs 00buckshot, bird shot, and rounds of 9mm hollowpoints, everything, also a half dozen bread loaf bags, over dry socks in soaked leather boots, still dry feet, just a thought.

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  44. While The FUBAR (#6) is a decent tool, and have used it, I recently was recommended the "Trucker's Friends" toolbar, and I gotta say, this thing is pretty awesome. Great for nail pulling, wedging, cutting, hammering…I have given this thing some serious work-age, and It's definitely my new favorite. For $50 it's a great addition http://innovationfactory.com/products/truckers-fr….

    Ditto on the Multi-Tool, and am very partial for the Leatherman Wave..it's like someone actually asked user input on making it!

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  45. I work in an office. You cannot carry a knife or a multi-tool pass security. It's a felony to have one on you in a Federal office building. One lady was arrested for having a small letter opener!

    In today's world much of this advise for personal carry is impractical.

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    • carry other useful items besides a knife! bandana, piece of string, flashlight? your'e still better off than most people.

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  46. My six must-carry items (besides the clothes and footwear on my body) would be 1) my neck knife for food processing, which has a sharpening rod and ferrocium rod on the hard stealth; 2) Kabar kurka machete with sheath, which can cut/split wood, act as shovel/digging tool, or as a hammer and of course, a good close-in weapon (and easily makes spears out of branches); 3) poncho, used as rain gear and/or shelter; 4) canteen with cover; 5) canteen cup; and last but not least 6) 550 cord, at least 100 foot or more, for shelter building, fish net, tool making, etc.!!! Item(s) no. 7 would probably be several disposable lighters, for fire making and maybe as important as trade items!

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  47. I've seen a lot of lists online, but have yet to see any mylar blankets listed.
    I like the thick 6mil type that comes on a roll.
    Good to sew them to the back of a camo tarp.
    Back in the 80s there were companies selling ponchos with mylar on the inside …it was called redout. Does anyone remember those?
    Infrared does not see the heat signature on the other side of mylar.
    So in all it can be one of the most effective and cheapest survival tools for a SHTF scenario.
    Also is one of the best and cheapest insulation for a sleeping bag liner.

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  48. duck tape is the hands down must have for any household or auto or outdoor. very useful in any situation when things needs to be joined or taped or any situation

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