My Prepper Essentials

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This is a list I started compiling of prepper gear I own or have used and recommend for various situations. I will be adding to this list as I go but most of these items are what I would consider prepper essentials that can save your butt.

For more survival items you can also see our 75 Item Survival Gear List page that goes into much greater detail.

Everyday Carry Items:

Depending on where I am headed and what I am wearing, I will carry one or more of these items daily.

LEATHERMAN, Squirt PS4 Keychain Multitool with Spring-Action Scissors and Aluminum Handles, Built in the USA, Black
Levi's Men's 100% Cotton Multi-purpose Bandana Gift Sets – Headband, Wrap, Protective Coverage, Black, Pack 3
GearLight 2Pack LED Headlamp - Outdoor Camping Head Lamps with Adjustable Headband - Lightweight Battery Powered Bright Flashlight Headlight with 7 Modes and Pivotable Head and Red Light
LEATHERMAN, Squirt PS4 Keychain Multitool with Spring-Action Scissors and Aluminum Handles, Built in the USA, Black
Levi's Men's 100% Cotton Multi-purpose Bandana Gift Sets – Headband, Wrap, Protective Coverage, Black, Pack 3
GearLight 2Pack LED Headlamp - Outdoor Camping Head Lamps with Adjustable Headband - Lightweight Battery Powered Bright Flashlight Headlight with 7 Modes and Pivotable Head and Red Light
$169.99
$12.00
$19.99
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This is the Leatherman Wave’s smaller brother and I do mean smaller. This is on my key-chain and is for times when I can’t really wear my big Leatherman on my belt or throw it in a bag.
No, they aren’t only for blowing your nose, they can be used as a bandage or to filter water to remove large particles.
Headlamps allow you to light your way while keeping your hands free.
LEATHERMAN, Squirt PS4 Keychain Multitool with Spring-Action Scissors and Aluminum Handles, Built in the USA, Black
LEATHERMAN, Squirt PS4 Keychain Multitool with Spring-Action Scissors and Aluminum Handles, Built in the USA, Black
$169.99
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This is the Leatherman Wave’s smaller brother and I do mean smaller. This is on my key-chain and is for times when I can’t really wear my big Leatherman on my belt or throw it in a bag.
Levi's Men's 100% Cotton Multi-purpose Bandana Gift Sets – Headband, Wrap, Protective Coverage, Black, Pack 3
Levi's Men's 100% Cotton Multi-purpose Bandana Gift Sets – Headband, Wrap, Protective Coverage, Black, Pack 3
$12.00
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No, they aren’t only for blowing your nose, they can be used as a bandage or to filter water to remove large particles.
GearLight 2Pack LED Headlamp - Outdoor Camping Head Lamps with Adjustable Headband - Lightweight Battery Powered Bright Flashlight Headlight with 7 Modes and Pivotable Head and Red Light
GearLight 2Pack LED Headlamp - Outdoor Camping Head Lamps with Adjustable Headband - Lightweight Battery Powered Bright Flashlight Headlight with 7 Modes and Pivotable Head and Red Light
$19.99
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Headlamps allow you to light your way while keeping your hands free.
Casio Men's XL Series G-Shock Quartz 200M WR Shock Resistant Resin Color: Matte Tan (Model GA-700UC-5ACR)
Zippo 200 Classic Brushed Chrome Pocket Lighter
Casio Men's XL Series G-Shock Quartz 200M WR Shock Resistant Resin Color: Matte Tan (Model GA-700UC-5ACR)
Zippo 200 Classic Brushed Chrome Pocket Lighter
$94.95
$13.95
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Casio Men's XL Series G-Shock Quartz 200M WR Shock Resistant Resin Color: Matte Tan (Model GA-700UC-5ACR)
Casio Men's XL Series G-Shock Quartz 200M WR Shock Resistant Resin Color: Matte Tan (Model GA-700UC-5ACR)
$94.95
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Zippo 200 Classic Brushed Chrome Pocket Lighter
Zippo 200 Classic Brushed Chrome Pocket Lighter
$13.95
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Bug Out Bag Items:

When you have to get out of dodge, there are some basic preparations you should already have packed and ready to go.

Nalgene Stainless Bottle 38 oz.
Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle, Gray W/Blue Lid, 32 oz
Nalgene Wide Mouth Cantene (48-Ounce)
Nalgene Stainless Bottle 38 oz.
Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle, Gray W/Blue Lid, 32 oz
Nalgene Wide Mouth Cantene (48-Ounce)
$41.99
$14.44
$22.99
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Stainless steel water bottles not only allow you to carry water, but you can boil water if needed in this to kill bacteria when drinking from suspect sources.
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Nalgene Stainless Bottle 38 oz.
Nalgene Stainless Bottle 38 oz.
$41.99
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Stainless steel water bottles not only allow you to carry water, but you can boil water if needed in this to kill bacteria when drinking from suspect sources.
Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle, Gray W/Blue Lid, 32 oz
Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle, Gray W/Blue Lid, 32 oz
$14.44
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Nalgene Wide Mouth Cantene (48-Ounce)
Nalgene Wide Mouth Cantene (48-Ounce)
$22.99
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Platypus GravityWorks Group Camping Water Filter System, 2-Liter
Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock Tarp, Hammock Tent - Rain Tarp for Camping Hammock - Camping Gear Must Haves w/Easy Set Up Including Tent Stakes and Carry Bag - Standard Grey
Mainstay Emergency Food Rations - Case of 10 Packs
Platypus GravityWorks Group Camping Water Filter System, 2-Liter
Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock Tarp, Hammock Tent - Rain Tarp for Camping Hammock - Camping Gear Must Haves w/Easy Set Up Including Tent Stakes and Carry Bag - Standard Grey
Mainstay Emergency Food Rations - Case of 10 Packs
$97.46
$25.99
$121.48
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Gravity water filters are my favorite water filtration option. No mechanical parts to break and they are fast.
Great lightweight option for shelter over your head. Instead of packing a tent, you can just string a rain fly between two trees.
Emergency Rations – There are a lot of options for bug out bag food, but these emergency rations stand up to years baking in the trunk of your car.
Platypus GravityWorks Group Camping Water Filter System, 2-Liter
Platypus GravityWorks Group Camping Water Filter System, 2-Liter
$97.46
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Gravity water filters are my favorite water filtration option. No mechanical parts to break and they are fast.
Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock Tarp, Hammock Tent - Rain Tarp for Camping Hammock - Camping Gear Must Haves w/Easy Set Up Including Tent Stakes and Carry Bag - Standard Grey
Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock Tarp, Hammock Tent - Rain Tarp for Camping Hammock - Camping Gear Must Haves w/Easy Set Up Including Tent Stakes and Carry Bag - Standard Grey
$25.99
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Great lightweight option for shelter over your head. Instead of packing a tent, you can just string a rain fly between two trees.
Mainstay Emergency Food Rations - Case of 10 Packs
Mainstay Emergency Food Rations - Case of 10 Packs
$121.48
Amazon Prime
Emergency Rations – There are a lot of options for bug out bag food, but these emergency rations stand up to years baking in the trunk of your car.
TETON Sports Tracker, 5 Degree Sleeping Bag; Lightweight, Warm Mummy Sleeping Bag, Camping, Backpacking, Hiking
S.O.L. 90% Reflective Lightweight Emergency Bivvy
Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef | Freeze Dried Backpacking & Camping Food | 2-Servings
TETON Sports Tracker, 5 Degree Sleeping Bag; Lightweight, Warm Mummy Sleeping Bag, Camping, Backpacking, Hiking
S.O.L. 90% Reflective Lightweight Emergency Bivvy
Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef | Freeze Dried Backpacking & Camping Food | 2-Servings
$62.11
$33.85
$9.68
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TETON Sports Tracker, 5 Degree Sleeping Bag; Lightweight, Warm Mummy Sleeping Bag, Camping, Backpacking, Hiking
TETON Sports Tracker, 5 Degree Sleeping Bag; Lightweight, Warm Mummy Sleeping Bag, Camping, Backpacking, Hiking
$62.11
Amazon Prime
S.O.L. 90% Reflective Lightweight Emergency Bivvy
S.O.L. 90% Reflective Lightweight Emergency Bivvy
$33.85
Amazon Prime
Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef | Freeze Dried Backpacking & Camping Food | 2-Servings
Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef | Freeze Dried Backpacking & Camping Food | 2-Servings
$9.68
Amazon Prime
Light My Fire Flint Fire Starter Ferro Rod Survival Tool Scout — Fire Steel Bushcraft Gear — Flint and Steel Magnesium Fire Starter Kit — 2-in-1 Fire Starters for Campfires — 3,000 Strikes
Jetboil Flash Camping Stove Cooking System, Carbon
Gerber Gear LMF II Infantry Knife - 10" Partially Serrated Fixed Blade Knife and Sheath - Survival Gear and Equipment - Coyote Brown
Light My Fire Flint Fire Starter Ferro Rod Survival Tool Scout — Fire Steel Bushcraft Gear — Flint and Steel Magnesium Fire Starter Kit — 2-in-1 Fire Starters for Campfires — 3,000 Strikes
Jetboil Flash Camping Stove Cooking System, Carbon
Gerber Gear LMF II Infantry Knife - 10" Partially Serrated Fixed Blade Knife and Sheath - Survival Gear and Equipment - Coyote Brown
$13.95
$97.49
$115.99
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