In the wild, it’s every animal for itself. Fortunately with the survival technology available today, you can have the tools you need to help in a dire situation. Often it is the tools of survival that we focus on initially as preppers because they fill a need quickly and their usefulness makes immediate sense. While some purists eschew the benefit of tools and advocate skills alone above all other things; we humans have evolved and survived because of our ability to make and use tools. It is a matter of practicality that when possible, we can take advantage of tools and technology to get the job done.
That isn’t to say there are cases where knowledge of alternate means of accomplishing tasks isn’t beneficial, but I think few will argue that having tools helps in the majority of cases. In this article we will show some examples of technology (tools) that can increase your chances of survival should you find yourself needing a little help. These tools run the gambit from every day use to more extreme survival situations, but whether you’re a hunter, hiker, adventurer or camper, don’t leave home without these crucial pieces of equipment.
The Brite-Blade is a phenomenal tool for when you are in a dark, wooded region. It allows you to slice almost anything and also has a detachable 45-lumen LED flashlight. In addition, it comes with a built-in seat-belt cutter, car-window punch and magnesium fire-starter striking tool. Not only is this device helpful for backpackers and campers, but it can help you get out of your car in case of an accident and signal for help. And it is small enough that you can keep it clipped onto your belt for easy access. Public safety officials, EMTs, pilots and outdoor adventurers can all find occasion for the blade in a survival situation.
Samsung Gear S Smartwatch
The Samsung Gear S smartwatch is compatible with Galaxy smartphones, and is used to monitor your health with the S Health Partner. Leave your phone at home when you hit the trail and still have access to your calls, texts, maps and apps. This device is great for hands-free texting and calling, and its GPS feature might just save your life if you are lost in the wilderness. The voice command system allows you to check the weather, your schedule and where the nearest convenience store is to stock up on supplies. The Gear S has a wearable rate plan and comes with up to 500MB of high-speed data as well as unlimited talk and text.
Midland ER-300 Emergency Crank Radio
Versatility is one of the most underrated aspects of survival gear; however, the Midland ER-300 emergency crank radio is the best in its class. The radio can be powered by the sun, a hand crank or an internal (and rechargeable) battery. This means you will never be without a connection. It gives you NOAA weather alerts, contains an SOS flashlight beacon (with Morse code capability) in case you get lost or injured, and recharges your smartphone via a USB port. Some additional functions of the radio are its ultrasonic dog whistle to aid search-and-rescue missions and a considerable battery life of 25 hours.
Lifesaver Water Bottle 6000 UF
Sometimes all you need to survive is a little bit of water. Therefore, Lifesaver’s portable bottle is the ideal solution when there is no clean drinking water available. The bottle’s carbon purification system produces clean water with no bad taste and filters out all waterborne viruses, parasites, bacteria and cysts. It also can convert over 250 liters with just one filter. All you need to do is fill the bottle with water and pump until it’s purified. This way you don’t have to worry about lugging around gallons of water or being without water if you get lost off the trail. Also, don’t forget to take some spare filters if you’re in it for the long haul.