The world will eventually come to an end. It’s just that some people believe it’s coming sooner than later. And if the past year has taught us anything, it’s that the global situation can go downhill faster than you think.
Even if Armageddon isn’t around the corner, between pandemics, natural disasters and fluctuating economies, it could be wise to prepare yourself in the event of something unexpected.
Yes, it may be time to admit that the doomsday preppers we used to think were crazy might just be ahead of the curve. Maybe you know a survivalist. Or maybe you’re just catching on to the trend yourself.
If you’re scratching your head and wondering what to get for the person who believes everything will go sideways, we have some ideas. From mini water, purifiers to crank radios and multi-use tools, these handy (some would say indispensable) gifts could help someone in survival situations or start a brand new world.
Let’s dive in before time runs out with these 30 great gifts for preppers.
A bugout bag where they can store their supplies is indispensable equipment for a prepper. This durable and water-resistant Presidio Tactical Assault Backpack is military-approved and comes with a lifetime guarantee for materials and workmanship. That may be hard to collect if the world goes upside down, but still, it’s nice to know…
Many preppers may have a tent on hand, but what makes this Go Time Gear Life Tent Emergency Shelter unique is that it folds up to about 3 x 5 inches. Made from durable polyethylene, it will reflect heat back to the body when the weather is harsh and even comes with a 120-decibel emergency whistle. It’s the perfect addition to any bugout bag.
This sleeping bag is another light but useful item that preppers love to have on hand. While it extends to 7 x 3 feet, it can fold up into the palm of your hand. The Tact Bivvy 2.0 Emergency Sleeping Bag also reflects heat back to the body and is water-resistant, tear-resistant and comes into bright orange to make survivors in emergencies more visible.
Whether trying to stay warm outdoors or in your own home when no heat is available, expert preppers agree that a wool blanket is a must-have. Breathable and yet warm, this Every Ready Wool Blanket military-style model is also fire retardant, perfect for when you’re hunkered down around the campfire talking about the good old days.
In addition to a wool blanket, it’s good to have a smaller, lighter emergency blanket around for other emergencies. Many experts prefer Heatsheets as they are made from recyclable, low-density polyethylene, which is more durable than Mylar. In addition, they can be used silver side out for warm weather or silver side in for cold weather.
In other words, you’re covered whatever the disaster.
And don’t forget a place to stow those essential documents. These fireproof document bags will survive both fire and water to keep them safe from whatever mother nature decides to throw at you.
If your hands are frozen, you’re pretty much screwed. But these little HotHands babies fit easily into a pocket or gloves and give up to 10 hours of heat, because having all of your fingers is a definite advantage when you’re facing the end of civilization.
You can wear your voice out screaming for help in extreme situations and still not be heard. That’s why an emergency whistle doesn’t need to be fancy; it just needs to be loud. This simple model from Luxogear has no moving parts that will break or freeze and comes with an adjustable, high-visibility cord.
If you don’t have power, it could be hard to find your way around with GPS. That’s why every prepper needs to have an easy-to-read compass. The Cammenga compass is waterproof, durable and should keep you from getting permanently lost in the woods.
This small item could turn out to be a lifesaver when you need to signal someone from far away. Ultralight but durable, the StarFlash Micro Signal Mirror works in cloudy weather as well as under moonlight conditions.
This award-winning water filter is small enough to fit in your pocket but can filter up to 1,000 gallons of water for 99.9 percent of bacteria, parasites, chemicals and other contaminants. Plus, it requires no batteries or replacement filters. Small but mighty, this filter should be in every preppers bag.
To filter water on a larger scale, of course, you’ll need something larger. The Big Berkey has a 2.25-gallon capacity and can filter enough water for up to 4 people a day. It also works with no electricity, tools or plumbing.
So bottoms up, it’s not quite the end of the world when you have drinking water.
If the world really goes to hell in a handbasket, some nighttime reconnaissance may be required. This Rexing monocular allows you to see subjects (i.e., deer, people, zombies) from 650 feet away and is also a digital camera. With this baby, you’ll never be able to say you didn’t see it coming.
In addition to a flashlight, every prepper should also have a headlamp for those times when they need to work hands-free in the dark. That way, they’re free to dig, hammer or shoot without hindrances. It also makes going to the bathroom in the middle of the dark woods a lot easier.
Having a lamp that works on solar power will be crucial when you’re living off the grid. This one will last 24 hours on a single charge and is also waterproof, shatterproof and even floats. And unless the sun goes out, it’s a renewable source of energy for a prepper in your life.
Leatherman seems to be the go-to choice for preppers when it comes to multitools. This stainless steel workhorse has 19, including a knife, saw, wire cutter, can opener and much more. Oh, and let’s not forget the bottle opener for those souls who are smart enough to grab a six-pack as they get the hell out of dodge.
Yes, people still need forks in emergencies, but not many work like this one. This clever multitool by Full Windsor functions as a spork, serrated butter knife, can opener, peeler, pry-bar, box cutter and more.
And because it’s made of titanium, this survival gear will get you through the end of the world and beyond.
If you’re stuck in the wilderness, a lightweight shovel always comes in handy. This model from Yeacool also functions as a saw, ruler, hex wrench, paracord and nail extractor. Not to mention it’s also good for those times when mother nature calls and you don’t have a bathroom. Nuff said about this survival tool.
The SOG Tomahawk Tactical Axe may only be an axe, but because it weighs in at only 23 ounces, it makes a durable yet lightweight tool for chopping wood, hunting or throwing at aggressors if the situation calls for it (and you’ve honed your axe throwing skills).
Most serious doomsday preppers like to build out their own first aid survival kits to cover off major-minor incidents as well as traumatic injuries. Still, it’s nice for them to have a pre-packed kit that they can just grab and go with.
This first-aid kit from Doom and Bloom is also a trauma kit and includes items like a SWAT tourniquet, Israeli bandages and blood clotting powder for when the shi$$ has really hit the fan.
Even in the worst of disasters, someone out there will be broadcasting. That’s why any good prepper needs a short-wave radio that can pick up news from around the world. This popular model can be charged by a hand-crank, solar panel or batteries and also includes an LED reading lamp, flashlight and SOS beacon.
There may not be someone around to give your car a jump when you need it in a true emergency. But this lithium battery will provide you with 40 jumps on a single charge. But the best part is that it’s also a portable power bank that can charge smartphones, tablets and other devices.
It also serves as an LED flashlight. All that, and no AAA membership fee required.
Then again, there is a lot to be said for simplicity. This straight-up solar power bank will give you enough electricity to power your cell phone, tablet or other USB devices while living off the grid. And if there’s no cell service… you can always entertain yourself by taking doomsday selfies.
Any prepper worth their salt probably has food put back for emergency use. But the good news is, they can never have too much! This pack from the Wise Company contains 104 servings that include breakfast, lunch, dinner, fruits, vegetables and snacks.
It also has a shelf life of 25 years. After that, it’s like making dinner reservations waaaaay in advance.
If the world situation has really gone south, then people will need to grow their own food. This survival seeds pack contains 34 different heirloom varieties of non-GMO seeds to provide a balanced diet and comes in a resealable bag to keep them safe.
If you’re going to start the world over again, why not go GMO-free?
If you’re going to be living under extreme conditions for a long period, you’re going to want a way to cook food and heat water. The Sun Oven works on solar power and can reach temperatures between 360 and 400F. Post-apocalyptic blueberry muffin, anyone?
27. Camp Stove 2+
Doomsday preppers always love gear that can multitask. So not only will this award-winning stove cook food using sticks, wood or pellets, but it can also turn fire into electricity that you can use to charge lights, phone and other gear. All that, and it packs down to the size of a 32oz water bottle.
What’s a prepper not to love?
You can’t start a fire without a spark, right? That’s why every survivalist should have something that can light one even in rain, snow or wind. This fire starter can be used over 16,000 times and is also a whistle, compass and paracord.
Now that’s something a survivalist can definitely get fired up about.
When you’re not staving off immediate disasters, the end of the world could get a little monotonous. These playing cards will provide some entertainment as well as essential tips for surviving in the wild. It’s a game your life could depend on.
Then again, if the situation is that serious, some heavy reading may be required. These books by Dave Canterbury are considered survivalist classics and include information on everything from trapping, cooking, first aid and much more. For anyone who wants to save their hide come doomsday, these books are definite page-turners for prepping and you will learn everything you need to know about food storage and more.
All’s Well Even If It Ends In Disaster
Well, we’ve come to the end of our list though not quite to the end of the world yet. Why we make a little light, emergency preparedness is serious business, and the gifts on this list could make a huge difference when unexpected emergencies or major disasters strike.
No matter what you choose to give your prepper, they’re sure to appreciate it. And even if they already have, say, a solar charger or two, they’ll feel twice as prepared if things go south with any of these prepper gifts.
But here’s still hoping that nobody has to bug out anytime soon!
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30 Best Gifts For Preppers:
- Presidio Tactical Assault Backpack
- Go Time Gear Life Tent Emergency Shelter
- Tact Bivvy 2.0 Emergency Sleeping Bag
- Every Ready Wool Blanket
- Heatsheets Classic Blanket
- Fireproof Document Bag
- HotHands Hand Warmers
- LuxoGear Emergency Whistle With Lanyard
- Cammenga Official US Military Tritium Lensatic Compass
- UST StarFlash Micro Signal Mirror
- Lifestraw Personal Water Filter
- Big Berkey Gravity-Fed Water Filter
- Rexing B1 Basic Night Vision Goggles
- Black Diamond Spot 350 Headlamp
- MPOWERD Luci Outdoor 2.0: Solar Inflatable Light
- Leatherman Supertool 300
- THE MUNCHER Titanium Multi Utensil
- Yeacool Backpacking Trowel
- SOG Tomahawk Tactical Axe
- First-Aid Kit Ultimate Compact Grab N Go (Doom and Bloom)
- Kaito KA500 Hand-Crank Radio
- NOCO Boost Car Battery Booster Pack
- BigBlue 28W Solar Charger with Digital Ammeter
- Wise Company Emergency Food Variety Pack
- Family Sown Survival Seeds
- All American Sun Oven
- Camp Stove 2+
- Swiss Safe 5-in-1 Fire Starter with Compass
- Wilderness Survival Playing Cards
- The Bushcraft Boxed Set