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SHTF, Survival, and Emergency Preparedness

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The list author says: "Essential items for urban survival and emergency preparedness. Top choices from each category based on combination of value, durability, efficiency, and effectiveness. Not included (due to 40 item limit) are things like sleeping bags, tents, clothing and accessories, rain gear, emergency food, self-defense items, backpacks, and eyewear. This list isn't optimized for hiking or ultralight back-packing, but for versatility and function."
3M R-7512ES Professional Half-Mask Organic Vapor, P95 Respirator Assembly, Medium
3M R-7512ES Professional Half-Mask Organic Vapor, P95 Respirator Assembly, Medium
"Face mask, fits comfortably and snugly (this is the medium size, kids and women with small faces choose the small size). The filters block dust, viruses, bacteria, mold, and the organic vapor layers also remove noxious fumes. Air blows downward so as to not fog up glasses. Pretty important item (volcanic dust, mold from floods, smoke from burning cities, plague)."
Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife with Carbon Steel Blade, Military Green, 4.1-Inch
Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife with Carbon Steel Blade, Military Green, 4.1-Inch
"Extremely sharp, cheap to replace, lightweight, clips onto your belt or pocket or can be hung around neck. Easy to sharpen, great for skinning, shaving tinder or carving fire sticks. Cheaper than Ka-Bar or Esee, better than nothing. Nice bushcraft knife."
Victorinox Swiss Army Deluxe Tinker Pocket Tool - 53481
Victorinox Swiss Army Deluxe Tinker Pocket Tool - 53481
"Imagine needing a scissor, screw driver, can opener, or plier and only having a Ka-Bar. This Tinker model has all those. It's the jack of all trades, master of none, but plenty of tools in one spot."
Guyot Designs Backpacker Stainless Steel Bottle, 32-Ounce
Guyot Designs Backpacker Stainless Steel Bottle, 32-Ounce
"BPA-free (even BPA-free plastic bottles can contain BPS phthalates which are even worse), can boil water if absolutely necessary, fits water filters. Solid container."
Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter
Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter
"Cheaper than the Katadyn Pocket, and easier to use but not as compact. Can be filled and hung up, no need to pump. Doesn't last as long (only 200 gallons) but is good for short term use. Advantage is low cost and 'set it and forget it' operation."
Seattle Sports Camp Bucket (Blue)
Seattle Sports Camp Bucket (Blue)
"Indispensable for washing dishes, hauling water to a safe spot prior to filtering."
BIC Classic Lighter 50ct Tray Regular Lighter
BIC Classic Lighter 50ct Tray Regular Lighter
"Don't be a tough guy thinking a fire steel is all you need. Get a bunch of these Bic lighters and stash them everywhere. You can use pliers to remove the child safety tab. One lighter should be good enough for 100 fires if you use tinder. Put them in a zip loc bag if you're worried about moisture. Good barter item."
MSR Alpine Stowaway Pot
MSR Alpine Stowaway Pot
"Stainless steel lasts. This can hold your stove, fuel, seasonings, or other accessories. Use it to boil water, steam eggs, fry foods, make oatmeal, pasta, etc..."
Liberty Mountain Westwind Stove Set with Burner
Liberty Mountain Westwind Stove Set with Burner
"Burns denatured alcohol (yellow HEET bottle at auto stores, or S-L-X brand by the quart/gallon at hardware stores). Fuel is cheap, stable, and two gallons could last four months of daily cooking (don't get fuel on hands or breathe vapors, methyl alcohol is toxic). Relatively portable stove. This brass stove is almost indestructible too."
CMMG Phosphorescent Lensatic Compass Clam Pack
CMMG Phosphorescent Lensatic Compass Clam Pack
"Tough, accurate compass. Don't get the tritium version, it's not worth the extra money. This glows for minutes after a quick flashlight shine. If this compass is too much, pick up a cheap Suunto like the A-10 instead. Beware magnetic pole instabilities in the future and keep a road map handy for navigation."
Motorola MJ270R 22-Channel 27-Mile Two-Way Radios
Motorola MJ270R 22-Channel 27-Mile Two-Way Radios
"Short of HAM or CB, this may become your only means of communication when cell towers, phones, and satellites go down. Real world range is 3-5 miles. Wrap in zip lock, wrap in aluminum foil, then in another zip lock to shield against EMP and water during storage."
Sanyo 16 Pack New Version Sanyo Eneloop 2000 MAH LOW Discharge AA Batteries Sixteen Battery Bundle
Sanyo 16 Pack New Version Sanyo Eneloop 2000 MAH LOW Discharge AA Batteries Sixteen Battery Bundle
"Once charged, are ready to go anytime. Good quality cells. The higher capacity 2500 mAh batteries lose most of their charge in a month or two, these keep their charge for three years in storage."
AA and 9 volt battery charger with 3, 6, 9, and 12 volt power supply
AA and 9 volt battery charger with 3, 6, 9, and 12 volt power supply
"Solar battery charger -- not too powerful, but will get you by when all other sources of electricity are gone. Keep batteries in shade, charger in the sun, to prevent overheating of batteries from the sun, which diminishes their life."
Sanyo Eneloop Spacer Pack: 4 Pack of D-size Adapters
Sanyo Eneloop Spacer Pack: 4 Pack of D-size Adapters
"Good rechargeable hybrid D batteries cannot be found. Plus, battery chargers including solar charges often cannot accommodate D batteries. Therefore, better to have some AA-to-D adapters like these just in case."
Fenix E21 V2 170 Lumen LED Flashlight with four EdisonBright NiMH rechargeable Batteries & Charger
Fenix E21 V2 170 Lumen LED Flashlight with four EdisonBright NiMH rechargeable Batteries & Charger
"Everyone needs a bright compact flashlight. Powerful LED is brighter and more efficient than comparable MagLite. Last thing you want is stumbling around with a dim flashlight in the woods when you hear a noise."
Fenix Flashlight Headband (Fits lights with 18-22mm Diameter)
Fenix Flashlight Headband (Fits lights with 18-22mm Diameter)
"Lets you head mount an LED flashlight. Great for doing stuff in the dark with two hands. You will get brighter light for cheaper than a deadicated LED headlamp."
Energizer Weather Ready Folding Area Lantern
Energizer Weather Ready Folding Area Lantern
"A couple LED lights powered by 4 D batteries. That's almost a month of light, if not more. Great to have on hand for power outages. Switches from bright to medium white light, and orange night light setting. Lights up a large room enough to walk around in without bumping into things, and small rooms enough to read."
Ultimate Survival Technologies SaberCut Saw (Black)
Ultimate Survival Technologies SaberCut Saw (Black)
"Hand-drawn chainsaw. It takes some work, but this can be used to clear thick branches if you have no powered alternative. Folds up compact, and teeth can be sharpened as with a regular chainsaw."
First Aid Emergency Kit
First Aid Emergency Kit
"Good basic kit, includes a lot for the price and size."
Bacitracin Zinc Ointment 1 Oz / 28 G (Pack of 4)
Bacitracin Zinc Ointment 1 Oz / 28 G (Pack of 4)
"Antibiotic ointment, safer than Neosporin since the latter has extra ingredients some people are allergic to. Antibiotics will be worth their weight in gold in a post-collapse situation. Without them, a simple scratch or cut might eventually lead to infection, amputation, death."
Betadine Solution Pint
Betadine Solution Pint
"Alternative or supplement to antibiotic ointments. This is among the most important first aid items because it works on most topical infections including bacterial and fungal. The latter may include athlete's foot, ringworm, yeast infections, and so on. Can be diluted."
SAM Rolled Splint 36", Orange/Blue
SAM Rolled Splint 36", Orange/Blue
"Splint for sprains/broken bones. Rolls up."
Elmer's Products KG582 Instant Crazy Glue 4-Single Use Tubes, 0.017-Ounce
Elmer's Products KG582 Instant Crazy Glue 4-Single Use Tubes, 0.017-Ounce
"Can be used for wound closure in place of sutures, once bleeding has been stopped. Cheaper than Dermabond, but Dermabond is less 'toxic' to the skin."
CELOX First Aid Temporary Traumatic Wound Treatment 2g, 10-Pack
CELOX First Aid Temporary Traumatic Wound Treatment 2g, 10-Pack
"Blood clotting powder for immediate bleeding relief, 10 individual packs."
550LB Military 7 Strand Nylon Paracord Rope Tube - 300 Feet
550LB Military 7 Strand Nylon Paracord Rope Tube - 300 Feet
"Mil-spec paracord. Tons of uses (boot lace, fire drill, climbing rope, snares, bow and arrow, strangling chupacabras, etc...)"
Black Bonded Nylon Sewing Thread 1500 Yard Size T70 #69 for the Upholstery, Outdoor Market, Drapery, Beading, Luggage, Purses
Black Bonded Nylon Sewing Thread 1500 Yard Size T70 #69 for the Upholstery, Outdoor Market, Drapery, Beading, Luggage, Purses
"Very strong, can be used for cordage, tripwire, sewing up rips, even as expedient fishing line."
Singer Assorted Hand Needles , 45-Count
Singer Assorted Hand Needles , 45-Count
"Good needle pack. Not all will fit the bonded nylon, but has other uses too. Barter item."
Duck Brand 877269 All-Purpose Duct Tape, 1.88 Inches by 60 Yards, Silver, Single Roll
Duck Brand 877269 All-Purpose Duct Tape, 1.88 Inches by 60 Yards, Silver, Single Roll
"'Nuff said."
J-B Weld 8265S Original Steel Reinforced Epoxy Twin Pack - 2 oz
J-B Weld 8265S Original Steel Reinforced Epoxy Twin Pack - 2 oz
"For fixing and making things, gluing broken metal parts back together. Clean parts with alcohol (maybe denatured) before applying. Does take 24 hours to fully cure though."
Surebonder DT-25 Made in the USA All Purpose Stik Mini Glue Sticks-All Temperature-Clear-5/16" D, 4" L Glue Stick-25 sticks per Bag
Surebonder DT-25 Made in the USA All Purpose Stik Mini Glue Sticks-All Temperature-Clear-5/16" D, 4" L Glue Stick-25 sticks per Bag
"Hot glue sticks can be melted with a lighter to patch holes in air mattresses, glue stuff quickly, fix leaks in rain gear, etc..."
Therm-A-Rest Basecamp
Therm-A-Rest Basecamp
"Deflates, self-inflates, and rolls up. This keeps you about 3/4 inch off the cold hard ground. Consider it a portable minimalist air mattress. You can actually sleep comfortably on solid concrete or sharp gravel with this."
Stanley 55-119 FatMax Functional Utility Bar
Stanley 55-119 FatMax Functional Utility Bar
"Break into abandoned houses, cars, vending machines."
Stanley 90-947 6-Inch MaxSteel Adjustable Wrench
Stanley 90-947 6-Inch MaxSteel Adjustable Wrench
"Home and auto repair, battery clamps, and more."
Smith's CCKS 2-Step Knife Sharpener
Smith's CCKS 2-Step Knife Sharpener
"Simple, fast, easy to use. Won't shave hair off your arm, but will keep knives sharp for anything else really. Only takes a few seconds, reliable sharpening every time. Get a couple."