15 Of The Best Survival Tools Essential For When The Real Life Hunger Games Start

By 04.18.17

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Let’s face it, these are strange and terrible times and there’s a very good chance that at some point we’re all going to be forced to live in a society that is half The Walking Dead and half The Hunger Games. And in that society, we’re all going to need the best survival tools to, well, you know, survive.

Or, perhaps you just want something to keep you alive if you get lost in the woods or your car breaks down. Either way.

But regardless of the actual situation, it’s a very good idea to equip yourself just in case. Better safe than sorry and all that. And you definitely won’t be sorry if you arm yourself with these 15 essential survival tools, which include everything from pocket knives; to Leatherman tools; to hand-crank radios. Everything on this list will keep you alive even when nature wants to kill you.

Leatherman Super Tool 300 Multi-Tool

When it comes to multi-tools, Leatherman is the undisputed champ. And this survival tool, in particular, with nineteen different tools, will keep you in the game. It has everything from a saw to an electrical crimper on there, and to show you that they’re serious, Leatherman gives you a 25-year (!) guarantee.

Price: $79.85
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Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter with Lifestraw Personal Water Filter

Bear Grylls has made an entire career on showing geeks how to survive in the wild, so if it has his name on it, you can bet that it will save your ass. The fire starter is a ferrocerium rod combined with a metal striker so you can blaze it up, while the Lifestraw Personal Water Filter removes 99.9999% of all waterborne bacteria, which is better than the EPA standard. Dehydration and exposure are two of the deadliest – and most overlooked – things that will getcha in the wild, and these tools make it much easier to deal with both. They also come with an emergency whistle for when you get lost or just want to harass the local wildlife.

Price: $29.55
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Always Prepared First Aid Medical Kit

A first aid kit is kind of a no-brainer, but you have to make sure you get yourself a good one. And this… this is a good one. In addition to all the usuals (bandages, scissors, etc.), this 100-piece kit also contains a compass, a poncho, a whistle, a CPR mask and a Mylar blanket. This isn’t just about first-aid. This is a full-on survival kit.

Price: $17.99
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Readyman Wilderness Survival Card

The best thing about this tool is that you can just keep it in your wallet. That’s because it’s the size of a credit card, and yet it contains 22 metal survival tools, everything from fish hooks to snare locks. Just slide it in your wallet and be prepared wherever you go.

Price: $12.30
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Trucker’s Friend All Purpose Survival Tool

This nasty piece of work was made especially for truckers, but as you can see, it’s also a killer survival tool for anyone out there alone in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. You can do just about anything with this tool that a trucker would need to do to keep his rig on the road regardless of conditions, so it should definitely help you keep your Chevy Lumina moving, especially when the zombies come.

Price: $56.35
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Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Hatchet

Multi-tools are nice, but sometimes a single dedicated tool can be necessary, especially for harder jobs. This survival hatchet by our boy Bear Grylls is just such a tool. Whether you’re chopping trees to build yourself a shelter or just need something to fight off whatever monsters live in the woods, this will save your life.

Price: $28.84
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Pagreberya Survival Shovel Kit

Not only does this kit assemble into a shovel – perhaps the most basic of all survival tools – the handle itself is a multi-tool, disassembling into components that include a knife, a fire starter, a saw, a screwdriver, and on and on it goes. The adjustable shovel blade itself includes a ruler and a can/bottle opener, and one side of it is designed to be used as a knife edge. This shovel is a goddamn badass.

Price: $48.69
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Safe-T-Proof Solar, Hand-Crank Emergency Radio

A good emergency radio is a both a comfort and a useful tool in trying times, especially one that is powered by the sun. But this isn’t just a radio. It also includes a flashlight, a beacon and a cell-phone charger. You can take this anywhere in the world and remain connected, which is maybe the most important survival tool of them all.

Price: $24.27
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Survive Outdoors Longer Origin Survival Tool

This is just a good, solid survival kit that contains just about anything you could ever need. A knife, a compass, sewing needles, fishing line and fish-hooks… I could go on and on. I mean, how are you going to argue with a survival kit that even includes aluminum foil? This kit has you covered.

Price: $24.40
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Pacuwi Car Emergency LED Flashlight Outdoor Vehicles Survival Tool Kit

A good flashlight is a survival basic. But this isn’t just a flashlight. It’s actually a tool designed for your car, with an attached window breaker and seat-belt cutter in case things get out of hand. Accidents happen, and it’s the dude who’s prepared for it that doesn’t have to sit in an upside-down car for 14 hours, slowly bleeding to death, before someone finds him.

Price: $44.99
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First Secure 90 Piece Roadside Emergency Kit

Speaking of your car, this 90-piece roadside emergency kit will keep you in the game whether you have a bad accident or just break-down in the middle of nowhere. It comes with tools to get your car going again – jumper cables, a tire repair kit, an air compressor – and a first-aid kit in case things get really messed up. Basically, it’s got you covered no matter what you need.

Price: $49.95
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SurvivalKitsOnline Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff

Ever been in a hurricane or earthquake? Then you know that sometimes the gas and water need to be shut off, and you’re probably going to have to do it yourself since emergency crews are busy. That’s what this tool is designed for. Instead of fleeing to maybe even more dangerous conditions, you can just shut everything off yourself using this tool and stay put and wait for the world to not suck again.

Price: $12.39
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BlizeTec Survival Knife

This pocket-size tool is a knife first, but it’s also an LED light, seat belt cutter, glass breaker and a fire starter. That’s a whole lot of comfort to be able to keep in your front pocket. And it’s currently available for over $50 off its list price.

Price: $38.98
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Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Serrated Knife

A pocket-knife is cool, but as my man Crocodile Dundee once said, now this is a knife. And it’s a knife vouched for by our other boy, Bear Grylls. Look, I shouldn’t have to explain the appeal of a knife, not to mention the need for one. Anytime you can call a tool a weapon and vice-versa, you’ve got yourself something worth carrying.

Price: $38.98
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Leatherman Tread Bracelet

Look, I had to include one big-baller survival tool, and it’s appropriate that it’s by Leatherman. This bracelet carries the Leatherman promise of quality (let’s note that 25-year guarantee again) but it also serves as a kickass and manly bracelet. A goddamn steel-tread bracelet. Wear it to the bar, wear it to work, wear it camping, wear it while you bone-down. Just, uh, be careful with that last one. That’s because this bracelet contains 29 screwdriver and wrench tools, along with a cutting hook, a bottle opener and even a sim card tool and glass breaker. Now that’s fashion.

Price: $184.85
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