Let’s talk about Survival Gear on a Budget.
When I’ve talked to some of my family and friends about survival preparation a common worry or resistance I hear is about the initial cost. To be honest, I think the people I know have a misconception about preparedness that’s based on impressions they’ve gotten by watching media.
If you’ve watched a show about enthusiastic preppers, you could feel overwhelmed at the idea and don’t want to devote your entire basement to food and gear storage.I get that!
But you can certainly collect quite a bit of survival gear on a minimal budget. We scoured the ever popular Amazon for some of the greatest, lowest priced (and highest rated) survival gear that someone could start collecting and adding to their emergency kits.
Here we go, Survival Gear on a Budget:
Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets – ($5.99) Our Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets make questionable water bacteriologically suitable to drink. Easy to use-water is ready in 30 minutes. One 50 tablet bottle treats 25 quarts of water. Ideal for hiking, backpacking and travel. Perfect addition to your first aid or travel kit.
S.O.S. Rations Emergency 3600 Calorie Food Bar – 3 Day / 72 Hour Package with 5 Year Shelf Life – ($7.85) US Coast Guard approved for 5 year shelf life under all climatic conditions. Each pack contains 9 fortified food bars Designed to sustain life until rescue or additional food is available. Compatible with drinking water restrictions
UCO Stormproof Match Kit with Waterproof Case, 25 Stormproof Matches and 3 Strikers – Dark Green – ($6.75) The UCO Stormproof Match Kit is a waterproof case that includes 25 matches and 3 strikers. The case features an integrated striker on the outside to provide an easy location for lighting matches, and can hold up to 40 matches.
Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Series Fire Starter – ($11.69) The product of collaboration between Gerber and survival expert Bear Grylls, the Survival Series Fire Starter is a must-have for scouting, camping, and hiking expeditions.
Small and compact, this fire starter offers years of use. Watertight construction keeps tinder safe and dry, so when you need it, you can trust that it’s ready to use.
Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10) – ($7.19) Disposable rescue blanket keeps in body heat and preserves body temperature. Small enough to fit in most first aid kits.
2 Pack Survival Kit Can Opener, Military, P-51 Model – ($2.58) P-51 military surplus can opener.
Esbit Ultralight Folding Pocket Stove with Six 14g Solid Fuel Tablets – ($9.99) Ideal for backpacking, camping as well as home and auto emergency kits, the Esbit Pocket Stove folds compact enough to fit in a pocket. Constructed from durable, galvanized steel, the Esbit Pocket Stove features two selectable cooking grades and are suitable for use with cups, pots, and pans. Includes six Esbit 14 g solid fuel tablets that will burn about 12 minutes each. Extra fuel tablets can be stored inside the stove.
eGear Survival Essentials Floating Whistle/Mirror Combo – ($6.71) Combination of two essential survival items: signaling mirror and whistle • Highly visible orange float minimizes chance of loss in water • Lightweight • Break-away lanyard attached
Lifeline 29-Piece Ultralight Survival Kit – ($12.99) 29 Piece Kit Includes: Weatherproof Carry Case, Survival Guide, 10′ Emergency Cord, Map Compass, Emergency Whistle, Survival Blanket, 3 Safety Pins, 36″ Roll Duct Tape, 18″x12″ Sheet Aluminum Foil, 8′ Snare Wire, Box Waterproof Matches, 4 Fishing Hooks, 4 Fishing Sinker Weights, 50′ 10lb Fishing Line, Surgical Blade, Reusable Zipper-Lock Bag, 5 Wound Closure Strips,
We could probably list 100 more budget level pieces of survival gear, but that should give you an idea that not all gear is uber expensive and if you start collecting the things you need for preparedness, the financial investment isn’t off the charts.
(*Prices reflect the costs we saw today, but can certainly change tomorrow)