Top Ten Gifts For Survivalists
By Adelia Ladson
When you're shopping for a gift for a friend or loved one, the challenge is always finding one that is tailor-made for the individual. Usually, that means shopping for something that fits their personality or their lifestyle. If you're gifting a Survivalist, you may be at a loss of where to start. Don't worry, keep reading!
What's A Survivalist?
I've found that a Survivalist is someone with a "can-do" attitude that believes that they can survive any situation by being self-reliant. In a catastrophic event, he wants to be able to live on the least amount of supplies as possible by learning to live and survive off of his environment. Survivalists plan to be ready to leave at a moment's notice to escape to a safe haven or a safer location. They have all that they need with them and will use what they have at hand when they get to where they're going.
The Perfect Gift
So, the best gifts for Survivalists are tools that they can add to their gear that will fit into their survival plan or a tool they need that they don't have in their gear. Here are the top ten gifts for survivalists that will make them happy.
SHTF Survival Guide
Survivalists like to cultivate knowledge that they can put into practice in a survival situation. One of the best ways is having a resource like the SHTF Survival Guide, which covers the most basic steps of survival and features detailed illustrations, instructions and important tips. To make it easy to find the information that you're looking for quickly, it's divided into yellow-tabbed chapters. The compact size of the soft-cover book makes it easy to drop in a bug-out bag.
Small Animal Survival Snare Kit
Having a way to procure food when you're surviving in the wilderness is a top priority. A survivalist will appreciate a Small Animal Survival Snare Kit for its ease to set-up and that it takes up almost no room in their bag or backpack. The kit includes three snares, each made with 36" of 7x7 strand 1/16" cable with a 480-lb holding strength and a lock that will firmly hold any snared animal. The snares are for catching small prey like rabbits and squirrels, as well as, slightly larger animals like groundhogs or opossums.
Uniden Bearcat 500-Channel Handheld Scanner
Staying informed about an emergency disaster situation is one of the keys to surviving it and you need to be able to do that wherever you evacuate to. That's why your Survivalist is going to love the Uniden Bearcat 500-Channel Handheld Scanner. It can tune-in to military and civilian air bands including police, ambulance, fire, weather, marine, aircraft, railroad and amateur radio services. The sophisticated scanner has 500 channels divided into 10 storage banks and the alpha tagging lets you assign names to your channels, so you can keep track of who you are listening to. It's also easy to scan the NOAA weather channels and you can receive important weather and safety alerts. The scanner is lightweight and has a backlight display that's easy to read even in low light conditions. It comes with a USB charging cable.
Portable Folding Solar Panel Set
To keep their hand-held scanner or other electronics powered-up, any Survivalist needs to add the Portable Folding Solar Panel Set to their gear. They will never be without a source of electricity no matter where they are as long as the sun is shining in the sky. There are five high-quality, monocrystalline solar panels enclosed in a tough, folding nylon case with a Velcro closure and a sturdy TPR and nylon webbing carrying handle. Each of the panels puts out 40-watts of power and integrated into the case are two USB ports and a DC jack, plus, two metal grommets for conveniently hanging the solar panels.
Black Legion 1000' Black Paracord
Any good Survivalist knows that paracord is one of the most versatile tools that you can have in your survival gear. Black Legion has a 1000' spool of Black Paracord. The high-strength, black nylon paracord is 5/32” in diameter and has seven inner strands, giving it 610 lbs holding power. This much paracord means they're set for life.
Membrane Solutions Personal Water Filter Straw
Along with food, water is a necessity for survival and you're just not going to be able to carry enough with you when you're bugging out. When you have a Membrane Solutions Personal Water Filter Straw in your gear, you're ensured of having the safest water in the worst environments. It has a four-stage filtration system that can filter out 99.99 percent of harmful substances and improve the taste of the water no matter where you source it from.
M48 Survival Kit
The M48 Survival Kit is like a gift inside a gift when you're loved one opens the tough, waterproof TPU case to discover all of the goodies inside. In the kit is an ultra-bright, 10-lumen keychain LED flashlight and a mini tactical 350-lumen LED flashlight with a pocket clip. There is a heavy-duty, aircraft aluminum tactical ink pen with a carbide tip, glass breaker top and a large ferrocerium rod flint with a steel striker, with an integrated ruler and bottle opener, attached by a lanyard cord. You’ll also find a mini work tool pocket card that has 11 integrated tools, and it comes in a vinyl pouch with an instruction card. There is a lightweight map compass with dual scale rulers, hanging on a neck cord, and a high-frequency, aluminum whistle on a keychain. A multi-purpose paracord bracelet that has an integrated emergency whistle and small flint rod with a striker is also included. That's a lot of bang for your buck and the compact kit easily fits in a backpack or survival gear.
Bushmaster Sawback Survival Knife
What Survivalist wouldn't want a Bushmaster Sawback Survival Knife! It's the perfect companion whether you're out in the wilderness or an urban war zone. What puts it ahead of the rest of the survival knives is that inside of the handle is a survival kit consisting of fishing line, a hook and sinker, matches and match striking paper. The cord-wrapped handle also has an integrated compass. The blade has aggressive sawback serrations so that it can also handle any sawing tasks that might come up like procuring wood for a fire if you're out in the wild.
M48 45L Tactical Backpack
A great option for a gift for Survivalists is the M48 45L Tactical Backpack. The spacious backpack has all the room needed to contain the survival essentials they want to carry with them. Basically, everything mentioned above will fit in the bag. It has a large main compartment and two large, zippered side pockets, giving it an overall 45L capacity. The backpack's main compartment features a drawstring closer and elastic top cover with quick-release buckles for secure and easy access to gear. Other important features are that there's a breathable, padded mesh back that allows weight to be carried comfortably, a hip belt to increase stability and weight distribution and adjustable, padded shoulder straps that give all day comfort.
Outdoor Adventure First Aid Kit
The Outdoor Adventure First Aid Kit makes a great gift because it's just good to own a high-quality first aid kit that you can take anywhere and have in your home at all times. It will assure that you're ready for a medical emergency with its total of 143 pieces of first aid equipment and a first aid instruction guide. Some of the contents include a variety of different sized bandages, gauze and tape, tweezers and scissors, a chemical ice pack, safety pins, alcohol prep pads and antiseptic cleansing wipes, sting relief pads and cotton-tip applicators.