Camping & Survival

Peace on Earth and Peace of Mind—A Gift Guide for Preppers

Clear plastic tote filled with emergency supplies.

Peace on Earth is a bit of a contradictory statement in regards to stocking up for SHTF or a disaster. Giving emergency and survival supplies to the ones you love not only provides them with essential items, it gives you and them the gift of peace of mind for when the world is in chaos. Here are seven items everyone needs during a weather emergency or survival situation.

Black fire starter with integrated zinc die cast carabiner gear clip
The Klipp butane lighter has an integrated zinc die-cast locking carabiner that clips on to your bug-out bag or backpack securely.

Ultimate Survival Technologies Klipp Lighter

One of the very first survival skills we learn is how to build a fire. Though the primitive bow drill works, wouldn’t you rather have matches, a lighter or fire starter? When faced with a power outage, you will need a way to light candles, the fireplace, or an alternative cooking source. Check out the Ultimate Survival Technologies Klipp lighter. UST has found an innovative way to package a small butane fire source that won’t get lost in your pack. The Klipp butane lighter has an integrated zinc die-cast locking carabiner that clips on to your bug-out bag or backpack securely. It features a Piezo-electric lighting ignition that is good for 30,000 strikes and works when wet. The Klipp lighter holds 1.2 grams (0.04 ounces) of butane and measures 3×1.8×0.7 inches. Without fuel, it weighs only 1.4 ounces. Available in either black or orange, the Ultimate Survival Technologies Klipp lighter is $12.96.

Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Poncho

Bright orange survival poncho
The Bear Grylls survival poncho is made of waterproof polyethylene with a full hood and comes packaged in a resealable and reusable bag.

I believe ponchos are so useful; I came up with 90 uses for them! Read my list here.

In the survival rules of threes, you cannot live three hours without shelter. It does not have to be freezing or below freezing to suffer from exposure. In fact, falling in water 32.5 degrees Fahrenheit can kill you as fast as 15 minutes. Staying out of the elements clearly can save your life. That is why a poncho is a necessity in your bug-out bag. Not only can you wear it when weather turns nasty, you can easily covert it to a makeshift shelter with cordage to keep the sun or rain off you when hiking, lost or stuck.

The Bear Grylls survival poncho, made of waterproof polyethylene, has a full hood and comes packaged in a resealable reusable bag that doubles as a water collector or dry bag. It only weighs 2.8 ounces and is bright orange so you can use it as a rescue or signal flag. Included with your purchase is Bear Grylls’ pocket guide, “Priorities of Survival” and a lifetime warranty from Gerber Gear. For $5, you can’t find a much more affordable and essential piece of survival gear.

Black pump-action shotgun in a waterproof tube
For less than $400, you get a gun that almost anyone can learn how to shoot, feeds and extracts any type of shotgun shell you put in it and is durable.

Mossberg 500 Cruiser JIC

There is good reason behind why the pump-action shotgun is a zombie movie staple. Due to the shotgun’s simplicity, lack of required extensive maintenance and its stopping power—a pump-action shotgun is not only a great choice, but also the only choice, some say. A popular discussion around the water cooler has always been if you could only have one gun, what would it be? No doubt, shotgun comes up on top or at least an easy second. Even many non-gun folks have a shotgun tucked in the corner of a closet. The shotgun about does it all. From hunting to home defense, I have yet to find a fallacy in the argument that one should have a shotgun at world’s end. After 10 million sold since 1961, the Mossberg 500 is by far one of the most popular shotguns in the world.

For less than $400, you get a gun that almost anyone can learn how to shoot, feeds and extracts any type of shotgun shell you put in it and is so durable throwing it in the back of truck won’t hurt it. Most Mossberg’s series of Just in Case shotguns include a watertight carrying tube and survival kit.

Coghlan’s Emergency Preparedness Kit

Clear plastic tote filled with emergency supplies.
For $40, gift them the Coghlan’s emergency preparedness kit, filled with comforting items to keep them warm.

With items that are both useful and affordable, Coghlan’s carries just about anything any camper, hiker or backpacker would need or want. The Canadian-based company have been distributing the original camping toaster since the mid 60’s and knows just a little something about outdoor products. Though preppers and survivalists probably do not add things like plastic egg holders to their bug out bags, Coghlan’s makes a wide range of compact and inexpensive items useful during an emergency. This particular emergency preparedness kit, intended for in-home emergencies, is perfect for weather disasters like hurricanes, ice storms, tornadoes and earthquakes. We all know someone completely unprepared for winter power outages, right? For $40, gift them the Coghlan’s emergency preparedness kit, filled with comforting items to keep them warm.

Kit contains:

  • Four 8-hour emergency candles
  • Two 12-hour light sticks
  • First aid kit
  • Four hand warmers
  • Water purification tables
  • Two 36-hour survival candles
  • Two emergency blankets
  • Two 6-hour Camp Heat cookers
  • Headlight
  • Plastic storage box with lid
ice cream sandwich
The Mountain House freeze-dried ice cream sandwiches have a traditional chocolate wafer filled with vanilla ice cream.

Mountain House Ice Cream Sandwiches

For those of you rolling your eyes at ice cream being a survival essential have never met a pregnant woman! Seriously, Mountain House, makers of these freeze-dried ice cream treats, stress the importance of storing comfort foods in time of disaster. The Mountain House freeze-dried ice cream sandwiches have a traditional chocolate wafer filled with vanilla ice cream. Unlike other freeze-dried foods, the ice cream sandwiches do not need rehydrated. Simply pull a sandwich out of its original packaging and eat. Do not freeze the package either—put it on the shelf or in your long-term food storage supplies and eat within two years.

Swiss Gel Fuel M1 Stove Kit

Picture shows an OD green military surplus Swiss gel fuel M1 stove kit and burner.
The Swiss gel fuel M1 stove kit works just like Sterno.

For less than $3, these Swiss gel fuel M1 stove kits are so compact and handy, you will want a few of them. About the size of a full-sized tin of Sterno fuel, these military surplus stoves in a can work exactly the same way. However, the design is better suited for multiple uses. Each can contains enough fuel to burn continuously for about two hours. Unlike many other alternative heat sources for cooking, you can use the Swiss M1 gel fuel stove indoors for short periods in a well-ventilated area. Easy to pack in a bug-out bag or keep in the pantry, the stove weighs 6.6 ounces, is 2.75 inches tall and only 3 inches wide. Nestled underneath the tin is a metal burner. This metal burner will hold 25 pounds of weight. In a metal canteen or coffee cup, boil water, heat a soup or a can of beans in about five minutes. When lit, the fuel is odorless and burns blue.

Green multiple compartment first aid kit
The Adventure Medical World Travel first aid kit is perfect for hikers, primitive campers, hunters and an essential part of any bug-out bag.

Adventure Medical World Travel First Aid Kit

The World Travel First Aid Kit is Adventure Medical Kit’s first kit in its travel line. Packed especially for when adventures take you far from medical care, the World Travel First Aid Kit contains with extra medications to treat stomach ailments, dehydration, allergies and bleeding wounds. Inside the 8 by 8.5 by 3.5-inch pouch are organized compartments by injury and labeled for quick access. There is a variety of bandages, dressings, gauzes and pain medication to treat bleeding wounds, sprains and fractures. Included are hospital-quality scissors, forceps, an irrigation syringe and a thermometer. Most importantly, included is a book written by Dr. Eric A. Weiss detailing how to use all items in the kit. It has space to store your own prescription medicines and two blister prevention kits. The Adventure Medical World Travel First Aid Kit is perfect for hikers, primitive campers, hunters and an essential part of any bug-out bag. Packed full, the kit weighs 1 pound, 12 ounces.

For more about what to pack in a bug-out bag, read the following articles:

If you could only have one item in a survival situation, what would it be and why? Tell us in the comment section.

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