Top 10 Affordable Must Have Survival Gadgets

Survival Gadget #10: Foldable Pocket Cooker

portable pocket cooker for camping - survival - cooking          portable pocket cooker for camping - survival - cooking

Bivouac! Foldable Pocket Cooker for easy travel. Forget cold food in the boonies! Heat up some grub, like beans, hot dogs or soup. Compact Cooker uses all natural fuel such as sticks, paper, straw, anything. No gas. No batteries.

Unfolds in a jiffy from 6 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 1 1/8" to 8 x 6"h. (open). Hinged, all-metal panels. Comes in nylon case with 2"w. belt loop. Weighs 2 lbs. To deploy yours, order now! Please Note: case color may vary. The Foldable Pocket Cooker is a great addition to any survival kit and it is very affordable.

Foldable Pocket Cooker Reviews

Nice idea for backpacking: "I received this for Christmas and just tried it out for the first time. I like the way it folds up and fits into its canvas bag for easy storage in the backpack. It takes up about as much room as a paperback book.

It holds the fire in one place which is nice and I can see using it for heat with a leanto. If its dry out you'll never run out of fuel though it has to be small and you will have to keep feeding it because of the small size of the burn area but it heats well and cooked very well. All wood and leaves and sweet gum balls burnt to ash and it cooled quickly when done.

The only problem I had with it was the paint blistering and popping off in places. I guess I will have to get it really hot then repaint it with some good engine paint to keep it from rusting.. It took me a couple of minutes to figure how to fold it back up as I didn't study it before opening it but the hinged side folds in first then the other side and back in its case and off you go.

I will carry this along with the Jetboil systems from now on in case I run out of butane for the Jetboil or just want a small fire. A nice little item and you can't beat the price." 

Great stove - small, efficient and fast: "I bought this stove as a preparedness measure because I wanted to be able to cook with natural fuel in the event of an extended loss of power. It really does the job well. The angular design funnels all the heat right up to the top, so it is very efficient with fuel.

I cooked a medium size can of chili in about 5 minutes, burning only about 10 or 12 small pine cones in the process, so it does exactly what I wanted, very efficiently. If you have a pine tree in your yard you will never run out of cooking fuel. The stove is very small, and it looked to me like it would be very unstable with even a small pot on top of it, so I put the stove under a camp grill and I put the pot on that (I'll upload some pictures).

It works great that way. I'm going to get a second one to sit beside it, turning the grill into a two burner wood stove. In my opinion, this stove would be very good for backpacking, too, because of its compact size. Folds up very small, and is not too hard to set up or to fold up."

Great survival tool for the price: "Just felt the need to add a five star to all the good reviews, it is what you expect it to be after reading all said reviews. I just used it for the first time and guess what? The paint peeled, no surprise there but it burnt every piece of wood I put in it. I used a Vaseline cotton ball to get it started and batonned a 16 x 2 inch stick into chunks of my liking (because I got a new knife.)

I kept it going for about an hour with that. it was ready to cook in five minutes and I boiled water, 18oz ss cup, in about 5 minutes (add 3 minutes if you want to kill any bugs.) I will not likely use it much beyond boiling water and frying stuff. It would take a bit of constant attention to maintain a controlled heat level but since I actually like freeze dried pouches I don't anticipate any problems. For however long this lasts I won't spend another nickel on it or have to run out and buy some kind of fuel to keep it going."


Survival Gadget #9: Life Straw Personal Water Filter


 LifeStraw Personal Water Filter - affordable survival gear and equipment     LifeStraw Personal Water Filter - affordable survival gear and equipment


 Award-winning LifeStraw has been used by millions around the globe since 2005

  • Removes minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction) and surpasses EPA standards for water filters
  • Removes minimum 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction) and filters to an amazing 0.2 microns
  • Filters up to 1000 liters of contaminated water WITHOUT iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals
  • Comes in a sealed bag, perfect for storing for emergencies

A Time Magazine Invention of the Year winner, LifeStraw contains no chemicals, no batteries and no moving parts to wear out. It features a high flow rate and weighs only 2oz. It is perfect for the Ultralight backpacker, camper, hiker, traveler, boy scout, hunter or for emergencies. Unlike many similar filters on the market today, LifeStraw has met EPA standards for water filtration in independent testing.

LifeStraw has been used around the world under extreme conditions for humanitarian relief. Does not filter chemicals, salt, viruses, heavy metals, taste. Please NOTE: It takes roughly 3-5 seconds of sucking to start the flow of water through the filter.

LifeStraw filters to 0.2 microns through the use of hollow-fiber membranes, which are small tubes with even smaller pores. These pores allow water to pass, but prevent contaminants larger than 0.2 microns from flowing through. As you get closer to 264 gallons (1,000 liters), the pores will eventually become clogged with debris and the flow will stop.

LifeStraw is the water filter chosen by leading NGOs for humanitarian relief worldwide since launch in 2005. LifeStraws have been sent all around the world: Africa, Pakistan, Haiti, and South America for disaster aid, and a portion of domestic sales support this donation program. LifeStraw has only been available in North America since 2011, when excess inventory has allowed it.

Life Straw Personal Water Filter Reviews

The cheapest lifesaver you will ever own!: "If you camp out a lot, or simply prepared to bug out.....then this is for you. I will be buying more, just for bartering, especially when SHTF.......! One item you can add to this.....paper coffee filters (cone type) are inexpensive. Place one over the bottom of the water filter with a wide rubber band and it will protect the filter with a lot less cleaning. The Water Filter will last 2X as long and cleaner water to drink!

UPDATE - 2-13-2015.... I have now used this camping several times. Now, I use a Portable Siphon Hand Liquid Transfer Pump with this unit. I can now add water to my pots, pans or my 3L water pouch easily. The suction usually will draw water for about 20 seconds; 2 cups of water in about a minute with the Transfer Pump!"

Great water flavor and truly battle tested: "For the weight, I believe there is no better backcountry water treatment available. The LifeStraw imparts no strange flavors like its chemical brethren, its flow rate is perfectly acceptable for active pursuits, it has no moving parts to break or filters that need replacing every couple of days, and it does all this at a fraction of the cost and weight of other Filter and UV water treatment options. Besides, what other water treatment system has been tested successfully by people on a daily basis in the most contaminated parts of our planet?"

A must have for any outdoor enthusiast: "I frequently hike and camp in the backcountry all over the United States. Carrying the amount of water that I need to survive during these trips is just not feasible due to the weight. In the past I always carried a General Ecology First Need XL water purifier and refilled nalgene bottles with it. Since getting a LifeStraw I most likely won't be doing that any longer since the LifeStraw is smaller and lighter than the First Need XL.

I recently took a LifeStraw out for a test on a backcountry hike in the Rocky Mountains. Every stream, lake, or other water source that I came across I stopped for a drink. I was drinking fresh snow melt and also from lakes that are home to beavers and other wildlife. There was no added taste to the water and I didn't get sick during or after the trip.

The one draw back to the LifeStraw is that it does take a bit of suction to start and keep the water flowing. When you're at high altitudes in the mountains this leads to longer "drink breaks" since you can get winded pretty easy while trying to suck up water through the LifeStraw. However, its size and weight advantages when hiking mountainous terrain vastly out weigh this minor drawback. Overall, the LifeStraw is awesome and I recommend it to every back-country hiker that I know."


Survival Gadget #8: 9 in 1 Emergency Tool Kit - Shovel - Axe


9-IN-1 Emergency tool kit, shovel, axe, knife, hammer & more         9-IN-1 Emergency tool kit, shovel, axe, knife, hammer & more


This 9-in-1 mini shovel with nylon pouch carrying case includes: shovel, axe, hammer, knife, saw, can opener, bottle opener, nail puller, and gut hooks. It has an extended length of 17-3/4in., a collapsed length of 12-1/2in., shovel head size of 6-3/4in. X 4-5/8in., shovel thickness of 5/64in., a blade length of 8in., and a saw length of 8-3/4in. It is made of stainless steel, features a black body, and has a plastic grip on end of handle.


Survival Gadget #7: Emergency Thermal Mylar Shelter

Emergency Survival Mylar Thermal Reflective Cold Weather Shelter Tube Tent - Accommodates 2 Adults - 8' X 3'- by Grizzly Gear   Emergency Survival Mylar Thermal Reflective Cold Weather Shelter Tube Tent - Accommodates 2 Adults - 8' X 3'- by Grizzly Gear


Emergency Survival Mylar Thermal Reflective Cold Weather Shelter Tube Tent - Accommodates 2 Adults - 8' X 3'

  • Provides compact emergency protection in all weather conditions.
  • Made of durable insulating mylar material designed by NASA for space exploration
  • Retains/reflects back 90% of body heat. - Reusable, waterproof and windproof.
  • Perfect for camping trips and sporting events
  • Accommodates 2 Adults - 8' x 3'

Emergency Thermal Tent by Grizzly Gear is made of the same Mylar material as our emergency blanket but is formed into a tube tent to prevent heat loss even more efficiently.This compact tube tent provides warmth (retains and reflects up to 90 of body heat), a waterproof and windproof shelter barrier, and a covering to help reduce shock when someone is injured. Grizzly Gear's Emergency Thermal Tent is to be used as emergency shelter. Also great for camping, hiking, and surviving the cold outdoors.

All tents have to have a vent to release carbon dioxide and replenish fresh air. I would seal one end off after set up and pile leaves or other plant material in front of the other end. Mainly this is not going to be the idea tent for a winter hike. It does, however, make for a good throw in for a pack in case of an emergency.

Emergency Survival Mylar Thermal Shelter Tube Tent Reviews

This is a great emergency shelter: "NOT CAMO!!! Folks, "mylar" is silver reflective 99.99% of the time. What you see in the first picture is a reflection...the word "mylar" should have clued you into that. Also, look at the second picture of it folded up and it is clear that it is silver NOT camo. So please, stop posting reviews complaining that this isn't camo "like in the picture."

I hope that helps with the camo/no camo confusion. That all being said, this is a great emergency tent. It is lightweight so it is adds nothing to the weight of your pack (or bugout bag.) It is reflective (mylar) so it not only will reflect your own heat back to you but should be easy to find if rescuers are looking for you.

But, it is not really a "tent" in the modern sense. This is just a tube of mylar. Sleep on it to stay off the wet ground or sleep in to get out of the rain but be warned that there won't be a lot of room to move around and unless you run the line through it and tie it to a tree you may end up with a condensation problem. What I do is point the foot end towards the wind/weather, then pile up some rocks on it so it is closed off.

Then I put my pack in the opening of the downwind side so it is open a little bit and sleep with my head at that end. Yes, there will be condensation at the foot of it by morning but if you set it up right it won't get you or your bag wet. Personally, I'd suggest trying it out during nice weather so you can see how to make it work best for if you are ever caught in bad weather."

Great little shelter - very practical and useful: "First, this is NOT a camping tent. This is an emergency shelter to keep the rain off and trap some warmed air when the you know what hits the fan, or you are caught stranded away from shelter. Search all of the "survivor" sites and blogs, shelter is right at the top of your needs along with water. This tent fits the bill exactly!

Second, it is light and compact for easy storage and transport. I keep it in my bug out bag and it is perfect for it. The anchor cord is included so I do not have to waste my packaged cordage.

So why 4/5 stars? I would have preferred a little thicker mylar for the base of the tent for better ground protection against poke through by sticks etc. Having said that I intend to use it, in cold weather, in conjunction with the Grizzly Gear 2 person mylar emergency blanket so that should afford the protection I want."


Survival Gadget #6: Portable Aqua Water Treatment Purifier Tablets


 Potable Aqua tablets provide purified drinking water

  • PA Plus tablets remove iodine taste and color
  • Treats up to 25 quarts
  • 3 Bottles of 50 tablets Aqua and 3 Bottles of 50 Tablets PA + Plus
  • Easy to use.Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets w/PA Plus-50 Tablets

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.


Survival Gadget #5: Paracord Carabiner "Grenade" Survival Kit



  • Carabiner "grenade" survival kit pull with aluminum foil, alcohol pad, tinder, fire starter, fishing lines, fishing hooks, weights, swivels, dobber, knife blade wrapped in 500 lb (227 kg) paracord
  • Paracord disassembled length approximately 7 ft (2.1 m)
  • 500 lb (227 kg) actual rated load verified by SGS testing at maximum force of 531 lb (241 kg)
  • NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN: This product includes a sharp knife and is therefore not suitable for children
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY: This product is covered by The Friendly Swede's Lifetime Warranty

Paracord surivival kit contents

Open in case of emergency for a handful of essential tools that are hardest to improvise in the wild
7 feet paracord to lash, tie, pull apart, improvise

Fire starter & Tinder to ignite fast and burn hot
Knife blade for any cutting job
2 fishing lines, 2 weights, 2 swivels, 2 floats, 2 fishing hooks: where there's water, there's food
Aluminum foil for signaling, cooking, reflecting heat
Alcohol pad for disinfection use


Survival Gadget #4: Military Prismatic - Lensatic Sighting Compass w/ Pouch

Military Prismatic Lensatic Sighting Compass w/ Pouch

  • Get the ultimate direction finder in digital camouflage print
  • Compass face diameter 2-1/8-Inch marked in 5-degree increments
  • 1/4-inch sighting lens and sighting lines on cover
  • Entire compass measures 3 1/4-inch x 2 1/2-inch
  • Comes with a water resistant nylon pouch and lanyard

Military Prismatic Sighting Compass with Pouch. Features include:

  1. Thermo-elastic liquid filled capsule with floating dial
  2. Rotating bezel ring
  3. Ruler units on the sides measuring in both inches and centimeters
  4. Built-in bubble level
  5. Folding thumb ring
  6. Tripod screw hole on base
  7. Adjustable diopter sighting lens
  8. Sighting lines on cover
  9. Conversion chart for angle, gradient & distance on back plate
  10. Heavy duty digital camouflage print cover
  11. 36” lanyard
  12. Water resistant nylon pouch

Lensatic Compass How to shoot an azimuth for fun and profit:

Get the ultimate direction finder, a lensatic compass. It has a 2-1/8-Inch dia face marked in 5-degree increments, a 1/4-Inch dia sight lens, 9/16-Inch dia bubble level, and a 1-1/2-Inch sight with crosshairs. Measures 3-1/4-Inch x 2-1/2-Inch x 1-1/8-Inch when folded and comes with an 18-Inch long cord and an olive drab belt pouch.

Military Lensatic Compass Reviews:

Amazing compass for the price: "This is a Chinese copy of the K&R brand (German) series "Meridian" compass that sells for $150.

No, this compass does not have the precision German machine detailing of the $150 K&R model. For example, on the K&R compass the bezel (the part you turn) is machined, but on this compass it is cast metal. But the build quality of this $14 compass is surprisingly good - as in, way better than I expected. If you are looking for a direct sighting compass with 1 degree (or better) accuracy, that is quick to use and virtually foolproof, this is the bargain of the decade.

It does NOT have declination compensation, but then neither does the K&R model for $150. As the other reviewer noted, the luminance is poor. But the reality is that if it is so dark that you need luminance, then it is also too dark to use a sighting compass anyway - so what's the point?

Is it accurate? - absolutely. Durable? - yes. Would I bank my life on it as my only compass out in the wilderness? - not a chance. Is it a great compass for taking bearings on a family camping trip? - Perfect. For the price, this is an astounding compass."

Decent for the low price: "I have seen these compasses appear on the market and out of curiosity, I ordered one. I am surprised at its solid build and quality. I almost thought that its a sort of Chinese military compass as it has the same digital camo pattern used by the Chinese peoples liberation army. It also came in a non marked box with no instructions and labeled made in china.

The compass itself also has no markings as to the maker. I took some readings with it and compared them to my brunton compass and they were dead on. I gave it four stars because it only has a luminous mag north arrow with poor luminescence and no luminous cardinal points. The card "face" also moves a little slow in the fluid filled capsule but who needs speed when taking a precision reading. viewing through the aperture also works well and it also has a military mils scale. Decent compass."


Survival Gadget #3: Paracord Survival Bracelet


The Friendly Swede (TM) Trilobite Extra Beefy / Wide 500 lb Paracord Survival Bracelet With Stainless Steel Black Bow Shackle - Adjustable Size Fits 7-8 Inch Wrists - In Retail Packaging - Lifetime Warranty (ACU Digital)     The Friendly Swede (TM) Trilobite Extra Beefy / Wide 500 lb Paracord Survival Bracelet With Stainless Steel Black Bow Shackle - Adjustable Size Fits 7-8 Inch Wrists - In Retail Packaging - Lifetime Warranty (ACU Digital)


Trilobite Extra Beefy Paracord Survival Bracelet with Stainless Steel Black Bow Shackle, Adjustable Size Fits 7"-8" (18-20 cm) Wrists

  • 9" (23 cm) trilobite extra beefy / wide 500 lb (227 kg) paracord survival bracelet with stainless steel black bow shackle. One spare bolt in small sealed plastic bag included
  • Adjustable size ideal for those with 7"-8" (18-20 cm) wrists. Paracord disassembled length approximately 11.5 ft (3.5 m)
  • 500 lb (227 kg) actual rated load verified by SGS testing at maximum force of 531 lb (241 kg)
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY: This product is covered by The Friendly Swede's Lifetime Warranty
  • Please note that caution is advised when wearing the survival bracelet, it will not slide off your wrist and can cause injuries if caught in any object

1 x Branded trilobite extra beefy / wide 500 lb paracord survival bracelet with stainless steel black bow shackle
1 x Spare bolt

SUITABLE FOR: those with 7-8 inch wrists

Paracord Bracelet Reviews

Great customer service and craftsmanship: "I don't know whether or not the owners of this business - The Friendly Swede - can actually trace their ancestry back to Sweden, but friendliness and great customer service do appear to be hallmarks of how this company consistently does business.

They carry an entire line of paracord survival items packaged and presented in different ways to suit whatever your personal preference may be including survival bracelets, a carabiner "grenade" survival kit and key chains/key rings with carabiners, to name but a few. Having received one of the aforementioned survival bracelets (9" trilobite extra beefy / wide 500 lb paracord survival bracelet with stainless steel black bow shackle) in army green camo, I was first most impressed with the look and quality of the bracelet's workmanship.

The fit of this extra beefy trilobite can be adjusted by using the three selectable holes on the black, stainless steel shackle with the Friendly Swede logo. Just insert the small bolt provided (replacement also included) into the hole of your choosing and screw it into place. It will definitely not come loose once this has been done. However, successfully doing this alone can be a somewhat tricky unless you have had some practice; having someone else help put the bracelet on is definitely the preferred way to go.

The cord itself is soft and flexible with the thick, wide braid making for a very comfortable wearing experience. The black finish on the shackle closure and its associated bolt may come off just a bit during the normal wear and tear of daily use, but this is hardly noticeable at all. It's difficult to have an emergency situation readily available to test the utility of the paracord itself; these things just sort of happen when you least expect it."

Plenty of paracord in a functional design: "The Friendly Swede's wide "extra beefy" paracord survival bracelet (with bow shackle connector) is a good next-size-up version of their premium paracord bracelet. It's wider (and carries an additional 1.5' of cord), and has all the functionality I expect from something like this.

If you have to use the cord itself, it's 11.5 ft of paracord tightly braided into a 9" bracelet design. The clasp, while a bit difficult to get connected the first time, is adjustable and *very* secure once fastened. The bracelet starts out stiff, but loosens up after a couple of wearings (or with manual flexing back and forth for a bit). The reason the clasp can be difficult is that you're essentially having to put it on with a single hand while trying to position and line up the holes. I found that after two or three practice runs, it wasn't that difficult, plus the bracelet was more flexible and "compliant" to go where I wanted.

The Friendly Swede will also replace the bracelet if you actually need to disassemble it and use the cord for any reason. It's this type of customer service that makes the company a pleasure to deal with. If you are looking at something like this as a "fashion statement", then keep in mind that this version is more chunky than the premium version. But for actual use in the real world, this is a good choice as you get more cord in the same easy-to-use functional design.

The paracord bracelet is a definite "should-have" for any camping or outdoor adventure, and it's not a bad idea to buy two or three to have spares to stock in an emergency kit. It's a good amount of paracord (and bow shackle) in a small and functional package."


Survival Gadget #2: Medical Kits Heatsheets Survival Blanket

Adventure Medical Kits Heatsheets Survival Blanket, Two Person

  • Survival and first-aid instructions are printed directly on the blanket
  • 20% larger than competitive products
  • Reflects up to 90% of radiated body heat
  • Tear resistant
  • One or Two person blanket measures 60" x 96"

This is not your father's reflective blanket! 20% larger than competitive products! Survival and first-aid instructions are printed directly on the blanket so you will have them when you need them! Features BRIGHT ORANGE easy to spot universal distress color for rescue! Reflects up to 90% of radiated body heat. Easy to open and fold. Quiet. Tear resistant.

Survival Warming Thermal Blanket Review

Wow - this blanket really works: "I had my car die on a Wisconsin back-road on a really cold winter night. While I waited for a tow truck it got cold really fast and I was shivering! I'm guessing it was about 10 degrees outside and I felt like I was in a freezer. I was dressed for winter but was still really cold. Fortunately I had bought one of these just for this reason and kept it in my glove box. This was the first time I had ever used it and was amazed at how I IMMEDIATELY felt the warmth from it. I buried myself in it and stopped shivering. Even though it's really thin, it never ripped. Anytime I opened it to look out or move around I could feel the cold, and as soon as I covered up it warmed me back up.

Later I was able to fold it back up and get it into the bag to use again. It was a bit of a pain to refold it and I didn't bother trying to fold it the way it came out of the bag, I just did it like a blanket going smaller and smaller. It wanted to act like a balloon and hold air as I folded it, so getting the air out is important to get it back in the bag. But I did.

Highly recommend in any emergency kit!!"


Survival Gadget #1: Ultimate BioLite Wood Burning Campstove

BioLite Wood Burning Campstove converts heat into electricity - emergencies - survival kits - be prepared     BioLite Wood Burning Campstove converts heat into electricity - emergencies - survival kits - be prepared 







  • Powers most USB-chargeable devices including smartphones
  • For 20 min. of charging with a strong fire gives you about 60 min. of talk time on most smartphones.
  • During a full burn, the CampStove can boil 1 liter of water in as little as 4 min. 30 sec.
  • CampStove weighs about 2 lbs. and is about the same size as a 1-liter Nalgene water bottle
  • An internal starter battery helps kick-start the fire before the stove begins generating its own power

The BioLite Wood Burning CampStove combines the benefits of a lightweight backpacking stove and an off-grid power charger so you can cook a meal while charging your gadgets. The Campstove is the perfect solution for both the backcountry campsite and also Emergency Preparedness Kits.

  • No Fuel to Buy or Carry: Our stoves cook your meals with nothing but the twigs you collect on your journey or in your backyard, eliminating the need for heavy, expensive, polluting petroleum gas. Quick to light, fast to boil and easy to use.
  • Charge your Gadgets: By converting heat from the fire into usable electricity, our stoves will recharge your phones, lights and other gadgets while you cook dinner. Unlike solar, BioLite CampStove is a true on-demand source.
  • Stay Green: By using renewable resources for fuel instead of petroleum, you're reducing your carbon footprint. You'll also keep fuel canisters out of the landfill.
  • Be Prepared: The CampStove isn't just for camping; it's great to have when the power goes out in a storm or other natural disaster. You'll be able to cook and keep electronics charged while power lines are down. No need to worry about your local store being sold out of propane, the CampStove is designed to run on any biomass.
  • Support a Better World: We're using the same technology inside the CampStove to bring clean, safe energy to families across the developing world.
  • Have Fun: Like a campfire, you can sit around the CampStove and watch the flames dance as you roast marshmallows and tell stories with friends.
  • How it Works: Using BioLite's patented thermoelectric technology, the BioLite CampStove converts heat to electricity that powers a fan to make the fire ultra-efficient. Extra electricity can be used to charge small electronics like mobile phones and LED lights.


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