10 Great Survival Items for $25 or Less

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With all the hullabaloo about the end of days, economic collapse, zombies, and the frequent occurrence of natural disasters, it isn't surprising that many people have started to take prepping more seriously. After all, you never know when you'll be in a survival situation. There’s not going to be a big, booming voice from the sky telling you that the end of the world as we know it is coming in 2 weeks, 5 days, 9hrs, and 21 minutes.  It always pays to be prepared. Unfortunately, prepping isn't exactly cheap, but if you take the time to look, you’ll realize that you don’t have to be King Midas to get a good start prepping. To help you get started stocking up, I’ve compiled a list of 10 essential survival items that cost $25 or less. Now, THAT, you can do!

10 survival items that cost $25 or less:

1.) Cold Steel Peace Maker II 20PBL

Cold Steel PeaceMaker 20PBLA survival knife is arguably the most important tool that you'll ever need in any survival situation. Of course, you never know when you’ll find yourself in such a situation, so it might be a good idea to have a great survival knife with you at all times. This is exactly what Cold Steel’s Peace Makers do for you – enable you to carry a fixed blade knife very discreetly. It's expertly designed for versatility - hunting, fishing, skinning, self-defense, and other utility tasks that you'll need to accomplish while lost in the wild.  


2.) LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

You can only survive 3 days without water.And if you're in any survival situation, you'll need to be able to get clean, drinking water at all times.This water filter can clean up to 1000 liters of contaminated water without having to resort to using any chemicals such as iodine or chlorine.


3.) Coleman Outdoor Essentials First Aid Kit

While it's often recommended that you build your own first aid kit from scratch, some might find it easier to just buy one with most of the essentials inside.This particular kit contains most of the commonly used first aid materials such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, and sting relief. It's the perfect size for anyone who's going camping or hiking.


4.) UCO Stormproof matches

While you might be pretty badass in the woods, not everyone contains Bear-Grylls-like talent in fire starting without matches. With these tricky little devils, you won’t have any trouble getting a fire started. You’ll feel like the USPS--rain, snow, sleet, or hail, they won’t ever fail! They even stay fully functional after being submerged in water.


5.) Texsport Reinforced Rip-Stop Polyethylene Tarp

You'll need something to protect you from the elements should you be forced to stay overnight in the wild.This waterproof tarp can help you keep dry at night, but won't take up too much room in your bug out bag. It's also pretty lightweight so you won't have trouble carrying it in your pack wherever you go.


6.) 5-in-1 Survival whistle

When it comes to getting the attention of possible rescuers, this little survival item can certainly help you out. It's bright orange so it can be noticed easily. It has a whistle that you can use to signal nearby rescuers. It also has a signal mirror to help you alert rescue helicopters. A compass, waterproof match container, and flint are additional benefits that you’ll have with you if you’ve got this whistle when you get lost in the wild. All of these dandy features can be found in one small package that can easily fit into your pocket.


7.) Rechargeable Flashlight

While a fire can give you light, it won't help you much if you need to travel at night, so you'll definitely need a flashlight if you don’t want to keep stumbling in the dark. The best feature of this flashlight is the fact that you won't ever need to replace the batteries. Just hand-cranking it for 60 seconds and you'll have it operating for 30 full minutes. Not bad at all!


8.) 6 PAK Duke 110 Single Spring Body Trap for Mink, Muskrat, and Wease

If you find yourself in need of protein rich food, it'll make things a whole lot easier for you if you have some traps you can set. While some people are knowledgeable about creating small traps, I’m gonna take a stab in the murky dark and say that most people are not particularly skilled in this area. So, if you're a little trap-deficient in your survival knowledge, having these on hand will make life a lot easier. Just set it up, do something else that's equally productive(like setting up your camp), and then come back to get the next meal on your menu.


9.) 6 Mechanical Fisher's Yo Yo Fishing Reels

These reels are something else you might want to include in your list of survival items because it’ll make your hunt for food so much easier. Why are they awesome?  It’s fishing made easy! You'll only need to bait the hook, tighten the line, and set the trigger. The rest will be done by the Mechanical Fisher.



10.) 100-Ft 550 Parachute Cord Military 7-strand Camping Survival

A 550 cord has so many uses in any given survival situation that it had better be on your survival gear list. You can use the smaller strands for stitching holes in tarps, tents, or bags or as fishing lines or triggers for small snares and traps. The cord itself can be used to tie poles together if you're going to create a makeshift tent. You can also use paracord to secure your knife onto a wooden stick to make a spear. The list is endless, but a few other common uses include stringing up a clothesline for your wet clothing, tying things to your backpack, setting up a trip wire, and making a sling (weapon). Suffice it to say, with so many uses in a survival situation, this is an item you don’t want to leave home without.

Twenty-five dollars may not seem like a lot, but in the world of survival gear, it can go a lot farther than you might have thought. What other gear have you gotten for less than $25 that should be added to our list?

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