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6 Essential Survival Tools

From camping expeditions to solo summit attempts, these six items could save your life in the backcountry. At the very least, they’ll make you sleep better at night.

6 Essential Survival Tools

Start a fire. Bunker down in a gale. Navigate through the backcountry. Those are all important survival skills that can save your life in an emergency—if you have the right gear in your kit.  

Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW9400NV-2

OutsideOnline G-Shock Rangeman GW9400NV-2 $300 long trek solar-powered watch durable elements mud shock water electronic compass altimeter barometer thermometer sunrise sunset alert

For long treks, check out one of these solar-powered watches. You never need to change the battery, and the timepiece is durable enough to handle the elements: mud, shocks, and water (up to about 600 feet). There’s an electronic compass, altimeter, barometer, thermometer, and even a sunrise/sunset alert. $300,

Gearward Fire Cord Waterproof Tinder

OutsideOnline tinder gearward 15-foot spool cut section two-inch strips flame material fire cord waterproof paraffin wax highly-flammable long-burning 450 campfires single spool

In certain situations, this 15-foot spool of tinder could be a lifesaver. Cut each section into a two-inch strand, then use the material to get a flame started. The tinder, made from jute cord, is treated with a highly flammable but long-burning paraffin wax that also happens to be waterproof. A single spool can help start about 450 campfires. $10,

Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman

OutsideOnline 4-in-1 Zippo Woodsman part saw hammer axe stake pull 15-inch bow small trees plastic compartment doubles five-inches

The Woodsman is part saw, part hammer, part ax, and part stake puller. The 15-inch bow saw can cut through small trees, while the ax—concealed in a plastic compartment that doubles as a hammer—measures about five inches long. $80,

NPower Solar Powersports Charger

OutsideOnline NPower Solar Powersports charger $25 ATV running battery life panel generates 12-volt power clamps dead

Survival camping isn’t always about lighting a fire or building a shelter. For some, it might mean figuring out how to get their electronics running again. This 14-inch solar panel generates 12 volts of power from the sun and comes with battery clamps. The panel can constantly keep your battery charging, or you can use it for reviving a dead powersports battery. $25,

Mancrates Outdoor Survival Crate

OutsideOnline survival crate Mancrates outdoor $99 wooden crate trunk shovel ice pick saw paracord knife blanket glow sticks cooking pot stove meal bar beef jerky crowbar large

Handpicked survival gear that comes in a large wooden crate you can throw in your trunk? Sign us up. This kit includes a combination shovel, ice pick, ax, and saw that’s perfect for clearing an area for your shelter. There’s a paracord knife, a survival blanket, glow sticks, a cooking pot and stove, a meal bar, and a small pack of beef jerky. The crate even comes with a crowbar. $99,

Eagle’s Nest Outfitters JungleNest Hammock

OutsideOnline Eagle’s Nest Eno Outfitters JungleNest hammock $100 nylon mesh tent cover ward off bugs seams triple-stitched ensure durability 10-feet long stuff sack

I know what you're wondering. Do I really need a hammock to survive? Probably not, but we're sure you'll appreciate it on those rainy nights when you want to get off the wet ground. Made from 210-denier nylon, this hammock has a mesh tent cover to ward off bugs, and the seams are triple-stitched to ensure durability. Plus, the aluminum carabiners are strong enough to hold up to 400 pounds. The hammock, which is about ten feet long, comes with a stuffsack and weighs about a pound and a half. $100,

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