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Six of the Best Emergency Safety Tools

Think of these as your most dependable travel buddies, coming to the rescue at a moment's notice.

Smart tools for smart travelers. Don't get caught without them. (Photo: Inga Hendrickson)
Leatherman Tread SOG Powerlock Traveler SOL Pocket Survival Pak Plus Spot Trace Midland HH54VP Portable Weather and Benchmade 761 Framelock.

No matter what adventure comes next, the right safety tool makes life a lot easier. Our picks are small enough to fit in your pocket, and more importantly, won't let you down when disaster strikes.

SOG PowerLock Traveler ($108)

(Photo: SOG Knives)

SOG redesigned its original PowerLock—one of the sturdiest and most user-friendly mini multitools we’ve ever tested—to be compliant with TSA regulations. All 13 components, including pliers, wire cutters, scissors, and screwdrivers, are now carry-on-friendly.

SOL Pocket Survival Pak Plus ($80)

(Photo: Survive Outdoors Longer)

There are a few things we always pack: a compact headlamp, a lighter, a multitool, and this wallet-size survival kit. Hopefully, you’ll never have to use the scalpel or signal mirror—two of the 24 included items—but you’ll feel better knowing you have them.

Spot Trace ($100)

Spot Trace
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Whether you’re cycling between vineyards on a fancy road ride or wandering in Marrakesh, the Spot Trace helps you hang onto the stuff you left back at the hotel. Using satellite networks, the egg-size unit pings you when whatever it’s mounted to moves, then lets you track it via Google Maps.

Midland HH54VP Portable Weather Alert ($50)

Midland HH54VP Portable Weather
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Midland’s eight-ounce emergency weather radio uses location technology to automatically warn you of hazardous conditions. Switch to travel mode when you leave the house and the HH54VP will lock onto the clearest NOAA signal, then start chirping when a hurricane or flood is headed your way.

Benchmade 761 Framelock ($390)

Benchmade 761 Framelock
(Photo: Benchmade)

It’s the Jaguar of pocket knives. An ultrasmooth hinge slides open with a flick of the thumb, and the corrosion-resistant M390 stainless-steel blade is one of the strongest on the market.

Leatherman Tread ($150)

(Photo: Leatherman)

It’s a strange take on the wearable-tech trend, but there’s no denying the utility of the Tread, a traditional multitool reimagined as a sleek stainless-steel bracelet. It weighs about the same as a hefty watch, and each link holds two or more tiny gadgets—everything from Allen wrenches to a cutting hook.

From Outside Magazine, Apr 2014
Filed To: First AidSurvivalNavigationKnivesMulti-Tools
Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson
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