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Twelve Tools Essential To Your Survival Kit

Twelve Tools Essential To Your Survival Kit

You can divide survival tools into two categories, tools for use at home, and portable tools for a bug-out situation (where you must leave home quickly). You will need both types of survival kits, as you never know what situation you will face until it happens.

Living in a survival situation is very different from how you live your everyday life today. Many people believe they would be able to survive a catastrophe, even though they haven’t taken any steps to prepare for one. These are often intelligent, highly capable people, used to being able to do things on their own. Many have workshops on their property and are DIY experts when it comes to fixing up their homes.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean they are ready for a survival situation. Often these workshops are filled with tools, but not the tools necessary for survival. Besides, an extensive collection of power tools will be useless if the electrical grid goes down. The tools necessary for surviving a crisis differ from the tools that are used on a daily basis.

Quality Knife

The knife can be considered the universal tool. You can use it to capture and prepare food, build a shelter, and performing regular maintenance. A good survival knife will have a fixed blade that is full-tang. That means the blade runs down the full length of the handle. It doesn’t need a long blade, as while flashy, they can make the knife difficult to use effectively. A knife measuring four or five inches is perfect.


If the electricity goes out, you will most likely need to chop some firewood if you want heat for your home. An axe will allow you to split logs so that they burn more effectively.

Bow Saw

Most people use a chainsaw to cut logs. But, that won’t do you very much good if you aren’t able to get gasoline to power it. A bow saw may be slower when it comes to cutting logs and branches, it works and is powered by your own body.

Crosscut Saw

Often a disaster will result in damage to your home. The ability to repair this damage can make the difference between staying with your home or needing to leave. This is another place where most people choose power tools, but prior to power saws, a crosscut saw was considered the best way to cut lumber.


A shovel has many uses around the home, from digging a garden for seeds, or digging a latrine for the family to use. These are both crucial if city services are impacted.


This hand-powered cart is useful for hauling water from a local source or maintaining a garden. When you don’t have gas to run the car, you will still need supplies and having a wheelbarrow to transport them will be useful.

Butane Lighter

Cigarette lighters aren’t normally considered a useful tool, but in a survival situation they can come in handy. They are more effective than matches as they will stay lit for long periods and are less affected by wet weather. When lighting it outdoors, keep it close to your body to shield it from the wind. It can blow out the flame, wasting fuel.


Many people don’t think of guns as tools, but that is what they are. You can use them to hunt food, keep your home protected, and signal nearby help. Make sure you practice using a gun so that you are able to use it effectively.


An axe is great for cutting wood at home, but it is large. A hatchet is the best choice for use in a bug-out bag. It won’t be able to cut wood nearly as well as an axe, but it is more portable and better than not having anything at all. A hatchet can also be used as a hammer, great for getting tent pegs into hard ground.

Wire Saw

A bow saw is much too large for inside a backpack. If you need to leave quickly, a wire saw is easily portable and will allow you to cut tree branches for shelter. Buy the type of saw with 3 wires, that way it will continue to work even if one breaks.

Camp Shovel

This is another home tool in a more portable package. You may need to dig a fire pit, trench for drain water, or a latrine for waste. A folding shovel won’t work as well as a fully-sized one, it’s much more effective than a knife or having to scrape away at soil using your bare hands.

Honing Stone

Whether you are at home or out in the woods, your knife won’t be much good to you if the edge becomes dull. Always have a honing stone handy along with some oil. This will allow you to keep your knife in top condition.

Final Thoughts

Having proper tools along with the knowledge of how they are used can decide whether you survive or die in a crisis. There are two main things to remember. First, make sure the tools you buy are of high quality. You don’t want a cheap tool that will break when you need it the most. Next, know how to use your tools effectively. The best axe in the world will do you no good if you don’t know how to swing it properly to split a log. You don’t want to be left in the cold. Make sure you practice using your tools and are comfortable using them. That way, when you find yourself needing them, you will be ready and prepared to solve any problem that comes your way.

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