Civilizations rise. Societies fall. These are inevitabilities.
That said, some folks believe that a collapse will happen sooner than later. Many of these individuals are called “preppers” or “survivalists.”
However, even if civilization is not on the brink of collapse, 2020 has shown us all the importance of having some survival-type items. As a result, scores of people have rushed out to purchase cargo cases to transport their preps, freeze-dried foods, all of the accoutrements necessary for a bugout bag and the like.
Given that preppers are, well, prepared, you might be having a hard time knowing what to get them for Christmas. That’s what this article seeks to solve.
Here are nine useful gifts for the prepper in your life.
Water is life. This is a fact of which preppers and survivalists are keenly aware. Therefore, getting them the gift of water storage is sure to be a success.
As far as options are concerned, there are a multitude of water storage options available, including 55-gallon barrels, 100-gallon bathtub storage bladders, 5-gallon plastic containers and the like.
However, one of the most versatile and ingenious options on the market is the WaterBrick. Utilizing a Lego-like design, WaterBricks are interlocking and easily stackable, thereby making them easily storable and transportable.
Moreover, WaterBricks can be used to also store:
- Dry goods
- Important documents
Moreover, there are a myriad of creative ways for preppers to utilize this fantastic water storage option as well.
While home water storage is critical to possess for preppers, the apocalypse may force people out of their homes, meaning that the ability to procure clean drinking water will be essential.
While things like water purification tablets have long been a favorite of survivalists and the armed forces, more innovative options like the LifeStraw are fantastic for on-the-go water purification. This tool removes 99.999999 percent of waterborne bacteria and can filter over 250 gallons of water.
Similarly, the Sawyer MINI water filter is just as effective but is rated to filter up to 100,000 gallons.
Not bad for around $20.
While many in online prepper circles prefer to apply “grey man theory” (tactics used to not draw attention to oneself) to their bug out gear, others prefer a more tactical look.
When it comes to prepping, most people forget that you’ll need some ready-to-go clothing for all kinds of weather and situations. While you don’t need to buy an entire new wardrobe, there are some basics that are worth having in your go-bag.
- Socks for cold weather
- Bulk packs of underwear
- Rain jacket
Any of these essentials are sure to please the prepper in your life.
While not all of the gifts for a survivalist need to be “tactical,” it is certainly recommended to get a tactical flashlight over a standard household flashlight.
The reasons for this are many. Firstly, tactical flashlights are typically going to be more rugged and long-lasting than more traditional ones. Secondly, tactical flashlights also serve a variety of purposes. For instance, these kinds of lights can usually be used as a signaling device (as they have various modes) and a glass breaker, as well as a self-defense weapon.
Needless to say, a good tactical flashlight will always be appreciated by any prepper.
Any survivalist understands the value of possessing a good multitool. The fact is that if society comes crumbling down, there will always be something that needs fixing without the luxury of having all the necessary tools at one’s disposal.
A good multitool ensures that your beloved survivalist will have a handful of critical tools right in their pocket.
Therefore, picking them up something like the Leatherman Surge is a great idea as it contains a whopping 21 tools in a neat little package.
Depending on how far along and advanced your dear survivalist is in their preparation, it may be a wise idea to get them a cargo case for their vehicle.
Again, when civilization ceases to exist, there is a good chance that people will be forced out of their homes. For preppers, this can be a nightmare, given that this is where most (if not all) of their preps are stored.
Therefore, the ability to safely and securely keep critical preps like food, radios, clothing, tools and the like in their vehicle could be an absolute game-changer.
Every prepper and survivalist should own a large Dutch oven as these cooking containers are basically indestructible. Plus, there are hundreds of delicious Dutch oven recipes ranging from rice to stews to bread and beyond.
Additionally, Dutch ovens can be used over a campfire or on a standard gas stove when times are good.
The bottom line here is that Dutch ovens are incredibly versatile and long-lasting, thus making them the perfect prepper gift.
Let’s be honest: Most disasters are not apocalyptic in nature. However, when hurricanes, blizzards and other big storms come through, they can certainly cause a power outage. This means that possessing a personal cooler is an excellent idea for preppers and non-survivalists alike.
Buying a personal cooler for you or your loved ones will enable the user to keep food, beverages and potentially lifesaving medicines cool in severe situations. Plus, getting one of the more rugged varieties means that it will be built out of commercial-grade materials, thereby making them less prone to wear out or failure. When stuff hits the fan, you want to know that your preps will work.
Every survivalist always needs more medical supplies. It doesn’t matter how much they have stored up, as in this case, more is better.
While it is good to have some basic first aid kits stashed in a variety of places, it is essential to have a comprehensive med kit that can be deployed in more severe situations.
Therefore, getting something like the Lightning X O2 Trauma Bag will provide them with an array of medical supplies should disaster strike.
Shopping for preppers doesn’t need to feel like the end of the world. There are tons of great gift options out there for your survivalist friends and family members.
By picking up any of the items on this list, you are sure to help your loved one be a little bit more prepared this holiday season.
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