50 Preps Under $50 for Christmas Ideas

Categories: Survival Gear


“But prepping is too expensive!” you think to yourself as you listen once more to a friend tell you of the advantages of hardening your family and home against disaster. Well, here are 50 easy preps under $50 that can easily help to improve your disaster resiliency without breaking the bank.

These are great ideas for birthdays, Christmas, or just “gifts to yourself” that advance your personal preparedness.

Disaster Communications



Baofeng UV-5R Two Way Radio Dual Band 144-148/420-450Mhz Walkie Talkie 1800mAh Li-ion Battery(Black)

  • 128 Channels 50 CTCSS and 104 CDCSS Dual-Band Display, Dual Freq. Display, Dual-Standby, A/B band independent operation, High/Low TX power selectable: Busy channel lock-out(BCLO)
  • High/Low TX power selectable: Busy channel lock-out(BCLO),128 Channels 50 CTCSS and 104 CDCSS Dual-Band Display, Dual Freq. Display, Dual-Standby, A/B band independent operation, Keypad Lock: Channel Step: 2.5/5/6.25/10/12.5 KHz, Voice companding: 50 CTCSS/ 104 DCS coder & tone searching, Tri-color background light selectable: 0-9 grades VOX selectable. Large LCD Display, Emergency Alert: 12.5KHz Switchable, LED Flashlight: High/Low RF Power Switchable, Support manually program. Easy to program via PC. Support CHIRP quick programming
  • Tri-color background light selectable: 0-9 grades VOX selectable. Large LCD Display

The ability to both receive and transmit information post-disaster is vital to proper decision making. So, why not improve your post-disaster comms with the addition of a handheld ham radio? While difficult to set up with the manual that comes in the box, there are resources online that can greatly smooth out the process. Be sure to check out the better instructional manual I wrote for users of this radio.

UV-5R Antenna


Authentic Genuine Nagoya NA-771 15.6-Inch Whip VHF/UHF (144/430Mhz) Antenna SMA-Female for BTECH and BaoFeng Radios

  • Certified Original Nagoya Antenna – with an exclusive manufacturing partnership with BTECH
  • New Release – May Require a Rubber spacer (included) and has an extended antenna cover to protect your radio SMA male base from the elements
  • This antenna is almost 16 inches long and is a must for outdoor and camping usage. This is a soft flexible antenna able to withstand more ‘roughness’ than a stock radio antenna, all while boosting the signal of your radio significantly!

While the UV5R works alright for receiving transmissions, I’ve found that the stock “rubber duck” antenna does a terrible job of transmitting. Just about every ham out there will tell you that you really need to update the antenna on it to do so. Thankfully, that can be done cheaply.


Tick Shampoo

Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases can truly be a mess to deal with, and post-disaster when food is scarce is no time to end up with a meat allergy. Particularly when you consider that you’re likely to be spending more time outdoors post-disaster. I highly recommend stocking a shampoo that will kill ticks before they can remain attached long enough to transmit disease.

Lice Shampoo

Nix Ultra Allin Super Lice Shampoo & Egg Removal Comb, 4 Fl Oz, 1 Count

  • Nix Ultra All-in-1 Super Lice Shampoo kills head lice and eggs (nits), including hard-to-kill Super Lice
  • Cleans hair with no additional shampoo step needed
  • Nix Ultra All-in-1 Super Lice Shampoo is for use on head hair, is pesticide-free, non-toxic and safe for use on children 1 year and older

Lice outbreaks are very common amongst post-disaster populations, and seeing that lice can transmit typhus, it’s important that you have a means to fight them before you end up in a position where medicine is no longer available. Stocking a bottle of lice shampoo is an investment well worth the future piece of mind it could bring.


LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle with 2-Stage Integrated Filter Straw for Hiking, Backpacking, and Travel, Teal, 22, Model:LSG201DT08

  • Advanced filtration. Protects against 99. 999999% of bacteria (including E. Coli and Salmonella), 99. 999% of parasites (including Giardia), and 99. 999% of micro plastics. Reduces chlorine, ba odour, Organic chemical matter, turbidity and improves taste
  • Durable & BPA-free. The reusable Life Straw go water bottle holds 22 Oz (650 ml) of water – fill up from a stream or tap and take your water with you, Great for hiking, camping, travel and emergency preparedness
  • Long-lasting. Membrane micro filter lasts up to 1, 000 gallons (4, 000 L) and the activated carbon filter lasts up to 26 gallons (100 L) of water with proper use and maintenance

Water is vital to life, and you never know when you won’t have access to a clean source of it post-disaster. This is one of the most cost-effective means that I know of to ensure that you always can drink clean water. And coming in at around $25 a piece isn’t bad either.

Bug Spray

One of the best ways to avoid getting some form of mosquito or tick-borne disease is using bug spray. I always keep at least three bottles on hand for the simple reason that I don’t want to run out when I need it.


This is another idea I stole from James Walton of the I Am Liberty Show. If you’re going to carry a sidearm on a regular basis, why not carry the means to save somebody’s life during the aftermath as well? These are cheap and easy to carry, so I really don’t see any reason not to.


Genuine Bayer Aspirin, 325mg Coated Tablets, 300ct

  • Bayer Aspirin is the #1 Recommended Aspirin brand
  • Helps to relieve pain due to headache, menstrual pain, minor pain of arthritis, muscle pain, toothaches, pain due to colds and reduces fever
  • Helps prevent another heart attack or clot-related (ischemic) stroke when taken as directed by your doctor. Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen

I try to always keep some aspirin on hand. Aside from being a pain and fever reducer, aspirin also has blood thinning qualities. It’s the reason that a 911 dispatcher will often ask if you have it nearby if you call with a suspected heart attack. Perchance there’s a clogged artery in your heart, aspirin may help the blood squeeze on through. As a result, I like to keep this on hand for first aid purposes.

First Aid Kit


First Aid Only All-Purpose Essentials Soft-Sided First Aid Kit, Blue, 298 Pieces

  • The First Aid Only 312 Piece First Aid Kit will have you prepared for any potential emergency at home, in the office or on the go.
  • Contains 312 pieces of essential first aid supplies for use at home, in the office, or on the go.
  • Clear Pockets in the fabric pouch keep the 312 first aid supplies organized and easy to locate.

Every vehicle of yours should have one of these in it, and it will most certainly be more convenient for you if every bathroom at your house has one in it as well. You can pick up some comprehensive kits for your daily little medical needs for the price, and they’re well worth the effort to find.

Sucking Chest Wound Pad

North American Rescue Hyfin Vent Chest Seal, Original Version 2 Count (Pack of 1)

  • Rescue essentials is pleased to introduce the new hyfin vent chest seal Twin pack from North American Rescue, this product sets the standard for the treatment of penetrating injuries to the chest
  • Two separately packaged vented chest seals are offered in one unique package for treatment of both entry/exit or multiple penetrating injuries to the chest
  • 3-Vent Channels that prevent airflow into the chest cavity during inspiration while allowing air to escape through the vent Channels during exhalation

If you carry first aid kit in your EDC, then I would recommend keeping one of these patches in there as well. It’s akin to the tourniquet line of thought. If you’re going to have to use your sidearm, it makes sense to be able to help the aftermath victims of the bad guy as well. Particularly if somebody gets shot in the lungs.

Toilet Paper

Ahh, the currency of 2020. There’s only one use of this that I can think of, but it’s an important one, nonetheless. Post-disaster hygiene is essential.


Benadryl Ultratabs Antihistamine Allergy Relief Tablets, Diphenhydramine HCl 25mg, 100 ct

  • 100-count pack of Benadryl Ultratabs Antihistamine Allergy Relief Tablets each containing 25 mg of the antihistamine diphenhydramine HCl for allergy relief that works when you need it most
  • Active ingredient, diphenhydramine HCl, provides relief for hay fever or other upper respiratory allergy symptoms and cold symptoms like sneezing and runny nose
  • Works when you need it most with an allergy medicine in small, convenient antihistamine tablets that put your allergies to rest

This is another item that I try to always keep stocked at home. I have a friend with a peanut allergy, and perchance I am out to eat with friends, or have guests at my home and they end up having some type of reaction, I like to have something that can help them out should they need it.


Rifle Sling

Post-disaster environments are dangerous, oftentimes due to the desperation and unpredictability of the people around you. As such, regularly carrying a firearm may become common. If you’ve ever gone hunting without a rifle sling, you can attest to the fact that even a synthetic stock rifle can quickly grow heavy. Future you will thank current you for investing in a rifle sling as a result.


Your firearms need proper lubrication to ensure that they not only work properly, but in order to protect them from rust as well. Having plenty of CLP readily available is one of the best ways that you can ensure that you don’t end up with a bunch of expensive metal sticks laying around your house post-disaster.

Portable Rifle Cleaning Kit

This is another overlooked prep. If there’s going to be the chance that you’re going to have to have a rifle with you at all times, and that you’re going to have to use it, it would be nice to be able to protect it from the elements and fix problems out in the field before you make a mountain out of a mole hill.

Gun Safe Dehumidifier

Mini Dehumidifier, Afloia Gun Safe Dehumidifier Rechargeable Cordless Dehumidifiers with Heating Base, Quiet Small Portable Dehumidifier for Small Space Room Bathroom Closet Car RV Boat, TOPZ 2+1

  • 【360° Circular】 The cylinder design of the cordless dehumidifier increases the moisture-absorbing area and the 360° circular air inlet makes moisture absorption more efficient.
  • 【Renewable】 Physical dehumidification, no reverse osmosis and no accumulation of water. When the silica beads in the small dehumidifier change from orange to dark green, just place it on the PTC heating base for about 2 hours to reuse. Once done heating, the heating base automatically turns off to prevent overcharging. NOTE: American standard plug, AC100-120V 50/60Hz
  • 【Safe Dehumidifier】 Non-toxic, safe silica gel beads efficiently absorb damp and moisture from the air. Through the top window of the mini dehumidifier, the use status can be observed at any time, which is convenient for reminding to renew the dehumidifiers in time.

There are several different versions of these available on the market, but they all essentially do the same thing – protect your guns and ammo from rust. Why spend thousands of dollars on guns and ammo if you’re not going to spend $20 to protect them?

Pistol Holsters

I try to make sure that I have a holster for every sidearm that I own, even if they’re not ones that I regularly carry. There’s safety in numbers, and post-disaster, you want the people around you to have a safe way to help increase your retreat security. Holsters help them to do that.



Mini Koga SD2

  • Structural Nylon
  • Virtually unbreakable plastic; can increase average person’s ability to defend him or herself
  • Martial arts expert, former Air Force soldier, and 25-year veteran of the LAPD Bob Koga eponymous weapon of choice

After talking with James Walton, chief voice of the I Am Liberty Show podcast, I’m becoming more of a believer in the virtues of carrying an extendable baton. The legalities of unsheathing one of them seem to be less risky than drawing a firearm. However, extendable batons aren’t always legal depending on where you live. That’s why I like the Koga. It’s discreet, and a great force multiplier.

Sidearm Magazines

Sidearm Magazines

I’ve yet to see a sidearm magazine that runs over $50. Considering that and the fact that you can very easily run through numbers of these in a shootout, I think it’s wise to ensure that you have a steady supply of these on hand at all times.

AR-15 Mags

You can easily find synthetic mags right now for around $15 a piece. Current recommendations for a basic load are at 15 magazines. These are something that potentially have great barter value post-collapse as well, and as such you should buy plenty of them now.

Home Hardening

Door Security Bar

These make a great gift to the young daughter that is finally moving out on her own. These will drastically improve the kick-in resistance of any door, and I personally like them for helping to further brace French doors.

Shatter-Resistant Window Film

This stuff is a great way to harden your home. It helps to keep people from breaking through your windows to access the inside of your house. It also blocks about 99% of the sun’s UV rays, making this potentially an idea for older people struggling with a high risk of skin cancers. I’ve heard anecdotal reports that this stuff can stop a .22 as well. Don’t quote me on that – and it probably depends on the thickness of the film that you buy – but those are some of the rumors I’ve heard.

Door Reinforcement Locks

As a locksmith, I think these things are great. Not only do they help you to childproof your home if you have little ones running around, but they add 800 lbs of resistance against those who may try to kick your door in (the most common means of burglar entry). They look good too.


Gamma Lid

Gamma Seal Lid- 6 Pack

  • Threaded adapter ting with O-ring snaps on 3.5-7 gallon standard bucket
  • Threaded lid with O-ring

What five-gallon bucket is complete without one of these on top? These will make accessing your stored food exponentially easier than it would be if you simply relied on the stock five-gallon bucket lid, and they’ll last longer as well.

Five-Gallon Buckets

What emergency food larder is complete without a couple of five-gallon buckets? A prepping mainstay for decades, these things are worth their weight in gold. And if you farm or homestead, they are truly indispensable for moving feed, water, baby chicks, and tools about. As Joel Salatin says, “Five-gallon buckets move the world.”


I’m growing more of the opinion that salt is one of the more important preps that you can make. Most commercially available salts contain iodine – a necessary nutrient – and salt gives you the means for off-grid meat preservation. It’s cheap too, so there’s really no reason to have the necessary supply of it that you always need at your home.

Locally Sourced, Raw Honey

I’m a firm believer in the benefits of raw honey. Once you heat honey up, you end up killing all the little bad guy fighting things inside. Eating it raw is the best way to ensure that you are getting the good guys. Considering that honey lasts forever, also has first aid uses, tastes great, and can help fight allergies, I think this one is a no-brainer.

Mason Jars


Regular-Mouth Glass Mason Jars, 16-Ounce (6-Pack) Glass Canning Jars with Silver Metal Airtight Lids and Bands with Measurement Marks, for Canning, Preserving, Meal Prep, Overnight Oats, Jam, Jelly,

  • Canning Jars-Self-sealing and long-lasting, these are the best jars for canning pickles, tomatoes, sauerkraut, salmon, smoked mackerel, kidney beans, and pumpkins in the comfort of your own home. Home canning will have you eat healthfully and save money, plus you get to choose what goes into the food you eat.
  • Quality Glass-Crafted with upgraded soda-lime glass, food grade and lead-free. Smooth to the touch and brilliantly clear, the glasses are gorgeous on display. Lets the vibrant colors of the contents show, while allowing you to keep tabs on the progress. Completely dishwasher safe.
  • Superior Lid-Mason jars are self-sealing for airtight and leakproof perfection. The metal lid is lined with plastisol, avoiding rust and decay. Food contained will last longer and taste fresher.

Even if you don’t know how to can your own produce, I still think that Mason jars are a great investment. If you follow through the ideas in the book Meals in a Jar, I think you’ll agree that they can be a great way to create convenient, long-storing meals that only require water to eat.


One of the biggest problems with post-disaster populations is malnutrition. Keeping an extra bottle or two of multi-vitamins on hand can help to ensure that your family is getting all of the nutrients they need even if they are eating a diet that consists primarily of rice and beans.

Can Opener

And I don’t mean P38s either (though I don’t think they’re bad). When I say can opener, I mean an actual can opener that you would routinely use in the kitchen. Keeping one with your stored food (and potentially in your vehicles) may not be a bad idea as well.


Authentic Royal Royal Basmati Rice, 15-Pound Bag, White

  • GREAT TASTING: Long and fluffy grain, naturally aromatic and aged over 12 months for the perfect non-sticky texture and a delicate, sweet flavor.
  • EASY TO COOK: Rice is ready in about 15-20 minutes and is great for curries, pilafs, stir-fries, or as a side on it’s own.
  • NATURALLY SOURCED: Sourced, grown, harvested, and cared for with the highest level of integrity and expertise from local growers in Himalayan regions renowned for producing the finest crops.

You can buy a LOT of rice for $50. Rice is one of those things that stores well, has a pretty good level of nutrition to it, and is cheap. It’s been a staple of prepping for forever, and with good reason.

Miniature Fruit Trees

I love garden catalog season, and if you do too then you’ve undoubtedly seen myriads of miniature fruit trees for sale in them. Who doesn’t think it’s cool to grow your own limes in your living room!?

Microgreen Seeds

This is a Mix!!! 2000+ Seeds Microgreens Mix 40 Varieties – About 1 oz. – Superfood Seeds Heirloom Non-GMO Delicious Easy to Grow! from USA Fresh and Tested Seeds!

  • Sow the seeds over the soil surface, then place the cardboard over the seeds and lightly press them into the soil.
  • Seeds are not individually packaged according to variety but are packaged in one envelope for this listing. Expect the seeds to germinate in 3 to 7 days (some will germinate sooner, some later). Depth: Press seed onto surface of soil, do not cover
  • What is included: Italian Large Leaf Basil, Genovese Basil, Lemon Basil, Opal Basil, Lettuce Mix (20 Varieties), Arugula Rocket, Dill Dukat, Dill Mammoth, Pak Choi, Daikon, Chervil, Marjoram, Radish China Rose, Parsley Dark Green Italian, Mustard Komatsuna, Mustard Southern Giant, Mustard Florida Broad Leaf, Mustard Tatsoi, Mustard Wasabi, Celery Nan Ling, Celery Utah

Regardless of where you live, you can grow microgreens, and you can do it throughout the year. They produce a harvest in a week, making this the quickest crop harvest that I am aware of (even lettuce takes 30 days). In a disaster situation, that’s a lot less time that you must wait until you have some form of food production taking place.

Desiccant Packets


Dry & Dry 5 Gram [100 Packets] Premium Pure and Safe Silica Gel Packets Desiccant Dehumidifier Silica Gel Packs – Rechargeable (Food Safe) Moisture Absorber Desiccant Packets

  • [Warranty Information] Our products are supported with new replacement or full refund with no time limits if they don’t work. [Packet Specification] (Packet dimension: 2 inch x 2.6 inch); 5 gram desiccant packets can cover approximately 600 cubic inch volume containers; We recommend placing more packets than recommended for extra protection
  • [How To Use] Place your items and silica gel packets in a tightly sealed container to protect your items from moisture damage; Use silica gel packs to protect Foods, Medications, Vitamins, Seeds, Nuts, Snacks, Cookies, Spices, Pet Foods, 3D Filaments, Safes, Guns, Ammos, Canister, Collectables, Jewelry, Documents, Camera Lens, Clothes, Cosmetics, Books, Bags, Decorations, Wet phones, Cameras, Watches, Electronics, Shoes, and Many Other Valuables
  • [Pure and Food Safe] Pure white silica gel beads; These packets do not contain indicating beads and will not change color when they are saturated; Our Packet Material was Tested under Strict Regulation for Food Specifications

Your food storage, ammo storage, and gun safe will be much safer and happier places if you have plenty of desiccant available. These little guys absorb moisture, helping to protect your investments. They’re so cheap too, that there’s simply no reason not to invest in some.



Dry & Dry 5 Gram [100 Packets] Premium Pure and Safe Silica Gel Packets Desiccant Dehumidifier Silica Gel Packs – Rechargeable (Food Safe) Moisture Absorber Desiccant Packets

  • [Warranty Information] Our products are supported with new replacement or full refund with no time limits if they don’t work. [Packet Specification] (Packet dimension: 2 inch x 2.6 inch); 5 gram desiccant packets can cover approximately 600 cubic inch volume containers; We recommend placing more packets than recommended for extra protection
  • [How To Use] Place your items and silica gel packets in a tightly sealed container to protect your items from moisture damage; Use silica gel packs to protect Foods, Medications, Vitamins, Seeds, Nuts, Snacks, Cookies, Spices, Pet Foods, 3D Filaments, Safes, Guns, Ammos, Canister, Collectables, Jewelry, Documents, Camera Lens, Clothes, Cosmetics, Books, Bags, Decorations, Wet phones, Cameras, Watches, Electronics, Shoes, and Many Other Valuables
  • [Pure and Food Safe] Pure white silica gel beads; These packets do not contain indicating beads and will not change color when they are saturated; Our Packet Material was Tested under Strict Regulation for Food Specifications

Ahh, another overlooked prep. My whole family drinks the magic bean, and so I try to keep as much of it on hand as I can always. For longer storage times, I like to buy the pre-wrapped little bricks, and then do everything I can to keep them in a dry, cool, and dark location away from oxygen.


365 by Whole Foods Market, Flour All Purpose Baking, 80 Ounce

  • 365 by Whole Foods Market products give you that dance-down-the-aisles feeling, virtual aisles too! Our huge range of choices with premium ingredients at prices you can get down with makes grocery shopping so much more than tossing the basics in your cart.

Another prepping essential that you can easily get a lot of for under $50. Just make sure that you buy the refined stuff. It’ll last longer.


The Faithful Prepper: A Christian’s Perspective on Prepping

Ok, so maybe I’m a bit biased, but I do think that this book can help you to sift through and organize your thoughts (or maybe a friend’s thoughts) when it comes to approaching questions such as “is prepping a lack of faith?”, “how do we safely engage in Biblical charity post-disaster?”, and “how to I prep without living in fear?”.

Where There is No Doctor

This is widely considered to be one of the best medical references available for those who are living far away from professional medical care. I highly recommend picking up a copy as the information inside could very easily save the life of somebody you care about.



B-Air Grizzly Tarps – Large Multi-Purpose, Waterproof, Heavy Duty Poly Tarp Cover – 5 Mil Thick (Blue – 8 x 10 Feet)

  • TIGHTLY WOVEN FABRIC: The B-Air Grizzly Tarps are constructed with tightly woven polyethylene fibers (True 8 x 8 weave) which provide superior durability and protection
  • WATERPROOF: B-Air Grizzly Tarps can be used to shelter boats, cars, campers or motor-vehicles from the elements (i.e. wind, rain or sunlight), as an emergency roof patch material for homeowners, and as a temporary pickup truck bed cover
  • LIGHTWEIGHT BUT DURABLE: All Blue Grizzly Tarps are enforced with border piping to insure stronger ends to avoid tears during stressful applications. Each tarp is 5 mil. thick, making them extremely lightweight and portable

I regularly pick these things up at Harbor Freight with coupons. I’ve found that multi-night backpacking trips are much more enjoyable when spent in a hammock with a tarp overhead. They’re lighter than a tent, versatile, cheap, easily fit into a BOB, and offer a good amount of protection from the elements.

Emergency Mylar Blanket

I know these things seem to have a bad wrap (heh heh) of late, but I think they’re great. I’m positive one of these saved my life on a backpacking trip years ago. They’ll make you feel like a Chipotle burrito if you use them, but there’s most certainly a drastic temperature increase that they give you.


If you’re going to pack a tarp in your BOB, you need to pack paracord as well. I’ve learned first-hand out in the woods what the consequences to not having enough paracord can be. In short, it’s hard to hang a bear bag if you don’t have enough cord to do so. That can make for a rather intimidating sleep.

Mess Kit

AIRE Camping Cookware Mess Kit 22pcs Camping Cooking Set for 4, Non-Stick Camping Pots and Pans Stainless Steel Cups Plates Forks Knives Spoons Water Bag for Outdoor Camping Cooking Hiking Picnic

  • ✔[High-quality camping cookware & Safe Materials] Camping pots and pans set and kettles are made of anodized aluminum alloy, with non-stick coating, scratch-resistant, durable, easy to use and clean, non-toxic, odorless, safe, design Beautiful and atmospheric, very suitable for outdoor use. The thickened ABS grip can effectively prevent burns and melting, so you will not burn your hands.
  • ✔[Completely Equipped Outdoor camping cookware] Our camping cooking set is the most complete, which includes: 1*Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Pot:4L(8.26″x 5.31″(approx.));1*Nonstick Frying Pan:1.5L(8.58″ x1.96″(approx.)) ;1*Anodized aluminum kettle(12.4″(approx.));4*304 stainless steel folding knife and fork spoon set;4*304 stainless steel watercup and dish;1 * cleaning cloth; 1*Tableware portable bag ;1* Water bag: 10L;Basically meet the needs of outdoor cooking for more than 4 people.
  • ✔[Space-saving and Easy to Carry]: Camping cooking accessories can be put into the largest pot and is equipped with a lid to ensure that all accessories will not be left behind. It is also equipped with a nylon mesh bag with a lanyard, which is very convenient to carry. When the product is fully stored, the diameter is only 9.65 inches, the height is 5.5 inches, and the weight is only 5.2 pounds. It does not take up space and does not cause a burden.

If you’re going to bug out, you are going to need a mess kit of sorts. I personally carry two small pots specifically designed for backpacking, but I’ve heard a lot of great reports about old German military mess kits. This gives you a lot of food versatility when it comes to camp fare, and should you need to bug out, you will be thankful that you have such.

Mission Darkness Dry Phone Sleeve

Mission Darkness Dry Shield Faraday Phone Sleeve // Slim Waterproof Dry Bag for Cell Phones + RF Shielding Liner // Signal Blocking, Anti-tracking, EMP Shield, Data Privacy, Electronic Device Security

  • ✅ MILITARY-GRADE FARADAY DRY BAG – Designed for military and law enforcement forensics investigators; also used for grab-and-go missions, government and executive travel, personal data security, digital privacy, signal isolation, EMP/CME protection, and EMF reduction.
  • ✅ WATERPROOF – Constructed with extremely durable and waterproof 600D TPU and 420D TPU outer materials with welded seams and two layers of high-shielding TitanRF Faraday Fabric on all interior sides. Used for shielding cell phones and small electronic devices during travel, in the rain, snow, sand, near contaminants, and anywhere near water.
  • ✅ RF SIGNAL BLOCKING LINER – Blocks WiFi (2.4 & 5GHz), Bluetooth, cell signals including 5G networks, GPS, RFID, and radio signals with 60-80dB average attenuation. Shields and accommodates devices such as cell phones, GPS units, transponders, two-way radios, keyfobs, smart watches, and other electronic devices. EMI/RFI/EMF radiation shielding.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like the idea of Big Data and the Gov tracking everywhere that I go, when I go there, and how long I’m at each location. Privacy is foundational to freedom, and that information is none of their business. Keeping your phone in a MD dry phone sleeve can protect your privacy against any such intrusion while you’re out and about. (As long as the phone’s in the bag, it’ll guard your location against any government COVID trackers as well…)



GearLight LED Head Lamp – Pack of 2 Outdoor Flashlight Headlamps w/ Adjustable Headband for Adults and Kids – Hiking & Camping Gear Essentials – S500

  • Super Bright – These powerful hands-free LED camping lights generate a brilliant, long-lasting beam with daylight color and definition. They even have a runtime of up to 10+ hours (on the low setting).
  • Adjustable Comfort – The removable, washable, and adjustable headband on this LED headlamp comfortably fits adults and children alike. Weighing only 3 oz with batteries, it is the ideal head light for outdoor adventurers.
  • Versatile Design – Our premium head lights are designed with a 45 degree adjustable head to direct light exactly where you need it. Choose from 7 different lighting modes from white strobe to red beam for safety.

Do you understand how wonderful it is to be able to work on a car at night with both hands free? A headlamp truly is a blessing in such a situation and working with a flashlight while attempting to fix a flat tire in the dead of night is a true pain in the butt. Get yourself a headlamp.

A Lantern

Vont 2 Pack LED Camping Lantern, Super Bright Portable Survival Lanterns, Must Have During Hurricane, Emergency, Storms, Outages, Original Collapsible Camping Lights/Lamp (Batteries Included)

  • Super bright & long lasting: Equipped with 30 crazy bright LEDs, this compact lantern cuts through 360 degrees of darkness on the stormiest, dimmest nights. Easily lights up the entire tent or room. Battery life lasts over 90 hours – that is 3x longer than other lanterns in the market.
  • Compact & lightweight: Unique, patented collapsible design that reduces and increases the light as you collapse or expand the lantern. When collapsed it’s as small as your phone. Easily fits in your backpack or emergency kit. Our lanterns are a life-saver in unpredictable situations like hurricanes or a zombie apocalypse.
  • Waterproof & indestructible: Constructed with aircraft grade materials, your lantern is able to survive a 10-foot drop and being temporarily submerged under water. Our lantern is the original patented version and has better materials than inferior copies on the market.

I really think one of the greatest prepping investments that I’ve ever made has been in two Coleman LED lanterns. We end up with 3-5 power outages a year where I live, and those things have been incredibly useful, if for nothing else than to make sure you can use the bathroom in the dark.

Zippo Lighter


Zippo 24651 All-In-One Kit Silver, One Size

  • Includes one street chrome lighter, one flint dispenser, one 4 ounce can of premium lighter fluid
  • Lighter: Distinctive Zippo “click”, windproof design, refillable for a lifetime of use
  • Flints: 6 genuine flint dispenser; Fits all Zippo windproof lighters

I admit that I’m a sucker for a good Zippo lighter. They’re comfortable to carry, they look classy, and there’s a very satisfying sweep as you open them. This is a great way to ensure that you always can make fire in your EDC as well.

Glow Sticks


32 Ultra Bright 6 Inch Large Glow Sticks – Chem Light Sticks with 12 Hour Duration – Camping Glow Sticks – Glowsticks for Parties and Kids (Colorful)

  • SAFE AND ECO-FRIENDLY: Using the most innovative industrial grade construction technique, these glow sticks are waterproof, non-flammable and have a non-toxic chemistry. This means they guarantee a long lasting and environmentally friendly option for lighting up your party.

  • SPARK UP YOUR PARTY IDEAS: This value pack of waterproof party light glow sticks would provide you and your party a glamorous touch! Designed to glow brightly for up to 12 hours and containing vibrant colors, this party supply will bring out the creative side in kids and adults of all ages.

  • GREAT FOR PARTIES: Coming in an easy to use design and a standard size, these sticks will light up guests’ faces while providing a unique level of fun which makes it a perfect choice for Halloween decorations, Halloween party supplies, trick-or-treat bags, Halloween party favors, costume party and more!

This is another real quick and simple item that I like to keep plenty of on hand. They’ve come in handy on a number of backpacking trips (I hang them above my campsite at night if I have to go a ways to gather firewood or to use the bathroom), and they’ve helped out with a lot of power outages at my place as well.

Forever 50 Fire Striker

Forever 50 Fire Striker
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This is hands down my favorite fire striker on the market. It fits in my hand compared to the teeny toys I’ve seen elsewhere, it’s easy to direct the sparks, and it spits out a lot of them. Building fire can be challenging as it is. There’s no reason at the end of a long day to make it even harder on yourself. The Forever 50 fire striker can help alleviate this problem.

Financial Security

1 Oz Silver Coins

Whether you want an inflation-proof means to save for your kids’ future, or you’re looking for a way to diversify your portfolio, silver is a great way to do so. I’m personally giving these as Christmas gifts this year.

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