Friday, December 17, 2021

Stocking Stuffers for Preppers

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By the time you read this, you have seven days until Christmas Eve, and some of you haven't yet finished your shopping. In spirit of Christmas, I shall offer you these prepping-themed gift ideas, good for stocking stuffers or Secret Santa exchanges. 

It's probably too late for things ordered by mail to arrive in time, but this is the season of miracles, after all!

Everyone needs a good flashlight! I recommend the 300 lumen mini Cree LED flashlight by UltraFire. It uses a single AA battery, is super-efficient, has a zoomable focus and at only 4 inches long it fits comfortably in pockets and purses. You can buy a pack of three for $14, which is less than $5 per flashlight.

Everyone also needs a good fixed blade knife. I’ve talked about Mora knives before, and they’re still the best-kept secret in the knife world. They’re amazingly ergonomic, don’t need sharpening out of the box, and come in a variety of colors including military green, tactical black and magenta. They range in price from $15 to $20 depending on which color you get.

Speaking of knives, sometimes they get dull. The Lansky Quadsharp is a great way to quickly sharpen dull knives, with 4 popular angles in one compact package for $17. Its sister, the C-sharp, is a ceramic honing tool in the same shape.

Worried about loved ones getting lost or succumbing to the elements? There’s a company called SOL for “Survive Outdoors Longer” and they make a panoply of  survival tools for use when you’re the other kind of SOL. A two-person survival blanket costs $16 and will keep them warm and dry, while the $19 Waterproof Scout Survival Kit holds a variety of useful gear, including a rescue whistle and signal mirror. 

Classics are timeless for a reason, and when it comes to classics that reason is because they're reliable and efficient. the one-liter wide-mouth Nalgene bottle ($13) is one of them, and another is a 20 oz  stainless steel cup ($14) which fits over the end of the Nalgene for nested storage.

If you're looking for stocking-sized stoves, then take your pick of either the Esbit ultralight folding pocket stove ($13) or the Redcamp mini alcohol stove with cooking stand ($16). FYI, the Esbit comes with fuel tabs, but the Redcamp does not come with alcohol.

Finally, I don't know if this is any good or not, but I saw it on sale for $10 and with over 17,000 reviews and a 5 star rating I figured it was worth a sawbuck. The Stanley Adventure Camp 24oz Kettle with 2 Cups seems like a useful piece of kit from a reliable name brand, and the price ($10) is certainly right.

Good hunting to all, and to all, a good prep!

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