It’s that time a year again, when people start rushing to the store to buy their loved ones a bunch of useless garbage that they’ll will probably never use. Instead of wasting your hard earned money on useless junk, why not give your loved ones a gift they can use?
Why not give them the Gift of Preparedness?
Here is some of our favorite preparedness gear recommendations from 2015:
The Goal Zero Lighthouse 250 is the multitool of lanterns. Not only does it provide up to 48 hours of light, but it also generates its own power, charges your electronic devices via a USB power hub, and gives you an internal 4400 mAh backup battery.
The lantern contains two CREE 3-Watt LEDs that give of 250 lumens at full power. It can be charged 3 ways: via a USB power source (charges in about 7 hours), connected to a small Solar Panel like the Goal Zero Nomad 7, or with the emergency hand crank (10 minutes of light for 1 minute of cranking).
When it comes to preparedness, everyone should have at least one source of emergency backup power. The EnerPlex Kickr IV Solar Panel/Charger is perfect for preppers, outdoorsmen, or anyone who spends time off the grid with electronics.
The lightweight solar panel unit provides 6.0 watts of regulated power through a standard 5V USB 2.0 connector. It can charge everything from phones and tablets to GPS units and emergency radios.
The EnerPlex Jumpr Prime 10400 is the perfect companion to the EnerPlex Solar Panel. This small lightweight battery backup unit is small enough to slip into a pocket, and powerful enough to charge multiple devices. The 10,400 mAh portable battery backup includes a small built-In LED flashlight, two DC 5V/2.1A USB Ports, and enough juice to power the average smart phone 5-7 times.
The Jumpr Prime makes a great gift for even those relatives who don’t understand the benefits of prepping. Should disaster hit, this small little unit will give them the emergency power they need to power their cell phones, rechargeable flashlights, and emergency radios during an emergency.
The Gerber MP600 is a great way to introduce children and teenagers to preparedness. The MP600 has all the tools you would expect in a multi-tool, except for the blades — making it great for children because they should be able to carry it everywhere, even at school. It also makes a great multi-tool for those who travel, because it complies with the TSA “no blades” policy.
The MP600 features a needlenose plier, 3 flat drivers, Phillips driver, file, replaceable RemGrit saw, replaceable cutters, can and bottle opener, scissors, and a ruler.
Throw one of these in your bug out bag, and you’ll never have to worry about finding fresh drinkable water during an emergency. The LifeStraw is a cheap and reliable way to filter contaminated water. It contains no chemicals, no moving parts, and no batteries. Using it is literally as easy as using a straw, and it will filter up to 264 gallons of water.
One of the best gifts you can give is the gift of preparedness.
This is not another wilderness survival manual. I wrote The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide as a real-world guide to help people prepare for and survive the very real threats we face in today’s society. The guide gives your loved ones step-by-step instructions for surviving urban crime and criminal attacks, disease outbreaks and pandemics; economic problems and social unrest, and man-made and natural disasters.
Looking for other Gear Recommendations or Ideas for the Holidays?
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