Survival tools have come a long way in the last 20 years. Here are the five coolest and most useful tools that can help you tackle any emergency.


Every good survival kit starts with a quality flashlight. There are tons of good lights on the market, but if you want the best all-around performance for an affordable price, the Vizeri LED Tactical Flashlight is the way to go. It has an adjustable beam that is just downright bright. It’s also military grade, so you can count on it to survive the harsh conditions that it will inevitably endure. It’s also submersible up to three feet, so you know water won’t be a threat. Perhaps its best feature is variable heat. The temperature of the metal surface will depend on how you focus the lens, but it can handle hundreds of degrees and can even be used to help you start a fire in a pinch.


Both urban and wilderness survival kits should include a good hatchet. From cutting logs to breaking through doors, they are probably the most universally useful tool you can own. The Ontario SP16 Spax Tool is good in pretty much every environment. It has variable blades that can chop, cut, pick and slice. It also has a torquing hole that can pry almost anything open, and the carbon steel that makes up all of these tools is nigh impervious to harm. This is the tool that can carry you through just about any scenario.


A knife is the other ultimate staple for survival. The Tool Logic SL Pro 2 is the pick for this kit. When it comes to choosing your knife, there’s a lot of debate on which features are best and what you should value. This knife is chosen to pair with the hatchet above, so you can settle for the smaller, folding blade. It has a 50/50 serrated, carbon steel blade, making it a little more universal than competitors. What really sets it apart are the included tools. An LED flashlight unscrews from the handle and can even be mounted, making it a good backup for your main light and extra useful for precision work. Also included are a signal whistle and a magnesium alloy fire stick that is durable and strikes very hot sparks.

Water Purification

You may debate over how much water purification you want in your kit, but the NduR 5202 Survival Straw is hard to beat in terms of pure convenience and practicality. The simple straw has some of the best filtration on the market. It doesn’t just filter out 99.9 percent of bacteria, viruses and other organisms. It also filters heavy minerals like chlorine. With its extreme light weight and affordable replacement filters, you won’t find a better filtration system.


The Goal Zero Guide 10 Adventure Kit is mostly designed for urban survival, but it is hardly out of place in the wilderness. The kit can power your electronic tools using multiple solar panels with a USB and 12V power output. It also has a built in LED light that can run for more than 20 hours on a single charge. If you want electronics to fit into your survival plan, this kit will keep you powered.