Most Wished-for Emergency and Survival Kit Items

Periodically, I visit a number of Amazon lists to get a bead on both best selling and most wished for items.  In the past I would look at lists related to outdoor recreation (which can be found in the second half of this article) but this time around I had some new choices.  With mainstream interest in prepping and preparedness, Amazon has created a list of the Best Sellers in Emergency & Survival Kits as well as a related list for Most Wished For Emergency Items.

Top Emergency and Survival Kit Items

I was able to couple and cobble the “Best Sellers” and “Most Wished For” into a single list that would make any prepper proud.  Using these lists, I have found a number of items that have made it into my personal kits.

Below you will find the top ranking items from these lists. They are loosely listed in order of popularity and no surprise, I either own most of them or have them on my personal wish list.

1. LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

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The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2oz.  making it perfect for the prepper. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.

2. Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 12)

was happy to see these show up in the top 10 again.  These lightweight blankets are small enough to fit almost everywhere and have no weight to them.  They are perfect for tucking into pockets as you head out the door.  I keep some in my car and in my first aid kit. Another great stocking stuffer.

3.  Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter

Whether you even need to use it or not, everyone should have a quality fire starter in their kit.  I have not used this particular unit (I use the Scout) but am impressed with the 2,800 positive reviews.  Whichever fire starter you choose, take time to practice using it so you are familiar with the process.

4. LifeStraw Family 1.0 Water Purifier

So here is the deal.  The LifeStraw Family is a cinch to use and you don’t have to mess with filters.  It is good for 4755 gallons and can be purchased for less than two Black Berkey filters.  Gravity fed, the LifeStraw Family surpasses EPA standards for water purifiers and removes 99.99% viruses, 99.9999% bacteria and 99.9% protozoan cysts to 0.02 microns.  For reliability and ease of use, LifeStraw is my number one choice.  Read my review here.

5.  Emergency Sleeping Bag with Drawstring Carrying Bag

Next up is this emergency sleeping bag.  Great review and value priced, this is one of the few items on the list I do not own yet.  I have added one to my shopping cart, however, and will post a mini-review as soon as I can.

6.  Pack of 2 Paracord Bracelets with built-in Compass, Fire Starter, Emergency Knife & Whistle

Less than $10 for two paracord bracelets is a good deal.  Even non-preppers will not balk at wearing one of these.  Each bracelet compactly stores 12 feet of paracord, ready for deployment.

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