Survival Kits

Survival Tools

What are some basic survival tools that you need to have in your possession to help you survive a disaster?

Well, here’s a comprehensive list of the best survival tools to have and the reasons to have them:

Air Pump (Hand Powered)

You can use a hand powered air pump to inflate the tires on cars, ATVs, motorcycles, and bicycles. Is it going to take a long time?  Absolutely, so you’ll need to practice patience, but if you no longer have electricity it’s really going to be your only option (as air compressors rely on electricity).

Hand Drill

You can use a drill for fastening metals together.  When it comes to construction and woodworking, a hand drill is an absolute necessity.

First Aid Equipment

Since you will no longer be able to call 911 for professional medical help, you’ll be on your own when it comes to treating the injuries and wounds those within your survival group sustain.

A complete home urban survival first aid kit needs to contain each of the following:

  • Tourniquet
  • Gauze Pads and Bandages of Varying Sizes
  • Medical Tape
  • Compression Bandages
  • Medical Scissors
  • Medical Scissors
  • Blanket
  • Handheld Mirror
  • Alcohol Wipes
  • Prescription Meds
  • Ibuprofen and Tylenol
  • Neosporin
  • Rubber Medical Gloves

That’s hardly a complete list, but it’s what you’ll need to have ready to go at the bare minimum.


Does a flashlight count as a ‘tool,’ per se?  Regardless, a flashlight is definitely something that you will want to have in your possession to help you survive a dangerous disaster.  Specifically, you’ll want an LED flashlight with a heavy duty metal body that can double as a club if you need it to.

Hammer and Nails

The hammer is perhaps the one powerless tool to have if you could only have one.  With just a single hammer and a carton filled up with nails, building a shelter or boarding up your doors and windows becomes significantly easier.  A hammer would also be an effective close quarters self-defense weapon as well.


A hatchet will arguably be even more versatile and efficient than a knife in certain scenarios.  Like a knife, it can be used for cutting, but it can also be used for chopping down trees, splitting apart logs, cutting up ice, digging, or as a devastating close quarters defense weapon.  Plus, if you get a hatchet that has a hammer on the opposite side of the blade, you’ve really killed two birds with one stone.

Knife (x2)

Easily the most classic survival tool of all time, the knife is equally as effective as a basic utilitarian item as it is a deadly weapon.

You should specifically have at least two knives for survival: one with a full tang fixed blade that can be used for heavy-duty tasks, and then a folding tactical knife that you can keep clipped to the inside of your pocket and that you can use for more precise work.  You folding knife can also serve as a backup to your fixed blade.

Pry Bar

For scavenging missions, a pry bar will be fully needed for breaking into abandoned homes and buildings to find important supplies that have been left behind.  Most home supplies stores have pry bars and at low prices.

Saws (x2)

The next thing that you’ll need is a powerless saw.  Seriously, there is no easier tool to use for cutting down trees, which you’ll need to do especially if you need to build a shelter or to build up your firewood stockpile.

Go with both a handsaw and a crosscut saw, as both can be used for specific purposes.  A handsaw will be better for more precise work, while a crosscut saw is excellent for sawing down entire trees.

Screwdrivers (with screws)

As simple and practice as a hammer and nails, you’ll also definitely want a (powerless) screwdriver and screws.  You can also use a screwdriver to help build a shelter, board up your house, and perhaps most importantly, for making critical repairs.  It will be imperative for you to collect a variety of screw sizes for different situations.

Shovel (x2)

You’ll want to have at least two shovels in your possession.  The first will be a classic shovel with a long, fixed handle that you can use for digging things such as trenches, shelters, latrines, burying waste, or planting food.

But you’ll also want a tactical folding shovel that you can keep folded up and secured to the outside or inside of your bug out bag.  This is a shovel that you can bring around with you should you need to evacuate your home.  You can also buy models that feature a serrated blade on the side, so they double as a saw (and as a weapon, for that matter).

Signaling Devices

Basic signaling devices are things you will want in your home, car, and in your bug out bag.  They can be used to both signals for help as well as to alert others to danger.

Examples of signaling devices that you will need include, but are not limited to:

  • Mirror
  • Flares
  • Laser Points
  • Fire Starting Devices (ignite a pile of greenery to create white smoke)
  • Soda or Beer Can (polish the bottom with chocolate to make it shine)


Just as you’ll want several different sizes of screwdrivers and screws, so you will want different wrench sizes as well, in addition to bolts and nuts.  As with the hammer, the wrench can be a hugely effective self-defense weapon in close quarters.


The above list may seem overly long, but you’ll have a use for each and every one of those above items in virtually any kind of a deadly disaster scenario, so you’ll want to try and accumulate one of each of them if you can.

Let’s put it this way: you’d rather want to find yourself in a disaster with all or most of those items versus finding yourself in the same disaster with few or none of them at all.

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