Survival

4Ever Survival Knife

"A durable fixed-blade knife for everyday adventures. We dig the angular design and circular perforations in the blade. In addition to its full tang 440C stainless blade, it packs a kit of survival gear inside its handle. Available with..." (via TheAwesomer)

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The Best Lighters and Fire Starters for Everyday Carry

When putting together your EDC, you'll want a kit that covers all the bases. For most of you, that means something to cut with, a way to light things up, and a multitool for everything else. But to be truly prepared, especially in some emergency or survival situations, you can't forget about having access to a flame. Fire is one of those primitive tools that even your state-of-the-art smartphone can't replace. And you don't have to start a full-on fire out in the woods to find a lighter useful. It can come in handy during your day-to-day for things like melting paracord or firing up the grill. In this guide, we're highlighting a ten of our favorite tools for starting a fire.

Opinel No.8 Outdoor

It's easy to see why Opinel knives have long been EDC favorites thanks to their variety of sizes and inexpensive price points. They're light in the pocket but heavy on performance, thanks to a rust-resistant blade with enough length for precision slicing, a unique locking collar, and a full-sized grip. And with the No. 8 Outdoor model, that same grip adds survival tools and features to an already solid knife.

The Opinel No. 8 Outdoor uses a slightly larger stock for its Sandvik 12C27 modified stainless steel blade. This extra 3.35” space gives the knife room to add serrations towards the handle in addition to a shackle key slot commonly used in sailing.

Opinel's signature lightweight wood handles are traded out for fiberglass-reinforced polyamide, which gives the Outdoor shock-, humidity-, and extreme temperature resistance. Its outdoor functionality is rounded out with a 110db survival whistle, an integral lanyard for ease of carry, and safety lock to keep it closed during travel and transport.

Opinel's knives are simple and effective additions to any EDC. The No. 8 Outdoor brings all the right features to the table for an even more useful survival knife and multi-tool. Pick one up in orange at the Amazon link below, and be sure to check out its other hi-vis colorways to best match your outdoor carry.

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Para-Claw Survival Bracelet

"Paracord-equipped survival bracelets are nothing new. But one that hides a 1.5-inch hawkbill blade made of 8Cr13MoV stainless steel in its clasp? The Para-Claw Survival Bracelet secures this blade in a glass reinforced nylon guard and deploys quickly using just a single hand — because that’s all you’ll have to work with considering the bracelet will be strapped to the other. For grip the blade boasts a groove underneath and..." (via GearHungry)

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The Best Water Bottles for EDC in 2017

Whether you're hiking outdoors or on your daily commute, one way to beat the heat is by carrying a water bottle. And not just any disposable bottle—a quality container, built like the rest of the gear in your everyday carry. Depending on your needs, you might want a bottle that's super light and portable, something a bit more rugged, or even one that's capable of keeping your water cold and your coffee hot.

In this guide, we'll highlight 15 of the best water bottles to keep you hydrated on the go.

The Best Compact Fixed Blade Knives for Everyday Carry

If you're looking for a compact everyday carry knife, you might think that a folding knife is your only option. But have you considered a fixed blade? At first glance they might not seem like the best for EDC, but you'd be surprised. They actually offer a few advantages over their folding counterparts that make them better-suited for your EDC. In this guide we'll break down the benefits of fixed blades and show you 10 excellent options that offer serious performance at a size and weight that puts some folders to shame.

Bug Out Bag Survival Gear Checklist

If you need help starting your own bug out bag kit, we've put together this checklist to give you an idea of what bases you should have covered.

This list should give you a good foundation for starting your BOB, but feel free to sub in your preferred products for each category and add anything else you'll need.

9 Lip Balm Survival Hacks

While browsing the site, you may have noticed that Chapstick (and many other brands of lip balms) pop up in quite a few EDCs. The obvious reason being that it prevents chapped lips, sure. But you might be surprised to learn it's capable of much more—especially in a survival situation. While the all-natural stuff may be the best for your lips, throwing a stick or two of the oil-based kind in your EDC bag can get you out of a few jams. In this guide, you'll learn 9 different ways to turn your ordinary lip balm into an unexpected survival tool.

FeatherLite Survival Kit 3.0

"Be ready anytime, anywhere with UST’s ready-to-go survival kit. It packs emergency blankets, a compass, ponchos, whistle, carabiner/knife, firestarter spark wheel, towels, glow sticks, mirror, and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Trucker's Friend Survival Tool

Let's face it, some tasks are just too big for the average EDC multi-tool to handle. Scraping ice off your windshield, cutting branches down, or hammering spikes usually need something a little more heavy duty. In those situations, it’s good to have something in your arsenal that can step up to the occasion. The American-made Trucker’s Friend Survival Tool is a multipurpose hand tool that has your back when pocket tools just don’t cut it.

Don’t let the name fool you. Though it was designed with the needs of professional truck drivers in mind, the Trucker’s Friend is also great for outdoor activities like camping. For starters, the fiberglass handle and shock-absorbing grip makes chopping firewood less of a pain. And while hammering down tent stakes usually requires a mallet (or large rock), the Trucker’s Friend has you covered there too with a hammer built into the blade.

Camping benefits aside, you’ll want this tool by your side in emergency situations as well. The cast-alloy steel blade is perfect for prying, pulling, and cutting objects out of your way should you need to make a quick escape. At 2.3 pounds, it isn’t exactly the kind of tool you keep in your pockets, but it’s worth keeping around the house, in a bug out bag, or in your car EDC when you need it.

If you like to be prepared for any situation, whether it's in your ride, on the campsite, or even at home, the Trucker’s Friend is one tool that could come in handy. Make sure to pick one up for yourself or someone you know by clicking the link below (also available on Amazon).

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10 Orange Everyday Carry Essentials for High Visibility

It's Halloween season again, and oddly enough, it's an appropriate time to rethink your EDC. You've got your knives and lighters for making jack-o-lanterns and flashlights to keep little ones safe on their neighborhood routes. Maybe you won't go so far as repurposing your go-bag into trick-or-treating candy storage (though I can't blame you: candy just tastes better when it's free), but there's good reason to get your EDC in the Halloween spirit with some new orange gear.

Now, you don’t have to use Halloween as an excuse to pocket orange gear. Adding that color to your carry has year-round benefits as well. Orange is typically used in the outdoors and zombie apocalypse survival situations for its strikingly high visibility. Compared to the usual black finishes, orange makes your gear easier to find whether you've dropped it in the woods or it's sitting at the darkest bottom corner of a loaded bag. We featured 13 other hi-vis tools last year, but we've updated the guide this time around with newer gear with the latest features.

Here are our picks for hi-vis orange gear to carry this year.

OutSmart Titanium Spork

"Always be prepared (to eat) with this durable lightweight camping utensil, which combines a fork, spook, and knife in one. The fork has a serrated edge, while the spoon on back has a flat tip, making it perfect for..." (via TheAwesomer)

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TI-EDC Survival Whistle

"You never know when you’ll be stuck in an emergency where you need to call for help. Whether you’re lost in the woods, or being attacked by a gang of thugs, this super loud titanium whistle will..." (via TheAwesomer)

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MS5 Everyday Carry Survival Kit

There's a lot to pack for when heading out on your next adventure, from adequate apparel to a sturdy shelter. One thing you shouldn't forget, though, is to cover the bases of a survival kit. While it should be complete enough to handle most hassles you'll encounter while in the wild, it also shouldn't be the equal of having to pack an extra duffel worth of gear.

This is where the MS5 Everyday Carry Survival Kit comes in. It packs an entire survival kit into a 7.55” baton-shaped capsule that's compact enough to sit in your backpack or camping bag while still giving you easy access to all its components.

From its paracord sheath down to its pins and needles, the MS5's design integrates its pieces together so no part of the kit is wasted. Said sheath unravels into 30 feet of 550 paracord. The capsule fits into a box made of easily combustible wood, giving you a convenient firestarter in a pinch. The capsule itself comes in either aluminum or carbon fiber, wrapped in leather, and waterproofed to face the elements.

 Inside the MS5 is an array of tools, including essentials like a knife, flashlight, and water filter. A firestarter, compass, and hooks, pins, and more also round out the survival part of the kit. And for a modern touch, the MS5 also includes a GPS tracker, USB charger, and USB drive to help you get found or make that important call for help.

Pack lightly, but completely—it may just save your life. Check out the MS5 Everyday Carry survival kit at the Kickstarter link below, and pick up the configuration to cover your needs.

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Cache Belt

"Wazoo Survival Gear’s smartly designed belt can pack a complete survival and utility kit in its band. It works as a money belt, and is available loaded with cords, zip ties, safety pins, bandages, trail markers, a compass..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Firebiner

You can’t climb with it, but the Firebiner still does more than your average bottle opener-equipped carabiner. This carabiner can open bottles too, but more importantly on the bottom lies an integrated EverSpark firewheel with replaceable ferro rod that shoots sparks to help start fires a lot quicker than rubbing sticks. It’s also got a small utility blade for cutting rope or fishing line as well as a screwdriver, just in case… (via GearHungry)

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