If you've ever watched Naked and Afraid, Survivorman, or anything starring Bear Grylls, you likely know that one of the first things you need when you're out in the wilderness is fresh water. And while you can certainly carry a stove and pot for boiling water along with you, why bother when you could just pack along a LifeStraw? This award-winning personal water filter removes a minimum of 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of parasites, is good for up to 1000 liters, and lets you drink right from the stream, lake, or river, without worrying about having to call for a medical evac.
Keep everything you need in case of emergency with you without a lot of bulk with VSSL Outdoor Utility Tools. Available in three varieties — Supplies, First Aid, and Shelter — each packs all its included goodies into an 8" long, 2" diameter waterproof anodized aluminum cylinder that doubles as an LED flashlight. Inside Supplies, you'll find a compass, a beeswax candle, a razor blade, six water purification tablets, a wire saw, waterproof matches, fishing gear, and much more, while the First Aid pack includes an emergency first aid kit and compass, and the Shelter includes a lightweight emergency shelter — no surprise there. Oh, and if you're interested, there's also Zombie-killing spike with an included medical mask available for pre-order.
Ask any self-proclaimed outdoorsman what's the most important element of surviving the wilderness, and odds are, he'll say redundancy in all things — if one tool fails, it's essential to always have some sort of a backup (and maybe even a backup for your backup). And that's exactly what makes Flint Laces so vital: they give you an alternative means of making fire for when your matches get wet and your lighter won't spark. Housing a section of rubber-encased ferro rod at the end of the bootlace, all you need to do is expose it and strike it with steel to make a spark.