Finding yourself stranded in the great outdoors is one thing; being stranded with no warmth is quite another. The Zippo Emergency Fire Starter Kit ($20) keeps your ass covered with rayon-made, water-resistant waxed tinder sticks to get things going and a reliable flint-wheel lighter, all packed into a water-resistant, safety-orange metal case that's easy to pack with you. Because let's face it: We're not all Bear Grylls.
Like a technological Swiss Army Knife, the Eton Scorpion ($50) is an all-in-one digital solution. Built into its small, rugged chassis is an aluminum carabiner clip, digital AM/FM radio tuner with NOAA Weatherband support, a speaker with audio line input, a headphone jack, a LED flashlight, and an USB charging port, all of which can be powered by a traditional DC connection, the built-in solar panel, or the built-in hand crank — you know, in case the fallout is blocking the sun.
Folding into a low, sleek tow-behind package, the Opera Camper ($TBA) is like a pop-up luxury suite you can take with you anywhere. Elegant features include a teak veranda, two electrically-adjustable beds that can be combined to make for a larger single sleeping surface, a boiler for hot-water in the compact kitchen, a top-loading fridge with 36L of storage, a ceramic toilet, LED lighting, and a corian fountain with pull-out faucet head that doubles as an outdoor shower.