There’s no reason you can’t get prepared on a budget. The below items are to give you an idea of how far your money can go for quality, budget items. I’ve used every single one of these items. I will NEVER recommend something that I have never used and/or don’t personally own.
While skills and knowledge are important aspects of prepping, it never hurts to have the proper tools at your disposal. Preppers have tools of the trade just like a plumber has tools of the trade. It’s okay to want to have the necessary gear to make life easier. After all, we’re preppers, so we have the ability to get gear now in order to make our lives easier later.
The below list does not include fuel canisters, a backpack, food or water.
1. Fishing and Hunting B.O.S.S. – I carry this kit in my BONCH (bug out I’m never coming home) bag because it is so comprehensive and has basically everything I would ever need to figure out something for fishing and hunting purposes. I couldn’t compile all of this together myself for the price that they’re charging.
2. The Bear Bowl – This is a collapsible pot! Boil water, cook food and save space! I love it and I carry it in my BONCH.
3. Paracord Fire Starting Bracelet – I personally have and wear this bracelet, I’ve even tried it out and it works amazingly well to throw sparks.
4. Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade – Mora is a quality budget blade that can be used for a variety of purposes. It’s a classic.
5. Ultima Replenisher Electrolyte Powder – I personally think making sure your electrolytes are proper helps in all aspects of life, especially if you’re really active. Having an easy to drink powder like Ultima is very convenient and tasty!
6. UST WetFire Fire Starter – This is my all time favorite fire starter. It really does light up even after getting wet!
7. Potty Pack Kit – These kits are lightweight and extremely convenient for carrying in your everyday carry, go-bag, get home bag or where ever.
8. Wysi Wipe Multi-Purpose Wipes – These wipes take just a little bit of water and once they expand, they’re durable enough for several uses! Great for hygiene purposes.
9. SOL Adventure Medical Emergency Bivvy – I’ve personally tested the effectiveness of this bivvy and it really works. Will it keep you super duper warm and snuggly? No. Will it keep you alive? Yep!
10. SAS Survival Handbook – While this book is broad in its teachings, it really is a great reference guide no matter what region you live in.
11. Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp – We have this light and it works really well. I love headlamps too because it enables you to be hands free.
12. Stanley Camp 24oz. Cook Set – The Stanley cook set is a classic and a great option if you’re not looking for something compact like the Bear Bowl.
13. Preparedness Planner – If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. The Rogue Preparedness Planner will help you stay on track with your preparedness journey.
14. Paracord – You can never have too much paracord!
15. First Aid Kit – While I generally recommend making your own first aid kit, if you’re just getting started and don’t have a lot of time, they have some pretty well made first aid kits these days. I would recommend knowing how to use each and every item inside before stashing it away somewhere.
16. Emergency Mylar Blankets – Many people poo-poo the usefulness of the survival blanket, but they really work to reflect back your own body heat in order to keep you warm. They can also be used as shelter, shoe liners and much more.
17. Lighters – Can never go wrong with some BIC’s!
18. Etekcity Ultralight Stove – If you plan to use propane canisters instead of a fire then you’ll need one of these babies and I personally use this brand.
19. Survivor Filter – The survivor filter is my go-to choice for water purification because it filters down to 0.05 microns. If you’re not sure what that means, that means it’s good!
20. Shemagh Tactical Scarf – My husband and I have 3 shemaghs each and we want more! We carry one in the Jeep, we carry one in our BONCH/BOB and we carry one for everyday. They have so many uses, there’s no reason not to have a few!
So there ya go! There’s no reason you can’t get prepared and stay prepared while on a budget.
There are so many more budget items outside of just the 20 that I’ve mentioned, but hopefully this can give you a good idea of what’s out there for every budget level.
Conquer tomorrow, by preparing today.