Multi Purpose Survival Tools

Top 10 Multi Purpose Survival Tools for Your Bug Out Bag

Multi Purpose Survival Tools

Here at The Bug Out Bag Guide we strive to build the best survival kit using a philosophy of practicality and efficiency. An excellent way of practicing this mindset is to utilize multi purpose survival gear to meet the needs of our Bug Out Plan. Multi purpose survival gear items improve our survival kit in multiple ways:

  1. Save Space – Why bring 3 items when you can use 1 do do the same jobs? Consolidating items to save space will free up room in your Bug Out Bag to carry other useful survival tools or more food and water.
  2. Save Weight – We have covered at length the perils of weighing yourself down with everything plus the kitchen sink, and have even built a tool for you to check your own Bug Out Bag’s weight. Reducing the number of items you carry will pay increasing dividends the longer you have to travel.
  3. Increase Simplicity / Reduce Clutter – The more items you pack the harder it will be to find what you need. Stick to the essentials – Pack less and improvise more for an efficient survival kit.
Multi Purpose Survival Tools
The Original Multi Purpose Survival Tool

Our Picks for Multi Purpose Survival Tools

We have researched long and hard and compiled a list of the best multi purpose survival tools below. For most categories, there are a great many options of items to consider while building your best survival kit. We have made a recommendation of the best we could find where applicable for those who do not have the time or inclination to search on their own based on utility, size, and weight. However as always, you need to choose the best items for YOUR survival scenario.

Survival Hatchet

These come in many flavors but most of them will do the jobs of a hatchet (obviously), pry tool, shovel, and wrench. We should look for any opportunity to remove high weight to volume ratio items such as steel tools to build the best survival kit, so being able to leave behind any of these is a good step. For more info check out our in depth reviews of the BEST survival tomahawks here.

Survival Whistle

These are generally quite cheap and are cover a lot of the basics. Most survival whistles combine a compass, dry container with the whistle and some even have a fire starting flint within.

Multitool

Anything with both the words “multi” and “tool” in it is worth having a look at. There are a great many options for multitools – focus on weight and practicality when looking. Are you going to really NEED the one with the allen key and corkscrew? Stick to the basics of a straight blade, saw, and can opener (like this one here) and add what few other options you see fit. Some bonus items that are rarely thought about are a magnifying glass and USB stick. These come on some multitools and can be used to start fires and store important family records, respectively. If you want to learn more about choosing the right multitool for survival, you can check out our article here.

Tarp

There is so much you can do with a tarp, it is a multitool all in itself. Besides the obvious of keeping gear dry and being used as a shelter, they can also be used for signaling and be easily turned into a stretcher to carry injured party members.

Plastic Bags

It is good to have a few of these as they have many, many uses and are very light and small. Plastic bags can be used to carry water, keep clothes and fire starting kits dry, store food, and organize small items.

Survival Knife

We covered Survival Knives generally in our Bug Out Bag Essentials post but they are so useful it is worth re-hashing here. Generally you are better off getting a solid, full tang knife from a trusted knifemaker such as Ontario, Camillus, Becker, or Gerber. Stay away from hollow handled survival knives if at all possible. The small amount of storage space will not make up for the overall inferior build quality. For more information on choosing a good knife for any outdoors situation, check out our comprehensive guide by CLICKING HERE.

Duct Tape

Good old duct tape, where would the world be without it? Duct Tape can be used as an emergency bandage, to secure a splint, to reinforce or repair waterproofing, as a rope replacement for shelter building, and taped over sore spots to prevent blisters.

Bandana

A bandana can be moistened and tied around the neck to help keep you cool, be used to filter water, will protect you from the sun, be used as a bandage, be utilized to tie on a splint, or be a replacement for rope in tasks such as shelter building.

Paracord

This is a small, strong cord that can be used in shelter building, ascending or descending inclines, as a clothes line, to fasten a splint, or to build a snare. Read out article about paracord uses and storage here.

Sanitary Pads/Tampons

These are often overlooked but are highly versatile. In addition to its intended use, a sanitary pad can be used as a bandage, it can be shredded and used as tinder, and it can be used to filter sediment from water.

BONUS: Your Brain

I know this is a list of the Top 10 Multi Purpose Survival Tools but this is really worth mentioning. Your own brain is the most valuable multi purpose survival tool that you have. Your mind contains the willpower to persevere in a dire survival scenario, and as importantly, the ability to improvise and modify your Bug Out Plan to overcome unforeseen problems. Rely on your own thinking before any of these other tools we mentioned, it will get you out of most sticky situation.

Top 10 Multi Purpose Survival Tools

We have build the table below to help you consider multi purpose survival tools when planning your bug out bag list. You will see in there Our Picks for the best items that meet our basic survival needs. If you click on the image for any of these, you will open up a window to Amazon.com where you can conduct further research on this item or others like it to see what best meets your needs.

 Multi Use ItemOur PickItems it can replaceUses
1Survival HatchetOntario SP16 Spax Tool
Hatchet, Pry bar, ShovelCut, Pry, Break glass, Punch holes, Open/close fire hydrants and gas mains, Open manholes, Self defense
25 in 1 whistleSE - Whistle - 5-in-1
Fierstarter, compass, waterproof container, matches, lighter, signal mirrorSignalling, navigation, firestarting, dry container
3MultitoolLeatherman Sidekick Multi Tool

knife, saw, can openerCut Wood, Clean animals, Harvest plants, Slice rope, Shelter building, Self devense
4Plastic BagsWhatever is in your kitchen pantryDry Bag, Fire starting kit containerBackup water container, Dry bag, Store food, Organize small bits of gear
5Survival KnifeGerber LMF II Infantry Knife

Camp saw, hatchet, can be used for nearly any bushcraft task.Food gathering, First aid, Shelter Building, Navigation, Fire starting, Self defense
6Duct Tape3M Utility Duct Tape
Rope, BandagesEmergency bandage, Repair waterproofing, Shelter building, Prevent blisters
7BandanaHead for Survival Triangular Bandana
Triangle Bandage, HatEmergency Rope, Wet it and tie around your neck to keep cool, Sun Protection, Arm sling, Compression bandage, Filter sediment from water
8ParacordArmy Universe Nylon Military Paracord

Rope, some first aid itemsShelter building, Climbing/descending, grapelling hook, Tie on a splint, Build a snare
9TarpHeavy Duty Tarp
Emergency Shelter, Signal MirrorKeep items dry, Keep you off the ground when sleeping, Made into a stretcher, Used as shelter, Used for signaling
10Sanitary Pads/TamponsWhatever is already in your hygiene kitBandages, TinderFirst Aid for bleeding, Start fires, Emergency water filter, Femenine hygiene

Conclusion

There are many multi purpose survival tools that can be utilized to save space and weight in your Bug Out Bag. Carefully consider the pluses and minuses of each when building your Bug Out Plan and Bug Out Bag Contents List in order to build the best survival kit for YOUR survival scenario.

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Amazon Links

The aim of this site is to be a GREAT resource for people looking to learn about Bug Out and Survival tactics.  Part of this is to look at tools and other items that would aid in a survival situation and we examine many such items on several of our posts.  To assist you in looking for helpful Bug Out and survival related items we have created this page as a consolidated list of what we review and recommend on this site.

Many of the items are available on Amazon if you would like to search for them there or look for more information, please click on this link: Amazon Home.   Clicking on the items in the lists below will also take you to the relevant Amazon page for your convenience.  If there is a specific category of items that you would like is to take a look at or something you would suggest please email me at info@thebugoutbagguide.com and I will create a special link for it.  Thank you again!

Bug Out Bag Essentials

Survival Knives

Camillus Survivorman Les Stroud Ultimate Survival KnifeUnited Cutlery Bush Master Survival KnifeRothco Deluxe Adventurer Survival Kit Knife



Water Filtration

SterpienLifeStrawTablets



Sleeping Options

Sleeping BagCamping Hammock


Every Day Carry Items

ItemClick image to view on Amazon
CRKT M21
Kikkerland Classic Survival Tool
Carabiner "Grenade" Survival Kit Key Fob
Zitrades Mini Cree Led Flashlight
LifeResQ 6-In-1 Car Escape Tool
Leatherman Sidekick Multi Tool
BOKER Minibar Blade
Schrade Key Chain Pry Tool
The Friendly Swede Paracord Bracelet w/ Fire Starter
Para Cord Brands Survival Bracelet and Watch
Type-III 4pc Liquid Filled Slip-on Compass

Premade Bug Out Bags

Bug Out BagNameCost# of People SupportedType of bagType of KitReview
Guardian Survival Pal
$32.991Small bagBare BonesThis kit is very basic and would be well suited to be the Bug Out Bag to keep in a car or office as it is small and lightweight. It does have good food and water options for its size and cost as well as a hand powered flashlight.
ESEE Advanced Professional Survival Kit
$1211Shoulder bagDeluxeGreat basic kit, has high quality items and many survival supplies not included in cheaper Bug Out Bags including a fishing kit, can opener, firestarting flint, and comprehensive first aid kit. The higher quality of the included items means that you would need to replace less and can simply build out from the foundation this kit provides.

Fox Tactical Field Operator's Action Pack
$1691BackpackDeluxeThis has a very high quality backpack that stores some excellent survival gear. The inclusion of an LED flashlight, sanitary pads, and wet naps are all well thought out additions. The makers of this Bug Out Kit did no skimp on quality when assembling.
Mayday Deluxe 1 Person Backpack Kit
$54.161BackpackBasicGreat basic kit. This has all the Bug Out Bag essentials a person would need. This is a great base to build your customized survival kit out of.
Guardian Elite Survival Kit
$73.991BackpackBasicThis is a good basic kit that will be a great foundation to customize and build upon as the bag is designed with additional space to put your personal items in. It includes an emergency shelter, hand powered flashlight and water purification tablets, useful items that not every basic level kit gives you.

FOX Tactical Rio Grande 75L
$5351-2Hiking PackSuper DeluxeThis is the most complete Bug Out Bag that we have seen. You could take this as it is and survive for more than the minimun 72 hours. The bag and contents are brand-name and high quality including Leatherman, Fox, AMK, and Black Kaito. The addition of a solar and hand powered radio/flashlight combo is excellent. With a great bag and high quality contents, This is the bag to go with if it is in anyone's budget.

Fox 2 person 72hr Survival Kit
$339.952Hiking PackDeluxeThis is a high quality 2 person kit with many essentials. Both the bag itself and items within are very high quality with a price to match.
Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit 2014
$102.751Zippered bagBasicVery basic kit as far as the contents provided but the survival equipment inside is very high quality being that it is manufactured by Gerber. The inclusion of the Priorities of Survival Pocket Guide is an excellent addition for the inexperienced.
2 Person Guardian Deluxe Survival Kit
$70.992BackpackBasicThis is the 2 person upgrade from the Guardian Elite Survival Kit and is a good basic kit that will be a great foundation to customize and build upon as the bag is designed with additional space to put your personal items in. It includes an emergency shelter, hand powered flashlight and water purification tablets, useful items that not every basic level kit gives you.
Deluxe 2-Person Perfect Survival Kit for Emergency Disaster Preparedness
$98.952BackpackDeluxeGood basic kit with a lot of bonus features that you do not get with the cheaper ones such as a hand powered flashlight, hygiene items, and ample water.
Wise Foods Wise Deluxe Survival Kit
$229.994Duffel bag with wheelsDeluxeThis kit has many of the features of a basic kit such as a first aid kit, hand powered flashlight, and an emergency shelter as well as some of the more advanced, "kitchen sink" options such as a multitool, water filtration bottle, and a stove and fuel. It also has 44 portions of food which will keep a survival party going for a long time.

Dan's Adirondack Survival Kit
$5301BackpackDeluxeThis is an interesting kit that has several items we don't see elsewhere such as duct tape, a sharpener, a bandana, and a machete. It also comes with a survival DVD to watch at home to help prepare you.
Generally, the items in his kit are high quality and should not need replacing.
Deluxe - 4 Person Emergency Survival Kit - Back pack Kit
$594BackpackBasicGood basic kit, stocked with a lot of useful items including Coast Guard approved rations.
Ready America 70280 Grab-'n-Go Emergency Kit, 2-Person, 3-Day Backpack
$392BackpackBasicGood basic kit. Quality of items is in line with the reasonable price. Some items may need upgrading.

Wilderness Survival Customization Items

ItemPicture
Survival Fishing Kit

Basic Compass

Tritium Compass

Eagle of Sniper G5 Slingshot

Survival Hammock

Sleeping Bag

Sawyer Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent

Edible Plant Guide

Tri-fold Shovel

Fillet Knife

CRKT Shakaulu Skinner
Hatchet

Paracord

Urban Survival Customization Items

ItemPicture
Ka-Bar Becker

Stanley FUBAR - Small

Stanley FUBAR - Large

Ontario SP16 Spax

Spork

Pepper Spray

Bug Out Bag Backpacks

BackpackBag NameFeaturesHydrationMolleCost
5.11 Tactical Rush 72 Backpack
Sized for 3-day excursions. Designed by special operations combat veteran. Large, external shove-it pocket, Top exterior crescent-shaped organization pocket, two exterior, side, gusseted zippered pockets. Water-repellent coating.YesYes$$$

VVV Gear Paratus 3-Day Operator's Pack
Modular design - 3 packs in 1
2 large compartments, multiple interior pockets/organizers, two attached MOLLE pouches
Heavy duty zippers
YesYes$$
Reebow Tactical 3-Day Backpack
1 large compartment but with many other organization pockets. Great value for the price.YesYes$

Survival Pocket Knives

KnifeLengthWeightSeatbelt
Cutter
Glass
Breaker
Gut
Hook
Smith & Wesson Border Guard 2 Rescue Knife

10"8.8ozYesYesNo
Gerber E-Z Out Jr Knife

5.5"1.7ozNoNoNo
SOG Specialty Knives & Tools Escape Knife
Survival Pocket Knives
8.2"4.8ozYesYesNo
Wartech 8" Assisted Open Folding Tactical Survival Pocket Knife

8"~8ozYesYesNo
CRKT Graham Folding Razel Knife

~8"6.1ozNoNoNo
CRKT M-21

6.6"4.8ozNoNoNo
GERBER Paraframe II Tanto Knife

9.5"4.3ozNoNoNo
Spyderco Tenacious G

7.76"4.8ozNoNoNo
Buck Knives Folding Omni Hunter Knife

9"4.6ozNoNoYes
CRKT Kommer Free Range Hunter
Folding Lockback

8.9"4.4ozNoNoYes

If you are interested in building a Bug Out Bag, please check out our posts on Bug Out Bag Essentials and How to Choose a Bug Out Backpack as well as and try our Free Bug Out Bag Planning Tool to choose what you want to pack and see how it will affect the overall weight of your Bug Out Kit.

Once you have this squared away, visit our How to Make a Bug Out Plan and Basic Survival Skills posts to learn how to maximize your odds of surviving when disaster strikes!

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The Best Premade Bug Out Bags

premade bug out bags

A premade bug out bag can be a good option for someone who wants to prepare for the unforeseen but does not have the time or knowledge to piece one together item by item.

Premade bug out bags can also be used as a foundation to build upon by replacing or adding items that suit your local geography, climate, and personal needs.

In this guide, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of premade bug out bags.

We’ll also take a look at some of the best premade bug out bags that are currently available for sale on the market.

If you’d like to build a custom bug out bag from the ground up, refer to our bug out bag list for a comprehensive look at what to pack.

Things to Consider when Choosing a Premade Bug Out Bag

  • Does it include all the bug out bag essentials?
  • How many additional items will I need to tailor it for urban survival or wilderness survival?
  • Am I paying for items that I do not need?
  • Is this for my home or to be stored in my car?
  • Will it be easy to carry over long distances?
  • Do the quality of the bag itself and the included gear meet my expectations?
  • Is the bug out bag designed to cover the number of people I require?

Here are the pros and cons of going for a premade bug out bag:

The Pros of a Premade Bug Out Bag

  • Convenience – Premade bug out bags are an “off the shelf” solution that requires minimal time or effort.
  • Expertise – The creators of these bags have usually put some serious thought into what survival tools and supplies they decide to include.
  • Basic needs covered – Most premade bug out bags are at least adequate for basic survival, making them a good starting point.

The Cons of a Premade Bug Out Bag

  • One Size Fits All – Buying a premade bug out bag is a one size fits all solution that isn’t a good choice if you are the type of person that wants to build their bag from the ground up.
  • Unnecessary items – Depending on what is included in the premade bug out bag, you may be paying for some survival supplies that you don’t need or want.

The Best All-Around Premade Bug Out Bag

After reviewing dozens of premade bug out bags, our favorite is the Emergency Zone Bug Out Bag Emergency Disaster Kit for Two.

This premade bug out bag is packed with all the essentials survival items that you would need in an emergency. The quality of both the bag itself and its contents are among the best we have seen while remaining very reasonably priced. The black, discrete backpack is meant to look like an ordinary backpack to help you blend. Inside the kit, you will find supplies that will help you meet the basic needs of 2 people for up to 72 hours or 1 person for 144 hours

The backpack has plenty of extra room for adding personal items such as extra clothing and for customizing the kit further by packing additional survival items.

Also included is a 50-page Emergency Preparedness Guidebook that will help you prepare for any disaster.

This kit was obviously designed by true survivalists. It is an effective ready-to-go option to ensure that you are prepared for an emergency evacuation.

If you are looking for a bug out bag to keep in your home, your car, or at work for bugging out in an emergency, this bug out bag is the kit for you!

Our Pick: The Emergency Zone Bug Out Bag Emergency Disaster Kit for Two

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The Best High-End Premade Survival Bug Out Bag

HINT: we created one!

We co-developed, along with the guys at Ready To Go Survival, a bug out bag that is geared specifically for urban survival.

We call it The Ultimate Urban Survival Kit (TUUSK).

We tested dozens of items to see what would be best suited to help us survive an urban disaster. We tested all the gear in real-world conditions in the heart of New York City and are confident that the final TUUSK loadout is ideal for surviving in an urban emergency scenario.

If you live in a city, with the TUUSK, you’ll never get caught unprepared: Learn more about the TUUSK

NEW: Personalized Survival Kit Service

Don’t want to build your bug out bag yourself?

No problem.

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By filling out their 3-minute survival assessment questionnaire, they will get back to you with a custom survival package outline tailored to your specific needs. They have a team of Preparedness Specialists standing by to outline all the essentials you and your family will need given your group size, age, location, survival concerns, and other key factors.

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