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Navigating the Best Survival Gear for the Budget Conscious

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Survival gear is a part of any outdoorsman’s kit, but it can be expensive. If you’re on a budget, it may seem like your options are limited.

Plenty of affordable options can help keep you safe and comfortable even in the most extreme circumstances. Here are some tips for getting the best survival gear at an affordable price.

Here Is Some Of The Best Survival Gear On A Budget:


Water is essential to survival, so it’s important to have some with you. If you’re stranded in the desert, for example, and find yourself without water within a day or two of being lost on foot (which is easy to do since there are no trails), finding a source of water quickly becomes imperative.

Fortunately, there are plenty of options:

• Rivers, creeks, and lakes provide fresh drinking water.

• Plants can give moisture if they’re not too dry.

• Animals may be able to help quench your thirst.

And even people can give up some of their fluids!

Here are some general guidelines to follow if you find yourself in a situation where water is scarce:

-Carry water with you. There are many ways to carry water, from a canteen to a Nalgene bottle, but it’s essential to remember that whatever container or means of carrying water you use will add weight and bulk.

Navigating the Best Survival Gear for the Budget Conscious

-Drink as much as possible. If you have water, try to drink it all before you need to find more. The more fluid in your body, the less likely you’ll become dehydrated.

Drinking water will also help cool your body down if it’s hot out and increase blood flow and circulation, decreasing the chances of heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

-Find water. The most reliable source of water is usually a river or creek. Still, it’s important to remember that these sources may be polluted with chemicals or other harmful substances.

If you decide to drink from a river or stream, boil the water first to kill any bacteria and viruses that might be present.

Navigating the Best Survival Gear for the Budget Conscious


Your shelter is one of the essential pieces of gear you can have with you. Without it, you are at risk for hypothermia in the cold or heat stroke in hot climates.

You might not even be able to make a fire because of the high winds. A good shelter should be made from waterproof materials and withstand heavy rains or wind gusts. It should also be easy to set up and take down without tools (or at least some devices).

The best shelters can double as a sleeping bag cover or rainfly if necessary. Here’s what I recommend:

• Tarp: This is one of the cheapest alternatives and probably one of the most useful ones! Tarps come in many sizes and shapes—you must choose which features are most important for your needs.

For example, if you plan on using a tarp as an emergency blanket, then something waterproof would be better than something breathable since those water molecules will still get through anyway; however, if weight is an issue, then breathable may provide better insulation properties due to trapping air around itself when appropriately folded.

• Tent: A tent provides more protection from rain than tarps because they have more surface area covered by walls; however, this also means they’re heavier and bulkier, so keep that in mind before deciding which type works better for each situation!

If space isn’t an issue, consider getting two smaller tents if one fails during bad weather conditions. Hopefully, another option will still be available through which both parties could take refuge together until the conditions improve.

Navigating the Best Survival Gear for the Budget Conscious


Food is one of the more important things to have when you’re in the wild. Without food, you will become weak and it will make it harder to make good decisions.

You don’t need much water to survive, but if you don’t get any food for more than a day or two, your body will start eating itself for energy, which can be a bad thing if you don’t have much fat to burn.

So how do you find food? Well, there are lots of different options. You can catch fish and other animals using traps and snares (which I’ll talk about later). You can make edible plants into meals like bread or soups. And sometimes it’s just good old-fashioned hunting with a bow or gun.


Several fire-starting options are available, including lighters, matches, and kits that include firesteel. Candles are also an option if you have time to light one initially.

Flashlights with built-in fire starters work well for this purpose as well – don’t forget to put your lighter or other gear back into your bag before you leave the scene.

First aid

• Be prepared.

• Always have a first aid kit with you.

• The best way to be prepared for the worst is by expecting it and preparing for it when it happens. As such, always have a first aid kit on hand so you can handle any injuries that may occur during your time in the wilderness or when camping with friends and family.

Even if you’re spending some time at home on your own and find yourself injured, having a well-stocked first aid kit will help keep things from getting worse until help arrives (or until they run out).

Navigating the Best Survival Gear for the Budget Conscious

Always be prepared.

There are many options for survival gear, but not all of them will be within your budget. It’s important to ask yourself your priorities and how much you’re willing to spend to keep yourself safe.

If you can’t afford an emergency water purification kit, it’s best to focus on something that won’t break the bank, like a good knife or some fire starters.

There are literally tons of survival products out there depending on your budget. This post was meant to show you some ways you can still be prepared on a limited budget. Hopefully this sparked some ideas in your head.


This post’s takeaway is that you should always do your best to be prepared. I know how expensive some of these items can be, but it’s always better to have them and not need them than need them and not have them.


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