Posted on by Beckworth & Co.

Now that summer is fast approaching and outdoorsing as a pastime is picking up again. It’s really nice roughing it out in the wild but pushing further away from the convenience of modern life can also be dangerous. But that is what makes it exciting right?

Part of the fun of pushing your boundaries in nature is surviving with as little as possible. Thus the equipment that you need to bring should be minimal, utilitarian, and most of all, reliable. 

Over the years, survival gear has evolved tremendously. Now we are seeing some ultra-cool stuff that significantly lessens work, minimizes risk, and provides you with the bare necessities while you’re out on your adventure. Here’s a list of these awesome outdoor survival tools and gadgets that would make you want to plan a camping trip just to get an excuse to buy them. 

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

Water is life and obviously you wont last a long outdoors without clean drinking water. If ever your water supply runs out and you find yourself needing to drink from a lake or stream, just use the LifeStraw and sip away with confidence.

Compliments Complaints
  • Lifesaving product
  • Works even with the dirtiest water
  • Good price
  • Can be hard to suck on, a child might not be able to use it
  • If it dries out it takes around 10 minutes of sucking to get it to work again

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Solarprous Portable Solar Battery Charger, 30,000mAh

Let's face it: the most multipurpose thing that most of us own is our smartphones and we'd be lost without it. But it will only last a day or two without charging. At full charge, the Solarprouse solar charger would have enough juice to give your smartphones at least 3-4 full charges, that's worth at least 4 days or screen time. Did I mention that the Solarprouse also doubles as a flashlight?

Compliments Complaints
  • Great capacity
  • Well-built
  • Rain-resistant
  • Not overly thick
  • No wall charger included
  • A customer got a faulty product
  • Some report battery capacity is less than advertised
  • Charges very slowly using solar power

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EGKH Gurkha Army Issue Khukuri Knife

If you're gonna bring a knife, might as well bring a cool one and there are few that looks cooler than a kukri. The sinister shape of this knife is said to be designed for hacking and chopping, you can just use your imagination as to what those things might be. It is also very utilitarian, having been used as a tool in the Indian subcontinent for digging, clearing, chopping firewood, skinning animals, opening cans and more. 

Compliments Complaints
  • Made by the Ex-Ghurka Khukuri House
  • Authentic, not just a replica
  • Thick spine with full tang
  • The karda doesn't have an edge
  • Slight discoloration of the handle material
  • Handle is extremely slippery

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covacure Camping Hammock with Net

Hammock tents are all the rage nowadays. Sleeping safe up in the trees than on the ground kind of gives you a better feeling of security and hammocks are just so darn comfortable. Covacure's Hammock Tent is one of the best of the lot and at a good price too.

Compliments Complaints
  • Very strong material
  • Has a built-in mosquito net
  • Small package and lightweight
  • Great value for its price
  • Straps are not so good
  • D-rings may need to be replaced
  • Some customers noticed some chipping
  • A bit smaller than a double size
  • Mosquito net is not detachable

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Ruipoo Grappling Hook Folding Survival Claw 

Grappling hooks are cool, period. They're not just for climbing thought, you may be surprised that you can use them for a bunch of different things: for towing a car, hanging a pot while cooking, an anchor for a boat, etc. and unlike traditional grappling hooks, this one folds up nicely and won't poke or tear a hole into your bag.

Compliments Complaints
  • Strong, solid build
  • Very versatile
  • Can take really heavy loads
  • A bit too heavy
  • One customer got a new one with rust
  • A bit on the expensive side
  • Edge of rope holes are too sharp

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LeMotech 21 in 1 Adjustable Paracord Survival Bracelet

The usefulness of paracords have been proven in wars of the past. You can use it to suspend your food cache, as a bow to make fire or to shoot arrows, for making traps, fishing, etc. But with LeMotech's Paracord Bracelet, you also get an SOS LED flashlight, compass, thermometer, rescue whistle and a fire starter.

Compliments Complaints
  • Nicely made, easy to adjust, comfortable
  • Unique gift item
  • Firestarter is a cool feature
  • Made by a reputable brand
  • Lots of features for its price
  • Light sometimes doesn't work
  • Compass did not work in some items.
  • Multi-tool is hard to pull out
  • Safety whistle not loud enough

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Sportsman Pocket Chainsaw 36 Inch Long Chain

Using a blade to cut down trees isn't always practical, it results in too much effort and waste. You'll need a much more efficient tool for that which is a chainsaw and the Sportsman Pocket Chainsaw does exactly that. With enough elbow juice, you can even cut logs with this thing but it is literally small enough to fit into your pocket. 
Compliments Complaints
  • Really tough
  • Costs way less than tree trimmers
  • Very compact
  • Good for emergencies
  • Has teeth on only one side
  • Gets caught when cuts are already deep and the wood cut closes up
  • Needs more comfortable handles
  • Only good for cutting horizontal logs

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As you can see, these items are also fairly inexpensive despite being highly rated on Amazon, making them a great gift for both the veteran outdoorsman and the nature newbie. Of course, its also a great gift for yourself, these items are not only very useful, they will also provide you a great deal of enjoyment and fascination.