Whether you are just working on completing your survival cache on a budget, or looking for some new survival items that don’t cost an arm and a leg, this article is going to cover survival gear you can buy on a budget of $100.
If you can save money whilst not taking too much of a hit with regards to the quality of the item, there is a good argument against going with the cheaper item, and adding the remaining cash to your emergency savings fund, or putting it towards other prepping supplies.
I have taken the time to put together a list of items that I think are the best value for money, whilst keeping the spending at a minimum. There are literally hundreds of survival related items you could buy on a budget of $100, but, the majority of them are just junk, and hyped up BS aimed at people who really have no understanding of what they are looking for, not that that is their fault! Marketing at its best I suppose.
As a result of this, I am only going to list products I have actually used in the field, and therefore know that they are well made, and up to the task of preforming in a survival situation.
So, lets take a look at the items I think are best to buy on a $100 budget.
Survival Gear on a Budget of $100
Bacho Laplander Folding Saw
There is a reason the Laplander saw is so popular among bushcrafters and preppers! The Bacho Laplander folding saw is a must have in a survival situation. It will allow you to process wood fast, and without much effort, saving that valuable energy for other tasks. Using a saw is much more efficient than an axe when it comes to taking small trees down, or cutting logs into manageable sizes for the fire. The Laplander saw is killer value, and preforms like a saw twice it’s price. The next up is a Silky Saw, which cuts slightly faster than the Laplander, but is nearly 3 times the price!
Mora Companion Knife
The Mora Companion is probably the best bang for your buck you are going to get when buying a knife. Mora are a very well known, and highly respected knife maker, based in Sweden. The Swedes are well known for making great outdoor gear, and Mora is no exception. I have used my Mora for batoning fire wood, cleaning out fish, making feather sticks to get a fire going, and much more! This knife is capable of doing all the tasks you will require from it in a survival situation, and whilst it may not be the best at say, skinning game, it will get the job done for sure! The knife is also stainless, so, for a survival situation, rust is one less thing you have to worry about.
DC4 Sharpening Stone
So, we have the knife sorted, now you need a way to keep it sharp. The Fallkniven DC4 pocket sharpening stone is a great addition to your kit. I have used it for sharpening my axe and knives in the field with great success. It is a nice size, and will fit in your pocket, or bag without taking up much space. A sharp knife in a survival situation is vital. Blunt tools are a danger!
Light My Fire Swedish Fire steel
Having a way to get a fire going in any weather conditions is a must. Fire is great for providing heat, cooking on, boiling water to purify it, and also for keeping the flies away. The only fire steel I have ever used is the Light My Fire Fire Steel, I have never had the need to try any others. It just gets the job done, and provides LOTS of sparks at a very high temperature. 2500 degrees C if I recall correctly. There are different versions available, I have the 12,000 strikes model, and have used it hard for over a year, and still plenty of beef left!
Stanley Adventure Cook Set
After reading bad things about the use of aluminium when cooking, (causes Alzheimer’s) I have switched all my camping and home cooking gear to stainless steel. It is a little heavier, but also a lot more resistant to damage, dents, bending, and also melting when in a hot fire. When in a survival situation, it is viral you have something to cook in if you have to bug out. A stainless steel container can be used for many things, collecting water, cooking, purifying water… the list goes on. This item will be priceless in a SHTF situation, and it you look after it, it will last a lifetime!
The Stanley Cook set comes with a lid (prevents water loss when boiling or cooking) and 2 cups to drink from, this is really hard to beat price and quality wise! It’s no wonder everyone raves about this setup! I have used my Stanley cook set to fry bacon (the pot sideways), cook bread, make soup, stew, pasta….. If you only buy one thing on this list, make it this!