Despite my initials, I have no intention of leading you into pastures of bovine manure when it comes to survival gear, friends. Neither does the rest of the Living Ready staff. Case in point: the Living Ready Store.
On a daily basis, we receive solicitations from survival gear companies to place products in our store. While this is certainly flattering, our response is always the same: Send a sample for us to test, and we’ll add it if we like it. That leaves some products out in the cold and others straight to the highlight reel.
So when it seems like I and the Living Ready team are trying to sell you something, it’s because that’s exactly what we’re doing. We’re trying to put the best survival gear we could find into your hands. We don’t want you to get lost on Amazon or Biff’s Survival Website for Chumps and wind up with junk.
That said, it’s about time for a rundown of the best survival gear in the Living Ready Store. The categories are:
- Best Portable Generator (small)
- Best Portable Generator (large)
- Best Rocket Stove
- Best Portable Water Filter Bottle
- Best Insulated Cooler
- Best Survival Knife for the Money
- Best Gun Accessory
- Best Survival Kit Item
1. Best Portable Generator (small): The PowerPot
The PowerPot is the reigning champ of innovative survival gear products. It converts hot water into electricity for charging batteries and gadgets. It’s simple, easy-to-use and packs a massive “cool” factor.
Not that there’s anything cooler than having electricity during an emergency in the first place. But when you think of the best survival gear innovations of the 21st Century, this is on top. You can read my full review here or order the PowerPot for $149 from LivingReadyStore.com right now.
2. Best Portable Generator (large): Goal Zero Yeti 1250 Solar Generator Kit
The great advantage of the Goal Zero Yeti 1250 Solar Generator Kit is what it doesn’t do. Unlike gasoline- and diesel-powered portable generators, this one doesn’t make noise or require it be used outdoors.
This is a bigger deal than some might think. Gas generators have a tendency to walk away, especially during a crisis where people are desperate.
The Goal Zero Yeti 1250 can be brought indoors where it’s safe. It packs enough juice to run an entire house for a day or two. It can then be recharged with the included solar panels or a wall outlet prior to a disaster. That means no worrying about gas stations running dry.
3. Best Rocket Stove: EcoZoom Versa
Any rocket stove worth its weight must use scrap fuel (think twigs and branches) in the most efficient way possible. The EcoZoom Versa gets things hot in a hurry using minimal fuel sources and a smart design that actually doesn’t try to kill the person using it (imagine that!). Living Ready contributor Charley Hogwood of P.R.E.P. reviewed the EcoZoom Versa with flying colors, and he has the bacon to prove it.
Even better, for each Versa sold, EcoZoom will donate a rocket stove to a needy family. Now that’s a true commitment to preparedness.
Click here to order the EcoZoom Versa for $129 from the Living Ready Store.
4. Best Portable Water Filter Bottle: Aqua Vessel Insulated Filtration Bottle
While dedicated water filters like the LifeStraw are indeed phenomenal products, they don’t often leave survival kits. The modern prepared person needs something that works well for survival, but doesn’t scream “look at the weirdo” when you bring it everywhere you go.
The Aqua Vessel Insulated Filtration Bottle is the solution. It marries form and function into a stylish, insulated bottle. Inside is a filter that removes 99% of nasties. It’ll fit in at the office, the gym, hunting camp or when the SHTF.
Click here to order the Aqua Vessel Insulated Filtration Bottle for $39.95 from Living Ready Store.