8 Best Survival Gear Items in Living Ready Store

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

PowerPot best portable generatorThe 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

Best emergency portable generatorThe 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.

The Goal Zero Yeti 1250 Solar Generator Kit is pricey ($1,799), but it’s more than worth it. Click here to order the Goal Zero Yeti 1250 Solar Generator Kit from the Living Ready Store.

3. Best Rocket Stove: EcoZoom Versa

EcoZoom Versa best portable rocket stoveAny 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

Best survival water filter bottleWhile 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.

7 thoughts on “8 Best Survival Gear Items in Living Ready Store

  1. JLA

    You should check out the BioLite Camp Stove (for my money better than the PowerPot, which is still pretty cool), the SOG ‘Team Leader Survivor’ (with a highly functional saw on the spine of the blade) & the Mora Companion HD (extremely good knife that sells for less than $20)!

    Hey, put a PowerPot on the BioLite Camp Stove and you can really generate some power! :)

    1. JLA

      I forgot to mention the Old Hickory Butcher Knife! In the world of survival knives it’s the best $15 you can spend, period! It has an 8″, full tang, 1095 high carbon steel blade that’s about 1/10″ thick and extremely tough. I’ve abused the crap out of mine, 7 it never even wimpers! Dave Canterbury’s Pathfinder Store has a good leather sheath for it for around $15 too.

      1. DHConner

        I fail to see any logic in cheaping out on water purification. Katadyn is used by the Red Cross world wide, and while it does get down to 0.2 micron, I am advised by an sergeant who ran Army filtration systems all over the world for 22 years that you must still either boil the water for 10 minutes, or use water purification tabs, bleach, or iodine. He emphatically stated in a big red letters (like “loud and clear”)voice that there is no filtration system that gets everything mechanically. Water is the one thing that you must have constantly. Food is a little easier to come by-crickets and ants aren’t my first choice but cooked up nice and crispy with CLEAN water you can gag them down. I’m a little disappointed to see that cutting corners on the cost of water purification has even been considered on this otherwise excellent website. 99% is not good enough. Only 100% can guarantee you won’t come down with some nasty that leaves you totally dehydrated through excessive urination or worse choleric-like diarrhea. I use the Marine’s Handbook, the US Army ‘encyclopedia”, Special Forces, SAS, and Seals emergency/survival guides along with this site. In NONE of them have I seen any single purification mechanical system endorsed. They all advise filtering and BOILING: every single one. With Due respect to Mr. Sobiek, I think he should add to the endorsement of any water filtration system that at least boiling for 10 minutes is the easiest and cheapest method of completing the purification process. Cholera in particular is an especially nasty problem. When symptoms appear, it’s nearly too late: constant diarrhea will dehydrate the body faster that the body can absorb it and death can follow in in as little as 8 hours.


        1. Ben SobieckBen Sobieck Post author

          Hi DH,

          I can’t disagree with anything you’ve said here. When companies put out filtration products, they almost always put 99% on the label because a full guarantee opens them up to getting sued should a consumer wind up sick. When this product is used in tandem with boiling and other purification methods, the odds of getting sick are very, very low.

          What I should’ve clarified in the article is that the filter bottle is only one part of a larger water plan not limited to mechanical filters. Pots for boiling, chemical purifiers, fire starting gear, these are all as important as filters. A survival kit worth its weight wouldn’t rely on a single method or product for any critical task in the first place. So we’re in agreement here.

          Thanks for reading, I appreciate your thoughtful feedback.