During the holiday season, we wind up with zillions of emails in our inboxes advertising the supposed “hot gift” of the season. A lot of those products being advertised are a waste of money and really have little purpose in our lives. This Christmas (Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever holiday floats your boat), protect your loved ones from the hypothetical apocalypse and consider spending your hard-earned cash on something that may (or may not) actually come in useful in the lives of those for whom you buy. And if the apocalypse doesn’t happen in their lifetime, maybe you’ll have saved the life of some distant future descendant. Go you!
For all you book nerds out there like me, here’s a list of my Top 3 Apocalypse Survival Tools Christmas List.
3. Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets
I came across these on Amazon while doing some Christmas shopping. I was looking for some ideas for the boyfriend who likes to camp and stuff [which means now I do too ;)]. These are relatively cheap–10 for less than $7–and you could fold them up to make great stocking stuffers. Bonus: they’ll make your loved one’s stockings look full. Double bonus: If you live in a place that gets cold, these could come in quite handy should the zombie apocalypse occur and I bet they fold up pretty small to fit in your survival backpack too.
2. Grizzly Firestarter Survival Kit
Matches are unreliable. If you’re stuck in a rainstorm and they get wet, then you’re screwed. That’s why every important person in your life needs a Grizzly Firestarter Survival Kit just in case the apocalypse happens. This kit boasts six tools in one: “Fire Starter rod, green reflective glow in the dark handle, mini ruler, SERRATED rope cutter, bottle opener and emergency survival whistle. Will light up campfires, stoves, fireplaces, grills, signal fires, and high intensity sparks can also be used as emergency signals.” Your loved one will thank you when they’re sitting beside a happy little fire and are still able to cook their food and everyone else out there is just shit out of luck.
1. Lifestraw Personal Water Filter
So I came across this product in my inbox courtesy of Groupon. It was in one of my daily emails. It’s kinda funny, but also really practical. When you look at the ad, it’s clear this product has some great uses in parts of the world where clean water is extremely difficult to come by and I fully support that purpose. But, of course, the first place my writer brain went with this product was mentally stashing it in the backpack of some poor unsuspecting character who is about to endure some writer-induced suffering in an apocalypse-ravaged world. Anyway, if I personally were concerned about a zombie or otherwise induced apocalypse, this would surely be in my prep kit!
Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukkah and Joyous Kwanzaa to all.