5 Must Have TOols for Every Man
I’m assuming a survival situation, apocalypse, fugitive (for a crime you didn’t commit), or some other scenario where you’re in the wilderness or surviving a collapsed society. There may or may not be zombies.
First, a point of clarification. You can interpret this question a number of way. For example, maybe you’re thinking in terms of tools every man must have… to be a responsible homeowner. For the purposes of this answer, I’m assuming a survival situation, apocalypse, fugitive (for a crime you didn’t commit), or some other scenario where you’re in the wilderness or surviving a collapsed society. There may or may not be zombies.
1. A Knife. This could be a survival knife, a machete, a badass sword made by Rugged Cliff Knifeworks, or some other knife. Regardless of the specifics, every man should own a useful, reliable knife.
It’s a tool. It shapes other tools. It’s a weapon for defense. It hunts. It processes food for cooking and consumption. It’s so extremely versatile and useful. Just make sure it’s well made and strong enough for the job at hand.
If I’ve only got one knife and I’ve got to travel light, I’m having Rugged Cliff craft me a custom version of something like THIS. Simple. Strong. Versatile. Lightweight. Or, I’m grabbing my Ka-Bar BK-2. If I’m hunkered down and fortified, I’m packing my sword!
2. A Firearm. This is probably the least “necessary” item on the list. A survivor skilled with a knife may find a firearm unnecessary and just “extra weight.” But eventually you’re going to get tired of eating rodents, bugs, and roots. A firearm gives you the option of larger game. It’s also a pretty effective deterrent if a less civilized survivor comes sniffing around.
If you thought choosing the right knife was tricky, this is even more so. Many will grab their trusty ARs. Cool. I like the AR a lot. But it’s got some size and weight implications that you’ll need to consider carefully. Unless I know I’m going to be in for a firefight with well-armed and armored attackers, I’m packing my U.S. Survival AR-7. 3.5 pounds. .22 caliber (in other words, a lot of ammo weighs less than a lot of ammo of another caliber). It can take down larger prey than a deadfall or a snare, and it folds up small enough to stuff into a pack for easy carrying.
3. Firestarter. One of your nerds is gonna pipe up that a real man knows how to rub sticks together, blah blah blah. I’m trying to survive, not build a youtube following. Give me something that reliably starts fires and I’m taking it.
Fire is warmth. It’s security. It’s water. It’s food. It’s comfort. It’s crafting. It’s life.
4. First Aid. The last thing you need is an infected cut to stop you in your tracks. Or a sprain. Or, or, or. Pack a kit that prepares you for a variety of first aid and emergency scenarios.
5. A Plan. This is where you can cheat a little. But even if you don’t cheat, you absolutely must have a plan. Where are you headed? Where will you forage for additional resources? Does your family and survival team know the rendezvous point? Do you have a location already identified and hardened? Have you cached any survival supplies? Do you have fuel reserves if you’re driving? Are you escaping through an upstairs window or backing the car out of your driveway? The survivor that fails to plan is infinitely less likely to survive.
– A container for cooking/boiling
– Cigars. Because a positive outlook might make all the difference.