Everything in 2020 is marked by the corona virus. From our daily schedules down to our hobbies, nothing is free from the justified anxiety we all feel on an near persistent basis.
One way to work through that anxiety is to prepare. If the dad in your life has recently started showing an interest in survivalist gear, this post is for you.
The thing about prepping is it can be expensive. And right now, all of our wallets are at least a bit thinner than they were a few months ago.
That’s why every Father’s Day gift in this guide has been chosen for value — providing Dad with a lot of utility even if you’re on a budget.
Where to get it: Leatherman
Usually the Wingman is $59.95, but this best-selling multi-tool is currently on sale. It’s perfect for someone who wants a tool box that fits in their pocket as it includes 14 tools:
- Spring-action needle nose pliers.
- Wire stripper.
- Spring-action regular pliers.
- Can opener.
- Spring-action wire cutters.
- Wood/metal file.
- Spring-action scissors.
- 420HC combo knife.
- Package opener.
- Bottle opener.
- Phillips screwdriver.
- Medium screwdriver.
- Small screwdriver.
The Wingman can also be customized. You can add text, an image or pattern on either handle or blade.
Survivalist Candle Beeswax
Where to get it: HungryBearFarms
If Dad needs a hobby through quarantine — whether imposed by the government or common sense — candle making is one that’s key to many survivalists. Typically, survivalists are making candles with the aim of replacing electric light sources.
When you do this, you want to ensure the candle will burn both cleanly and for a long period of time. The two best waxes to achieve this are soy wax and beeswax. Beeswax actually burns longer, but it is slightly more difficult to work with because it takes so long to melt and therefore form.
But Dad has time to perfect the art of beeswax candle making. That’s kind of the point.
And he’ll appreciate that you did your research.
HungryBearFarms is an Etsy shop. I love Etsy because each and every shop you buy from is an individual small business. In these trying times, it’s nice know the money you spend on your purchase is going to the little guy supporting their family.
I did my research on this one and found you the lowest price per pound on Etsy as I could. They got great reviews, too.
Square Candle Wicks
Price: $2.89/5 yards (Price per yard goes down as the quantity goes up)
Where to get it: BuyBrittique
Also integral to candle making — and also from an Esty shop — is a square wick. A square wick burns the longest, making it the best option for survivalist candles. Bear in mind this particular item has a zinc core in addition to the square braid.
Rugged Rechargeable 400L LED Lantern
Where to get it: via Coleman
If you’re ever without electricity, candles will serve you for the long-term. But a great, battery-powered lantern is a better alternative for as long as you have batteries, if only because it’s not a fire hazard.
This LED lantern from Coleman fits the bill and then some. You won’t even need actual batteries; this lantern is chargeable via USB.
CHOETECH 24W Solar Charger
Where to get it: CHOETECH
It’s great that the Coleman charges via USB, but if you’re in an off-the-grid situation, where are you supposed to plug it in?
Solar battery chargers are a great solution for this. Generally speaking, the more money you invest in your solar charger, the more quickly it will charge when you set it out in the sun. Then, you can plug in your devices, whether that’s your lantern or cell phone or iPad.
This one from CHOETECH gets rave reviews for the price range. It’s compact, charges relatively quickly for the price point and is compatible all kinds of devices.
Seychelle Water Filtration Bottle
Where to get it: Wise Company
When you’re hiking or otherwise spending time out in the wild, it’s a good idea to have a filtered water bottle. They’re also great to have around in a time of disaster.
This one from Wise Company is 28 oz, filters up to 100 gallons and removes:
- Aesthetic contaminants.
- Dissolved solids.
It also removes 99.9999% of bacteria and 90% of fluoride.