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Outdoor Survival Gear - Weapons Of Survival

Cb Radio
Drew Hardin
| Contributor
Posted October 1, 2005

Forget Being Macgyver. Just Bring The Basics To Begin With.

Weapon: CB Radio
What It Is: Citizens-band radio unit
Survival: Cobra's 19DX IV in-dash CB has NightWatch technology to fully illuminate the front panel when it's dark out; NOAA All Hazards Alert Radio, which will let you know of weather, chemical, or other civilian emergencies; and a public address system
The Bonus: Its cords allow for easy reach anywhere in the cab
What It Costs: MSRP is $59.95
How to Get It: Cobra Electronics, 773.889.8870,

Weapon: Water
What It Is: Yet again: Seriously?
Survival: To prevent thirst and its evil cousin dehydration, plan to pack a gallon per person per day. And just in case you have cooling problems, factor in emergency water for your truck
The Bonus: Taking your dog on the trail? You can pack his water supply too (and make him haul it). Mountainsmith offers dog packs for that and treats, toys, and a leash
What It Costs: 16.9-ounce bottles of water bought in bulk probably work out to about $0.10 each; the dog packs run $85 and less
How to Get It: Anywhere from gas stations to supermarkets; dog packs, Mountainsmith, 800.551.5889,

Weapon: Food
What It Is: Seriously?
Survival: You need to eat. And if you happen to get stuck on the trail or lost in the woods, we're guessing you're not wise enough to know whether to pick the red or blue berry. While you may have a cooler with sandwiches packed in the truck, throw some small, non-perishable, indestructible items into your daypack like trail mix and energy bars
The Bonus: Bars are small enough to fit in pockets and fanny packs
What It Costs: Anywhere from $0.99 to $3.50, depending on how gourmet your convenience food gets
How to Get It: The grocery store

Weapon: First-Aid Kit
What It Is: The best way to avoid the punchline, "Doc says you're gonna die"
Survival: You'll feel ready to set up an off-road triage. Thermometer, aspirin, splinter picker, trauma pack, bandages, and how-to book are included
The Bonus: There's also duct tape! The kit weighs only 1 pound, 7 ounces, and is 8.5x6x3 inches in diameter
What It Costs: About $59
How to Get It: Adventure Medical Kits, 800.324.3517,

Weapon: Matches
What It Is: #700 Series water- and windproof sticks
Survival: Have your tried to light a match in wind or rain? Something Else: They have an extra-large head, and there are two boxes per package
The Bonus: You can find them as cheap as $2.50 (for 50 matches)
How to Get It: Coghlan's, 204.284.9550,

Weapon: Flashlight
What It Is: The Endurable Camouflage 393667
Survival: Has three levels of illumination: a spotlight that runs continuously for up to 130 hours, a utility light up to 40 hours, and all-area lighting up to 30 hours
The Bonus: That's Realtree Hardwoods Green HDT (high definition) camo
What It Costs: $24.99
How to Get It: At or in Sears stores

Weapon: Fire extinguisher
What It Is: FESA5 for vehicles
Survival: This portable extinguisher is rated for flammable liquid fires and "live" electrical equipment flames, and includes a mounting bracket
The Bonus: Attach it to the rollbar or under the seat so it's easy to get to
What It Costs: Around $50
How to Get It: First Alert, 630.851.7330, Costs: $24.99
How to Get It: At or in Sears stores

Weapon: Duct tape
What It Is: Mr. Fix-It
Survival: You can use this for everything, including radiator hoses and keeping dangling stuff on your truck
The Bonus: We're just saying, if it's in the medical kit...
What It Costs: A couple bucks
How to Get It: Home centers, big-box retailers, drug stores, darn near anywhere

Weapon: Multitool
What It Is: The Multiplier 600 Pro Scout, a toolbox that fits in your hand
Survival: Needlenose pliers, saw blade, half-serrated drop-point knife blade, bottle opener, can opener, files, six screwdriver bits, and scissors said to be able to cut through seatbelts
The Bonus: There's an available flashlight
What It Costs: Around $50
How to Get It: Gerber Legendary Blades, 800.950.6161 or 503.639.6161,

Weapon: GPS
What It Is: Global Positioning System GPSMAP 60C
Survival: Handheld map data (highways, rivers, major roads, and more) with a compass and barometric altimeter. It has 56 megabytes of internal memory, a trip computer, and 1,000 waypoints
The Bonus: It's waterproof
What It Costs: MSRP is $535.70
How to Get It: Garmin, 800.800.1020 or 913.397.8200,

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