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Everyday Carry: Survivor

Our typical approach to everyday carry items is largely based on ways to make our day-to-day travels easier. A watch tells us the time, a pocket knife opens boxes, a wallet holds our money, etc. But what about those times when we know we’re going into an environment where things have the potential to become legitimately dangerous? Well, these situations require a bit more careful planning in terms of EDC, as we want to make sure that we’re equipped with lifesaving survival gear should things go south. It’s with this mentality that we put together this week’s everyday carry spread, as we honed in on four pocketable or wearable items that could literally be the difference between life and death.

LifeStraw Peak Series Straw

Already the industry standard when it comes to emergency water filters, LifeStraw recently upped the ante with its new Peak Series. The brand’s latest straw is more durable, leak-proof, and less likely to clog. It’s also capable of filtering out at least 99.999% of bacteria, parasites, microplastics, silt, and sand and will last for up to 1,000 gallons of filtered water.

Purchase: $20

Exotac nanoSpark

One of the most important survival skills you’ll need in the wilderness is the ability to make a fire. Thankfully, Exotac’s nanoSpark makes the process a whole lot easier. Far more durable in the field than a lighter, this compact and waterproof fire starter features a high-spark flint wheel that can be operated with one hand. Even better, it’s capable of storing tinder — like an Exotac quickLIGHT tab — inside its o-ring-protected aluminum body.

Purchase: $23

Toor Knives Kingpin

We love folding knives for their practicality and ease of carry, but in a true life-or-death situation, nothing beats a sturdy fixed blade. Designed with input from Marine snipers, Toor’s Kingpin lives up to its name with a 4” tanto blade made from CPM 3v steel and coated with corrosion-resistant KG Gunkote. Weighing in at a scant 2.9oz, the Kingpin’s skeletonized handle also comes wrapped in handy paracord, adding additional functionality.

Purchase: $156

Breitling Emergency

In terms of watches that can truly save your life while in the middle of nowhere, only one is up to the task, and that’s the Breitling Emergency. With a handful of real-life rescues to its name, the legendary Emergency is the world’s only watch to feature a built-in dual-frequency distress beacon. Once deployed, the beacon emits an alert signal that will guide a dedicated rescue team to your location anywhere in the world.

Purchase: $18,695