36 Extremely Useful Products On Amazon That Could Save Your Life During An Apocalypse

There's IRL shopping and then there's Amazon shopping. You know what I mean — those lost hours when you hunker down and it's just you, the app, and your credit card. You look up, time has flown by, your credit card is warm to the touch, and you've exhausted your wish list and made all your retail therapy dreams come true. Unlike strolling the boutiques on Main Street, not only does Amazon lend itself to flights of fancy, but thanks to Jeff Bezos and his squad, you'll also end up with some of the super useful products on Amazon — like, for example, those that could save your life during an apocalypse.

Maybe it's the fact that lots of Amazon best-sellers seem to have 42 different uses, or maybe it's just that shopping alone with your smartphone lends itself to the kind of thinking that dooms-day prepper stockpilers tend to entertain, but a lot of the highly-ranked, incredibly useful gadgets and accessories Amazon has on offer would also be lifesavers in the event of a Walking Dead-type crisis. If you're not feeling like a zombie emergency is imminent, look at these items as insurance against getting stuck without resources in a rural area with a dead battery and a flat tire.

Regardless of the nature of the danger you're up against, we've put together a list of Amazon all-stars that will definitely be useful in getting you out of a jam. These are things that would definitely be on any survivalists wish list — because honestly, you just never know when something big might go down.

1. These Paracord Bracelets Are The Ultimate Survival Jewelry

A2S Paracord Protection Bracelets, $9 (2 Pack), Amazon

If you ever find yourself in a sticky situation, these bracelets are just the thing you'll want to be wearing if you get caught in a sticky situation. The five-in-one survival tool encompasses a high-quality compass, a flint fire starter, an emergency knife, and a whistle that creates noise levels up to 100 decibels. The paracord itself can be unraveled and used to make a trap or to help set up a shelter, or peeled down even further for use as fishing line or sewing string. The bracelets come with a leaflet that provides instructions, survival tips, and ideas for use.


2. A Genius Device That Enables You To Access Clean Water Wherever You Are

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter, $15, Amazon

You may be able to survive up to three weeks without food, but the human body can only go about three days without water. Take out some insurance against this with an ultra-lightweight ingenious personal water filter. Equipped with a lanyard so it's easy to carry along when you're hiking, camping, biking, or anything else outdoorsy, LifeStraw removes bacteria and protozoa, including Salmonella, e. Coli, Giardia, and Cryptosporidium. It filters up to 1,000 liters of water — enough for one person for a year.


3. This Book Will Teach You To Fend For Yourself...Before It's Necessary

Bushcraft 101, $10, Amazon

Looking for the fastest, easiest way to learn how to survive outdoors — and in any climate? With this book it won't be an act: you'll have the smarts to put behind it, too. Author Dave Canterbury, a noted survivalist, provides practical advice on crafting resources from your surroundings and making the most of your time outdoors so that you can truly experience the beauty and thrill of the wilderness. One reviewer writes: "If you only had this book and the tools and materials he recommends to survive with, I think you would make it!"


4. The Hammock That's Lightweight Yet Super Strong

Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock, $24-$39, Amazon

With a folded profile that's about the size of a grapefruit for the single model or an eggplant for the double, and weight that's just around a pound either way, these hammocks are perfectly packable for when you're on the run from those zombies. They're also so sturdy and comfortable, they'll give you a superior relaxing experience even if it's just on your front porch or in your backyard. Crafted from heavy-duty 210T parachute nylon, these hammocks are finished with carabiners and each comes with two 8-foot ropes for hanging.


5. This Charger Could Be The Smartest Thing You Ever Buy From Amazon

BESWILL Solar Charger, $22, Amazon

If you like to camp or hike — or if you frequently drive remote routes,— this charger could be the smartest purchase you ever make. Its built-in 8000mAh battery charges via direct sunlight (or the included microUSB cable), and is about enough to charge an iPhone three times over. In fact, this accessory will also permit you to charge three devices at once, and features a panel of 21 LED lights that serve as an emergency flashlight on the reverse of the solar collector.


6. These Candles Enable You To Say, "Let There Be Light!"

Emergency Essentials 115+ Hour Candle, $23 (Set of 3), Amazon

You may love your bougie designer scented candles, but what happens when the lights are off for more than just a couple of hours? That's when you'll want these candles, the ones that will stay lit for almost five days straight if you need them to. They're filled with odorless, smokeless liquid paraffin, so they're great for anyone with allergies or sensitivity to smoke. Plus, they come packed with a plastic safety cap, so you don't have to worry about spills.


7. This Tent With A Funny Name That Says It All

Don't Die In The Woods Survival Tent, $22, Amazon

Crafted from incredibly durable materials, this tent is engineered to protect you from the elements and ensure that you get out of the woods safe and dry. NASA-designed mylar makes up the body of the tent — and it's waterproof, reflects up to 90 percent of body heat for cold or wet weather survival, and can fit two people. The tent is framed with 425-pound strength paracord: Simply tie between two trees or other points, anchor with rocks or gear, and you're ready to go.


8. This Kit Weighs Less Than A Pound And Includes 85 First Aid Items

I Go Compact First Aid Kit, $12, Amazon

If you're looking for value per ounce while you're apocalypse-proofing, this first aid kit should go at the top of your list. At just over half a pound, this kit contains 85 medical-grade first aid items, including metal scissors and tweezers, a wide variety of bandages, gauze, dressings, adhesive tape, and much more. This all comes packaged in a waterproof hardshell case, complete with an aluminum carabiner that makes it easy to carry along with you.


9. These Heirloom Seeds Will Help You Get Growing Once The Worst Is Over

Survival Garden, $15, Amazon

So you survived the apocalypse. Now what's for dinner? With these seeds, you'll be able to get that all sorted out in no time. This selection includes 32 varieties of all-natural, non-GMO heirloom vegetable seeds, running the gamut from bean and beets to turnips, winter squash, and zucchini. The varieties included were specifically selected to produce a well balanced, healthy diet, and the individual seed packs are packaged in an airtight, moisture-proof resealable bag for safe long-term storage — so they'll be there and ready for you when you need them.


10. This Tool That's Essential If You Own A Car

VicTsing Car Safety Hammer, $9 (2 Pack), Amazon

If you haven't seen some well-coiffed action star use this tool to escape from an automobile that's rapidly sinking into some random body of water, well then, you don't watch as much bad TV as I do. Seriously, should you find yourself in this unenviable position, the car safety hammer serves two critical functions: The super sharp blade on one end will help free you from your seat belt if you're unable to unlatch it yourself, and the window breaker tool — featuring two hardened, heavy carbon steel points — will shatter your window, enabling you to escape quickly. Keep one, give the other to someone you love.


11. This Handy Kit Will Help You Be Prepared

Capsule Tube Kit, $10, Amazon

"Be prepared" — it's not just a Lion King song, it should be your motto in the event of an emergency, and this capsule tube kit makes a great starting place. Crafted from high strength aluminum, you can attach it to a key chain, backpack, or the included lanyard, so it's with you all the time — and it's super convenient for travel and for carrying every day. Inside you'll find strike-anywhere matches, a sewing kit, an emery board, cotton swabs, and a rubber O-ring. There's a striking surface on the inside lip of the container, which seals to be water- and airtight for storage of your small items, like medicines or spare batteries.


12. This Radio Is Perfect For Hurricanes And Blizzards As Well As A Zombie Attack

Running Snail Solar/Crank NOAA Weather Radio, $30, Amazon

Don't wait for an impending zombie emergency to snap up this radio with its multiple power modes — because it's a winner in the event of a power outage, during hurricane season, in the event of a blizzard, or even just a boring old severe thunderstorm. This unit features both a solar panel and a hand crank to provide power-free charging, while it also has a rechargeable battery or can operate on three AAA batteries. This multifunctional device also features a reading lamp and flashlight, as well as an SOS alarm with a flashing red light.


13. These Pouches Keep Your Stuff Safe And Dry When You're In The Water

GoBackTrail Waterproof Pouch Set, $17 (Set of 2), Amazon

You never know: In the event of an emergency, you might just have to swim for it — and you certainly will the next time you go to the pool or the beach. Whatever the case, these pouches will take care of your stuff while you're around the water. Crafted from durable and soft high-density PVC, they use three zip seals and a fold-over Velcro top to ensure that your items are kept safe from the water. The material even allows you to use your smartphone touchscreen, and it comes equipped with straps for wearing over the shoulder or around the waist. The set comes with four bonus credit card size opaque bags to protect your valuables, too.


14. This Cookware Set Will Get Dinner On The Table

MalloMe Camping Cookware Mess Kit, $27, Amazon

If you imagine yourself needing a hot meal even when it's the end of the world, try out this ingenious cookware set. It's not only functional, but amazingly all-inclusive given that it's also super lightweight. It includes a 1-liter pot with a lid and a pan — both crafted from nonstick anodized aluminum — and folding stainless steel utensils, BPA-free bowls, a wooden spoonula, and a mini stove with piezo ignition.


15. These Matches Stand Up To A Storm

UCO Stormproof Match Kit, $8, Amazon

You've run into Frankenstein and need him to back off. The answer for this emergency is, obviously, fire — and these matches won't let you down, regardless of the weather conditions around you. They're exceedingly easy to light, burn for 15 seconds each, and, best of all, they'll even relight after being submerged in water — as long as there's phosphorus remaining on the matchstick. The set of 25 matches come in a waterproof, durable ABS plastic case that even floats, to keep these matches dry and protected at all times.


16. A Pen That Will Protect You

Sminiker Professional Defender Tactical Pen, $10, Amazon

It looks innocuous enough, but this pen actually packs quite a wallop: Use the top of the implement to shatter a window should you need to escape, and has a comfortable hook to keep it on you everywhere. Crafted from heavy-duty aircraft aluminum, the pen is also a premium writing instrument. One reviewer, a Dog Control Officer, gave this item 5 stars, saying it's his "new duty pen" — he's actually used it to rescue dogs from hot cars!


17. This Multi-Tool That's Actually A Hair Clip

Monkey Business Mini Multitool Clip, $10, Amazon

Pop this innocuous-looking clip in your hair and you'll really be showing your smarts — because it does so much more than just hold back stray strands. It's also a bottle opener, a ruler, a nail file, and a screwdriver. Yep. Crafted from high-strength yet springy stainless steel, it's great to throw in your wallet or in your pocket when it's not in your 'do.


18. This Coffee The One Thing You Definitely Need To Face Any Emergency

Dry Brew Coffee Chews, $18 (15 Pieces), Amazon

How could you possibly brave any emergency, much less the apocalypse, without coffee? These chews eliminate the middleman by delivering that hit of flavor and caffeine directly to your palate. Each individually-wrapped bite contains 6 ounces of condensed medium-roast coffee, non-dairy creamer, and zero-calorie sweetener. Dry Brew holds the patent for "Flavorful Waterless Coffee," and this bold, natural flavor will kick you into high gear for whatever the day holds.


19. This Two-In-One Device Keeps Your Hands Warm And Charges Your Devices

Survival Frog QuickHeat Rechargeable Hand Warmer, $20, Amazon

You might mistake this accessory for just a power bank, and while it does definitely recharge your devices, it's more than that: It's also a unique survival tool that will keep your extremities from freezing in the event of intense cold. This device has three heat settings, radiating up to 104 to 140 degrees to keep you plenty warm when it's cold outside. It runs for four to 10 hours depending on heat settings, and it's rechargeable, too.


20. This Stove Kit Weighs Under 4 Ounces And Fits In The Palm Of Your Hand

Survival Frog Folding Pocket Stove, $20, Amazon

If you didn't have your own BOB (Bug Out Bag) before, you're probably assembling one now, and this stove should definitely be on the list to pack. It's about the size of a deck of cards, so you can just carry it in your pocket as you flee the zombies, and it comes with hexamine tablets, which burn clean — helpful, as Survival Frog notes, "for [doomsday] preppers wanting to remain unseen." Crafted from aircraft-grade aluminum, the stove is sturdy enough to hold even a pot of water, and the 18 included hexamine tablets will burn for a total of 3 hours.


21. This Is More Than Just A Hammer — It Has 14 Different Uses

Sheffield Premium Hammer Tool, $10, Amazon

What can't this petite hammer do? In addition to its traditional functions, it also offers multiple screwdrivers, pliers, and blades, plus a can opener, wire cutters, a wire stripper, a soft file and a key ring. Closed, this little number is just over 5 inches long, so it's perfect to throw in your glove compartment, purse, or backpack. Plus, it's plenty durable, crafted from stainless steel with a polished hardwood handle, so it will last you through plenty of adventures.


22. This Kit Is A Great All-In-One Way To Start With Survival

Everlit Emergency Survival Kit, $29, Amazon

If you're looking for a good all-in-one way to start prepping, this kit is a great alternative. Its contents were specially selected by US military veterans to ensure that you're well-prepared in the event of an emergency or an accident, so you know it's good. The kit includes everything from a paracord bracelet to a thermal blanket, a full-featured first aid kit, and everything else in between.


23. The Whistle That Will Call For Help For You

SelfSense Emergency Whistle, $9, Amazon

Take control of any situation with this survival whistle set. Two styles are included in one package so you can see which suits you best, but both feature an ultra-loud, high-pitched tone that covers very long distances. Try them both out to see which you're most comfortable with, then keep your primary whistle on your keychain or in your pocket, and stow the other in your car or in your bag.


24. The Headlamp That Lets You Shine Some Light On The Subject

SmarterLife Products LED Headlamp, $20, Amazon

Emergencies and power failures go hand in hand. Using a headlamp like this LED model is one great way to be able to see what you're dealing with — and actually have the use of your hands at the same time. This headlamp weighs just 1.25 ounces, so it's super comfortable on your head, and you can toggle through its six light modes with ease (even with gloves on) thanks to its simple push button operation. It's also available in four colors.


25. An Amped-Up Carabiner That Gives You A Hands-Free Hook Anywhere

Lulabop Qliplet, $19, Amazon

Initially funded by Indiegogo, this device is a next-generation carabiner with a rotating, folding hook so you can hang or rest your things anywhere. Precision-machined from aircraft grade aluminum and anodized, it's incredibly durable to function under all conditions — whether you're hanging your food bag up and away from bears in adverse weather or you're simply suspending your purse from the coffee shop table. It holds up to 50 pounds with no strain.


26. These Genius Ties Are Super Durable And Have A Kajillion Uses

Nite Ize Gear Ties, $11 (8 Pack), Amazon

Multi-purpose gear is definitely what you want when you're packing an emergency kit, so a set of these gear ties — incredibly versatile as they are — should definitely be on your list. Use them to seal and store food pouches, support crops as they're growing, tie clothes up to dry, set traps, and more. Of course, there are more everyday uses, such as organizing your cords, serving as rubber twist ties for headphones, and closing up your produce, snack, and goodie bags.


27. The Flashlight That's Big On Power But Compact Enough To Fit In Your Backpack

GearLight LED Flashlight, $16, Amazon

Stunning in its brightness, this tactical flashlight is nevertheless small enough to fit comfortably in any backpack or bag. It features an ultra-wide beam capable of sweeping an entire room or backyard, and easily lasts several days on its rechargeable battery — or on three standard AA batteries. The all-weather aluminum body is also water-repellent to ensure performance in all conditions, and its durable construction can survive a 10-foot drop.


28. This Lantern Will Light Your Way For Six Days Straight

AYL Starlight 700 Lantern, $23, Amazon

With three fresh batteries, this lantern will run for six days straight — just the kind of dependable, long-lasting performance you're looking for in an emergency. Plus, its 600-lumen output is crystal clear and incredibly bright, with three lighting modes — including strobe — for your convenience. The lantern is constructed with shock-proof design, and it's also water-resistant, so it will stand up to tough conditions.


29. This Ingenious Notebook Is Fully Waterproof

Rite In The Rain All-Weather Hard Cover Notebook, $19, Amazon

If the apocalypse involves water, this notebook is what you'll want to record your experiences riding it out. Crafted with a Fabrikoid cover, its paper won’t turn to mush when wet and repels water, sweat, grease, and mud. The specially-fabricated glue that binds it is designed to survive Mother Nature's wrath, so it's practically indestructible. Just use a pencil or an all-weather pen, and your notes will survive for generations.


30. This Necklace Actually Starts Fires

The Bushcraft Fire Starter Necklace, $24, Amazon

When you wear this necklace, you'll have the superpower of fire right around your neck. The two-part fire starter pendant includes a pure white zirconia scraper along with a black chamfered ferrocerium barrel toggle — meaning you can start a fire with it anywhere. One reviewer writes: "When I got my necklace I was totally surprised at the SHOWER of sparks that this little thing will produce." It's made with real leather, too.


31. This Daypack Will Hold All Your Survival Essentials

Venture Pal Lightweight Daypack, $21, Amazon

Crafted from high-quality lightweight and tear-resistant material, this daypack makes the perfect storage for all your survival gear. Plenty of compartments will keep things separate whether you're packed for the day or the week, and heavy-duty, two-way zippers keep everything tucked away safely. The pack features breathable, adjustable mesh shoulder straps and completely folds down when not in use.


32. These Rain Ponchos Fold Up And Can Be Used For Shelter, Too

JTENG Rain Poncho, $13 (Set of 2), Amazon

Multipurpose use is critical for any survivalist tool, and these ponchos definitely fit the bill: They're waterproof and one-size-fits-most, and they can also be used to create a tent or an awning to provide instant shelter when you're in need (just follow the instructions in the leaflet included). They're made from EVA, and are thick enough to protect from the rain without being overly heavy, plus they're tear- and wind-resistant, too.


33. A Cookbook That Will Make You The Gourmand Of The Zombie Apocalypse

The Art Of Eating Through The Zombie Apocalypse, $16, Amazon

You'd think this cookbook would be filled with nothing but zany recipes for brains-related dishes (cervelle d'humain, anyone?), but rather, the author takes a practical approach to nutrition in the Time of the Undead. Her more than 80 recipes range from putting indestructible staples to use (like snacks you keep in your cabinet) to nouvelle ways of maximizing your protein intake (think roasted tree rat). In between, she shares tips on staying healthy while you're holed up.


34. This Spray Will Waterproof Your Favorite Items So They're Apocalypse-Proof

Scotchguard Heavy Duty Water Shield, $10, Amazon

If you can't bear the thought of fleeing those zombies without your retro Def Leppard T-shirt, you might want to invest in this spray before you hit the road. Coat your tee with Scotchguard, and you've created a durable water barrier that will keep it drier longer, repelling moisture, stains, and odors. This is the brand's improved formulation, too, so you'll have extra protection, and it's safe for use on all your fabrics.


35. A Book That Tells You How To Survive During The Worst Of Times

The Disaster Diaries, $12, Amazon

Now you have all the gear, but do you know how to use it? Read this book — which is one man's story of learning how to survive the apocalypse — and you'll pick up all the tips you need to handle your survival kit. Beset with nightmares about not being able to protect his son, author Sam Sheridan learned how to do everything from start a fire to build an igloo. Honestly, you never know.


36. These Radios Are Much More Sophisticated Than The Walkie-Talkies You Had As A Kid

Midland Two-Way Radios, $62 (1 Pair), Amazon

We all had walkie-talkies when we were little, and these two-way radios are like those...only in that you push a button to talk. They feature 50-channel communication within a radius of over 36 miles and have an SOS siren that allows you to send out distress or locator signals when you need help, fast. They also feature 10 different alert tones to notify you of incoming calls from your group.

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