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What do YOU think should be in the best bug-out bags this year? Please let us know by commenting on this article. Send us videos unboxing YOUR bug out bag to news@off-grid.net.

Meanwhile, here are some ideas in the $10-25 price bracket:

Equip yourself: with a Survivor HK-106320 Series Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife/strong>

The Survivor HK-106320 is an ergonomic and durable blade designed for the outdoors. The cord-wrapped handles provides firm grip as well as a handy bit of cord if you’re every in a bind. Crucially, it comes with a magnesium fire starter so you don’t need to worry about carrying matches or a lighter, which can be unreliable in poor weather conditions. The knife has a safe nylon sheath so you can take it with you around your land or further afield safe in the knowledge that with the right technique it will cut through pretty much anything.

Keep the kids occupied and educated with Gadgets and Gizmos

LittleBits Gadgets & Gizmos Building Kit – buy it on Amazon US
For children 8 and up — or even adults—who’ve dreamed of building their own machines, magnetic building bricks from LittleBits help make it happen. You don’t have to understand electronic engineering, you just have to appreciate cause and effect. Press this button, that fan turns on; when light hits a sensor, the motor spins—the more light, the faster. The latest LittleBits kit comes with extras to provide these imaginative constructions with shape and style. For a hefty $200, at least the Gizmos & Gadgets kit doesn’t skimp on electronic building blocks. You get two motors, two dimmers, two power sources, a wireless transmitter and receiver and much more. littlebits.com

Ultra-bright LED Lantern – buy it on Amazon.com

You won’t have to hold a torch in your mouth any longer! This ultra-bright LED lantern is built with military grade, water resistant plastic and is easily collapsible to take around your land. It will illuminate a wide surrounding areas cleanly. The light is made up of 30 individual LEDs making it one of the brightest lights on the market – especially for less than $15.

Task Tools T77250 Weekend Warrior Apron with Polyweb Belt – Buy it on Amazon

This split leather tool belt is perfect for carrying all your tools around when you’re fixing your generator, roof, or most likely, your toilet. It has a quick release buckle if you want to put it down in a hurry, but sits on all sizes perfectly like an apron. Very reasonably priced considering you’ll never have to buy a tool belt again — 5 different pocket sizes and 2 hammer holders.

http://www.amazon.com/Task-Tools-T77250-Weekend-5-Pocket – buy it on Amazon/dp/B00A479C76/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1448302203&sr=8-2&keywords=Tool+belt

http://www.amazon.ca/Task-Tools-T77250-Weekend-5-Pocket/dp/B00A479C76/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1448302203&sr=8-2&keywords=Tool+belt

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Task-Tools-T77250-Weekend-5-Pocket/dp/B00A479C76/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1448302516&sr=8-1&keywords=Task+Tools+T77250+Weekend+Warrior+Apron

And another one for the kids……

LA SIESTA – Hanging Nest – Buy it on Amazon US

This hanging crow’s nest is a pod/hammock made from 100% tear-proof double cotton, with a comfy cushion filling. LA SIESTA is a market leaer in hammock production, and the kids edition is no exception – they have teamed up with the German Association for Posture to create a safe, comfortable and fun hanging nest for kids. This could be perfect, compactly hung from your tiny home, placed in a play den at your off-grid abode or just hung in your living room.

And it’s easy to put away once the kids have gone to bed.

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