Win Some Handy Survival Gear!

Accident and disaster preparedness startup Afterac is celebrating their official company launch this month and have generously offered us 3 of their handy survival products to give away to 3 lucky Gadgeteer readers. Contest details after the jump.


Lifeline First Aid In A Bottle

26oz. BPA-Free Water Bottle
Stocked full of 43 pieces of first aid supplies
First Aid Guide included


American Red Cross Clipray Flashlight

Powerful LED Flashlight
Crank Powered
USB Cell Phone Charger
No Batteries Needed

Lifeline Survival In A Bottle

26OZ. BPA-Free bottle packed with outdoor survival products
Comes with 8 Survival pieces

How to enter:

1. Between now and Thursday 12/22/2011 11:59PM EST, leave a comment to this post telling us about your favorite survival item or tool that you would feel lost without.

2. At some point on 12/23/2011, I’ll pick 3 random winners using The winners will be contacted by email and will have 48 hrs to accept their prize. If I do not receive an answer, I’ll do other drawings till the prizes are gone. The first winner to contact me will have their choice of the 3 prizes, the next winner will have their choice from the 2 remaining prizes and the last winner will get the 1 remaining prize.


1. Only one entry per person.

2. Contest is open to anyone with a US shipping address except for writers and families of The Gadgeteer team.

3. is not responsible for any lost packages or incorrect shipping addresses.

Thanks to Afterac for sponsoring this contest!

Update: The winners are #26 Anson, #36 Bruce Brown, #56 James Melby

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78 comments… add one
  • Branden Loock December 19, 2011, 11:25 am

    As a Search and Rescue member, my main staple when we are out is my hydration backpack. Regardless of the weather, season, or callout, I can always have it with me and stay completely hydrated! It is also just enough to keep my energy bars, and some small tools and essentials with me!

  • Cliff Bryant December 19, 2011, 11:27 am

    I have a bag that has a variety of items in it. Tactical knife, multi tool, spare magazine for my everyday carry, ear plugs, a few feet of paracord, etc.

  • jack francisco December 19, 2011, 11:28 am

    my edc keychain (p38 can opener, leatherman prybar, etc)

  • jimlat December 19, 2011, 11:31 am

    My SOG multitool…

  • Gregg December 19, 2011, 11:37 am

    Mine would have to be my Skeletool from Leatherman. I bought it mainly for emergency’s but I am surprised how often I use it every week for small things.

  • Eric December 19, 2011, 11:41 am

    There are many great survival tools at my disposal, but without whitts, they are all useless. Cheesy, I know but we would all feel lost without our whitts about us.

  • Vlad December 19, 2011, 11:41 am

    My favorite survival tools are condoms

  • Daniel December 19, 2011, 11:42 am

    My favorite is the first aid kit. Haven’t had to use on others but thank goodness I have it for myself. Been carrying one since I left home in’92.

  • keith love December 19, 2011, 11:43 am

    Most important for me is a knife…

  • Michael December 19, 2011, 11:47 am

    My favorite survival item is a multi-tool.

  • David December 19, 2011, 11:49 am

    My EDC is pretty simple. My wallet, a thumbdrive, my Maratac AAA flashlight with chapstick cap diffuser, and my Leatherman Wave. However, the Leatherman is probably the one thing that I would label as my favorite, and the one thing that I would feel the most lost without. While I have upgraded a couple of times (start with an original PST, then a first-gen Wave, and now the new Wave), Leatherman has kept me going in more situations than I can remember. Whether opening my frozen pizza, or once fixing the clutch on my motorcycle on the side of the road, the tools in that unit are always there, and always reliable.

  • Mark December 19, 2011, 11:51 am

    My Leatherman is the most valuable thing. I have been able to solve most problems I encounter using this single tool — not always in an elegant way mind you.

  • Pat December 19, 2011, 11:52 am

    My Maglite flashlight is what I actually use the most.

  • Josh W December 19, 2011, 11:54 am

    I don’t go anywhere without my Leatherman and a pair of surgical tweezers.

  • Dan December 19, 2011, 12:03 pm

    As a physician, I’ve been putting together my own medical kit for the trunk of my car. I’m thinking of putting it all in a tackle box. In the meantime, I’ve got a more sparse medical kit and, on my keychain, a Fenix E05 flashlight, a Spyderco Ladybug, and a Leatherman Micra multitool.

  • Norm December 19, 2011, 12:12 pm

    My Swiss Army Classic 5d knife. Small enough to always have in a pocket and I have used every tool in it many times. I’m always carrying an assortment of tools in my pocket or bag all the time, but the little SAK has done more than all the others combined.

  • The Ronald December 19, 2011, 12:12 pm

    Any device to purify water. Let’s see how long others will last without drinking water!

  • Bill December 19, 2011, 12:15 pm

    My absolutely favorite item that I cannot live without is my SOG Power Assist Multitool. This tool can do ANYTHING you decide to throw at it. The gear driven pliers can snap a penny with ease. Both knives are sharper than anything I have ever owned

  • Joni Bender December 19, 2011, 12:24 pm

    New to this so any tool will be helpful.

  • Arkayz December 19, 2011, 12:25 pm

    Knife definitely

  • Tepe Rodrigo December 19, 2011, 12:25 pm

    My single-blade knife. I take it everywhere. Usually the worst pinches it finds itself involve cutting open annoying cardboard boxes, but it’s the handiest thing I carry.

  • GaryD December 19, 2011, 12:33 pm

    I have three items I carry everyday: A Leatherman Charge, a Benchmade Doug Ritter Model Mini-Griptillian and a Nebo Redline flashlight (pocket-sized and AMAZINGLY bright). Of the three items, I have carried the Mini-Griptillian for over 3 years and if I don’t have it on me, I feel nearly naked.

  • 1000Acres December 19, 2011, 12:55 pm

    Most of my survival adventures happen around an office or car. The Leatherman Squirt P4 has saved the day a number of times.

  • eddt December 19, 2011, 12:59 pm

    My Leatherman – I can do anything with it, if I really really have to!

  • JR December 19, 2011, 1:15 pm

    leatherman micra. Not as big as my Charge, but came in handy more times than I can count in my almost decade of ownership.

  • Anson December 19, 2011, 1:17 pm

    Tough call… Either My leatherman carbon fiber skeletool or a high-output AA LED pocket flashlight.

  • Joe Seagle December 19, 2011, 1:25 pm

    My favorite survival tool: my ipad. News, maps, light, police radio, entertainment, etc. etc.

  • Amir Findling December 19, 2011, 1:54 pm

    My most important survival tool is my ham radio, a Kenwood TH-D72A . With APRS my position is broadcast every so often and with a good antenna, which I have, I can reach quite far, even to satellites! And the built-in GPS allows me to navigate to wherever I need. Not as nicely as with my Garmin 62S but adequately so.

  • Larry G December 19, 2011, 2:04 pm

    I love my gerber multi tool It serviced me well for many years and is still kicking…

  • Philip December 19, 2011, 2:24 pm

    These items will come in handy when the banks or government puts us out on the streets, I like to keep a “go bag” with a first aid kit, compass and fire starter and some other assorted gear, but, my favorite would be a leatherman.

  • Ryan December 19, 2011, 2:37 pm

    I want to win something!

  • Dave December 19, 2011, 2:55 pm

    Compass. (or GPS). Being lost is NOT fun.

  • RWillgren December 19, 2011, 3:36 pm

    My husband and I would be totally lost without our Leatherman…

  • Keith December 19, 2011, 3:58 pm

    Knife and paracord.

  • ZenEngineer December 19, 2011, 4:54 pm

    First item on my survival gear list is a working brain. Without a clear head and a functioning brain, no other tools are usable. The second item is a set of skills and experiences, so you know what to do and how to do it. The third item is a will to live. No point in having super-cool gear in an emergency if you don’t have enough determination to survive.

  • Bruce Brown December 19, 2011, 5:04 pm

    A battery or crank powered radio. Without timely, accurate information all other tools are pretty useless.

  • Gordon DeWitte December 19, 2011, 5:09 pm

    Klecker Knives NIRK.

  • Susan Bazin December 19, 2011, 5:32 pm

    I would feel completely naked without my Leatherman!

  • justin December 19, 2011, 5:33 pm

    I work as a track-cutter on the remote west coast of tasmania so i do have a few things that i depend on,but one thing that is most precious is my dry bag with my toilet paper in it. 🙂

  • Benjamin December 19, 2011, 5:33 pm

    I’d be lost without a pen/pencil and a pocket notebook, ala moleskein.

  • Brendan Davis December 19, 2011, 6:00 pm

    My BYRD multi-tool is my everyday must have tool that has saved me multiple times while climbing.

  • Geof L December 19, 2011, 8:03 pm

    My favorite item is the survival bottle ist aid kit from It is small enough to keep in a backpack or vehicle and is packed full of survival items

  • John Englert December 19, 2011, 9:29 pm

    Mine’s a radio. I remember sitting on a commuter train on 9/11, after being let out early from work, COMPLETELY in the dark about what was going on, and the train was just sitting in the station for 20 minutes. Nobody knew if other cities were being hit, if more planes were involved, if there was panic in the streets.

  • Matt December 19, 2011, 9:31 pm

    My favorite must have survival tool is my Leatherman MUT. It’ll get me through most anything and it’ll help me with my AR-15

  • Chris December 19, 2011, 10:16 pm

    My trusty Walther P99 AS and a case of ammo!

  • Benjamin Chew December 19, 2011, 10:25 pm

    I would be totally lost without my GPS.

  • Brett December 20, 2011, 12:04 am

    I cannot leave home without a pocketknife. I have several, but always have one.

  • Meghan December 20, 2011, 2:27 am

    Swiss Army knife is what I’d need

  • Edgar Alva December 20, 2011, 3:23 am

    I will never leave home without my leatherman. It has proven useful on many occasions!

  • CW December 20, 2011, 3:23 am

    My main Survival item that I carry is QuikClot. It stops bleeding and comes in a variety of sizes and also a bandage. Many people are on blood thinners nowadays and every kit should have some.

  • katklaw777 December 20, 2011, 3:30 am

    I would be lost without my Victorinox Swiss army Knife…I carry it with me always!
    Great giveaway, thanks!

  • Mike December 20, 2011, 7:27 am

    My SOG folding knife is beaten and battered, but has always been there for me.

  • john December 20, 2011, 8:21 am

    Swiss army knife, but would go crazy w/o my pocket calculator

  • Jos December 20, 2011, 9:44 am

    Definitely my Kershaw Fire multitool: the combination of a sharp blade and a standard-size screwdriver set gets me through most of the IT day.

  • Tetsubo December 20, 2011, 9:54 am

    The most essential survival tool is the knife you have on your person when you find yourself in a survival situation. After that, I think a good multi-tool and LED flashlight are must haves.

  • James Melby December 20, 2011, 11:09 am

    I have a Doug Ritter custom Benchmade Mini Griptillian with S30V steel and an Axis lock mechanisim. Of the 20 or so medium to high end pocket/combat knives I own, this is my go-to knife time after time.

  • Max Baltazar December 20, 2011, 11:20 am

    I love the American Red Cross crank thingy.. How useful would that thing be when the zombie apocalypse comes?

  • Ed Hubert December 20, 2011, 12:01 pm

    I’m a cub scout leader and this any of these would great for my den to use.

  • jub December 20, 2011, 2:22 pm

    It’s a tie: Spyerco Native and Nighthawk Gladius. On the one hand rule #9 is never go anywhere without a knife, and the Spyderco Native is designed for a variety of different jobs. On the other hand, the Nighthawk Gladius is the greatest flashlight of all time. Expensive, sure, but you always have just the right amount of light for every task because it can dim through it’s whole range of illumination, preserving night vision and functioning perfectly in every lighting environment.

  • James December 20, 2011, 5:13 pm

    Around my neck almost constantly…my Becker Necker neck knife. Indispensable.

  • Jonathan December 20, 2011, 5:38 pm

    a good multitool, especially one with pliers, is always useful

  • poqeteer December 20, 2011, 5:58 pm

    I know technically not a “survival” tool, but my cell phone is mighty handy when your car brakes down.

  • Ben December 20, 2011, 7:42 pm

    My Coldsteel Pocket Bushman.

  • Daniel December 20, 2011, 8:06 pm

    My James Bond watch that can shoot laser!

  • Tony December 21, 2011, 5:10 am

    without my water bottle it would be a tough & confusing situation.

    A week without food,
    barely days without water,
    but only minutes without air.

    Goodluck – thank you

  • Rich Johnson December 21, 2011, 10:49 am

    My choice would be a handy spork! I know weird right?
    I feel when I am out, even in survival mode, it’s about the moment.

    Yes I would have knife, emergency supplies, water…

    When things are low or you’re cold, then you take out your spork… how can you not smile! And our point of view, regardless if in survival or the everyday, is paramount to our lives and our very daily survival!

  • Vickie McLaughlin December 21, 2011, 10:52 am

    When I backcountry ski I would choose my Avalanche Transceiver, you know because I’d really like to be found!

  • Mark December 21, 2011, 11:06 am

    In an “urban” environment, it would have to be my iPad. In a rural setting, my Leatherman multi-tool…

  • E in SF December 21, 2011, 12:27 pm

    My leatherman!

  • Mina December 21, 2011, 3:20 pm

    I can’t survive without a flashlight. I am afraid of the dark!

  • Bryan December 21, 2011, 3:47 pm

    No survival kit is complete without a handy & trusty Victorinox Swiss Army knife. If you need to complete your Survival kit, Emergency supplies or Adventure Equipment checkout SwissPocketKnivesOnline dot com

  • kahless December 21, 2011, 8:14 pm

    Depends on the environment:
    Office: my Atrix 4G
    Home: Leatherman
    Wilderness: water purifier

  • Vic December 22, 2011, 7:26 am

    A whistle. As simple as it is, it provides an effective form of long range communication within wooded areas that does not require batteries or maintenance.

  • Richard Raborn December 22, 2011, 3:11 pm

    Favorite carry tool is small LED flashlight

  • December 22, 2011, 11:53 pm

    My favorite survival tool is my mini LED flashlight.

  • Julie December 23, 2011, 7:14 am

    The winners are:

    #26 Anson
    #36 Bruce Brown
    #56 James Melby

    Thanks to all who entered! 🙂

  • Michael grayson March 3, 2012, 3:21 am

    my fav gear is the SOG multi tool.
    and clean underwear

  • Kim December 14, 2012, 5:16 pm

    My backpack with a variety of items in it…axe, headlamp, medical supplies, other essentials.

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