11 Deals That Could Turn Out to Be Lifesavers
Buying emergency and survival gear is not much different from buying insurance. You hope you never need the items, but you will be glad you have them when you do. These deals save money on products designed to handle a range of emergencies -- life-threatening or otherwise -- without seriously denting your budget.
Why we love this deal: Three USB ports charge three mobile devices simultaneously, and the 22,400 mAh of power can charge them all to capacity. No more playing playing favorites next time the grid goes down. This portable powerhouse on Amazon has enough backup power to go around.
Why we love this deal: Imagine if Super Putty and Super Glue had a child: That would be Sugru, half off at Lowe's and totally lovable for solving all your problems. Okay, maybe not all, but certainly those involving breaks that need an instant fix with a miracle substance that's strong like epoxy and flexible like rubber.
Why we love this deal: When disaster strikes, being prepared means staying hydrated. For $14 (with free shipping) from PricePlunge.com, this unassuming 1,000 ml water bottle comes with Level 1 and Level 2 filters, which translates to 100 gallons of potable water from almost any water source in many countries around the world.
Why we love this deal: A poor night's sleep can compound the agony of dealing with any emergency. This fluffy, self-inflating pillow from Banggood is compact enough to throw into a bug-out bag, and might come in handy for lesser emergencies, as well -- when you forget to bring an insulated cushion to the stadium, for example.
Why we love this deal: This pint-size lantern provides the two important things when the lights go out: light, of course, but more importantly power for a phone with a built-in hand-crank dynamo, which also recharges the lantern. Tagged at $16 on Amazon, the question isn't can you afford it but, rather, can you afford not to have it?
Why we love this deal: With 300 lumens from a 100,000-hour bulb, combined with 25 million volts of perp-neutralizing stun power, this is the flashlight to reach for when something goes bump in the night. The current price on Amazon nets a saving of $60, which justifies buying one for the glove box and one for the nightstand.
Why we love this deal: The problem with natural catastrophes is that they're so unpredictable. This $35 survival pack from Emergency Essentials has a little bit of everything for just about any contingency. It all fits nicely into a backpack that you can grab as you run out the door.
Why we love this deal: Sometimes being prepared means being prepared to bring the party with you. This rugged, weatherproof speaker wins an average 4.5 stars from more than 3,300 reviews on Amazon. With a rechargeable battery rated at a respectable 12 hours, the party will keep going and going regardless how remote the location. Enter code EJR9K46Y at checkout to get the best price.
Why we love this deal: This steal from Yugster isn't exactly "free" -- you have to pay $5 for shipping. But even at that price, it's worth snatching up to throw in a camping bag to avoid a common predicament: nice campfire, good friends, a good bottle of wine ... and no way to open it.
Why we love this deal: This six-in-one tool for $12.49 from Emergency Essentials is exactly what's called for when the you-know-what hits the fan. In truth, the bottle opener and nail-pull won't save your life, but with a saw, shovel, hammer, and ax that fit into a pouch slightly larger than a sandwich bag, you can ditch that silly Rambo knife.