Experts Roundup – Best tool to have on you in an emergency situation

No one would like to find himself in an emergency situation.

But if that does happen, it’s better to be prepared.

So, here are a couple of recommendations for what to have close and what to pack if you are going in a potentially dangerous environment.

Today’s question for the experts roundup?

What’s the one tool that you’d like to have on you in an emergency situation?


Bram ReusenBram Reusen from

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This is a tough one.

It kind of depends on what kind of emergency I’m in, but whenever I’m out on a trip doing something that involves some risk, I always make sure to bring a whistle.

It is practically weightless and a great tool to get someone’s attention if you find yourself in trouble.


Jonathan BurnhamJonathan Burnham from

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The one tool I would love to have an emergency is a headlamp.

They are useful in so many situations.

You can signal someone from far away, it provides light to be able to better gauge an injury in the dark and it’s extremely helpful for finding your way back at night when an injury had caused you too stay late.

I would recommend Petzl headlamps, they’ve always worked great for me.

Hannah KHannah K from

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The most useful tool for me in an emergency situation would be Water purification tablets or solution.

When outdoors you don’t always have access to fresh water and there are often no shops selling bottled water if you’re up a mountain!

Water purification tablets ensure you don’t catch anything nasty and help keep you rehydrated for more adventures.

Some of the best only take 10-15 minutes so you don’t even have to wait for long!


Christine FernandezChristine Fernandez from


Apart from presence of mind which is needed so you can act effectively during emergencies, I consider a waterbag an essential so you can collect water (use it as a pillow even, haha!) so you can move without dying of thirst until you find help.

Gary Arndt

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A satellite phone.

With that you can get help and be evacuated.


Audrey ScottAudrey Scott from

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The one low tech tool I’d like with me for an emergency situation would be a water bottle with a filter inside so that we could clean whatever water would be available to us.

As for a high tech tool, it would be a satellite phone so that I could call for help.


Kathy Dalton

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This past month we were in the Tetons and had three bear run-ins.

Wish we’d had bear mace!


Brittany & DrewBrittany & Drew from

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Hmm, the one tool that we would want to have on us in an emergency situation:

A good ole sturdy garbage bag. Why you ask? Because it can be used:

  • to keep you warm
  • to capture water for filtering/ drinking/ washing
  • as a pillow if you stuff it with clothes
  • to keep things clean (keeping mud/dirt out, place it under your tent)
  • to trap a rodent or large insect/spider
  • to hold, carry and store things
  • to keep afloat
  • as a rope/ cord
  • for wound care (put ice in it and tie it to your leg or use as a tourniquet to help stop blood flow)
  • for trail markers (cut off small strips and tie them to brush or branches to help you find your way back)
  • as a signal flag (tie to a large stick and wave it around)

We always bring a couple of garbage bags along with us on our adventures and find ourselves using them in a variety of ways, most of which have been listed above, but I am sure there are many more we just haven’t even thought of yet.

We have found that the best kind of gear is gear that allows you to improvise and use in the many unpredictable events that are bound to occur in the wonderful and wild outdoors.


Stephen SchreckStephen Schreck from

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It largely depends on where I am and what I am doing.

However, one tool that is key to overcoming any problems that arise is an multipurpose containing a knife.

A tool like this can cover a range of emergencies, and the added bonus of the knife automatically improves your circumstances greatly.

Getting through emergencies is a mental game and having the right multipurpose tool with help relax you and let you think clearly.


SteveSteve from

We actually have two tools that rank pretty much equally.

The first is a standard swiss army knife. It still roks as good as knew after 8 years of use, most of that time being rattled about in my handle bar bag.

The second which I guess would probably just have the edge would be the cheap copy of a Lethermann multi-tool with pliers, knife, scissors, heaxagonal wrench set, file, spikey thing, and screwdriver.

Even if I don’t have the right spanner for my bike I can usually manage to sort it with this tool.

Sadly the screw came loose got lost and it has now given up the ghost. So it is time to replace it and your web site is a great starting point to do just that.

I will be reading all the comments to decide which to use next.


Amanda WoodsAmanda Woods from

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I’ve just visited Switzerland for the first time and was very impressed by the wide range of Swiss Army knives that they have these days.

There are so many more than I remember, and in so many different sizes and colours.

While Victorinox’s finest is an obvious one to have on hand, for me I also need to have a water bottle and sunscreen.

It’s a redhead thing.


Ted NelsonTed Nelson from

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I think the most useful tool that I carry is a couple feet of duct tape.

I wrap a few feet of duct tape around the bottom of my water bottle.

Duct tape can be an extremely useful fix that can temporarily fix broken sunglasses, repair a tear in a backpack or tent, fix a broken fishing pole, and even can secure a leg splint if someone gets hurt.

There are a million things duct tape can be used for both home and away.

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