Outside is free, and fortunately, you don't usually get what you pay for. Occasionally, however, you get stuck with a bad case of hypothermia, miles from the nearest cell tower or park ranger, it starts to sleet, and you just can't seem to get a cab.
If that happens, you better have some of these (11, actually) tools handy to survive until the Search and Rescue team's helicopters swoop in.
Lifestraw Go - $30 Don't want to have to worry about weighing the taste of iodine against giardia? Just make sure your water bottle lets you drink right from the brook.
Waka Waka Power - $79 This solar USB charger has two blindingly-bright LEDs and can charge your phone twice before it's dry.
Henry Survival Rifle - $290 If you're not trying to do the vegetarian thing in the wild, a Henry Survival Rifle is an essential. Shooting light and cheap .22LR ammo, the gun collapses into the stock for portability.
Klax - $135 This little axehead has its own clamp so you can turn any treebranch into an axe. It also serves as a hex wrench and more.
Suunto MCA-D - $41 If your phone dies, you can try to follow the sun, or you can use a compass, if you have one. They have no batteries and if you know how to use a good one, you'll get home. Plus, it has a mirror to get people's attention from far off.
Leatherman Juice CS4 - $79 One of our favorites, this medium-sized Leatherman multitool feels more ergonomic in the hand and pocket, without sacrificing quality.
SOG Bladelight Folder - $85 With six extremely bright LEDs, this knife is especially useful at night, because trying to butcher and cook an elk you shot in the dark is the kind of challenge you might not be up for.
Gerber Entrenching Tool with Pick - $61 This collapsible shovel and pick will let you burrow down to make a shelter, if you can't get out before nightfall. It's very light, strong, and looks like something a secret elite task force would use.