Monday, April 22, 2024

Tim's Favorites, List 2

By Tim Gamble

I've been active in the survival community for 20 years online, and even longer in real life. I get lots of questions about what I actually do and use. I recently did a list of my favorites (Tim's Favorites List 1), and here is a second list. Hope you find this interesting or even useful!

Favorite Multi-Tools (note: I EDC my Leatherman. The others live in my Bug-Out Bag)
  1. Leatherman (Amazon link) note: the particular model I EDC since 2008 is no longer manufactured, but Leatherman makes lots of other models at various price points.
  2. Klein Tools 11-in-1 Screwdriver (Amazon link
  3. MAXPOWER Adjustable Wrench, Hammer, Pry Bar (Amazon link)
Favorite Survival "Field Books"
  1. Fieldbook of the Boy Scouts of America (1984 edition on Amazon) - This is the Fieldbook, not the Handbook. Crammed full of useful and advanced outdoor and survival information. HIGHLY recommended. (Stick with this edition or older. The newer edition is missing lots of good info).
  2. SAS Survival Handbook (3rd edition on Amazon) - Tons of great information on Wilderness and Urban survival. 
Favorite "Survivalist" Fiction
  1. Mark Goodwin - The Economic Collapse Chronicles Trilogy (Amazon link) - Good reads, Christian perspective, story contains lots of solid survival ideas)
  2. Mark Goodwin - Cyber Armageddon Trilogy (Amazon link) - Hackers take out US banking system, collapse ensues...
  3. Maine Prepper - The Walls Came Tumbling Down (Audio only link) - Written and read by Maine Prepper. Available only in audio. Realistic and eye-opening account of what collapse could look like. 
Favorite "Non-Survivalist" Fiction
  1. J.R.R. Tolkien - Lord of the Rings Trilogy + The Hobbit (Amazon link) - The movies were good; the books even better.
  2. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Sherlock Holmes novels and stories (Amazon link) - I've read and re-read these stories many times.
  3. Robert Louis Stevenson - Treasure Island, Kidnapped (Amazon link to box set)) and Black Arrow (Amazon link) - 1st read in Junior High and several times since.
  4. Pearl S. Buck - The Good Earth (Amazon link) -Read in 10th grade, become one of my favorite books ever.
  5. Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Scarlet Letter (Amazon link) - Another 10th grade read which I found surprising interesting. 
  6. Jack London - Call of the Wild + White Fang (Amazon link) -1st read in Junior High and several times since.
My Favorite EDC Gear
(All this gear gets used on a regular basis.)
  1. My Smart Phone - Communications is vital, and as long as the grid is up a smart phone is extremely useful. Not only do I have instant communication through phone and text, but various apps for weather alerts, breaking news, and maps & traffic information, among the many other things it can do. 
  2. Cash - It is surprising how useful cash is. 😀
  3. My Leatherman Multitool (see above)
  4. A Good Pocket Knife (I have several that I rotate depending on circumstances)
  5. My Reading Glasses - A necessity in my case. 
  6. A Good Pocket Flashlight (Amazon link) - I've used several. I prefer one with only two modes, high and low. Ones with many different modes to choose from become too complicated to use effectively, in my opinion. 
What do you think of these Favorites post? Would you like to see more like this? What favorites of mine would you like to know about? Leave your comments in the comments section below. 
Scotch Eye Hand Auger Drill and Hole Maker - Great tool for preppers, survivalists, bushcrafting, homesteading, camping, backpacking, and more.   

1 comment:

  1. Nice list.

    Favorite EDC Gear:
    1 - Smartphone. I actually have 2. One is my Business phone and all it does is phone/email/text. My personal phone has plenty of survival, prepper and just plain handy apps.
    2 - Knife. My EDC knife is a Kershaw OSO Sweet in blackwash. It literally gets used everyday.
    3. Flashlight - I have a small, no-name penlight that is surprisingly bright. It has a metal case and is beat to hell but it works. Idiot proof....On/Off.
    4 - Bifocal glass. No Laughing....I'm old. Years ago, at age 40, my eyes ran off to find someone younger and I got stuck with a defective pair. LOL
    5 - Keyring - Located on my keyring are the following besides keys. Small Prybar, Small-Round Metal Whistle, True Utility Cash Stash, Encrypted Thumb Drive, Rosary Ring (I'm Catholic - Hail Marys aren't just for Football).


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