Being over-prepared is always better than being under-prepared.
That's the idea behind several devices that exist to help you in a life or death situation. Whether you've just been in a car accident, natural disaster, or are in need of water, these devices can all be extremely helpful.
Disclaimer: None of the products below are related to A Plus in anyway. These are simply the best and most reliable ones we could find online.
1. Windup flashlight. Price: $18
Batteries can die, and when you're in need of light that's the last thing you want. This L.L. Bean windup flashlight is cheap and reliable, on top of being completely self-sustainable.
2. The small but powerful Kingii. Price: $29
3. The Scanadu Scout. Price: $149
The Scanadu Scout is still being developed, but the idea is simple: this little device can give you an accurate reading on your temperature, blood pressure, heart rate and more without a trip to the doctor's office.
4. Seatbelt cutter and window breaker. Price: $5
When you're in a bad car accident, or in a situation where your car has been submerged by water, a device like this can save your precious seconds. Simple, easy to use and cheap, this two-in-one seatbelt cutter and window breaker can free you or any passengers in case of a bad accident.
5. Lifesaver water filter. Price: $120
Camping? Deserted after a natural disaster? In a rural area without clean water? This water filter is all you need. In a few easy steps you can be drinking clean, safe water that comes from rivers, creeks, lakes or any fresh water source.
6. Narcan kit. Price: $66
A Narcan kit is growing in popularity due to the rise in heroin use across the United States. It can be used to reverse an overdose due to heroin, morphine, oxycodone (Oxycontin), methadone, hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine, and other prescription pain medications.
7. Airbag helmet. Price: €299, or $329
This flashy new invention is the work of a few Swedish inventors who were tired of the goofy look and unreliable function of your standard bike helmet. Check out the video to see how it works.
8. Pepper spray. Price: $7
Whether you need protection from a potential assaulter or a bear on a camping trip, pepper spray is one of the most readily available and effective defense mechanisms for someone who is otherwise in danger. Cheap and easy to use, this is a no-brainer for anyone who ever feels unsafe on a city block or in the wild.
9. Tactical Trauma Treatment Bandage
Developed by an Israeli military medic, this bandage is one of the most reliable in handling major wounds or hemorrhages that otherwise require immediate hospital care.
10. Road atlas. Price: $11
In the event of a major natural disaster, one of the first things to go will be your power. Next will be your cell phone service. That means no GPS and no way to get out, unless you're going old school and have a hard copy map. For just $11, it's worth playing it safe and having an escape route.