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Top 7 Survival Tents Under $500

The cost of survival gear can add up quickly, here we take a look at the best survival tents under $500.



The shelter is the first thing you look for in a survival condition but it’s not always an easy task. The minimum you need is a roof overhead and surrounding walls to keep you dry, warm, and safe within your private space.

There are several options open to you. You may discover an uninhabited cave if it is devoid of wild animals. Shelter out of branches and logs can be constructed if you are a survival expert. You may land into an empty cabin.

These are all possibilities. It largely depends on your luck for securing a shelter. Luck is not a great idea under survival conditions. The chances are slim for you to get lucky unless you are a survival master.

The next best option is to carry your shelter with you.

We are not talking about RVs and mobile homes. We are talking about survival tents, the most ingenious survival technology humans have invented.

Tents are not a recent invention. They were invented nearly 43,000 years ago. It was the age of hunting and gathering. Mankind hadn’t yet discovered settled agriculture. We have come far ahead from those days of primitive tents. We have had ages to perfect that primitive technology.

Tents today are far more specific, elaborate, and sophisticated. These modern tents can be as small as a single occupant. The bigger tents can accommodate eight persons.

Apart from occupancy standards, modern tents are highly segmented to meet specific circumstances. There are car camping tents and tents for truck beds. You may want backpacking tents or high altitude tents. They are all there. There are canvas tents. Some of us may need minimalist tents or cold-weather tents. They are all available. There are rain tents and insect tents. In other words, survival tents are highly segmented and specific to the needs of the users. No matter the situation, there are tents to meet everyone’s needs and budget.

The needs may be varied but there are common considerations to take into account when purchasing your tent.

Here are some essential features to look for in a tent, especially a survival tent.

light weight survival tent

Weight and Durability

Heavier the tent, the more difficult is the commute. You are escaping away from your original location to a place somewhere remote. Every ounce in weight matters when you have to carry the tent in your pack. Your best bet is the lightweight portable tent. A lightweight tent is especially convenient when you are moving the entire family along. You would certainly not want the extra-weight over the burden.

Modern fabrics are designed tough and light. There are tents to last years without so much as a scratch. Look for the tents that are more durable in extreme environments. The concept of survival itself is based on the notion of extreme circumstances. Since shelter is essential to survival, you would want to build on a strong foundation. Your survival remains unquestioned when protected by a strong, and durable canopy.

easy setup survival tent

Ease of Setup

A tent that cannot be set up easily frustrates. If setting up becomes complex and lengthy you would struggle to set up any way you can. In the process, you end up setting it up incorrectly when it loses its purpose – protection, and shelter. You would not want a tent that does not protect you from rain lashes and chilly weather outside. Go for the tent that can be set up easily. It is going to be a significant survival advantage.

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Other Features

There are several other features to look for depending on the kind of tent you want. The shape and color of the tent for instance play a significant role. The shape is important when you’ve to live in high wind terrain. A low profile aerodynamic tent should be the preferable choice in these circumstances.

Color is important for survival strategies and the kind of survival you have opted for. You may be attempting to remain hidden or interested in rescue. It could be SHTF survival or wilderness survival.

A natural color that blends with the surroundings camouflages you. You are safe from predators.

When you desire rescue situations such as adventure of high altitude mountain climbing, your natural choice is high visibility color. It could be bright orange.

You should always prefer a survival tent with a vestibule to keep your muddy boots and gear outside while protecting from rain and snow. In addition, you should also ensure that your tent has water-proofing properties.

It is also important to consider things like the number of occupants and the size of the tent to fulfill your needs. You will need a bigger size tent for your family. Tiny sized single occupancy tents are best for a single person but those who feel claustrophobic may prefer double occupancy tents. Personal needs and preferences eventually decide the best tent sized tent for you.

Finally, there are survival tents that can be best in their class under $500. Here are some of them.

one person survival tent

One Person Tents

winterial survival tent


If you are looking for a single occupancy small-sized tent, Winterial could be among your ideal choices. It is lightweight and easy to a backpack. This tent weighs under 4 lbs. It is highly affordable for 32 bucks. This all-weather tent can be used comfortably for three seasons. Setting up this tent is as easy as it can be. There’s an easy ‘two-hoop’ system for an easy and quick set up.

Snugpak Ionosphere survival tent

Snugpak Ionosphere

This Snugpak product is a one-man dome tent known as The Ionosphere. It is made of nylon and comes in the dimension of 94″ x 39″ x 28″. It is ultra-light weighing merely 3.34 lbs.

This lightweight tent is equipped with NSL anodized aluminum poles that are feather-light. You also have a no-see-Um mosquito net to comfort you under difficult insect ridden circumstances. The 100 percent waterproof and weatherproof design of this survival tent is supported by a waterproof bath-tub style groundsheet and a waterproof flysheet.

The tent comes with a repair kit in case you damage the tent that needs an instant repair.

What is more, you get this survival tent along with all of these features for just about 180 to 185 bucks.

Snugpak Stratosphere

Yet another product from Snugpak known as Stratosphere is a one-person Bivvi shelter. This cozy, small, and comfortable tent is truly lightweight at 2.5 lbs. It has a self-supporting canopy to ensure you can access increased airflow and movement. This 100% waterproof and exceptionally lightweight survival tent keeps you dry and protects you from the wind.

The stakes to set up the tent comes with it.

The additional features include dual heavy weather fabric design, compact size, and No-See-Um Mesh Mosquito Net to protect you from insects. You get all this for less than 160 bucks.

two person survival tent

2 Person Tents

Kelty TN2 survival tent

Kelty TN2

This feature-rich and trail-trendy are lightweight and easy to haul. At 4.5 lbs it is easily a great choice for survival excursion or backpacking trip. It comes with the Stargazing fly that also serves as rain fly when needed with the convenience of a noiseless zipper.

It is easily set up with color-coded clip construction and innovative snap-clip technology. It is easily packable as well with the help of a 14-inch pole section and the storage sack. Other features include welded clear windows, fly vents, internal storage pockets, fly seams, and taped floors. It gives you the value for your money at $250.

The North Face Summit Series Assault survival tent

The North Face Summit Series Assault

This survival tent is strong, durable, and designed to serve you for years. It can be set up incredibly fast using two lightweight crossing poles. Warm and waterproof, this single-wall tent can easily serve two persons.

This tent, like others in the assault series, has been specially constructed for high intensity, high altitude expeditions. The tent comes with an attachable vestibule and yet remains lightweight at 3.24 lbs.

Durable and extremely versatile, this tent is designed to serve you lifelong with a lifetime warranty from North Face.

While the assault series has tents of all sizes, the prices go on increasing according to the size. Nevertheless, the prices of most of these tents are under $500.

4 person survival tent

4 Person Tents

There are several models of survival tents to accommodate 4 persons including Nemo Bungalow and Kelty Grand Mesa. These are some of the great tents to have under $500 but with their increasing size, the weight begins to increase.

Nemo Bungalow is capable of accommodating four individuals with the trail weight of a little more than 9 lbs. Its floor dimension is 100” x 90” while the floor area is 63 square feet and the vestibule area is 20 square feet. It comes with two doors. It features ultra-light Kevlar design which easily outperforms the aluminum design. Its smart design, superior ventilation, and lightweight features are its irresistible features.

Kelty Grand Mesa is a strong tent with excellent performance in rain and cold. Its ventilation is equally great to face the hot summer season. Its minimum weight is about 6 lbs while the packed weight is 7 lbs. Its floor area is 53.3 square feet while the vestibule area is 9.4 square feet. The dimension is 90 inches long, 80 inches wide, and 55 inches high. This tent is easy to set up with two sturdy poles available with the product. This could be a good choice for all-weather campers for a price of about $239.

As you move up the size beyond 4 persons, the survival tents begin to get heavy even if they are under $500. They may not be recommended as your bug out bag.


The Storm Has Arrived! Shop the Storm Protection Agency!



The Storm Has Arrived! Shop the Storm Protection Agency!

The truth is a storm of one kind or another is always on the way. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are. You have to be prepared in order to survive. You’ll need your wits. You’ll need a plan. You need gear. Fortunately, we at Freedom Prepper have you covered!

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Water Filter Straw Water Purifier with 16oz Water Bag

Our water straw filter removes 99.9999% of harmful substance.This water filter can remove the smallest solid particles found in the environment (down to 0.01 micron) and other harmful substances.

It has passed professional certification.It can provide you with safe and clean drinking water.There is one carbon filter block, it will filter everything from large dust particles and stone, it is very helpful to keep the filter straw clean. The activated carbon block will prevent mud and sand from clogging the filter straw.

No water, no life – remember that. Order one (or four) today.

2 Pack Solar Charger

It features dual USB and powerful LED Flashlight. Making it easy to charge two smartphones simultaneously or a tablet at full speed. Two led lights can be used as a flashlight with Steady-SOS-Strobe mode. Five pilot indicators show the status of battery charger timely. Green light on when charging by solar, blue light on when USB charging.

Our solar charger works with all modern devices, iPhones and Android phones, iPads and all tablets.

Don’t be left in the dark – get one today for every member of the team. (Also available in a four-pack!).

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7 Ways to Survive an EMP Attack



An electromagnetic pulse, or “EMP” for short, is a sudden burst of energy that overloads the fragile components within an electrical system, causing them all to short out. It causes actual hardware damage resulting in the failure of any unprotected electrical devices. Typically EMPs are generated by technically advanced devices such as nuclear weapons. 

The least realistic but most dangerous scenario that can take place is that someone detonates many EMPs over a nation, or crazier, the whole world and renders all the technology and electric grids everywhere useless. If this happens, you should know how to prepare for it to ensure your survival during this unprecedented attack.


Candles are the obvious choice in any scenario like this. We have them handy; they are cheap and readily available everywhere in quantity. The only few negative things one might mention are the strength of light the candles can provide, how unstable they can be depending on which type of candle you use, or how the wind can blow them out anytime.äten-1565705/

If candles just don’t cut it for you, let me introduce you to an alternative. Oil lamps; works under any condition. No weather or atmosphere is strong enough to keep an oil lamp down.

Faraday Cage

A Faraday cage, named after its inventor, Michael Faraday, is a device or structure made and used to protect the cage’s contents from electrical impulses. It’s an excellent option for security, and easy to make. Nevertheless, an old microwave or a metal cage, i.e., a safe, can be as good.

The Faraday cage may do well against an EMP attack, but we can’t be too sure. We cannot foresee the impact of the electromagnetic pulse or the level of damage it might cause, so it is pretty much impossible to predict if the cage would protect the devices or not.

Communication Devices

Communications would be an arduous task after almost everything is rendered useless because of the EMP attack. It is always good to have many backup options to communicate with those important to you if a situation like this ever strikes. Devices such as a two-way radio, CB radio, or long-range walkie-talkie can be handy. If you find any of these devices in good shape after an EMP attack, put in some batteries and see if it works as there’s a high likelihood it will.

Communication is one of the more essential tasks after any disaster, and it is the very thing that you’d probably overlook. 

Backup Electricity

The primary issue after the attack is the question of electricity and how to source it if the grid becomes empty. Well, one option is to make electricity from solar panels by installing the panels around your home. Another is to set up wind turbine generators and produce electricity. 

Luckily, there are many backup electricity options, but they require preparation and hard work.


Any type of gun, be it shotgun or rifle, is useful for defending yourself. You can use these weapons to protect yourself and hunt animals, and depending on your preferences, for game. Another resourceful thing to do if you want alarm systems around your house would be to hang bells on the inside of your doors. Even if they seem like nothing, they are very consistent and can make you aware of intruders if they try to sneak in. Try to do this for every entry point in your house so you and your family can rest assured of your safety.

Sourcing Food

Sourcing food will be another significant problem if the restoration of power takes months or even years. Therefore you should know how to grow your food and manage your livestock. Books on farming and breeding livestock will help enormously with this, and there are countless out there.

Be Ready, So You Don’t Have To Get Ready

Many preppers already know how to live off the grid because they have started living that life to be ready if and when the time comes. All of this will eventually prepare you to survive an EMP attack if you go off the grid entirely and learn not to rely on anything that works with electricity.

Keeping a stock of first aid kits and bare medical essentials is also a requirement if anyone needs medical attention. The EMP attack is often called the ultimate doomsday attack that will eventually happen.

You can always do things on an individual level to help protect you and your loved ones better. The practices and ways that we discussed above are known by much of the preppers community, so if you’re new to being a prepper, now you know how to survive an EMP stack.

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What to Do When You Can’t Afford Food



The times are tough, and as the pandemic continues to affect us all in many different ways, this article feels like a necessity to show all the other options out there you can opt for to make your life that extra bit more worth living.

Families are struggling, and on the top of the list of struggles comes the challenge of buying food. This is a growing problem, and it seems that the end is not in sight. If you cannot cope and cannot afford even the essential food items, there may be some other options that can help you out.


Sometimes, the easiest thing can be the most challenging thing to do. Asking for food is the hardest decision that someone can take. Nevertheless, you can always ask restaurants, grocery stores or markets and many such places. While asking, also make them understand your situation very clearly and explain that the circumstances are challenging for you. Some organizations go from restaurant to restaurant and take leftover food from there and distribute it later to people who don’t have money or are homeless in dire need.

Basic budget

Mapping out your budget is the first thing you should do. List all of your living requirements on paper or digitally, and start with food. Only think about the things that you genuinely need to live and budget accordingly. Once you have a budget set, make it your duty to never go outside of this budget.

SNAP benefits

This is primarily a USA program, but you can find similar programs for your country. SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that helps people get benefits based on their state and income. People will apply to this for many reasons and can be eligible for many reasons, so don’t take it from here but go directly to the Government website and get more information. Suppose you can apply and get approved. You will get a notification with all the information and details, including the period you will continue to receive those benefits. 


Another program is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Congress is the one who controls this, and it gets funded through individual states. 

There is a list of criteria that you must meet if you want to qualify for WIC. The requirements include categorical, residential, income and nutritional risk. 

Free lunches

There are many programs specifically made to help people who cannot afford food in their houses. Free lunch summer programs, soup kitchens, or 24/7 kitchens that stay open solely for people to get food are some of the most important options that you can take advantage of. You need to be aware of these programs as they are placed there specifically to help you. 

Food banks

If, by chance, you do not meet the eligibility criteria for any program, the above solutions will come to your aid. Another organization that helps is local food pantries. They are charitable and not for profit organizations that give away food to people without money or with very little and still cannot afford to buy the absolute necessities. A statistic to put things in perspective, food banks in the UK are helping up to a million people not starve, and the number in the United States of America is probably even higher. 

No matter how you may feel about going to food banks and asking for help, be reassured of your health and safety. 

Coupon expert

Become an expert coupon collector! These are your best friends during trying times. Stores give you coupons, and there are apps on the play store that have coupons for many stores in your neighbourhood. Vouchers can also give you advantages like buying in bulk at low prices or having discounted items that will expire in a week or so. 


There are many not for profit governmental organizations that have a scheduled time and place where they distribute food. Going there and having your lunch or dinner is always a good option. 

Apart from NGOs, there are churches, mosques, gurudwaras and various other temples, depending on where you live, which will offer you free food and other benefits if you go to them and ask for help. 

Dumpster diving

As weird as it sounds, dumpster diving is a legitimate thing that people engage in. Dumpster diving is basically what it says. Dive into a dumpster and find sealed packets of food that many restaurants and hotels often throw out, or even grocery shops. These products are usually thrown out because they seem or look bad or are past their sell-by date. 

Nevertheless, however harmful this option may seem, you are doing what you need to do because you need the nutrition and the strength to get through the hardships you are facing right now. 

Stock on pantry items

If you have even a little money, you can stock up on ramen noodles, crackers, flour, beans and rice. Such items go a long way in feeding you and keeping change in your pocket. These items can also be kept for a long time, so there are no chances of them going off anytime soon, and you can ration them out with no problem at all. 

Social services

Another measure that you can take is contacting social services or their offices, letting them know of your predicament, and asking for their help. They will usually give you food assistance by giving you an EBT card which works like a debit card and is primarily for buying groceries and related items.

Getting a job

Getting a job is the most challenging solution, but if you can make it happen, it will not just solve your food problems but also your living. Even if you get little money from your job, there’s always some food worth eating that you can buy from loose change.

Many people have to decide between giving up food and giving up on other basic needs, and sadly, they believe that giving up food is the way to go. One might think they can live without food but cannot live without shelter. You shouldn’t have to decide between either.

The above solutions are just some suggestions to help make your life a little easier if you ever have a food issue.

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