16 Pieces Of Tactical Equipment Every American Should Own

When the time comes for you to be ready for the "worst case scenario" only the highest-quality will do. These 15 military-grade items will transforms your toolbox from full of junk, to full-fledged survival kit. Share this dire information with friends and let us know which items we missed!

G700 Flashlight

Why you need it: This ultra-bright military-caliber light is so intense it could blind a bear.

Where to get it: Amazon.com, $69.95

Cyalume ChemLight Military Grade Surface Trip Flare

Why you need it: See your enemies before they see you.

Where to get it: Amazon.com, $20.40

CB Radio

Why you need it: Communicate with the outside world, even when phone lines are down.

Where to get it: Cobra.com, $89.95 and up

Israeli Civilian Gas Mask

Why you need it: Ensure the air you're breathing is fresh, even when the environment is at its worst.

Where to get it: Budk.com, $29.98

BlizeTec 5-in-1 Survival Knife

Why you need it: This pint-size piece of equipment packs all the essentials for handling an emergency situation.

Where to get it: Amazon.com, $38.98

Elevation Training Mask

Why you need it: Build endurance for all the elements.

Where to get it: trainingmask.com, $79.99

SOL Urban Survivor Kit

Why you need it: Survive the great outdoors with everything you could possibly need to stay warm, eat, and thrive in the wild.

Where to get it: surviveoutdoorslonger.com, $69.95

U.S. Issue Mil-Spec Tritium Illuminated Aluminum Military Lensatic Marching Compass

Why you need it: Find your way without being tracked by GPS satellites.

Where to get it: Amazon.com, $67.70

Military MEP Generator

Why you need it: Keep the lights on in any--and every--situation. Plus, get up to 10,000 hours before having to service.

Where to get it: eBay.com, starting around $2,000

MTG 547 Law Enforcement Tactical Vest

Why you need it: A light padding keeps your body safe without restricting movement. Multiple pockets ensure you have everything you need within reach.

Where to get it: Amazon.com, $59.95 and up

waterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage Bladder

Why you need it: This BPA-free heavy-duty plastic liner can hold up to 100 gallons of fresh drinking water.

Where to get it: Amazon.com, $22.95

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

Why you need it: For an easy, safe way to stay hydrated no matter where you go or what you encounter along the way.

Where to get it: Amazon.com, $19.95

Gerber Survival Kit

Why you need it: Gerber offers a variety of survival kits but this one in particular contains all you need for hunting, surviving, and thriving in the wild. No credentials needed.

Where to get it: gerbergear.com, $97

Datrex's 3,600-Calorie Energy Bar

Why you need it: Each airtight package contains 18 survival bars and has a 5-year shelf life. Ration meals and meet your nutritional needs in-check by buying cases of Datrex in bulk.

Where to get it: Amazon.com, $5.90 to $239.80 (cases range from 1 to 20 packages per order)

U.S. Military Fire Starter Trioxane Fuel

Why you need it: Bring the heat! Boil water, signal help, and stay warm with these clean-burning bricks. Each one is wrapped in waterproof sealed foil for extra protection.

Where to get it: Amazon.com, $10.99

Elite First Aid 230-Piece Tactical Trauma First Aid Backpack

Why you need it: A backpack is the easiest way to keep your loved ones (and yourself safe) in the case of an emergency. Just grab this fully-stocked first aid kit and you're ready for anything!

Where to get it: sportsmansguide.com, $193.49