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In wilderness survival building a fire can be, under certain circumstances, the first thing you should do. Please note, this article isn’t going to examine how to start a fire by rubbing two sticks together or other bushcraft ways of fire starting. This article will instead focus on four simple, portable fire starting tools that can easily be carried in your pocket or backpack. These tools are the waterproof matches, flint fire starter, and a solar parabolic fire starter.

Waterproof Matches

These matches are covered in wax. As a result, they are resistant to water. Some store bought matches, to make it harder for them to be blown out during windy weather are treated with chemicals.  They are relatively cheap and easy to use. However, if they get totally submerged in water, they will likely not work as intended.

Magnesium Flint Fire Starter

The flint fire starter is a must have tool for an outdoor enthusiast. A fire starter can be used in all types of weather, and it doesn’t matter if gets wet. The video below is a good guide on using them:

Parabolic Solar Fire Starter

Arguably, this is the best daytime firestarter tool. With the parabolic solar fire starter if you have the sun you can build a fire. Also, it can serve as a mirror signal.

The solar fire starter is a unique pocket-size fire starter which uses the solar energy to focus on a precise point that can reach hundreds of degrees, which in turns starts a fire. A solar fire starter never needs to refuel; it’s maintenance free, and it can be indefinitely stored. Also, it can be used even when getting wet. So, if you are in a sunny environment, this is a great option.

See below for a good vieo on using them.


These tools are relatively cheap and compact. So, you can keep all of these in your backpack or your car. So, try the solar fire starter and flint fire starter out and see what you like and then if you have to choose whatever you feel most comfortable with.