The 6 Best Waterproof Matches
This wiki has been updated 14 times since it was first published in December of 2017. When you're stuck out in the elements, getting a fire started can be the difference between life and death. Unfortunately, those situations are also the ones in which Mother Nature is the least cooperative, which is why a pack of waterproof matches is an absolute must-own for campers, survivalists, and doomsday preppers alike. The options below won't let you down when you need them most. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
July 02, 2020:
Removed the UCO Waterproof and the EzyOutdoor Portables because of availability issues. Added the UCO Behemoth Stormproof and the Emergency Zone Stormproof.
Waterproof matches like the UCO Titans can be very helpful when you're camping in a wet and windy wilderness. They begin with a brown match head made of sulfur which reacts intensely when rubbed onto the phosphorus striker. The secret to the Titan's ability to stay lit underwater is the orange potassium chlorate coating that runs from the base of the match head down most of the match length. This compound burns vigorously once lit and should help you get a good fire going, even with mildly damp tinder.
The common problem with this style of match including the Zippo Typhoons and the UCO Stormproof is that their waterproof coating can make them difficult to light in the first place. However, even though they do take longer to light than regular matches, they do light reliably so they are still dependable enough to rely on during emergency situations.
Lighting fires is dangerous. Closely monitor matches and fires to ensure that they are completely extinguished after use. Fires are regulated in high-risk areas and you should consult local Forest Service to ensure that you're in compliance.