101 Survival Gear Supplies

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We receive a ton of suggestions from our readers; but one of the most popular emails we receive, is from readers who want to share what’s in their bug out bag or survival kit.

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We would like to thank everyone for their suggestions and have compiled a list of the top 101 pieces of Survival gear our readers carry with them. Some of these items are great for Bug Out Bags and wilderness survival, while others might be better suited for an urban survival situation.

This is a list of what our readers find most important to them, and is in no way a list of what we think you should or shouldn’t carry. Everyone’s needs are unique and will change depending on a number of factors. The list of survival gear is presented so you can see what others carry, and to give you some ideas if you’re just getting started in preparedness.

Survival Gear List: 101 Top Suggestions from our readers.

  1. Cell Phone
  2. Water Bottles
  3. Flashlights
  4. MultiTool
  5. Pocket Knife
  6. Knife (we recommend the SOG Knives – The Seal Pup Elite Knife)
  7. Emergency Food or MRE’S
  8. First Aid Kit
  9. Compass
  10. Personal locator beacon (PLB)
  11. Hiking Backpack
  12. Sleeping Bag
  13. Canteens
  14. Sewing Kit
  15. Maps
  16. Duct Tape
  17. Plastic Tubing
  18. Lighter
  19. Space blanket
  20. Plastic Freezer Bags
  21. Crowbar
  22. Fire steel
  23. Waterproof Matches
  24. Emergency Candles
  25. Hiking Tarp
  26. Water Storage
  27. Water Filter
  28. Camp Axe
  29. Shovel
  30. Flares
  31. Signal Mirror
  32. 4 Season Tent
  33. Ham Radio
  34. C.B. Radio
  35. Bivy sack
  36. Whistle
  37. Good Hiking Boots
  38. Thermos for Cooking
  39. Chlorine Bleach
  40. Water-purification tablets
  41. 550 Paracord
  42. Hiking Hammock
  43. Tinder (for fire starting)
  44. Machete
  45. Plastic painters tarp
  46. Salt
  47. Mylar blanket
  48. L.E.D. HeadLamps
  49. Fishing line
  50. Dental floss
  51. Extra Socks
  52. Gloves
  53. Rain suit or  poncho,
  54. Wide Brim Hat
  55. Ultimate Survival Kit
  56. Bandanas
  57. Bible
  58. Playing Cards
  59. Fire Extinguisher
  60. AM / Weather Radio
  61. Riffle
  62. Ammo
  63. B.B. / Pellet Gun
  64. Slingshot
  65. Snare Wire
  66. Multi-Vitamins
  67. GPS Device
  68. Portable Camping Stove
  69. Propane
  70. Batteries
  71. Solar Charger
  72. Fishing Pole
  73. Magnesium Fire Starter
  74. Survival Laptop
  75. Saw
  76. Plastic Trash Bags
  77. Binoculars
  78. Shortwave Radio
  79. Eating and Cooking Utensils
  80. Scissors
  81. Sunglasses
  82. Sunscreen
  83. Jumper Cables
  84. Cable Ties
  85. Oil (for your vehicle, can also be used to start a fire or create smoke for a signal fire)
  86. Tool Kit
  87. Tire Repair Kit
  88. Hard Candy ( can give you a boost of energy and a boost to your morale)
  89. Emergency Credit Card
  90. Personal Identification Papers
  91. Family Photos (morale Booster)
  92. Dust Mask
  93. Lantern
  94. Money (Putting a $20 or a $50 in you kit might come in useful someday)
  95. Rubbing Alcohol
  96. Pepper or Bear Spray
  97. Can Opener
  98. Chemical hand warmer packets
  99. Energy Bars
  100. Survival Books

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  1. Robert says:

    Thanks for checking out the site!

    The list is really meant to be a basic list for those just getting started. It is in no way a complete list, or a list of things that need to be included in everyone’s stockpile. It is here to give you some ideas, and some things to think about when getting started.

    • john sprague says:

      Great list!

      • seriously?!? says:

        seriously can anyone and I mean anyone explain how a bible is going to save your life in a survival situation aside from tinder to start a fire cause I am highly doubting you can use it to hunt with or fight off any predatory animals…come on seriously you mean to tell me you have one last spot and your debating something ACTUALLY useful or a bible youll pack the bible….(insert eye roll here)

        • Yes, seriuosly!!! says:

          impressive…. it seems you idiots are on every site and in every blog spreading your faith hate BS. I hope you don’t have to find out the hard way but…. whether or not you choose faith, every person has a right to look to God in their time of need. When you are lost, broken and alone, you may wish you had God to speak to yourself. While you clearly do not agree, please exercise your right to be silent while people of greater worth and less arrogance find solitude in their own way. This is still America the last time I checked. As long as people like you dilute the integrity of our foundation, it wont be much longer. Congratulations…. you have reached the top tier of the jackass category.

          • Dylan - BHM AL says:

            Very true. A few days (4) away from long term living in the wilderness project. I know better than to bring a third of the items listed but inside 2 freezer bags near the top of my pack will be my old KJV. I just hope I make it 40 days and 40 nights. Lots of good stuff on this site, not counting the few boneheaded remarks from the trolls. Wish me luck.

          • Gustavo The Mexican says:

            Dude! I have mad respect in your response. and I agree with you 100%

          • Logan says:

            Your unbiast opinion made me laugh.. hats off to you man. You nailed it on the head. I appreciate people like you. Keep on keeping on

          • A concerned bystander says:

            I must say my friend, you are a paragon of Christianity. You truly do uphold the tenets of the Christian Faith here. (Sarcasm, unfortunately, cannot be expressed clearly enough through the silent, written word.)

            Rounding on somebody simply because they dared to question why somebody might take a Bible with them. Really, I thought that the Spanish Inquisition was no longer operating.

            You, my friend, are a prime example of the type of Christian the world has more than enough of. You questioned this poor bastard’s mental capacity by calling him an idiot, and then proceeded to accuse him of spreading ‘faith hate BS’ when he simply questioned why somebody might take a Bible with them in a survival kit.

            While I shudder to share any views with you at all, I agree with you however, that every person has a right to look to God if they so choose. But in the same respect people also have a right to choose in what way they look to Him, and indeed whether or not they even want to.

            You, sir, are the one spreading the ‘faith hate BS’ that you are so angered by, and to claim that another person is worth less than you – especially when all he has done is ask a question – is an exercise in stupidity. One I would suggest has elevated you to the, how did you put it? “top tier of the jackass category”.

            Now, I am not sure how someone would find solitude through the Bible or through God, as solitude is a state of isolation. Perhaps you meant Solace? Regardless, your vocabulary is not my main concern. What I do find concerning, and mildly humorous, is that you think yourself to be less arrogant than this person, yet of more worth. Blessed with the right to express your opinions, but expectant of others to remain silent. Most concerning above all, is your belief that someone asking a question, someone seeking to further their base of knowledge is “diluting the integrity of our foundation” as America, the nation.

            You urged this person to “exercise (his) right to be silent”, might I suggest that you do the same yourself?

          • Taka says:

            I dont mind them listing the bible but I think they should just generalize it to books for moral. I agree with you about him dissing people’s faith but saying that people that follow the bible are of greater worth is kinda arrogant

          • Logan says:

            Did you ever consider that maybe, just maybe he is asking because he is that shocked to see a bible on that list!? some persons would consider that an option but there are those who grab a back pack and the last thought in their mind is “I should take the bible” and even then to say it would be something I myself wouldn’t take would just probably open for some type of retort of “some christian you are”, but then again does that make you better than me to judge based off that? Ye who throw stones…..

          • Poppet says:

            Last time I checked this was the world wide web, not America…
            If you’re American and want to take a pocket bible, I’m not prejudice.
            I’ve packed the pocket edition of the SAS Survival Guide and a book on edible native plants instead as logic would dictate.
            A possible suggestion would be; do like the muslims do and memorise your book of faith.

          • DEAN LOVELL says:

            I agree, in the coming months or years , people are going to need god weather they know it or not?

          • Ox Morel says:

            Amen to that. Covers everything… good to go!

          • BigKC says:

            Look im with him. There are so many more important things to take then a bible. That is just my opione but you do as you see fit. There are a lot of other things on that list like the kit and laptop that r just down right not worth taking. As for slamming on a person that was making a simlpe point is the kind of thing that is braking down Amarica and not the intelegents of the people that live here. I have been in the trenches and I personly do not belive in god at all. The whole thing of a bible is a load of shit and full of lies that men have made seam like it was to be true but that is just what i think yet again.

          • Roger says:

            AMEN! I’m always amazed at the quick mouth draw of the haters of God. Let them die alone.

          • That guy says:

            You got burned by a Christian… Take it, and leave…

        • K M says:

          Reading scripture brings blessings! It calms one’s mind. Increases knowledge, gives moral direction, helps with solutions to problems. Gives solace. Encourages the downhearted. Confirms that God is all loving, all cariing and ever present in our lives–if we just allow Him to be part of out lives. It is true. This is not nonsense but a fact. Oh yes, healings of all kinds do happen to those who read scriptures. Scoffers scoff at What they can’t understand. Pity and pray for them.

        • Annunaki says:

          Earth :)

          • Chris says:

            Thanks for the BIBLE acronym… You made my day!! ^_^

          • Jack B. Nimble says:

            Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth..
            Hardly basic when it’s typically 1395 pages but then again there’s no straight answer for that either.
            One version of the bible has 999 pages.. turn that one upside down..

            If I was lost in the woods I think I’d find better things to do with my time than sitting and waiting to die reading 1000 plus pages of the bible.

            Search for food perhaps? Build a fire to stay warm and use it to send signals for help maybe?

            Anyone who sits there reading the bible sounds like they’ve already given up!

            Actually, it’s not a bad idea to have a bible in that list because it would give you a heck of a lot of kindling to start a camp fire!
            1395 pages would start a lot of fires! :)

        • mike says:

          Dear Seriously ?!?
          I would assume after reading all those who question your concern about bring the Bible, I would think it would be for the same reason that Playing Cards are listed. Some people like to read to pass the time, some pass the time by playing cards. It’s a choice. I for one are a Christian and would get solace from reading my Bible. You may not. 86% of our Nation believe in GOD. This Nation was founded on the principles of GOD. I can only assume that you might be in that 14%. Good luck with that.

          • Anonymous says:

            Our nation was most definitely not founded on the principles of christianity. You can find many quotations from the founding fathers stating this exact thing. Even the constitution separates the law from religion. Do some research and educate yourself.

          • youdontneedtoknow says:

            to Anonymous…the country was most definitely founded on the principles of Christianity. Anything you think you read that says otherwise is obviously false. Countless written accounts and historically validated artifacts, writings and histories of the founding fathers quite unequivocally state this fact. And the Constitution does no such thing as separate law from religion…all it states is that the country may not formally adopt a religion as the “religion of the state”. But there is no such statute, law or mandate in all of the Bill of Rights, Constitution and all of US law that even says the terminology of “separation of church and state”. It doesn’t exist, it never has and it never will. The Constitution guarantees “freedom OF religion” not “freedom FROM religion”. So if you want to get technical it is actually illegal to be atheist according to the Constitution. Maybe it is you who should do some research and educate yourself. It is quite clear you haven’t even read the Constitution or you’d already know these things.

          • Taylor says:

            The Treaty of Tripoli would disagree with you as well as many founding fathers such as Thomas Jefferson. This nation is made up of many cultures and some of which predate the creation of even of Christianity and older religions in ancient Mesopotamia. This nation is secular in nature.

          • Diego says:

            To “Anonymous”: Well, if I’m not completely wrong, the first and second sentence of the Declaration of Independence mention God. Last time I checked….. That’s a pretty big document concerning our foundation. Also. Look in your wallet, take a dollar bill out, read the back, it says, ” In God We Trust”…. Please refer to 1 Peter 4:12-13. “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.instead, be very glad–for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.” This should also answer the “why would I ever need a Bible for survival” question.

          • Logan says:

            How is it that anyone can voice an opinion and we can encourage it yet the minute they disagree it can turn around to sarcasm or belittling them? For instance I believe you said 14% don’t believe in god thats their choice yet you belittle it with a “good luck with that”, it seems, and maybe I’m wrong, that you are talking down to those 14% of persons who dont believe. Get off your high horse.

        • why so serious? says:

          it’s stories of the ancients, our ancestors, and their experience of life and some editory, but what matters in all knowledge that you learn the good in what you see and learn the importance of knowing evil aside from good. so that you don’t misunderstand the selfishness of one man’s perspective. the bible, could hold sources of understanding rather than practical knowledge for execution. It won’t directly save your life, unless you are attacked you could choose better weapons tho.. but it could give you a perspective in morality and immorality if you understand what it tells about.

          • Mr. “anonymous”, since you are afraid to enter a name it is clear to me that you are a typical lib-tard hiding behind a computer screen who simply has complete fear of the truth. It has also been made evident that you also are completely devoid of any and all facts. This country was most definitely founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs, whether or not you believe this is irrelevant because this is a basic fact known throughout the world by anyone with at least a second grade education, I can write this in any color of crayon you choose if it will help you to better understand. It is clear to all by your misrepresentation of the truth that you are as well educated in history as your ridiculous statement presents you to be. Please try to have a clue before you open your banjo-picking cousin dating dope smoking sandal-wearing tree hugging liberal pie hole in the presence of truly educated people. If your comments are stated out of plain stupidity then we all understand you can’t fix stupid, but after all liberalism is a mental disorder….

        • personal opinion says:

          Regardless of faith, I believe that in a scenario that would be extremely traumatizing, it would be beneficial to raise your moral by reading anything preferable to your region. I.e Bible, Quran, or the Torah. Hell or even just a good book regardless to distract you.

          Yes, you are correct that that a bible wont help you hunt or fight off animals but it can help you survive if you use it correctly. There is literally no reason to get butthurt over the Bible being listed above. That goes to everyone, including Christians.

        • iama prestige says:

          The bible is for when things turn for the worst. And you feel like giving up or taking your own life.It’s for Hope,sanity and knowing there more out there. And if you use other things and books other than the bible

        • red says:

          If you have to ask… it wouldn’t help YOU at all.

          • The Fungo says:

            If you are living like there is no God…you better be right.

        • Kelly says:

          Really? Why not complain about the playing cards? Sounds to me like you are the one with the problem.

          • Gods child says:

            The very reason everyone is making a survival kit and looking at this list, is from the very things that the bible warned us about… Pestilence, Famine, natural disasters! Why wouldn’t we use it as a tool?

        • Jesus lover says:

          Why is it that, when people say anything about the bible, or God, people have to say something against it? What about the other hundred items listed? Just because people stick up for God doesn’t mean were perfect n dont think your comments are bullshit. Cuz to be quite honest they are bullshit… God is the only one who can save us. Whether you believe it or not, whether you have all the right things to say to justify your evilness. You will see soon enough. God is powerful. I would not argue against Him whether you believe or not.

        • Enter your name... says:

          “There’s no such thing as an atheist in a fox hole”

        • Nobby says:

          Could maybe stop a .22 bullet if worn in top pocket or use it to wipe ur ass or to make a spliff as the paper is nice and thin ;0D or you could use it to batter an annoying christian fool to death when they start preaching some holy bollox.!!
          But let the uneducated fools take a distraction from what is happening all around them. That’s what the bible is used for everyday anyway isn’t it. When there is a total loss of social control they will need something to keep them subdued.!?!

        • Hayven says:

          Damn brother You must not have much survival traning state of mind and having things like photos and books to put your mind at ease are as important as a good knife your not go na make it far if you lose your marbles.thats why every soldier carries pictures or small keepsakes to keep them grounded

        • Leah says:

          The bible was listed purely as a moral booster. I spent time in the military and that’s been on our gear lists for years. Yes, you could use it as tinder if you needed to but for most people its a comfort thing. Most of the items on this list aren’t exactly necessary or practical anyway and the bible isn’t the only one. The portable stove for example; how would you actually pack that in a bag along with every other item listed and why would you need it? You already have fire. The rifle isn’t practical either, you’d be better to bring a pistol because they’re smaller and easier to carry. So don’t just rage at the bible half of the items on this aren’t needed.

        • sarah says:

          Personally, I think the Bible would help keep me sane, so yes I think it would be a good tool in a situation like this. Everyone has their opinion, including you, But that doesn’t give you the right to bash on someone elses…

        • Hopeful says:

          I’m expecting a future tribulation – as per the scriptures, Christians will be taken out as per the rapture, so I’m putting together a survival pack for any family members that are left behind. I don’t expect them to survive the tribulation, but it might keep them alive long enough to believe the gospel and thereby find salvation for their soul. So a bible is a must leave behind item. :)

        • kyle says:

          Its for psychological benefit. Often times what kills people in a survival situation is psychological in nature. Fear and panic is deadlier than any physical material

      • sam says:

        your an idiot

      • Cyndi says:

        Yes! Seriously! Not only is it good reading, it’s hopeful and informative. There is everything from medical information (Old Testament) to relationship and survival information and history.

        You don’t have to BELIEVE or be a Christian to find value in the Bible, but please don’t devalue it or my faith. Respect is what is needed and this is a reminder to those of us who see the value of the Bible not to forget it in our packing.

        Thanks for the list. And God Bless you so that it is never needed.

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    • Ethan says:

      6 and 1 should switch because I have been in a survival situation and a good knife is the most inportent

    • Ethan says:

      6 and 1 should switch because I have been in a survival situation and a good knife is the most inportent if you can

      • samysayRoAr? *_* says:

        You are right me and my dad have had to go camping and we got lost for 2 months and we had to survive in the wild we brought a sheddy knife and a bible and a survival kit/bag to survive so people who don’t believe in god, your dum.

        • jackson caraway says:

          darn right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • KC says:

      This is great but a little detailed.

    • Will Murphy says:

      Hey thanks for the list im 14 and have a hard time thinking what i need. You helped alot and i would like tutorials on on survival and a list on how to make shelter…… Im going to be a prepper soon and need more info! But overall THANKS!

    • Heidi says:

      You should also add painkillers, laxatives,diarrhea tablets and hemorrhoid cream/suppositories, urinary infect.tablets, no one wants to be trekking for miles with any of those problems!

  2. irishdutchuncle says:

    i like the list also. for item # 102, i have a dry bag with a change of undies, and a pair of wool socks. (ok i see socks are # 51) i also would add a cold weather hat of some type. a bar of soap, and a “camp towel”.

  3. haha! yeah the cell is definitely number one no matter if you plan to live long term or short term. thanks for commenting back.

    • eli says:

      yes sour , of course there will be no communication at all !!! in the end of the world and its going to be sooooon..
      prey for food first.

      • Teresa says:

        Cell phones, radios, etc. should be limited. Do you think the enemy might be able to track your position?

        • I just posted on this, yes you can be tracked from any transmitting radio. It is a good idea to have a monitor radio that you can only listen to all the bands with, this way you can’t be tracked. Also have a multiple LED flashlight that has a blue LED for night travel, you can see up close but it is hard to spot from a distance..

  4. irishdutchuncle says:

    and another thing… unless you live where there’s never cold weather, i think you need to include ice creepers. staying put during an ice event may not be an option. i’d also add a fresh disposable razor (or a shaver with a replacable battery) to your kit, so you can keep a good seal between your face and your “dust” mask.

  5. brotherrevs says:

    A generator would be good and a solar charging station cellphone, radios, etc.

    • In a survival situation, any fuel consuming device is a bad idea unless you have the money and proper long term storage for fuel, even with this your fuel supply will run out or fail. Generators are also motors that require substantial maintenance such a s oil changes, general tune ups, etc. My system runs my complete home, I will still have power for 5 days without sun or wind When you weigh all of the facts a solar/wind power system always wins out. This being said your cooking/heating supplies should not require fuel unless renewable such as wood for example. Solar cookers/heaters are simple to make as well and will last you a lifetime…

  6. The Real Slim Shady says:

    I replaced the rubbing alcohol with a cheap rot-gut vodka. This allows me to use it for medicinal value as well as a possible trade item if i needed it. you might also want to consider apple cider vinegar (the brown vinegar from the store.) as I’ve heard that it helps guard against tear gas and other airbourne toxins when you soak your face rag or your face-mask in it. jsut a thought.

    • Charles Guidry says:

      Don’t believe everything you hear. The only thing that brown vinegar guards against is ants!!

      • bill says:

        brown vinegar can treat poison ivy, put it on ivy rash every 2 hours during the day for 3 days then daily till rash is gone

        • Mason says:

          3 Days, then daily? In four days poison Ivy rash should be gone naturally unless you have severe allergic reaction to it then only thing that will help is benedryl.

          • Jack says:

            Also Witch Hazel can be of use. I’ve had severe reactions to poison ivy many times, and from what I’ve tried Witch Hazel seems to do the trick.

          • ray says:

            Fels Napha soap. Meant for cleaning it dries everything out. $3.00 for a HUGE bar that will last forever!

  7. Mark B says:

    Soap and towel, definitely.
    I usually take a set of wool socks and clean underwear and use a food vacuum sealer to shrink them down into a small package. It fits in the back corner of my pack. I have been very glad once or twice when I’ve been damp and cold and been able to get some dry socks. You can seal other stuff in the bags as well – matches and firestarter, food, meds. I’ll seal four ibuprofen or imodium in a packet. They stay fresh and dry until you need them, and it’s much cheaper than buying the little packets in a gas station.

  8. johnny craig says:

    i wood tack some hooks and senkers for fishing and a pilloandportabal gril

    • Fishing gear is always a great idea Johnny, but remember to add a few Yo-Yo traps. They have plenty of line on them and when a fish hits the bait they automatically set the hook and reel in the fish. They are small, compact and if you set 3-4 around a water supply you are sure to keep yourself in fish!!

  9. johnny craig says:

    and bate for fishing

  10. monica blair wright says:

    You’d need horses and a wagon to carry all this stuff!

    • mary says:

      For real! Where would you buy the solar recharging stuff? Cell phone service will be down. And a generator? I guess if you choose to bug-in, and have no close neighbors to hear it and come to pay you a visit! We will be taking our pick-up truck, obviously, as this is way more than any bug-out bag could ever hold.

      • luke says:

        You can buy a solar cell phone charger at Walmart. Besides that this list is ridiculous you dont need roughly half this stuff to survive. its mostly comfort items.

      • tim says:

        take an alternator and bolt it to an old bike you can charge the batteries by pedaling

        • Tim you can bolt a fan blade on it and create a”make-shift” wind generator as well…

      • ACZEWOLF says:

        A good item to buy would be a solar powered [multi use]radio. I have a solar powered radio that also has a crank for night use, AM, FM, and the weather alert channel. It also has a flashlight and a cell phone charger. Modern cell phones even without service can have many uses if you think about it.

        • carl says:

          yes. I very much agree. it is very very useful to have one. I have one and I would not go without it.it can charge your phone as well as many other small devices. it has a light n it. it is very portable. solar charging, as well as crank change. \

      • Mary there are thousands of great survival products on the marks, just beware of the junk. Goal-Zero makes great stand alone and mobile solar systems you can choose from. I use their back-pack solar charger that has a battery back-up. I can charge my GPS, cell phone, Flash lights, etc while I am hiking. For a bug-out stove I recommend the Kelly Kettle, it requires no stored fuel and you can cook as you boil water. Also remember to start buying rechargeable batteries for all the things you use, the solar chargers will keep your gear running for a long time. MURS radio sells a great hand-held HAM radio that runs off of triple A batteries, you can also get a great HAM receiver to listen in when you are not transmitting for about $40.00. This will keep you from being tracked from the output of your HAM transmitting radio. For great BOB, look at the Eberlestock G4 Operator pack, it is a military quality Sniper pack that can conceal 2 rifles along with all of the essential gear you will need to carry. It is designed to distribute all of the pack weight between your shoulders and hips to eliminate fatigue..

    • Bob M says:

      Item 64, great weapon to carry. Silent, effective. But they’re much more accurate with good round shot! Marbles or steel shot work best. And carry extra surgical tubing ! And PRACTICE with it !!!

  11. Dludewig says:

    Is there anybody out there that is planning to survive in the wild,indefinitly.
    I’ve been thinking sw New Mexico.Not wanting to deal with winter.
    Not wanting to wait until something bad happens. The system we now live in
    makes us wage slaves and with economy the way it is not going to get any better
    but getting worse. Bugging out. “D”….

    • keegan says:

      I am planning on going off the grid indefinitely but in the pacific northwest. I am hoping to leave from texas in the next several weeks. I have a good portion of these suppiles. Am always looking for someone to join me on this endeavor.

      • Charles Guidry says:

        If you are going off grid, never tell anyone where you will be

    • Charlie says:

      Southwest area ,you ll experience problems finding water,I was considering that area and was told to stay away.From all the desert region which has no water,to just the dry land with no water in site.Just my opinion.

      • gunnerbaran says:

        get up here in Canada. Ya it gets cold but there is lots of land and bush that know one will find you if you don’t want to be found!

    • Blake says:

      I am planninng on doing this when I turn 18 and or when I get all the supplies

    • Tony says:

      I plan on it.

  12. josie says:

    don’t forget misquito netting, you can get it pretty cheap and even sew your own (I made one for each of my kids). Nothing will be worse than remembering everything above and then not being able to enjoy one moment becuase of misquito bites!! (or any other creepy crawly….especially if we are hiding out from all of the crap that is bound to happen in the next couple of years. I will be in the Green Mountains of Vermont!

    • mastermic says:

      ahhhhhh good,, vermont? now i know where you ll be in case i run out of goodies LOL

  13. Di says:

    I’m brand spanking new at this and a little overwhelmed, well,maybe alot overwhelmed.I am also trying to get the people I love,to listen and help me get started.I can’t do this all on my own. How do I get them to listen with out sounding like I’m losing it?? I’m 63 and I think they believe I’ve gone round-the-bend. Thanks for being here. Di

    • Adam says:

      I’m preparing all the time buying my 4 wheel drive pickup next month. Di I think most people r to close-minded to see what the government has done to this country n still hoping for it to change. Ne 1 interested in embarking together I promise to always have your back I was born here n though the world will b in chaos soon I will protect what is mine and whom I m with for me that’s the American way but I will step off the grid n whom ever I travel with u would b the only one who knew where that would b. Does anyone know where a firearm can b purchased without a hassle

      • Logan says:

        Hey I’m thinking of goin either up north or over to the scotish wilderness its pretty remote in some places and the population is lower than a lot of places

  14. Dave says:

    Good list for being well-prepared!

    May I suggest 1 item essential in your kit:

    • Insect repellent (with DEET, sweat-proof, kids-friendly, odourless, whatever! Spray, apply, patch etc – just don’t let the bugs bug you!).

    In warm or cold weather. In the urban environment or wilderness, one of man’s greatest irritant and threat is really the insects.

    Insects (mosquitoes, ticks, bugs and other creepy crawlies etc) test our resolve. Irritated us to no end. Pricked our peace of mind and comfort.

    Thanks for the great list! :-)

    • survivethewild says:

      I agree. There needs to be some sort of insect repellant. Mosquitoes and other insects can be a huge problem all over the world. They carry potentially deadly and debilitating diseases and the best medicine in this case is prevention. Mosquito nets, DEET repellant, skin so soft, etc. And yes, skin so soft from Avon DOES keep the mosquitoes off. I used it in Honduras and it worked better than any other mosquito repellant I tried. I also didn’t have to worry about it getting on my hands then contaminating my food. You have to be more careful with DEET with all its chemicals.

    • Dave when the repellant runs out “smoking yourself” around a fire is quite effective. Any “greens” will work but pine is even more effective for some reason. If stealth is necessary digging a hole to make the fire in also works well.

  15. jose says:

    As well just ad a tent and a shower, is this a survival list or a camping list !!!!!!!!

    • PD says:

      Yes I agree a portable camping shower is a must have.

      • cory says:

        baby wipes are great for hygiene when theres nothing else. used them in iraq

  16. Dan says:

    I guess jose doesn’t care about long term survival huh? They said it was a list of what some readers carry…. persoanlly I carry a lot of this stuff either in a bugout bag, as my EDC, in my vehicle or stocked up in my BOL

  17. Thanks for the list. I will ad at least 5 items that I didn’t have.

  18. Alexander says:

    do u really think ur going to have half this stuff when ur trying to suvive? a list of things u should have should be the bare minimum on what u can use and purposes for them like 550 cord, can be used to tie things down, climbing, hanging ur kill to skin it, fix broke tools, make a handle, etc. half these things you arnt going to have, find, nor need to survive and all u need to do it know how to use the things u have to make ur life in the wilderness much easier on urself or a group u are with in the situation.

  19. Leon says:

    It for sure a good list, some stuff on there is a bit more than you can carry. I would have to say go with item #101. Remember there are other Items that double for other items, one which would be good is #28, camp ax and #29 Shovel, for a E – tool. An E tool does just as much as a small camp ax, as well as (as strange as this sounds) a place to sit when going to the bathroom. You can break small branches and dig holes or make clearing as well, plus it’s lightweight.
    Also do remember as it states right at the begining of the list “Our list of the top 101 Survival Gear Items our readers carry with them. Our list of the top 101 Survival Gear Items our readers carry with them. Some of these items are great for Bug Out Bags, and Wilderness survival, while others are better suited for an urban survival situation.” Key part of that phrase is,
    “Bug Out Bags, and Wilderness survival, while others are better suited for an urban survival situation.”

    Depending on the situation, depends on what your going to bring. If everything goes to hell and a handbasket, your probably not going to bring #10 a PLB. #44 a Machete I really couldn’t say why you would need that unless your in a jungle. Keep in mind there are lots of backpacks out there, pending on the use and what your doing with your bug out bag, you should be able to fit about 80 – 100LBS and carry with you. It sounds like alot, however you be surprised what you can do. What I would like to add for #102, is train with your gear!!! in others don’t wait for everything to go wrong, set up a camping trip, not just during nice weather, but bad weather too, this will do lot of differnt things. it will teach you how to deal with te elements, and it will also get you used to your gear that your carrying.

    • john says:

      #44 id say maybe protection in general keeps you away from from dangerous situations…and deadly if sharp

      • yoyomokomo says:

        Machete is on top of my list. I live on Maui and need the coconuts hanging overhead for sustenance.

        • Mason says:

          LOL not much places for you to bug out to unless you paddle to a different Island. Just kiddin man. haha

          • gingerruff says:

            many TOURIST get lost in the mountains of oahu—go e. 5mi. and you hit water—go w. 5 miles and you reach the ocean. they choose to go the long way–app.75+ miles

        • Jack says:

          It really depends on where you live. Places like jungles are tough to live in without a good machete, but it is possible. For me, I’ve never bothered buying one because I live in Canada. There doesn’t tend to be any jungles up here :)

  20. jerivswild says:

    i personaly am geeting ready for the apocalypse! i’m buying all the guns ammo and basic survival tools i will need. i was told buy my grandpa that if anything ever went down on our home soil my best bet would be to head for the west. new mexico would be my ideal place to bed down and survive!

  21. common sense queen says:

    it’s a nice list and all, but uh, i cant help but think there’s something missing. hmmm what could it be, hmm let me think. Oh I know TOILET PAPER! Come on people, you cant go with out water food or a way to clean yourself. I dare say that TP is more important than the three different kinds of radio mentioned. It’s a good list but it seems to take a lot to take care of a person. i agree with the horse thing, don’t under estimate the skills of animals. if your really worried about surviving you should seriously consider having and animal or two with you, at least a dog. and if surviving in nature is in your plans look into the life styles of the pioneers, native americans, aborigines, and any other tribes peoples that live in regions you plan on visiting.

    • dwc4 says:

      flushable baby wipes are better imo. for kindling, there is tons of other material pre-existing. flushable baby wipes can be dried-out for many uses, and original wet state can act as disposable soap and washcloth. after soiled (non-fecal), used for kindling, gauze, etc. as far as the t.p. usage- one sheet of this stuff replaces countless sheets of t.p.

    • Mason says:

      Thats what the bandanas are for. Their washable, just make sure never ever mix them up with your sweat rags.

    • Jack says:

      Clearly, you don’t have much actual survival experience. I’ve gone on backpacking and canoe trips for more than two weeks at a time with no toilet paper. It’s called using a leaf, and I’m dead serious. The rule is pick it from above waist height so you don’t get poison ivy. Also, in a real bugout scenario, you don’t really want to have an animal with you, unless you’re going to eat it. A dog or a horse requires a lot of food and water, and it isn’t worth the sacrifice overall for a slight hunting advantage or some mobility.

  22. JDell says:

    I’ve been reading & working on pulling together a Bug out Bag for over a year (it take money & time to find good deals, especially when you are on very limited income!I live in S.Ca & last Easter (2010) we had a 7.0 earthquake & I watched my condo building sway back & forth for what seemed like an eternity. I got really serious about survival after that,but I’m still not really ready & I know an earthquake is not going to wait for me to be ready. So here’s where I need help….There are hundreds & hundreds of survival & backpacking sites on the Internet. I’d like to know if anyone can tell where I can find survival / backpacking web sites in my area (so they are talking about my part of the country) or a list of items I should have in a pack based where I live. Also can anyone tell me some good web sites to get bargain equipment? I’m still looking for a water pump, radio, & some other things. Also because I’m small & I’m in my 60s I have to watch the weight, so I’m into the idea of ultra light backpacking. Thanks for any ideas. JDell

    • Logan says:

      Get on chkadel.com or budk.com a lot of survival gear and low priced

  23. Dennis says:

    EBERLSTOCK has some great back packs and they are designed to carry a gun

  24. HB says:

    Don’t forget backup contact lenses/glasses, menstrual products and medications.

  25. zach says:

    what i think is that ,well suviving long term is not what you happend to bring on your trip,journey,whatever you would like to call it is your commen sense i’ve been in perdicament that i did’nt use my common snse and got me into a bigger predicament

    • Anthony says:

      I believe the word you were searching for is “predicament.”

  26. ztar says:

    if you ever have to go and bunker down and survive i would recomend,the desert,forest, or newmexico,the swamp and river in mississipi or louisiana,and the mountains like the rocky mountains,where you pick to survive is based on your opinion and where you were raised, i like new mexico because i was raised there and there is all types of terrain.but unpredictable weather!

    • MrGk77 says:

      Sounds like New Mexico is a great place to bug-out or survive.

  27. jose howard says:

    have any of you people have any training for emergencies such as broken bones. should be the number one item on survival get some training for emergencies.

  28. Off Grid Survival says:

    Hey Jose,

    This is just a list of gear, we always advice our readers that knowledge and training are the number one priority and that they should train to be able to survive without the use of survival gear.

    That being said, having good gear sure will make things a lot easier!

    • Patty says:

      How-to manuals on how to make diesel out of tallow,
      Firearms, ammo, gun cleaning supplies and reload supplies, fishing gear, water purification tablets of the means to distill water. Seeds, food and cast iron cooking pans.

  29. Sterling says:

    List is ok for the most part, some shit u need, some will be a waste of space, I.e. cell phone, get a radio or sat phone. Some one said cold weather gear, that’s good too, but u have too keep it dry to work, if your cheap a trash bag will work. Ammo definitely, but get ammo for a common caliber. 7.62×39, 5.56 NATO, or common civilian weapon ammo. Also u need some shit to clean your gun? They stop working if u don’t… Extra mags/ what ever feeds it. It’s hard to hear, but food is over rated, use if u get MREs like this says, strip them of things you dont need, there big, and they add up in weight. YOU HAVE TO HAVE WATER or be able to purify it. You need salt too, not just because u need it in small amounts to live(more so in hot climates) but you can preserve food with it too. Get a compass and map. If your set on electronics, which are awesome, get a solar charger. Solar chargers are actually pretty cheap. All electronics will break/malfunction in a day or 10 years, but it will happen. Some one here said some shit about gun packs, unless ur a sniper with a plan, u should have your “gat” available quick fast in a hurry. Have a tarp/ tent too. Keep copies of important documents. Vodka was a good suggestion. Gold, silver, platinum.

    • Patty says:

      Keeping everything ready to go is the most important. Ammo, lots of it for lots of guns. Alcohol can be traded, baby formulas too.

  30. poppa powell says:

    A harmonica is good for entertanement if you are not worried about noise, a pencil and small pad would be good for essential notes or a journal or last will, and a small cutting board would give you a washable surface to prep food on in stead of just a small mess kit.

  31. Nojerty says:

    the bird never sews or reaps but is always fed

  32. yo says:

    Another thing you might could use is a bow and arrows. it has reusable ammo

    • Grim says:

      My cross bow and survival buck knife. Doesn’t get much better when it comes to a stealth assault or a defense in some cases

  33. Cricket says:

    Regardless of how long the list, large the packback, or even how much knowledge & experience we have, if/when we are pushed into a serious, extended, survival situation, we will find ourselves in need of something; even if it is only peace and a trusted companion.
    Having said that, prepare spiritually and that will provide the Peace of a Trusted Companion. Then grab your backpack and go for it!
    Remember….Improvisation is the mother of necessity. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

  34. VTWiT says:

    For want of a nail, the survivalist was lost.

    At the very least, get a cheap picture hanging kit with several small nails, screw eyes, stainless steel cord, etc. Just toss in the whole package. You’d be surprised what good a simple nail can be. Screw eyes can be makeshift pulleys for lamps and food (don’t ever feed a skunk… unless you’re at a creek and can soak it off for three days >-P )
    Also, if you have the room throw in some clothespins.
    And last week I saw the coolest thing, a spear point. ( http://www.eseeknives.com/arrowhead-ah-1.jpg )

  35. John Murphy says:

    I hate to be the obvious “bad guy” here…but you are NOT “living off the grid”. The only thing missing in your list is a direct telephone line to the ATF and a large orange X painted on the roof of your house, cabin, boat, tent, teep-pee, mud-hole or where ever it is you plan to “survive” a crisis. 11 of the 101 items make no sense at all.
    10.Personal Locator Beacon(TRACKED BY SATELLITE)
    78.Shortwave Radio(LOCATED BY RADIO SIGNALS)
    89.Emergency Credit Card(One swipe shows your location)
    90.Personal Identification Papers (YES…of someone else!)
    91.Family Photos(Do NOT comprimise the privacy of your family please!)
    94.Money-Putting a $20 or a $50 in your kit might come in useful some day…if you are vacationing in Tia Juana,Mexico GREAT!!! Otherwise…water, food, ammo, alcohol, precious metals and medical supplies are the only currency in a crisis.

    You actually have some good items on your site…just NOT the ones listed above.

    • BHO says:

      I agree completely. When i first read this i was like “nope, nope,nope,nope for everything youve listed haha. IF you are to bring a cell phone, remove the chips from it. the ONLY use i could see in a cell phone is the flashlight most newer ones have. (which mine includes more code) but if you already know it then you dont need a phone to do so. just bring a flash light

  36. J.P. says:

    I agree with John Murphy. The list of 101 things while most of it is comprehensive it’s not going to help you truly bug out. If SHTF my wife and I will disappear. I know this list is a list of things to help you survive and as I mentioned, a lot of it has merit but how long do you think you’ll live if everyone who’s anyone can find you. It could be a military mindset that drives me in this direction but even my family knows they’ll never find me if I dont make contact.

  37. poppa powell says:

    The basic premise of this list is survival, part of survival is using all your resources, including the government or whomever your worried about finding you. The situation you are describing sounds more like evasion. Whether or not your evasion is for legitimate reasons or not is beside the point. I also am distrustful of any organization that wishes to control all aspects of your life, but i would still use them to accomplish my objective. If you are going to evade someone a hair dye kit and some way of changing your normal appearance would be helpful.

  38. nik marley says:

    list isnt a bad start def need to weed through the not so needed items though if you all want some info on some really good supplies how to use them and why get the book called ” Patriot” really good book, story about a guy who planned very well for the comming collapse. great story as well very inforative on survivalist supplies and methods.

  39. nick says:

    an interesting add that i found when reading the army survival manual is the addition of a condom as a water bladder. They are compact and though made of thin latex rubber are required to be made strong. When it comes to compact water carrying devices, as odd as it is to say, you probably cant beat a condom. (just be sure to get the unlubed kind, haha)

  40. last man standing says:

    remember that mre’s are bad for you use them as a last ditch source only there only for if you have a multivitamin with you cause of all the perservatives in them and just while I’m talking get a gas mask it servives a lot of things and it will look intimitating to an enemy like sunglasses but this is in theory mind you

  41. JMireles says:

    MRE’s are ok, but there’s a reason we in the military refer to them as “Meals Rejected by Everyone”. Some of the meals are downright horrible. Not to mention some of the meals can bind you up. Still, if there’s nothing else available, then they’re the best choice. Something I haven’t seen mentioned in the sites I’ve been perusing, and think might be useful, is instructions on how to construct a solar still. Unlike water filters, which occasionally need to be replaced, a solar still continues to produce clean water as long as the materials and water source hold out. Also, I saw someone mention something about gold, silver, and platinum. Those are excellent ideas. Alcohol also. However, one can’t forget some of the other HUGE luxury items: chocolate, sugar, dyed cloth (bolts of it can be bought at fabric stores), perfume, shampoo, body wash, and anything else anyone can think of to use as a trade item. Naturally, plenty of people, weapons, and ammo to protect those treasures isn’t out of the question either.

    • JMireles says:

      Afterthought: One can never overestimate the usefullness of a dog and a cat. Dog: 1) Early warning system. I know this should be painfully obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people out there don’t like or want pets. Dogs have senses that are more sensitive than our own. A few dogs in camp will ensure that no one can surprise you, regardless of the time of day. 2) Many dog breeds were developed for hunting. You can train them to hunt, and bring the kill to you. 3) Good for group morale. Studies have shown that there are good health benefits to owning a pet. Cats: 1) Study how the Black Plague was able to spread so rapidly across Europe. Having cats around you is a good thing. 2) Cat owners have told stories of finding dead animals left on their porch by a feline friend. In a survival situation, this would be a very good thing, for very obvious reasons.

  42. headhunter says:

    her in the phil we use laminated plastic as a roof for our hammock,and we only carry machete,we use it for fishing in shallow water,we dont carry utensil we get all the things we need in in the forest for our survival, including medicine.

  43. PD says:

    A couple of more basics to keep on hand would be cornstarch and baking soda. Cornstarch is great for soothing chapped skin and irritated skin. It can be used as a deodorizer for shoes and body. Baking soda has a lot of uses too such as brushing teeth, another deodorizer and cleaning. Both are environmental friendly.

  44. jg says:

    Might as well throw ur whole house on ur backpack…

  45. John says:

    Thanks. No cell phone for me or anything battery operated. I’m going into the wild.

  46. don says:

    Im glad that I know how to hunt, trap, fish and raise plants. I am taking guns, ammo, knives, clothes, shelter, 15 ways to make fire and more guns. If I cant kill it or catch it, I will take it from someone, lol. I will fill my truck to the top and dare someone to try and take something. Good luck to all of you, 2012 is going to be the most violent election year in our history. If Obama cant win, he will take it forcefully. The end is coming for whitie, hit the woods and survive without those government thugs.

    • slick says:

      I will wait until you are a sleep and then rob you.

  47. Tink says:

    How is this an off grid survival list if the first thing listed is a cell phone? I do agree that it would be nice to have the cell phone but in true definition that is not a need in an off grid list.

    • Jay says:

      No one ever said it was.

    • ACZEWOLF says:

      If you think about it, a cell phone could have many uses even without the ability to call someone.

  48. IAMTHEWALRUS says:

    watch the movie “The Divide” it will show you what survival stuff youll need.

  49. Christine N. says:

    I just started compiling supplies in case of a catastrophic event that seems imminent. My husband thinks it’s silly but I’m doing it anyway. I have a seven month old son, and I’m wondering how much formula/baby food I should stock for him.
    Also, I didn’t see a hammer with nails on the list. I’d think that would be somewhat essential.

    • reed mayes says:

      A goat or canned goats milk. Packing lots of formula will not be practical dear.

  50. Mark Bradley says:

    Knowledge is going to be your key to “surviving”. First aid and self defense classes are cheap or even free….take them! Learn as many ways to start fire and obtain water as you can. Know all the wildlife in your area and their habitats. Know how to identify all edible plants in your area Find others in your area with your passion for survival and share/ learn skills with them. Make your own list from this list and get the items on your list A.S.A.P! One thing I have that I did not see is orange plastic trash bags. Their weight to use ratio is unbeatable. Take care, be prepared. :)

  51. scott says:

    this is the stupidest list i have ever seen all you should need is a good knife, rope, a metal canteen/bottle, and a fire starter (not matches)

  52. Adam says:

    a Bible? haha

    • James says:

      That’s what I said. Lol

      • Beltoro says:

        If you think the Bible has no value then you are a goose.

        • Lex says:

          It’s true, you can use it to make a nice fire! :)

          • Mason says:

            Or wrap your fish up in. LOL

    • Jeff Jenkins says:

      Makes great kindling when needed

    • Chris says:

      The Bible is the MOST ESSENTIAL item on the list! It will help you through the most tough times giving you strength to carry on. Praying is the most important thing you can do in a crisis. Those who laugh at this are fools! God Help us all!

  53. ben says:

    one realy good piece of gear that i would recomend that alot of people seem to forget is a fire piston

  54. Jason says:

    I keep a Bible in every Bug out bag I have, the best reading you can get in any situation.

  55. reed mayes says:

    God be with you all. Thank you for sharing your list so others may gain items they had not thought of. For all haters the phrase “better safe than sorry” stemmed from somewhere. Another good one is “hindsight is always 20/20.” Just some food for thought.

  56. jon red says:

    No bow and arrow ????!?? Silent hunts won’t give up your position. you can make your own arrows .

    • Jeff says:

      I mentioned that to. Your definitely a survivor.

  57. forester ret says:

    Replace # 48 with dog 40Lbs.
    Replace # 60 with Med wgt jacket.
    Replace # 67 with T shirt & undershorts.
    Replace # 89 with 2 jeans and L.S shirts.
    Drop # 63 you have #61.
    Drop # 72 you have #28, cut a pole .
    Drop # 98 you have # 38.
    Drop # 92 you have # 56.

  58. forester ret says:

    correction Replace # 67 with 40 Lb dog, you have #78, #33,#34, & # 9.

  59. forester ret says:

    2nd correction Replace # 63 with T shirts and undershorts.

  60. AJ says:

    Very good list. You really have the important essentials covered.

  61. sherMAN says:


  62. Jeff says:

    The most important would be a lot of ammo. Lets face it we might be united we stand right now. When it comes down to survival we are all going to be shooting each other like crazy madmen. How come I don’t see a bow or crossbow on the list. The silent hunter doesn’t give his position away. You would have to have a few slaves to carry most of the crap on this list.

  63. Steve says:

    As a Former Navy Corpsman attached to a Marine Infatrty unit. I spent a lot of time in the field. I can tell you that we saw as many if not more injuries from illnesses and sick call than from combat action. While your list is GREAT and EXTENSIVE you neglected to mention a lot of basic hygiene items you will need to stay healthy and prevent diasease. One of the most important things to think about is good dental hygiene a dental injury can lead to infection and even death so my list begins with:

    toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, baby wipes (for GI shower) paper towels, toilet ppr, q-tips. Some things on the general list Leather work gloves, medical gloves, thermal underwear, camel bak, camo paint, balaclava, wool or knit cap, and writing paper and pen/pencil. Also you mentioned sleeping bag and bivy sack but no one mentioned sleeping pad…. the ground gets awful hard after 1-2 nights in the field.

    Semper Fi:


  64. Robert says:

    are all those items suppose to fit in one bag

  65. Lizzie says:

    I started my survival stash about a month ago. I came across something this past week that I will include in my survival supplies. It’s those Therheat pads. I had an injured shoulder and came across those in the drug store. Even though I was skeptical about the heat lasting 8 hours, I decided to try them anyway…… I was in dire pain. I placed one pad across my shoulder not expecting it to do much. To my surprise, the pad was still very warm 10 hours later!! What a wonderful thing to add to your kit in case you need to keep your core warm in an unforeseen cold snap! Those Theraheat pads are large enough to cover any part of your body that needs to stay warm in case of an emergency, may even save your life! They would be better than just the hand Warner’s.

  66. Charles Guidry says:

    There is another thing that needs adding to this list.
    A rifle is already there, but, you need more than 1 and a good handgun and shotgun with ammo (at least 500 rounds per weapon) Great list though. As for the knives, SOG is great, but, a couple of Gerber Steadfast knives and sharpening gear couldn’t hurt.

  67. Matthew B says:

    You should always have Cash. Good luck trying to run to the ATM when there’s a disaster. Also, never let your vehicle get under 1/2 a Tank of gas(Unless driving somewhere of course). And Keep Extra Gas onhand. 15-20 gal. could potentialy get you 400 miles from danger or 400 miles off the grid.

  68. justin says:

    Best survival is knowledge. understanding what your bodies need to survive unless u have a fortified bunker with defence and plenty of storage. Wight and choosing tools realisticly. fancy gear and trucks on the move become targets to people without. you wouldn’t last a month. body needs protein and carbs plus your vitamins water. alfalfa is a plant that made into a tea for nutriance and peanutbuttet or dried beans you can survive. a can of veg have been cooked of most nutrition. mre are nice but who has thousands to stock up on dried food and find a way to carry. if u can that’s great but learning of plants as food,med. is very important. When it does happen and u have someone u care for gets ill u can’t go to get med what will u do. they can stop our truck take are guns our food tools ect. knowledge is your best tool willow bark boiled makes asprine.

  69. Beltoro says:

    One useful idea is to create a holder for the small but necessary items. Use a durable fabric and make an arrangement on it for things like a lighter, small blades, matches, whatever. Sew pockets or elastic grips to hold everything in place, and label what belongs where. The payoff is that is easier to find something small this way instead of having to empty your backpack to find something, labeling means you know if something is missing, and finally you can roll it up and store it safely in your bag.

  70. rebelstomper says:

    Do not forget quart, gallon, and two gallon Ziplock freezer bags to waterproof everything. They are like duct tape, you can not have enough of them and hundreds of uses.

  71. Semper Gumby says:

    Not a bad thing to be comfortable if in camp and plan to stay. Otherwise list should be only what can be carried on you. This will be dictated by location, climate and order of needs supposing u r healthy. Generally and ideally always have a quality fixed blade(research and use), waterproofed survival manual(the more u know the less u carry), a metal water bottle(portable & potable-to carry & boil), and experience(why r u still reading? Go experience).

    • Semper Gumby says:

      If u r yet reading due to my infinite wisdom-and/or offensive USMC confidence- im sure the above will become scrutinised as “too short” or “u need these items”. Resist the instinct to find fault, dwell, then merely succeed. If the list is to short u require more of the intangible list or a better manual. If u want more gear and weight either carry mine or double the above list-i prefer my kit as i do my women…2 by 2. :-)

  72. mastermic says:

    i havent come across this one yet in the posts,, a bottle of antibiotics.. when you are in the bush and you get cut infected.. best to get a hold of a bottle of antibiotics.. also they would be like gold in the back country if you run across someone that is sick with infection,, get ahold of a bottle or more,, all you can get now! just my comments,, from an ex-Green beret (1970 – VIETNAM VET )

  73. rebelstomper says:

    If you like natural medicines, you can try oil of clove for toothaches, tea tree oil for minor cut and oil of oregano for more severe infections. Just a thought, there is alot more if you look for it on the web.

    • Jack says:

      Tea tree oil also helps get rid of ticks and lice.

  74. bachus says:

    Finger and Toe nail clippers are a must. Can also be used to cut fishing line.

  75. Jessica says:

    Really? Need a bible to survive? Usually when someone is trying to survive in the wilderness, it’s because they have a lack of provisions and/or supplies. Just saying.. Terrible list in my opinion. How about a different top ten

  76. justin says:

    If your looking to start a fire with more motor oil, make sure its used. New oil will not burn. It will smoke but wont burn and might put your fire out. All the carbons in the oil and little gas makes it very flammable and smoke like crazy.

  77. Clyde Drexler says:

    You asked that I tell you what I am thinking…Here is what I am thinking. I am thinking that if we are lucky enough to have another election in ’16, I hope we have by then as a nation realized that neatness counts. We have GOT to pay attention, and elect somebody who will turn this ship around. Someone who is fit to pick up after the clowns who have been in office for the past (by then) 24 years. Petreaus comes to mind, maybe. But for the love of God, people, read some history. And—PLEASE!– think!

  78. Ed Bongers says:

    real great site, better then most

  79. Tim says:

    What every ones needs is the basics for survival. Everything else that you get is a bonus. I have a piece of land(woods)that has a basement and nothing else and is completely hidden you can walk right on top of it and wouldnt even know its there, 4 packs ready if i would need to leave the place in a hurry. Never ever give out your location. I am prepared for both situations rather it be by the government or by terrorists.. I have 2 kids and a woman to worry about if something happens. The list is pretty good if you have a place for everything and can afford it but also be prepared to leave most of it behind if need be. My opinion on the basics is simple— Guns, knives, water, medicine, fishing equipment, compass, change of clothes, blankets, food, boots and then put yourself in a survival attitude…. Cell phone –NO!!! No electric no gas and no water is what you need to be thinking of and the number 1 thing of protecting your family…..

  80. Matt says:

    What about medical supplies?

  81. john says:

    If its OFF the grid why would you have a laptop or a cell phone. That’s why you go OFF grid

  82. Rob says:

    A bible? Really?
    Religion is probably one of the main reasons that people would be in the situation requiring the use of a survival bag.
    Fights over ‘God’ are the main reason that society is going to the crapper.
    ‘God’ is responsible for more wars and deaths than all other reasons combined.

    • gingerruff says:

      thought i was the only that knew that!

  83. Robzilla says:

    How about a life vest or one of those floating noodles. You may need to get across a river. Can double as a pillow. Weighs next to nothing.

  84. malakai says:

    great list but i do find i strange that there is so much equipment that will keep track of you or tell people where you are when the site is offgrid survival. but as you stated it’s for those starting out on the survival part

  85. shelly says:

    Seeds. Very small and can help you reestablish with food you like later id things are long term. Family would probably appreciate it. Im new to this, but the idea comes from the bible.

  86. shelly says:

    Also,this was only mentioned once, but probably needs repeating. For those travelling with women of child bearing age, please dont forget menstrual items or things can quickly become a bloody mess. Things could turn into a breeding ground for disease if not handled.

  87. Mike says:

    I think seeds would be a really good idea. First, bring fruit seeds. Not vegetables. Also, bring clover/alfalfa seeds (can be bought at most co-ops) for wildlife. After a few weeks, clover or alfalfa will be a surplus of wild game. Deer, rabbits and many other animals flock to that stuff. But be aware that along with prey comes predator so make sure you have weapons and not necessarily guns. I would prefer a longbow with a draw weight of 50lbs with 30 broadhead arrows than any rifle with 500 rounds. Rifle rounds are not re-usable, and will quickly run out. I would say bring fruit seeds because if you find an ideal survival spot (e.g. Next to a snow-melt river, in woodsy area with small clearings and plenty of animals) and want to settle in, fruit seeds grow more seeds, meaning an endless supply. Vegetables do not. Also, clover or alfalfa for bait, and a good longbow with broad heads (the wide, razor sharp blades). I would veer away from compound bows in a survival situation because they have so many things that could go wrong. Longbows are lighter, quieter and force you to more at one with nature, increasing your survivability. Basically when you go through the list on this site, ask yourself: if I don’t have this, will I for sure die? Not, ask yourself: if I have this, am I positive that it will help me to survive better? If no to both those questions, get rid of it because in survival situation, there is no room for luxuries, it is better to have 2 necessities than one necessity and one luxury.

    • JFK says:

      But in a life and death situation the large mammal or small may not come within longbow shot. How many tens of thousands of shots will you need to become proficient? Will you be able to stand tall and draw back to shoot? This is where a modern crossbow will come in. They can be accurate to 75+ yards and bring down any game including bear and bison. The bows have never been banned for being to efficient. Crossbows have and until very recently in Michigan you needed to have a medical issue why you couldn’t use a bow. They are extremely deadly and silent. If needed to hand make the bolt they are shorter too.

      Also you can get seeds from vegetables. Melons and squash and potatoes are very easy to regrow.

  88. DB Cooper says:


    Reading the comments in response to this list, I can not help but feel better about my chances to survive. The lack of common sense, close minded know it alls, and the sheer retardedness of some of you makes me laugh. Also, why didn’t 2/3s of you learn to spell or use spell check?

    For example:

    apple cider vinegar vs. airbourne toxins? Wow!

    lack of water in southern New Mexico? Ever been there?

    gas mask= intimidating? you watch too much wrestling.

    You need more than one rifle? Are you surviving or forming a one man rambo-style combat unit?

    Read the list for ideas. Add or subtract as needed based on your plan. Read a book or 12. Also, as crazy as this might sound, go hiking, camping, or hunting and gain some real world experiance.

    • Doc says:

      I think part of the problem is a lack of a common operational definition of “survival”. People are confusing survival situations and off-grid living.

      In my mind there is no such thing as a survival situation that lasts 2-weeks, 2 months, 1 year. Within the first few days one should build shelter, start a fire, and locate a reliable source of water and food. After that it’s just like being at home, but without the PS4, laptop, etc.

  89. Stella says:

    I think it is a great start for new people specially if they are only watching a show about surviving and never really been active like being in the military or something. This is a great start list, but personal hygiene and so many things that are critical to keep yourself strong are missing so you do not become ill. So you are able to maintain your strength to help those that you love. Whether it be the Zombies to hunting/camping or to an enemy you are getting away from, you will need to prepare one at home and in your vehicle. Obviously if the world is coming to an end, we will not have any communication via computers, satalite, phones etc… get me? No need to bring electronics unless they are walkie talkies. A solar panel will charge them when or if battery operated ones are no longer available. Just remember unless you have to go outside or leave during an epidemic, don’t, wait until everything has calmed down for a couple days. Lock everything. Board everything up. Set boobie traps whatever you need to, to keep everyone inside and safe. Believe me running is not the answer, calmly think about your moves before you do. It is like chess. Do an assessment of your location and chances. I wish that everyone that was taking a clear look at what this world was coming to would actually see what it needs…Good luck to everyone. Remember where there is a will there is a way…

  90. Ozomulsion says:

    Another few things I would suggest: a small military grade grappling hook. I can imagine many situations where one would come in use, especially in urban situations. If things go really sour, smoke grenades would come in handy as a way to confuse an enemy if you are being pursued. The only ones I’ve found for sale are ones they use for paintballing, but they should work fine.

    Lastly, ditch the machete and get a Kukri instead. Although it is a little heavier than a machete, the Kukri is not only more suited as a self-defense weapon, but also a better wood-cutting tool because it has the ability to be used like a hatchet because of it’s shape and weight. Also, because of this weight and it’s long-perfected design, when used right it actually will save you energy if you are using it over a long period of time because it’s striking power uses gravity to it’s advantage as opposed to the machete, which only uses the strengh of your arm.

    Great list, I’ll certainly use this as a reference point while I prepare my survival backpack.


  91. mrjamster says:

    to those people who said that bringing a cellphone for survival is ridiculous, you are wrong! cellphone or smartphone for that matter is a very essential part of my survival gear because it has a wide variety of uses and using it to call is not one of them. you can store photos of your loved ones, store videos or PDF files DIY stuff, it serves as a flashlight and a lot more. i have an apple iphone and i bought myself a solar powered lamp with a usb port so i can charge my iphone. i do not plan on bringing anything battery oprated with me except for my apple iphone since it is easily rechargeable and the battery life is enough to last a week if not used online. SO think again folks, invest in a good smartphone but not for calling but for storing important files that could be useful for survival.

  92. John Cooper says:

    Fun correspondence apart the SEALette (as a Navy corpsman from ’69-’73, I agree with the general consensus. That sort of valor-swiper stands out like a whore in church), & apart from some of the newsgroup-style snottiness that seems to be a part of all internet intercourse. My impressions:
    Even the initial list would fit better in a car trunk or a largish canoe than in a pack, & as further altered sounds more appropriate to a cabin in the woods, where it would be welcome.
    I take food with me, but the MREs mentioned are far too bulky. Canned goods are too heavy. Dried grains like rice or (O Hell Yeah) grits are perfect. Dried fruit. Salty protein supplements like Xtra sharp cheddar & the smaller whole hard sausages like salami or pepperoni do well chopped up into the boiled grain; helps with taste as well as nutritional value, & they keep unrefrigerated for a surprisingly long time, especially if kept in a ziplock bag. Tea, salt & sugar weigh nothing. Coffee is a little too bulky, sob. Your meals may be boring, but their weight & pack space will be trivial. Leaves room for clothing, sleep gear & other stuff.
    The heaviest stuff I like to drag along are items that allow me to do things; knives, axes, saws, rope, cord, fishing equipment & other tools for example. I’d love to haul along a passle of heat, too, but just a light center fire rifle, break action .22/shotgun combo & a center fire handgun together would conservatively weigh nearly 20lbs. One post suggested multiple long arms. A little .22 single shot & one center fire pistol ought to do the trick. Now, my list is for a real camping trip, not armed conflict.
    -The Prof

    • rebelstomper says:

      Try freeze dried coffee or instant like tasters choice, it ain’t fresh brewed but it will due in a pinch.

    • Alexander says:

      What would be the ideal bug out bag (and one that’s large enough), do you recommend for hauling all this stuff?

  93. Crunchy says:

    What about Hand Bypass Pruners for cutting branches for firewood?

  94. imhoudinibitch says:

    Cell phone?? Why would you need a cell phone if your off grid, chances are you wouldnt even have service and the battery is going to run out eventually…

    and I hope this is in no particular order…

  95. imhoudinibitch says:

    Fishing line
    Fishing hooks (and maybe even a collapse-able fishing rod, since you already have 101 items, whats a fishing rod)
    bow and arrow (can reuse the arrows instead of running out of ammo)
    knife sharpener (knife will be rendered useless without a sharpener
    Seeds (seeds dont take up too much space and youll be able to grow crops just in case you spend more time then you thought out in the wild)

  96. Mark says:

    38 & 52 are the same (Gloves)Other than that nice list. Thanks it made me think of a few things I didn’t have

  97. Mark says:

    I would suggest a small bottle with several little items such as small screws, safety pins, hooks, dental floss, shoe strings, fishing lures, paper clips, and one of those paper clips for big stacks (black with metal handles)With two or three of these and a good stick you can make a perfect fishing poll. just don’t forget your fishing line. If you get a think line you can also use it for snares. I have it all in one prescription bottle.

    The freezer bag swap out was news to me. I didn’t know they got weaker in time.

  98. Gage w says:

    U gyes this I crazy u will need a bow and arrows reusable and u can re sharpen them and a bible is the mst important thing on earth and u can think less but it is true

    • Jim says:

      I’m pretty sure the most important thing on earth is water and food. Ok the bible can bring peace of mind but you won’t survive long without food and water

  99. anonamoose says:

    There’s a lot of replies to read through so I don’t know if this has been said already, but for women planning to bug out and needing menstrual products, planning on packing enough sanitary pads and/or tampons for even a year is going to take up a LOT of space. Good alternatives for anyone looking are menstrual cups (like the diva cup) that can last 10yrs+, or fabric pads that can be washed in cold water and reused. Hardly takes up any space in a pack, especially compared to disposables.

  100. Good list, but seeing lots of overlap.
    IMHO your bugout bag should be light and efficient.

    MREs for example are way heavy, go with dehydrated food so you’re not carrying around the extra water

    • Doc says:

      Either way you’re carrying the water…either as water content in the meal or water separately for reconstitution. For a true “survival” situation (major earthquake or fire), I like to go with high calorie bars. Yeah, they taste like sh**, but they’re light and compact.

      We always pared our MREs down before missions. All the packaging (other than the actual foil containers) was thrown out. All the sporks were thrown out except one (or two if you’re one of those that like to lose things). Things like bread packets/crackers, candy, desserts and fancy beverage mixes were usually left behind. 3 to 4 day of meals would easily fit in our cargo pockets (until I made everyone carry their own IV and admin set in the right pocket).

  101. Hikmer says:

    For the folks who wear glasses, keep an old pair you have in your kit with cleaning cloth.

  102. dice says:

    Get off your ass and go out there in the real world and try it. If you have to ask what you need to survive, you will not. Training is key. The military don’t send soldiers that are not trained. Why should this be any different? Schools train children how to survive in case of a fire or earthquake. Without it, the children would probably…well you get my point. Train like your life depends on it. because it will. You will discover what is needed and what is not. We all learn from our mistakes.

  103. Aiekei says:

    #57 Bible should strictly be used as fire starter, or toilet paper. If you cant survive by yourself without having to rely on such a book, You’re as good as dead. Take it from our ancestors, they didn’t have a book full of fairy tales nor did they need 98% of the gear listed.

  104. Jim says:

    So I saw fishing line and fishing rod but no fishing hooks. Good luck lol.

  105. Zilla says:

    Nice list but if you are stuck in the woods without a car some of these things would be way to much to carry around. Keep It light and simple. Common sense is the best thing to use in this kind of situation. Reading survival manuals and survival training is the best bet.

  106. Connor says:

    So no nail clippers? Might get some pretty nasty hangnails and what not without taking proper car of those nails. I don’t think I saw soap either.. Or a toothbrush, toothpaste, hand mirror, or a washcloth. Just cause you may be in the middle of an apocalypse or something of the sort, doesn’t mean you should let yourself go and end up looking like Tom Hanks in “castaway.” Personal hygienie is always important.

  107. Prince says:

    with #101 i can survive without the rest. :)

  108. kat says:

    Well…I’m wiccan…and while I agree that you can find solace in your god and you can bring a bible of you so choose to you shouldn’t be hating on that person because they asked why someone would nor does it make them stupid for doing so. And no one should be saying that because I’d I recall the bible says all sins are equal….so maybe that person isn’t Christian….will your really degrade and discriminate against them because they sin differently than you do?

    Also about the founding on Christianity: 1.) The constitution does not say the united states is a Christian nation
    2.) The founders political beliefs would not have allowed them to support the Christian nation idea
    3.) The key founders were not conservative Christians and would have likely not supported and officially Christian nation
    4.) Shortly after the constitution was ratified conservative ministers attacked it because it lacked references to Christianity
    5.) During the post civil war a band of politically powerful pastors tried to amend the

    • kat says:

      If I recall*

  109. kat says:

    The US constitution by adding references of Jesus christ and Christianity into it.
    .so yeah…not a Christian country…

  110. Brian says:

    The hole Bible comment thing….WAY WAY to much guy. To each his own I say but look at the back and forth you said i said bs….. This is a perfect example of why we need to make a list to begin with. Lets just keep sight working as is was ment to and as to why a Bible on the list…some want one some dont … Dont ask why just use or dont use the idea…sure there is someone out there who doesnt where underware and wondering why it would be part of a list. As I said to each his/her own.

  111. Doc says:

    Baby wipes! Awesome for cleaning up in low water situations (or very cold conditions) and can double as TP. 20 years with the Corps and this was in my pack every time.

  112. alpineshrubs says:

    Hey man, if u guys have eva been in a prison, or been isolated then you’ll know you need something to read. Like a bible or a quran. Not one novel will be enough. So i guess dats why the guy added a Bible. U nid an escape and the bible could be one.

    • Briar Thorn says:

      I think that if you only bring the basic survival stuff which I have mentioned, you will too busy to need an escape. I lived for one month with just my knowledge of survival and my buck knife and sharpener and I was so busy everyday that I did not need anything else to do because when it comes down to survival, it takes a lot more time than you would expect.

  113. Briar Thorn says:

    I say that all you need to survive in the wild is this, a good sharp knife and sharpener, something to cut wood, some 550 cord, knowledge on how to use these for all types of traps, fire starting, and shelter building, and an extra set of clothes for when you get soaked and want to just feel dry. With just these things, you can live indefinitely in the wild. I consider everything else to just be luxury items.

  114. shawn says:

    Hello, my sons and I are looking for hiking and camping food donation, we went to a kips camp last aug. 22nd and it was ok and all, but they was not very well planned on and what for us to bring, like food, water, gear. So we are looking for some starter samples so when we go again in Nov. we would be better planned for the trip. So if you could help with some gear as well like, pack packs, sawyer, hydro packs and anything you could help with.
    So we hope you can help us out, cause when I was in the Army I was told by other fathers that you guys had some good food and gear. There are 3 of us.
    Thanks again Shawn and son’s

  115. Melanie says:

    I honestly would just carry a New Testament :)

    • Nobby says:

      U poor fool

  116. jungle joe says:

    I’d rather have a Bible than sunglasses or a cell phone. Just knowledge. Earth was ending, I’d want some mag, fire starters. Flares
    Lot’s of flares. Book of edible vegitation
    .tarp..water tablets lots of. Them..n containers

    • Neville says:

      I understand wanting a bible. But my cell phone has 32 bit memory card. Lots of apps that I can use with out getting on the network. Compass.I can put documant, pictures, and yes even the bible on my cell phone. I can have pictures of edible plants, videos of how to do things. All on my compact little phone. Instead of carrying lots of books and phamlets I will use my phone. They also make solar chargers form them now.

      You can take pictures and zoom in on them. See where you have been.

      I can use my phone to make lists and us the pencil to draw things like maps or blueprints.

      I can even share information on these files with people and i only have to press 3 buttons. Which is way easier then doing it manually.

      I realize a phone can’t cut down a tree or start a fire. But for the size and weight of it. It is a great tool to have.

      • Ray says:

        Just so you know, the compass and GPS functions on you cell use the network. I would rather rely on woodcraft and basic survival skills than a piece of equipment that can be knocked out by impact, emp pulse or a dunk in the lake. And yes I know about Otter cases. Broke two of them already.
        I am of course proceeding from the premise that I don’t want to be found unless I want to be found and I may no be able to rely on a source of electricity. The earth’s magnetic field and knowledge of geology and resources are in-exhaustible resources

  117. Kaitlyn says:

    I know this may sound stupid to some, but one handy thing to have would be a pencil sharpener…. its small and easy to store. Run out of fire starting material? No problem… just grab yourself a small twig and use the shavings as tinder! Also safety pins may not be a bad idea to have. There are many uses!

    • neville says:

      Thats an awesome idea. I have taken a ziplock back of cotton balls with a little bit of alchol dripped on them as well.

  118. Kaitlyn says:

    I would also bring a compact Bible… nice to see there are still believers who aren’t afraid of what people say!

  119. Barbara says:

    Thanks for the list and all the comments about it. Very useful.

  120. Alex says:

    Nice comprehensive list. This helps me to evaluate these items in order of importance.

  121. JarheadXIII says:

    There are a lot of things on this list that i have in my own BOB. Some that i dont see feasable, some that are just too large (Maybe for a BOV, ie. Fire extinguisher). But for some of you guys saying the list is stupid or this person doesnt know what theyre talking about, You obviously didnt read the Headline paragraph of the article. It is a compiled list of what the readers have submitted was in thier BOB’s.

    Like the first ass clown who said about the bible being in thier. I am no bible thumper, But While i was in Iraq i had a Steel covered Pocket bible my grandfather gave me from when he was in ‘Nam, in my left breast pocket of my uniform. I wont go into the details but that did save my life from a piece of shrapnel that went through the plate of my flak. So there are uses for it, even if its not what it was intended for. As a matter of fact, the one i have has about a dozen uses I can think of. There are a few products that came out over the last year or so that some may argue should be on the list as well. But I am sure it will be on another Post. Great article.

  122. LC says:

    Good list, especially if you’re someone who doesn’t know where to start. Make sure you have a survival book that can help you easily identify foods in the wilderness that are not poisonous. Learning what is safe for you to eat will come in handy. Also learn how to hunt and fish, and how to use the majority of the animal to your advantage. The meat is good, but you can use much more of the animal for other uses.

  123. CoNiGMa says:

    19 is the same as 47

  124. Pavel kuzko says:

    Any of you guys can tell me what forest is a good place to servive in California because in maybe a few months or maybe like 2 or 1 years I’m heading out to forest….and I will bring my own supplies I already know what I a need

  125. Deano says:

    WTF, survival means just that, to survive. The list above means that you are tied down to your kit, that is not a survival list its a camping in harsh terrain list. why have a tent and a bivvi bag, too much weight, way too much kit.

  126. Ray says:

    The list sounds like a luxury camping vacation, not a survival kit or bug out pack. Perhaps it is intended for a ‘survivalist camp’ . In an end of the world situation, bug out or being lost in the middle of nowhere, I will always choose mobility over convenience. A pack should have multiple means of starting a fire: mechanical means (magnesium firestarter and striker, chemical (a strong oxidizer and organic reagent, store separately in plastic containers opposite sides of pack), compass, water purification tabs or other means of purification,also an 8oz steel container to boil water when the tabs run out, 5×5 sheet of plastic, Good carbon steel knife not stainless (carbon steel is better for generating sparks), tampons, 3 types of cordage (amsteel 7/64 dia or 1/8 dia-50 feet, dental floss,braided stainless nylon coated fishing leader-20ft,military grade collapsible canteen,soap for disinfecting wounds (ivory is best), a shotgun, ammo for defense (#4 buck, 00 buck) not for hunting unless absolutely needed, first aid kit.
    Of all of these the knife and a means of starting a fire are the most important, of course. A shotgun should not be used for hunting unless you don’t mind giving away your position, the fishing leader can be used for effective heavy duty snares(nylon coating can be fused over flame to form loops no need for collars or crimping, plastic sheet for shelter, water collection, moisture barrier, tampons can be used in a variety of ways,Amsteel is much stronger than paracord of the same diameter, floss for fishing line and smaller snares, Pad metal container with plastic on the outside to keep it quiet spare socks on the inside,collapsible canteen is burped of air to keep it from sloshing around.
    Your pack without the shotgun should weigh 8 to 12 lbs., dry (no water in canteen). 2 options: a good multi-tool(I recommend Gerber since it can be opened one handed and all components lock in place)and 10 fish hooks for small fish 5 freshwater, 5 saltwater. If you want a Bible, by all means it is up to you, but having been in survival situations myself, if you are going about the business of survival you won’t have time to read it. My preference is to pray while hiking, setting a snare, building a shelter etc.

  127. Tim W says:

    One thing I added to my pack after spending real extended time in the bush was:

    a spice or seasoning packet. (salt, pepper, garlic salt, bullion cubes etc your choice)

    The kinds that are a explosion of favor in the smallest of pinches

    It will weigh next to nothing for a decent amount and can take up about the same amount in volume room. But wow what a moral difference and plain out adding some pleasure it can have to be able to put at a minimum some salt in your broth or grub.

    Not to mention it has actual real medical/health worth.

    But beyond that some bullion cubes even if you have to crush them up, garlic salt pepper. You could simply grab some free tear packets of the stuff.

    I am sure those that have spent good deal of time in the bush can tell you just how good that first mouthful of even a bullion cube infused broth tastes after a few weeks of nothing but water and unseasoned meat and plants solely from gathering.

    IMO in a real survival situation having something like this that brings both physical and psychological comfort is a real moral booster and you need that as much as you can get during boot strap times.

    Anyways nice to see a basic pull list to help people get in the mind set of things to bring.

  128. MattyV says:

    Good list!
    A few bits and pieces I wouldn’t take personally but that’s just my preference :)

    As for the bible debate, it’s not for me, I’m not religion myself, but I’m all for anything that improves someone’s quality of life, be it the Bible, Quran, Riveda, the belief in science or just a personal moral code!

    I don’t believe in God in the traditional sense, but I certainly believe that there is something much much greater than me.

    Anyway, good list, learnt a few bits from this that I shall be adding to my kit :)


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