Survival Gear: 101 Emergency Preparedness Items That You Should Own

Survival Gear

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.

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
  101. YOUR KNOWLEDGE

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219 Comments

  1. 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.

      • 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)

        • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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

          • 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?

          • 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

          • 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…..

          • 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.

          • 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.

          • I thought being of christian faith was to openly and willingly reach out to those that are lost, or not found god, not to judge them because they are not the same religion. I thought god was suppose to be the only one that has the right to judge. But if you want to hate on someone by all means go ahead. There is no stopping the sheer stupidity that the world has become. No matter race nor religion will change my mind on how someone acts. You may say that you are a christian but are you really a true believer if you are hating on others and telling them that they just got burned by a christian? Burning! that sounds something more of satans area of expertise. Everyone is entitled to their opinion no matter their race, religion, nor their intelligence level. If you want to take a bible then take a bible. I understand it will help keep refuge when you are out in the wilderness alone, scared and afraid of dying. Honestly this whole thing has been blown out of proportion and it all goes back to one simple question of why should i bring a bible. Well in theory there are many reasons why you should and/or shouldn’t bring one. yes you could use it as a fire starter. It could be used for as an archive for people that are trying to recreate the earth if a major disaster happens. Maybe even used for trade. There are many reasons why or why not to bring a bible. But in the end… WHO GIVES A FUCK! everyone this site was meant for people that are researching what is most useful in a survival situation. Not for a bunch of religion bombing. So please find something better to do in your life than judging people.

          • Or like the first guy said leave the bible to make room for more useful things in a survival situation .

          • I think it’s you bible-thumpers who actually spread the actual faith and hate. Normal human beings are not subjected to demonic religions. Humanity should get rid of that evil. In a survival situation, your religion only gives you false hope.

          • Sometimes it is in Gods will for people to go through hard times, it’s stupid to reject wisdom and hope for the best by “Living By Faith” I’m not saying faith is useless, what I’m saying is that if a disaster is going to happen, it’s best to be prepared.

          • Aboslutely loved your response and well put without sounding like a jerk.. May God bless you and your family and friends! =)

          • Well, from the posts I’ve seen here, folks are interested in truly helping, just bashing. Fine christian principles in action, just let them die. Do you think this might have anything at all to do with why shtf is coming anyway. Jesus didn’t behave this way.

          • The Bible gives support and faith in your situation. Second, the pages can help start a fire to warm you, cook, and more. The pages of the Bible can also be used as toilet paper if need be. I hop my suggestions will help you

          • I do not need to lie to myself or others. I love our Nation and know full well that it is not based in any way on Christianity. I have always thought it strange that my fellow Christians struggle with the truth. Perhaps they struggle with their faith.

            We all need to appreciate our Nation where we have freedom of religion. That means people should have freedom from religion if they choose. As a devote Christian, I apologize for the behavior of my fellow Christians. A true Christian has only love in their heart for their fellow man.

          • “Greater worth”? So because you believe in God that makes you better then someone who doesn’t. You are a prime example why Religion is the number cause of wars and problems in our society.

          • Also, bibles are often passed down and people write things like the dates of births, deaths and marriages in them. They can carry history.

          • I was attacked by a rabid badger once, i took out my bible said a few apt words and this bright beam of light shone from above and some guy in white with matching beard came from nowhere, with booming voice said ‘away rabid badger’ and the guy in the sandals saved my 9 bars of confectionary. It’s true, this bible crap does work and no batteries needed!

          • you know for a person of faith you are throwing around a lot of insults… doesn’t that book you supposedly read say “judge not, unless ye be judged” ? but you are right about one thing this is america and we have something called freedom of speech so maybe you should take your own advice! you bible thumping hypocrite…. (that wasn’t an insult because it’s true)

          • Actually if worst came to worst, you could use the pages for a fire, and/or they make good papers for joints! ;)

          • You could burn it or use it as tp.

            If this is a genuine list of survival equipment then the bible should only be listed in the Co text of psychological aids. The Quran, the Book Of Mormon, even a your favourite novel could aid you in that space. And all could be burned if required. Citing the bible alone and the somewhat aggressive post above is inappropriate imo.

          • Insect repellent?? No DEET(Permethrin)? And yes, very much yes indeed, the Bible! Should be No.1 on “The List”.

          • Why do you need survival items and tools if you have the bible?

            Are you planning to survive the end? How can you survive the end? It’s the end…

            Just sit right where you are, God will take care of you. All you need to do is sit right there with your bible in your lap thumping it…

          • If you are so Christian to begin with you would not be speaking to the lost in such a way!! People usually find the lord when they are at the lowest possible moment in there life one thing I agree on is that you absolutely don’t need a bible to do that but note when you do get there you will wish you had it to refer to and do a bible study as to read and pray on what you have read. They do make those tiny pocket bibles that wouldn’t take up much space.

          • A little late to the party…but do you really think that god only likes bible verses? I mean wouldn’t the bible add weight for no reason…and one could pray however they felt appropriate. I mean sure a book is a good thing to pass the time with and the bible is a better read for multiple occassions but as if god only loves those that haul a bible around with them…that seems a bit short sited. He’s all knowing but the only book he likes is the bible? I gotta agree…other than tinder its not worthy of the list. Not to mention which bible? Old testament? New testament? Which version? The torah? Or any number of other random bibles of other religions…

          • Thank you, and these will be the first people that in a emergency situation will be begging God for forgiveness

        • 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.

          • I need to say this… If you need a bible to give you moral direction then deep in your “soul” you aren’t a good person to begin with. We all (for the most part) know right from wrong and you shouldn’t need a bible to tell you what is right and wrong! besides the bible is full of hatred, for example there is a story in that book where a man gives up his daughter to a group of rapists and when the rapists finish having their way with her the father cuts his daughter up into 12 different pieces and ships the pieces off to the different coasts of Israel! How messed up is that? and if you read that book a little closer it also says that you should kill your brother and father to be a true follower of jesus christ! even more messed up huh? maybe some of you so called “religious” people should actually read that book you praise so much! you might not think so highly of your imaginary friend so much.

          • 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! :)

          • God’s Word, aka The Holy Bible, is Life’s instruction Book. Most Christians realize it’s value, especially, during a life crisis! God is Love and hope and in times when your life or the life of someone you love is in danger, God is the answer. Reading His Word helps one feel closer to Him.

        • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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.

          • “The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.”
            –John Adams

            In 1861, during the cival war, “In God We Trust” first appeared on our coins. It was removed in 1883, but again reappeared in 1938. This was not set up by our Founding Fathers.

            We were born a secular nation and must remain one, despite the passion behind our Christian citizens.

            Our founding fathers made it very clear that our country is not based on Christianity. If you doubt this, do some research.

            Our Constitution does not mention God, Jesus, the Bible, the Ten Commandments, Christians or Christianity.

        • 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….

        • 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.

        • 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

          • 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?

        • 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.

          • if you are in a foxhole then you aren’t being very christian in the first place… isn’t one of your commandments “thou shalt not kill” or something along that line? if you are in a foxhole then you are participating in killings! simple as that. you can try to justify the killings with another quote or two from that book but it still boils back down to the commandments, the ten basic rules to life and i don’t need a story book to tell me how to do right or stay away from wrong that should just be apparent to almost everyone. but my opinion is that christians are too damn ignorant to grasp the concept of reality on their own so they let a book dictate their life for them.

        • 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.!?!

        • 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

          • “Every” soldier? I knew plenty who didn’t carry any magical talisman to ward off danger. No pictures, no books, no keepsakes, nothing but the gear they were issued.

        • 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.

        • 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…

        • 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. :)

        • 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

        • The Bible may not save your physical life. It will tell you what you need to do for God to save your soul. I don’t think you were bashing Christians. I think you were thinking about physical survival. While you have a chance, please talk with a Christian friend. I hope you will come to know Christ. He will give you strength and comfort when your supplies run low or you are facing certain death.

        • Although I do understand you don’t share the beliefs of all others reading this article, everyone is entitled to their own opinions and beliefs, so during a situation that might require these items, an individual of the Christian religion might consider including their Bible for the sake of holding on to their beliefs and being empowered from reading scriptures and using the word in their hard time. So, while you ARE entitled to your opinion, keep in mind that whatever you say could possibly be taken differently than intended and considered offensive to others.

        • Seriously?!?,

          The reason the bible is on the list is because, people turn to religion in times of fear. It may not be something that you believe in, but many people do. Also, just having the bible with you can have a calming effect on people. Being able to read their bible gives many peace and keeps them from loosing it in a time when they may need to be strong for others.

        • It seems atheist are far worse than believers on forcing their views on everybody. It’s no wonder they’re so hateful. Much like liberals.

          • Hey that kind of hurts , I don’t force my views on other kids/adults.yes I know some atheists can be jerks, but not all are like that. Just like some religious people are jerks, like a few weeks ago I was at school and some kids that are in my grade were arguing and putting me down, just because I don’t believe in God. Just like some people think that all Muslims are terrorists . But they are good people, but like every other group in the whole world, some are not good.

        • 1. You know some people are religious,(not me but I respect others opinions)and having faith helps them get through a survival situation.
          2. If you are religious it is morale boosting to know that you have God with you.

        • On judgement day there will be gnashing of teeth, just like now! True nature of mankind!!! Thank you GOD for loving us anyway . Please America, repent!

        • A bible or any holy text is usefull for keeping your sanity and your morale up im not a religious person but i can see why someone who is would want it in their kit survival in my eyes is 10% physical and 100% mental cause to survive you gotta give 110% otherwise whats the point

        • I WOULD BRING THE BIBLE SO I CAN GO TO A VERSE IN THE TIME OF NEED OR PANIC..WHY NOT BRING THE BIBLE? THE BIBLE CAN BE USED TO KEEP YOU FOCUS..IF YOU BELIEVE IN GOD THAT IS..

        • So I agree a bible may not be necessary but a good long book that comforts you is. A book is a good way to occupy the mind and can help calm you in an otherwise stressful time. So although a bible it’s self may not be necessary you may choose another book.

        • The Bible is the most important thing you could have. Without God’s help you aren’t going to get anywhere. For some who don’t believe in it completely it helps them mentally to read it. Me, I’m a Christian and whether you believe it or not what the BIble says IS true. I’m not good, you’re not good, no one is good. We all sin and for that reason we need Jesus. God loved us enough that He sent His only son to come to earth and die to pay the penalty for all our sins. Death could not hold Him down, He rose again! And now He offers us eternal life. All we have to do is accept it. I hope and pray that you will.

        • I READ MY BIBLE EVERY MORNING BEFORE I DO ANYTHING ELSE!!! I INTEND TO DO THE SAME IN THE TIME OF SURVIVIAL TOO!!! GOD IS FIRST IN MY LIFE NOW AND WILL BE THEN TOO!!! SO GO BLOW SMOKE TO THE DEVIL IF YOU WANT TO USE IT TO START A FIRE, YOU ARE THE IDIOT IN THAT ASSPECT.

          • Lol you’re yelling you’re opinion at someone else. You burn the paper in the Bible so you can start a fire. But I suppose you can read the page before you set it on fire

        • Well it is a great read or something to keep your mind busy to pass time but your the bible wont save your life but it can be entertainment and morale booster.

        • a bible is and always been the first thing on my survival list and never had it crossed my mind to use it to start a fire or anything like that. first off a king james bible has more knowledge contained in it then any other book and has knowledge of many different important subjects. A Bible and before that the manuscript was always the first thing taken with any family if they had it and if they did not have it the knowledge that they had learned from the Word was always in their hearts and was with them constantly. If you do not have a Bible with you you will never truely survive.

        • Completely agree with Ken. Besides, what’s the point of surviving of you have no hope of anything beyond this world! Death is the only alternative and I choose life…both here and afterwards.

        • You are right to wonder if a Bible is going to save a person’s life. Probably not. And if you choose to forego a Bible for something more tangible and practical, then do that. But for others, that last item, be it a luxury, will be a book. I am neither Christian nor religious. But if I could choose only one book to take with me it would be the King James Bible because for me it is the best book ever written. And as you pointed out, pages could be used for tinder. I find that I know more about the Bible than the Christians I run into. Maybe it is because I value it more than they do. Which is why I include a Bible in my survival list. ‘hope this helps with your question.

        • You obviously will be relying only on your limited knowledge instead of the wisdom of the creator of the universe. Good luck with that. Especially if the rapture happens, it might be a good idea to have as a reference for the next apocalyptic event to happen

        • re read what they wrote said something about natural disasters so a bible would be great to have around. I for one am a Christian but do believe I’m here to stand up for God that can’t be seen. so I just soon kick your ass as listen to you bad mouth him. see I don’t care if you go to hell. God loves I don’t. if you don’t belive in him your a piece of shit an hope you rot in hell an trust me I don’t care. there is no hope for you anyway. an All you none believers couldn’t survive in the wilderness anyway cause your pussys! God blessed to the believers an the ones that try to do what’s right. as for the other bible haters I wouldn’t piss on you even if you was on fire. God needs a few who really don’t care if you die an go to hell. THAT’S ME!!!!!

        • Yes, why not? If you’re religious, it’s a great morale booster. I have a very solid kit, and my very small soldiers Bible is not an inconvenience to carry in it.

        • The Bible helps you in a time of strife. It keeps you in faith and focused on what is most important. I spent many years in the military and I kept my faith and am alive through several wars. We give thanks to God for this.

        • The bible is for when you’re surrounded by demons. Don’t you know anything about warding off evil? Many a time my life has been saved by my pocket bible.

        • In a real life and death situation even an idiot like you may change its mind. I have seen it happen in combat. If a bible is not your choice then do not carry one [probably couldn’t read it any way].

        • I agree. Most of this list is too much and bull corn…. seriously?!? Are people seriously going to be carrying most of this crap? Too heavy

        • A bible would be at LEAST more useful than comments like yours, to improve moral. To survive any crisis you must cultivate a strong mental attitude. Something you appear not to posses. For example you might need one should you become a leader of a large group that will inevitably contain a believer or two and spouting things like your comment would assure that you were the first to be robbed and/or killed for your belongings or in a very long term situation, For food… you have forgotten item #101 on the list; your knowledge. Particularly your knowledge of the human psyche. And yes, in a pinch the pages could be used for anything from fire kendaling to waddling for a black powder weapon.

        • I can tell that you are not a Survivalist. I’ve spent over 10 years practicing my Survival training both in the Marine Corps and in the Civilian World. After setting up camp, finding water, and setting snares and traps, people should stay put to increase the likelihood of being found, and to conserve energy and water. I always find this as the hardest part due to the extreme amounts of boredom, because I always think about the worst case scenario. A bible comes in very handy during these times because it helps the hours pass by quickly, and may give people faith to keep going

        • I believe without the Heavenly Father as your guide , your dead anyway. So to me it was the most important item and was happy to see it on the list. Stop eye rolling and start reading a Bible, because it is what it is… Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth.. Jesus Saves and He Loves You!

      • 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.

        • Look I’m not one to speak out. But yall should all be worried about survival instead of bashing someone for asking why to carry a bible. When I was younger I found myself wondering sleeping in the woods for two years. My family didn’t want me around. I found a bible one day walking down a road and took with me that bible keep me sane it gave me something and someone to talk to instead of hating everyone and myself I learned forgiveness having something to believe in is a miracle when the shtf now I’m married with 4 kids and I’m blessed for what that bible showed me. And now I show my kids how to survive in the woods with nothing.

      • The main reason for having a bible is to give the person motivation, feeling of hope and comfort. As a platoon sergeant I knew that it was the little things keep your guys together (mail, money, time off, praise and religious reflection. I pack deodorant in my survival pack because not smelling of B.O. makes me feel better. The human mind is what needs to survive as well as the body. And if religion isn’t your thing, just let it go man.

      • well I feel that playing cards and the Bible were listed together so therefore it would be something to occupy your time. You would have some time to read and reflect. There are many practicle tips in the Bible. You can read it many times and still pick up many other points that you may not have the fist time around.I think when the shit hits the fan,you just may need it.Just sayin.

    • 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!

    • 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!

    • this is the first time i have been on this. And its talking about survival and how to prepare yourself and items and materials one might need in certain situations to survive.
      Im a practical Gentleman and realize everyone has a opinion and is certainly entitled to it. Be that SAID. I love the list of 101 items! and yes i carry a small bible in my own kit. To each there own i say. And last i checked the Number one book sold year after year after year is the Bible, again be that said seems everyone jumped on the band wagon to blast that Gentleman out over his inquiry about the Bible being on the list. Seems nobody questions the deck of cards , one item that most likely wont be in my kit.
      . I honestly wasn’t going to comment but after reading some of the comments people said to that Gentleman i felt compelled to leave my two cents. Lots of ya’ll left impressive rebuttals and Sarcastic comments with eloquent big fancy words most people might have to look up.
      . When we couldhave just said.
      DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS!
      Sorry if my response wasn’t as demeaning or off color as yours. I just simply would have said like the hard candy or family pictures or other item’s on the list its moral support for those who believe.
      The list is a guide not a absolute. A start or building block to what you might want in your kit. Not a law.
      Anyway not defending or debating anyone. Just wanted to say something that wasn’t so harsh.
      Great list and i believe it can help people that might not think of everything.
      Like the item in question.

    • Some of this stuff is in my BOB, some is in my car kit and much of it is cached at my BOB. quite a bit of it I’d never bother with, like the ham radio. if shtf, I aint believing one word anyone says on a radio

    • Im sorry but this had to been created by some white woman cause alot this shit is completely useless in survival mode. Seriously sunscreen. Thats like the perfect example of saying white are not humans. Had you been here a long time on earth then needed chemicals to protect you from gods first creation the sun says alot. If your skin peels and cracks from being the sun to long. Whatever you are youre a foreign object. But seriously though I mean wow we got the entire kitchen on this list. You got garage tools on this list. The whole way down all I kept thinking was who the hell is carrying all this shit. Back up credit card? Id? Smh I mean dont get me wrong guys thought of everything. But it seems alot yall slid off the topic a bit. You need a knife and you need scissors? Really! Look im glad yall listed everything including the stuff that you wouldnt be able to take. You could simple just said take the house and the truck. And been done with it.

    • That thing paper burns real nice…oh but wait there’s nothing on that list to start a fire in guess you hold it up waiting first a lightning strike lol

    • #85 Oil, listed as usable to start a fire, the flash point of motor oil is 420 – 485 degrees, seriously almost anything else would be easier to “start” a fire with.

  2. 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.

    • 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.

        • 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. 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.

    • 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…

  5. 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.

        • 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.

          • 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.

  6. 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.

    • 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!!

    • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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. \

        • If its the same radio i have, my 6 yr.old broke the handle charging the radio. So I decided to include various kinds of adhesives. Epoxy for sure, super glue, wood etc. Some epoxy can fix a cracked block on a small emgine. Sometimes even a short time running could be what you needed.

      • 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..

    • 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 !!!

  7. 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”….

    • 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.

    • 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.

      • 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!

      • I read a report from NASA on Youtube that states the southwest will be experiencing a severe drought for the indefinite future. This will also include most of CA. and Mexico. The NW this year ..2014/15..had lower than normal snow pack. This probably means forest fires. Our spring started in Feb. this year. Dont know what it means.

  8. 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!

  9. 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

    • 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

      • 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

  10. 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! :-)

    • 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

          • 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

        • 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 :)

  14. 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!

    • I have read what people think is best for their bug out packs I however have added just a little bit more. Like well in zip lock bags I have pastas rice different types of food that will last a long time I have a strong believe that society will fall maybe because of major food and water storage . Most likely food for sure anyway my pack is a 300 Leiter . 4 season tent sleeping bag good for -35 along with a couple of quilts. My thinking isn’t about 72 hrs it’s long term bug out. Another supply that I have is important as well that would fit long term is garden seeds, in any case even if long term wasn’t required better to be safe then regret many of the suggestions I’ve read for supplies I have as well I just think that these other things I’ve added for myself are just as important.

  15. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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