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 Chargers and battery power banks
  72. Fishing Pole
  73. Magnesium Fire Starter
  74. A Survival Tablet
  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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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. :)

  7. 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)

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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