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. I have never seen such a list. Will I be blessed with a lorry to move this crap. This is not survival its home from home. Let’s do away with the bible and replace it with some snare’s. Let’s get rid of the bb gun and replace it with a nice shotgun. The list goes on. Good luck surviving with that lot. At least you will be able to trade with the natives. Don’t forget your teddy bear. Morale you know.

  2. Why is everyone so focused on the bible??? Lists like these are intended to be customized. They’re ideas, not requirements. Shouldn’t we be more focused on the fact that the list isn’t well organized, frequently redundant, and gives some bad advice?? What was that?? Did I just hear you ask for examples??? Okay, I’ll give you some.

    Canteen, water bottle, and water storage…. I have to believe the difference between water storage and canteen is the water storage is the 300 gallon rain catcher for holding a massive amount of water, while the canteen is the smaller water container you carry on your person throughout your day…. where does that leave room for “water bottle”?? It’s redundant and pointless.

    CB radio, HAM radio, short wave radio, but not a walkie talkie…. hummmmm. I have 2 hand held radios I can listen in on FM, emergency channels, and things like police dispatch. In addition to be in communication for several miles through town. For survival purposes (keep in mind, this is all my opinion, I can easily argue against my own point, if you think that lugging a short wave radio around because you think it will be useful do it) I find that being mobile and receiving emergency information is more important than being able to send signals across the country. All my necessary outgoing transmissions will be a few mile radius.

    Bleach. Not their fault, noobie mistake. Bleach has a shelf life of about a year at room temperatures, is difficult to store and is easy to make an awful mess with. Calcium hypochlorite however is almost the exact same thing, but with a few exceptions. It’s a powder, making it easy to store, difficult to make a mess with, and has no shelf life…. Okay, they’re not that similar, but they both are used for water purification. About 2/3’s of a teaspoon to a gallon of water makes your purification solution. Mix one part solution to one hundred parts water, and you have clean water. okay, cleanER water.

    Pocket knife, knife, multi tool. Bleh, it’s like he was putting down repeated items just to fill 101 items. Any mutli tool worth its salt is going to have a knife. Having a high quality fixed blade sheathed knife is a necessity, having a folding pocket knife??? Not really. If I didn’t have to worry about weight, and I had all the storage space in the world, would I include a pocket knife…. yeah, probably, is it necessary? Not really. Instead why don’t you include a knife sharpener. I’d way rather have one sharp fixed blade than 2 dull ones.

    Tinder…. You’re stupid. If everything around you is so wet that you can’t find any viable tinder, then you’re surely not going to be able to keep a fire going. Concentrate on finding/making a place where you can stay dry, and bundle up.

    Lighter/waterproof matches/magnesium strip/fire steel. My god. Look, we all understand that fire is important you’ll be in a world of hurt if you can’t make a fire. That said, I have an oxygen acetylene torch in the garage, should I include it in my survival kit??? It’ll make a fire real quick. Of course not. Pick your method of fire making, then include a magnesium strip as a reliable back up, and call it a day. Mine is a lighter. If the lighter gets wet, I have the magnesium, that works every time.

    Plastic painters tarp/hiking tarp/tent/space blanket….. Do I really have to go through this again??

    Saw. Of course have a saw, of course. But I think that a little specificness (that’s a word… honest….) is important sometimes. I keep three wire saws in my truck pack. Why a wire saw?? Because if you’ve never used one, you’d be amazed at how well they work, they don’t take up the volume of a samurai sword, and it’s perfect for whatever you’d need it for when stranded and…. really need to… you know… cut stuff…. Why three?? Because they because they have a little bit of a reputation for breaking at the handle, and with their low weight and volume, I deemed 3 to be the appropriate number.

    Batteries. Almost a good idea. Anything and everything that is in your survival pack needs to run on batteries. Specifically, rechargeable batteries. And you have to make sure you can charge all of your rechargeable batteries on your solar panels. This addition is a particular mystery to me. It appears that whoever put this list together is going to hunker down and stay put for a good long time… apparently somewhere with working electrical outlets (you know, because of the short wave radio), but includes batteries. It seems strange to be so well prepared, and so ill thought out.

    Emergency credit card…. again…. Did anyone think about this before adding it? Who is going to maintain a credit card in their real life so they can store it in an emergency pack, in the event of an survival situation… so they can…. buy things…. That doesn’t sound like an emergency to me, unless you consider a shoe sale is a true emergency.

    Oil. Everyone should always keep a quart of the appropriate motor oil with their vehicle at all times, and should check to make sure the oil in their car is at an appropriate level regularly. That’s just good car maintenance, but that’s not the same thing as being part of an emergency pack.

    Tire repair kit…. what exactly is this for? Repairing a tire I suppose is the obvious answer, but then what??? I didn’t see a compressor on the list. Both or neither, one or the other is just silly.

    BB gun??? Really??? A BB gun??? A sling shot I understand. A crossbow I understand. A BB gun?? A BB gun is a stepping stone for kids to learn firearm safety. A BB gun is not for self defense, a BB gun is not for survival.

    There are a lot of other things on here that are conditionally good or bad ideas. Like a dust mask. Maybe you’re stuck in the mid west, and have to deal with the occasional dust storm…. Or maybe you live in China, whatever. But the real moral of the story here is “Your knowledge” was number 101 on this list, and it really needed to be number 1. Using lists like these to get some ideas is great, but no one has the list that will be just right for you. Use your head, have a plan, and be prepared to carry that plan out when the time comes.

  3. I got on this site to get information. I am a devout Christian. I believe in God. I believe He sent His Son to earth to die for my sins. I personally would take a Bible in my kit. if you don’t want to, that is your preogative. but to bash each other for what they believe,( or do not),is not right , regardless of one’s beliefs.just my opinion. it and fifty cents, you can buy a cup of coffee! maybe!

  4. Of course, and you should dusty. I am not a devout Christian, so I would not. But so what. All lists like these should be treated suggestions, not rules.I know people who would really have a hard time getting through a survival situation without scripture, and they should of course bring a bible. The fact that everyone is making a fuss about it not being appropriate for the list should really stop having an internet fit for no reason.

  5. Pack a shovel, take the bible and bury it. Let it be found by more enlightened age in hopes they look at the distortion done to its original message and let the brutes go on living without it.
    Am kidding…
    About survival, thank you for trying. It is said that humans, when faced by nature’s fury and the aftermath filled with death and loss, do not embrace change due to the shock. A bible or any form of comfort that will put the mind and heart at ease may be a good cushion to the striking new reality. If the paradigm changes and the actions are not adaptive or fail to produce fruitful results, like hunting/fishing and making a meal after gathering the necessary materials and nursing a wound at the same time, well, some give up and let themselves die. Words of encouragement have proven to be a decisive factor of survival. Such words may be found in religious scriptures and self help books. An adequate amount of knowledge and how to survive manuals may prove more helpful to have fruitful results in actuality. LOL!
    I’d include fire, shelter making tools, weapons, first aid, second ai and torniquetes, and knowing how to dial 991, 191, 119, yes.
    I would like to know how to survive FEMA concentration camps.

  6. Lists vary for every person or group. Now, I would have to include blue bunny or face total melt down; and even though he is a big boy now Panda is pretty important as well.

  7. As Christians we’re supposed to hide God’s words in our heart. If any of the people commenting on this page actually understood that then there would never have been so many ugly words shared here. If you’re truly a light in a dark world you won’t have to stand in darkness pointing out your light. People will see something different and seek God on their own. Carry a Bible… don’t carry a Bible. The word of God can’t be hidden in our hearts until we store it in our brains. Love your neighbor as yourself. The most important message Jesus gave us.

  8. It’s funny how out of everything on this list the Bible is the only thing being questioned. Just lets you know where we are as a society once morals are gone so is everything else. Just verifys that we are truly in “the last day”.

  9. this is a good list but the bible has few practical uses. aside from “finding inspiration” and starting a fire. if you actually have to have it being it that’s on you, if you need it for inspiration you shouldn’t be living “off the grid / long term wilderness” I understand the mental side of it and see that someone that can’t see that the bible is a man made fiction book “actual referance” and is just extra weight is foolish. do a test run of a month with the extra weight of electronics and bibles then revise your own list as you see fit. if you need it being it that simple. personally a gun or two ammo a few knives (and cleaning kit) a four season tent and multiple forms of water purification and knowledge of how to use all of the above and you’ll make it it’s not as hard as most people realize because your used to the comforts of the new age. my only suggestions are if you are unsure about your own skills and capabilities then stay at home.

  10. Late to add. A pistol is easier then any rifle and ammo is pretty much around. Way lighter. The idea of survival is to not be seen and if you have to get up close and back out there you were not seen. You people that have to have cell phones and pads and batteries are almost a joke. Go out to the country and look around and ask yourself if you make it. The idea is to learn to do without, like you were back in the covered wagon days. Lets not put, non or pro GOD into this as to it shows one I Q or not on this link, we each have our own place and what we or where we want or would like to be or end up. Or is it CARE.
    Your lists should does, help. Yes we each have our own needs.
    Primary, water, food, shelter and survival needs. You most have it already, or a way to get what you need times how many people or not you have to care for.
    If SHTF happens, there is no means or ways other then yourself. No power, electric, gas or plumbing. And no way to get anything you need. You have to think, you are on your own.
    You have to think, not as you have now at all. You have to prepare now not later as there may not be a later as we have become used to.
    Very important, BARTER or TRADE. Alot of states are already doing it with junk silver coins. Gold is and costs to much. Paper money will probably be used as TP.
    Stock up some storage containers a little at a time and BE ready.

  11. It amazes me how so many people, on both sides of the issue can devote themselves so thoroughly to division. The Bible is one of 101 items listed on this compilation. Nearly every reputable consultant in the field of survival training will tell you that the first and best tool in a survival scenario is WILL. The will to live, the will to go on, the will to make that next step is what will get you through more than any gear, any knowledge, anything you learn in some “live three days in the wild” course. The Bible gives many people, those who are staunch Christians and those who simply have a respect for tenets that Western Civ was based on found in Judeo-Christian beliefs that support. There is no doubt that the Bible for many many people would be very valuable, even if they do not possess a belief in a higher power or authority. That being said, this is SUPPOSED to be a forum to help people come together and strengthen themselves, their families, and their communities through preparation. But once again the ignorant finatics ON BOTH SIDES side track the discussion with their moral signaling and “holier than thou” (many of you atheists fall farther on this scale than many of the Christian) positioning. Here’s an idea ALL: Rule # 1. Don’t be a dumbass troll. Rule #2 If you encounter a dumbass troll, don’t be a dumbass troll feeder. Now how about we all focus on the point of the post and not on the fact that some are doing exactly what the Bible said they would do thousands of years ago OR on the idea that some people believe in fairy tales. I have NEVER onc heard and atheist complain that people teach their kids that there is a Santa Clause or Easter Bunny, but they will interrupt a conversation simply because some says Bible or God. Also so many “Christians” today who state their certainty that they possess the Word of the Only Living God, drooling and throwing the first thing they can pick up because someone disagrees with that. C’mon everybody.

  12. Faith is of free will. I cannot judge those who choose to not have faith in Jesus. I would hope to be able to have faith without judgment from those who do not. My Bible has led me to Love, freedom, caring, compassion, and many other things. I’m sure it will lead me to survival, because I have faith in the words of my heavenly Father and his Son Jesus.

  13. It is my choice to carry a bible or not, as long as YOU do not have to carry my thing is should not matter to you what I have. Now, go mind your own damn business.

  14. I figure if I cover 80% of my needs I’m doing very well. In the long run things would have to be bad for me to leave the house, it being destroyed would be a good reason. Every person has different needs, a guy can cherry pick this list and have a real good kit. No matter what a person does in a situation that turns into a survival event it’s going to be rough going, gaining friends and forming a tribe may be the most important task to complete. Humans are safest in numbers not how much stuff they have. Good Article!

  15. I really don’t see how people are still arguing about the Bible in the list.this website is about preparedness and Survival. but still Jesus is the only way so I would say that u can do this:
    38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

  16. Some of these items are one offs yet there seems to be a lot of focus on the choice of what book he’s bringing. This is his list and his top choices of what he finds important in a SHTF situation. If you don’t agree with an item… THEN DONT PACK IT! All these lists are good for is recommendations from someone that might have some kind of experience. So if you think a suggested item might be worth the space then buy a couple, test them out and see for yourself. most of you can scoff at this list because you wouldn’t use it or think its useless, but if one item helps one person then this list helped someone. Don’t criticize someone for their flaws and mistakes when you cant even see your own.

  17. Okay before I state my opinion I first just want to say I’m not very educated so I’m apologizing ahead of time. For spelling grammer and so on. Soooo… is it just me!!??? or, is it that,everyone who has made a comment in regards to the first comment by “seriously?!?” missed his question completely and on top of it made his comment about Christianity!!!!!????? Not once did he mention what religious bible he was referring too he just asked why would you pack one. And by bashing everyone’s comments or by judging everyone else’s opinion. I feel the point of this post has been missed.its about survival and things that are good to pack in your bug out bag. The point of packing a Bible is for your mental health a Bible can be anything a physics book, a AA or N/A book, a poetry book, and religious bible. Personally for me it would be a philosophy book :) the point is to have something to keep you sane to make you have something that can bring you good feelings and something to remind you of what you believe in which in turn gives you hope. Hope is extremely important when surviving. It’s what gives you the will to keep living. But yeah I didn’t get through reading everyone’s comments but also a couple other things I would pack in my bug out bag would be – teetree oil, sylica beads, silver spray and water proof bag. But yeah I wish I new some people to go on a trip with to do like a practice survival weekend just for fun :)

  18. Hey dumb asses. This is America. You can believe or not believe in anything. Your choice, but don’t jump on someone who’s religious just because you don’t share their beliefs. Regarding survival gear, most lists leave off extra glasses, either prescription or drug store readers. If you’re beyond mid 40s, you would have difficulty doing some of the thingsto survive without some kind of glasses. Can also use the magnified lenses to start a fire.

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