Do you have everything it takes to survive? Lets find out! A list of must have survival gear can be very broad. So we are going to narrow it down into simple categories.
Must have survival gear categories
- Clean Water – Absolute necessity for survival
- Water Filtration System – Equally as important is a good water filtration system to keep up your supply of fresh water. A great way to pre-filter your water is by using a Bandana. This will help to keep your main water filtration system clean and last longer. Check out survival cache’s 30 uses for a Bandana for more ways to utilize them during survival situations.
- Water Container
- Food – Second most important in survival is sustaining a good energy level. This will help keep your mind and body ready for any situation that comes your way. Increasing your survivability.
- Fire Starter – Most MRE type foods require heated water. Fire will also keep your spirits high at night as well as keep predators away (animals at least). A signal fire can be used if you get caught stranded somewhere as well.
- Mess Kit – A good stainless steel mess kit should suffice. Mainly a mess kit that provides a container to boil water in as well as eat out of.
- Utensils – Unless you want to be eating with twigs leaves or your hands this is definitely recommended in the must have survival gear.
- Snares and fishing gear – Try to save your packaged food for as long as possible. Eat fresh when you can to help your food reserves last longer.
- Extra Clothing – A couple of extra changes of clothing is important. This will provide an extra layer for when it is cold. Or if you get wet you can have a dry change of clothes ready for you. Take into consideration what kind of shoes you wear (hopefully you will have on some sort of hiking boots).
- Rain Gear – Not to be overlooked is something to help keep you dry. This will help to prevent hypothermia in survival situations. Definitely a must have survival gear item.
- Sleeping Bag – Sleep is very important when it comes to staying alert. Find a sleeping bag that is water proof that can sustain below zero temperatures.
- Shelter – It’s hard to sleep without something to keep you protected and safe from elements. When there are no natural shelters available a tarp under and over you suspended by paracord will help tremendously.
- First Aid Kit – A good first aid kit should include most of these. If they are not all included it can be necessary to modify the kit. Add items at your own discretion.
- Wound treatment for burns, cuts, and sores
- Treatment for snakebites
- Antiseptic gauze, wipes, hot and cold compresses
- Blanket, scissors, tweezers, gloves, thermometer, breathing barrier
- Medicine, antibiotic ointment
- Instruction booklet
- Weapon – Gun, ammunition, knives
- Map & Compass – Knowing where you are and how to get where you want to go is critical. Knowing how to use these two items is just as critical. Check out the Lofty Wiseman SAS Survival Handbook. It has some great information on not only how to use a compass but how to build one. As well as being a survivalist in any situation. I would actually include this Lofty Wiseman Survival Handbook in the must have survival gear to assist in knowledge along the way.
- Backpack – Large enough to carry all of your must have survival gear. Keeping your backpack dry is also very important consider a waterproof bag. When these are not an option consider a sleeve to keep over your bag when conditions are rough. With all of these items included above the normal term is bugout bag, go bag, or SHTF bag.
Optional must have survival gear
- Entertainment – Cards or anything you can do to pass time and keep you sane!
- Dependable flashlight
For suggestions on the specific items above take a look at these bugout bag builds:
What would you do differently regarding your must have survival gear? What else would you add?