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Survival Basics: Survival Gear

Let’s be honest, there’s no way you can know for sure if you have all the necessary survival gear. You can be pretty dang confident though after checking this ultimate survival gear list. This list is all encompassing for any situation you may encounter. Be sure to check off the items as you create and stock up your survival gear kit. Although you might be thinking that you don’t really need all these things you can never be sure what you might run into. Keep in mind that you’d probably rather have more than enough than not enough.

In addition, although this list is quite extensive it does not include supplies. Supplies are items that will be consumed or used up (such a food). This list is aimed more towards gear, or tools, you will need in a variety of situations.

Water

  • Water Filter: There are a wide variety of water filters/tablets on the market so be sure to pick one that is best for you. You never want to be caught drinking nasty water. Drinking untreated water can lead to serious, or even life threatening, illness. Water filtration systems are designed to remove microscopic particles and harmful bacteria. This ensures that you are not exposing yourself to anything harmful or deadly.
  • Water Bottle: In addition to a water filtration system you’ll also want a water bottle to store the purified water in between sources. When picking out the perfect water bottle be sure you have an easy way to carry it (think karibeaner or ties). In addition, if you ever plan on heating up your water, either to stay warm or to purify, be sure you are NOT using a double insulated bottle. Heating these up can cause a explosion. Look for a single wall water bottle to be safe.

Shelter

  • Tarp: In terms of a shelter a tarp is definitely a viable option depending on your needs. This quick and easy setup can help protect you from the elements in a pinch. Be sure when you are picking out a tarp for your survival kit that you realize you’re getting what you pay for. The cheapest tarp is definitely not the way to go. If you really are planing on using this as shelter you’ll want to splurge and spend that extra money on one that you know is water-proof. You’ll also want to be sure the tarp you pick out has enough anchor points. You’ll be kicking yourself if you set up shelter and the rain leaks through the roof and the corners are flapping in the wind.
  • Tent: Depending on where you are located, especially if you are somewhere with extreme temperatures, you might believe that a tarp just won’t cut it. In this case you should have a tent as a option. A 4-season tent is always the best choice. Again, you get what you pay for. You may be thinking that a tent will be too heavy to carry, and you might be right. Tents can weight up to ten pounds, and if you’re lugging it with you that extra weight can really add up. Think of it this way, would you rather have your pack be a little heavier but know you are safe when you sleep? Or would you rather have a lighter load but be exposed to the elements? That is something to consider.
  • Hammock: Hammocks are no longer just for relaxing in your backyard with a book. They are now used as a happy medium between a tarp and a tent. You can find yourself elevated off the ground, staying warm, and being comfortable.
  • Emergency Blanket: Also called a bivvy, these blankets trap your body heat in order to keep you warm.

Fire

  • Lighter: For obvious reasons you’ll want a lighter. From a cheap gas station lighter to one that works in the rain. As long as you have one that works you’ll be covered.
  • Fire Striker: Lighters are great, however, they require fuel. You never know when you’ll run out or they just won’t work. That’s why you should always have a plan B. A fire starter is a great idea. These can be used in wet and windy conditions by emitting sparks as you strike them.
  • Matches: It’s common sense that if regular matches get wet they can no longer be used. Did you know that permanent matches can be used even while wet?
  • Tinder Box: Even if you get sparks to fly that doesn’t necessarily mean you will have a fire. You’ll need tinder in order to make those flames and help catch larger items as well. A tinder box is a small shredder that you can use to shred sticks to create tinder.

Light

  • Flashlight: The ideal flashlight you’ll want in your survival kit is one that serves more than just your illumination needs. A tactical flashlight is always the best option. Keep in mind what your flashlight needs to work. Does it require batteries? Can it be solar charged?
  • Headlamp: It may also be a good idea to have a headlamp as well as a flashlight. You may find yourself in a situation where you need illumination but also require the use of both of your hands. This is the perfect scenario for a headlamp.
  • Lantern: Thinking larger than a flashlight be sure to have a lantern of some sort. Again, be mindful of if you need batteries or if it can be charged another way. This lantern can be charged by leaving in direct sunlight as well as by USB.

Tools

  • Shovel: When picking a shovel for your survival pack you will obviously want to pick the right sized tool. There are many shovels that are made for survival packs and can be kept small when not being used. If you ever need to move a lot of dirt, and quickly, you’ll want to be sure you have a shovel.
  • Knife: It would be silly to think you should be in a survival situation without a survival knife. This is one of the most common items you’ll find in a kit. Knives have so many uses and should be in every pack. Many survivalists own several knives. Different blades serve different purposes.
  • Hatchet/Axe: Sometimes a knife just won’t cut it. Trying to cut down a tree? You’ll want an axe for that. Trying to chop through thick brush? You’ll want an axe for that. Sometimes you need to get out the big guns. Be sure you have a larger weapon for those moments. The difference between a hatchet and an axe is pretty straight forward. A hatchet is shorter and typically weighs less. An axe is longer and has a bit more weight. Depending on your preference you may only pick one or you might opt to have both in your survival kit.
  • MultiTool: If you truly are planning on lugging your survival kit with you then you know how important it is to keep its weight manageable. This is why having a survival multi tool is ideal. These tools have a wide variety of functions. Some even come as small as a credit card. You will probably have more than one multi tool in your gear kit. For example, you should definitely have a set of multi-tool pliers. 

Weapons

  • Firearm: Some may not consider a weapon an essential part of a survival kit, but here at Sirius Survival we think we’d rather be protected if necessary. With that being said, there is no single weapon that fits all needs. Depending on your personal preferences and abilities you may choose from a wide variety of firearms. Keep in mind weight, ammo availability, accuracy, and ruggedness.
  • Bow/Crossbow: Sometimes it’s better to be silent. Get the same desired effect but without the noise. Again, these can be used for hunting as well as protection.
  • Stun Gun: For those of us that may not want to have a weapon but still want to be protected there are some less obvious choices. A stun gun, or taser, is a viable option. Although these are not deadly they will impair the target.
  • Mace/Pepper Spray: This is another great option for people who prefer a less intense weapon. Pepper Spray can be used to impair the target so you can make a quick escape to safety.

Rescue

  • Rescue Whistle: It’s important to have a whistle in your survival kit because it can be used in a rescue situation. The sound of a whistle can he heard a lot farther than a yell or scream can.
  • Small Mirror: A small mirror can be used for two separate things. First, it can be used to reflect light and signal for help. The reflection off the mirror can be seen by people on the ground, helicopter or planes in the sky or a rescue team. This is a great way to signal for help. In addition, a small sized mirror can also be used to produce a flame if needed.

Communication

  • Walkie Talkies: Walkie Talkies should be used in survival situations to keep constant communication between yourself and whoever else is a part of your team. When choosing the right walkie talkie for you be sure to keep in mind the distance it can travel as well as how well it fairs in the elements. You’ll want to be sure you get one that can withstand rain, snow, and heat. You’ll also want to be sure it can get a signal from several miles away.
  • Radio: You’ll want to be sure you have a radio in your survival pack. Not only will this be useful to keep in contact with the outside world but it’ll also help keep you informed of what is going on. The more knowledge the better.

Miscellaneous

  • Watch: It’s essential to have a watch in your survival gear. Not only will it tell time but many watches also have many other functions such as timers, compasses, and weather information. These may be helpful in a survival situation. When choosing the right survival watch for you be sure to keep in mind what the watch can offer besides telling time. Also be sure to choose one that can withstand the elements. Waterproof or water resistant is definitely the way to go.
  • Fishing Pole: This is obviously a personal choice but if you are worried about food you may want to have a fishing pole and some tackle in your survival kit.
  • Batteries: As previously mentioned you will most likely need batteries to keep some of your items running. Most flashlights, radios, and lanterns require batteries so be sure you have some extra on hand.
  • Binoculars: Binoculars can be used to protect yourself by looking for dangers, to help on a rescue mission, or to scout for food. Choose ones that are compact.
  • Solar Charger: Similarly to the batteries you’ll want to have a solar charger as well. Many electronic items, especially survival items, can typically be charged in more than one way. Keep a solar charger with you just in case.

  • Paracord: Paracord can be incredibly helpful in a survival situation. It has an immense amount of uses. Find out more about paracord here.
  • Compass: As previously discussed, you may have another tool that also comes with a compass. Even so, it is a smart idea to have one as backup.
  • Poncho: Along with other gear you’ll want to include a poncho in your survival kit. Everyone knows that feeling cold and wet is pretty miserable. Keep yourself dry with a poncho. They are super compact and very light.
  • First Aid Kit: Obviously you’ll want a basic first aid kit in your survival pack. The essentials, such as band-aids, gauze, ointment, tweezers etc. are definitely not items you want to forget.

No one knows what the future holds. However, you can be confident that whatever happens you’ll be prepared. Simply gather these survival items in a sturdy bag or backpack and hope you never have to use it.

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