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Survival Kit List - The Survival Gear List You Need

Updated on December 31, 2016

Why You Need a Survival Plan

You cannot control what will happen. You cannot control the weather and you cannot control society, but you can control how prepared you and your family are to handle dire situations like natural disasters, pandemics, civil unrest, and just about any other serious situation.

I Have Gear, Therefore, I'm "Prepared."

Gear Does Not Equate to Prearedness

Let me first dispel the idea that having everything on this checklist will mean you are prepared. It is a step forward but without a plan, without survival skills, having these items will only get you so far. Brush up on your outdoors skills like making fires, cooking primitively on an open fire, tying knots, basic "roughing it" things.

Without basic survival skills I would bet a million dollars that a man with two sticks, a survival knife, and survival skills could outlast you. There is a plethora of survival information out there for free so I would suggest taking advantage of it. and have great information and I have some Hubs that include information on essential survival skills.

Below is a fairly comprehensive checklist of things you may need to survive various situations comfortably. I hope it serves you well, and don't forget that while this list may fit many families well, every family has their own special needs and circumstances so be sure to think of those when preparing. But do not forget that the most important things are skills, and plans. Without those this list is just a list.

And remember multi-use survival items are the best way to invest your space!

Your Survival Skills and Your Survival Kit will Determine Your Success.

Survival Kit List


  • Stockpile Dehydrated, freeze dried, canned, other nonperishable
  • Means of getting your own food (Hunting, Fishing, Crabbing, Trapping, Growing)
  • Gun, or other hunting utility
  • Bullets, lots of them. (In tough times bullets become quite scarce.)
  • Snares (for trapping food)
  • Seeds (for growing food)
  • A survival fishing kit
  • A Means for cooking (Fire, Charcoal BBQ, Camp Stove.)


  • 1 Gallon per person per day (3 day minimum suggested by
  • Ability to filter dirty water (filtration and purification are different. Filtering may not necessarily eliminate bacteria and other contaminants.)
  • Ability to obtain water (Rainfall, lake, river, ocean, humidity collection)
  • Jugs, Coolers, etc to hold water
  • Ability to purify dirty water (the SurvivalStill for example. Video below)

Video: Survival Still Review

Below is a video I found from Prep Fx that shows a cool device called the "Survival Still."

You don't don't truly appreciate warmth until you've spent a night in subzero temperatures.

- Marty Meierotto, Alaskan Fur Trapper


  • Clothing for proper weather conditions (Including all that MAY occur. NEVER assume what the weather will be, anticipate what it COULD be.)
  • Proper footwear (Often forgotten about. Must be comfortable, and durable. Anticipate walking a lot.)
  • Hats (These are good because they will protect you from sun, shield you partially from rain, help maintain body temperature, and can be used for various things like holding water.)
  • Gloves (Similar to hats, they will protect you and can be used as extra pockets as well.)
  • Underwear and socks (Pants and shirts you can wear for a week, but socks and underwear should be changed frequently.)

Survival food notes

How will you store your food (Especially freshly hunted or grown.)
Will your food provide ALL of the nutrition you and your family will need (Consider a child's needs are different than an adults)?
If not you can consider these options:

_ Vitamin supplements in case of dietary deficiencies
_ Salt and other minerals that are vital in case of dietary deficiencies
_ Plates and utensils (Not disposable, these are convenient normally, but trash pick up may not be available.)

“There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy.”

— Alfred Henry
Tent in the woods.
Tent in the woods.

Shelter: (Varies widely with situation.)

  • Stay at home (objectively assess your homes ability to protect you. It may be hard to accept, but sometimes your home isn't the safest place.)
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Arrangements with Family or Friends
  • Hotel/Motel
  • RV


  • First Aid Kit (Band-Aids, Cotton Swabs, Rubber Gloves, Antiseptic, etc.)
  • Birth Control
  • Prescription drugs
  • Other Medicine (Tylenol, Advil, Pepto Bismol, Rash/Itch Cream.)
  • Crutches, Slings, Wheel Chairs, etc.
  • First Aid Book


  • Soap
  • Hand Sanitizer (To help ration water.)
  • Toothbrushes, Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Manicure Set
  • Toilet Tissue
  • Feminine Sanitary Products
  • Garbage Bags to properly contain garbage and various other unpleasant items.
  • Adult Pregnancy Prevention Measures (tried to word that as child friendly as possible.)

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Everybody has a plan, until they get punched in the mouth.

— Mike Tyson

That's a quote from Mike Tyson that is true for many things. As good as your intentions may be, during a survival situation, you must be ready for things that you wouldn't expect.

Protective Equipment:

  • Gun, Bow and arrows, crossbow (for those against guns. This can serve as protection and for hunting.)
  • Bullets, arrows, whatever ammo for whichever tool. (These disappear from shelves during downturns.)
  • Window fortifications (Plywood, hurricane shutters, Security Film, etc.)
  • Discreet safe (Nothing screams open me like a safe, but a discreet one may be a good investment. Like a wall or floor safe.)
  • Gas Masks
  • Bullet proof vests
  • Mace or Bear Spray (This is especially good in the wild to protect against animals without hurting or killing them.)
  • Taser (Less lethal than a gun but okay protection if you know how to use it. Don't buy one unless you intend on learning how to handle it because nothing could be worse than your adversary taking it from you to use on you.)

Video: Survival Knife by Benchmade

Notes about protective equipment & weapons for survival

Many people don't anticipate needing many of these items in times of turbulence because they believe they are safe in their homes and that they live in good neighborhoods. Allow me to assert that when people are faced with dire situations under stress, they will do what they must to survive.


  • Emergency Crank Radio (Read my review on the Eton FR300 Crank Radio!)
  • Crank LED Flashlights (LED because they are energy efficient and last very long.)
  • Crank Lamp
  • Batteries (Just in case)
  • Solar battery chargers are nice
  • Solar Cell phone charger

Notes about survival electronics

Try to ensure that all electronics are crank or solar (Crank is better as you won't be at the mercy of the clouds). Lots of people stock up on batteries which is great and all but it's far better to not have to depend on batteries being around unless you have rechargeables and the ability to recharge them without a wall outlet. But keeping your electronics to a minimum is great.


  • Books, Magazines
  • Puzzles, Puzzle Books (Crosswords, Word Searches, Sudoku.)
  • Crank Radio (This will also be under Electronics, but it fit here as well.)
  • Board Games
  • Pens, Pencils, Pencil Sharpener, Crayons, Colored Pencils
  • Minor portable exercise equipment


  • The Right Knife
  • Bug Repellent
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Kit
  • Candles
  • Lighters
  • Batteries
  • Matches
  • Blankets
  • Heater (Propane is good when electricity isn't available.)

I also highly suggest preparing a car survival kit in the event that you are out and may need something.

Is your survival kit up to snuff?

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      Sean coffey 4 years ago

      as i am only 8 years old i would love to live in the jungle when i grow up i want to live on a house held up by metal stilts for floods and stuff and even some of my friends want to come with me this has got great advice i would give it 10/10 [A BOY CAN DREAM CANT HE!]

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      stephen 6 years ago

      used this list for the earth quake hell in japan

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      jewles 6 years ago

      The people that arnt ready for this to happen are the one that will die and me I will be ready for this!

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      Ginny Farrell 6 years ago

      Weird if you are a serious hunter than you don't need entertainment

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      Tim_511 7 years ago from Huntington, WV

      This is a good overview for a long-term survival situation! I'll have to study these lists a bit more thoroughly.

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      Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Very informative hubs filled with useful tips! Great job!

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      Cedar Cove Farm 7 years ago from Southern Missouri

      Great tips. I got mad at myself the other day when I broke the antenna on my hand crank, short wave radio. Any ideas on how to fix that? I put together a "short list" of things to do to be ready in case of disaster, found at Thanks for writing, keep up the good work.

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      Survival Seeds 8 years ago

      A well-stocked disaster kit can save lives in a crisis! With every paycheck I've been purchasing a few more items on my survival checklist and training myself how to use them.

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      debris 8 years ago from Florida

      @dohn121: That is one of my favorite phrases. Truer words may have never been spoken.


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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      This is a great hub. It's always better to be safe than sorry!

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      debris 8 years ago from Florida

      I hope it serves you well Research Analyst :)


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      Research Analyst 8 years ago

      Great hub, very useful information, bookmarked it.

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      debris 8 years ago from Florida

      Hey Enelle,

      I do my best to be prepared. I think taking me along might be a good idea but I think Les Stroud would be even better, if you've never heard of him, he's the guy that does that show survivorman. I wrote a review on his book also. :)


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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Excellent information - I knew I was right in taking you along to that island...

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      debris 8 years ago from Florida

      @DY5L3X1A: Please forgive my use of the word sir. I write very quickly and just now realized that I wasn't paying attention. Sorry again. :(


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      debris 8 years ago from Florida

      @DY5L3X1A: Quite welcome sir. I'm happy to be able to provide this information in hopes that it may help the less prepared.

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      DY5L3X1A 8 years ago

      This is an excellent post. Thank you for getting this information out there!

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      debris 8 years ago from Florida

      Wow kittykat, I'm happy that I could help! Keep up the good grades, education is very important!

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      kittykat 8 years ago


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      kittykat 8 years ago

      vey nice info. I'm only nine, but I got an A+ thaks to you in survival

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      countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

      Some excellent tips. I can see that these tips arise from lots of experience. Thumbs up for an excellent hub.

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      debris 8 years ago from Florida

      Peggy: I don't think you should be scared. It certainly is a sign of the times but what it should do is motivate you to prepare. The crank radios are certainly a great technological advance especially with all of their built on utilities! Smart move on conserving the batteries as well!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Your advice is well taken. It rather scares me that so many people are starting to write similar hubs. Guess I would rather live back "in the old days" when all we had to do was duck under our school desks for the preparation of bomb attacks from the Soviets. Ha!

      The hand cranked radio is high on my list, however, after going through Hurricane Ike. Our neighbor had one and it was great. We had a small battery operated TV / radio, but did not use it all the time because we did not know how long we would be without electricity and thus, we were saving the batteries.