What's On Your Survival Gear List?

Getting your survival gear list together can be a daunting task. The amount of preparation, training and buying that goes into a comprehensive survival plan is sometimes overwhelming, and may cause you to feel like giving up – but don't!

By following our survival gear list guides, we'll help you get one step closer to achieving the degree of survivalist completion you've been looking for.

In this article, we'll take a quick look back at all the essential survival gear you'll need to rough it out on your own, and also discuss some items you might not have thought of.

If you've been following our articles about all the survival preparations you should be making, then you've probably got the essential survival gear list memorized.

If not, here are the basics you should be stocking up on.

Trucker's Friend multi tool. Click to order from Amazon for your survival gear list

Essential Survival Gear List

  • Food
  • Water
  • Water Purification System
  • Shelter
  • First Aid
  • Blankets
  • Clothing
  • Survival Knife
  • Tools
  • Fire Starter
  • Navigation / Signaling / Communications
  • Firearm (optional)
  • Gas mask

For a complete discussion on food, water, shelter, and survival knives, check out our other articles.

In this article, we'll be focusing on some of the survival gear that can make the difference in your standards of living after disaster has struck.

No survival gear list is complete without all the cool tools, gadgets, and accessories that you can include in your survival preparations.


Click to order the Rothco 5-in-1 Multi-Purpose Tool from Amazon

Instead of hauling around multiple different tools, you should condense your equipment into small, multifunctional pieces, and take advantage of interchangeable parts.

While in a survival situation, you'll at least need a shovel, hammer, blades, pliers, and screwdrivers. The Rothco 5-in-1 Multi-Purpose Tool can turn into a shovel, pickax, saw, compass, axe, and a hammer, all made from durable tempered steel.

It pays to have a variety of tools and equipment at your disposal, so don't just settle for average – go above and beyond with Innovation Factory's Trucker's Friend survival tool.

This awesome tool can operate as a curved axe, spanner, hammer, nail puller, tire chain hook, pry bar and lever. This is a great tool to have on site and perfect for building, tearing down, and fixing.

To top it all off, you'll need a tool to get the fine details just right. The Leatherman 831426 Multi-tool has four blades, three screwdrivers, pliers, can opener, wood saw, and several other gadgets that will help keep you prepared for any survival situation.


Paracord bracelet survival gear. Click to order from Amazon

In the right hands, a simple rope or cord can turn into an instrument with hundreds of uses. If you've done an extensive amount of research, you'll see one simple item popping up on many survival gear lists – paracord.

Also called 550 cord, paracord was originally used in World War II-era parachute suspension lines and has since found thousands of uses – even being used to repair the Hubble Telescope.

Most paracord used for survival purposes is made with 7-11 inner core yarns and has a breaking strength of 550 to 750 pounds. Many survivalists have begun wearing paracord bracelets, which unravel to reveal several feet of usable paracord.

If bracelets aren't your style, the Rothco Type III Nylon Paracord has a breaking strength of 550 pounds and features a 7 strand nylon yarn core.

Survival Saws

Chainmate survival pocket chainsaw. Click to order from Amazon

A good saw is one of the most versatile and useful tools you can have. While carrying around big clunky saws may not always be feasible, several companies have taken the initiative to build the perfectly portable saw for your survival needs.

The Chainmate 48-Inch Survival Pocket Chain Saw is made from ultra-strong carbon steel teeth and is great for quickly cutting down a small tree and building up your fire wood supply.

For a saw with a little more power yet still portable, check out the Bahco 9-Inch Laplander folding saw.

Fire Starters

Magnesium firestarter fits into your pocket. Click to order from Amazon

Starting a fire is one of the first skills you should learn during your survival preparations. Of course, there is the old fashion friction method (which you should know how to do) but before you get to that point, you should invest in some great fire starting tools.

Magnesium fire starters are the classic choice for survivalists as they are extremely portable and efficient. Simply set up your kindling, shave some magnesium off into the kindling pile, and strike the flint rod with the striker, causing a spark to jump over to the magnesium and kindling.

Other fire starter options are also available, like the Gerber Survival Fire Starter. Featuring a ferrocerium rod and metal striker, this Gerber fire starter comes in a handy tube that can store tinder and also comes equipped with an emergency whistle. The ferrocerium rod, when struck, produces huge sparks and is the perfect solution for quickly starting a fire.

Gas Masks

In the event of a biological attack or the release of toxin spores or gases, a military grade gas mask with a NATO gas filter is an essential item that should be on any survival gear list.

The Israeli Civilian Gas Mask with NBC NATO Filter and Drinking Hydration Tube is the perfect line of defense from such an outbreak.

These masks are also available in child's size.

Be sure to stock up on replacement filters.

The Israeli Civilian Gas Mask with NBC NATO Filter and Drinking Hydration Tube is the perfect line of defense from such an outbreak. Click to order from Amazon

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