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a set of emergency candles

Other Survival Tools

2. Survival Gear List for Firecraft

The ability to make fire is exceptionally important in survival situations. Although you don’t need everything mentioned in the list below in order to make a fire, it might be handy to have a small variety of options as back ups, in case a lighter runs out of propane, for instance.

Please note how difficult it can be making a fire through traditional survival & bushcraft techniques like rubbing sticks together. While I wholeheartedly recommend you practice and aim to perfect these no-gear-needed fire-making skills, I also recommend you not depend solely on your ability to make a fire in this way if it’s at all possible. At least do your best to carry a fire steel on you as a backup, especially considering how hard it can be to light a fire in wet/humid conditions.

Fire Making

photo of stormproof matches

3. Survival Gear List for Hydration

Whether you’re preparing for the zombie apocalypse or you’re an urban prepper preparing for an emergency, you’re going to need ways to collect and purify water. The survival gear below, therefore, will likely be stockpiled by all types of survivalists and preppers alike.

Water Collection & Storage

Water Purification

water filter straw

4. Survival Gear List for Thermoregulation

You’re much less likely to need the heat generation survival gear if you live in a desert state or a place that typically does not get cooler weather. That being said, this type of gear can still be helpful in case of climate change or especially cold nights.

If you’re in a cold climate and are doing your best to prepare for power outages that may happen in the winter, take a read through our guide to staying warm indoors during a power outage when it’s freezing cold outside.

Heat Generation

Water Protection

photo of a portable electic heater

5. Survival Gear List for Nourishment

Planning out what to eat after an emergency situation arises is one of the first things survivalists and preppers typically do.  Although stockpiling food is an excellent idea, it’s also great to have a plan for what happens if the emergency situation extends longer than a stockpile will last. Fishing and hunting outdoor gear, in this situation, will prove very valuable.

Of course, when you’re planning out what you’re going to eat after a SHTF situation takes place, you should also be planning out how to cook that food as well. No good having canned goods if you haven’t thought of a way to get those cans opened without spilling their contents.




  • Bags
  • Baskets

Gardening Aids

photo of a fishing rod

Survival Food & Consumables to Stockpile

ohoto of a group of survival long shelf life food packages

Cooking & Eating

photo of a portable propane stove

6. Survival Gear List for Shelter

As mentioned before, you can technically build your own shelter if you have the proper survival gear tools at hand. That being said, it’s always nice to get an upper hand on shelter, as it will also help you stay warm and dry in case of an emergency or survival situation.

photo of a rip stop plastic tarp

7. Survival Gear List for Medicine & First Aid Supplies

Prepper gear should also include at least basic first aid supplies and medicine. Though the medicine you can stockpile could never be enough to remedy each and every situation, having a basic first aid kit and some standard medicine will typically get you through a great deal of difficult situations.


photo of a box of iodium tablets

First Aid

8. Survival Gear List for Rescue

If you’re planning on getting rescued, or if you’re at all interested in navigation, communication, or really any way of knowing what’s happening in the outside world after the shit hits the fan, you might be interested in adding a few of the survival gear items below to your stockpile. Though not every survivalist/prepper will be interested in staying connected if the SHTF, if this is important to you, make sure you have a way to do it!

Communication & Rescue

photo of a motorola radio

9. Survival Gear List of Clothing & Apparel

There’s a wide variety of clothing that would be helpful in emergency and survival situations. On top of your day-to-day clothing, you may want to be sure to include at least a few of the items below in your clothing/apparel prepper gear stockpile. Especially, of course, if you’re worried about long term survival.

Clothing & Apparel

photo of mens merino wool socks

10. Survival Gear List of Power & Electricity

Some survivalists will, no doubt, want to stay as far away from these items as possible, as most of them will over time become useless in a state of complete apocalyptic devastation. That being said, for short-term prepping emergencies, at the very least, these items are likely to come in quite handy, especially in our power/electricity driven world of today.

Power Back-Up

photo of doube A rechargable batteris

11. Survival Gear List for Car Emergency

In case you don’t have a car or vehicle, or don’t plan on using one in a survival or emergency situation, you can completely ignore this section of the list. If a vehicle is in your emergency preparedness plan, however, you’ll want to make sure you’ll have these items at the very least.


photo of a container of lime tire repair gel

12. Survival Gear List for Security

In survival and SHTF situations, you’ll want to make sure to defend yourself and your family against both other people and animals. There are a variety of ways which you can do this, although of course some work better than others. Certainly look into attaining a firearm if this is legally permissible in your locality, and if you ever consider you may like to have it as a backup option. If you are interested in firearms, make sure to learn about them and train with them prior to an emergency situation. You can’t expect to be good with a firearm your first time shooting.

Self-Defense Weapons

phot of a Fenix tactical flashlight

13. Survival Gear List for Important Documents & Finances

Whether or not you plan on bugging out in an emergency SHTF or survival situation, you definitely want to have your important documents and some healthy finances on your side. Tradeable goods are also extremely helpful post-SHTF, which is why they’re on this list. It may be more beneficial to stockpile urban survival gear that will actually be of use to you and those around you in a post-SHTF situation, but in case there’s something you forgot or ran out of, tradeable goods are definitely an asset.

Important Documents

  • Personal identification papers
  • Passports


  • Extra money
  • Credit cards

Barter Items/Tradeable Goods

14. Survival Gear List for Educational Resources

The instructional things on this checklist are naturally not an essential, however they’re excellent to have on you in case you need some help and aren’t fairly certain what to do.

Supply yourself with a Kindle electronic book reader, tablet computer, or Chromebook loaded with beneficial survival publications as well as resources,  you’ll have a heck of a  lot simpler time dealing with survival if there’s something you haven’t let learned exactly how to do or need to do for the really first time.

If you’re a prepper, first aid books are an essential, as well as general survival books are a great concept. If you’re concentrating on wilderness survival, it would be advantageous to keep a few good foraging as well as plant biology publications on you, ones that will let you know what’s edible in your area as well as what’s not: because you definitely don’t want to be nibbling on toxin plants you thought were great to consume in a survival/SHTF situation.


Survival Books

ohoto of a kindle reader tablet