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Outdoor Survival Gear & Ten Essentials


Before proceeding, please review Important Disclaimers about the information, resources & links contained in this website. The information provided below is for basic reference only and is not intended to be professional instruction.

Wilderness survival is difficult, if not impossible, without proper equipment. The first column below lists the contents of a 27-item survival kit for the obsessively prepared. For those who prefer or need to carry a lighter load, the second column lists the "ten essential" items commonly considered to be necessary for wilderness survival.

Complete Survival Kit

"Ten Essentials" Kit

  • Multi-tool or Swiss Army knife
  • Water filter or purification tablets
  • GPS
  • Compass and map
  • Flashlight (with batteries)
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Signal mirror
  • Emergency space blanket
  • Nylon rope
  • Matches
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Butane lighter
  • Cooking stove
  • Candle
  • Toilet paper
  • Lip balm
  • Plastic cup and spoon
  • Plastic bags
  • Coins for a phone
  • Cellular phone
  • Trail mix or granola bars
  • Waterproof shell, top and bottoms
  • Long johns
  • Mittens
  • Sunglasses
  • Multi-tool or Swiss Army knife
  • Water
  • Compass
  • Flashlight (with batteries)
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency space blanket
  • Matches
  • Sun protection
  • Map
  • Extra food

Also consider:

  • Whistle & signal mirror
  • Nylon cord  
 

Links

  • Backpacker.com, the official website of Backpacker Magazine, offers reviews and test information for just about every type of outdoor gear you can imagine. The site also contains a useful archive of Backpacker Magazine's Editors' Choice awards.
  • Equipped to Survive, a non-profit website, is the definitive source for independent reviews & information on outdoors gear and survival equipment and techniques.
  • GearReview.com provides reviews on stoves, tents, packs, sleeping bags, GPS and other outdoor gear.
  • Outdoor Life features reviews of over 2,000 outdoor products.
  • Outdoor Review is a consumer and review community for outdoor gear.
  • Outside Online, the official website of Outside Magazine, contains reviews for all types of outdoor gear, including its annual Buyer's Guide.


 

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