When you are looking for the best survival gear, these 54 survival items are going to allow you to survive and thrive while bugging in and some are also appropriate for bugging out.
1. Aluminum Foil
We put aluminum foil at the top of the survival gear list because when it comes to survival items, this one has many different uses. If you are trying to figure out which one to bring and which one to leave behind, don’t leave aluminum foil.
You can cook with aluminum foil, boil water, use it as signal strips, create a solar oven, make a Faraday cage, make fishing lures out of aluminum foil, form containers, make a mirror, do repairs or make a long match.
There are multiple uses for axes as well. Use them to make small woodshavings to start a fire, as a defense weapon if you come across from grumpy animals, cut wood for a splint, snow or ice cutting, hunting weapon or for field dressing animals, to reflect the light for signaling
3. Baseballs, Basketballs, Footballs, etc.
Sporting balls will help keep you entertained on those long days. It would be easy to go stir crazy doing nothing so having something to keep you active is important.
4. Baby Wipes
Baby wipes can be used for about any type of cleaning from whether you get your fingers sticky or you’ve caused a bigger mess, having some handy wipes can be, well, handy. If you don’t want to use baby wipes you can learn to make your own soap and use soap and water. This is very important survival gear.
5. Biking Gear
If your car runs out of gas, having a bike and proper biking gear can literally be a real lifesaver.
Books are good to have but make sure to get a small book that is light and easy to carry. If you want to travel even lighter but you don’t want to miss out on your reading, you can simply download ebooks on your phone. Hello Kindle reader. Make sure that you download the ebooks and don’t leave them in the cloud or you aren’t going to be able to read them when the grid goes down.
7. Book Light
If you decide you want to bring your books, make sure to bring a booklight so you can read at night.
8. Bug Spray
When you are preparing for SHTF, don’t forget about all those annoying and dangerous bugs that are going to want to hang out with you. You can find a way to repell bugs naturally but if you want to keep it simple, grab some bug spray and get going.
Sorry, not sorry because when you need a little pick me up, candy can be a lifesaver.
10. Duct Tape
There are plenty of uses for duct tape and I will put some here for you:
- Repairing a rent
- Making a rope
- Making a clothesline
- Patching a sleeping bag
- Resealing food packages
- Holding your tent closed
- Splinting a broken tent pole or fishing pole
- Catching flies
- Repairing a water bottle
- Making a spear
- Creating a shelter
- Wrapping a sprained ankle
- Making butterfly bandage strips
- Making a sling
- And More…
11. Small Fishing Kit
You’re going to need to get food somewhere. What better survival gear than survival items that are going to allow you to get food that you need for surviving.
If you don’t know what an E-tool is, it is an army shovel. There are plenty of things that you can use it for.
- Digging a shallow entrenchment in a short time in order to hide from enemies
- Last resort weapon
- Digging holes for human waste
- Covering your tracks
- Helping with offroad troubles
13. 550 Cord
550 cord is known as paracord and is a lightweight nylon rope. It gets its name from being used as a suspension line for US parachutes during World War II. The rope has many other uses including the ones below:
- Tying tools to your belt
- Securing a tent against the weather
- Making a tool necklace
- Securing things to the outside of your backpack
- Making splints
- Making slings for injured limbs
- Making belts
- Replacing bras or bra straps
- Replacing shoelaces
- Repairing zipper pulls
- Making lanyards
14. Clotheslines & Clothespins
Obviously, you are going to need to clean your clothes. Having clothespins and clotheslines are going to make life much easier.
15. Ziplock Bags
There are plenty of survival uses for ziplock bags:
- Starting a fire
- Storing seeds
- Carrying wild edibles
- Covering a wound
- Collecting water
- Carrying water
- Warming water
- Keeping tinder dry
- Keeping electronics dry
16. Powdered Juice Mix
Want some yummy to drink? There ya go.
You might need to saw something. You can’t use the ax for everything.
Survival uses for shoelaces:
- Making a tourniquet
- Starting a fire
- Keeping a splint in place
- As a fishing line
- As a rock sling
- As a bowstring
19. Sewing Kit
When you get your survival sewing kit, make sure that you have needles of different sizes and styles, threads of different sizes and styles, sharpening stone, scissors, awls, beeswax, pine pitch, straight pins, spring clamps, pieces of cloth and strong shoe glue.
20. Pet Supplies
Our pets are definitely going with us and we need to make sure to have proper preparation for them.
Make sure to put the following on your pet survival list:
- Pet food
- Can opener
- Food & water bowls
- Gallons of water
- Pet treats and any supplements
- Waste disposal system
- Dental tools
- Flea & tick treatment
- Grooming supplies
- Pet clothes
- Records & documents
- Recent photo of your pets
21. Pencil & Papers
You never know when you might need to write something down or make marks.
22. Plastic Sheeting
Plastic sheeting can be used for many things including:
- Waterproofing firewood
- Collecting rainwater
- Making a shelter
- Building a solar still
- Covering the ground
- Patching leaks or broken windows
- Making a quarantine room
- Building a greenhouse
- Putting up blackout curtains
- Protecting plants from frost
- Waterproofing containers
- Trapping heat
- Making body bags
23. Plant Pots
Having a container garden is helpful when you want to have food but still want to be mobile. Plant pots are great survival gear and you should buy enough for your garden. Here are some reasons it is smart to start a container garden:
- Easy for beginners
- Plant diseases won’t spread
- Fewer pests
- Takes little equipment
- It doesn’t matter what size you start
24. Powdered Butter & Eggs
More food. Yum.
25. Acoustic Instruments
Getting bored? Break out the instruments.
You’re going to have to keep track of time. Having calendars will help you with this. If you don’t have room for calendars, use your pencil and paper to make your own.
27. Car Charger
Keeping your phone charged is important. If you are on the go, having a car charger is a must.
28. Cast Iron Cookware
When you want the best survival cookware, cast iron cookware is the best survival gear for cooking. Why?
- Food tastes good
29. Cloth Diapers
If you’ve got a baby, you want to make sure you have reusable diapers.
Now is not the best time to make more babies.
Food tastes better with ranch.
32. Door Stop Alarm
Don’t let anyone sneak up on you. Make sure you have a door stop alarm set up. Put it on your door and if anyone tries to open it, it will stop them from opening it and set off an alarm.
33. Ear Plugs
If you are going to be shooting guns or trying to sleep. Hello, ear plugs.
Don’t be gross people. You know why you need this survival gear.
Another distraction. Keep yourself sane.
36. Glasses & Repair Kit
If you wear glasses, make sure you have an extra pair and a repair kit. You don’t want to be blind when SHTF.
Keep your eyes safe with goggles.
38. Glow Sticks
Whatever name you know glow sticks by, whether it by light sticks or chemical lighting, you are going to find them to be very helpful when it comes to survival items.
- Safe in all environments
- Long shelf life
- Bracelets can be worn by kids that are scared of the dark
39. Hand Sanitizer
Let’s not keep any of those nasty germs on ourselves.
40. Instant Coffee
We need coffee.
41. Town Map
While GPS is nice, when it is gone, it isn’t going to help. Get a map of your town.
42. Paper Plates
Who wants to wash dishes?
43. Shut-Off Wrench
You never know when you need to shut something off.
Learn how to use the slingshot before you need them. Once you do know how to use it, get a good one and you can kill your food.
45. Solar Air Lantern
No batteries needed. Only the sun.
46. Song Books
47. Survival Books
You’ll be entertained but you’ll also be learning.
Tarps are great for shelter but have other uses if necessary.
Don’t get rained on.
50. Vehicle Escape Tool
If you’re in a crash, the ambulance isn’t coming. You need to get out of the car before it explodes.
51. Wind-Up Clocks
Batteries cold run out but if you have a wind-up clock, you’re good.
Whistles are helpful so you can signal and alert others when needed.
53. Yard Bags
Yard bags have plenty of uses and are great survival gear. See the following yard bag uses:
- Maintaining body heat
- Bandages and bandage covers
- Ice packs
- Keeping areas clean
- Water collection
- Securing your food supply
54. Folding Knife
For all things cutting.
If you can think of anything else we need to add to this survival gear and survival items list, make sure to post it in the comments. We would love to hear from you.