March 13, 2013


[see my full list here]

Your most valuable items will vary depending on your survival situation, so here is the situation for this list...

Temperate mountainous areas of North America.  Also closely aligns with woodlands and pairies.  Not flood-prone area.  Not a lot of snow.  EMP scenario, but works well for many types of survival scenarios.  Long-term survival (i.e. more than a year).  Clothes are not listed.  Female, infant, elder, handicapped, medical conditions are not catered too--I'm just not an expert on these needs.  This is a one person survival list, but it also assumes you will add to your group over time.  A year-round water source is nearby.  

Items are listed in order of importance, with most important listed first.

Without further adieu...TO THE LIST

  1. all purpose survival knife
  2. Fire starter
  3. assorted seeds and beans (something to grow for every season if possible, also sprouts (alfalfa, soy, mung), asparagus, medicinal plants, and cash crops)
  4. mess kit (first method for water purification)
  5. sleep system
  6. hunting rifle with suppressor, scope, night vision scope(converter?), thermal imaging scope , and extra magazines
  7. ammo
  8. survival sage (1st source of electricity)
  9. emergency radio am/fm/shortwave/noaa w/light and crank powered (2nd source of electricity)
  10. buckets with air tight lids, food grade
  11. big ole first aid kit (make sure it has sutures , quick clot, lots of reusable bandages, antiseptic, antibiotics, slings, air splints, blister prevention/treatment, surgeon disinfectant soap, latex gloves, aspirin, immodium ad, etc.)
  12. shovel
  13. rat traps
  14. toothbrushes
  15. big tarps (at least 3: water proof shelter, fish pond-black tarp if cold area [pond liner], rain catchment)
  16. large backpack
  17. paracord
  18. axe
  19. water bottle (stainless steel)
  20. 9 months of stored food (freeze dried, dehydrated, canned, powdered, grains, sugar, honey, etc.)
  21. binder with hard copies of most important survival info, including color pictures of edibles in the wild in your area and how to prepare them, laminated or waterproofed somehow
  22. large water filter with extra filters (second method for water purification)
  23. maps topo and political/street
  24. baking soda
  25. mason jars
  26. Tattler reusable jar lids and gaskets
  27. pressure cooker/canner
  28. cotton towels all sizes
  29. tilapia (live, or best type of fish possible)
  30. compass
  31. cooking set (spatula, tongs, ladel, knives, etc)
  32. BioLite BaseCamp Stove (3rd source of electricity)
  33. LED flashlight/lantern (handcranked)
  34. multi-tool
  35. grill rack for cooking/dehydrating
  36. gun cleaning kit
  37. knife sharpening kit with honing oil
  38. camouflaged infrared perimeter silent alarm system
  39. dental repair kit
  40. gorilla tape (camouflaged)
  41. hand gun with suppressor, laser, and holster
  42. ammo for it
  43. ghillie suit
  44. spotting scope with tripod (or binoculars)
  45. rechargeable batteries (all sizes)
  46. battery recharger
  47. walkie talkies
  48. bleach (third method of water purification)
  49. signal mirror
  50. dwarf fruit trees
  51. MP3 player & headphones
  52. cutlery
  53. hand operated grain mill
  1. large barrels with the siphon, wrench, and faucet attachments
  2. cooking oil
  3. multi-vitamins
  4. mosquito net
  5. soap
  6. mylar ziplock bags all sizes heavy duty
  7. desiccant packs
  8. toothpaste
  9. pens
  10. printer paper
  11. reading glasses
  12. wood stove with chimney piping and roof panel protector
  13. work gloves
  14. heavy duty aluminum foil
  15. doctor's toolbag
  16. cutting board
  17. dental floss
  1. horse with all its gear (male & female if possible)
  2. outdoors cook set
  3. dentist's tools
  4. lighters
  5. petroleum jelly
  6. bow saw with extra blades (or buck saw)
  7. salt
  8. paintbrush (for manual pollination)
  9. chickenwire
  10. rabbits
  11. razors (some prefer to go with old school blades, save space and money, but requires more skill)
  12. low power laptop packed with software/movies/music/games/podcasts/family photos/etc
  13. cash
  14. sledgehammer
  15. glass vials
  16. patch kit for plastic/tarp/rubber?
  17. hand auger drill set
  18. water well hand pump set
  19. radio antenna extension
  20. small backpack
  21. emergency blanket
  22. family canopy with screen and magnet closure
  23. camouflage netting for vehicle, campground, outposts, hunting, etc.
  24. sewing kit
  25. hand pump pressure sprayer
  26. insect mesh hat
  27. camp shower
  28. go away kits
  29. spare fabrics (cotton, denim, leather, etc)
  30. rain suit

Some common items I've seen on other lists, but I don't think you would need or want in a scenario where society fully collapses are:

fuel like propane  (too heavy and it runs out eventually.)
gas stove
regular batteries  (get rechargable ones)
generator  (requires gas that won't be around for long and it makes so much noise, which tells people you are there and you have electricity.  But if you are gonna use a wood gasifier to power it and you MUST, maybe you can get soundproof padding to put around it in a way that still allows air to get in.)
matches  (just use lighters and fire starters)

Also, here are some questions to consider as you select your survival items:

How long will it last?
Can you make it instead?
Can you scavenge it instead?
Is it a need or want?
Is there a better alternative?
Was is the value/space ratio? (flint high value, small space; wood stove mid-high value, large space)


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