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Survival Supplies Checklist

Survival Supply Lists are a lot like Do-It-Yourselfer tool bags.  They all contain a lot of the same items but they also contain some other items geared to the Do-It-Yourselfer’s personal preferences/talents.

Provided below is a checklist of survival supplies that has been compiled from several different sources (including my own list).   However, several additional factors need to be considered when you are deciding what supplies to have on hand.  Length of time that the survival supplies will be needed can only be estimated at best.  Also, whether you will need to transport these supplies with you and if so, how you will carry them are also critical factors in deciding what you will need.  In addition, expected weather and temperature will have a major bearing on what clothing, shelter, etc that you need to take.

Rule of Thumb for survival supply list planning is “assume the worst but plan for several different options”!  Hopefully, the compiled survival supplies checklist below and the factors mentioned above will be helpful to you as you choose what survival supplies to have on hand.


Survival Supplies Checklist

Food & Water Related Items

  • Survival Food/Rations (at least 7 Days Per Person)
  • Vitamins
  • 3 Day Water Supply (1 Gallon Per Person Per Day)
  • Water Purifier
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Bottle of Liquid Bleach (for Water Purification Purposes)
  • Canteen(s) or Water Carrier(s)
  • Condoms (liquid carrier – holds about 1 liter)
  • Collapsible Plastic Cup
  • Cooking Equipment
  • Can Opener (the small type you can carry on your key chain)
  • Clear Plastic Sheet For Water Collection (at least 6 feet by 6 feet)

Clothing Related

  • Correct Clothing
  • Extra Sets of Correct Clothing
  • Rain Gear
  • Hat (Very Important)
  • Gloves
  • Small Repair Kit (needles, thread, tweezers, etc)

Gear Related

  • Pocketknife or Knife
  • Knife Sharpening Stone
  • Shotgun/Rifle/Pistol and Ammunition
  • Gun Oil and Solvent, Cleaning Rod, Rod Patches, Rod Brushes
  • Waterproof Matches
  • Fire Starter
  • Flint and Steel
  • Magnifying Glass
  • Candle(s)
  • Strong Cordage or Rope (at least 50 feet)
  • Axe
  • Collapsible Shovel
  • Monofilament Fish Line – 12 lb test (at least 50 feet or a spool)
  • Fish Hooks
  • Fish Sinkers
  • Spare Plastic Bags
  • Ziplock Bags
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Tent or Tarp
  • Snare or Stovepipe Wire
  • Flexible Saw
  • Backpack
  • Flashlight (Extra Batteries)
  • Beta Light
  • Binoculars or Telescope
  • Insect Repellent

Communication Related

  • Radio (Hand-Crank or Extra Batteries)
  • Whistle
  • Mirror (metal signaling type)
  • Writing Materials

Navigation Related

  • Compass
  • Map
  • Global Positioning System Device (GPS) Unit (and Extra Batteries)

Medical Related

  • First Aid Kit and First Aid Manual
  • Surgical Blades
  • Butterfly Sutures
  • Plasters
  • Adhesive Bandages

Personal Items Related

  • Prescription Drugs (if needed)
  • Photocopies of Essential Prescriptions
  • Eyeglasses (if needed)
  • Watch
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen or Sunblock
  • Chapstick
  • Cash and Coins
  • Hand Lotion
  • Small Towel
  • Soap
  • Photocopies of Identification Cards
  • Camera and Film
  • Baby Items (if needed)
  • Pet Items (if needed)

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