Prepper’s Advice: Survival Equipment List

Peter Stec
May 28, 2013

The questionnaireHere’s a natural disaster, a big one no Hollywood budget can hope to replicate on screen, what do you do? Are you prepared to deal with it? Are you locked and loaded? Is your mindset ready? How about all the necessary stuff that you must have in order to weather it through and get around it? Creating and maintaining your own natural disaster survival equipment list is vital for all purposes; it’s what spells the difference between life and death, including that of your loved ones. Here’s something to help you paint a clear picture on must-have items come natural disaster time and survive the apocalypse that comes along with it. The area you are currently living in should impact your list, though various key items are highly recommended when building a basic survival equipment list. Let’s start with clothing:

  • Dust mask and gas mask (the inclusion of a gas mask really depends on the calamity)
  • Wool socks plus extra socks
  • Long underwear
  • Raincoats
  • Goggles
  • Down coats

When it comes to rations, you are better off with a list that includes the following:

  • dried food emergencies
  • pump water purifier
  • iodine tablets.
  • salt
  • rice and other grains

Then there’s the issue of tools and weapons you should consider when your natural disaster mode turns you into an apocalyptic wanderer.

  • Get a gun. Do not think about a gun being fancy or something nice to look at. Instead, consider a gun based on your need, like the quantity of the shots that can be fired, or stopping power.
  • You also need some fire starters with you (matches, magnesium, magnifying glass, flint, and steel)
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Machete
  • Survival knife
  • A standard screwdriver
  • A 2-3 gallon cooking pot
  • First aid kit and a book on edible plant life (this is important if you have to scour the landscape with anything to eat)
  • A map
  • flashlight
  • Compass
  • Hunting knife and can opener
  • A crowbar
  • Collapsible saw
  • Binoculars
  • Small radio
  • Wool blanket
  • Boot Laces
  • Needle and thread
  • A fishing line complete with hooks
  • A canteen for water
  • Containers for fuel
  • A tarp

There’s a lot you can do to improvise or add more, should the need arises, or depending upon what natural disaster you must have to weather.

The Issue of Food and Water

Of course, everyone knows these are two most important items in every natural disaster or doomsday scenario. The best way to address the issue would be to evaluate your situation first before you can determine the level of need for such items. To begin with, consider them for your survival over periods beyond 24 hours in emergency situations. Natural disaster experts recommend 2 to 3 gallons for every individual in a household.
Foodstuff varieties, which are best kept inside emergency pantries, should include prepackaged dry foods, like nuts, dried fruits, beef jerkies, trail-mixes, and canned foods. You also need to get your hands on packaged foods designed for long periods of time, especially at room temperatures. Peanut butter, among others, fits the bill well.

As already noted above, your survival equipment list is never complete without a lighting kit. Experts suggest having a couple of flashlights, each with spare batteries. Candles, with their risks to fire, are not really recommended here. You may also need some bedding items to protect you from the harsh outdoor weather. Keeping a handy sleeping bag or blanket should do, especially in protecting anyone with shock injuries.
If you plan to be mobile, a bicycle would be a very good option since cars and other vehicles are limited, especially when you need to slip away into safer zones. It’s a survival equipment you must have for better mobilization.

About The Author
Hey Knife Up gang! I'm Pete, and I'm just another man like you in a small rural town who loves the outdoors as much as the other million internet users that cruise sites like KnifeUp.com every day. The difference is that I like to share what I know and research what I don't totally know so that YOU can have all the info you need to feel confident and prepared for all things outdoors-related! And, for those who care, I have 42 years of wilderness canoeing and bushcraft experience in Northern Ontario and spend most of my Summers covered in mosquitos and fish slime, but hey, it's a lifestyle choice, eh?

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