The list author says: "So you've chosen to be in the frozen tundra. The high sierras. The Yukon. Somewhere it's really frickin' cold, and likely desolate as well. This is my third survival guide and it's arguably the most inhospitable climate of them all, and I don't blame you for choosing it: let's face it, zombies and cannibals that are left prowling the planet are least likely to congregate in such a place. You'll notice this has a lot more space devoted to clothing than my other guides (and that's saying something). This is to keep the elements from killing you! Remember the acronym C.O.L.D. Keep clothing Clean, avoid Overheating, clothes should be Loose and in Layers, and they should say Dry.
Remember this is only a guide, it's not meant to be slavishly followed. Still, you could do worse, heh. But feel free to substitute appropriately based on your needs. I've put this list loosely in order of importance, based on the basics of what you'd need to survive long enough in order to learn to be self-sustainable. You'll notice I haven't included food on this list. Do the best you can to get non-perishables, but really your food will depend on where you are. Do yourself a favor and get some fishhooks and fishing line as well. A signaling mirror could be invaluable, but I can only list so many things in this guide.
Amazon doesn't sell guns so I can't list any. Take my advice and get a good handgun (a Glock G17 or Sig Sauer P226 would be my picks). In this climate a high-powered rifle will do you more good than an M4, as you need to hunt as well. Load up on the ammo, who knows when you'll get more? One general note: I've gone for quality over cheapness here. Some of these items will be very economical but many of them will be built to last, and to be tough. The last thing you want is something you were counting on breaking and becoming useless. All of the items here should fit in your backpack with plenty of room to spare for food. You should be in great shape."
"This is likely the most important thing in this guide. Let's face it, if you don't know how to survive, all the equipment in the world will only let you die somewhat slower. This book's the gold standard, and this version is small enough to carry in a pack. Get it."
"Without good clothing you may not last a day. Always start with a good baselayer! You want something that will wick moisture away from your skin and keep you warm. This is the men's, if you're a woman get the female version. Stay away from cotton as a base layer."
"You need both halves. This fabric is the best of all worlds. It's warm, breathable, and merino wool is the best you can get for wicking moisture away from your body. This kind of wool is not itchy or scratchy in the slightest. Stay away from cotton! An alternative choice that may cost less money is Patagonia's Capilene line."
"Keep your legs warm and dry (not to mention safe from zombie bites and claws) with some kind of warm, waterproof hiking pant like these. If it's truly cold and snowy--or rainy--then wear something like Mountain Hardwear Returnia Hard Shell Pants over these for added protection."
"I've said it before and I'll say it again: boots are your most important clothing choice. If your feet are gone, you are dead. El muerto! These boots are a prime choice for most any cold climate. They're super-tough, comfortable, warm and waterproof. Whatever you do don't get a steel toe. They get cold and increase the chances of frostbite."
"Take care of your freakin' feet! Get some nice warm socks like these that also wick moisture away so the last thing you have to worry about are your feet. Get liner socks too, you'll be glad you did."
"Nope, I didn't forget about the big daddy. This will keep you as warm as a beach in Jamaica. It's tough, weather-resistant, light, packs down to almost nothing and is reasonably fashionable to boot. Of course given the relative unlikelihood of any women left on the planet that might not matter. Still, this is one of the gold standards in cold weather gear."
"Yep, what's the saying, 90% of your body heat escapes through your head? Get something awesome like this that is warm, stops the wind and good to wear if you don't need to go the full neutrino jacket route that day."
"Last but not least, your hands. It's important not only to keep your hands warm, but to give your fingers a little extra protection from stupid animal/zombie/cannibal bites! These are really versatile, warm and tough, yet sustains your ability to use your fingers when you need to."
"Yep, I really do think of everything. These are great if you find yourself crossing ice, compact snow, scree, and they're removable for when you're not. The boots I picked are designed to be used in conjunction with these so you're ready for whatever you need to cross."
"You're going to need to see where you're going (and what's coming at you) in all kinds of weather. If it's sunny, snowing, hailing, or even a white-out you need protection from snow blindness. Any kind of orange/persimmon color is generally what you want, keep your peepers intact. Also a good protection from zombie claws!"
"You will need a high-quality pack for where you're going. There are several choices for cold weather or extreme cold weather, take what seems best. For my money this is a pack I'd take anywhere with me. Choose well, you're trusting your life to the quality of your backpack."
"Gotta have you some water! This is a great water bladder for wherever you might be going. If you want you can go up to the 3 liter version, if you're somewhere where water is not scarce this will do ya."
"It's hard to do much better than this cook set for cold weather conditions. Tough, light and small-packing it's what you need to keep your buttocks alive and fed when you need to heat up some of your last companion's shoulder (heh)."
"You need fire baby! Fire is life, it keeps you warm and cooks your food. This is a low-tech way that never fails to light fires. A good alternative is the BlastMatch Fire Starter. With this and your survival book you're off to a good start."
"Wet out? Tough finding things dry enough to get a fire started? With these babies you could start a fire underwater, how's that? Ba-BAM! Cheap and indispensable, only use them when you need to. Who knows when you'll find more?"
"Meet your new best friend. It does practically everything, is terrifically durable and will save you lots of space with a ton of other things that it would take to replace this. And it's a reasonable price."
"Ah yes, don't leave home without it! The most important accessory for homo sapiens, it's what you use when anything goes wrong with anything. Also good for tying people up, not that you'd ever do that..."
"More than other climes you are going to need some cord. Need to tie up some zombies? Cannibals? Wanna climb down somewhere, tether something, lash something together or do any of a hundred other things? Get paracord, it's a must."
"Everything's going fine, you're eating and drinking, and then you cut yourself on a zombie's tooth. Oops! These pack in a lot of medical punch for your buck, are light and waterproof to boot--get the .9."
"The gold standard in field dressings. Get the 6" version for those larger wounds that don't result in you joining the ranks of the undead; you'll keep yourself and others patched up for as long as needed. There are even instructions on the back--these are very light, consider getting a couple."
"Another multi-tool in disguise: this is useful for digging trenches, burying bodies, cutting things open, etc. I prefer this to the folding kind, one thing goes wrong and you don't have a working shovel anymore. the only downside is you should buy the sheath for this."
"This is a thing of beauty. A saw is much, much more valuable to you than a hatchet. This is nice because it's well-constructed, folds up nicely, is light, and you can use it with both hands unlike those handsaws you see. Useful for a hundred things."
"Your safety will ultimately lie with getting with others. This will be the primary way you will find them. Get something small, durable and that doesn't rely on batteries if you can help it. Don't break it!"
"An integral part of surviving is knowing what's coming. Is that an army of zombies or an army of cannibals coming over the hills? Knowing can make all the difference. These are fine in the rain, too, which is what you want!"
"Alright, it's time for a good stabbin' knife! This knife beat out competition from most of the US knife manufacturers to become the official knife that Navy SEALs use. It's awesome enough for you, and your whole family!"
"During the day you need something to help get you where you're going. This compass might be your lifeline, don't scrimp here. This model resists shock, water, sand, good in extreme temps, and even glows in the dark for 10 years."
"Something else not to skimp on is a water filtration/purifier system. No water, no life! This is one of the best out there and it lasts a heckuva lot longer than most any of the others. Might wanna have a second filter though, never know how long you'll need this. A cheaper alternative is MSR's Hyperflow."
"You may or may not need this, depending on where you are and how cold it is. Your outer jacket should do fine most of the time, but if you're in a place known for rainfall it's a good idea to pack this, for you and your backpack. No taking chances on getting wet!"
"These are far more useful where you'll be going than in my other guides, which is why I didn't list them earlier. If you don't want to get these that's fine, you can also get some walking sticks as you travel but use something to help in walking, they will add miles to how far you can travel each day."
"Guys, ultimately you are responsible for protecting your valuables. Sure you can use your wife for a human shield now and then, but ultimately she's not the most reliable. This will keep anything from being bitten, cut, kicked or grabbed. You may very well need to repopulate the earth, don't let us down!"
"Gotta start fires, gotta look cool. This does both. It's practically indestructible, windproof, and lights stuff on fire (like zombies). What's not to like? Pick a color that contrasts with the landscape so you don't lose it."