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Survival Equipment- Basics and Information

K. T. Dao
The list author says: "After looking back at this list, I realized that it was not well-rounded and probably wouldn't be serviceable in a real-life situation. That being said, I've now developed a new basis for it; it assumes that you know how to use the items and have some amount of camping/outdoor survival skill, and instead of trying to cover all of the bases, it only aims to introduce you to some of the better tools and items you might need (I won't embellish and will focus on the functional aspects). I'll include a referendum for a list of possible firearms in the next list.

Check out "Survival Equipment: Miscellanous Gear" for more specialized items."
Zippo Black Ice Pocket Lighter
Zippo Black Ice Pocket Lighter
"It's common enough to be carried everyday, but still very useful in relatively hostile environments. It does carry liquid in an open container (you can't see it because the casings covers it), so be careful of that when filling or using."
Light My Fire Original Swedish FireSteel Army 12,000 Strike Fire Starter
Light My Fire Original Swedish FireSteel Army 12,000 Strike Fire Starter
"Simple enough to use and creates a literal shower of sparks; should be good for at least a decade of heavy use."
Suunto Clipper L Micro Compass (Luminous Bezel)
Suunto Clipper L Micro Compass (Luminous Bezel)
"Small enough to carry on your person everyday. It has a watch strap and one of its own for standalone use; I suggest you use it by itself. Use it as a backup or emergency use item."
Maxam Jumbo Stainless Steel Flask, 64 oz
Maxam Jumbo Stainless Steel Flask, 64 oz
"A bit unorthodox, but it has more utility than you might expect; you can heat it up like a canteen, and it's much flatter, allowing you to fit it into tighter spaces in a pack (find one with half this one's volume for smaller packs)."
3 Day Survial Kit
3 Day Survial Kit
"Starter kit for short-term survival. MREs are much longer-lasting and you can buy the water packs or thermal blanket separate, but if you're not a die-hard survivalist, this is what you want in case of a hurricane or other disaster."
Platypus Platy Bottle 2-Litre(70 ounces)
Platypus Platy Bottle 2-Litre(70 ounces)
"Up close, this bottle looks like a deflated IV bag, and for most purposes, that's how it operates; when you fill it, it feels sturdy and the water pressure keeps its shape, but when you empty it, it can be rolled up. Very useful when you want to save weight/space."
Platypus Water Tank (4-Liter)
Platypus Water Tank (4-Liter)
"A doubled-up version of the Platy bottle, this should be handy for a base-camp or shelter area. For those who plan for extended survival, this should fit the bill until you find a place comfortable enough to stay put (and to use a more sturdy but significantly bulkier metal pot)."
Katadyn Micropur MP1 Purification Tablets (20 count)
Katadyn Micropur MP1 Purification Tablets (20 count)
"Self-explanatory; make sure the water is not totally saturated by dirt or particulates, because otherwise it may lose effectiveness. Basically, if you wouldn't be comfortable using the water with Clorox to clean your floor, don't try to treat the water (until you happen to have experience with using purification in the field)."
Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filtration and Straw
Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filtration and Straw
"This is a single-person filter, which will last for the same length of time as the purification tablets; you put the non-drinking end in the water source and then drink from the other. If the water is very murky, the filter may have a decreased lifespan."
Victorinox Swiss Army One-Hand Trekker Lockblade Pocket Knife (Black)
Victorinox Swiss Army One-Hand Trekker Lockblade Pocket Knife (Black)
"A lot of people suggest fixed-blade, dedicated purpose knives for survival. Since this is only the "Basics/Storage" list, it'd be better to pack a single blade with multiple individual purposes than a single blade that can only be used for multiple purposes by a skilled user or multiple blades with individual purposes (if that makes sense)."
Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord
Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord
"Paracord is very strong; seven heavy-duty yet slim rope cores enclosed into a nylon sheath (don't try to carry heavy loads on this, it's not rated for moving loads). Carry it any way you can think of (wrapped around the knife, in a pouch, as a bracelet everyday item, etc)."
Suunto MB-6 Matchbox Compass
Suunto MB-6 Matchbox Compass
"This is not the most accurate or highest-end compass out there, but it has enough accuracy to be used when it counts and its design is less fragile than others in its price range."
Maxpedition FR-1 Pouch
Maxpedition FR-1 Pouch
"This particular pouch has the distinction of being an updated medical kit pouch; that being said, it should be able to hold almost all of the basic items with a good amount of wiggle room. It folds open from the front, but has elastic bands so that everything doesn't fling out."
Light My Fire Titanium Spork
Light My Fire Titanium Spork
German Canteen
German Canteen
"As a backup to the Platy bottle (or alternatively, a primary water container). It should serve the purpose well."
PMCI 34 Oz. (1 liter) Satin Finish Stainless Steel Reusable Water Bottle with Sport Cap and Loop Cap
PMCI 34 Oz. (1 liter) Satin Finish Stainless Steel Reusable Water Bottle with Sport Cap and Loop Cap
"A more pedestrian option for water storage, this container actually has more usability than it appears to; you can boil water in it (as a last resort, of course), and it should be as stable as the canteen."
Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter
Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter
"A longer-lasting filter, this one should last several times longer than either purification method mentioned above; cleaning could be a problem, but chances are that by the time it comes to that, you'd have found a proper place to set up camp or had enough experience to improvise a solution."
Cold Steel Special Forces Shovel, Hardwood Handle
Cold Steel Special Forces Shovel, Hardwood Handle
"The ubiquitous shovel. It should serve you well when setting up shelter or defending against wild animals; it may be possible to replace the handle if and when it breaks."
Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife
Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife
"If you insist on the best survival knife (and have the training to use it), this one is made out of a solid billet of high-quality steel."
Smith's PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener
Smith's PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener
"Can be used on both straight and serrated blades; practice thoroughly if you expect to use this in the field."
Black Diamond Neutrino Carabiner
Black Diamond Neutrino Carabiner
"Use this to attach more items, for climbing, or pretty much anything that needs a sturdy carabiner."
Streamlight 66318 MicroStream C4 LED Pen Flashlight
Streamlight 66318 MicroStream C4 LED Pen Flashlight
"This subcompact flashlight only requires a single AAA battery to provide more than two hours of service; it throws a beam only about fifty feet, but it should be enough in pitch-black. Conserve the batteries by taking them out when not in use."
Hilton Bay Polarized Fitsover Sunglasses P77
Hilton Bay Polarized Fitsover Sunglasses P77
"Use any kind of sturdy, plastic-framed sunglasses in place of this; the aim of using these is to cut down on glare, prevent sun exposure-related damage, and enable you to switch quickly between bright and dark environments."
Maxpedition Monsoon Gearslinger
Maxpedition Monsoon Gearslinger
"A smaller alternative to the Sitka, this might be better suited to the less-survivalist inclined (or the more survivalist inclined, depending on how you see it). It still has loads of carrying capacity and the same potential for accessory loads."
Maxpedition M-2 WAISTPACK
Maxpedition M-2 WAISTPACK
"This waistpack is very versatile, and once it hits the fan, you should at the least be carrying either this or the FR-1 loaded with your survival-kit."
S.O.L. THERMAL BIVVY SACK
S.O.L. THERMAL BIVVY SACK
"For the short-term, this bivvy sack can serve as an emergency shelter. You might want to look into something more substantial for longer periods of time."
MILITARY ENERGY GUM (MEG) - Military Spec Formula - Used in Military Rations - CINNAMON - TRAY (24 packs - 5pcs/pk) 100mg caffeine/pc
MILITARY ENERGY GUM (MEG) - Military Spec Formula - Used in Military Rations - CINNAMON - TRAY (24 packs - 5pcs/pk) 100mg caffeine/pc
"If you don't want to sacrifice vital space to carry a bag of coffee and waste water making it, but still want to be able to get going in a hurry, this energy gum (while rather bitter due to the caffeine extract) should work instead; make sure that you have water available when you use it (caffeine, and gum in particular, take water from your system)."
HART Health Exaprin Extra Strength Pain Reliever NSAID, 2 Tablets per Packet, 250 Tablets per Box
HART Health Exaprin Extra Strength Pain Reliever NSAID, 2 Tablets per Packet, 250 Tablets per Box
"For when the pain is too great for standard OTC painkillers or you can't spare space for a full-sized container."
SAS Survival Handbook: How to Survive in the WIld, in Any Climate, on Land or at Sea
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