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."
"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."
"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)."
"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."
"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."
"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)."
"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)."
"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."
"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)."
"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)."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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)."