The list author says: "Hopefully you're reading this because you have read through Dave Canterbury's "Survivability For the Common Man" and are looking to assemble your kit. If you don't own it and wish to purchase it just google his Pathfinder site.
One should be well versed in not only the proper use of each item but also the multitude of other uses that each item can provide. Also, One should have some previous survival training (especially hunting, trapping, and dressing an animal) if one truly wishes to solely use these items.
If you're untrained or just know the very basics then this equipment along with some non-perishable food and water will serve well in a 72 hour kit, aka Bug Out Bag, as a temporary means of survival.
The numbers below represent the priority order of the equipment that Dave's Pathfinder School views as the 10 essentials. I have listed as Dave has suggested multiple brand names for the same usage ie: KaBar and Ontario knives...only 1 is needed.
Following the essential 10 equipment items, Dave also suggested the next set of accesories that would be a great asset if packed along with your kit.
A note about #3, the best source of cover (heat regulation device) is clothing, so whats listed here is the next phase to heat regulation which will be form Tarp for Shelter and an All Weather mylar lined blanket for bedding."
"#3a Cover: this is a mylar lined re-usable blanket unlike the cheaper pocket sized versions. If you need a quick and inexpesnive substitute that has multiple uses then pack a couple of 55 gallon barrel liners...the higher the mil the better."
"#7 Candling Device: Yes at first glance you're thinking how expensive a simple headlamp can be. In this case you really get what you pay for. In fact it should be noted that the US military utilizes Petzl LED headlamps and that's saying a lot."
"#8 Cotton Bandanas: You should have 2 one can be any style or color as its for your head to serve as a heat regulating device and the other is to be brightly colored as it can be used as a signalling device, a sling...etc."
"If you have the space...and you should it is suggested to pack either a folding saw or a hatchet. Bahco makes very sturdy saws and this particular one is equally good at cutting both green and dry wood."
"Beyond its basic use mosquito netting can serve other purposes. For instance, it can serve to filter out course turbitity in water and it may serve as a fish net. As far as weight to use ratio this is a winner."