Complete Wilderness Survival Gear Checklist

by Jack Keaton

Complete Wilderness Survival Gear Checklist

This is a complete checklist of all the wilderness survival gear that you will need to keep yourself from pushing daisies when you find yourself deep in the wild.

If you have been looking for a complete checklist of the very best wilderness survival gear and tools, then you have come to the right place.

Your wilderness survival plan must include a piece of gear from each and every one of the following categories of the best wilderness survival gear.  Without these, your ass is sure to become grass!

Wilderness Survival Gear Checklist: Emergency Tents and Portable Survival Shelters

When you are forced to flee into the wild, countless miles from any roof over your head or a warm bed to curl your dainty little ass up in, your first concern is and always will be shelter.

Without adequate shelter, you will be pushing daisies in no time at all.  But in a wilderness survival scenario, your every day average Boy Scout dome tent just won’t cut it.  You don’t need a “tent”, you need an emergency shelter! Any of the following wilderness survival tents are excellent choices, depending on your budget:

The Ferrari (under $1000): Exped Polaris Tent

The Cadillac (under $550): EV 3 Tent – 3 Person Tent by Mountain Hardwear

The Corolla (under $400): Eureka! Assault Outfitter 4 – Tent (sleeps 4)

Wilderness Survival Gear Checklist: Emergency Water Filters

Now that you have a “roof” sheltering your bony little ass, it’s time to turn your attention to the next item on the most essential wilderness survival gear checklist:  Water.

Just in case you weren’t aware, your body needs water. Lots, and lots of water. In fact, your body is made up to as much as 90% water. The problem with water is its heavy – as in too heavy for you to carry enough to keep yourself alive in the wilderness.

The good news is you can find a stream or a pond in many places in the wilderness. The bad news is the water will be too dirty to drink. Never fear, a simple, light-weight portable emergency water filter is capable of pumping out gallon after gallon of clean, pure water. Any of these three will do nicely, depending on your budget:

The Ferrari (under $300): Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter

The Cadillac (under $200): Katadyn Combi Water Microfilter

The Corolla (under $100): MSR MiniWorks EX Microfilter

Wilderness Survival Gear Checklist: Back Packs

Out in the wild you’re going to need a survival pack that you can slap across your shoulders and carry your wilderness survival gear for potentially hundreds of miles. You need a back pack rugged and durable enough to handle this much use and abuse. “Rugged” doesn’t even begin to describe these three packs:

The Ferrari (over $400): Eberlestock Terminator Survival Back Pack

The Cadillac (over $200): Kelty Tactical Eagle 7850 Backpack

The Corolla (under $100): High Sierra Tech Series 59105 Lightning 35 Internal Frame Pack

Best Survival Gear and Tools: Sleeping Bags

Whether you need to “rough it” out in the open wilderness, or you find yourself holed up in your basement, chances are you aren’t going to have a nice cushy feather bed on which to lay your weary head. A high quality sleeping bag is a MUST for your wilderness survival gear checklist.

The Ferrari (over $500): Lithium EQ 0-Degree Sleeping Bag by Marmot

The Cadillac (over $300): Xero 350 32 Degree Sleeping Bag – Men’s by Mountain Equipment

The Corolla (under $150): Marmot Nomad 600 Fill Down Sleeping Bag-size Regular

Wilderness Survival Gear Checklist: Miscellaneous Wilderness Survival Gear and Tools

Following is a checklist of all the miscellaneous wilderness survival gear and tools you will need to complete your pack.  We have only listed the vest best in each category.  For additional options, click the link and browse around:

Best Wilderness Survival Knife: Hawke’s Hellion 2020 Wilderness Survival Knife

Best Wilderness Survival Hatchet: Timberline Knives 6013 Russ Kommer Bush Pilot Survival Hatchet

Complete Wilderness Survival Kit: Wilderness Guardian Survival Kit – Red

Survival Flashlight: Fenix LD20 Led Flashlight

First Aid Kit: Adventure Medical Kits Adventure Medical Day Tripper

Wilderness Survival Rope: ASR Tactical Ultimate Nine-Fifty Technora Composite Survival Cord

Compass: Suunto M-3DL Compass

Canteen: Rothco 422 G.I. Style Aluminum Canteen and Cover, 1 Quart

Mess Kit: GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Mess Kit

Sewing Kit: Survival Sewing and Repair Kit

Emergency Thermal Blanket: Emergency Thermal Blankets 52″ X 84″, 10xPack

Flint and Steel: Swedish Firesteel – Army Model

Rain Poncho: Camouflage Military Waterproof Nylon Rip-Stop Rain Poncho w/ Hood & Stuff Bag

Whistle: SE 3-in-1 Whistle, Compass, and Thermometer

Waterproof Matches: UCO Stormproof Matches-Twin Pack (50 Matches)

Wilderness Survival Gear Checklist: Final Thoughts

I hope that you have found this list of the best wilderness survival gear helpful as you prepare your survival pack.

Remember that you can never be too prepared. The “fittest” will not survive in the cold, dark of the wilderness– the “prepared” will be those who survive!


Jack Keaton, Your Apocalypse Survival Guide advocate!


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