A List of the Most Purposeful Survival Equipment Every Survivalist Needs


Not many people get to experience survival in the wilderness, which is quite a shame, to be honest, knowing that it’s where it all started. If you’re tempted to go into the wilderness and see whether you can last for an X-period of time, then you’re probably looking for guides about what survival gear is essential to bring on your first trip. However, you have to keep in mind that there isn’t a single survival emergency gear list that will satisfy everyone’s needs, but most lists will include the following items.

Knife, Backpack & Flashlight

A survival/hunting knife is an absolute must-have for surviving in the wild. You can skin game with it and cut basically anything that needs cutting. Then, you need a tactical backpack that will withstand the elements and provide compartments to easily organize all of your equipment. And don’t forget to get a tactical flashlight that’s durable and water-resistant, because, throughout the night it will be your only source of illumination besides the moon. Some other pieces of survival emergency gear that you might want to consider are knife sharpeners, duct tape, and a Leatherman multitool.

Firestarting Tools

Being able to quickly start a fire in survival situations is of utmost importance. Having at least 2 reliable fire starting tools can be a lifesaver, especially if you’re trying to survive in colder weather. A lighter is an absolute must, and you should also take waterproof matches and a FireSteel tool. While rubbing two sticks or hitting two stones may sound appealing, it’s not really practical.

Hydration Equipment

Having access to clean drinkable water is key, no matter where you are. A tactical backpack will usually feature a hydration compartment where you can store some water, but you should also consider getting a Klean Kanteen water bottle. Further, you’ll need water purification tablets to disinfect the water from bacteria and other harmful chemicals.


Having a place to safely sleep at night, knowing you’re protected against pests and the elements is another crucial element of survival. There are many different types of tents available for survivalists nowadays, and you should choose one depending on your personal needs. You should always carry a tent, a sleeping bag and if you’re trying to make it in cold weather, a thermal blanket.

First Aid Kit

A basic first aid kit that includes medicine such as Advil, aspirin, Tylenol, Imodium, and Antihistamines, as well as a sewing kit, rescue shears, splints, wound dressing, tourniquet, Iodine and 50% alcohol solution is of great importance. Further, add medication that you may personally need, like anti-allergy pills or anything else to treat any specific condition you may have.