Survival Gear Checklist – 15 Items to Get You Started

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Getting started with gear is another one of those overwhelming and potentially expensive challenges for the the beginning prepper.

Today I would like to suggest a starter list of 15 items that can be purchased, in total, for $350 or less.  Don’t have $350 to spare.  No worries.  Purchase one item a week or one item a month.  Along the way you will find other items and soon you will have a nice kit, ready to go when the big one strikes or the flood waters hit.Survival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor SurvivalCrank-Up Radio:  This model from Kaito Electronics Survival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor Survivalwill set you back about $50.  It comes with all the features that you need in an emergency situation such as a multi-band AM/FM and shortwave radio, 7 NOAA weather channels, a five LED adjustable reading lamp, and a multi-function LED flashlight that can be used in both both a normal bright color mode and red color for emergency use. All of these features can be operated indefinitely without external power using a hand crank.  There is a solar panel that charges the built-in batteries or you can use AA batteries or you can plug the radio into a USB device.

Other options?  The Etón American Red Cross Self-Powered Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger for about $34.Survival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor Survival

LED Flashlight and Batteries:  You can never have too many LED flashlights and at least one should be a quality flashlight that can withstand the harsh environment of a survival situation. This MAGLITE LED FlashlightSurvival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor Survival will cost about $25 but there are many others available for $15 or less.Survival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor SurvivalSurvival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor SurvivalSurvival Knife:  The sky is the limit when it comes to survival knives.  For the beginner, or someone on a budget, a decent quality, all purpose knife is what you need until you have a chance to use it and learn what you you like and don’t like, feature-wise, before you invest in something more pricey.  This Kershaw OSO Sweet KnifeSurvival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor Survival is highly rated and will cost about $23.

Candles, Matches, Lighter, and Fire Starters:  From a safety point of view, a Candle LanternSurvival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor Survival is a great alternative to plain candles.  Expect to pay about $18.  Waterproof matches ($2) and a Zippo Fire StarterSurvival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor Survival are some other items to add to your starter gear.

Pepper Spray:  Not everyone is comfortable with a firearm plus, getting started with guns and ammo is an expensive proposition.  That, plus the training required means that you should have some other means of self-defense to get you by while you are learning about firearms.

The Sabre Family Home and Property Protection Pepper Spray will set you back about $35.  But even a hand held pepper spray such as the Sabre Compact Pepper SpraySurvival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor Survival will keep you protected.  The cost for the compact spray is less than $8.

A Lightweight Axe:  This is another area where you can spend a little or spend a lot.  This axe from Fiskars is highly rated and about $25.


Paracord: 
There are so many uses for paracord that it deserves an article all by itself.  I just wish I had known about it sooner.  You can get 100 feet of Survival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor Survival550 lb. Type III Nylon ParacordSurvival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor Survival for $8.  This is a real bargain.Survival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor SurvivalFirst Aid Kit:  This is one area where I prefer to assemble my own kit but I know from talking to others that I am in the minority in this regard.  My advice is that you carefully examine the contents of any kit you are planning to purchase and make sure that it is suitable to your needs.  This all-in-one first aid kit from Coleman is $17.Survival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor SurvivalSurvival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor SurvivalLight Sticks:  Light sticks are another one of those items that can be used in a variety of emergency and non-emergency situations.  They are cheap – less than $20 for 10.  These Military Grade Light Sticks provide up to to 12 hours illumination each.Survival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor Survival

Survival Whistle:  This 5 in 1 Survival WhistleSurvival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor Survival is only $3 with free shipping.  In addition to a whistle, it includes a compass, signaling mirror, lanyard, and a storage case for your waterproof matches.Survival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor SurvivalSurvival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor SurvivalSurvival Blanket:  Not luxurious like a down comforter, but in an emergency, a survival blanket will help you retain body heat.  Get quite a few of these and practice using them before you have to.  This pack of 10 Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets is less than $9 with free shipping.Survival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor SurvivalSurvival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor Survival

Water Filtration System:  I will save the big, fancy water filtering system (such as the Berkey) for another time.  What you need as a beginner are some Water Treatment TabletsSurvival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor Survival to make contaminated water suitable for drinking on the fly.  Expect to pay about $7.Survival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor SurvivalSurvival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor SurvivalDurable Water Bottle:  There are lots and lots of choices for water bottles.  You can even recycle a soda bottle to include with your survival gear.  For the long tern, however, you should invest in a Nalgene BPA-Free Water BottleSurvival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor Survival or stainless model.  Cost?  About $8 for Nalgene.Survival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor SurvivalDuct Tape:  I have always said you can build a house with Duck Tape and Elmer’s glue.  Well not really but I have to tell you, there are a lot of uses for duct tape and a roll or two should be included in every survival kit.  Survival Husband swears by the 3M Heavy Duty All-Weather Duct TapeSurvival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor Survival but there are other, less expensive brands out there.  About $8.

Outdoor Cook Stove:  This is possibly the only budget breaker on my list, but definitely something you should consider.  I recommend Volcano II Collapsible Stove or an EcoZoom but if money is really tight, a ColemanSurvival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You Started | Backdoor Survival will do just fine.  In that case, you will also need some propane instead of charcoal.  Expect to pay about $100 for a cook stove.

So there you have it – 15 items for your starter gear kit.  I put a lot of thought in to this survival gear checklist and it is in no way all-inclusive.  The intent was to get  you thinking and to motivate you to start gearing up, one thing at a time.  Print out this list, shop around, and find your best deal.

Whatever you decide, start now and before you know it, you will have the perfect kit, tailored just for you.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

Gaye

From the Bargain Bin:Check out the current picks below.

Mylar bags & Oxygen Absorbers: The current price for 20 gallon sized bags plus 20 oxygen absorbers is $14.46. I have seen the price of these come down over the past few months – this is about $5.00 less than I paid.

Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet:  Finally!  My favorite cast iron skillet is back under $20.  For awhile it was priced at $25.  Keep and eye on this one.  Anything under $19 is a good price.  Don’t forget the Lodge Set of 2 Pan Scrapers, a must have for cleaning those food bits from your cast iron cookware.

Sabre Family Home and Property Protection Pepper Spray (13.0-Ounce): From the company that makes bear defense sprays, this pepper spray has a range of 30 feet and can be mounted right near the door.

550 lb. Type III Nylon Paracord: I wish I had known about Paracord years ago. With a recent price reduction to less than $8.00, there is no reason not to have a few hundred feet around your home, in your car, and in your bug out bag.

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Survival Gear Checklist – 15 Items to Get You Started — 34 Comments

  1. You’re certainly right that the most important thing is to get started now and I also agree that one can easily spend a small fortune on gear (I know I’ve tried). I might also make it 100% clear that knowledge is at least as important as the gear, that is, make sure you know how to use your gear once you get it. I might also suggest that specific training such as basic first aid from a reputable source such as the Red Cross would be a wise investment too. All-in-all your suggestions are a great place to get started.

  2. Good article. One of the best I’ve read. It provides a simple “down and dirty” list necessary for basic preparedness.

  3. Number 15, the stove that costs $100 (aprox £140). Instead of buying one of these. How about making a rocket stove? A rocket stove can be made for free or very little cost and they are fantastic. All you need is wood splinters and/or twigs and some paper to get the fire rocket stove started.

    There are plenty of good instructional videos on youtube on how to make a rocket stove. Heres a you tube link of an easy to make and very efficient rocket stove. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6ValmUnjz4&feature=channel_video_title

  4. Re-read the list and did some thinking. I’m not a novice, but there were a few items that I have been letting “slide” like the radio for several months. Resolved some gaps in my preparedness inventory tonight by getting off my money and ordering the items. Thanx for helping me to overcome some procrastination issues.

      • You’re welcome. It’s like what is said of education, there can never be enough. In short, a person can never be prepared enough. Read an article like the one above and realize “I should’ve gotten that” or “I didn’t think of that.” When the collapse comes, and I feel in my “bones” it will, a person will have to face it with what you have in terms of knowledge and equipment ……for a long time. Knowing that fact, to me, means a person can never …..have enough of either.

  5. Forgot to add when I reviewed the list for the umpteenth time (old age catchin’ up) re: the pepper spray. Be aware approximately 10 per cent of the population is immune to it, meaning it doesn’t always work to disable the attacker. There is a possible alternative for consideration, meaning something other than a gun, is a product sold by Cold Steel, actually two variations, an African walking stick or an Irish shillagh type of cane. Either is good as a striking/impact instrument or a jabbing instrument (jabbing at the assaillant to keep them at a distance). Both will not break, since they are not made of wood.

    • Thanks for the tip. I am putting together a second list of 15 items – this time for the more experience prepper who already has a lot of stuff but wants to fill in the gaps. I will be sure to incorporate your suggestions.

      — Gaye

    • There is a spray that NOBODY is immune to. That is wasp and bee sprays. They will throw a blinding stream of agony that no one can resist. They are cheap and extremely effective. Whether they will cause permanent eye damage is irrelavant. I don’t know or care. If a dog chases me on my bike, or a theif breaks in my house, I would rather disable them than kill them. Raid makes a very good product that throws a heavy stream about 20 feet. And I suppose that’s better than the moral load of having had to kill ssomeone because you had no other choice, There may be legal issues resulting, but they lawyer bills will not even began to be a downpayment on a full blown murder charge or civilian wrongfull death suit.

      Semper Fidelis & Semper Vigilans

      • Having just completed a ten hour course on the use of handguns, I will have to agree with you. Thinking about the ramifications of shooting someone – even in self-defense – is frightening. Our instructor advised us that pepper spray as well as bug spray – was an excellent first line of defense. The use of a handgun is a last choice – as long as you do not wait to long to make the decision to shoot and end up being shot and killed yourself.

        Gaye

  6. yes u can make a HO-BO stove out of metal coffee or can goods large can for free and works as well if not better than $100 stove and all you need is minor knowledge found on youtube and metal can and can opener to make vents. excellant money saver and you can make it when needed so can have 2 for 1. buy large metal can full of can goods…once you empty can…make stove with empty can and cook the meal. great ideas on here. im a veteran with survival knowledge and experience as well as self succient farmer….but learn everyday online bout “prepping” and short of foodn water…ive been a prepper and didnt even know it haha i used to be called a hoarder of ammo,guns,survival supplies from military surplus, compasses,night vision, raise cows,pigs,chickens ect. i guess what once was thought of as OCD is now “good preperation” I LOVE IT

  7. I’ve been reading the posts, and learning some good things. I found what could be an excellent addition to anyone’s preps. Look into “The Life Saver bottle/Jug”. I originally saw it demonstrated on TED. The Inventor had a fish tank full of putrid water…then added even more disgusting additions. What he demo’d was the life saver bottle. Screw off the cap fill with what approximates water, pump it a few times, and it’ll squirt out potable drinking water. (Livesaverbottleusa.com) He drank the water with no ill effects. Then he handed the bottle to someone off stage to try and they judged the water fit to drink, even good tasting. I’m not in any way affiliated with the product, but in my years of researching water purification, it definitely gets top billing. Yes it is expensive. But what are you and your families lives worth?

  8. Here are some ideas I remember from the tornado days when I grew up in Ohio. Mom always had coal oil lamps for when the lights went out during storms of any type. I would lay in a big supply of sterno too. My mom was a Campfire Girls leader and this is a trick they learn. Take a tunafish can and cut a strip of corrigated cardboard just big enough to coil up and fit in the can, then fill the can with parafin wax leaving just a small portion of the cardboard exposed to light.

  9. Great article. A change in habits can also help. Instead of buying yet another porcelain pitcher for your collection at that garage sale, buy a crank radio. I got mine for (3€ about $4) at a local flea market. Make a list and keep in in your purse/wallet. When at thrift shops, garage sales etc, keep an eye out for what you may need.
    Non preppers are always happy to get rid of the kid’s boyscout manual, or mess kit, or sleeping bag…or the “I’m never-ever going camping again” equipment.
    Another thing: I prefer crank flashlights to battery ones. Less to carry, and they don’t run out. You can get them at many camping/outdoor supply shops or at, yes, you guessed it, garage sales…lol
    Money, or lack of, is no excuse to not start prepping.
    Thanks again for the great article.

  10. Hi, I would suggest a small fishing kit (fits into a small breath mint tin). Also extra shoe strings, and some fire-starters. If something happens, many people will be under heavy stress, so taking vitamins and ester C will help fatgue and sickness.

  11. well looks like i might have a web site where i can post very rare in the prepper world most are stores trying to sell you something equipment food gold . very disapointment. very good comments here. like. OK army duffle bag with shoulder straps and old safety belts from old car. cheap. make good bugout bag. 8 pound army mountain sleeping bag good to 0 degrees sleep like a baby. cheap one pound tent cost money. get better stakes. i put chocolate nutella expresso bananas oranges wheat bread oatmeal noogles water and wheatgerm and iam good for a week. happy trails

  12. this one will really get you. this usa government will not go under why there is big i mean really big money in governments that why people try to over throw them. best business in the world is owning a government. things will get tuff so good to be prepared. even your government will tell you this if you go to there web site. cash on hand is what you want not gold. gas in the car sleeping bags food water in the trunk and a place to go. or sit and wait for help is on its way in a month or two .. one thing i really belive in america united we stand divided we fall. so circle the wagons feed each other and fight for our freeom. there our people out there trying to divide you from being a nation.

  13. The best place for any cast iron cookware would a second hand store ,already seasoned and cheaper, I’m not really a prepper but a couponer and cheap. But my stockpile would rival any . But every year I do prepare for hurricane, after going thru one, Its the smallest things you miss. How to wash your clothes, now I have a portable washer and already have a clothes line,

  14. I heard what I thought to be a clever substitute for pepper spray. One of my employees suggested hornet spray as a cheap effective substitute. It sprays about twenty feet, and I don’t think I would like being hit in the eyes with it.
    Having said that, I have no idea how effective it would be against a determined and/or psychotic attacker.

    • I actually keep a can of hornet/wasp spray at each of the doors into my home. The nice thing about hornet/wasp spray is that you will not end up in the slammer after using it to defend your domicile.

        • Esther – I can not imagine a shot of pepper spray in the face being a pleasant experience :) There are also some states in the US where pepper spray is restricted to law enforcement personnel.

      • This bears review.
        http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/crime/a/wasp_spray.htm

        Also, there is that pesky “It is a violation of federal law to use a pesticide in a manner inconsistent with its labeling” warning that is stamped on every can of pesticide in this country. Spraying another human being in the face, intentionally, with pesticide would probably fall under that clause, no matter the reason. It would certainly give any lawyer a good enough case to catalog the user in prison for a while. Or at least empty your bank account and give it to the person that attacked you.

        Social breakdown? Spray away. If the cops can still show up, well, you may be in jail with your attacker. Pepper spray is a FAR better option.

        • Your Honor/Officer this intruder entered my home UNINVITED!
          I was in fear for my life!
          I grabbed the first thing I could get my hands on to defend myself!
          I thought I was going to die! I didn’t mean to blind this poor innocent intruder!
          Please oh please forgive me!
          It was not a planned assault!
          I thought I was going to be killed by this uninvited unannounced intruded in my home!
          As big wet tears roll down my anguished face…:(

  15. Also consider personal hygiene issues, as they can lead to some serious nastiness. I would recommend a small shovel, toilet tissue, feminine hygiene products, and hand sanitizer at a minimum. Several trash bags for long term survival situations are necessary, as well. Baby wipes work in a pinch, are cheap, don’t take up too much room and are a good way to wash your body when there is no running water. a thick paste of baby powder and water will wash the odor causing bacteria from smelly feet and arm pits also!

  16. Mora of Sweden makes a knife called the clipper and can be bought on eBay for about $12. Great quality fixed blade knife with great reviews

  17. Fire Makers don’t depend on lighters for long term learn to use fire steels or some other means to start a fire hard to stay warm or cook without fire and as above hobo stoves are good with the fuel around you and are cheap I have a “firebox” multfuel stove that burns anything but not cheap 75.00 +shipping cheap tarps are good for tents or waterproofing a trash house made with leaves and sticks and a few cheap large rat traps will take small game and you have to have a pot or pan to boil water in the make it safe to drink but a old tin can would work if nothing else could be found just use sand to clean all the rust you can out of it

  18. Love the tips. Been researching about being prepared for emergencies. I used to camp quite a bit. I already have couple of Coleman cook stoves, several of the older style coleman lanters (take the fuel), tents, tarps, crank radio, crank flashlight/lantern, a propane lantern, a propane stove, ropes, sleeping bags, waterproof matches….and many other items. I find it overwhelming how much people stockpile. I read many articles and subscribe to many prepper sites and homestead sites. I just can’t fathom the amount of food some people stockpile. I don’t see how they can rotate it all before it goes bad. By the way pinterest is full of prepper info…..Slowly accumulating more items. Next purchace will be a generator. For the simple reason the power goes out here several times a yr. I have an upright freezer and side by side freezer that are full. Need to protect my invested money. Will start on a bug our bag next. Keep all the tips and articles coming….helps newbies like me make better decisions.

    • Thanks, Dave. Just so you know, I try to keep the tips and suggestions practical and not to far “out there”. So many prepper sites these days try to capitalize on fear so hopefully you will find not of that here.

      — Gaye

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