Essential Survival Gear to Keep In Your Bug Out Bag

  • Posted on: 6 October 2016
  • By: Jim jones
Hiking around lake, in the mountians

We all love gadgets and gear. It is easy to get obsessive over having the best survival gear, and acquiring more and more of it. With that said, there are a few survival items that one must never leave home without. Geared to survive has put together a list of the most essential survival items that you need to have in every bug out bag in your group.


It should be noted first, that you do not need expensive equipment to enjoy the outdoors. However, a specific toolset will help facilitate your time outside. Without a knife and water reservoir one would have a difficult time!


As already mentioned, you should be taking a few things when wondering out in the wilderness. Most importantly a backpack, with which one can carry a number of tools - the size of which will depend on the duration of the trip and the desired "extras" you wish to bring along. Geared To Survive's basic pack list:

  • Backpack (sized for length of trip)
  • Fast drying sturdy pants
  • Sensible shoes and socks
  • Knife (full tang)
  • BIC Lighter (always have one)
  • Fierro Rod (always have one)
  • 10ft paracord
  • 32oz: Stainless Steel Water Bottle (purifying water)
  • Rain poncho
  • Fleece sweater
  • Waterproof bag with spare socks underwear and Shirt
  • Stainless Steel cup and / or cooking set
  • Small first aid kit including painkillers, anti-inflammatories and charcoal tablets
  • Tweezers
  • Hygine set (a toothbrush at least)
  • Head Lamp
  • Tent


No one should underestimate how deadly rain can become! It is not just about the discomfort with wet clothing. More important is the fact that when soaked, your body cools down 25 times faster than when dry. This can lead to hypothermia and death! Therefore, rain protection are items that must not be overlooked. A raincoat or poncho must be part of your equipment. Rain ponchos are usually cheaper than a good raincoat, and cover the backpack. A good cover for the head is also required. The right footwear in combination with fast drying pants protects the lower body from getting wet. Again, it is worth mentioning that spare socks and underwear in a waterproof container, is nice to have at camp. NICE TO HAVE! Of course there are many pieces of gear to make life more pleasant in the bush, or in an emergency to save lives. Geared To Survive's Comfort list:

  • Tarp (best with eyelets and loops)
  • Seat Cushion
  • Multitool
  • 3ft wire
  • Super glue
  • Saw (Folding)
  • Ax or Bushcraft knife
  • Leather gloves
  • GPS and emergency compass and map
  • Binoculars
  • Thermals(insulated underwear)
  • Water Filter
  • Baking Soda

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