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Tobias Mrzyk
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The beauty about having a survival checklist is that a lot of the thinking is done for you. The 10 Essentials list has been a popular element of camping, hiking, and basic survival for nearly 45 years. It has ebbed and flowed as new technology was developed, but the concept has stayed the same. With these basic items and a little know-how, ingenuity, and self-reliance, surviving any situation will be just that much easier.

Navigation

  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Maps
  • Cell phone
  • Walkie talkie
  • Satellite phone
  • HAM, CB, or shortwave radio
  • Windup or AA-battery radio
  • Signaling mirror
  • Flares
  • Whistle
  • Personal locator beacon (PLB)
  • Car phone charger

 

Sun Protection

  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves
  • Bandannas
  • Shemagh
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Goggles (snow/sand)

 

Clothing and Insulation

  • Rain shell
  • Tactical boots
  • Hiking boots
  • Rubber rain boots
  • Poncho
  • Waterproof EDC bag
  • Bug-out bag
  • Wool socks
  • Jacket and layers
  • Wool beanie
  • Dust mask

 

Illumination

  • Flashlight
  • Lantern
  • Emergency candles
  • Power Back-Up
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Battery solar charger
  • USB solar charger
  • Portable charger

 

First Aid

  • Advil
  • Aspirin
  • Imodium
  • Antihistamines
  • Tylenol Cold & Flu
  • Benzocaine gel
  • First Aid kit
  • Trauma kit
  • Sewing kit
  • Rescue shears
  • Quik Clot
  • Splints
  • Tourniquet
  • Wound dressing
  • Iodine
  • Rubbing alcohol

 

Fire

  • Lighter
  • Lighter fluid
  • Fire starter/fire steel
  • Waterproof matches
  • Butane/propane heater
  • Magnifying glass
  • Tinder
  • Fresnel lens
  • Parabolic fire starter
  • Ferro rod

 

Tools

  • Pocket knife
  • Survival/Bushcraft fixed blade knife
  • Survival/Bushcraft machete
  • Axe
  • Saw
  • Knife sharpener
  • Scissors
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Pliers
  • Duct tape/Gorilla tape
  • 550 strand paracord
  • Multi-tool
  • Crowbar
  • Plastic tubing
  • Binoculars
  • Jumper cables
  • Cable ties
  • Bear spray
  • Pepper spray
  • Firearm and ammo

 

Nutrition

  • MREs & dehydrated foods
  • Rice
  • Salt
  • Hard candy
  • Energy bars
  • Nuts & jerky
  • Canned food
  • Can opener
  • Cast iron pan
  • Aluminum foil
  • Stainless steel cooking pot/cup
  • Portable wood burning stove
  • Butane/propane camping stove
  • Butane/propane portable stove
  • Utensils: forks, spoons
  • Slingshot
  • B.B./pellet gun and pellets
  • Snare wire
  • Crossbow
  • Fishing rod
  • Fishing tackle

 

Hydration

  • Water collection tank
  • Water bottle
  • Canteen
  • Water bag
  • Bleach
  • Water filter
  • Water purification tablets

 

Shelter

  • Tent
  • Tarp
  • Emergency tube tent
  • Mylar/space emergency thermal blanket
  • Sleeping bag
  • Bivy sack
  • Survival hammock

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