What You Need to Pack for Long Term Survival

Survival is a relative term that can mean you made it through the work day or it can mean making it through the emergency situations that we humans face from natural disasters to man-made conflicts like war. In this article we will be discussing what basic items I feel everyone should have packed in their kits for long term survival. Before we get started just know that nobody can really tell you 100% of what you need to pack because there are many variables to consider like your environment, your age, your health, your abilities, your family/group’s size, and many more so be sure to really consider what would be best for you and your family and pack accordingly.

We will start out with what could be the most important thing depending on where you live and that is shelter. While you can only last 3 days without water, in some situations and environments you can only last 3 hours without shelter, so needless to say it is vital to surviving. The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when it comes to shelter, if you don’t already have a hunting cabin or getaway spot, would be a tent. A tent is great because it can protect you from the elements, keep insects off of you, and can be set up in a matter of minutes. A tarp is also an essential piece of gear to have and can be setup in a number of ways for different shelters for different environments but what we really want for long term is to be able to build something more substantial, so for that you will need the tools to get it done. The jobs you will need to preform are cutting, chopping, sawing, and tying so some tools you should consider having for these tasks are an axe, a folding saw, a hatchet, a chainsaw, and plenty of rope like paracord or Kevlar cord. It’s always a good idea to practice building some basic shelters like a lean-to or debris hut, so get out there and practice those and also a heat reflector wall to direct heat from a fire back into your shelter to keep you warm at night and in cold environments.

Water is essential to life so it tops the list in survival. They say you can survive 3 days without water but an important thing to remember is dehydration starts well before that, even more so if you are doing things that require a lot of energy. For that reason it is important to have water on hand and a filter of some sort. Saving water is easy, just collect all of your empty clear drink containers and use them to store water after you clean them. Fill them up, put the lid on them, and place them somewhere dark and cool. You can even filter the water before hand, and when stocking for water don’t forget about water for your toilet, even when the power is out you can flush your toilet by pouring water into the tank. There are many different options when it comes to filtering water, everything from a home filtering system to small portable filters so get what is right for you. The best options for long term survival would be digging a water well on your property and collecting rain water if allowed in your area but make sure you have back up to that and a stock pile of at least 3 days worth, a gallon or two per day per person.

As you work to do things like hiking to safety, building a shelter, and other tasks you will be burning energy which will need to be replaced. It is said that you can make it up to 3 weeks without food but I would rather not personally, that is why you should have a few meals at the minimum. There are some great freeze dried meals out there like mountain houses chicken and rice, it’s actually pretty good but…there are also some bad freeze dried meals as well like the ice cream sandwiches. Those types of meals last up to 25 years so they are great to have but just make sure you like the ones you put with your gear, no need to be going through a bad situation and eat food you don’t like until you really have to. Some other good items to think about we be some jerky, trail mixes, there are a ton of different kinds of bar type foods you can get, and even ramen noodles are okay in my opinion but just pack whatever you like and make sure you get items that will stay good for a while. Don’t overlook seasonings like salt and pepper, bouillon cubes to make broth, and hot sauce is always an excellent choice!

Along with the tools you need for shelter building, there are a few items that you really need to focus on having to get different jobs done, to hunt, and to defend yourself. First everyone should have a pocket knife already and if you don’t or can’t carry one EDC make sure your pack has it clipped on the outside so you can grab it and put it in your pocket. A pocket knife is great for doing small tasks but you will also need a high quality fixed blade knife for doing a large number of tasks and possibly as a last resort for defending yourself against an attack from animals or humans. A good fixed blade will be a full tang blade, meaning the steel runs all the way to the bottom of the handle, it should have a comfortable grip, have a 90 degree spine for striking a ferro rod, and it should hold an edge well. There are too many out there to name any that are right for you so do your research and take your time to make sure you get exactly what you want. For hunting game you will need items like traps, bows, and firearms if legally allowed. It’s on you to know the laws in your area for example, some traps will be illegal unless it is an actual survival situation and of course you can only hunt during hunting season and so on so be sure to know your laws, of course if the SHTF and everything went to hell then laws don’t really matter anymore and it’s all about survival.

Accidents happens, we are human and just can’t avoid it and eventually will trip and fall, cut ourselves, and so on, a medical kit is a must and I’m not talking about a boo-boo kit. What you want your med kit to do is to stop major bleeding because you can die in a matter of minutes from bleeding out depending on your wound. It’s great to have bandages, creams, anti-everything, get all of that as well but what you really need are items like hemostatic gauze, tourniquets, quick clots sponges, quick clot powder, Israeli bandages, and so on. These items are what you need to save your life or someone else’s. You can either buy all the normal items at a local store to suit your needs or you can just buy a pre made kit and add to it the major items to it. When you pack these items up it is best to have them in an easy to access spot, in case you need to get to it quickly in an emergency. It would also be a great idea to have a patch or someway for others to know instantly where the med kit is in case someone else has to fix you up.

Fire is man’s greatest tool for survival, discovered by accident from lightning striking a tree and setting it ablaze, since then fire has provided man warmth, hot meals, and the ability to manipulate steel to create tools and weapons. While you probably won’t need to become a blacksmith, you will need to stay warm and to cook food so creating fire is one of the most important skills to learn and master. Sure, you can learn to make a bow drill out of natural items and start fire that way which is great but it takes a lot of energy and under certain conditions just won’t get the job done so you still need to pack up a good fire kit. The main item you need is a good ferro rod that throws good showers of sparks easily, there are thousands of different option so just try to get what’s best for you but I suggest getting one that is at least 3/8 of an inch thick so it will last a while but the bigger the better! There are a lot of options for tinder as well from homemade to things you can buy so just do your research on that because there are too many to start naming! Fire is a good way to keep those flying bugs away too so don’t forget that!


You have your food figured out already but now you are going to need a way to cook and to boil water to make it safe so you will need a good cook kit and a stove if you prefer. There are ton of options out there for cooking, but whatever you choose to get I recommend getting something made from stainless steel, it is just better. I suggest having at least 2 different pans 1 being a cup for boiling water and a small pan to fry anything up, this can usually be found in a kit that can even come with utensils, cleaning sponges, small cups or bowls, and even comes in a bag or container for easy packing. For the times you aren’t able to use fire for cooking you want to rely on another method which is having either fuel tabs, alcohol stoves, Sterno stoves, gas stoves, and I even think they make stoves that charge your phone as well just using small tinder so get what’s best for you and your family. It’s a good idea to store the seasons you got when picking you food in your cooking kit if there is room for it to help protect them from being smashed or broken open, nothing worse than having ketchup and salt everywhere!

Ever been lost somewhere? Even in a store as kid being lost just sucked! So, imagine being lost where it actually mattered, not something I want to go through because something as simple as not knowing where to go can be the last mistake you ever make. Knowing your area is very important and you need to have a few maps for your area like a county map, a city map, a highway map, or whatever is the best for you but know your and get out and explore it so you will know where you are and where to go. Along with maps you will need a good quality compass, not a little button compass…a real one, and you need to learn how to read it as well, or what’s the point. Some other items that will help with navigation and situations where you need to signal for help are mirrors, flares, 2 way radios, GPS units, whistles, and a bright color sheet like a bright orange poncho for example would be great because there isn’t anything natural that could it blends with so it stands out, that’s why hunters wear it. If you happen to be traveling try and grab maps of that state at rest stops if possible because they are usually free but gas stations and truck stops will have them.

This should help get you started to becoming better prepared for all of life’s emergencies but there are a lot more items you may want to pack into your kits and if you want to learn more about this and more about preparedness and survival related information, then be sure to come check out my Website, my Facebook page, and my YouTube channel which is linked below. Your life is in your hands so take control of it and do what is required to ensure your survival and your families survival, remember be ready!

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20 of the Highest Rated Survival Items Under $20

High quality survival gear doesn’t have to be expensive. If you’re putting a bug out bag together or just searching for a gift, it’s important to know which gear is really worth the money. I’ve taken the guess work out of the process and compiled a list of 20 survival items that have high ratings on Amazon and cost less than $20. I actually own 12 of the following items, marked with a green check mark, and I can personally vouch for their quality.


Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight & Watertight .5 First Aid Kit

The Ultralight / Watertight Series features proprietary DryFlex™ bags for the ultimate in ultralight, waterproof storage. For the multi-sport athlete that refuses to be let down or weighed down by his or her gear.The Ultralight / Watertight .5 is perfect for one-to-two-day solo trips when you need an ultralight kit with enough supplies to treat common injuries. Packaged in a rugged, yet lightweight silnylon bag with a DryFlex™… More Information


AquaMira Military Water Purification Tablets (50 Pack)

This 50-pack of Aquamira Water Purification Tablets is ideal for any lengthy camping trip, hunting expedition or any other excursion where the availability of safe drinking water is a concern. A genuine OE, EPA-registered product from the manufacturer, these military-grade chlorine dioxide tablets immediately start to produce a powerful germicidal agent when dropped into a one-liter bottle of water, killing off bacteria, viruses… More Information


Authentic Titan Type III Military 550 Paracord

Titan Paracord is made from 100% Nylon, measures 5/32″ in diameter, and contains 21 individual strands, braided into seven seriously-strong 3-strand yarns. Its official military designation is MIL-C-5040H, Type III, 550 Paracord. Titan Paracord is the ultimate utility cord, and is also known as 550 Cord, Parachute Cord, or Survival Cord… More Information


Bahco 396-LAP Laplander Folding Saw, 9-Inch Blade, 7 TPI

The Bahco 9-inch Laplander folding saw has seven teeth per inch and is a general-purpose folding saw for cutting both green and dry wood, plastic, or bone. This saw is specially designed for wildlife enthusiasts, hunters, and campers. The blade is specially coated for rust protection and low friction. The handle is a two-component plastic handle for perfect grip, complete with a leather strap. This saw features a safety lock… More Information


Cyalume SnapLight Industrial Grade Light Sticks

The Cyalume SnapLight brings light to dark places. A cornerstone of emergency preparedness, survivalist and general safety plans for decades, these heavy-duty light sticks aren’t some glow stick you pick up at a party store. SnapLight provides bright, reliable, 360 degree illumination for up to 12 hours. The green SnapLight is so bright it can be seen from up to a mile away – so you can rest assured knowing it will provide enough light for rooms, hallways, stairwells or your walk back to camp… More Information


Emergency Zone Canopy Mosquito Net

Mosquito nets are not just a luxury. For certain climates they are a necessity, especially when considering the risk of disease carried by mosquitoes. This mosquito net is made of a fine mesh material that keeps the weight down, and allows for an extremely small carrying size… More Information


Ever Ready First Aid Israeli Bandage

The israeli bandage is an innovative, combat proven first-aid device for the staunching of blood flow from traumatic hemorrhage wounds in pre-hospital emergency situations. This 6″ wide, all-in-one device consolidates multiple first-aid devices such as a primary dressing, pressure applicator, secondary dressing, and a foolproof closure apparatus to secure the bandage in place. This internationally patented and fda approved bandage is the ideal solution for emergency… More Information


Kevlar® Braided Cord

100% Dupont Kevlar(R) has all of the properties you want in a speargun line. It’s ultra high strength, ultra low stretch and superior knot retention mean that once tightened your constictor knot will stay tight. Avoid the problems of knot creep or stretch inherent in other high performance fibers. This line is excellent for a multitude of applications including model rocketry and fire poi… More Information


Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0

Originally developed for the Swedish Department of Defense, Swedish FireSteel is a flash of genius. Its 3,000-Degree C spark makes fire building easy in any weather, at any altitude. Used by a number of armies around the world, Swedish FireSteel’s dependability has already made it a favorite of survival experts, hunters, fishermen and campers. The Army 2.0 has an ergonomic design makes for increased ease of use, and the striker has an integrated whistle… More Information


Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife with Sandvik Stainless Steel Blade

The Morakniv Companion is an all-in-one knife for outdoor enthusiasts with a patterned, high-friction grip that makes it comfortable to hold and easy to handle. The Companion features a 4.1-inch (104 mm) blade of hardened Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel with a three-quarter tang for outdoor and marine applications where knives are commonly exposed to dirt and moisture. Stainless steel knives are less susceptible to corrosion and… More Information


Mountain House Pouches

For nearly 50 years, Mountain House adventure meals have consistently been the premier choice of campers, backpackers, and survival experts. Born out of freeze dried meals we make for the United States Special Forces, Mountain House food has a proven history of reliability and most importantly, delicious flavor. With just-add-water preparation, Mountain House is not only the perfect camping or backpacking food, but also perfect for keeping on hand just in case of an emergency… More Information


MPOWERD Luci Outdoor – Inflatable Solar Light

This extremely durable solar LED light is completely powered by the sun, no additional batteries needed. Set it in direct sunlight for 7 hours and Luci Outdoor lasts up to 12 hours on a single charge. It is inflatable, collapsible, lightweight (weighs only 4.4 ounces), fully waterproof & submersible. 10 powerful white LEDs shine in 3 settings: bright, super bright, 1 second flashing… More Information


S.O.S. Rations Emergency 3600 Calorie Food Bar

15,075 kj. 3600 kcal per package. High energy value. Ready to eat. Perfect for anyone in the process of building a disaster / emergency kit. The SOS Emergency Food Rations are US Coast Guard approved and has a shelf life of 5 years from the date of manufacture. Content: Each package contains 9 delicious bars providing 410 calories per bar totaling over 3600 calories per package. Non-thirst provoking formula offers maximum survival capacity with drinking water restriction…. More Information


Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System

The Sawyer Mini Water Filter is a second generation filter that is the lightest and most versatile personal filtration system from Sawyer. With a total field weight of 2 ounces it fits in the palm of your hand. This tiny filter does the same job that the Sawyer PointOne filter does but now in a more compact, personal size. The Sawyer Mini filter is perfect for everything from camping with the kids to traveling abroad where tap and bottle water cannot be trusted. … More Information


Storm All Weather Safety Whistle

The Storm(R) All-Weather Safety Whistle is the loudest whistle on the market. Its unique patented design allows it to be heard under water, up to 50 feet, because the sounding chamber forces all water to be purged when the whistle is blown. Made in the USA. It’s perfect for divers, lifeguards, and for recreation! Creates a clear, high frequency sound, with a power rating over 75% greater than other referee and safety whistles… More Information


Streamlight Nano Flashlight

An extremely small and super-bright light, the Streamlight Nano Light Keychain Flashlight is a lightweight, easy-to-access flashlight for everyday tasks at work or at home. With a nonrotating snap hook for attaching to key rings, backpacks, clothing, and more, the Nano Light features a high-intensity, 100,000-hour LED that will last up to eight hours on four alkaline button cell batteries (included)…. More Information


Survival Hiking Boot Laces

Ask any outdoors man what’s the most important element of surviving the wilderness, and odds are, he’ll say redundancy in all things – if one tool fails, it’s essential to always have some sort of backup (and maybe even a backup for your backup). And that’s exactly what makes Flint Laces so vital: they give you an alternative means of making fire for when your matches get wet and your lighter won’t spark. … More Information


Suunto A-30L Compass

A compact high-accuracy compass for hiking and orienteering, the luminous bezel and markings make it ideal for navigating in poor visibility. The A-Range of recreational compasses is a series of handy, well designed, navigational aids which are assets in any environment. All four models in the series (A-10, A-20, A-30L and A-40) are compact, high-accuracy instruments made from durable, clear, scratch resistant acrylic that have been ergonomically designed to fit… More Information


The Friendly Swede Magnesium Alloy Emergency Fire Starter Blocks

The Friendly Swede’s Magnesium Alloy Firestarters are an essential piece of any survival/outdoor kit – waterproof, durable and easy to use. Never leave home without one… More Information


TITAN Survival Blankets

Our 5-Pack of emergency thermal blankets, designed to be used as an emergency survival shelter. Perfect for hiking, camping, boating, hunting, and surviving in the cold outdoors. Excellent as liner of sleeping bag. The perfect preparedness item for your Emergency Kits, Go-Bags, and Bug-Out Bags… More Information

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