Survival Gear Systems, Survival Gear Starter Checklist

Survival gear systems, Survival gear checklist

So you’d like to become prepared for the end of civilization, or at the very least a serious disaster? Don’t worry. We’ll help you to organize the must-have pieces of equipment and supplies you need to withstand even the most treacherous situations for 72 hours. Every survival starter checklist will look different, but here are the items that everyone should own.

Survival Starter Checklist #1: Food

You’ll want a three-day supply of food per person. This food should not require refrigeration or cooking, and should ideally have a long shelf life (think Twinkies, but nutritious). The food should also be lightweight and packed with the nutrients you’ll need to stay healthy and active. After all, you never know when you’ll need to move!

Here are a few good options for your checklist:

  • MREs: If they’re good enough for the military, then they’re good enough for you. MRE stands for “Meal Ready to Eat.” These are the gold standard for wilderness survival food.
  • Survival bars
  • Granola Bars
  • Trail Mix
  • Canned Meat
  • Jerky

Survival Starter Checklist #2: Water

Best case scenario you will have one gallon of water per person per day. Water is heavy, but it’s absolutely necessary. You’ll also want purification options so that you can make use of any water sources you find. Here are some items that you’ll need:

  • Pump microfilter
  • Purification drops
  • Emergency Filter Straws

Survival Starter Checklist #3: Bedding

Staying healthy means staying warm and staying dry. You’ll need warm bedding that can resist moisture. Space blankets are a good option as their reflective material allows you to better retain your body heat.

For starters, pack the following:

  • Space Blanket
  • Waterproof blanket
  • Emergency Bivvy Sack
  • Tarp

Survival Starter Checklist #4: Clothing

This can be the trickiest part of packing as it can be difficult to predict the types of weather you might encounter, and articles of clothing can be bulky. Again, your goal is to stay warm and dry

  • Short and long-sleeve shirt
  • Pants
  • Jacket
  • Poncho
  • Socks
  • Undergarments

If for some reason you aren’t able to pack the full list, at least pack a jacket and change of socks. Warm, dry, feet go a long way towards overall comfort.

Survival Starter Checklist #5: Light and Fire

Extra light means extra hours in the day to get things done. Solar-powered flashlights are a particularly good idea as you can rely on them for long periods of time.

The ability to start a fire is also crucial. Whether you need it for light or warmth, fire starting equipment doesn’t take up much space and provides high utility.

Here are some items to consider:

  • Flashlight
  • Lantern
  • Headlamp
  • Flares
  • Waterproof matches
  • Lighter
  • Flint & Steel

Survival Starter Checklist #6: First Aid

You need a first aid kit. It’s a matter of life-and-death. Quite literally. Whether you assemble your own kit or buy a premade one, here are some of the items it should include:

  • First aid handbook
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Elastic wraps and triangular bandages
  • Eye drops
  • Fever medications (aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lip balm and sunscreen
  • Sewing kit
  • Scissors
  • Thermometer
  • Tourniquet kit
  • Tweezers

Survival Starter Checklist #7: Supplies/Medication

Sanitary supplies are important to prevent the spread of disease. In addition to your prescription medications, you should also carry:

  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Soap

Survival Starter Checklist #8: Equipment

Utility and survival items are important if you are to be truly prepared for any challenges that might come your way. Probably the most important piece of equipment to own is a radio with additional batteries or a hand crank so you can receive emergency updates and alerts. You’ll also need:

  • Axe/hatchet
  • Bags
  • Can Opener
  • Dishes/utensils
  • Duct Tape
  • Knife or Multi-Tool
  • Rope
  • Shovel


Once you’ve gathered up everything you’ll need, it’s time to pack. You’ll need something that is comfortable to wear for a long period of time. Backpacks with frames are ideal as they are designed to distribute weight evenly for long-term carrying. But there are plenty of excellent frameless options available as well.

If you’re packing for an entire family or small group, divide supplies between packs. If one pack is lost, all is not lost.

Once you’re finished packing then that’s it! You’ve completed the survival starter checklist. Of course, equipment is only half the battle. You can also start training to develop the skills you’ll need in a serious disaster. After all, you can never be too prepared.

Need to find equipment for your checklist? Survival Gear Systems has it all.

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