Best Survival Gear

Trying to figure out what survival gear you actually need is a challenging task.

Here we will break down the best survival gear depending on the situation, such as the difference between urban and wilderness survival gear.  

We’ll also fill you in on the best brands, buying guides, how to make your own survival gear, and how to take care of your gear.

Getting Started

Ultimate Prepper Supplies and Gear List
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11 Things You Need in Your Survival Backpack
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5 Essential Electronics You Need for Survival
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7 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Buy Bear Grylls Survival Gear
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This Survival Gear List will Prepare You For Anything
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Doomsday Gear which Could Save You from a Zombie Apocalypse
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10 Survival Items that Should Be in Your Car’s Glove Compartment
Every single driver needs to have an emergency kit for the trunk of the car, and smart preppers also keep[...]
7 Real-Life Examples of EDC Kits
A major disaster strikes while you are coming home from the store. You can’t go home, the world is in[...]


survival knife

A knife is considered the most essential piece of survival gear.

The problem is that there are so many different types of survival knives. 

Learn what survival knife is best for your needs, blade types, how to care for your knife, sharpening tips, and more.

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Guns & Ammo

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When SHTF, your firearm is going to be your best friend.  

In these articles, our experts give you advice on which guns are best for disaster survival, how to make your own ammo and shotgun shells, and other tips to ensure you can rely on your Second Amendment rights in times of chaos.

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You’d be amazed at what you can do with just a bit of paracord.

There are so many survival uses for paracord that we’ve devoted an entire section to it.

You’ll learn how to choose paracord, the different types of rope and cordage, paracord projects, DIY paracord bracelets, and much more to make you a paracord pro.

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Emergency Communication

The Best Emergency and Shortwave Radios for Every Type of Disaster
When I was a kid, our emergency radio was an AM radio that my mom kept in the basement along[...]
The 5 Vital Components of an Emergency Communication Plan: Don't Lose Your Family When a Disaster Goes Down!
This picture is of a Missing Persons board which was made following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.   The board, in combination[...]
Ham Radios: The Best Emergency Communications System
Have you ever thought of how you would get in touch with your loved ones after a disaster? Too many[...]
Complete Guide to Two Way Radios: Ham, CB, FRS, GMRS, and MURS
Living in the modern world, we take it for granted how easy it is to get in contact with our[...]
The #1 Thing Missing from Emergency Evacuation Plans
Whether you are a hardcore prepper or just concerned about disaster preparedness, there is something that you absolutely must have ready[...]


Whether it is a stealth EDC multi-tool or a large hatchet in your bug out bag, there are a lot of survival tools to help you through tough situations.  

We’ll break down some of the coolest survival tools available, which tools are actually worthwhile, and even how to make your own.

More Uses Than You Know – Best Survival Machete
A few years ago, I spent two months in the jungles of Peru.  That experience gave me a new appreciation[...]
Best Survival Multi Tool: Top 6 Picks for True Survivalists
When I was 9, my father gave me my first survival multi tool for Christmas – a Leatherman PST which[...]
The 10 Best Survival Shovels (And Our Readers Favorite!)
We don’t think about it much, but shovels are a big part of our survival. Without shovels, agriculture wouldn’t have[...]
What You Need to Know before Buying Emergency Candles
According to recent stats by the EIA, the average consumer will experience more than 2 power outages per year, and[...]
12 Awesome EDC Tools for Urban Survival
If you are going into the wilderness, you need gear like rope, a fire starter and a tarp.  This gear[...]
The EDC Gear All Survivalists Need to Have
Everyday Carry Gear isn’t just the crap you happen to keep in your pockets or bag all the time.  EDC[...]

Bags, Apparel & Protective Gear

When it comes to survival gear, you need to think outside of the box.  In addition to choosing the right backpack for your bug out bag, you’ll also want to consider how the apparel you wear everyday can help you survive.  

In these articles, you’ll learn about choosing bug out backpacks, survival belts, wallets, body armor, tactical clothing, and more.

A Guide to the Best Survival Vest
Survival vests have long been worn by aviators. The idea behind the vest is that, if the aviator is ejected[...]
Comprehensive Guide to Choosing the Best Survival Backpack
Before we get into the best survival backpacks, let’s first define what a survival pack is.   A lot of[...]
How to Build The Best Tactical EDC Wallet for SHTF Survival
You never know when an emergency is going to strike, which is why survivalists practice Everyday Carry – or EDC.[...]
What Survivalists Need to Know about N95 Face Masks
One of the most important yet most overlooked emergency preparedness items is an N95 face mask.  There is a lot[...]
Why a Survival Belt Should Be Part of Your Everyday Carry
Being a survivalist isn’t about stocking up on a lot of gear. Survival is a mentality which involves using the[...]

Books & Screen

Knowledge is better than any survival gear you could buy.  Check out these great survival books and movies to learn about tactics that can keep you safe if SHTF.

Best Post-Apocalyptic Books
Post-apocalyptic fiction books aren’t just good entertainment.  You can sometimes learn a lot of important survival skills from them, and[...]
The Ultimate List of the Best Prepping and Survival Books
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Survive The End of Days Review: Legit or Scam?
Do you want to know when SHTF and when it will be time to break out your survival bag? You[...]