Top 10 Most Needed Survival Supplies

Whether you believe the future includes an apocalyptic end to life as we know it complete with intense solar flares, reversed polarity, and super volcanos or a glorious rebirth for the virtuous or that nothing on that scale will ever happen, it's still a good idea to have survival supplies. You never know when a natural disaster or some other unforeseen event is going to limit your ability to live as you do now and force you into a preservation mode. Over the past few years we have seen numerous earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, and man-made catastrophes that have caused people to be without power, fresh water, food, and energy. Preparing for these events will help ensure your survival when civilization as we know it suffers a break-down.

Here are listed the survival supplies you should have in order of importance.
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The Top Ten

Water Storage
The human body can survive for up to a month without food and for many months on very meager rations. But the odds are stacked against you of surviving much more than a week without water.
So true. We have plenty of rains and snow.. But still in summer there is water crisis.. So water storage needs to be increased.
This is the best idea here, but what's up with you guys. I would grip some chicks to save.
[Newest]I love water no wonder its on the top

2Water Purification Kit
No matter how much water storage you have, there is a chance you will run out. Make sure you can add to your stash if need be.
This is the best choice because water can be found everywhere. If world falls into a world of disaster, then there should still be some living creatures or plants which you can get liquid from (urine is one idea), but it is not suitable for human drinking, therefore purification kits can help a lot!
I think that is a good idea... Purifying water would be needed more then storing water...
There were lost of cases where people had no water to drink and they purified
The water and survived,
So, I think that its better to be ready with water purifiers then being prepared with gallons and tones of water...
[Newest]This is really important! Else death.


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3First Aid Kit
Prior to the modern age of medicine, relatively minor wounds led to death far more often than you would imagine. In wartime just 150 years ago, far more soldiers died from sickness and infection than from actual combat trauma. Having a well stocked first aid kit complete with antibiotics and other infection fighting supplies may be the difference between successfully treating a minor injury and dying a miserable sepsis induced death.
I have been in the 3 world nations and know what is needed. First water, food, and first aid. Top 3. But with out first aid to treat wounds and cut and infections you could die really fast. The first and sec are importionbut the most is medication. Think obama care and then you will understand what I am saying.
Always helpful, and why would you have a gun? It's such a negative idea, I mean you need to heal people more than kill. Right?


[Newest]If you get cut you can help it by fixing it up. This will work as a tree marker!

4Survival Knife
If you have ever been in a survival situation then this would be at the top of your list. Here is a short list of what a survival knife could be used for. Cleaning game, preparing shelter, opening food rations, creating shelter, and starting fires (with flint not just a random rock like in the movies)
The knife was created before we were capable (as a species) of harnessing the power of fire.
The knife is the most universal tool ever devised. With a knife you are capable of creating other tools... Such as hammers, axes, water stills (from plastic bottles. ) The knife will always be the one tool man can turn back to in any situation and create a new way to adapt to your surroundings.
This. Using only a knife, I can make many other things from scratch left behind by the fallen human civilization. Food and water is much easier to find, you can build a house, open things you find (canned food, locked doors). It's overall the most versatile item you can possibly have.
[Newest]The sharpened edge is what allowed humans to become what we are today. With a sharp edge all other human achievements that enable survival are possible. As others have mentioned the uses for a sharp edge are too many to count and enable a person to create or obtain all the other items. This is what allowed human evolution to truly happen.

This is my handgun. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

My handgun is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.

My handgun, without me, is useless. Without my handgun, I am useless. I must fire my handgun true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will...

My handgun and myself know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, or the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit...

My handgun is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will keep my handgun clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will...
A handy tool just in case mankind turns to cannibalism... Quick and easy.
Handguns are great I shoot regularly, but remember to practice all the time. Shoot in a league this way you create a sense of urgency for yourself. Shooting under stressful circumstances creates confidence in ones abilities. simulation training, paint balling, clay shooting, shooting a bow, shooting a 22 long rifle and pistol, as well revolvers are all things a prep-per/survivalist should be doing all the time. knowledge, and experience are the keys to living through SHTF situation.
[Newest]When you own guns, you own the only type of "currency" understood.

6Duct Tape
It can be used to repair everything on this list, you can tie people up, it's waterproof, you can use it as a bandage, fix your clothes, your tents, you can't live without it!
Haven't you all seen the Mythbuster's Duct Tape Island, how they could make water canteens, hammocks, terraniums, shoes, hats and even found a way to get out of the island -----by just using duct tape!
Its duct tape for gods sake.. What else needs to be said I mean really duct tape has many many uses and every single one of them can be helpful
[Newest]Duct tape is awesome!

Yes It would be better with a backpack to carry all of your stuff instead of using your arms all the time so it could carry more stuff and your hands are free. Seriously, whoever thinks it would be harder with a backpack is wrong If you go to school and carry a backpack all day you'll get used to it
Come on. It's a backpack. A backpack! It should be top 15, I'd say.
Backpack is a great idea and it keeps you hands free to use the handgun!
[Newest]You could put everything that you see on the list and pack them all in to the backpack instead of 1 thing on your belt few little things in your pockets.

An unloaded gun is useless! You need to have plenty of ammo! You have to protect what is yours!
Lots of uses other than threatening others, including self-defense, hunting, signalling... And lots of it is needed to train others in marksmanship for hunting/defense. Even without a gun ammo is valuable. Especially if you have popular calibers, you now have something to trade with others.
Waving a gun around may be enough to scare away some, but being armed won't do you nearly as much good if you don't have any bullets.
[Newest]Its is useless without a gun but when paired with a firearm the kit to maintain it and munitions you would have self protection

Very good indeed matches cook food make fire signal people keep warm but possibly I think you can just make a fire out of fire wood
You can't cook without it out there!
Makes fire... For cooking, signalling, destroying, sterilising so much easier..
[Newest]You would only have about 10. You need FLINT! It lasts forever! DUH!

10Freeze Dried Meals
Freeze dried meals take up a minimal amount of space, provide adequate nutrition and have a shelf life of many years. Plus, they are free from contaminants, something that may not be true of traditional food sources.
Water is 1st, meds, seeds for growing, meats in canneds or livestock, wheat for bread and honey for sweetness.

The Contenders

11Nylon String
This is one of the most valuable things and should be in the top 5 at least. Good for making bows. Tie yourself to a tree and sleep on top of a tree branch. Also good for making fire starters like the bow drill.
Got a buddy in the army who swears by the stuff. Dental floss is also a crucial form of waterproof string.
Funny and also a very good point on what it could be used for

Reloads quickly and has an endless supply of ammo.
I think you are nuts man... Have seen too many zombie movies... Come back to the real world!
A Machete is critical for a few reasons, very reliable, easier to slice things, and more useful then an ordinary knife.

Electricity is needed by.. Hey! What will you run with it.. Man..
Hey, Without generators. Everything is useless. I know I am exactly wrong. But yeah that's what I feel
Generator because we all need electricity because its so hard to do something without electricity..
Without generators. Everything is useless. I dunno if I am exactly correct. But yeah that's what I feel.

14Hunting Rifle
Not to mention being able to snipe unwanted visitors and protect your home from long range.
Come on, if you're just stuck in a place with no food, get on with ya hunting rifles and kill some wild pigs or maybe hunt down a lion for the first time in your life!
Mainly a 22 you can get squirrels rabbits and other small game that you can eat right then
[Newest]An evil animal would come in real handy with it

15Anti-Radiation Tablets
They do exist, just look up iOSAT Potassium Iodide Pills.
There's such a thing as an Anti-Radiation Tablet? If there are the chances of finding some are very unlikely.
This would b good because the nuclear reactors would blow in one week of no work done at the plant.
[Newest]I think they should be called minimize radiation tablets.

You might be hungry so eat food
Self explanatory...
U never know, maybe a 6 year old child doesn't know how to hunt for food...
Water #1
Food #2

what are you guys thinking. You can't survive with just water.

I never am without my leatherman multi-tool. It is clearly an essential tool for many different reasons.
Leatherman is the best to carry

Coffee is a must need to be awake to hunt zombies
Coffee really. The alcohol makes more sense than coffee. It has no purpose bedside drinking and it uses up your valuable water supply.
Huh? We don't NEED coffee to live. Who thought of that?
[Newest]I used my dick

You don't want to be stinky
Really? You don't want to be stinky? What if you were lost in the woods by yourself with no cell service. Would you still care how you smelled? Wow
This one is good choice

20Handcrank Radio / Flashlight Combo
What's the good of surviving if you don't know where to go for help, or if another disaster is coming your way? The radio will help you stay attached to the rest of the world, especially if it's hand crank powered. It doesn't run on batteries, so it wouldn't die on you when you are trying to reach help.
If it is also a crank powered flashlight, that is even better! The light would be easily accessible instead of having to light a fire everywhere it's dark. Having it not run on batteries would make it perfect invade all the battery supplies ran out, or were used on other things.

21Night Vision Device
Too be aware when the takers come

22Fishing Pole
Can be used as a weapon or getting fish
This is one of the maind things that you will need

23Fire Striker / Fire Steel
Since matches and BIC lighters are unreliable.

24Alcohol (for Trading)
Yeah right for trading? Or more likely you could get totally wasted
Not only for trading either. It's a valuable addition to any first aid kit because it can be used as antiseptic. It's valuable and even when you run out, the bottle can be used as water storage or converted into a weapon. This honestly should be much higher on the list than it is.
NOT just for TRADING... It makes your last days on earth MERRY, WORRY-FREE AND JUST PURE FUN! <3 we ALL gonna die in the end! So why not die HAPPY =) This should be on the top 5! Come on! =D
[Newest]This should be up there with first aid and water.

This should be higher on the list since it can do so many things
Defiantly a must. Ties down shelters, holds things together.
Strong rope that can be broken down to 6 strings what's not awesome about the almost as good as duct tape
[Newest]Very important. If you need to use a finer set of cord/string, gut it and you have three extra strings.

26Toilet Paper
One day your going to have to rebuild society, so stock pile on this, its the currency of the future.
If your fighting zombies you need to wipe your butt in the end RIGHT?
It is the only thing that will keep you sane.

If your travling, it would be nice to know in what direction your going.

28A Working Vehicle
If you had a working vehicle you'd never have to stay in one place and wait for your supplies to run out, you could just drive to the next place and raid it.


A good pair of Gortex Danner boots would work fine for me taking the trails not roads!

29Bow and Arrows
Ideal to kill game and other animals, nice and quiet. Can't beat a rat burger when the worlds gone to poo. Can reuse ammo again and again. Good zombie killer!
Both items can be made an their silent lightweight easy to shoot.

A shotgun a is a great weapon for hunting and defending your base from close range aggressors but if you're traveling the ammunition is heavy and bulky. Choose your weapons wisely.
Make sure it a single barrel break down type with one or two barrels.

Obviously, when you need to hide, and its winter, are you going to wear a giant puffy coat? And huge windbreakers? No, right? So you wear camo!
Camouflage is a good thing to have when people are going to be looking for
Other people to steel from.
Plus camouflage will hide your camp and even your base camp so people can not fiend you.

If you are in snow you can dig a hole for shelter
Can use to dig, kill and cut in the wasteland. Both a killing and survival tool, who would'nt have this?

Wire is good for snare making to capture small game like squirrel and rabbit that can be prepared for eating in many ways.

34SAS Survival Handbook
A lot of dumb asses, plus it has good tips

35Seeds to Plant Crops
Buy heirloom vegetable seeds instead of hybrid seeds. You can save the seeds from heirloom plants for future plantings. However, seeds from hybrid plants will not come back true to type and may not even produce vegetables. There are many reliable sites on the internet. I suggest Baker Seed Company in Mansfield, MO. Reasonable prices and quick service.
This could be crucial, especially if you've established a life beyond the initial devastation.
After the Apocalypse, there are two options:
You eat or you die.
If your only focus is to survive the first night, month, even year, seeds are not for you.
In a polluted, urbanized world no longer equipped with grocery stores, this is the only long term
Option out here. In the fallout of a disaster with a good 95-98% kill rate, there will be chaos, violent raiding with the aforementioned supplies until the guns rust, the purifiers break, and the tanks run out. The only reasonably viable way to make sure humans survive longterm is to find a place far away from population centers with a reliable water supply, and to wait it out and FARM FARM FARM!
If this rambles, it is because I'm mentally unstable.
[Newest]Sooner or later food will run low, grow your own and trade others for needed supplies.

36Gas Mask
Incase of "fallout", this mask can protect you from from gamma ray particles!

37Machine Gun
Although a machine gun would be a great tool for fending off marauders and the occasional zombie, they give away your position and attract way more attention than needed, not to mention the 4 years needed to approve you and 10 years of military service needed just to be acknowledged to have one.
Who wouldn't want a machine gun. You could take out an entire zombie apocalypse with this bad boy.
Tell me one reason you would need a machine gun

38Canned Food
A must - can last for a long time

39Handcrank Rechargable Flashlight
Always good to have on hand - save on batties too.

40Small Metal Pot
How in the hell is this #34! Seriously? ?
Agree this should be in top 10 at least. Packpackers know what's needed.

41Lock Pick Set
While it is good to have your own things to survive, eventually they run out or break, and when that happens there are going to be plenty of empty houses with plenty of things the former owners will no longer be needing. And since they're no longer around, it's as good as yours. And what will be of greatest aid to you in this? A lock pick.
This would be very handy in an urban environment where you need to access supplies that now one else has the tools to get at!
Really, please try to understand that society has collapsed, so break a window, kick in a door," lock pick" REaLLY!

42A Crowbar
How did Gordon Freeman survive all the catastrophic things happen in his life

Never leave home without it
You can do every thing with a towel. And it is the most important tool in hitch hikers guide to the galaxy.
Don't forget to bring a towel

44Swiss Knife
It is a knife with all kinds of stuff from tooth pick to can openers.
So helpful 1 to make spears 2 cut meat and lots if stuff

45Multi Use Footwear

Come on guys... You can use ropes for traps, for creating a frame for shelter, tie things up, you can use rope for anything really. This is a MUST
The strongest rope in the world... Need I say more?
You can do anything with a rope... It should be # 1...

47Magnifying Lens
Great for finding fleas (just kidding), actually great for starting a fire to cook food if one runs out of matches!
Good tool to see splinters; perhaps tweezers would also be important to include in a first-aid kit.
Can be used to start fires when your matches run out. Or get wet.

48Solar Blanket
Should be in the top 10 because hypothermia is the the 2nd worst thing that you can get will lost in the woods and you need to survive. It takes your body heat and channels it back to you making you and the blanket warm.


50Hook, Line and Sinkers

Well I need to read something! I just felt sorry for this one. Also where in the world is the chainsaw? You are gonna need one like Duh laugh out loud -glomps- hope this can make it to the top
Magnifying glass is no good without smaller tinder - Also good for insulation and bedding.
I agree... This item can be use for insulation.. I've try it and it kept me at 78 degrees in a 40 degrees temp.

Really, do I go to the 99 cent store for that.

Bleach is good for disinfectant. add to water as well as purification

Great if you need water on the run
Of course you need it

Why do you even need a vibrator
Never leave home without one.
This should be in the top ten

56Tarp or Shelter Making Kit
This should Number one one the list people! Sod water food and first aid, with out shelter you could die of exposure first!

From AA, A to car batteries.
best commodity for trade. And hell lot of appliances need em.
No one has mentioned these yet? And what needs batteries to work that you might need to see?

58Hair Ties
Laugh out loud come on girls, we need something to keep our hair out of our eyes while we shoot at the zombies.
Lol so true girlfriend­čĺü

Yes that would be a good idea if you need to leave the country fast... If notthing is running...

Everybody seems to have forgotten... Most elementary form of transport... Get a good dirt bike and your good to go anywhere and almost everywhere
This is a far superior mode of transportation than simply walking.

Communication is important duh

62Sleeping Bag
You need a good sleep, rather then sleeping on the ground

63Plastic Sheet to Gather / Produce Water

Why does everyone leave a disaster area all jammed up on the left side of the road and leave the right side or the other direction empty? I'm driving on the wrong side, how many people head towards a disaster? Just those stupid storm chasers and emergency vehicles that you can see coming!
Good on gas. Good for sole survivor. Can easily shoot off of it. Quick escape
Weave through traffic when everyone is trying to leave town, walking dead pilot episode evryone dies in traffic

Keeps you from getting sick and wet

66Athletes Foot Cream
You NEVER KNOW when you can get sore and full of pain. The world falling into savegery? Not to fear, you've got athletes foot cream so you can get the hell out of there. BAMCE. Who needs water, knives, whatever. With cream, you can eat it, drink it, sleep with it, oint your body up, wear it, make more things out of it, I don't know how you can live without it!
God, I suffer bad with this, couldn't concentrate on survival without.

67Can Opener
The barefoot survivor (I forgot his name) teaches how to open cans without a can opener. Just rub the can on a flat cement surface (or Rock) for a short while and the glue that holds the lid on will heat up, and you can lift it off the can cylinder that holds your next meal. Also, the come on almost all boy-scout, Swiss army knives.
Why has nobody posted the only thing you can open canned food with without making a mess and spilling precious food.

A mirror is a very good attention drawer if used correctly. You can make a beam of reflected light viewable from the horizon. Hasn't anyone thought of leaving your state, returning home?

Come on guys! Salt preserves food! The list should look like this:

Daughter has sever allergies. When SHTF may not be eating food with allergy warning lables.

71Iodised Salt
Also if your body reserves of iodine are adequate (i.E. your thyroid has enough harmless, healthy iodine already), any radioactive iodine you take in will go straight through your system and out with less damage (won't lodge in your thyroid and kill you). You should be eating iodised salt now before any disaster. (From a scientist).

To get gas out of storage sheds

735 Gallon Plastic Buckets & Hogwire
Good for planting tomatoes and having your vines grow up through the hogwire lining the bucket before adding soil. Planting vegetables in buckets also makes them mobile if needed.
For water or to carry grasses or other things

Why is this so far down the list? You don't want to freeze to death.

What good are generators and vehicles if no gas to run them.

Obviously tea is a must-have
You need a good drink

To know were to go.


Manual tool needed for fire or to build shelter

Seriously! It is impossible to survive anything without socks. Socks should be #1! GO SOCKS! Always get socks in purple! Socks rule! SOCKS #1!

80G-Shock Watch
Shock resistant watch and waterproof

81High Quality Jacket
CP company & and Stone Island


83Plastic Bags
To dispose of cantaminated matereal

84Security Cameras
These would only be helpful with a massive set-up or wireless live-feed contection to a laptop or tablet.
Just in case someone is about to come and kill you.



86Screening Material
Good for sifting water to use purification tablets mentioned before and for dredging for small fish and crawdads.

87Wire Saw
This is more useful than it seems, if you have enough time, this device can cut through anything.
You'll need the space that larger food will take up.

88Dog Bite Gear


90Air Filters
If you don't have clean air to breath or any way to filter polluted air then you will die before you need any of the other things on this list!
Breathable air is number 1.

91Survival Tabs
First made by NASA can live on just them and water for months
You'll need the space that large food takes up.

You want something other than nuts and canned fruit? You want to be able to cook, to eat hot food, to eat that HUGE amount of rice, beans, and whatever else you've been storing for who knows how long? With no electricity, a portable stove is reliable and works every time, as long as you have matches, and you know how to use the stove (they aren't very complicated). Or, you can just eat lukewarm, rehydrated meals, (given that you don't have to cook the meat, etc. Or, you can just build a fire and use your pots and pans, rig something up, etc. But, honestly, a fire is for keeping warm, if you haven't built a fire in a while, or haven't cooked over an open fire, its a little more awkward than you might think. Consider trying to make smores, with a stick, just trying to toast marshmallows... Remember how hot the fire got, the smoke, the sparks, etc.? Yep, a fire is a fire is a fire... Get the stove and fuel, and bring your food and matches, you'll be glad you did.
To run your generator. Come on, people think. Your only way of electricity won't survive. Think about it. Electricity makes the world go round

Power is critical whether for medical, food security and prep, or lighting. Goal zero yeti 1250 solar generator can provide renewable power. It will even support a full sized refrigerator. Very nice item to have.

94Oxygen Cylinder
This is helpful from big waves, you can keep breathing till you get good wooden plank for buoyancy.

95Lighter / Lighter Fluid
You would want a lighter pref a zippo so you can refill it and keep it on the go maybe cigarettes to trade with but why use flint if you have a lighter to start your fires
You all are idiots
To make fire bro

Just in case of breathing problem, can never be to safe

97Water Proof Bags
You need to keep matches dry right

98Baking Soda
Any kind of baking soda or salt can put out fire fast. Just pour baking soda over the fire and it will snuff it right out! This is a great technique, I've tried it.


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