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.

The Top Ten

1 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.

Good for storing water

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2 Water 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 it's better to be ready with water purifiers then being prepared with gallons and tones of water...

If you are stranded on an island with no W.P.K you will mide as well kill yourself! derpy=P

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3 First 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? - marlonacott

A small wound can turn into a more serious problem without first aid.

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4 Survival 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.

They are very useful in kombat and hunting

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5 Handgun

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.

This would obviously be handy in a survival situation, but you will be limited in the amount of ammo you can carry, and it would eventually run out. Of course, if you are a very good shot and conserve your ammo, each round may represent food for days or weeks. Also obviously a good form of self defense against animals or hostile humans, but the most likely and common use in survival would be for food (except for true apocalypse situations, in which case a handgun could be your most important tool).

You may need to protect your family or yourself out in the wild

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6 Backpack

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!


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7 Ammunition

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.

You're right

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8 Duct 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

Yeah some people talk a lot

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9 Matches

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!

Use it to boil your water, cook your food, keep yourself from dying from hypothermia, keeps wild animals off, you can signal using smoke etc


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10 Freeze 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

11 Hunting Rifle

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!

Not to mention being able to snipe unwanted visitors and protect your home from long range.

Mainly a 22 you can get squirrels rabbits and other small game that you can eat right then

22's u can use of small animals but they can still be used for hunting bigger animals like deer

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12 Food

Food and water are actually not as vital as signaling equipment; most people in a survival situation are rescued within 24 hours

You might be hungry so eat food

Shouldn't this be number 1 - JaketheCake8

At least should be in top 5

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13 Generator

Please don't use bad words because my little sister always watches me and I don't want to get in trouble for her finding out about new words. thanks.

Being the only person with lights in the area may attract unwanted visitors

Generator because we all need electricity because it's so hard to do something without electricity..

Useful, but unnecessary. Just have a crank phone and flashlight!

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14 Anti-Radiation Tablets

There's such a thing as an Anti-Radiation Tablet? If there are the chances of finding some are very unlikely.

They do exist, just look up iOSAT Potassium Iodide Pills.

I don't think needs any explaining. Of course you'd need this if radiation is the cause of the apocalypse!

whats that

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15 Nylon 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.

I would put this at number one. Use to make fire (bow drill), purify water (even hot rocks dropped in half coconut if no pot), you can catch food (snares, fishing), tie shelter or raft poles, use to make a vice grip, tongs, the list goes on and on.

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

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16 Machete

Reloads quickly and has an endless supply of ammo.

A Machete is critical for a few reasons, very reliable, easier to slice things, and more useful then an ordinary knife.

I think you are nuts man... Have seen too many zombie movies... Come back to the real world!

Not top 3. Anyhow for building more sophisticated shelter in forest "must have" and in some cases usage for self defense.

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17 Coffee

Coffee is a must need to be awake to hunt zombies

Huh? We don't NEED coffee to live. Who thought of that?

Coffee really. The alcohol makes more sense than coffee. It has no purpose bedside drinking and it uses up your valuable water supply.

Are u mad? just joking

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18 Gas Mask

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

Haha this is hilarious

You maen a nuke riget

Ife bom expoded they be gath evwy were

19 Fishing Pole

Can be used as a weapon or getting fish

Make a makeshift spear out of this. Doubles as a fishing spear and a fishing pole. One can use the string to sew stuff like cuts too or tie things with. And where's tin foil? That is so useful, to cook with, cover food and fire with and can catch water too. Plus it's portable, fold it up n carry.

How can it b used as a weapon? Abow? But yes a fishpole is a great overlooked item

it sucks

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20 Night Vision Device

Too be aware when the takers come

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21 Paracord

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

Very important. If you need to use a finer set of cord/string, gut it and you have three extra strings.

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22 Shotgun

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.

23 Bow 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.

Jesus will everyone shut up about zombies..Bow is great for Silent kills and Reloading ammo

24 A 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. - jeremystevenson

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

25 Lighter / 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 need on for light and cooking your food

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26 Multi-tool

I never am without my leatherman multi-tool. It is clearly an essential tool for many different reasons.

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27 Camouflage

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.

28 Soap

Soap is great to prevent bacteria. Diarrhea is not fun in a survival situation.

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

In the end it's about survival, not how you smell or look. Yes, it would be nice to have soap, but it is irrelevant to survival.

This one is good choice

29 Fire Striker / Fire Steel

Matches can run out quickly, and when they are wet they no longer work. Flint and steel make sparks quickly as long as you have some dry twigs.

Since matches and BIC lighters are unreliable.

30 Shovel

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?

31 Pepper Spray

Good Defense against People and animals alike

32 Wire

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

33 Rope

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...

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34 Toilet Paper

One day your going to have to rebuild society, so stock pile on this, it's the currency of the future.

If your fighting zombies you need to wipe your butt in the end RIGHT?

The itch would drive you crazy without this!

You need help

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35 Alcohol 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.

This should be up there with first aid and water.

36 Compass

Of course a compass would be necessary. If you are lost you need to be able to know which correction to go. Yes, there are other ways to tell directions, but a compass would save you time.

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

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37 Handcrank 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.

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38 Canned Food

A must - can last for a long time

39 Flashlight

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.

I would take a torch just in case you get lost in the dark, bur make sure you bring spare batteries

It can save your life while walking in the dark

In extreme situation, it is very likely you will have to walk trhough the night. Light is essential.

40 Handcrank Rechargable Flashlight

No need for batteries, will have an endless supply of energy

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41 Towel

You can do every thing with a towel. And it is the most important tool in hitch hikers guide to the galaxy.

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42 Seeds 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.

Unstable or not, farming is truly the only solution. But what about pollination? What if the bees are dead, or worse, defective?

Sooner or later food will run low, grow your own and trade others for needed supplies.

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43 Machine 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

Who needs a machine gun that just waist ammo

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44 Can 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.

45 SAS Survival Handbook

A lot of dumb asses, plus it has good tips

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46 Lock 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!

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47 Swiss Knife

It is a knife with all kinds of stuff from tooth pick to can openers.

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48 A Crowbar

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

49 Magnifying 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.

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