List of Survival Tools

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On the left, you’ll see a list of necessary survival tools. All are on this page, but a few have detailed explanations about use.

From the US Army Ranger Manual –

  1. S – Size up the situation, the surroundings, your physical condition, and your equipment.

  2. U – Undue haste makes waste; don’t be too eager to move. Plan your moves.

  3. R – Remember where you are relative to friendly and enemy units and controlled areas; water sources (most important in the desert); and good cover and concealment. This information will help you make intelligent decisions.

  4. V – Vanquish fear and panic.

  5. I – Improvise/Imagine. You can improve your situation. Learn to adapt what is available for different uses. Use your imagination.

  6. V – Value living. Remember your goal – to get out alive. Remain stubborn. Refuse to give in to problems and obstacles. This will give you the mental and physical strength to endure.

  7. A – Act like the natives; watch their daily routines and determine when, where, and how they get their food and water.

  8. L – Live by your wits. Learn basic skills.

Remember this acronym! Write it down if you must.


There is a Trio of necessary things you need to tackle an emergency in any emergency situation: Food/Water, Fire, Shelter. Those you can find on the left as well.

Much of what I have listed here you can find in an easy to order format… on this page.

This is not my list – I found this at I have a habit of saving web pages, based upon the fact portable compassthat when I go back to look for something again, it always seems that the website is now gone! My additions or changes are notated in bold. The idea for this checklist was to survive for 3 days. The Tribulation will last 7 years.

Keep in mind, some things below are crucial to survival. I would also say some things below look to me to be useful for a weekend fishing/camping trip. I’ve been going through and editing this. My apologies to the original author of this work, but I had to set this up to be of use to my readers, who are facing death… not a relaxing afternoon or a rush out of town for a weekend to avoid a hurricane. For the purposes this list was intended for, it is a great list.

But calling your lawyer in the middle of the Great Tribulation is a foolish idea.

72 Hour Kit Checklist

Below is a 72 hour kit checklist that summarizes my recommendations for a 72 hour emergency kit. Please see my emergency kits page for more information.

Check Expiration Dates

…Please check these items regularly and replace as necessary.

Water (See Water Storage for details on water.)

7 gallons per person (minimum) – in portable containers

 Additional water (recommended)

  • Larger water containers (15 – 55 gallon size)

  • Bung wrench (if needed for chosen containers)

  • Siphon hose (food grade tubing)

  • Hand-operated barrel pump (optional)
  • Chlorine bleach (for water disinfection)
  •  Eyedropper (to dispense chlorine)
  • Water filter (optional) I would not make this optional!


  • 7 days of non-perishable food (consider the dietary needs of infants, elderly, and those with special health concerns or food allergies.) See the Food page for more info.

 First-Aid Kit & Medical

Purchase a quality, comprehensive, wilderness first-aid kit, such as the Adventure Medical Kits Fundamentals kit (most department store first-aid kits are woefully inadequate).

Or build your own first-aid kit and include at least:

  • Adhesive bandages (Band-Aids)

  • Large gauze pads (4”x4”)

  • Large roll of adhesive bandage tape (athletic tape)

  • Rolled bandages (semi-adhesive roller gauze)

  • Elastic bandage (Ace bandage)

  • Triangular bandage

  • Antiseptic (povidone-iodine)

  • Antibiotic ointment (Neosporin)

  • Analgesics (Advil & Tylenol)

  • Disposable safety razor

  • Wilderness first-aid manual

  • Waterproof storage container (Tupperware or Rubbermaid container)
  • Prescription medications (2 weeks supply)
  • Copies of prescriptions
  • Hygiene
  •  Antibacterial bar soap (Dial)
  •  Toilet paper
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Garden Trowel (for digging sanitation or “cat” holes)
  • Purell
  • Baby wipes (for sponge baths)
  •  Feminine hygiene supplies
  •  Diapers if you have infants with you…
  •  Trash bags (13-gallon kitchen size)


Shelter & Sleeping


  • tent
  • Tarps (9×12 or bigger)
  • Garbage bags (33 gal. leaf or even better, 55 gal. contractor bags)
  • Plastic sheeting (3 mil or thicker, 6 mil preferred)
  • Duct tape (1 large roll)
  • Sleeping bags (appropriate for climate)
  • Sleeping pads (for insulation purposes – do not use an standard air mattress as it does not insulate)

Cooking and Kitchen

  • Propane stove (single or dual burner)
  • Propane cylinders (1 lb. size to fix stove)
  • Pots (3-4 qt. with bail handle)
  • Can opener
  • Pot scrubber
  • Camp soap (biodegradable liquid soap – 4 oz.)
  • Aluminum foil, heavy duty (50 sq. ft.)
  • Wooden spoons
  • Paring knife
  • Measuring cup (1 cup with graduated markings)
  • Forks, Spoons, and Butter Knives
  • Baby Spoons
  • Plastic bowls
  • Cups


  • Bic lighter
  • Candle lighter (long nose style)
  • Waterproof matches (My note – forget these. Pack more lighters than waterproof matches. Waterproof matches tend not to be waterproof. And for the same weight and packing room, you can add a lighter and get more uses from it.)
  • Tinder in waterproof container
  • Fixed blade knife (such as a quality hunting knife)
  • Duct tape
  • Wire (“bailing wire” or 16 ga. steel utility wire)
  • Rope (paracord)
  • Sewing kit
  • Safety pins


  • Headlamp (LED bulb)
  • Batteries (at least 2 sets for headlamp) 
  • Candles

Personal Protection & Clothing

Periodically make sure the clothing still fits and is in style – especially important for fast growing children 

  • Change of Clothing
    • Underwear
    • Long sleeve shirt
    • Pants
    • Socks
  • Sturdy shoes or work boots
  • Sun hat
  • Warm Clothng (as appropriate for climate)
    • Fleece sweater
    • Stocking cap
    • Long underwear bottom
    • Long underwear top
    • Warm jacket
  • Gloves (leather)
  • Rain poncho
  • Spare glasses
  • Premium Dust/Mist Respirators (N95 rated)
  • Sunscreen 
  • Bug spray 


  • Survival instructions/personal info binder
  • Survival reference books
  • Bible or other religious books

Evacuation Navigation

  • Escape route plan
  • City map
  • State highway map (often free from state website or welcome centers)
  • State atlas(highly detailed map with back-roads, optional)
  • National road atlas
  • GPS (optional)


  • Emergency crank AM/FM/Weather radio, preferably with a cell phone charger
  • FRS radios (optional)
  • Batteries for radios (at least 2 sets per device)


  • Emergency cash (at least $200)
  • Spare keys (house and car)
  • Prepaid calling card (for emergency calls)
  • Notepad
  • Pencil
  • Playing cards
  • Games and toys for kids

Important Documents

  • Computer backups (use an online backup service
  • Document copies: 
    (Can be a folder of paper copies ora USB flash drive with scanned images)

    • Driver’s licenses
    • Passports
    • Social security cards
    • Birth certificates
    • Credit cards (including back of card with cancelation phone numbers)
    • Bank and investment account records
    • Immunization records for children
    • Medical records
    • Insurance documents
    • Deeds
    • Wills
    • Titles
  • Telephone numbers: 
    • Insurance agents
    • Insurance carrier main offices
    • Family and friends out of area
    • Lawyers

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