My Prepper Essentials

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This is a list I started compiling of prepper gear I own or have used and recommend for various situations. I will be adding to this list as I go but most of these items are what I would consider prepper essentials that can save your butt.

For more survival items you can also see our 75 Item Survival Gear List page that goes into much greater detail.

Everyday Carry Items:

Depending on where I am headed and what I am wearing, I will carry one or more of these items daily.

LEATHERMAN, Squirt PS4 Keychain Multitool with Spring-Action Scissors and Aluminum Handles, Built in the USA, Black
Levi's Men's 100% Cotton Multi-Purpose Bandana Gift Sets – Headband, Wrap, Protective Coverage
GearLight LED Headlamp Flashlight S500 [2 Pack] - Running, Camping, and Outdoor Headlight Headlamps - Head Lamp with Red Safety Light for Adults and Kids
LEATHERMAN, Squirt PS4 Keychain Multitool with Spring-Action Scissors and Aluminum Handles, Built in the USA, Black
Levi's Men's 100% Cotton Multi-Purpose Bandana Gift Sets – Headband, Wrap, Protective Coverage
GearLight LED Headlamp Flashlight S500 [2 Pack] - Running, Camping, and Outdoor Headlight Headlamps - Head Lamp with Red Safety Light for Adults and Kids
$39.95
$12.00
$11.89
This is the Leatherman Wave’s smaller brother and I do mean smaller. This is on my key-chain and is for times when I can’t really wear my big Leatherman on my belt or throw it in a bag.
No, they aren’t only for blowing your nose, they can be used as a bandage or to filter water to remove large particles.
Headlamps allow you to light your way while keeping your hands free.
LEATHERMAN, Squirt PS4 Keychain Multitool with Spring-Action Scissors and Aluminum Handles, Built in the USA, Black
LEATHERMAN, Squirt PS4 Keychain Multitool with Spring-Action Scissors and Aluminum Handles, Built in the USA, Black
$39.95
This is the Leatherman Wave’s smaller brother and I do mean smaller. This is on my key-chain and is for times when I can’t really wear my big Leatherman on my belt or throw it in a bag.
Levi's Men's 100% Cotton Multi-Purpose Bandana Gift Sets – Headband, Wrap, Protective Coverage
Levi's Men's 100% Cotton Multi-Purpose Bandana Gift Sets – Headband, Wrap, Protective Coverage
$12.00
No, they aren’t only for blowing your nose, they can be used as a bandage or to filter water to remove large particles.
GearLight LED Headlamp Flashlight S500 [2 Pack] - Running, Camping, and Outdoor Headlight Headlamps - Head Lamp with Red Safety Light for Adults and Kids
GearLight LED Headlamp Flashlight S500 [2 Pack] - Running, Camping, and Outdoor Headlight Headlamps - Head Lamp with Red Safety Light for Adults and Kids
$11.89
Headlamps allow you to light your way while keeping your hands free.
Casio Men's G-Shock XL Series Quartz Watch with Resin Strap, Beige, 25.8 (Model: GA-700UC-5ACR)
Zippo 200 Classic Brushed Chrome Pocket Lighter
Casio Men's G-Shock XL Series Quartz Watch with Resin Strap, Beige, 25.8 (Model: GA-700UC-5ACR)
Zippo 200 Classic Brushed Chrome Pocket Lighter
Price not available
$13.53
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Casio Men's G-Shock XL Series Quartz Watch with Resin Strap, Beige, 25.8 (Model: GA-700UC-5ACR)
Casio Men's G-Shock XL Series Quartz Watch with Resin Strap, Beige, 25.8 (Model: GA-700UC-5ACR)
Price not available
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Zippo 200 Classic Brushed Chrome Pocket Lighter
Zippo 200 Classic Brushed Chrome Pocket Lighter
$13.53

Bug Out Bag Items:

When you have to get out of dodge, there are some basic preparations you should already have packed and ready to go.

Nalgene Stainless Bottle 38 oz.
Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle, Gray/Blue Lid, 1 Quart
Nalgene Wide Mouth Cantene (48-Ounce)
Nalgene Stainless Bottle 38 oz.
Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle, Gray/Blue Lid, 1 Quart
Nalgene Wide Mouth Cantene (48-Ounce)
$29.00
$9.85
$16.81
Stainless steel water bottles not only allow you to carry water, but you can boil water if needed in this to kill bacteria when drinking from suspect sources.
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Nalgene Stainless Bottle 38 oz.
Nalgene Stainless Bottle 38 oz.
$29.00
Stainless steel water bottles not only allow you to carry water, but you can boil water if needed in this to kill bacteria when drinking from suspect sources.
Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle, Gray/Blue Lid, 1 Quart
Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle, Gray/Blue Lid, 1 Quart
$9.85
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Nalgene Wide Mouth Cantene (48-Ounce)
Nalgene Wide Mouth Cantene (48-Ounce)
$16.81
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Platypus GravityWorks 2.0 Liter Complete Water Filter Kit for Camping and Backpacking, Compatible with Hydration Bladders and Water Bottles
Wise Owl Outfitters Rain Fly Tarp – The WiseFly Premium 11 x 9 ft Waterproof Camping Shelter Canopy – Lightweight Easy Setup for Hammock or Tent Camp Gear – Charcoal Grey & Light Grey
Mainstay Emergency Food Rations - Case of 10 Packs
Platypus GravityWorks 2.0 Liter Complete Water Filter Kit for Camping and Backpacking, Compatible with Hydration Bladders and Water Bottles
Wise Owl Outfitters Rain Fly Tarp – The WiseFly Premium 11 x 9 ft Waterproof Camping Shelter Canopy – Lightweight Easy Setup for Hammock or Tent Camp Gear – Charcoal Grey & Light Grey
Mainstay Emergency Food Rations - Case of 10 Packs
$99.95
$47.95
$89.95
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Gravity water filters are my favorite water filtration option. No mechanical parts to break and they are fast.
Great lightweight option for shelter over your head. Instead of packing a tent, you can just string a rain fly between two trees.
Emergency Rations – There are a lot of options for bug out bag food, but these emergency rations stand up to years baking in the trunk of your car.
Platypus GravityWorks 2.0 Liter Complete Water Filter Kit for Camping and Backpacking, Compatible with Hydration Bladders and Water Bottles
Platypus GravityWorks 2.0 Liter Complete Water Filter Kit for Camping and Backpacking, Compatible with Hydration Bladders and Water Bottles
$99.95
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Gravity water filters are my favorite water filtration option. No mechanical parts to break and they are fast.
Wise Owl Outfitters Rain Fly Tarp – The WiseFly Premium 11 x 9 ft Waterproof Camping Shelter Canopy – Lightweight Easy Setup for Hammock or Tent Camp Gear – Charcoal Grey & Light Grey
Wise Owl Outfitters Rain Fly Tarp – The WiseFly Premium 11 x 9 ft Waterproof Camping Shelter Canopy – Lightweight Easy Setup for Hammock or Tent Camp Gear – Charcoal Grey & Light Grey
$47.95
Great lightweight option for shelter over your head. Instead of packing a tent, you can just string a rain fly between two trees.
Mainstay Emergency Food Rations - Case of 10 Packs
Mainstay Emergency Food Rations - Case of 10 Packs
$89.95
Emergency Rations – There are a lot of options for bug out bag food, but these emergency rations stand up to years baking in the trunk of your car.
TETON Sports Tracker 5 Lightweight Mummy Sleeping Bag; Great for Hiking, Backpacking and Camping; Free Compression Sack
S.O.L. 90% Reflective Lightweight Emergency Bivvy
Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef | Freeze Dried Backpacking & Camping Food | 2-Servings
TETON Sports Tracker 5 Lightweight Mummy Sleeping Bag; Great for Hiking, Backpacking and Camping; Free Compression Sack
S.O.L. 90% Reflective Lightweight Emergency Bivvy
Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef | Freeze Dried Backpacking & Camping Food | 2-Servings
$60.97
$16.99
$8.94
TETON Sports Tracker 5 Lightweight Mummy Sleeping Bag; Great for Hiking, Backpacking and Camping; Free Compression Sack
TETON Sports Tracker 5 Lightweight Mummy Sleeping Bag; Great for Hiking, Backpacking and Camping; Free Compression Sack
$60.97
S.O.L. 90% Reflective Lightweight Emergency Bivvy
S.O.L. 90% Reflective Lightweight Emergency Bivvy
$16.99
Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef | Freeze Dried Backpacking & Camping Food | 2-Servings
Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef | Freeze Dried Backpacking & Camping Food | 2-Servings
$8.94
Light My Fire FireSteel Scout Magnesium Firestarter BIO
Jetboil Flash Camping Stove Cooking System, Carbon
Gerber LMF II Infantry Knife, Coyote Brown [22-01463]
Light My Fire FireSteel Scout Magnesium Firestarter BIO
Jetboil Flash Camping Stove Cooking System, Carbon
Gerber LMF II Infantry Knife, Coyote Brown [22-01463]
$11.99
$109.95
$125.00
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Firestarter - Matches can get wet and lighters can run out of fuel. It will take a long time of making fires before this old-style method doesn't work. It is a great backup.
Jetboil - There are lighter options out there, but this unit is simple and mostly self-contained. Perfect for quickly heating up water for coffee or Freeze-dried food.
Gerber LMF II - Folders are great for around town, but if I am walking out the door never to come back, I want a serious knife. The Gerber LMF II is great and reasonably priced.
Light My Fire FireSteel Scout Magnesium Firestarter BIO
Light My Fire FireSteel Scout Magnesium Firestarter BIO
$11.99
Firestarter - Matches can get wet and lighters can run out of fuel. It will take a long time of making fires before this old-style method doesn't work. It is a great backup.
Jetboil Flash Camping Stove Cooking System, Carbon
Jetboil Flash Camping Stove Cooking System, Carbon
$109.95
Jetboil - There are lighter options out there, but this unit is simple and mostly self-contained. Perfect for quickly heating up water for coffee or Freeze-dried food.
Gerber LMF II Infantry Knife, Coyote Brown [22-01463]
Gerber LMF II Infantry Knife, Coyote Brown [22-01463]
$125.00
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Gerber LMF II - Folders are great for around town, but if I am walking out the door never to come back, I want a serious knife. The Gerber LMF II is great and reasonably priced.

Prepping Books and Reference Material

Survival Manuals – Great introduction to the concepts of survival.

How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times
SAS Survival Handbook, Third Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere
When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes
Prepper's Long-Term Survival Guide: Food, Shelter, Security, Off-the-Grid Power and More Life-Saving Strategies for Self-Sufficient Living
How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times
SAS Survival Handbook, Third Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere
When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes
Prepper's Long-Term Survival Guide: Food, Shelter, Security, Off-the-Grid Power and More Life-Saving Strategies for Self-Sufficient Living
$17.13
$16.32
$17.99
$14.52
How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times
How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times
$17.13
SAS Survival Handbook, Third Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere
SAS Survival Handbook, Third Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere
$16.32
When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes
When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes
$17.99
Prepper's Long-Term Survival Guide: Food, Shelter, Security, Off-the-Grid Power and More Life-Saving Strategies for Self-Sufficient Living
Prepper's Long-Term Survival Guide: Food, Shelter, Security, Off-the-Grid Power and More Life-Saving Strategies for Self-Sufficient Living
$14.52

Homesteading and Self-Reliance

The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 50th Anniversary Edition: The Original Manual for Living off the Land & Doing It Yourself
Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills (Back to Basics Guides)
Stocking Up: The Third Edition of America's Classic Preserving Guide
Basic Butchering of Livestock & Game: Beef, Veal, Pork, Lamb, Poultry, Rabbit, Venison
The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 50th Anniversary Edition: The Original Manual for Living off the Land & Doing It Yourself
Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills (Back to Basics Guides)
Stocking Up: The Third Edition of America's Classic Preserving Guide
Basic Butchering of Livestock & Game: Beef, Veal, Pork, Lamb, Poultry, Rabbit, Venison
$21.49
$22.49
$20.29
$10.99
The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 50th Anniversary Edition: The Original Manual for Living off the Land & Doing It Yourself
The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 50th Anniversary Edition: The Original Manual for Living off the Land & Doing It Yourself
$21.49
Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills (Back to Basics Guides)
Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills (Back to Basics Guides)
$22.49
Stocking Up: The Third Edition of America's Classic Preserving Guide
Stocking Up: The Third Edition of America's Classic Preserving Guide
$20.29
Basic Butchering of Livestock & Game: Beef, Veal, Pork, Lamb, Poultry, Rabbit, Venison
Basic Butchering of Livestock & Game: Beef, Veal, Pork, Lamb, Poultry, Rabbit, Venison
$10.99

Natural Remedies/ First Aid

Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine: 550 Herbs and Remedies for Common Ailments
Llewellyn's Book of Natural Remedies: Over 400 Ayurvedic, Herbal, Essential Oil, and Home Remedies for Everyday Ailments
The Natural Remedies Encyclopedia, 7th Edition
Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine
Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine: 550 Herbs and Remedies for Common Ailments
Llewellyn's Book of Natural Remedies: Over 400 Ayurvedic, Herbal, Essential Oil, and Home Remedies for Everyday Ailments
The Natural Remedies Encyclopedia, 7th Edition
Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine
$36.00
$17.09
$59.95
$19.59
Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine: 550 Herbs and Remedies for Common Ailments
Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine: 550 Herbs and Remedies for Common Ailments
$36.00
Llewellyn's Book of Natural Remedies: Over 400 Ayurvedic, Herbal, Essential Oil, and Home Remedies for Everyday Ailments
Llewellyn's Book of Natural Remedies: Over 400 Ayurvedic, Herbal, Essential Oil, and Home Remedies for Everyday Ailments
$17.09
The Natural Remedies Encyclopedia, 7th Edition
The Natural Remedies Encyclopedia, 7th Edition
$59.95
Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine
Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine
$19.59
Emergency War Surgery
Tactical Combat Casualty Care and Wound Treatment
The Survival Medicine Handbook: THE essential guide for when medical help is NOT on the way
Bushcraft First Aid: A Field Guide to Wilderness Emergency Care
Emergency War Surgery
Tactical Combat Casualty Care and Wound Treatment
The Survival Medicine Handbook: THE essential guide for when medical help is NOT on the way
Bushcraft First Aid: A Field Guide to Wilderness Emergency Care
$32.65
$16.99
$36.53
$14.72
Emergency War Surgery
Emergency War Surgery
$32.65
Tactical Combat Casualty Care and Wound Treatment
Tactical Combat Casualty Care and Wound Treatment
$16.99
The Survival Medicine Handbook: THE essential guide for when medical help is NOT on the way
The Survival Medicine Handbook: THE essential guide for when medical help is NOT on the way
$36.53
Bushcraft First Aid: A Field Guide to Wilderness Emergency Care
Bushcraft First Aid: A Field Guide to Wilderness Emergency Care
$14.72

Tactical Methods / Strategies / Security

U.S. Army Guerrilla Warfare Handbook
Tactical Pistol Marksmanship: How To Improve Your Combat Shooting Skills
Navy SEAL Shooting: Learn how to shoot from their leading instructor
The Secure Home
U.S. Army Guerrilla Warfare Handbook
Tactical Pistol Marksmanship: How To Improve Your Combat Shooting Skills
Navy SEAL Shooting: Learn how to shoot from their leading instructor
The Secure Home
$11.69
$5.47
$9.97
$46.94
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U.S. Army Guerrilla Warfare Handbook
U.S. Army Guerrilla Warfare Handbook
$11.69
Tactical Pistol Marksmanship: How To Improve Your Combat Shooting Skills
Tactical Pistol Marksmanship: How To Improve Your Combat Shooting Skills
$5.47
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Navy SEAL Shooting: Learn how to shoot from their leading instructor
Navy SEAL Shooting: Learn how to shoot from their leading instructor
$9.97
The Secure Home
The Secure Home
$46.94
Strategic Relocation: North American Guide to Safe Places, 3rd Edition
You & the Police!
Boston's Gun Bible
The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Civilization in the Aftermath of a Cataclysm
Strategic Relocation: North American Guide to Safe Places, 3rd Edition
You & the Police!
Boston's Gun Bible
The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Civilization in the Aftermath of a Cataclysm
$38.58
$5.94
$20.00
$16.50
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Strategic Relocation: North American Guide to Safe Places, 3rd Edition
Strategic Relocation: North American Guide to Safe Places, 3rd Edition
$38.58
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You & the Police!
You & the Police!
$5.94
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Boston's Gun Bible
Boston's Gun Bible
$20.00
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The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Civilization in the Aftermath of a Cataclysm
The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Civilization in the Aftermath of a Cataclysm
$16.50