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Outdoor / Wilderness Emergency Survival Kit & Checklist

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Below find our recommendations for a complete outdoor emergency kit. Consult this list before heading out on any significant outdoor excursion. After the list you'll find a link for printing out a more compact, checklist version.


  • Matches or lighter
  • Permanent match
  • First aid kit with alcohol pads
  • Backpacking stove with fuel


  • Canteen or hydration pack
  • Water filter
  • Water purification tablets


  • Multi-vitamins
  • Dehydrated meals
  • High-calorie snacks
  • Waterproof nylon bag
  • Paracord (a belt woven from strong nylon cord makes a good emergency backup)

Shelter and Clothing

  • Tarp
  • Ground cloth
  • Mess kit
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Comb
  • Soap
  • Hand wipes
  • Toilet paper in waterproof bag
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Optional fleece liner
  • Extra clothing
  • Seasonal outerwear


  • Map
  • Compass
  • Bowie knife

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