Last Updated: June 29, 2020

BEST Survival Gear For 2020

When you’re venturing into the great outdoors it’s important to bring along the right gear for your survival. Every year, hundreds of people die while adventuring around national parks and wild places. Some of these deaths could have been avoided if only they had had the right tools with them and that’s what we are trying to provide you with, in this review. 

Quite often, people aren’t quite sure what they’ll need and why. With our lives being taken over by work and busy schedules, not everyone who would like to be a skilled, prepared adventurer has the time to become one. The list of items in this review will save your life in one way or another, you might not need to own all of them, but making sure you have the right ones for each situation can make the difference between life and death. 

Our Top Picks

We have put together a review of the top ten best survival gear options so that you can make sure you’re prepared for your next adventure, enjoy! 

Top Product Overview

iunio Camping Axe, Hatchet with Sheath, Multi-Tool, Camp Ax, Survival Gear, Folding Portable Tools, for Hiking, Backpacking, Emergency, Hunting, Outdoor (Black)
  • Multi-tool
  • Adjustable length
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EGKH. Service No.1 Gripper Handle Kukri - Gurkha Army Issue Khukuri Knife - Hand Forged Blade in Nepal
  • Made in Nepal
  • Awesome blade
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LifeStraw Personal Water Filter for Hiking, Camping, Travel, and Emergency Preparedness
Don't Leave Without It
  • Filters 99.99% of bacteria and microplastics
  • 1000 uses with one filter
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EMDMAK Survival Kit Outdoor Emergency Gear Kit for Camping Hiking Travelling or Adventures
  • Water-resistant cover
  • Light & compact
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Surviveware Small First Aid Kit with Labelled Compartments for Hiking, Backpacking, Camping, Travel, Car and Cycling.
  • MOLLE
  • High-quality water-resistant bag
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Garmin in Reach Explorer+, Handheld Satellite Communicator with Topo Maps and GPS Navigation
  • Satellite text messaging
  • Preloaded TOPO maps
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SharpSurvival Emergency Survival Shelter Tent | 2 Person Mylar Thermal Shelter | 8’ X 5’ All Weather Tube Tent | Reflective Material Conserves Heat | Lightweight | Waterproof | Best Survival Gear
  • 2 person tent
  • Keeps you warm
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LEATHERMAN, Surge Heavy Duty Multitool with Premium Replaceable Wire Cutters and Spring-Action Scissors, Black with MOLLE Sheath
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  • 21 different tools
  • High-quality wire cutters
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WintMing 70L Large Camping Hiking Backpack Tactical Military Molle Rucksack for Trekking Traveling Oxford Waterproof Mountaineering Pack Large Daypack for Men (Camouflag-C)
  • Very affordable
  • Waterproof inner layer
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Casio Men's GW-9400BJ-1JF G-Shock Master of G Rangeman Digital Solar Black Carbon Fiber Insert Watch
  • Solar charged
  • Excellent range of functions
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Best Survival Gear


Iunio Camping Axe

iunio Camping Axe, Hatchet with Sheath, Multi-Tool, Camp Ax, Survival Gear, Folding Portable Tools, for Hiking, Backpacking, Emergency, Hunting, Outdoor (Black)

A survival axe is an important one for your survival gear list. It can help you build a shelter, get through thick bush, hammer in tent pegs, cut firewood for warmth, hunt food, and be a valuable self defense weapon.

The axe we have chosen is the Iunio Camping Axe. It’s exceptionally versatile, adjustable, and strong; great for survival.

The head of the axe is made from high carbon steel and cuts well. The handle is adjustable in length, ideal for extra leverage, or for tight working angles. It’s great for splitting small logs and kindly or clearing bush.

It’s not the best for heavy chopping though and the axe head can loosen if pushed too hard.

As well as being an axe, it’s also a multi-tool. There is a flat hammer on the backside of the head, a glass hammer at the base, a compass, a whistle, and storage for small items in the tubular design.

Pros

  • Multi-tool
  • Adjustable length
  • Built-in tubular storage
  • Comes with extra survival gear
  • Lightweight
  • Cuts well

Cons

  • Not for heavy duty

Product Information

  • Size: 16.93"
  • Weight: 2.5lb
  • Grip:
  • Metal: High-carbon steel & aluminum alloy
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EGKH Gurkha Kukri - Army Issue

EGKH. Service No.1 Gripper Handle Kukri - Gurkha Army Issue Khukuri Knife - Hand Forged Blade in Nepal

A good survival knife is also a valuable addition to your survival gear. It’ll cut you out of a tricky situation, skin game, cut food, help make shelters and protect you if needs be.

It’s hard to find a more versatile survival knife than a Kukri (a kind of machete) and you won’t find a better one than the EGKH Gurkha Army Issue Kukri.

This knife is made in Nepal by “Bishwakarmas” (Born khukuri Makers) that have been making kukris longer than anyone. It comes with the highest quality steel blade with a full tang for ultimate strength and durability. 

It arrives extremely sharp and will clear a path through the jungle with ease. It’s ideal for any kind of knife work and if you’re hunting there’s a handy notch at the base to stop blood getting on the handle.

This kukri comes with a leather sheath, a sharpener that’s also a flint, and a small survival knife for skinning animals. The handle is made of buffalo horn with finger grooves for extra grip.

You couldn’t ask for a better knife to take on your adventures.

Pros

  • Made in Nepal
  • Awesome blade
  • Great handle
  • Super sharp
  • Full tang

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Needs maintaining

Product Information

  • Blade Length: 16″
  • 5160 carbon steel
  • 2.2 lbs
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Don't Leave Without It

LifeStraw

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter for Hiking, Camping, Travel, and Emergency Preparedness

The most important thing we all need for survival is water. Without water, every one of us will be dead after 24-48 hours. It’s pretty much impossible to carry a proper filtration system around while trekking but the LifeStraw makes it possible.

The LifeStraw is a thin, light, portable water filter that requires no power source. You simply place it in dirty water, suck and drink up to 1000 gallons of fresh, clean water from one straw. That’s probably more water than an average person drinks in a year.

The filter removes 99.99% of all bacteria, parasites, and microplastics from water, making any freshwater drinkable. Not only that but weighing just 2 oz with a slim, compact design, the LifeStraw isn’t going to add weight or take up space in your backpack.

The filtration system has been rigorously tested so you can be confident when dipping the straw into dirty water. The only issue with the LifeStraw is that it’s a little hard to use, you’ll have to lie down next to your water source and suck hard. However, for an easy to carry piece of survival gear, it checks all the boxes!

It’s an amazing product overall and with each purchase, a child in need is given drinking water for a year.

Pros

  • Filters 99.99% of bacteria and microplastics
  • 1000 uses with one filter
  • Light
  • Portable
  • Charitable

Cons

  • Hard to use

Product Information

  • Filter capacity: 1,000 gallons
  • Membrane thickness: 0.2 microns
  • Dimensions: 9 x 1.2 inches
  • Weight: 1.62 ounces
  • Package includes: LifeStraw, mouthpiece cap, bottom cap, detachable lanyard
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EMDMAK Survival Kit

EMDMAK Survival Kit Outdoor Emergency Gear Kit for Camping Hiking Travelling or Adventures

If there is one thing we should all carry with our survival gear, it’s a comprehensive survival kit. Having one of these means that the day you forget a fire starter, a compass, a knife, the survival pack has a spare and more.

The EMDMAK Survival Kit has everything you could ever need, whether you’re fishing, hunting, climbing, or trekking, it has the tools for you. The tools aren’t the highest quality but for $20 you’re getting an excellent variety of tools that hopefully, you’ll never need to use, but when you do, everything you need will be there.

In this survival kit there’s a compass, wire cutter, multi-tool, fire starter, emergency blanket, and a flashlight to name a few. All of these tools come in a slim, compact, waterproof, and shock-resistant case that only weighs 6.8 oz. It’s easy to store and carry on any adventure, don’t go on your next trip without one.

Pros

  • Water-resistant cover
  • Light & compact
  • 6 survival tools
  • Ponchos
  • Flashlight
  • Compass
  • Emergency blanket and whistle included

Cons

  • Ok quality products

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 5 x 3.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Weight: 6.8 ounces
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Package includes: Stainless Steel Tool Card, Fire Starter, Compass, Wire saw, Emergency whistle, Multifunction flashlight pliers, Emergency blanket, Tool Case
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Surviveware Small First Aid Kit

Surviveware Small First Aid Kit with Labelled Compartments for Hiking, Backpacking, Camping, Travel, Car and Cycling.

One thing that should be at the top of your survival gear list is a first aid kit. Accidents do happen and in the wild, a proficient first aid kit can be the difference between life and death.

The Surviveware Small First Aid Kit is small, light, and compact making it easy to carry. It is also MOLLE compatible, and can easily be added on to your backpack. The bag is made from 600D polyester, is water-resistant, and keeps all the first aid items safe and secure.

The kit contains 100 basic items, clearly labeled and compartmentalized in the inner sleeves of the bag. This makes everything quick and easy to find during an emergency. The sleeves are also labeled by category and there’s and an extra zipper pouch for any prescription medications or extra’s you’d like to add.

The Surviveware Small First Aid Kit comes with a money-back guarantee and a lifetime warranty. It really is one of the best small first aid kits around and should be on the top of your list of purchases if you don’t have one already.

Pros

  • MOLLE
  • High-quality water-resistant bag
  • Organized
  • Clearly labeled
  • First aid guide

Cons

  • na

Product Information

  • Number of items: 100
  • Bag material: 600D polyester
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 7.5 x 3.5 inches
  • Weight: 1 pound
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Garmin in Reach Explorer+

Garmin in Reach Explorer+, Handheld Satellite Communicator with Topo Maps and GPS Navigation

While being an expensive addition to your survival gear, the Garmin in Reach Explorer+ is a valuable asset to take along with you. This small device gives you GPS, satellite text messaging, and an SOS system.

The unit connects to the Iridium global satellite system so that no matter where you are, you can contact loved ones, send an SOS to the 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center, know and track your location, and more.

The unit is waterproof, runs on a rechargeable battery with up to 100 hours of battery life depending on the function. It comes preloaded with topographical maps and you can pair it with your phone to download US NOAA charts and more.

This is not just a GPS and satellite communicator by any means. It also comes with a compass, a barometer, and an accelerometer.

If you go off the beaten track often or out to sea, this little pocket item will be something that’ll give you and your loved one’s peace of mind, help you find where you need to be, and maybe save your life.

Pros

  • Satellite text messaging
  • Preloaded TOPO maps
  • GPS
  • Extra tools
  • Sends SOS signal to the 24/7 search and rescue team

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Needs a clear sky

Product Information

  • Battery type: Lithium-ion, rechargeable
  • Battery life: up to 100 hours (10-minute tracking mode)
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Waterproof rating: IPX7
  • Weight: 7.5 ounces
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SharpSurvival Emergency Tent

SharpSurvival Emergency Survival Shelter Tent | 2 Person Mylar Thermal Shelter | 8’ X 5’ All Weather Tube Tent | Reflective Material Conserves Heat | Lightweight | Waterproof | Best Survival Gear

In most cases, you’ll probably be carrying your own tent but getting caught out on a day trip or having your tent blown or flooded away is not uncommon. That’s when having a Sharp Survival Emergency Tent in your backpack could come in handy.

The tent is made from high-quality Mylar, the same material they use in emergency blankets. Weighing only 5.6 oz, it comes in a small packed size ideal for storing and carrying in your backpack.

The mylar material is 100% waterproof and windproof to protect you from the elements. It’s also heat-reflective and can keep up to 90% of your body heat inside the tent, making sure you stay warm.

It’s extremely easy to set up, just string up a rope and attach the tent and you’re good to go. Once up, the tent is spacious enough for two adults to sleep warm and comfortably. For only $10, this survival tent takes away the worry, avoids the need to build bush shelters, plus it can be used as an emergency blanket if needs be.

Pros

  • 2 person tent
  • Keeps you warm
  • Water & windproof
  • Easy to set up

Cons

  • Thin
  • Delicate

Product Information

  • Size; 2 person tent
  • Packed size: 8.9 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Weight: 5.6 ounces
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Most Useful

Leatherman Surge

LEATHERMAN, Surge Heavy Duty Multitool with Premium Replaceable Wire Cutters and Spring-Action Scissors, Black with MOLLE Sheath

Survival can mean a lot of things. It can be fixing a car, mending a boat, building a shelter, killing some food, opening a can even, and for all of those things, a good survival multi tool fits the bill.

The Leatherman Surge Heavy Duty is made to for a survival situation and can tackle anything you throw at it. It features 21 tools that cover a huge range of different tasks. It’s often been said you can fix anything with some duck tape, cable ties, and a Leatherman,

The Leatherman Surge Heavy Duty comes with three knives, a saw, pliers, wire cutters, bottle opener, can opener, flat & Philips screwdriver, scissors, a file, and more. The tools all fold out easily and lock in place for safe use. This Leatherman also features one-hand opening so you can use your other hand as needed, perfect in an emergency situation.

The Leatherman Surge Heavy Duty comes with a 25-year warranty and is made to survive much longer than that. The only downside is that the black oxide finish rubs off.

Pros

  • 21 different tools
  • High-quality wire cutters
  • Well made
  • Durable
  • 25-year warranty

Cons

  • Black oxide rubs off

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 5.30 x 3.60 x 1.97 inches
  • Weight: 0.90 lbs
  • Tools: 21
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Best Value

WintMing 70L Survival Backpack

WintMing 70L Large Camping Hiking Backpack Tactical Military Molle Rucksack for Trekking Traveling Oxford Waterproof Mountaineering Pack Large Daypack for Men (Camouflag-C)

You’re going to need something solid and comfortable to carry all your survival gear with you and the WintMing 70L Survival Backpack is an ideal choice. It’s affordable, practical and made to high specifications.

The first great thing about this survival backpack is the size. With a 70L capacity, it’s spacious enough for a 5 day expedition or longer. To add to the space, the outside is riddled with MOLLE webbing, so you can attach any extra’s that don’t fit or that you might want to access quickly and easily.

It’s made from double-layer 600D oxford fabric with a a waterproof inner layer. This makes the backpack extremely durable and it’ll stop gear from getting wet. Like the marines say, if your stuff gets wet you’re done, or something like that.

There’s ample storage compartments to keep things organized in and it’s comfortable to carry. The padded back panel, harness and shoulder straps keep you supported while the waist and chest straps spread the weight evenly.

At such a low price, this backpack is hard to beat in terms of value and you wont find one with better quality at this price.

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Waterproof inner layer
  • Padded and ventilated harness and back panel
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Harness isn't adjustable
  • Basic, no internal frame

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 13.4” x 6.7” x 28.75”
  • Capacity: 70 liters
  • Weight: 2.86 lbs
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Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400BJ-1JF

Casio Men's GW-9400BJ-1JF G-Shock Master of G Rangeman Digital Solar Black Carbon Fiber Insert Watch

If you spend a lot of time in the outdoors, it’s worth having a survival watch that doesn’t just tell the time but will also help you avoid a difficult survival situation.

The Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400BJ-1JF has a range of functions that will assist you in the wild. Like all G-Shock watches, this one is shock resistant and waterproof to 200m. The case is mud-resistant and the buttons are sealed to ensure they work no matter what environment you’re in. Whatever happens, this watch will survive and be on had to help you out.

The Rangemen comes with atomic time so it’s always accurate. It charges through solar, so it’ll never die. And it has a Altimeter/Barometer, Thermometer and Compass to keep you safe and out of trouble. Of course, it also comes with the usual stopwatch, countdown, alarms, and sunset/sunrise data.

It is a little expensive but it should last a lifetime and if spend a lot of time in wild places, it’s worth every penny.

Pros

  • Solar charged
  • Excellent range of functions
  • Very durable
  • Shock-resistant

Cons

  • Expensive

Product Information

  • Digital display, with solar charging
  • Resin plastic band and case
  • Sunrise/sunset data, Countdown timer, Elapsed time, World Time, 5 Alarms, Atomic time
  • Triple sensor: Altimeter/Barometer, Thermometer, Compass
  • Water-resistant to 200m (660ft)
  • Case size: 44 x 10mm
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A Guide To Survival Gear

Whenever you’re packing for an adventure it’s imperative to think about how long you’re going for, where you’re going, what you plan to do and the weather. There’s a limited amount of space in your backpack and forgetting something important can become a problem. The guide below should give you the confidence to create a great set of survival gear for you adventures.

Which Survival Gear Do You Need?

There’s a huge range of survival gear on the market today and knowing which items to buy isn’t easy. The essentials to survival are water, shelter and being able to navigate. The top things to have include a water filter, a survival knife, and a compass. With these you’ll be able to build a shelter, stay hydrated and navigate your way to safety. Beyond the essentials, axes, GPS, emergency shelters and more can come in handy.

The place you’re going also has an impact; will it be wet, cold, hot, outside of cell communication? Will the terrain affect you? There might be a need for some spare rope and correct footwear. It’s important to tailor your survival gear to the environment, weather and situation. At all costs make sure you’re dry, warm, hydrated, have shelter, can navigate and communicate to rescue services.

Size and Weight

Size and weight is an important factor when buying survival gear. As we have already mentioned, you can only fit so much in your backpack but you’ll need to make sure the essentials fit and don’t weigh you down.

It’s important to find the balance between quality, size, and weight of some particular survival gear. Higher quality gear is usually a bit heavier than low quality gear and finding the happy medium is key. You don’t want anything to weigh you down too much but when you need it, you’ll want everything to work.

Our Favorites Survival Gear

All the products in the review are key to survival and to choose a top three is impossible. We have instead, categorised them below by usefulness, value and something you should leave without.

The best value product in the view is the WintMing 70L Survival Backpack. No matter the adventure, you’re going to need a bag and this one covers all bases with an amazing price of under $50.

OGIO 411087 Bolt Pack TSA-Friendly 17" Laptop/MacBook Pro Backpack
  • Checkpoint-friendly top-entry padded laptop compartment; padded tablet/e-reader sleeve
  • Top zippered valuables pocket; deluxe extruded aluminum top handle

The item you shouldn’t leave without is the LifeStraw. This compact, light water filter will give you 1000 gallons of clean water from any fresh water source you can find. It filters out 99.99% of bacteria and slips into your bag with ease.

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LifeStraw Personal Water Filter for Hiking, Camping, Travel, and Emergency Preparedness
  • Award-winning LifeStraw water filter is a must-carry tool for hiking, camping, travel, and emergencies; no disaster kit is complete without it
  • Filters up to 1,000 gallons (4,000 liters) of contaminated water without iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals; does not require batteries and has no moving parts

The most useful item is the Leatherman Surge. This heavy duty multi-tool gives you 21 tools in one and will help you kill food, make a shelter, open food, fix your car/boat/other tools and more.

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LEATHERMAN, Surge Heavy Duty Multitool with Premium Replaceable Wire Cutters and Spring-Action Scissors, Black with MOLLE Sheath
  • A MULTITOOL POWERHOUSE: The Surge is one of our largest multitools for heavy-duty use, built with our largest pliers, longest multitool blades and easy-to-use locks
  • 21 TOOLS IN 1 HAND: Features a unique blade exchanger, replaceable premium wire cutters and four outside-opening blades give you quick access to any of its 21 premium tools