The Ultimate Disaster Survival Backpack – 30+ Essentials

Lead shot survival pack, get the essentials to survive in the wild

 

 

 

Hurricane Irma just happened to me.

 

I’m based in the Dominican Republic and I got to experience a full-on natural disaster.

 

We lost the electric, water, power and we were reduced to the same state as the people you see in far flung corners of the globe.

 

We were those people, at the mercy of the elements and a government struggling to react to forces way beyond their control and even their level.

 

I wasn’t homeless, thankfully, but I was cut off from all the basic supplies.

 

What Do You Need In A Disaster?

 

It made me realise what I needed. It showed me the things that would make this ordeal 10 times more livable.

 

It got me thinking about the ultimate survival backpack that we should all have ready to go.

 

That backpack just isn’t enough. So I’ve made my own five-day survival backpack that kicks the shit out of anything I can find on the web.

 

Overkill? Yeah, Maybe…

 

This is the pack that will get you out of almost any emergency. It’s overkill if you’re stuck at home, but not by much, and it means that whatever happens you will be covered.

 

You hope you’ll never need this pack,  but if you do then it could well save your life.

 

Firearms

 

If you’re heading out into the wilderness then it’s a damned site easier if you’re armed.

 

You need a combination of self-defense and hunting prowess. So we’d go for:

 

Benelli M4 Shotgun review

1. Benelli M4 12 Gauge Shotgun

Price: $1861.69

 

 

You need a shotgun and we’ve finally decided on the tactial shotgun that the  Navy SEALs rely on.

 

Go for the bigger tube that gives you 8 shells before you need to reload, but apart from that this is the best shotgun in the world for this particular purpose.

 

The Navy SEALs have torture tested this gun, so it should work in almost any circumstance. They have taken it to the depths of the desert, the bottom of the swamp and the heart of the rainforest.

 

So it should get you through a week or two in the wild and you can use it for hunting too.

 

Optional Zombie Apocalypse Shotgun

Kel Tec KSG Shotgun

Kel Tec KSG

Price: $739.99

 

 

If there’s one thing that zombie films have made clear it’s that a shotgun blast to the head is usually enough to finish off the undead.

 

We also know they attack in waves and the Benelli will run out of shells.

 

So if you’re in a zombie apocalypse situation then you need a unique gun. You need the Kel Tec KSG loaded with the nastiest mini-shells you can find. You can fit 25 mini shells in this thing, because  it has two tubes full of shells.

 

This, then, is the  undisputed king of the zombie apocalypse situation. But, for the normal world, the Benelli is the one you want.

 

Rebel Arms RBR-15, A modern day AR-15

 

2. Rebel Arms RBR-15

Price: $1749.99

 

 

It’s the modern-day, high-end AR-15 from an American firm. Put a great optic on top of this rifle and it will double as hunting rifle and help you in a firefight. Any AR-15 will do, but this one should last your lifetime and won’t let you down when you need it most.

 

 

 

Glock 19mm, the last line of defense for special forces

3. Glock 19

Price: $599.00

 

 

It can slip in your belt and it’s the last line of defense for special forces, the FBI and police officers around the world.

 

 

Springfield Armory XD-Mod 2

4. Springfield Armory XD-Mod 2

Price: $464.09

 

 

This concealed carry pistol should never leave your side. The 3″ barrel belies the massive capacity. This is the gun you want in your waistband, or your sock, when things go sideways.

 

Ammunition – Yeah this is the downside of guns. You need to carry ammunition and it’s heavy.

 

 

 

 

Survival backpack, get the best and know you can rely on it

 

5. Serious backpack

Price: $219.00

Amazon Rating: 4.8

 

 

Let’s start with a proper backpack. You’re going to be putting a lot of shit in here. One person needs to be able to carry it, so you need all the help you can get.

 

You could also face the fact, a natural disaster could leave you outside for a few days, a week or even more.

 

If you can’t carry your things, you lose them.

 

If water gets in and seeps from one compartment to the other, then everything is getting wet.

 

So invest in a proper rucksack. Go overboard if anything, and never regret the bag you chose to trust with your life.

 

This one, aimed at mountain climbers, has a sprung metal frame to spread the weight. It also has a massive capacity, proper waterproofing both inside and out and a load of places to hang extra gear.

 

 

Survivor wind up torch, radio and power bank

6. Wind Up Power Bank/Torch/Radio

Price: $25.99

 

 

Candle light sucks. It’s that simple, and you want to charge your phone, because that can while away the hours while you wait for the electricity to come back on.

 

Light and power are two basic requirements that can change your world.

 

Of course, this wind-up torch can’t power your house, or your TV, but it can charge your phone as well as bathing the room in light.

 

If you’re stuck outdoors then light and the information that a radio can provide, together with the phone charge, could make the difference between life and death.

 

It might sound a bit weak to say we rely on our phones. But we really do and your smartphone could provide the best solution.

 

This charger, then, is a cornerstone of your survival pack.

 

Don’t be tempted by the more expensive radios. They largely have flimsier handles that could snap and render the whole thing useless.

 

Of course, you’ll have superglue packed. But it’s better not to break anything in the first place.

 

This powerbank also comes with a solar panel, which will save you a bit of work and could keep the radio running and a phone charging on a sunny day.

 

 

Survivor tent keep two people safe and warm

 

7. Tent

Price: $117.54

 

 

This lightweight, three-man tent weighs just 5.44lb, so it can hang off your backpack and be ready to rock at any time.

 

If you ever need it, then it will be the best investment you ever made.

 

Nobody wants to live in a tent, but we’re talking extreme circumstances here. Think zombie Apocalypse, or disease wiping out the civilized world.

 

A tent doesn’t seem so bad now does it?

 

This is a shelter you can put up in minutes and be out of the rain.

 

The customers seem to love this tent, although they say it’s more of a big two-man than a genuine three-man item.

 

Still, for the weight, and the price, we think this is one of the best things you can have in your pack.

 

Survival sleeping bag

8. Sleeping bag

Price: $36.97

 

 

Your sleeping bag will keep you warm in the worst conditions. So get a good one that’s aimed at pro mountaineers.

 

They’ll be light, warm and waterproof, which is basically what you need right now.

 

This is one of the cheaper ones. But we think it will do the job unless you head for Alaska, or you start in Canada.

 

9. Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad

Price:  $39.99

 

 

Get off the cold floor and on to an air-filled pad that will make the world of difference to your life if you’re out on the road.

 

It squashes down to almost nothing and weighs just over 1lb, but you will be grateful you bought it every time you lay your head down.

 

 

Survivor Lifestraw family

10. Lifestraw Family Water Purifier

Price: $59.99

 

 

You can and should order a couple of the simple Lifestraws to add to your pack, but the Lifestraw Family Water Purifier is the coup de grace.

 

This can literally turn ditchwater into pure drinking water, for a family of four, for up to three years.

 

You can pack more, but three years seems long enough to find clean water. If you can’t do it by then, the world is probably fucked beyond repair anyway.

 

 

A vicious knife with a survival kit

 

11. Knife

Price: $19.99

 

 

You can spend more on a knife, but you can pretty much do everything with this one.

 

You can stab people, saw stuff, cut your way out of a life-threatening situation and it comes with a few assorted goodies in the handle.

 

The fishing hook and line could prove useful and the matches are a back-up, if nothing else.

 

 

torch, stungun nightstick, all in one

 

12. Stun Gun Torch/Baton

Price: $48.79

 

 

This isn’t just a beast of a tactical flashlight, you can also use the baton to ward off aggressive animals or people. Or you can go nuclear and power up the stun gun that is hidden in the torch.

 

It’s another line of self-defense and the crackling noise should be enough to scare most animals off.

 

If you need to use it, then even a bear wouldn’t fancy getting zapped again. If you get that close with a bear, this is pretty much your best chance at a peaceful outcome too.

 

 

Survival shovel and axe

13. Folding Shovel/Multitool

Price: $59.99

 

 

You might have to dig a toilet, or a snowtrench to stay alive, or just level some ground for a comfortable night’s sleep.

 

So a shovel might seem like a luxury, but this weighs just 1.2lb and comes with an axehead, a serrated tactical knife, a spare fire starter and even a whistle.

 

You won’t notice the weight, but you might miss the shovel if you’re digging a trench with your hands.

 

If you’re out in the wild, you can build a trench trap across a small stream and catch fish by the dozen. But only with the right tools.

 

 

Hatchet and Hammer Multi Tool

14. Hatchet/Multitool

Price: $17.99

 

 

This is a seriously clever bit of engineering that replaces the important part of the toolkit with just one thing.

 

It’s a hatchet, a hammer, and adjustable wrench and a whole load of other things.

 

It’s a perfect tool, then, which will save your ass time and again if you’re out in the wild.

 

 

Lightweight pan set

15. Lightweight pans

Price: $23.99

 

 

 

This 13-piece kit weighs just 1.67lb and you get two pans, bowls and more in this compact set-up.

 

If you have pans and clean water then you can survive on soup produced from the local vegetation. It won’t be pretty, but it will get you through.

 

 

Pico Portable Projector 1080p $199

 

16. Portable HD Projector

Price: $268.99

 

 

OK this is a pure luxury, but imagine settling down to  a good movie  if you are stuck out in the woods. Technically it’s possible. You  can charge this off your power bank and then it will run for  up to 3 hours.

 

So you can pack a hard drive full of films, if you’re prepared to spend that much time charging then you could have entertainment out in the wild.

 

 

 

Survival knife sharpening kit

 

 

17. Pocket Sharpener

Price: $7.97

 

 

The best blades in the world will wilt under serious pressure and you don’t want to sharped blades on a rock.

 

So, throw a sharpener in to the bag.

 

 

Fire starter, twisted fire starter

 

18. Firelighting kit

Price: $9.95

 

 

Getting a fire going as quickly as humanly possible can be the difference between making it out in the wild or just mentally checking out.

 

So your emergency bag should have every conceivable way of getting one started.

 

This magnesium rod and scraper will make a spark and we’re about to show you the secret weapon.

 

 

No fuel lighter, use your powerbank to keep it going

18. Fuel Free Cigarette Lighter

Price: $19.99

 

 

A simple cigarette lighter that creates electrical arcs and recharges off your Power Bank.

 

So it should go forever, it’s windproof and it should help you start a fire and provide a light when you need it most.

 

In fact, get two and store them in separate plastic Ziplock bags. you never know what can happen.

 

 

Survival dried food rations

 

19. Dried Food – 30 Servings

Price: $57.00

 

 

This is going to be a bitch to carry round, but it might keep you alive and you might want to think about packing more.

 

If you can make a base camp, then fresh water and dehydrated food mean you should always have an option. So you just have to get it to the base camp and you might well achieve that in the car.

 

You’ll need to get food at some point, but this is enough to get you through more than a week.

 

 

Survival fishing kit, get fish and protein, quick

20. Fishing Kit

Price: $23.99

 

 

It’s compact and fishing is one of the easiest ways to find protein out there in the wild.

 

It will be a pain. It might be the best thing you’ve ever eaten when the time comes, though.

 

 

Rain jacket, keeps you dry and weighs almost nothing

 

21. Lightweight, waterproof clothes

Price: $37.99 +  $33.59 = $71.58

Jacket: Buy Now! 

Trousers: Buy Now!

 

You need one set of waterproof clothes if you’re going to prepare for the worst.

 

You should pick them up for less than $100. But if you’re stuck outside in winter, these could be a lifesaver.

 

 

Survival gloves, lightweight

 

22. Gloves

Price: $12.99

 

 

 

These lightweight gloves are made from Dacron and have a thermal fluff lining that should keep you warm even in freezing conditions.

 

They’re also slimline, so they shouldn’t get in your way. You can even use a smartphone with them thanks to a cover on the thumb and forefinger.

 

 

Portable laundry bag

 

23. Portable Laundry Bag

Price: $47.67

 

 

If you’re stuck out in the woods, then hygiene can be a real problem. This 5oz, foldable bag will fit in to a corner of your pack and will mean you can clean your clothes, a little and get the worst of the grime out of them.

 

You can take this when you go on vacation, too, it’s a multi-purpose tool that isn’t just for the aftermath of a catastrophe.

 

 

 

Survival First Aid Kit.

25. First Aid Kit

Price: $24.95

 

 

You’re going to have medical emergencies along the way. So keep a basic first aid kit with you.

 

 

 

 

Survival Emergency blankets. Stay warm in any conditions.

 

26. Emergency blankets- 5 Pack

Price: $18.98

 

 

 

These lightweight foil blankets weigh almost nothing, but they can save your ass on a really cold day. One side  is camo colors, too, so you can either signal with them or hide your presence.

 

 

 

SAS Survival Handbook, keep it close to hand and live

27. SAS Survival Handbook

Price: $16.02

 

 

Let’s assume that Google doesn’t have the answer, because the internet is dead. You’re going to need a quick reference for the difficult situations and this book just about fits the bill.

 

It’s from the British Special Forces, the SAS, who are famous for being able to survive just about anywhere.

 

This is a quick reference guide to help you with survival, and a strategy to get out of whatever hole you’re in.

 

 

Wire Saw, a survival tool that could make the difference

28 Wire Saw

Price: $5.10

 

 

You never know when you’ll have to cut through something and this compact wire saw gives you another option.

 

 

Mini tool kit, simple tools that could save your life

 

29. Mini Toolkit

Price: $14.95

 

 

 

Its a small toolkit, but then it fills the gaps  and gives you  selection of small screwdrivers that could prove crucial  in keeping your other equipment going.

 

 

 

 

Survival rope, tinder, snare wire and fishing line

30. 100ft Survivor Wire

Price: $23.98

 

 

This amazing fiber contains translucent fishing line, waxed tinder thread and snare wire in one versatile package.

 

You can break the cord down and get the part you want or use the super strong cord for general purpose rope.

 

 

Other Things To Pack

Lighter Fluid – An instant fire when you need it.

Superglue –  Fix everything, from leaky boots to broken tools.

Soap – Never underestimate the power of feeling clean.

Washing Powder – For laundry day.

Razor – Ditto.

Underwear – Yeah.

Thermal Underwear – If you’re in colder States, this could change your world.

Clothes -Light layers that you can stack, with the clean one on the inside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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