The Great Outdoors

Going primal is perhaps the last frontier for budding adventurers seeking to explore the wild places of the world and get off the beaten track. If you really want to push yourself and to kick some ass then you’re gonna need to head off into the wilds to escape civilisation, and embrace the raw ferocity and beauty of mother nature… Yeah, I’m getting all hippie on your asses, but so what?

So, if you are going to head off off into the wilds then you’re gonna need at least some gear if you plan on coming back alive. Some wilderness training also helps so maybe check out some Bear Grylls on Youtube to get yourself educated as well as psyched up (the rectal hydration episode is a must see…).

16 Essentials You Should Pack in Your Outdoors Survival Kit

So without further ado here is everything you need to throw in your pack when you head off into the unknown, here is the ultimate list of wilderness survival gear…

  • Tent – If you want to learn how to improvise a shelter from leaves and branches then good on you. Personally though, I like to take a tent. We recommend a backpacking/mountain tent as these are built to last, are smaller in size (and therefore lighter to carry) and are built in a clever tunnel or geodesic shape for wind resistance. Also practice how to pitch this before you can set off so that you can erect it quickly in case of bad weather or fast fading light.
  • SAS Survival Guide– You can know a lot, but you can’t know it all. Throw this book in your backpack, and you’ll be covered for all sorts of situations in all climates. This guide tells you how to find water, make shelter (in case you cheaped out on the tent) and what kind of plants you can use for food, medicine and getting high!
  • Knife– You never know when you’re going to need a knife. From building a shelter to spreading pate to self-defense, this is an absolute necessity. I usually carry a couple and also recommend at least one of the Swiss Army variety as they have a load of other useful functions (such as a bottle opener).
  • Fire Starter– Out there in the wild, fire is a man’s best friend. Take a fire starter because rubbing sticks together can be a tedious game to play, especially if it’s raining.
  • 550 Rope– This is the best rope out there. It’s military grade rope that can support up to 500 lbs of weight. Use it to tie your food in a tree so that bears can’t reach it, to hook up your hammock, or for anything else you could possibly imagine.
  • Bear Spray– Because even the manliest of men can’t defeat a grizzly bear unarmed (except Zangief from Street Fighter 2). Obviously, if you’re in a country where firearms are legal then maybe consider an upgrade although we in no way condone this.


  • Fishing Line– Few things taste better than a fish you caught yourself. We recommend a reel of monofilament line of around 20 – 22mm and don’t worry about hooks because you can make one using some wood or the top of a beer can. Aside from catching your supper the line may come in useful as improvised shoelaces.
  • Head Torch– You’re lost in the woods and darkness is falling, you’ve got a bundle of wood under one arm and light is fading fast…. This is where having a head torch is an absolute necessity. Just ensure you have batteries.
  • LifeStraw– Drink straight from any water source safely, instead of hauling a ton of weight in water into the wild with you. We recommend either the original design or the harder wearing Lifestraw Steel version.

Lifestraw – A straw that could save your life.

  • Sewing Kit– For when things fall apart, and hopefully not to give yourself stitches. Real men do so know how to sow by the way.
  • First Aid Kit– If you don’t at least scrape your knee, you’re not doing it right. Make sure it has plenty of medicinal alcohol for disinfecting cuts and also for drinking if you get desperate.
  • Helly Hansen Base Layer– This will keep you warm and dry, even if the weather takes an unexpected turn. Other brands are available but we have used HH for many a cold winter now.
  • Compass– Navigating by the sun or stars is for experts so please bring a compass. Just don’t forget to learn how to use it, and also to bring maps for the area you’re venturing into.
  • Whistle– Whistle three times for a distress signal. You never know when this might come in handy and you may also be asked to referee a forest football match.
  • Emergency Bivvy Bag– Whether you’re bush camping without a tent or sleeping bag, or a surprise snow storm comes your way, this is a lightweight essential you won’t even notice in your bag… until you need it when it will keep you dry warm and alive.
  • Spot Satellite Beacon– Let friends and family know you’re okay despite having been out in the woods for ages, or send for emergency services to rescue you at the touch of a button.
  • Beer– Who doesn’t love beer? Plus, your empties can be made into a ton of different survival items including an epic little camping stove. You may resent the weight when you are carrying it but will be so glad at the end of a long day when you sit down to cook up the fish you caught and tend to your grazed knee/bear mauled face.

Born Survivor

Now that you’ve read our Ultimate Wilderness Survival Gear List it’s time to fill your backpack and head out into the beautiful outdoors for some real adventuring. Whilst we hope that this list is helpful, it is by no means intended to be comprehensive and we accept no liability whatsoever if you do get mauled by a bear or dehydrate!