MY Top 5 Survival Items: Wilderness Survival Items To REALLY Keep You Alive

What items would choose for a wilderness survival situation? Man, so many factors to think over, but in this video I will show to you my Top 5 Survival Items based on where I live (the North East in the U.S.). Check it out and let me hear your thoughts.

Links to my Top 5 Items:
Knife – ESEE 6 and ESEE Junglas: and
Sawyer Mini Filter & Lifestraw: and
Sleeping Bags – Cold Weather:
SOL Tarp:
Fire Steels: and
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2. Mylar Blankets –
3. UCO Stormproof Matches –
4. Light My Fire Fire Steel 2.0 –
5. Stanley Stainless Steel Cook Set –

1. ESEE 6 –
2. Ontario Knife Company Rat 7 –
3. Benchmade Bushcrafter –
4. TOPS Kukri –
5. Mora Garberg –

1.CRKT Squid –
2. Benchmade Griptilian –
3. Spyderco Tenacious –
4. Ontario Knife Company Rat 2 –
5. CRKT Fossil –

1. Streamlight Microstream –
2. Olight S1R Baton 2 –
3. Thrunite T1 –
4. Thrunite TC15 –
5. Fenix PD35 TAC –

1. Bahco Laplander Saw –
2. Corona Folding Saw –
3. Mechanix Gloves –
4. Large Firesteel –
5. Pocket Bellows –

1. Vertx EDC Commuter Sling Bag –
2. Maxpedition Valence Tech Sling –
3. Vanquest Mobius –
4. Vanquest Envoy 13 Bag -
5. Helikon-Tex Bail Out Bag –

1. Car Survival Bag –
2. 10 Lies About Survival –
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4. TSA Kit –
5. TOPS Kukri & Kit –

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  1. Johnny Lai on March 6, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    My top five:

    1. BeFree Water Filter (also serves as container).

    Katadyn BeFree 1.0L Water Filter, Fast Flow, 0.1 Micron EZ Clean Membrane for Endurance Sports, Camping and Backpacking

    2. MoraKniv – can find under $10.

    3. UT Tube Tarp – reflective on one side. Versatile: can also use as Bivy or set up as tube tent, or unzip to set up on guide line as tarp shelter. Includes pre-cut cordage and stakes.

    UST Tube Tarp and Camping Shelter with Compact, Multifunctional Use and Reversible and Flame Retardant Construction for Emergency, Hiking, Camping, Backpacking and Outdoor Survival

    4. 3 pack of BIC lighters.

    5. Sleeping bag, wool blanket, or emergency bivy – if you’re on day hike, probably just bring emergency Bivy, not carry full sleeping bag. For a car kit or munitions-day outing I put include the sleeping bag or wool blanket.

  2. Woody Rosenschein on March 6, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Survival situation to me means an unexpected turn of events. When driving, I always carry some tools, a knife, tape, blanket, candles, food bars and bottled water at minimum. Usually I also have extra pants, gloves, socks, rain poncho, tarp, rope and USB Power bank with jumper cables. I’m more likely to get into a survival from a break down than hiking in the woods.

  3. John Brown on March 6, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Survival? Means everyone running into woods to survive…
    I would take, #1 a Good Spear #2 Pocket full of Bic Lighters, #3 Flashlight #4 Strong knife. #5 Bag of Sch-rooms Survival should be end of the world panic not comfortable camping.

  4. Paul Giles on March 6, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Having just spent a night in a car, a sleeping bag is a must have. Even in the shelter of a car you still get cold and uncomfortable.

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  6. Brian Richard on March 6, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    Solid info. I like the channel.

  7. Randall's Adventure / ESEE on March 6, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Hey man…we appreciate the screen time!! Great information!

  8. Mike Justice on March 6, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    As usual, this is fantastic information

  9. Josh Doty on March 6, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    Why isn’t the US military style magnesium fire starter thing more popular with people on the YouTube survival genre?

  10. Eric on March 6, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Most excellent video Tim, thanks 🙏

  11. The Shanester on March 6, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Tim 2020

  12. Todd K on March 6, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    This is a well thought out list Tim.
    Living in MI, I face similar landscape and geography.
    For me, I have the same list but some different items.
    USG outdoor mylar tarp just like you have and imo, much better than a traditional tarp and by far better than a mylar blanket.
    TOPS SXB for my knife of choice.
    A homemade heavy duty wool blanket with polyester filling. Its heavy and big but warm and comfy.
    I always carry a lighter, but I have a large 6" ferro rod I keep on my knife sheath that has a fat wood handle.

  13. CM The 300 on March 6, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Nice 5 Tim. Her, do you still pastor?

  14. Rev on March 6, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    And how would you eat?

  15. Zachary Bulacan on March 6, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    Love to see an urban version of this

  16. Debbie Kerr on March 6, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    I live in the eastern part of the US, and I agree that a good sleeping bag is a must have. The L.L.BEAN is a great choice. I liked the lifestraw filter because I couldn’t find the other one, and that’s the only reason for my selection.

  17. Monkadelic on March 6, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    I use a snugpak jungle blanket with an extra thick space blanket

  18. Ronald Rose on March 6, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    Hello Tim, you made great survival gear selections. All the best to you and family. 🤗

  19. J Buzz on March 6, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    I’ve watched hundreds of vids like this (top survival items) and this is the best ever, for this area. My exact list, in order. And, you’re clear, precise, and a great teacher.

  20. Joseph Pasquale on March 6, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    First… I agree with your thoughts on getting water asap.

  21. INDIAN PREPPER 24*7 on March 7, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Hi Boss , I am from India & I use all same gears you show in Video , I Just replace sleeping bag with 100% wool blankets. We don’t have that much cold other then Himalaya. Thanks

  22. Thomas Campbell on March 7, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Your not supposed to use a knife to put up a tarp?

  23. Glades Hunter on March 7, 2021 at 12:04 am

    I’m in the swamps of South Florida so my list would be different as follows: 1 bug net -mosquitoes are unmerciful 2 Esee 6 3 Pathfinder Emergency blanket tarp 4 multiple Bic lighters 5 Sawyer squeeze coupled to a smart water bottle .sawyer mini clogs up too fast here .

  24. 18 Wheeler on March 7, 2021 at 12:05 am

    I like your hat

  25. Ron_Google on March 7, 2021 at 12:09 am

    Good summary. However, how much do you really need of survivor tools? What should be packed? Maybe decide and structure contents by say, category so say a level 1.0 -is NOT going far off grid more than few miles, farms, homes, highways, likely being found is pretty good and is not far away. Just a hike maybe. So e.g. forget a fire striker kit, a new Bic lighter in a zip lock bag or sealed plastic pill container is plenty safe enough – add some high visibility tape / lanyard type of thing to it, so you won’t lose it in a pile of leaves for example. And on and on we can go to end up with other Level (risk based) kits; then adding items as risk levels and severity of weather / time lost are factored in. Otherwise, you over pack or under pack and /or get confused as to what you need, Just an idea. Lots of great info on here and this channel. Thank you.

  26. Mark Poore on March 7, 2021 at 12:12 am

    I use the mmss sleep system

  27. sdsi68 on March 7, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Good video and great information, thanks 👍🤙

  28. Carl Berg on March 7, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Being that I live in a much more arid climate, it is essential to have a water bottle, preferably steel. This way water can be transported in between resupply.
    Thanks for the vids, amigo!

  29. Scott Fergusson on March 7, 2021 at 12:16 am


  30. Oscar's Collection on March 7, 2021 at 12:18 am

    My list is kind of similar.
    1) OKC RAT 5
    2) Fire Steel in a small container with cotton balls.
    3) 100 ft paracord
    4) Life Straw
    5) Tarp, a cheap one from Harbor Freight but going to upgrade soon.

  31. Randy Clendenin on March 7, 2021 at 12:29 am

    Hey, hope all’s well with everyone/thing. First off, I’m a "certified knife-aholic", and I don’t have anything against ESEE (I have a Junglas) but for me, I’d have chosen a TOPS since they’ve a lot to choose from-my favorite is the one w/the smaller knife in the handle-a great blade (can’t remember the DADGUMB NAME), but you should check it out…. I’m surprised on your fire choice, since I know you own a TOPS and there’s a reason that they include the magnesium w/the ferro rod-"because in ANY CONDITION, enough magnesium WILL get even WET WOOD burning"-and you can’t always count on finding dry combustible material w/Mother Nature even in the upper NE! Great vid-very important to have more than just a blade, oh btw, I believe it was on Amazon, but there was a container of mgnsm. shavings (and powder?). Don’t know if you’d noticed it! Anyway, thanks again, take care, "God Bless", sincerely Randy.

  32. Lane Dexter on March 7, 2021 at 12:29 am

    Glad to see someone emphasizing a sleeping bag, instead of going gaga over building shelters and making fires. But you need to discover Wiggy’s and Lamilite. I first tried down in 1970, thought it was cool until I got it wet. I live in the land of cold sogginess. Go with Lamilite.

  33. NH Woodswalker on March 7, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Great video

  34. Tim Baka on March 7, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Remember the first season of Dual Survival? I thought it was nuts – who goes someplace like the producers dumped them, without a knife, water bottle, tarp, etc? I don’t go on a picnic without such things. The thing that bothers me about "top 5 things" tags, is that a reasonably prudent person can and should have so much more on their person at almost any time.
    In front of me is a 4x6x2.5" Maxpedition pouch. This is "thing one" on my list. It contains (in no particular order):(2) paper towels, (2) wet ones wipes, (4) 3/4×3" bandages, (2) 2×3" gauze pads, 24" medical tape, nail clippers, tweezers, sm ziplock to hold the med gear (doubles as a chest seal), mini-bic lighter on a leash, micro drill and micro screwdriver kits, Swiss Army Camper (love the saw), another sm ziplock with a dermasafe razor, (6) tinder qwik tabs with sparker, fresnel lens, multi-tool card, several sheets of note paper, a rite-n-rain pen, a chapstick, an O-light I3 EOS, an aluminum e-whistle, and a button compass.
    Don’t get me wrong – I’m two thumbs up on your five items, but dedicating an extra pound of carry weight to an EDC pouch that’s about the size of a pack of Ramen, no matter what you put in it, should be on everyone’s plan.

  35. Nancy on March 7, 2021 at 12:32 am

    How did you get rid of the nasty chemical odor from the sports utility blanket. I keep one in my car.

  36. Papi Maximus on March 7, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Always appreciate the content but these things do NOTHING to get you rescued. If you going to be out in the wilderness a lot, then consider some sort of personal locator beacon (PLB) or similar device.

  37. magnus andersson on March 7, 2021 at 12:33 am

    very good, very good.

  38. Ten Minute Tokyo 2 on March 7, 2021 at 12:35 am


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