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Urgent: 10 SHTF Survival Items You Need Today



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Millions of Americans believe that in the not-too-distant future, America, and possibly the entire world, could be mired in a disaster of epic, Armageddon-sized proportions. Collectively, the apocalyptic event is known as when the SHTF. It's the ultimate challenge to mankind’s survival. Whether it comes from social upheaval, natural, act-of-God disasters, economic failure, terrorism or war, concerned individuals are preparing for the worst.

SHTF stands for Sh*t Hits the Fan. The Internet is fairly replete with information on what to expect and how to prepare for such a catastrophe. However, even governments have accepted the possibility of a rapid, overnight natural disaster, or the downfall of civilized society. Huge underground warehouses were built and are stocked with seeds from nearly every tree and plant known to man.

In addition, animal and human DNA and the most beneficial medicines are also stocked to give humanity a chance to survive any impending disaster. This even includes the Armageddon, whether it's natural, extraterrestrial, or man-made.

SHTF Survival Items You Should Have In Your Supplies!

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Whether you have a family or are an individual, there are certain things that are crucial to your survival in the event of a local, national or worldwide calamity. You will need to provide food, water, and shelter. Those are the big three you need for you and your family to survive.

Any creature comfort-related items beyond that aren't absolutely necessary in an emergency. If you have the ability and resources to satisfy additional needs and desires, that is fine. The primary three needs are what help you survive and what deserves your focus.

The following list of basic items needs to be included in your SHTF survival kit, or bug out bag.


1. Tool For Cutting or Chopping

Tool For Cutting or Chopping | Urgent: 10 SHTF Survival Items You Need Today | Shtf Supply List

This item needs to be of a substantial size to accommodate cutting or chopping down trees for cooking, warmth and even shelter. A hatchet or large survival knife, complete with a honing stone and sheath or carrying case is preferred. A hatchet can double as a hammer. Some survival knives even have tools in the handle, things like a compass, string saw, light fishing tackle and a small sewing kit. When SHTF, you'll be glad you have a chopping and cutting tool on your side.

2. Multi-Purpose Tool

Multi-Purpose Tool | Urgent: 10 SHTF Survival Items You Need Today | Shtf Supply List

A multi-purpose tool has a number of elements that go beyond simple cutting. This makes the multi-purpose tool an exceptional item to own. Things like scissors, knife, screwdriver, pliers, can opener, bottle opener, and other attached tools are not as frivolous as they may seem. In a true survival situation that impacts entire cities, regions, or countries, you may need to scavenge for foodstuffs.

Fresh foods may get contaminated. Even if they aren’t contaminated, they are not going to last for long. Canned goods, bottled water, and other liquids may be your only options. The additional tools can skin animals and construct or maintain a functional shelter.

The Hoffman-Richter is my ultimate multi-purpose tool, check it out and get one for yourself.

3. Water Purification or Filtration

Water Purification or Filtration | Urgent: 10 SHTF Survival Items You Need Today | Shtf Supply List

Freshwater may get contaminated. If it is, it requires purifying or desalinating water to satisfy hydration needs. Humans can survive only a few days without fresh water. When SHTF, your water tap will dry up fast. You need to find a new solution. There is a variety of water filtration gear available online that you can reuse hundreds or even thousands of times. It is highly recommended that your survival kit includes several backups.

4. Fire Starter

Fire Starter | Urgent: 10 SHTF Survival Items You Need Today | Shtf Supply List

Matches are fine, but they can get easily ruined by water or even humidity and mildew. It is best to go with what is called a permanent match, or a flint or magnesium rod. The permanent match is an enclosed “match” that stores inside a metal container and lights up when removed from the container. The flint and magnesium rods, when scraped with a steel object such as a knife blade, create sparks that ignite dry tinder and paper. In the eventuality that you do not have any tinder or paper, cotton balls soaked with petroleum jelly work exceptionally well.

5. Duct Tape

Duct Tape | Urgent: 10 SHTF Survival Items You Need Today | Shtf Supply List

There are far too many practical, helpful uses for duct tape to list here. A few of them are fire-starting, building and repairing furniture, building and maintaining a shelter, emergency first aid care, crafting an emergency glass or bowl and repairing tools.

There are entire websites devoted to the use of duct tape for a vast array of uses. Include as much duct tape in your survival kit as you possibly can. You will not regret having it in an SHTF scenario.

6. First Aid and Emergency Kit

First Aid and Emergency Kit | Urgent: 10 SHTF Survival Items You Need Today | Shtf Supply List

Include basics like band-aids, material for tourniquets, eye pads and cloth compresses, safety pins, thermometers, compass, antibiotics, and painkillers. Place them in a waterproof container, preferably something flexible. It conforms to the inside of a backpack or duffel bag and uses less space this way. A double-zippered plastic bag is one option to consider.

7. Paracord or Rope

 Paracord or Rope | Urgent: 10 SHTF Survival Items You Need Today | Shtf Supply List

Paracord is the cord that keeps parachutists safely attached to their parachutes when jumping. It is also what individuals use for rock climbing. It's super strong and durable. However, a rope is a good replacement in emergency situations because paracord can be used for shelter building, rescue, perimeter security, traversing structures and much more.

FYI – paracord doesn’t work as a suitable replacement for climbing rope, however, in an emergency situation, it's a last resort that you can use. If you have extra room, we highly recommend adding climbing rope if you absolutely believe you’ll need it.

8. Fishing Gear

Fishing Gear | Urgent: 10 SHTF Survival Items You Need Today | Shtf Supply List

If you have enough room for a fishing rod and reel, that’s great. However, only the basics are really necessary: lures, fish eggs, and fishing line work. You can always organize and cast the fishing line using a tin can, bottle, or stick. If you can dig up worms with a flat stone, or even your ax or knife, that helps, too. Grubs, caterpillars and other bugs also make great bait. Check out the Paracord Pod Fishing Kit ultra light and like a tackle box in your pocket.

9. Poncho

Poncho | Urgent: 10 SHTF Survival Items You Need Today | Shtf Supply List

In addition to being good as rain gear, a poncho can also provide shelter and even warmth, if necessary. It can function as an over-the-shoulder bag for carrying stuff. It can also help construct a travois, or litter, to carry wood, supplies, or an injured person.

10. Flashlight and Extra Batteries

Flashlight and Extra Batteries | Urgent: 10 SHTF Survival Items You Need Today | Shtf Supply List

A reliable, compact LED flashlight is indispensable for the purposes discussed here. Check out our favorite solution to this: the Hybeam Micro flashlight. The ideal way to supplement a regular flashlight is to get one that recharges by turning the attached handle. The light does not last as long as a regular flashlight. They are perfect, though, for non-emergency use to save battery power in the LED flashlights.

If you do run out of batteries, a rechargeable flashlight at least provides you with some light. Remember that most batteries, after they run out, regenerate somewhat after a few weeks or longer if just left alone outside of the flashlight.

Also, if you're storing a flashlight for days or longer, remove the batteries so they don’t slowly drain. Obviously, if you have a family to care for and protect, you should try to fit multiples of the aforementioned items. For example, water purification and filtration items, first aid supplies, fishing gear and extra batteries.

If possible, each teen and adult should put their own multi-purpose tool, poncho, flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit and fishing gear in their own backpack or bug out bag. While the chances of such a disastrous event may seem like science fiction, there are many conditions and situations that suggest the distinct potential for the worst case scenario.

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These SHTF survival items are just what any regular joe, prepper, or survivalist need. Whether it's preparing for when SHTF or simple out on an adventure, no practical survivalist should be caught without these items. Get familiar with all of them and practice using them now before the need for them arise.

Which of these SHTF survival items is yet to make it to your SHTF supply list? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on January 11, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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  4. Lisa L. Gove

    September 12, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    a tick puller and an orange garbage bag , a signal mirror.
    if you are near the ocean and know lobsterman or commercial fisherman ask for their expired signal equipment, they have to replace every so often and I am sure they would be more than happy to give you or ask for a small donation for that stuff.. its worth its weight in gold if you kayak or hike. My husband gives me all his exspired stuff and I hope I never use them. BUT, I have them in case I need it.

  5. Re. Jerry T

    September 12, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Shit is about to hit the fan, and I am preparing. I just don’t know that anyone can truly survive what is about to happen. My religious perspective is based wholly on Nature and science… I do not believe that belief can change galactic fact. Strange orbs in our space, and something is going on with our sun. The High Uinta’s of Utah has a potential for survival, lowest elevation begins at 6005 ft. all the way up to 13,950 ft. With a few friends and family who are on board, we have a fighting chance, but this all depends on what really transpires with sudden earth changes about to implode. When the day comes, if you survive, come to the White Rocks area for staging, or even get there before hand. It takes a village, and as such we have a chance. Bring what you can, and be prepared for the very worse. If interested to keep in touch contact now. email. or 435-340-0040… Jerry T


      September 14, 2016 at 4:19 PM


    • Jason

      September 22, 2016 at 11:08 AM

      What event do you believe is about to happen jerry? You can email me if you’d like to, thanks

  6. Curious One

    September 13, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    Regardless of which water purification system is used, you need a container to hold purified water after you leave the water source.

  7. Anonymous

    January 28, 2018 at 10:56 AM

    The hr 30 knife is listed as $100+ when you add to cart. Further down it says buy for $32.95. What is the code to get it at the discounted price??


      November 12, 2018 at 8:45 PM


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    April 18, 2018 at 11:54 AM

    I have purchased several used military parachutes and use them for shelters, covers, and hammocks. Could you do a segment on other uses.

  9. Wild n' Free Outdoorsman

    April 18, 2018 at 12:20 PM

    One of the important Survival Gear that I love to bring & I suggest that you should also bring with you is a “Take-down recurve bow, ie: Spectre Bow & Arrow” which could be easily dis-assembled & packed in your BOB to protect you as a ballistic weapon & huunt down game; an important item to bring for forced-protection scenarios.

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