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1. Berkey sport water filter bottle.
2. Food
3. Space blanket
4. Fire starter
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A good Axe
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It’s hard to say one item since it’s the combined sum of your kit that provides you with the tool you need, not the individual items. Get gear that works for your climate, your situation and your context. One Size does not fit all. You have to find out what works for you.

That being sad I would recommend a Fixed Blade Knife. Fällkniven F1 and Fällkniven S1 are two of my personal favorites.

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Is Charo still alive? I'd take her. Oh and a Knife.
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I agree with the concept that knowledge and skills are the most important item one can aquire. But that's not really in the spirit of the OP, which referred to "gear". Water, food, shelter and security are primary concerns no matter whether you bug in or out. The only one of those that can't be aquired through the use of skill and understanding is security. I'm not on eof those that is all about my weapons, and with weapons I can get mine by taking yours. But a reliable weapon system can provide security and food. So a versitile weapon would be my items of choice. Without security you are apt to loose whatever "items" you may have.
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These (many/too many of these) only one or top three survival item threads are ridiculous.

If I were dropped naked in the arctic at sub-zero temps, my pick would be for warm clothing.

If I were dropped downwind of a high level nuclear or toxic chemical cloud my pick would be something to give me breathable air as air is the absolutely most critical need.

But really these threads presume you are already dressed for the conditions around you and you are in a normal/natural environment,

So the next most critical thing is water. I don't know why the users who always advocate a gun as the most needed item have not posted yet, but even if you have one, there may not be anyone around to steal water from or they may have none themselves.

So the first piece of gear MUST be something to hold and purify water. I consider a bottle and a filter to be two items, so if the rule is to list one, then it has to be a metal bottle/canteen. There is simply no other choice.
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Usually, those threads "only 1-3 things to survive with" get followed by "Here is my 100 lb BOB. Did I miss anything?"
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A lamp with a genie in it.
If that's not available, I'll take a K-bar survival knife.
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I have to agree to the other's that said Knife. A good sturdy one, full tang, about 10 inch blade. comfortible handle straight edge. With a Knife you can build a shelter, make weapons and tools for hunting, self defense. You can chop, cut, scrap with it.

Not that I plan to live off the land, but knife is one heck of a tool.
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If I only had one and only one thing?

Water purification.
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Yep, and with a knife you could dig a hole down to the water table and get what you really need: water. And with a water purifier you could hold your mouth under the tube and catch or suck the water and then when you have to move on do the same thing again at the next watering spot as you have no way to carry the water with you.
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Yep, and with a knife you could dig a hole down to the water table and get what you really need: water. And with a water purifier you could hold your mouth under the tube and catch or suck the water and then when you have to move on do the same thing again at the next watering spot as you have no way to carry the water with you.
It's a "one thing" thread.

My general idea of water purification includes it being self contained or having it's own containers.

I could make a digging tool from a stick. I could make cutting tools from natural sources or man-made litter. None of which will help me if I die from dehydration or water bourne illness.
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An ability to gather and make clean water.
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1. Your brain, loaded
2. Good knife

Everything else is a bonus
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Food as in Food, Clothing and Shelter. It is remembered in that order for a reason.
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My 1911 and ammo
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I'd say my Backpack, yes its a duplicate of one of the first posters, but my pack is a camebak so its water and gear container so it combines two pieces of gear into one. if I had to take just it empty I could fill it with water and gear I find along the way.
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The one thing I'll pick is my BOB/GHB. There, ONE thing. Although it's chock full of other stuff too like water, food, shelter, firestarting gear, water purification gear, some clothes and other things that make surviving a short term SHTF scenario much more survivable.
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1. Your brain, loaded
2. Good knife
Everything else is a bonus
I've seen dudes with loaded brains, they couldn't find their ass with both hands and their pants down.
Damn sure wouldn't give them a knife.

If a brain was only thing needed, why do people drive and text, everyone has a brain?
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I've seen dudes with loaded brains, they couldn't find their ass with both hands and their pants down.
Damn sure wouldn't give them a knife.

If a brain was only thing needed, why do people drive and text, everyone has a brain?
True everyone has a brain, not everyone uses it however. If you have a knife you can make shelter, traps for food, and on and on. all you really need is a knife and knowledge. The rest is just extra.
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