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This has probably been done before (hopefully not too many times) but you find yourself in a surival situation and can only choose one piece of gear to help you. What would you choose? Firearm, water filter, knife, firestarter, radio, tent, your brother's porn collection, etc. For me, it's a good knife because that alone can provide for several of my basic needs.

If nothing else this thread should at least help some newbs prioritize which item or items should be the most important and therefore be of the highest quality.
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filter, you can wing every thing else. you cant wing bad water that makes ya ill
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Picture of my loved ones. Nothing like something to motivate the spirit and give you a purpose to keep going.
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pistol probably, a knife is the most critical survival tool but u can find something to grind one out of or scavenge a knife from sum were, its a lil harder to come by a pistol
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yeah they also make a 4 shot .22 knife
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I'll take the filter. Everything else can be improvised, but safe water is mandatory.
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My Knife goes where ever I do.

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A sturdy pot.
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Depends on where I am and what time of year. I feel better with a gun. I feel better with a knife. I feel better with a firestarter. Just depends on where and when I am. This thread makes my head hurt!!!
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Firestarter, period...

Water can always be purified by boiling. Starting a fire by rubbing two sticks is not easy. The most common cause of death in the wild is exposure.

A knife won't even make # 2, that's reserved for a signaling device( a fire can also do this).# 3 in case you're wondering is a sleeping bag then a knife.

Having a filter or firearm is not nearly as important as most people think.

If you think living in someplace like Arizona excludes one from ever needing a fire or sleeping bag, think again. It gets very cool at night in the Arizona desert, you will need a fire.
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Secure shelter.

If you have no respite from the elements, you're doomed.
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There is no one for me.......sorry how about 5?

Fire Swedish army steel
shelter 200 ft para cord
weapon knife
food 2 mres
water My new katadyn pocket filter and spare filter.
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Water bottle.


We did a survival weekend where we left our gear in a pile and tried to make everything we needed. As certain items were needed but not make able in the short time we had we got them from our gear, within the first 6 hours everyone got there water bottle, next was small rope, and finally our jackets.
Some people grabbed knives but most were able to get the tasks done without them.

Total list of items used by me in order of use was

Water bottle, took off my sock and filled with sand and charcoal to improvise a filter just to show it could be done but water was drinkable without treatment so don't know how it really worked.

Chord, used after hours of trying to make with vines and it was either to weak or I had made such a small piece that it was useless. Could have used my shoelace but the trip was to teach us what we would need to survive.

Jacket as soon as night fell, even in debris huts it was cold, even with a fire, it was cold, and laying on ground sure made you wet no matter how much leaf you laid down.

Things I anticipated using but didn't

Knife, used my cord to tie a mildly sharp rock too a branch and sharpened it to a blunt edge by rubbing on a water soaked rock.

fire steel, with about 30 minutes of work and some chord I made a very nice little fire drill.

tarp, figured i would need it to make a suitable shelter, air was moist and temps got down to the low 30s , but a pile of brush covered in leaves did well to curl up in and shiver all night.

flash light, go to sleep when its dark.

through all that the water bottle was key.
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My BOB.

Why would you want to take just one item????

There's plenty of real smart guys that say: "I just need my brain to survive".

Plus someone always posts "Quick, you can only have one item/knife/gun/weapon/etc, what would it be??".

A water bottle is only good when it has water in it.

Rules of three.

Not everyone lives near a forest or lake.
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I'll say a knife also. It's a very useful tool that can do the job of other things too. And in the wilderness it's not always possible to find a half decent piece of iron. It can do the work of a shovel, make utensils and alone or tied to a stick it's a fine weapon.

I'm kinda partial to them, but then I've carried one for most of my life.
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i still would choose a gun, u can scavenge a knife from some were in town if the shtf
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Water bottle.


We did a survival weekend where we left our gear in a pile and tried to make everything we needed. As certain items were needed but not make able in the short time we had we got them from our gear, within the first 6 hours everyone got there water bottle, next was small rope, and finally our jackets.
Some people grabbed knives but most were able to get the tasks done without them.

Total list of items used by me in order of use was

Water bottle, took off my sock and filled with sand and charcoal to improvise a filter just to show it could be done but water was drinkable without treatment so don't know how it really worked.

Chord, used after hours of trying to make with vines and it was either to weak or I had made such a small piece that it was useless. Could have used my shoelace but the trip was to teach us what we would need to survive.

Jacket as soon as night fell, even in debris huts it was cold, even with a fire, it was cold, and laying on ground sure made you wet no matter how much leaf you laid down.

Things I anticipated using but didn't

Knife, used my cord to tie a mildly sharp rock too a branch and sharpened it to a blunt edge by rubbing on a water soaked rock.

fire steel, with about 30 minutes of work and some chord I made a very nice little fire drill.

tarp, figured i would need it to make a suitable shelter, air was moist and temps got down to the low 30s , but a pile of brush covered in leaves did well to curl up in and shiver all night.

flash light, go to sleep when its dark.

through all that the water bottle was key.
I was going to mention the water container for exactly that reason; it's one of the most difficult items to improvise. You beat me to it.
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but you could not have done any of these things very well if someone is shooting at you. so a weapon/ pistol or rifle would be the most needed survival gear. You can go for days or even weeks without food, and days without water. But you cant go very long at all if you can't defend yourself.
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but you could not have done any of these things very well if someone is shooting at you. so a weapon/ pistol or rifle would be the most needed survival gear. You can go for days or even weeks without food, and days without water. But you cant go very long at all if you can't defend yourself.
Would depend entirely on the situation. Lacking a specific scenario in the question I'm with Rover. A firearm is one thing I cannot make or scrounge from junk.
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