Wilderness Survival: My 3 Favorite Pieces of Survival Gear

Recently my bud from Sweden, Magnus Andersson, made a great video about his 3 favorite pieces of survival gear for surviving in the wilderness (link below). In this video he also asked Mike from Blue Mountain Bushcraft and Outdoors, Bryan from Survival on Purpose, and myself what our 3 favorite pieces of survival gear are. This is my response.

Magnus Andersson: https://www.youtube.com/user/MrMadhouse70
Mike from Blue Mountain Bushcraft and Outdoors: https://www.youtube.com/user/Quinnshooter
Bryan from Survival on Purpose: https://www.youtube.com/user/SurvivalOnPurpose

The channels I tagged in this video:

1) YOU! I invite you to post in the comments here or upload your video to share with everyone what your favorite pieces of survival gear are. If you upload a video, please make sure to link to it in the comments here.
2) Chris Tanner with Prepared Mind 101: https://www.youtube.com/user/preparedmind101
3) Ben from Living Survival: https://www.youtube.com/user/livingsurvival

The gear shown in this video:

Pack: ECS from Primal Outdoors
Knives: 1) American Trade knife Denali, 2) Bark River EDC Bravo in Elmax
Stove: FIrebox Stove Gen 2 Nano
Water Bottle: Blackthorne SS Bottle
Burner: Trangia Alcohol Stove
Firesteel: Swedish Army Model Firesteel

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  1. NewHampshire Bound
    NewHampshire Bound 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    Stanley cook kit with extra nesting cup. $14 camo poly tarp. Jungle hammock. These things are always with me.

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  2. Ma Wu Ho
    Ma Wu Ho 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    Thanks for sharing. My favorite knifes are the helle besseggen for fine tasks and a very small tramontina machete for bigger/harder tasks. The tramontina is only about 9 inch long and I modifyed the edge to a very sharp convex with a fingergroof near the handle. For cooking I use mainly a very thin, cheap 1.5 liter stainless steel pot I bought in brazil. It has an handle like a cup which you can take of and I build a loop on it to hang it over a fire. With this I use a stanley wide mouth waterbottle with an steel cable attached to the neck to hang it as well.
    All the best from Germany, Maximilian

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  3. paulie 4x
    paulie 4x 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    Oh and my Top's Mini Scandi 2.5 the matching Parangatang I'm going to use as my Summer Long Knife for the Brambles.

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  4. paulie 4x
    paulie 4x 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    Say Heah Feral, Not too long ago I was lucky to buy a new RatWeiler which I teamed with my Rodent Solution. And one of my Fav's 2knife carry is my Rodent 7 and my Rodent 4 and I wanted a INFI Set since my Swamp Rat and Busse Combat are similar. But recently I got my Battle Horse Attitude infact about a week ago, I got it to team with my smaller white handle Himalayan Imports M-43 Khukuri. I had the Attitude Slightly Curved and the Drop Point Lowered and I asked for a High Scandi Grind. I also wanted a White Handle with Blue Liners to match my Khukuri White Bone Handles, and the Attitude came out Simply TiT's, Beautiful. But most if my Busse Combat Knives are non-coated except for the Green American Flag Cerakote ASH-1 So I took a gamble when I bought my Steel Heart Ergo which came coated only, The gamble paid off when Busse Combat came out with the Badger Attack Ergo a beautiful matching pair and didn't stand out like a sore thumb in my Stable of Busse Combat Knives. I was perfectly satisfied, Then they came out with tge Ergo Battle Mistress, WoW, I had to get it. Instead of a pair that perfectly matched and complemented eachother, I got a beautuful trio that perfectly match eachother. I remember when I use to bong to KnifeTest, Noss was the administrator then. when he did a destruction test on the Busse Combat Battle Mistress, I knew right then and tgere, I wanted a B M. at the time I got mine the Anneversary Straight Handle Battle Mistress was the only available, So I got the Limited Edition (LE). But the Ever handle will male the 9 1/2" blade preform better to chop with because of the Ergo handle. It does in cutting with it too. If a person isn't use to using a large knife, Then tie a long lanyard up over to your bisept, then hold the tip and the weight of the knife is supported by the lanyard. It's Kewl Beanz tgen. Yeah, I can understand why you changed or evolved into liking a large blade. Infact I'm practicing a One Tool Option with my Ka-Bar Johnson Adventure Potbelly.

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  5. Grant Glenndale
    Grant Glenndale 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    My top 3 items, anytime I am in the woods or outdoors….. 1. Knife Combo_ Tops B.O.B Field (modded with T-Rex jimp removed and spine 90 degree sharp) . & LtW neck knife…..2. Stanley Adventurer cook pot w/lid and modded bail…..3. Gob Spark T handle ferro rod. The T handle really works for my arthritis.  If I am in an area where open fires are not allowed, then I take my Pocket Cooker from Backwoodsman Magazine, best stove I have ever used (tried 8 diff stoves so far). No parts to lose or mess with and instant setup.

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  6. Scott Moran
    Scott Moran 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    are you in the military

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  7. doomedtroll
    doomedtroll 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    great video as usual, what pack are you using?

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  8. Paul Smith
    Paul Smith 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    Nice vid, you have some nice knives

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  9. Rob Davis
    Rob Davis 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    I have almost the same setup but it's a Stanley with the exact same Walmart SS cup and the Firebox XL Made in Germany, it sets up in a couple of seconds, crazy good engineering. 😉 I will have to try that Egyptian Licorice Tea, I usually carry Orange Pico.

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  10. Rob Davis
    Rob Davis 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    Magnus is funny. My girlfriend is Swedish too they are kind of crazy.

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  11. snaponjohn100
    snaponjohn100 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    Great choices my friend. Your knives are sweet! I'm going to give this serious thought. God bless. John

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  12. Sean Antill
    Sean Antill 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    cool video Joe and I love how the big knife thing is taking off lately I've been doing them for years

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  13. gARY s
    gARY s 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    Greetings from the Coast Range of Oregon.  Great video, Joe.  And I absolutely concur with the Egyptian Licorice Tea!

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  14. cyclist01222
    cyclist01222 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    Welcome aboard the big blade train.

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  15. Charles Collier
    Charles Collier 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    Great video Joe. And the blades are really beautiful.

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  16. SurvivoTek
    SurvivoTek 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    Good choices! I've been thinking about getting a folding stove. Thanks for the vid!

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  17. FireboxStove
    FireboxStove 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    Thanks Joe! I'm honored to have made your list!

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  18. Survival On Purpose
    Survival On Purpose 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    At least SOMEBODY follows the rules 😉 Great video. I really like both those knives, especially the big one. Big surprise, huh?

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  19. Roberto de Bem
    Roberto de Bem 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    Joe, I really like your videos, gear, cooking and sometimes kids. Your videos bring me peace. Please don't start to put machine guns in your videos, those are made to kill. ✌️

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  20. MrTatts64
    MrTatts64 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    Great video Joe.
    Latest favourite knives are incredibly simple ones. For beating on, I've come to REALLY like the Bahco SB-2449 "wrecking knife" It's short enough to be used for some finer stuff too, although the cigarette paper thin curls are a pain to do with it. The other is my TBS Lynx so called standard bushcraft knife with a 3 1/8th" blade for the finer stuff. Firesteel is a cheap 5 x 1/2" ferro rod from Korea Maybe not the best, but combined with a length of hacksaw blade, it throws great sparks and has not let me down yet. Like you, a plain old stainless cup and assuming I am just out for the day with a 99.999999999% chance of getting home to discover that Armageddon has not yet come to pass, then I leave the stainless bottles at home and simply take a 1.5 litre washed out coke bottle for my water. Sure, you cant heat it up in there, but that's what I take the cup for! The "quality" of these traditional shaped bottles is amazing when it comes to their toughness. I've dropped them, sent them flying across my kitchen full of water and they still don't break. So for a day out, for me, they're perfect. My fires are almost always made directly on the floor unless I am at an official campsite where they're not allowed, so no need for a stove. That said, I do have a small rocket stove and some dry wood if it has been raining or is due to rain. But that spends much of its life indoors.
    Food, like sausages and burgers I will wrap in foil and cook on the edge of the coals, so whenever possible, I wont take pots n pans. Just a thin plastic plate to eat off off Never tasted plain pork sausage cooked like that? You not yet lived 😉 Or take the roll of foil with you and whilst out there, take 1/2lb lean mince, half an onion – knowing you Joe, a ton of peppers – some finely chopped carrot / other root veg (just about 1/2 a cup), a potato, cubed finely. When ready, have foil to one side. Roll the mince into a ball. Break in half and into the inside of each half, press your fist to make a nice deep dent in the meat. Put all veg n onion into a plastic bag and give it a shake about to mix it up. Toss in seasoning to taste and shake a few more times to spread it around. Take half of the veg mix and put firmly into one half of the minced beef. once you have done both halves, carefully bring them together and double wrap in foil. even triple wrap to be safe. Gently cook around the outside of the fire, rolling the "ball" around to cook the opposite side or whatever. Check after 20 – 25mins. If meat and veg are cooked to your taste, then dig in. One item, no pans, no washing up, just screw up the old foil and carry it out with you. Simples :)

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  21. Donny B
    Donny B 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    Cool video Joe, I like your choices, and was indeed pleasantly surprised by your choices.

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  22. Eat Carbs
    Eat Carbs 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    Great stuff Joe. I don't really have "survival" gear.. just outdoor gear for maximizing my enjoyment of the woods.
    Thanks for the video

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  23. BearHart Outdoors
    BearHart Outdoors 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    My dogs bark in almost every video of mine, usually for no reason at all.

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  24. BearHart Outdoors
    BearHart Outdoors 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    You always have some ingestible item that I have to find. I don't even like regular liquorish, does the Egyptian version taste similar? When you started off saying "I hope to give you some ideas" I knew you would make me think of food. all that aside I love the knife combo and look forward to the big knife vid. I noticed your rifle hanging out in the background there! Also, where did you get that cup? I have a pathfinder cup but the handles are too short and they don't merge into a usable handle they are just two, short, separate handles. OK sorry for the novel but this was a discussion provoking video.

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  25. Ralph Magnus
    Ralph Magnus 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    Interesting choice of knives. I would have thought you would have said LT Genesis. I don't really do survival. I camp and hike. That said I use Genesis or JX2, GB Sm Forest Axe, also love the Army fire steel. All work great. Stoves vary never used the nano however. Lot sure I could get into a lg chopper. Do have a Philippine Bolo that qualifies from my USMC days. .

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  26. mister smith
    mister smith 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    Nice knives Joe. I love my Blackjack knife in A2 with a convex edge.

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  27. Blue Mountain Bushcraft and Outdoors
    Blue Mountain Bushcraft and Outdoors 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    I didn't expect to see a big chopper in the mix! The other items are much of a surprise. You really like the Denali huh?

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  28. Jeff Buzzard
    Jeff Buzzard 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    Good video, now I have to checkout both those knives lol

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  29. Craig Unwin
    Craig Unwin 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    Really like that Firebox nano. Thanks for sharing. Take care. Craig

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  30. Living Survival
    Living Survival 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    Hmm… gotta put the thinking hat on. I have many favorites.

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  31. Keep Out
    Keep Out 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    for the reasons u liked the denali the bk9 would be good too im guessing u thought it was too tactical or u didnt like the handle material?

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  32. Jacqueline Schwartz
    Jacqueline Schwartz 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    Is the Nano stainless steel or titanium? Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Randy Parker
    Randy Parker 1 June, 2016, 05:50

    ?'s up and may the blessings of the Lord be upon you.

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