Adventure Planning: Gear Lists


New member here..

A couple of items I will have are a tire patch kit and an air compressor (either portable or built in, haven't decided which way to go yet).

Brett C

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New member here..

A couple of items I will have are a tire patch kit and an air compressor (either portable or built in, haven't decided which way to go yet).
I use a CO2 tank but on big trips I carry a portable viair compressor with me. I like the redundancy this setup offers.

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This is a very comprehensive list, thank you for posting this as it has got me thinking of a better inventory system for my BOB and also a very healthy reminder to change out my meal bars and MREs seasonally.
This thread is for members to post up their gear lists i.e. what do you keep in your rig full time and what do you take with you on trips or for specific areas/environments?

I'll start with a fairly straightforward setup that I like.

REQUIRED Items to have in vehicle 24/7:

Jumper cables (the heavier and longer, the better!)

Spare tire (a good one, fully inflated-full size is best)

Jack (and the knowledge how to use it.) Hi-Lift Rules.

Lug wrench (the ones shaped like an “X” are easiest to use)

Fire extinguisher rated for oil and grease fires, ABC is best

Small first aid kit

Flashlight-Spare batteries

Headlamp, Spare batteries

5 gallon gas can (store empty - do not store gas inside vehicle)

Maps- local, state, and national

Blanket/Poncho Liner

Spare set of clothes- Clothes for warmth/layers

Spare set of boots-good for walking and keeping feet warm

Gloves- Work and warmth ( Mechanix or nomex flight gloves/fleece contact gloves)

Long term food - MRE, energy bars, hard candy, nuts-change out every season

1 gallon of potable water-you can fill it ½ for winter freezing

Shovel (I recommend a snow shovel in winter, they work good in sand too)

Duct tape

Spare key

TP/baby wipes/wag bags


Tow rope or chain

Tire chains (if driving in heavy snow and ice)

Winter camping clothes - wool shirt, pants, socks(2x), a sweater and jacket,


Toothbrush, razor, towel and bar of soap.


Camera and accessories


Ice scraper

Road salt: Take an empty liquid detergent container-clean-and use for salt-works great


Extra water (bottles are best since if there is a leak, you only lose one and they're portable). Whatever you think you need, bring double that amount for safety.

REQUIRED SURVIVAL KIT/BUG OUT BAG: (Keep these items in the back pack):

1 watch cap/beanie (wool is best)

1 "boonie" cover

Tactical gloves

5 heavy duty garbage bags

1 pocket/sheath knife

1 Leatherman multi-tool

GPS w/spare batteries

Firearm (optional) w/ammo

Handheld FRS/HAM radio w/spare battery

Binos, small, 10x25

MSR pocket rocket w/fuel can

Camelback bladder (preferably integrated into a quality BOB), 3 liter (full)

Nalgene bottle x2 (full) - 5 liters of water can last 5+ days if rationed properly IMO in a survival scenario

Water purification tablets/water test kit/purifier

MRE x3 or Mountain House meals

Small individual first aid kit

1 emergency blanket, Milspec type

1 emergency poncho (think shade/shelter)

Tube tent

1 match safe w/ matches (spare flashlight bulb in here too)

1 compass/thermometer keychain

Maps in ziplock bag

1 whistle

1 signal mirror

Green laser pointer for night time signalling

1 8+ hr candle

Waterproof/windproof matches

1 Bic lighter

1 bunch of heavy safety pins

1 pack misc. heavy needles

1 wire saw

1 50’ Para cord or rope (550 cord)

1 money container- 3 quarters and 3 dimes for phone calls, $20+ for food and coffee or gas

Small write in the rain notebook w/pen

Sunblock/Carmex (lip balm)

Insect repellent


Socks/UnderArmor type t-shirt

Warming layer

1 set of cheap rain gear, yellow or orange

4 green chemlights

Magnesium fire starter

Film container w/4 vaseline soaked cotton balls or some fine steel wool (tinder!)

1 road flare

2 good carabiners

*NOTE* All BOB contents must be waterproofed i.e.bagged and sealed up.

Good sites for reasearch:

REQUIRED MEDICAL: (Keep these items in a small first kit in either the backpack or watertight container)

12 Band-Aids

4 1.5”x2” gauze pads

5 3”x3” gauze pads

10yd medical tape (athletic tape - it sticks!)

2 3” elastic bandage

1 lg. cling roll, 4.5”x4.1yd

1 CAT tourniquet

2 SAM splints

1 moleskin

1 small bottle of Betadine

1 hand sanitizer

1 tube, triple antibiotic ointment

1 tweezers

1 trauma shears (will cut through seat belts, clothes, pennies, etc.)

1 Bottle of Ibuprofen, 200mg - (analgesic(pain relief), anti-inflammatory(swelling) for aches, strains, sprains, and other muscle and joint injuries, tooth-ache, menstrual pain, etc. Do not take with aspirin. 1-4 tablets up to 4 times daily)

1 Bottle non-aspirin pain reliever (acetaminophen, 325mg - best drug for fever and flu, headache, minor muscle and joint pain and menstrual cramps, will reduce fever, does NOT work as a anti-inflammatory(swelling) 1-2 tablets every 4-6 hrs) This is generic Tylenol.

6 nasal decongestant (pseudo ephedrine, 30mg - shrinks mucous membranes and opens airways. Use with caution in hypertension, heart disease, thyroid disease, or diabetes. Also useful as a stimulant to counteract drowsiness. 1-2 tablets every 6-8 hours)

4 antacid (calcium carbonate, 420mg - take as needed. chalk is the same thing and can be used as an expedient)

4 diphenhydramine aka Benadryl

2 electrolyte tablets (to replenish electrolytes in case of vomiting, diarrhea or heat exhaustion)

1 laxative

1 manual: First Aid manual: Wilderness one is best

Epi-pen (epinephrine) if you are allergic to bees!


1 pliers

1 channel locks

1 crescent wrench

1 vice grips

1 hack saw blade

1 wire cutters

1 screwdriver, standard

1 screwdriver, Phillips

1 tire gauge

Set of Stauns tyre deflators

1 BFH (a good hammer)

Work gloves (White Ox cotton/canvas)



Hi-Lift Jack


Full set of recovery gear (gloves, straps, block, chain, shackles, line extension, etc.)

1 small socket set-add a spark plug sized socket if not in it

1 spark plug gap gauge

1 fuse puller

1 12V test light

1 Multi=Meter

1 waterproof flashlight

1 collapsible shovel/pick

2 spare AA flashlight batteries

1 spare flashlight bulb

Automotive manual for your make and model of truck


1 emergency fan belt kit

1 radiator and gas tank repair putty can be replaced with “liquid metal”

1 radiator hose repair kit

1 heater hose repair kit

1 hose bandage tape

misc. hose clamps

misc. nuts, bolts and washers

misc. cotter pins

2 rolls, bailing wire

1 fine sandpaper

12.5’ electrical wire

4 alligator test clips

1 roll, electrical tape

1 set of replacement fuses

A quality tire repair kit

1 can, “Fix a Flat”, JIC

1 siphon pump

3 road flares

Thread locker

JB weld

2-part epoxy

Zip ties



Large Funnel

Duct tape, 3M or Gorilla brand is best

"The explorer would do well always to have on his person a compass, a light waterproof bag containing matches, a waterproof box of salt, and a strong, light, linen or silk fish-line with several hooks, a knife, and an automatic at his belt, with several loaded magazines for the latter in his pocket. Thus provided, if accidentally lost for several days in the forest, he will be provided with the possibility of getting game and making himself shelter and fire at night."

-Theodore Roosevelt
From "Through the Brazilian Wilderness" 1914
Great list thanks for sharing
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