My complete wilderness equipment list - find out which items I own and use
Find out in this list which equipment items for bushcraft, survival, and camping I am convinced of. These items I use regularly.
From Martin Gebhardt. Check out my “About me” page.
👉 The key facts from this guide
- My equipment list includes various categories such as fire equipment, tools, sleeping equipment, transportation equipment, cooking equipment, water and food, clothing, electronics, and various other items.
- Some of my most important items are the Sir Vivor Professional Outdoor Firesteel XL, the Morakniv Classic 2 knife, the Fiskars Universal axe, the Trek MT900 hiking tent for one person, and the Anker Powerbank with 20,000 mAh.
- The equipment is individually tailored to my needs and can vary depending on the activity, for example, whether I am working in the forest or sleeping in the forest for several days.
- My equipment is regularly used and has been chosen for its reliability and efficiency.
- My list also includes recommendations for beginners who want to create their own equipment list.
- The equipment is suitable for both summer and winter conditions and also includes special equipment for car camping.
- At the end, you will find equipment for groups, families, and seminars.
Are you wondering what I have in my backpack right now?
What equipment do I still have in my closet that I use over and over again?
Here is my list of equipment.
I regularly use the items listed below.
And I use them regularly because I am convinced of their effectiveness.
Why you can find my list here?
Since the Survival Compass Magazine exists, readers have been writing to me again and again, asking which equipment I use on my trips.
I have tested a lot of equipment, but not every piece of equipment makes it into my backpack. Some items I have sold again or they are not worth mentioning.
Not sure what to put on your equipment list?
Well, here are some helpful recommendations to make it more manageable.
For starters, you don't need such a long list like mine.
One more thing: My equipment list is individually tailored to me. So it may well be that you say that some equipment item is not suitable for you at all.
That's perfectly fine, as needs and experiences can vary.
Sometimes I go into the forest to build something, like a wooden bench. On other days, I sleep in the forest for 4 days and my equipment changes fundamentally accordingly.
And now have fun browsing.
Equipment for Fire
Lighting a fire is important and I also love cooking in the woods. Currently, my favorite tool for starting a fire is the Sir Vivor Firesteel. As a hobo stove enthusiast, I have been enjoying the FlexFire Premium by Wika for years. When circumstances don't allow for a hobo stove, I use the Primus Essential Trail Stove.
- Sir Vivor Pro Outdoor Firesteel XL
- Light My Fire Scout Firesteel (read my review here)
- WIKA Firesteel
- Splitting Wedge
- Magnesium Firestarter
- Telescopic Blowpipe, Stainless Steel
- Petromax Fire Piston (read the article here)
- Solar Brother Suncase Gear Solar Lighter
- BIC Lighter
- Credit Card Sized Magnifying Glass
- Wika FlexFire Premium Hobo (to the review)
- Wika FlexProtect Fire Protection Mat
- OneTigris Stainless Steel Wood Stove
- Primus Essential Trail Stove
- Primus Power Gas for Gas Stove
- Campingaz 206 S Camping Stove
- Trangia Stove 25 (here my review)
- Esbit Pocketstove (here my review)
Tools for Working
A good woodsman is nothing without his knife. I have tested several and my favorite to use is my Morakniv Classic with a carbon steel blade.
If I need a more stable knife, then my Casström Woodsman sits on my belt.
- Morakniv Classic 2 with 10.5 cm carbon steel blade, red-brown birch wood handle
- Morakniv Companion made of stainless steel (to review)
- Morakniv Eldris, M-12649, with blue plastic handle (to review)
- Casström Messer Woodsman, maser birch, fixed (to review)
- Puma IP belt knife, olive wood handle scales (to review)
- Joker Bushcraft knife Arrui 12 (to review)
- Morakniv Mora-Bushcraft survival knife
- Frost® peeling knife No. 164S
- Victorinox Huntsman pocket knife (15 functions, scissors, wood saw, screwdriver) (to review)
- Morakniv unisex children's knife, green
Axe, Hatchet, Saw, Spade
For smaller jobs, I usually have the Fiskars Universal Axe with me. For rough work, I use my grandpa's forest axe. And when I need to roughly carve a spoon, I use the Fiskars hatchet. If I'm on the road for several days, I pack the Hultafors Trekking Axe HULTAN - a reliable universal axe. When it comes to saws, I can never decide which one to use, as both the Silky and Coghlans are great.
- Fiskars Leisure Axe, Including Blade and Transport Protection, Length 23 cm
- Fiskars Universal Axe, Including Blade and Transport Protection, Length: 35.5 cm
- Grandpa's Forest Axe, 1 kg Blade Head
- Hultafors Trekking Axe HULTAN (to review)
- Bahco Laplander (as a set with a knife) (to review)
- Silky Big Boy Folding Saw 2000 360mm Blade (to review)
- Coghlans Folding Saw - collapsible
- Cold Steel Unisex-Adult Spetsnaz Shovel
- Folding Shovel
Knives and axes must remain sharp, which is why you will also find sharpening stones here. At home, I use the large sharpening stone with a 400 and 1000 grit. In the field, I always have the Fallkniven DC4 with me.
- Furado Hand Drill for Woodworking
- Sharpening Stone Set, 400 and 1000 Grit
- Fallkniven DC4 Diamond-Ceramic Whetstone
My sleeping gear is suitable for both summer and winter.
- Trekking tent Trek MT900 1 person (All seasons)
- Ultralight groundsheet for the one-person tent MT900 1P (All seasons)
- Tree marking sheets for €10
- Unigear tarp (All seasons)
- Self-sewn tarp (instructions here)
- British Arctic sleeping bag (for winter)
- High Peak sleeping bag TR 300, extra wide, 3-4 seasons (summer)
- Mil-Tec mummy sleeping bag fleece (winter)
- Trekking air mattress MT500 Air XL 195 × 60 cm 1 person (All seasons)
- Trekking foam mat MT500 (as a base in winter)
- Inflatable camping pillow Air Basic blue (All seasons)
- NatureFun ultra-light hammock with mosquito net (All seasons)
- Mil-Tec disaster relief blanket
- MOUNTAINTOP Trekking Backpack 55L (for review)
- MOUNTAINTOP 40L Hiking Backpack, blue
- MOUNTAINTOP 40L Hiking Backpack, brown, new model
Since I love cooking outdoors, I have accumulated quite a bit of gear. I always bring my Tatonka mug and Tatonka bowl with me.
- Steel grill grate, foldable
- Billy Can stainless steel pot (here's my review)
- Tatonka Handle Mug, stainless steel (here's my review)
- Tatonka Bowl stainless steel bowl
- Traditionally forged iron pan
- Primus Trek Kettle Litech, Anthracite, 1 liter
- Primus Litech frying pan aluminum
- Primus Trek Pot Set (here's my review)
- Primus tableware set
- Primus Longspoon
- Self-carved wooden spoon
Water and Food
- LifeStraw® Personal - Personal Water Filter
- Sawyer MINI (here's my review)
- Katadyn Pocket Filter Water Filter (here's my review)
- Grayl GeoPress Waterfilter (here's my review)
- Nalgene Everyday 0.5L Drinking Bottle
- Nalgene Everyday 1L Drinking Bottle
- Tasmanian Tiger TT Bottle Holder 1L
- Primus Vacuum Bottle, 350 ml, Blue
When it comes to clothing, I'm not very picky. In the winter, I only wear my Bushcraft anorak, a hunting sweater with fleece, my ripstop hunting pants, and a fleece underwear. Gloves, scarf, and wool hat are a must.
- Pinewood® PRESTWICK Fleece Jacket (Autumn, Spring)
- Self-sewn bushcraft anorak, like the Petromax Waldmack Loden Anorak or like here
- Hunting Jacket / Rain Jacket 500 green
- Merino wool socks black (Winter)
- Wool socks to wear over
- Functional Shirt Men - BL 100 black
- Hunting T-Shirt 500 lightweight breathable green
- Hunting T-Shirt 100 brown and green
- Hunting pants Steppe 540 from Decathlon
- Fjällräven Men's Long Pants Vidda Pro
- Fleece underwear 100 green (winter)
- Functional pants men - BL 100 black (winter)
- Various cotton pants for summer (e.g. from C&A or from etsy)
- Microfiber bath towel size XL 110 × 175 cm khaki (All seasons)
- AWHA rain poncho for men and women waterproof and extra long (All seasons)
- Hunting gloves mittens 100 wool brown (Winter)
- Mil-Tec scarf Shemagh 110x110cm (All seasons)
My recommendation are the Dunlop S1 rubber boots for wet weather in the forest - they keep you very warm and are so comfortable that you can easily walk in them for 10 hours. Otherwise, for normal weather, I wear the Jack Wolfskin Vojo Hike 2.
- Jack Wolfskin Men's Vojo Hike 2 Texapore Mid Trekking & Hiking Boots (All Seasons)
- SAGUARO Unisex Barefoot Shoes (Summer)
- Dunlop S1 Purofort Plus Safety Wellington Boots
- Sorel Men's Winter Boots, 1964 PAC NYLON (Winter)
- Toe Warmers (Winter)
Without my power banks, I would be lost in the wilderness. My favorite one is the Anker Powerbank 20,000 mAh, and I charge it with the BigBlue 28W solar panel if necessary.
- Streamlight Stylus Pro LED flashlight (to review)
- Winzwon USB rechargeable LED headlamp (cheap)
- Fenix HM61R v2.0 Headlamp (here my review)
- Anker Powerbank 10000mAh (for up to two days)
- Anker Powerbank 20000mAh (for up to five days)
- BigBlue 28W portable solar charger
On some days, I have my binoculars Eschenbach Sektor F 8x25 with me. However, I always have my tick set and my first aid kit with me.
- Suunto Compass MC-2
- First Aid Kit (self-assembled)
- WINGONEER 550 Paracord
- Abma Cord 3 mm Paracord Cords 100% Nylon
- PSKOOK 550 Paracord Rope 100 Meters
- Eschenbach Optik Binoculars sektor F 8x25 compact+
- NOBITE Clothing, Insect Protection for Impregnation of Textiles
- Tick Remover, Tick Tongs and Tick Tweezers
Equipment for wilderness seminars, groups, family camping, and car camping
Whether you're traveling with a large group of friends, your family, or alone, the right equipment can make the difference between an unforgettable adventure and an unhappy experience.
- Campingaz compact outdoor gas/canister/camping stove
- Bituxx stool cooker 7KW gas cooker
- Goulash kettle / goulash pot 22 liters enamel + lid + ladle
- Skandika Tunnel Tent Egersund for 5/7 people
- Primus Plate Campfire - Camping Plate
- Primus Cutlery Set Trail Tritan, blue
- Relags Primus Knife 'Fieldchef Pocket' Chef's Knife
- Goal Zero YETI 500x (here my review)
- Jackery Foldable Solar Panel SolarSaga 100
- Jackery Solar Generator 500 (for Review Solar Generator 500)
- Jackery Solar Generator 1000 (for Review Solar Generator 1000)
So, did you find anything interesting that you will now get for yourself?
Or maybe you have a tip for me? Then write it here in the comments. I look forward to the exchange.
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