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PostHeaderIcon The Best Survival Bug Out Shelter In The World

When the SHTF and you need to bug out and head for the wilderness, you need a good survival shelter with you. Some people plan to bug out on food with just the clothes on their back. Others plan to get out of Dodge with a backpack and a rifle. I would strongly suggest some sort of permanent, hard shelter for long term survival. This is the best survival shelter in the world.

The ultimate survival and bug out shelter

A slide in truck camper is the ultimate survival shelter you can have. Read on to see why.

If you have just a backpack and a tent, you will have some miserable wet and cold nights in the future. And a tent wears out pretty fast when its used every single day. You may also get tired of carrying it all over the world on your back. If you find some sort of permanent long term camp, then a tent will be useless after a short time. Winter in a tent is fun for a night, but miserable for long term survival.

Some people plan to make a log cabin out in the forest. This is long, hard back breaking work. Some people have a motor home, others have a tow behind camper of some kind. There are problems with each one of these.

A motorhome or RV with its on motor is prone to break downs on the road. And most motor homes are really heavy and use a lot of gas. A motor home requires extra registration, insurance and plates, which add costs during normal life. Forget having a popup camper. They have canvas sides and can be very cold in winter. Popup campers are also not at all durable due to the canvas leaking or getting punctured sometimes.

A tow behind trailer requires extra registration and plates in order to make it legal.

All of the above mentioned campers also need extra tires and other various parts.

A truck camper on the other hand is the perfect long term survival shelter. Due to its permanent hard walls and insulation, it is warmer in the winter. Due to its smaller size it is easier to keep warm in winter as well. A truck camper needs no registration, plates or insurance. There are no tires or spare parts needed for repairs.

A truck camper is rugged and durable for long term survival. A truck camper is made to take the beating of riding in the bed of a standard pickup truck going down the road or driving off road in the woods. Slide in truck campers have enough room for 4 to 6 people to sleep. They have all the comforts of home, but in a smaller package. You can get some deluxe models that have indoor and outdoor showers, toilet, air conditioning, stove and oven, double kitchen sink and everything else a larger full sized camper has. But a truck camper sits on the bed of your truck.

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If you are bugging out a truck camper sitting on top of a 4 wheel drive pickup truck is the best bug out combination you can have. You can go literally anywhere an off road truck could go. You cannot go off roading with a normal RV or tow behind camper.

PostHeaderIcon Evening inside the survival truck camper during survival training weekend

We recently had The Do It Yourself World survival training weekend where we simulated a bug out situation and headed for the mountains to start a new life. We took the 4×4 truck and slide in truck camper with us to use as our new home. The truck camper provides a warm permanent shelter with light and protection from the elements.

The first night we cooked dinner on the propane stove inside the truck camper. Yes, propane. I would strongly suggest taking some comforts with you when you bug out in order to ease into a survival situation. The stress level will be enough just leaving your home without the extra stress of leaving behind all creature comforts. If you take a few 20 Lb cylinders of propane with you and use them sparingly, they should last for a year or more. If you cook outside on a fire or a pit during good weather and only use the propane indoors in very bad weather, then the gas will last a long time and give you a bit of a moral boost.

Dinner inside the survival truck camper

I also suggest taking oil lamps and lamp oil, camping stoves and lots of spare camping gas. Having these nice comforts in the beginning of a bug out situation will improve your chances of survival. Boosting your moral helps keep you going.

With time, yes you will run out of these nice comforts, but it will be bit by bit and not as stressful as being fully cut off from the life you once knew all at one time. Use them sparingly or for special occasions. It will be good to have.

We cooked with a dutch oven and had slow cooked chicken with vegetables for dinner inside the survival camper. The idea is to see how well we can all get along inside such small quarters now before our lives depend on it. The truck camper is surprisingly spacious considering the fact that it sits inside the bed of a standard pickup truck. We had a good time at dinner and some good talks afterward.

At night, one of our team got camera shy so he was out of the interview, but we got an interview with our married couple who were with us on the trip. They got the “master bedroom suite” in the cab over bed. This is a very roomy 8 x 7 foot area which could sleep 3 people in a pinch. It has room for gear to be stored at the foot of the bed as well. There is a shelf along the back wall for storage and two reading lamps with LED light bulbs at each end of the bed.

The night inside our survival camper turned out pretty good. The night got down in the 40s but with a few people sleeping inside the camper, it stayed warm enough even without heat.

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Note: Do not forget to leave a window cracked for ventilation if you ever need to live inside a camper or your experience will be short.

PostHeaderIcon Inside The 1979 Coachmen Survival Truck Camper

Here is a look inside the 79 Coachmen slide in truck camper that has become The Do It Yourself World survival camper. This was an old truck camper that was picked up for free from the classifieds online. After only $100 in repairs, it is now a bug out shelter for SHTF situations.

The old camper was partially gutted before, making it the perfect survival camper. The fridge and heater had previously been removed. This actually a good thing. Who needs a propane heater and fridge in a bug out situation anyway? You will eventually run out of propane and there is little or no electricity in the mountains after a major collapse so these items will only take up space later. For now, having the fridge and propane heater removed gives us a lot more space for storage of important survival gear and food.

The propane stove has been left in for now. It is nice on outings and training or camping weekends with the survival camper to cook on the gas stove. There is a huge supply of full 20 lb propane bottles waiting to go with us when we bug out. When used sparingly, these bottles can be used for quite a few years of heating water or cooking. There will be rainy days when a camp fire outside is just not nice at all and having the ability to cook indoors will be good. Again, a 20 lb bottle can last a very long time is only used on rainy days. One bottle can last many months. When using a propane fridge and heater though forget it. The propane would last a week at best. Save your propane for cooking only, and that only on bad weather days.

The original electrical control and inverter box was removed to allow for even more storage space. This camper will never again be hooked up on a campsite power cable so that was just more space freed up. A fuse box was added for 12 volt wiring and LED light bulbs were installed to preserve power. A single homemade solar panel and a deep cycle battery provides the electricity needed for lights.

A look inside the 79 Coachmen survival truck camper

A look inside the 79 Coachmen survival truck camper

Above is a peek inside the door of the old slide in truck camper. (Click on any image for a larger view). You can see that is has quite a bit of room inside, considering that the whole thing sits on the bed of a full sized pickup truck. The door on the left is a bathroom with storage and the door on the right is a closet full of clothing. Yes, this survival camper is fully loaded with clothing. When the SHTF you will have no time to run back inside the house to get more clothes and pack your bags. Be prepared.

Coachmen Truck Camper Closet And Storage Space

Coachmen Truck Camper Closet And Storage Space

Above you can see where the original fridge and heater were. The heater was below the fridge. Now it is storage space. Eventually a wood stove will be installed where the fridge was. When you line the walls with masonry such as bricks, it will absorb the heat and protect the walls from getting hot. After the fire goes out at night, the masonry will still radiate the heat into your camper. The space where the original propane camper heater was is now the battery compartment. This area has room for 4 deep cycle golf cart batteries. That would be enough reserve energy for weeks of power for your LED lighting and a laptop.

Dining area inside the old Coachmen truck camper

Dining area inside the old Coachmen truck camper

When you enter, on your left is the dining area. The table folds down and becomes a double bed. Two adults could sleep there in a pinch. Under the seat cushions is a huge amount of storage. Board games, spare equipment and tools and other various items are stored down there. Dont forget to take board games, cards and entertainment with you on your survival trip.

Alternate View Of Truck Camper Dining Area

Alternate View Of Truck Camper Dining Area

Above you can see the storage area that is just above the dining room. This is a huge amount of storage where our fishing gear, spare survival gear and extra bedding are kept. This whole wall also drops down and becomes yet another bed if you want. Inside the cabinets is a window. Sort of a strange place for a bed considering that you need to remove all of your stored gear, but they certainly thought of packing a lot of options into this little camper. With this bed, the dining table bed and the queen sized bed, they claim that this camper sleeps six adults. It would be very cozy if you know what I mean.

Truck Camper Storage Above Dining Area

Truck Camper Storage Above Dining Area

Above is a better view of the storage above the dining area. An old aluminum ladder was placed on the bed frame up there to provide space to hang jacket or other items.

1979 Coachmen Slide In Truck Camper Kitchen

1979 Coachmen Slide In Truck Camper Kitchen

Here is the kitchen area of the slide in truck camper. This is fully equipped with a three burner propane stove and a sink which converts in to a work space when you put the board on top. There was only cold running water provided in this model of camper which is fine for a survival camper. The tank is a 25 or 30 gallon fresh water tank with a 12 volt RV water pump. This can still be used when hooked up to batteries.

There is plenty of storage above and below the kitchen area. Above are all the pots, pans and dishes. Below are the silverware and utensils in the drawers. Under the sink and stove are all the camp stoves, oil lamps and tons of spare fuel for all. There is enough camp gas and lamp oil for a few years of use.

79 Coachmen Truck Camper Cab Over Bed

79 Coachmen Truck Camper Cab Over Bed

Above you can see the cab over bed in the slide in truck camper. This is a huge queen or king sized bedroom area. The original mattress is long gone, so I put a couple sailboat pads down there. They are rugged and should provide many years of use. And they allow for a lot of storage space up there. You could sleep 3 people up there if needed. On the back wall, above the bed is a long shelf that keeps all the fishing poles and some extra curtains and bedding.

Space for storage in the camp over bedroom area

Space for storage in the camp over bedroom area

The cab over bedroom is so huge that there is plenty of storage space at the foot of the bed. There were originally two storage compartments up here, one at the foot and one at the head of the bed. These were removed during repairs due to mold. A large sized plastic container keeps bedding and extra clothing fresh and safe from pests.

There is even more space in this camper, such as the propane bottle storage area, the black water tank area and even storage around the fresh water tank.

Later the toilet will be removed in order to provide more storage space. A composting toilet will be used instead of the 12 volt recirculating RV toilet that is currently in there. By removing the toilet and black water tank there will be more room for food and supplies.

Here is a video of me getting the old survival truck camper ready for a survival training weekend.

Preparing The Survival Camper for A Training Weekend

Keep watching our Youtube channel for a fully detailed video of all the contents of our Survival Truck Camper.

PostHeaderIcon Preparing for hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy is well on its way and we are getting things ready for the biggest storm in years, as they are claiming. We just got finished with a survival training weekend here at the property, just in time for such an event. After stocking up heavily on food and provisions, we are as ready as anyone can be.

We bought bulk food that can be cooked with a camp fire if needed. We have all of our vehicle gas tanks topped off and have about 45 gallons of gas extra in cans. We also have about 30 gallons of drinking water in containers just in case.

I got the old Survival Truck Camper out of the forest and parked up in a large parking lot near the cottage. The slide in truck camper is sitting on top of the 4×4 GMC truck. To stabilize the camper and truck, I put the camper jacks down, leaving the camper on the bed of the truck. This should, hopefully, stabilize them in case of the high winds that are expected to hit this area starting tonight.

I will be video recording the whole event and posting updates as long as there is internet or cell phone connections in our area. We may loose power as early as tonight.

For safety I have left The Off Grid Project camper and moved into a cottage that is half below ground. This is about the safest place one can be during a bad storm.

After the worst of the damaging winds are past, if we loose power, I will move into the survival camper to stay until things get back in shape again. After living through hurricane Irene last year and loosing my business and home, I am not taking chances with this one.

The Survival Camper is fully equipped with solar power, LED lighting, propane cooking and heating, oil lamps, camp stoves, clothing, bedding and more. You could literally live in the survival camper for an extended duration if needed.

Watch this blog and The Do It Yourself Youtube channel for updates. I will keep uploading videos and photos if possible.

Preparing the Survival Camper video:
Survival Camper Preparations

Survival Food Shopping video:
Emergency Stocking Up

Preparing for hurricane Sandy video:
Preparing For The Hurricane

Some notes if you are in the path of a hurricane:

Get everything off the floor. Get anything that can be damaged up high. Trust me, even on a hill the intense rains from hurricane Irene flooded many homes, basements and garages. I lost everything last year. In my antique shop I had things about 3 feet off the floor and lost everything because the flood waters were 4 to 5 feet deep.

To prepare for the hurricane, stock up on flashlights, batteries, water, food that needs little preparation, camp fuel and a stove, portable heaters, candles. Get your blankets ready in case you live in a colder area. You will probably loose power for a long time.

Fill the freezer up with food and ice. Ice will help keep it frozen longer if you loose power. If you do loose power, leave the freezer closed as much as possible. It can stay frozen for about three days. Eat everything out of the fridge first, then work on the frozen food.

PostHeaderIcon Survival Camper Check List – What you need for comfortable living in a survival situation

I decided to make this list as much for my self as for anyone else. I just figured that my own packing list may help someone else. I have been practicing survival and foraging since I was young and have a lot of hands on experience. Many people plan for survival but may not have much real experience. Some people may be in for a shock if that day comes and they head off for the mountains only to find that some very important necessities have been left out.


After often spending weeks at a time out in the field during military training in winter with no shelter over me, I discovered that comforts are very important in survival situations. Simple comforts such as a warm pair of socks or a hot cup of tea or coffee become huge. Many backpackers are “ultralight backpackers” and take only the bare minimum essentials for survival. They often trade off light weight for comfort. In the Army I found that comfort boosts moral greatly. The little things like a hot shower that we take for granted become very valuable treats. I love ultralight backpacking, but have traded off some of the weight/comfort ratio in order to have an enjoyable experience.


There are many survival packing lists out there. Many of them are quite good and complete. But again, this is my own packing list, made up as I go along. Some items listed will be a sort of wish list for things still to add to my own bug out camper. Keep the camper stocked and leave the items there. It will do you no good to bug out one day with an empty camper. The idea of a bug out vehicle is that you will not need to pack anything if you must leave in a hurry.


Maybe this article will help others one day. This will be an ongoing project, so if you are interested, please bookmark this page and check back often. And remember, this is a survival camper checklist. The idea is to have a fully loaded bug out shelter for a quick getaway in an emergency situation, so there are a lot of extras here.


Food and Water

Of course, food and water are at the top of the list. After shelter, which we now have in the form of a camper, comes this list. Now, in the northern areas it can get quite cold and often it is below freezing. This presents a problem for food and water storage. Canned foods will freeze and burst. Fresh water will do the same. So I have come up with some ideas that overcome this problem.


Another issue that I have found is that after preparing a nice lager of foods, a couple months later moths and rodents had destroyed half of my food storage. This can be a life and death matter if you suddenly bug out and find that you have no food left. Therefore I now vacuum seal my own home dried foods and then put them in air tight Tupperware containers and food grade storage buckets. This will help protect your packaging from punctures and pests as well as helping to prevent moisture and air from entering. Also choose whole grains instead of cracked or ground grain. Whole grain lasts longer.


Quantities will not be listed here. This will depend on how much storage space you have in your bug out shelter. More is better. Store as much as you can possibly fit in your survival camper. Below is just a small guideline. Pack as much variety and types of dry foods as possible. Variety will increase comfort and boost morale.


Tupperware containers and food grade buckets for storage

Freeze dried foods

Home dried foods such as fruit and vegetables, salted meat, herbs


Whole wheat

Whole oats

Whole corn


Powdered milk. Vacuum seal it in smaller portions for longer storage.

Coffee beans. Grounds can be used, but do not last as long as whole beans. Vacuum seal them if they are not already. Coffee will probably be more valuable than gold for trading.

Coffee filters to filter water. This will take out the larger particles. Socks work as well. A reusable coffee filter can also help, but is not as fine as the paper filters. A paper filter can be used multiple times. (Boil water before drinking).

Iodine tablets for water purification

Cocoa powder

Spices. Get a bunch of different spices.

Salt. Get lots of salt. Good for flavoring and preserving food.

Seeds. Get various seeds for planting a garden. Vacuum seal them to make them last longer. Avoid hybrid seeds if possible. Rotate them out every couple years with fresh ones.



Cooking Utensils and Cookware

You will need the ability to cook and prepare attractive meals. Do not go out thinking that you will be GI Joe and eat cold dry meals for the rest of your life. In a survival situation people can actually starve to death surrounded by food. Eventually you will become bored with the same meals every day and loose interest in eating. Eating nice, wholesome and warm meals is also a moral booster. Take it from someone who has spent whole winters sleeping with no shelter and eating cold rations. A nice hot cup of coffee or cocoa is heaven on a cold winter day.


How you heat your food can vary depending on your situation. But remember that fuel will eventually run out. You cannot depend on that 20 lb tank of propane in your camper to heat your food forever. At best it may last a couple weeks or even a month if you are very sparing. Any fuel source will run out with time. That is why cast iron cookware is a must. Cast iron pots and pans can be placed directly over an open fire to cook your meals.


Stainless steel plates and bowls. I choose stainless because it will not break when dropped and is easy to clean up. The down side is that it sucks the heat out of your food rapidly. But how horrible would it be to have china plates and eventually have nothing left due to breakage over time. Plastic scratches with time and gets harder to clean.

Stainless steel silverware. Plastic wears out and is harder to clean.

Insulated stainless steel drinking cups. The ones with a lid on them. These are easy to clean, durable and keep drinks hot or cold.

Cast iron frying pans

Cast iron Dutch Oven. This is a huge cast iron pot with a cast iron lid and legs on the bottom. It can be buried in coals to cook virtually any meal. You can even bake bread and cake in a Dutch Oven.

Stainless steel utensils such as spatula and tongs.

Nut cracker. Funny addition you think. But there are many nut trees in the wild and these provide valuable nutrition for free.

Knives. Get various types of knives. Bread knife, butter knife and steak knife. A large survival knife is good to keep strapped to your leg all the time for defense and cleaning wild game.

Aluminum foil. Lots of it. This stuff is so useful and versatile. You can use it for mirrors, signaling, cooking and more. You can use it to build a solar oven as well.

A french press for coffee and tea. Or single cup plastic filter set. Just add coffee or tea leaves, hot water and you have a nice, hot drink. No messy, wasteful paper filters. Keep it in the original box for transportation.

A large, high quality thermos or two. These will be used to keep hot water all day. This saves on valuable fuel; when you are already heating up water, put extra away for later.

Hand crank grain mill. Make your own flour with whole grains. The grocery stores will be closed. You need to make your own.


Heat and Light

Again, your fuel source will eventually run out. It will be nice to have that propane stove or camping stove while the fuel lasts, but the fuel will run out. Some people get an expensive multi fuel camp stove thinking that they can always forage for fuel somewhere. You will find gas, kerosene or alcohol to use. Forget it. Unless you can produce your own fuel, this will run out as well. You will not be the only one with this idea and others will be scavenging around for the ever reducing supply of fuel.


An alcohol stove is actually the best idea if you choose a stove. You can always make your own alcohol if needed.


No matter what you choose, get plenty of fuel for your stove to last until you are settled into your new living space. It will provide comfort until you get your campsite prepared.


Waste vegetable oil lamp. This can be homemade (see our article ) and burns any veggie oil. You can get tons if it at restaurants for free. And you can produce your own oil later by pressing nuts. Beech nuts were used in war times for their high oil content.

Hurricane oil lamp. These provide both heat and light.

Lamp oil

Camp stove of choice.

Fuel for your camp stove. Get lots of it. As much as you can store. I choose Coleman camp stoves and fuel. They are very efficient and the fuel is cheap. The gallon cans cost under $10. The single burner portable Coleman camp stove burns a very long time on a single fill up. And you can take it hiking if needed on a hunting expedition.

Disposable lighters. Lots of them. Set these to low flame, use sparingly and these things can last a very long time. Forget waterproof matches. They are bulky and single use only.

Emergency fire starter. These are magnesium strips with a striker. You scrape some off, strike a spark and you have a fire. Good for hunting and exploration trips.

Magnifying glass for starting fires.

Solar emergency flash light with hand crank generator. These little things are great for long term use and can also charge a cell phone, radio or other small electronic devices.

Solar oven if you can afford it. If not, make one with aluminum foil. Can be used to cook and purify water for drinking.

Addition to above: dollar store reflective car sun screens make simple solar oven.

Metal grill rack for cooking. These are good for cooking over your camp fire.


Clothing and Bedding

Do not forget to take clothing and bedding with you. Clothes wear out. Shoes wear out. You will need extras. In cold climates you will need warm clothes as well. This list takes that into consideration. Get the highest quality clothing that you can afford. Some people buy the top survival clothing from expensive stores. Do so if you can. If not, just take extra because they will wear out. The items listed here stay permanently in my survival camper.


Spare socks and underwear

Jacket and sweaters


Extra jeans

Shirts, both long and short sleeved

Blankets and pillows.

Extra pillow cases

Sewing kit. You will need to repair those clothes.

Camouflage hunting clothes.




Extra walking shoes or boots

Cold weather boots, if in a colder climate


Personal Hygeine

Keep all paper products, medicine and vitamins in rigid plastic containers with lids to prevent damage from mice.





Laundry detergent

Dish soap. Works for cleaning surfaces as well in a pinch.

Toilet paper. Get a lot of it. This will be a good trade item for future times.

Paper towels



Bath towels

Hand towels

Dish towels

Dish cleaning rags. Get re-usable ones to save on space and money.

First aid kit. Make it big. Remember the local doctor, if any, may be many miles away.

Bug spray. Catnip works better than the chemical in most bug sprays. Take catnip seeds with you and grow your own organic bug repellent.

Medicine. If you take any medication, stock up on it. Keep it rotated.

Vitamins. Keep it rotated. Use the old, put fresh in storage.

Shaving kit. Extra razor blades and shaving cream. If you use an electric razor, then get extras.



Many people forget this list in their inventory. If you have a camper, then you have the convenience of storage space. Use it. What happens if your vehicle breaks down on the way to your bug out place and you do not have tools? What if a tree branch falls on your camper and causes a leak?


Socket set, good quality. Get the best one you can afford. Forget the cheap single use ones that break the first time you pull it out.

Good quality wrench set.


Nails and screws. Get a mixture of nails, bolts and screws of various sizes for repair and building.

Screw driver set

Ax for chopping wood

Saw for wood cutting (Make that multiple. They will get dull)

Snow shovel for cold climates

Garden tools. Shovel, rake, hoe and hand tools.



Duct tape. Lots of uses for this stuff.

RV repair tape. Your camper will eventually leak. Get a couple rolls of this stuff. I have some with black tar on one side and silver aluminum foil on the other. It sticks to anything and works well.

Plastic tarps. Get a few of them. Many uses. Make temporary repairs to leaks. Lay out food on them for drying. Place under trees and shake them to gather fruit and nuts. Use under your sleeping mat on hiking trips to protect it from holes and punctures. I keep one in my backpack at all times.

Plastic drop cloths. Good for repairs, make a water evaporator and patching windows.

Clear scotch tape. Use for repairs, crafts and to make your solar oven.

Antique clothes washing board. This is a glass or metal ridged board for washing clothes in a creek or stream.

Clothes line

Fold up ladder. For roof repairs on the camper.

Machete for hacking, cutting, defense.

Knives. Get a bunch of them. Fillet knife, folding knife, hunting knife, utility knife. Remember, the stores will be closed and you will wear them out.

Knife sharpening kit or stone. Your preference. Get both if you can.


Hunting and Protection

You will need meat and protection from invaders. Animals or other people may smell your nicely cooked meals and decide that they need it more than you do. Fishing is a very good skill to have for survival. Guns are helpful for defense and providing food. Get what you can afford. A .22 caliber rifle is a long lasting, trustworthy and affordable gun. Ammo for them is very cheap. A pellet gun can also work well for small game. Pellets cost a mere $3 per 250 rounds. Do not get a pump pellet gun. They take way too long to pump up ten times. An attacker will think twice with any sort of gun aimed at them. Even animals seem to sense the danger of a gun. Pellets are not deadly for larger game, but may help to deter an attack. Do NOT try to shoot a bear!


In a total social break down people will be running in droves for the hunting section of the local stores and taking all the big ammo. It will be gone in no time. The .22 ammo is often overlooked for survival and may be easier to find later on.


This list is a suggestion only. Get what you can afford. Again, more is better.


Fishing pole. Get a couple just in case you break one. My favorite is a collapsible fishing pole that extends to 5 feet long but closes to a mere foot for backpacking.

Extra fishing reel. Get a good quality reel. Get a couple.

Fishing reel grease. Fishing reels will need maintenance with time.

Fishing pole repair kit. Extra tips, string and glue

Fish line. Get a few rolls to last a while. Get the best you can afford. Quality does make a difference. And you can use it for sewing clothing or patching up a wound.

Fishing tackle. Sinkers, lots of hooks and bobbers. Get lots of hooks. Get lures and a good panfish kit. Get extra. You often loose them on snags or a big fish.

Bow and arrow. Get extra arrows and an extra string for your bow. I also have extra broadheads and arrow making supplies. You can make arrows with a straight branch or twig.

Guns and ammo. I prefer a nice heavy gun with knock down power and a lighter weight such as a .22 due to its affordability. Military surplus guns and matching ammo are the best. Get as much as you can afford. Again, the .22 is the cheapest of them all and will take out most predators. A 500 round brick of these costs under 20 bucks.

Shotgun with pistol grip for close range defense. Also good for small game. Just point and shoot. No aiming needed here. I have often taken small game with a fast hip shot. These are also good close quarters combat tools.

Gun cleaning kit and a lot of gun oil and cleaning solution. Get a ton of cleaning pads for  your caliber as well. If you can afford it, get a couple cleaning kits. One may break.


Note: For safety and to avoid theft, do not keep the above items in the camper when not in use. These items should be locked away in your home or a storage unit until ready to bug out.



This is probably one of the most overlooked categories. But now imagine that you have the perfect survival camper. You have left for the mountains. You have everything you need for survival with relative comfort. Soon boredom sets in. Moral sinks. You start to think sadly of the “good old days”. You will start to remember your favorite music, movies, playing cards with a friend.


These items are optional, but will help boost moral and comfort in a long term survival situation. Get 12 volt plug in adapters for any electronics. You can always charge them off your solar battery bank.


Board games


MP3 player


DVD player. Get a 12 volt player that runs off a car battery.


Car stereo system in your camper.

Books and magazines. Take your favorites with you. Dont forget the recipe books. I also have a couple books on foraging for wild edible plants. The good old Readers Digest “Back to Basics” is an awesome tool. Take a field medicine book. Get a book on trapping and hunting.

The Bible. One of the most sold and heavily used books of all time. Provides comfort and spiritual guidance in all times.



These items are optional, but helpful to increase comfort of living in the field.


Wood burning stove. Eventually I will set up an external wood stove in a shed a few feet away from the camper. Pipes will provide heat to the camper while keeping dangerous flames out. Later a shower area will be added to the inside of the heater shed.

Solar hot water system for bathing, cooking and heating.

Portable sewing machine. Hand operated or 12 volt powered.

Solar panels and battery bank for light and entertainment.

Solar powered security light with motion detector. Placed above the entry door to provide light for entry or to deter thieves.

Camper awning. To give a nice outdoor area for cooking or relaxing in the rainy weather.

Large family sized tent. Can be used as a sort of storage shed or for extra guests and sleeping space.

Fold up outdoor shower stall. Found in many camping supply stores.

Trash bags, sandwich bags, grocery bags, zip lock storage bags. Thousands of uses. Imagine life without them. Get the idea.

Dont forget a trash can.

Toilet paper. Already mentioned, but get tons. This stuff will be trade material. Keep it stored in closed rigid plastic containers to prevent damage from mice.

Bleach. This stuff is great for cleaning and sterilizing stuff. Also for purifying water, if needed.

Mouse bait and mouse traps. Get a huge supply of bait if you choose to use it.

A cat to catch mice. Great organic mouse trap. Also provides companionship and a bit of warmth in the winter.



End notes

Use your survival camper. Take it out for a few days each year. Go out in winter if you live in the cold. Practice using the items you have with you. Often in a real life situation we realize that there is something that we forgot. I will be spending winter nights in the camper right next to the house to get a feel for living out there in extreme situations. Practice now while you can and learn while you have time. I would rather suffer a cold, miserable night in my own back yard than years of suffering later in the field.


Again, this list will be growing with time and experience. Check back often.


Please feel free to share your comments and suggestions. Good ones will be added to the list.