SIGMA 3 Survival School believes in a philosophy of get the training before you get the gear. Because we know from experience that once you get some training, you will probably change your mind about what survival gear you need. For this reason we require very little survival equipment to attend our courses. But you definitely will need some basic items to attend our courses. This page is to list recommended items you might want for our wilderness survival courses. Each course has different requirements but this list will give you the most common items you should bring to our wilderness survival courses. Almost none of the items are absolutely necessary if you don’t have them and we want to make sure you can attend whether you only have a few items or you could outfit an expedition! So check out our recommended survival gear list and email us if you have any questions on survival gear!

For most of the items listed below you can visit our Survival Store for all your survival gear needs!

Required Items for most courses:

  • Fixed Blade Knife (Preferably Full Tang)
  • Folding Saw
  • Cordage
  • Rain Gear
  • Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK)

Recommended Survival Gear is Available at:

Bushcraft Knife Multi-Tool w/ Saw
Hatchet / Machete Folding Saw
300′ Paracord & Bankline Leather Work Gloves
Tarp (8×10 / 10×10) Poncho
Fire Kit w/ Ferro Rod Headlamp / Flashlight
Stainless Steel Canteen Sawyer Water Filter
Snare Wire Compact Fishing Kit
Cook Kit & Cookware Sleep Gear
Wet Weather Gear Outdoor Clothing
Medium Backpack Camp Chair
First Aid Kit Hygiene Kit
Sun Screen Insect Repellent
Camera Notepad & Pencils
Nicholson Farrier Rasp Draw Knife
Small Round File Tape Measure
Chalk-line Carpenter’s Pencil
Coarse/Fine Sandpaper Crown Cabinet Scrapers
Camo Clothing Face Paint
Escape & Evasion Kit Handcuff Key
Binoculars Wet Wipes

You don’t have to buy our SIGMA 3 gear to attend the course, but you need survival gear of equivalent quality.

We no longer carry this kit on our store, but this video still list multiple items we recommend and sale.

Please help support SIGMA 3 by purchasing necessary items for courses through our online store! All the proceeds are used to expand SIGMA 3 training facilities worldwide. Thanks for your continued support!

SIGMA 3 Swag

Custom Hats, Patches, Shirts– We have a lot of different SIGMA 3 clothing and gear available so you can represent! Coming Soon!

Sigma 3 Survival Skills DVD – 2 Disc

Knives, Saws, & Tools

SigMora Knife This is our #1 Knife pick for survival courses!

Sigma Standard – Large Bushcraft Knife

Mora Garberg

Mora HD

SIGMA 3 Ferro Rod – Throws Amazing Sparks

Silky Ultra Accel – Simply the fastest cutting folding saw on the market. Personal favorite!


Nitecore Flashlights

Shelter Options

Shelter & Sleep Systems – This is our choice for best shelter and sleep systems on the market!

Ultimate Hammock System – We consider the Warbonnet XLC Hammock System to be the best hammock you can get!


Clothing and Rain Gear

Fjallraven and Weather Wool Clothing – Toughest and most durable outdoor clothing available.

Sawyer Permethrine Products


Water Purification and Filters

Sawyer 2 Liter Water Filter System

Sawyer Mini Filter

40oz Sigma Kleen Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle

NDur 9 Piece Cook Kit with Kettle

NDur Mini Cook Kit with Burner

Food Procurement

Trapping and Fishing

Emmrod Spinning Rod

Yoyito Fishing System

Chief AJ’s Sigma Elite Slingbow

Packs and Bags

5.11 & Fjallraven Packs – Extremely versatile packs.

Redrock Large Assault Pack – Durable Budget Friendly Bag

Fjallraven Kajka 75 Pack – Instructor’s Choice Pack


First Aid 2.0 – Individual First Aid Kit

Adventure Medical Professional Guide Kit

SERE (Lock Picks Required for SERE COURSES)

Urban Escape and Evasion Kit – Top Pick for SERE Course

Handcuff Key

2 Pc Bogota Lock Picks

5 Pc Bogota Lock Picks

Folding Razor Saw

Padlock Shims

Urban Escape and Evasion DVD