Survival Debate: Gear or Knowledge

Survival Debate: Gear or Knowledge: "

Since I run an entire website about survival gear you’d think I would be firmly in the camp that says gear is more important than knowledge. Well that’s not always the case. Here we’ll look at a few of the important aspects of each and you can decide where your priorities lie.


Wide Range of Capabilities
Work is much easier
Save Time

For specific situations only
Gear Breaks

Cannot be lost of stolen
Can always be used or rebuilt
Can be adopted for the situation

Some tasks absolutely require tools
Work is Difficult
Time Intensive
Middle Ground

Obviously the middle ground here is the intelligent choice. You will want gear to make things easier, but of course you should have both the skills to use your gear, and the skills to survive if you have no gear.
Which is more important to you?

If you were to ask someone like Tom Brown, he would say you don’t need gear and all, simply the knowledge to survive. However, most modern preppers aren’t that skilled at wilderness survival. So, at this point in your prepping which do you value more? Tell us what you are doing to improve both areas.
Top photo by: Leo Reynolds and Axlotl



  1. Well, gear without knowledge is a waste. You have to know how to use the stuff you have and to make it work for you. If your gear does not do what you need it to do then you are just carrying around dead weight. You have to use your gear and make sure you know how to use it properly before you have to use it in a SHTF situation. Learning about your gear then can get you killed.


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