Survival/Minimalist Camping Recommended Resources

It may seem like being overly prepared defeats the purpose of survival camping, but trust me when I say it doesn’t. Most survival campers have years, if not decades, of training and experience. Very few wake up one day and say “Hey, I want to get lost in the woods and survive off of the land.” That’s not to say it’s not possible; I just wouldn’t recommend it.

survival camping resourcesI’ve put together this list of survival/minimalist camping resources to help you make the most of your experience and stay as safe as possible. These cover your basics like food, water, shelter, and fire.


Art of Manliness shares 19 edible plants commonly found in the wild.

You’ll find chicory growing in Europe, North America, and Australia. It’s a bushy plant with small blue, lavender, and white flowers. You can eat the entire plant.

Outdoor Life shares edible plants and tips to identify them.

To make sure you have a hickory, look for a “double” nutshell, with a husk that peels off revealing a nutshell underneath. And make sure you don’t get a buckeye, which also has a double-layered nutshell, but is poisonous.

The Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods book is a great resource with hundreds of edible plants.

Outdoor Life has a plethora of knowledge when it comes to fishing without gear.

Dip Net – A net typically used to land fish caught with hook and line can also be used to scoop up unaware fish as a standalone fishing method.


Instructables has a helpful, step-by-step guide on purifying water with easy to find items.

Create a water filter by removing the bottom of a bottle. Turn the bottle upside down (with the cap down) and put the following materials in the bottle.

M40 has a great resource page that’ll answer pretty much any answer you have regarding finding & purifying water.

In mountainous areas, just continue to walk downhill, and you will eventually find water. Water obeys the laws of gravity quite well!


Field & Streams has a collection of seven primitive survival shelters you should learn to make.

Debris Hut – Heap up a big mound of duff and detritus from the forest floor, then excavate a pocket that is large enough to crawl inside.


Gray Wolf Survival shares ten creative ways to start a fire (without rubbing two sticks together).

Steel wool can be ignited by rubbing both battery posts of a 9V battery, the battery from your cell phone if it’s removable, or wires from a 12v car battery on it. Here’s a quick video of a 9v and steel wool.

Skilled Survival gives step by step details for starting a fire with sticks.

Place the ember into the tinder bundle and blow on the ember to give it some oxygen. Oxygen will stoke the ember and help it to transfer the ember’s energy into the tinder material.

Secrets of Survival takes us to the core of fire making by showing you how to make your own flint to make fire with rocks.

Other rocks to look for: Agate, carnelian, jade, bloodstone, chalcedony, chert can all work for creating sparks by striking against steel.

This video gives directions on how to use various fire starters.

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These are all awesome tips for anyone who’s into this kind of camping. I’m more of a glamper girl, myself, but I know my husband is going to foam a the mouth over this.


These are all excellent resources! I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and really want to learn how to survive outdoors.

Rebecca Swenor
Rebecca Swenor

This is a great list of survival camping resources to have a save enjoyable camping experience. Starting a fire with sticks is something I have never really learned but could be indeed helpful. Thanks for sharing this awesome survival resources.


Despite spending my whole life camping and backpacking, I’ve never tried survival camping. This is an excellent resource to start with. Bookmarked.

Christy Garrett

I have been camping and backpacking when I was younger. I don’t think I could rough it for a long period of time. I have watched the show Naked and Afraid and some of the stuff they have to do is crazy.

Jesica Helgren

My two little boys, who are now cub scouts would love this list! My husband is also a low key no glamour camper!


My hubby and boys would totally love this!! As for me, Ive never tried it so not sure Im cut out for it lol

Claudia Krusch

Love your tips! We just went camping, if it wasn’t for hubby, we would not have had fire!


I was a girl scout in elementary and we were taught how to start a fire. Not sure if I still know how. 🙂 Thanks for all the tips. Great article for those who would want to do this.


These are all wonderful tips. I love camping! It’s always a lot of fun. I have not brought my daughters yet. They have never been camping before. I need to do that soon!

Stephanie Pass

Wow, more power to anyone who wants to try this! I am more of a glamper myself, lol.


I have actually never gone camping before, but these resources will help get started. It sounds like a fun way to have an adventure!


Great list of survival items! We watch the naked and afraid show and love outdoor survival, but i know i wouldnt be able to do what they do.

Marielle Altenor

I think they should be teaching this to kids in school. Especially how to purify water and about the edible plants that can be found in the wild.


This is such a great post! I’ve never been big on camping, but these are so awesome. Definitely useful, have to share this one!