Alone Gear List – 2024 Updated Analysis of Key Items

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Alone is one of the top survival TV shows. Participants are dropped off in a remote wilderness location with only a few items of gear. Whoever survives the longest wins.

I’ve been a fan of Alone since the beginning, and I’ve also been practicing bushcraft skills for over a dozen years. I’m in a unique position to analyze the gear chosen on Alone and compare their gear options to the real world. For this article, I compiled the alone gear list for all seasons and also discussed the gear commonly used on the show with ex-military and other bushcrafters.

Alone isn’t real life. It’s a game show, and we shouldn’t pretend otherwise. However, seeing gear actually used in a survival situation for weeks really helps us figure out what works and what doesn’t.

Lake Chilcotin where season 8 of Alone was held
Chilko Lake, the location of Alone Season 8

As the name suggests, those on Alone are really alone. They film themselves and must deal with complete isolation (except for weekly medical checks). Therefore, the game is just as much about the mental aspect of survival as the physical aspects (and that’s exactly what we’re about at Survival Stoic).

Because participants are only allowed very select gear, what they choose to bring matters a lot. Plus, because the game is mental and physical, what participants choose isn’t always the most practical. Sometimes, choosing items for comfort is just as important as choosing items for practical purposes.

Below, I’ll go over the standard gear list that all participants get. I’ll also go over the individual gear list, what percentage of participants bring what items, and how winners differ from the average participant.

Hopefully, this article will provide you with some inspiration for your own bug-out bag gear or bushcraft and survival gear.


The Standard Gear List

During every season, individuals are given items from a standard gear list. These are given to every participant in very specific numbers and specifications. They don’t count towards the unique 10 items participants can bring.

The standard equipment includes things like clothing and safety gear.

Here’s a list of the standard items and their specifications:

  • 1 pair of gaiters
  • 1 pair of waterproof Arctic winter boots
  • 1 fleece/wool shirt
  • 2 pairs of thermal underwear
  • 1 Waterproof un-insulated shell/Jacket or un-insulated, windproof anorak
  • 2 hats (brimmed, wool, fur, arctic, or baseball)
  • 1 pair of eyeglasses
  • 2 pairs of underwear/briefs
  • 1 pair of high-leg hunting boots
  • 1 Insulated Parka-style Jacket or Anorak-style Jacket. No system-style or multi-layer jackets.
  • 6 pairs of wool socks
  • 1 leather belt
  • 2 wool, fleece or cotton sweaters
  • 1 T-shirt
  • 4 pairs of gloves
  • 2 pair of bushcraft pants/bibs (can unzip into shorts)
  • 1 shemagh OR scarf
  • 2 buffs or neck gaiter
  • 1 personal photograph
  • 1 toothbrush
  • 1 pair of fully insulated or waterproof winter pants/bibs
  • 1 hiking or bushcraft backpack

Anything with a full zipper is counted as a jacket. Shirts are allowed to have half to three-quarters of a zipper, though. They may also have a full set of buttons. A sweater is a pullover.

Safety gear is also provided, depending on the season and location. For instance, contestants were provided with bear spray and similar bear deterrents in season eight.

Advantages and Disadvantages

While the standard gear is, well, standard, different pieces of clothing have different advantages and disadvantages. To make the most of their standard gear, contestants must use their gear correctly. You don’t want to be wearing gaiters when you should be in your winter boots, for instance.

The exact gear will vary from contestant to contestant, as well. Some items are provided, like the camera and safety gear. However, contestants must bring their own clothing, so they get a lot of choices.

Clothing items are vital for regulating body temperature and protecting contestants from the weather. Fleece and wool items are better for cold weather but can be harder to clean and dry. Buckskin items are durable and fire-resistant but can also be bulky and heavy.

Personally, I prefer to layer with different materials, especially when I know the weather will change as the days go on. What works one day may not work the next. With so many clothing options allowed, there are many opportunities for layering.

I also prefer some type of bushcraft hat when I am outside, regardless of the weather.

The Author's bushcraft hat
This is my Tilley hat

Toothbrushes and a pair of eyeglasses are allowed, too. Many contestants have used their toothbrushes for items beyond hygiene, too. For instance, the bottom part can be removed and used as a fishing lure. This is a great example of a survival item having multiple uses.

While there are some choices in these categories, a contestant’s survival may be significantly affected by their individual gear choices.


Individual Alone Gear List

Contestants are allowed to choose ten items beyond the standard gear. They can’t choose anything they want, though. Instead, they can choose from a list of items that span several categories.

This has proven to be critical in who stays the longest, and should also be a consideration when you build your own Survival Gear List.

Here is a list of everything that contestants are typically allowed to choose from, although it can change slightly every season:

Shelter/Hygiene

  • Ground cover cloth or tarp (12×12 max) – See our guide to the best bushcraft tarps for some options.
  • 8-mm climbing rope (10 meters max)
  • 550 Paracord (80 meters max) – an essential part of my bushcraft gear.
  • 1 sleeping bag
  • 3-mm cotton cord (40 meters max; must be non-waxed)
  • 1 sleeping pad
  • 1 bivy bag
  • 1 bar of soap
  • 1 hammock (See our Haven Tent Hammock Review)
  • 1 tube of toothpaste (8 oz)
  • 1 shaving razor
  • 1 face flannel
  • Dental floss (40 mm)
  • 1 small bio shower soap
  • 1 towel
  • 1 comb
  • 1 shaving razor

Cooking & Food

  • 1 roll of single-filament fish line up to 20 lbs weight test (300 yards) and 35 barbless hooks
  • 1 primitive recurve bow (or longbow) and 9 arrows
  • 1 small gill net
  • 1 net foraging bag
  • 2 lbs of trapping wire
  • 1 slingshot, 30 ball bearings, and 1 replacement band
  • Various Emergency Rations (type and amount vary each season)
  • 3 lbs of one solid salt block
  • 1 large pot
  • 1 steel frying pan (no more than 2 quarts)
  • 1 flint or Ferro rod(or equivalent)
  • 1 enamel bowl for eating
  • 1 spoon

Furthermore, participants cannot take more than two food selections.

The author's bushcraft Axe

Tools/ Weapons/ Other

  • 1 pocket knife (four-inch blade max)
  • 1 hunting knife (six-inch blade max – see our best bushcraft knife guide)
  • 1 survival multi-tool (or similar)
  • 1 sharpening stone
  • 1 roll of duct tape
  • 1 small shovel
  • 1 small sewing kit
  • 1 carabiner
  • 1 LED flashlight or headlamp (no batteries)
  • 50 feet of hose (no more than 1 inch in diameter)
  • Machete
  • Axe (see our best bushcraft axe guide)
  • Adze
  • 2-Hand draw knife
  • Scotch-eyed auger
  • Pair of ice spikes

Alone Australia Gear List

While very similar to the US version of the show, the Australia Alone series approved items list varies slightly. I have noticed that most contestants on the Australia show choose very similar items.

  • Ground cloth/ground tarp
  • Climbing rope
  • Paracord
  • Bank-line
  • Flint / ferro rod set
  • Sleeping bag
  • Bivy bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Hammock
  • Pot
  • Steel frying pan
  • Medium camp bowl
  • Spoon
  • 1L water bottle
  • Pocket knife
  • Outdoor knife
  • Leatherman multi tool or similar
  • Sharpening stone
  • Roll cloth tape
  • Small shovel
  • Small sewing kit
  • Carabiner
  • LED flashlight
  • Scotch eyed auger
  • Adze
  • Two-handled draw knife
  • Hatchet
  • Saw
  • Axe
  • Single filament fishing line and hooks
  • Net foraging bag
  • Brass wire
  • Solid block of salt
  • Emergency food ration
  • Eco-friendly biodegradable bar of soap
  • Eco-friendly biodegradable tube of toothpaste
  • Face flannel/washer
  • Dental floss
  • Biodegradable shower soap
  • Small towel
  • Comb

What Alone Gear Items Are the Best?

That list is very long. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. Luckily, Alone has gone through nearly a dozen seasons, and we’ve seen how each item really works. Looking at what the winners took vs. the other contestants can help you determine what to take on your own bushcraft camping trips (or pack in your survival gear).

Alone Gear List - The Authors chosen items
Some of my personal survival items

There are some items that practically everyone takes. These include:

  • Axe: This item is chosen by almost every participant, as it is essential for chopping wood, building shelters, hunting animals, and defending themselves from predators. I commonly use axes as hammers, too, making them even more versatile.
  • Sleeping Bag: While there are usually several sleeping items to choose from like wool blankets, practically everyone selects a sleeping bag. I’ve found sleeping bags to be one of the easiest ways to stay comfortable at night. Plus, you can use them as a blanket and ground cloth, too.
  • Pot: You have to have some way to move water around, and many contestants choose a pot for this purpose. Personally, I don’t see how you could survive long without one.
  • Fishing Kit: This item is another frequent choice, as it is useful for catching fish, one of the main food sources on Alone. It can also be used for making snares, sewing items, or tying things. It’s popular because it includes multiple items.
  • Ferro Rod: Ferro rods are one of the easiest ways to start a fire reliably. Therefore, they’re a common choice.
  • Multi-tool: Participants tend to utilize multi-tools over knives. Most people do not take both. Multi-tools are extremely versatile, and have many tools for multiple uses. I have found they are essential for setting snares.
Jason with his favorite bushcraft axe and knife
Jason with his favorite bushcraft axe and knife

These items are considered the “core” gear list. Most participants choose these items as they’re effective in many different situations. However, some participants bypass these items in favor of other options.

If participants choose all the “core” gear, they have four slots left. Personally, I would absolutely bring most of these core items.

Other Helpful Items

There are some items on the individual gear list that practically no one picks. However, others are picked at least half the time. While these items aren’t the most popular, they’re still worth a mention:

  • Bow and arrow: Many Alone contestants choose a bow and arrow, especially if they are confident using a ranged weapon. Many participants have killed game over the years, providing them with a much-needed food source.
  • Gill net: If participants want to focus mostly on fishing, they may bring a gill net. However, unless participants know how to use a gill net, it may not be all that helpful. Some take paracord and make a gill net once at camp from the internal strands.
  • Chocolate: Out of the food options, chocolate is pretty popular. It’s a delicious food that’s also calorie-dense. It’s also high in fat, which is hard to find in the woods. (That said, upon further research, I’ve learned that two pounds of chocolate only contains 2100 calories, which isn’t all that helpful.)

What Alone Gear Items Do the Winners Pick?

The winners of Alone stand out over the average Alone contestant in a few different ways. Here are the items you’ll commonly find on a winner’s gear list:

Bushcraft Saw
My favorite compact bushcraft saw
  • Sleeping bag: This item was chosen by every winner of Alone, as it is vital for keeping warm and comfortable at night. I see no reason not to use a sleeping bag.
  • Ferro rod: A ferro rod was chosen by every winner. Ferro rods are easy to use and work quickly even in wet weather if you have dry fire tinder. It is an essential part of a survival fire starting kit.
  • Saw: Every winner chose a saw of some sort. A saw is safer to use than an ax and takes less effort. There were a range of choices from folding saws, bow saws, and crosscut saws. Since the contestants did not have far to travel and were making long term survival shelters, most chose a large saw over a small folding one. We reviewed a range of them in our review of the best bushcraft saw.
  • Axe: Every winner also chose an axe or hatchet of some sort. An axe has proven to be one of the most important tools to have in the woods. I noticed that some chose large felling axes and others chose hatchets. This mainly depends on your length of stay and how much firewood you need to process. In our best bushcraft axe guide you can find out what to look for before picking the best axe for you.
  • Pot: Practically all the winners brought a pot. It is essential for purifying drinking water and cooking food. I noticed that many chose the 2 quart MSR Alpine Stowaway Pot. You can find my picks in our Best Bushcraft Gear guide.
  • Fishing kit: This kit is very popular with the average participant, and it seems to be popular with winners, too. Only two winners didn’t take a fishing kit, though they typically selected other hunting tools instead.
  • Wire: All but two of the winners chose wire, which can be used for all kinds of things. However, many did not actually use the snare wire to make snares.
  • Knives: Most winners also chose to bring a knife, which brings their total cutting tools to three. While this may seem a bit much, it obviously works. Most chose either a multitool or a fixed blade belt knife, or even both sometimes. Considering most brought wire, a survival multitool is a logical companion since they have pliers and most Swiss Army knives do not.

If I was going to put together a winning gear list, those are the items I would include. That leaves you with two more slots to choose more personal items.

Interestingly, while bows and arrows are very popular with the average participant, only half the winners have brought one. I noticed that most tend to rely on fishing as their main source of food.

Most winners do not choose rations, either. Instead, they select items that help them get food.


Prohibited Alone Gear List

Some specific items are not allowed on Alone. Participants must choose from the list provided, not bring whatever they want. You’ll likely notice a few items that aren’t allowed on Alone but may be common in real-world survival situations.

For instance, firearms are not allowed. While we don’t know exactly why this is, it’s probably a mix of safety and difficulty. Hunting rifles or shotguns may make it a bit too easy to find food. I am taking a firearm in a real survival situation, though.

Alcohol and drugs are also prohibited, even if participants wanted to use them for practical purposes (like cleaning wounds). This also includes caffeine pills, which are common in bug-out bags. Safety reasons are likely to blame for this omission.

Participants aren’t allowed to bring a GPS device or GPS survival watch, either. They aren’t even allowed a survival compass or map. While this may seem strange, they must stay within a small area, so navigation isn’t super necessary (though I have seen plenty of people get lost). Of course, I highly recommend having a compass and map if you’re actually surviving in the words.

Radios aren’t allowed due to the role of isolation in the show. Participants also aren’t allowed Bushcraft field guides or reference books, whether fiction or non-fiction. I carry a bushcraft field guide in my bag and have found it very helpful throughout the years. While reading a book may not be entertaining on TV, it is very useful in the real world.


Alone Gear List Season 10

Warning: Spoiler alert for all seasons coming up!

Here is season 10 winner Alan Tenta’s gear list and a video of all the contestants showing their selected 10 items (Alan is at 9:30). Alan survived 66 days in Northern Saskatchewan, Canada. Alan feels that his Multitool is his favorite item since it is so versatile, while his Bow and Arrow is the most important.

  • Camp Axe similar to our top bushcraft axe picks
  • Saw – Silky Katana Boy that was featured in our best bushcraft saw guide
  • Paracord
  • Ferro Rod
  • Snare Wire
  • Fishing Kit
  • Stainless Steel Pot
  • Leatherman Multitool
  • Sleeping bag – Minus 40 rated and waterproof
  • Longbow and Arrows (6 Broadheads and 3 Small Game Tips)

Alone Gear List Season 9

Here is season 9 winner Juan Pablo Quinonez’s gear list and a video of all of the contestants showing their selected 10 items. Juan survived 78 days. Note that his hatchet is the not a typical design that most carry. His saw is the Bob Dustrude folding saw that is in our list as one of the best bushcraft saws.

  • Ferro Rod
  • Paracord
  • Multitool
  • Bushcraft Camping Pot
  • Hatchet
  • Fishing Kit
  • Folding Bow Saw
  • Recurve Bow and Arrows
  • Sleeping Bag – Combo Synthetic and Down
  • Snare Wire

Alone Gear List Season 8

Here is season 8 winner Clay Hayes’s gear list and a video of him showing his gear. Clay survived 74 days. He is an avid hunter and his bow choice was based on years of experience. He commented during the season that he usually practices everyday. In the show we saw him take a deer and also practice with his bow at camp.

Clay also discussed the mental aspect of survival, and how he studies stoicism. We agree that this is a huge part of survival. To learn more on stoicism check out our guides on stoic people and stoic principles.

  • Sleeping Bag – Down rated to negative 40
  • Osage Long Bow and Arrows
  • Silky Folding Saw
  • Camp Axe
  • Multitool
  • Ferro Rod
  • 2 Qt Cast Aluminum Dutch Oven
  • Paracord
  • Snare Wire
  • Fishing Kit

Alone Gear List Season 7

Here is season 7 winner Roland Welker’s gear list and a video of him showing his gear. Roland survived 100 days (the longest of anyone yet) and his most unusual item is a large crosscut saw. His multitool is our top pick as the best survival multitool.

  • Camp Axe
  • Ferro Rod
  • 2 Qt Pot with Handle
  • Fixed Blade Belt Knife
  • Sleeping Bag – Synthetic, negative 30 rated
  • Leatherman Wave Multitool
  • Gill Net
  • Snare Wire
  • Bow and Arrows
  • Crosscut Saw

Alone Gear List Season 6

Here is season 6 winner Jordan Jonas’s gear list and a video of him showing his gear. Jordan’s survived 77 days and his most unique item is the frying pan. He explains how he can cook more food in it than a small pot.

  • Forest Hatchet
  • Silky Katanaboy Saw
  • Sleeping Bag – Down, negative 40 rated
  • Frying Pan
  • Ferro Rod
  • Paracord
  • Snare Wire
  • Multitool
  • Fishing Kit
  • Recurve Bow and Arrow

Alone Gear List Season 5

Here is season 5 winner Sam Larson’s gear list and a video of him showing his gear. Sam survived 60 days and chose to bring rations instead of a fishing kit or bow and arrow.

  • 2 Qt. Pot
  • Ferro Rod
  • Paracord
  • Snare Wire
  • Folding Bow Saw
  • Camp Axe
  • 2 pounds of Flour
  • 2 pounds of Trail Mix
  • Leatherman Surge Multi Tool
  • Sleeping Bag – negative 60 rated

Alone Gear List Season 4

Here is season 4 winners Ted & Jim Baird’s gear list and a video of them showing their gear. Ted & Jim survived 75 days and chose a lot of items geared towards hunting or catching food.

  • Camp Axe
  • Large Hand Saw
  • Cooking Pot
  • Multitool
  • Snare Wire
  • Gill Net
  • Fishing Kit
  • 12 x 12 Tarp
  • Emergency Rations
  • Recurve Bow and Arrows

Alone Gear List Season 3

Here is season 3 winner Zachary Fowler’s gear list and a video of him showing his gear. Zach survived 87 days and the most unique item he brought was a slingshot.

  • Small Shovel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Camp Axe
  • 2 Qt Pot with Lid
  • Ferro Rod
  • Slingshot with Shot
  • Fishing Kit
  • Paracord
  • Crosscut Saw
  • Multitool

Alone Gear List Season 2

Here is season 2 winner David McIntyre’s gear list and a video of him showing his gear. David survived 66 days and interestingly chose to bring a sleeping bag and a bivy bag.

  • Sleeping Bag, 0 degree rated
  • Bivy Bag – Gore Tex Military Issue
  • Bushcraft Belt Knife
  • Ferro Rod
  • Camp Axe
  • Folding Saw
  • 2 Qt Pot with Lid
  • Fishing Kit
  • Gill Net
  • Emergency Rations – Pemmican

Alone Gear List Season 1

Here is season 1 winner Alan Kay’s gear list and a video of him explaining what he would have changed. Alan survived 56 days and interestingly chose to bring a canteen instead of a multitool.

  • Kukri Knife
  • Sleeping bag, 40 degree rated
  • Ferro Rod
  • 2 Qt Pot
  • Camp Axe
  • Fishing Kit
  • Gill Net
  • Snare Wire
  • Saw
  • Canteen

Alone Australia Gear List Season 1

Here is Alone Australia season 1 winner Gina Chick’s gear list and a video of her explaining the item that helped her win. Gina survived 67 days and it is interesting that she decided to bring a large coat instead of a sleeping bag. This gave her an extra slot in her 10 items to bring salt instead. As you probably noticed no other winner followed this strategy.

  • Bow and Arrows
  • Pot
  • Ferro Rod
  • Salt (3lb block)
  • Axe
  • Fishing Kit
  • Saw
  • Snare Wire
  • Paracord
  • Multitool

Alone Frozen Gear List

The “official” Alone Frozen standard gear list has not been published, but from watching the show it appears to be very similar. The only difference I noticed was that everyone was provided a tarp to protect their camera equipment. Some chose to use this tarp as their main shelter, while others brought a second tarp.

Woniya Thibeault won this season and was the only one to stay the full 50 days (the stay was capped at 50 days, with those remaining splitting the prize.) She was also the first woman to win a season of Alone.

She has mentioned that snare wire and an axe was the two items she chose to bring that she felt were important. She also brought Pemmican to eat and mentioned that the fat helped to make all of the lean seafood she ate more digestible.

I noticed she brought an extra large knitted sweater that she could use as cordage instead of bringing paracord as one of her 10 items.

The 10 items that she selected has not been published, so I have listed what I think she brought from watching what she used on the show.

  • Camp Style Axe
  • Silky Katana Boy Saw
  • 6-8 Quart Pot
  • Snare Wire
  • Leatherman Surge
  • Bow and Arrow
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Ferro Rod
  • Fishing Kit
  • Pemmican (she mentioned this in one of her recap videos)

Here is a series of Woniya’s videos where she recaps each episode.


Final Thoughts

Alone has some very strict gear requirements. All participants are required to bring a set of core gear and have the option to select ten items from a list of potential items. It’s these ten items that make the biggest difference.

Looking at the items chosen by winners vs. other contestants can help you put together your own gear list. Luckily for you, we have guides to many of the items chosen by participants.

For instance, most winners bring an axe, knife, and saw, and we have an entire bushcraft tool and gear guide to help you choose the best options. You’ll also find guides on all the other bushcraft gear you may need like tarps and shelter ideas in our Bushcraft guides.

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Blake has over 5 years of military experience and enjoys being in the woods. When he is not camping, bushcrafting, or at the range, he spends his time advising local not-for-profits on various topics, such as disaster preparedness. He has a strong belief that every person should be prepared and ready to protect their family - and he also hates the word "civilian."