Alone – Full Gear List and Prohibited Items

Alone – Full Gear List and Prohibited Items

Each Alone participant brings clothing, safety, and survival gear to Patagonia but have you ever wondered why so many of the participants take very similar items or why they don’t take some items that would make their lives easier?

Why would you take a ferro rod instead of a box of matches or a lighter? Or a fishing line instead of a proper fishing rod? Here are the lists of all of the standard items the participants in Alone are given, the master list from which they are allowed to select their ten special items and the prohibited items list!




*These items do not count towards the 10 special items, but may not exceed the approved quota for each.

  1. 1. One pair high leg Hunting boots
  2. Two pairs of Outdoor Pants (can unzip into shorts)
  3. One t-shirt
  4. Two fleece or wool shirts (hooded or unhooded)
  5. Three pairs wool socks
  6. One hat (brimmed, wool or baseball)
  7. One bandana or shemagh
  8. One pair gloves
  9. One light outdoor jacket
  10. Two pairs underwear
  11. One rain jacket and rain trousers
  12. One thermal underwear (long)
  13. One pair of gaiters
  14. One pair of Crocs, Teva sandals or Keen sandals
  15. One toothbrush
  16. One pair of prescription eye glasses
  17. One personal photograph

*These items were provided to each participant and did not count towards the 10 special items.

  1. One wool sweater (heavy)
  2. One pair of gloves (wool/Dachsteins)
  3. One trapper’s hat with ear protection or toboggan

*We will provide the following items to each participant. These items do not count towards the 10 special items.

  1. Two safety tools (may consist of a canister of wild animal repellant, an air horn and/or 1 flare)
  2. One rules and regulations guide
  3. One backpack
  4. One camera pack
  5. Camera equipment
  6. One emergency flare
  7. One satellite phone
  8. One emergency personal flotation device
  9. One first aid kit (military type – tourniquet, wadding, ace bandage, alcohol, plastic bag, etc)
  10. One small mirror
  11. One 20×20 canvas tarp
  12. One 10×10 tarp for protecting camera and equipment
  13. One GPS tracking device
  14. One head lamp
  15. One emergency rations pack to include water and food

*Each participant must choose TEN total items from the following list. Selections are final. Once chosen, no items may be swapped out or replaced. These will be each participant’s unique tools used to survive in the wilderness on camera.


  1. 12×12 ground cloth/tarp (grommets approved)
  2. 8 mm climbing rope – 10M
  3. 550 parachord – 20m
  4. One hatchet
  5. One saw
  6. One axe


  1. One multi-seasonal sleeping bag that fits within provided backpack
  2. One bivy bag (Gore-Tex sleeping bag cover)
  3. One sleeping pad
  4. One hammock


  1. One large (no more than 2 quart) pot, includes lid
  2. One steel frying pan
  3. One flint or ferro rod set
  4. One enamel bowl for eating
  5. One spoon
  6. One canteen or water bottle
  7. One bear canister


  1. One bar soap
  2. 8 oz tube of toothpaste
  3. One face flannel
  4. 40 m roll of dental floss
  5. One small bottle bio shower soap
  6. One shaving razor (and 1 blade)
  7. One towel (30” x 60”)
  8. One comb


  1. 300-yard roll of nylon single filament fishing line and 25 assorted hooks (No lures)
  2. One primitive bow with 6 Arrows (must be predominately made of wood)
  3. One small gauge gill net (8 m x 2 m OR 1.5 m deep x 3.6 m long and 2” [50 mm] mesh)
  4. One slingshot/Catapult
  5. One net foraging bag
  6. One 3.5 lb roll of trapping wire


  1. 5 lbs of beef jerky (protein)
  2. 5 lbs of dried pulses/legumes/lentils mix (starch and carbs)
  3. 5 lbs of biltong (protein)
  4. 5 lbs of hard tack military biscuits (carbs/sugars)
  5. 5 lbs of chocolate (Simple/complex sugars)
  6. 5 lbs of pemmican (traditional trail food made from fat and proteins)
  7. 5 lbs of gorp (raisins, m&m’s and peanuts)
  8. 5 lbs of flour (starch/carbs)
  9. 2 lbs of rice or sugar and 1 lb of salt


  1. One pocket knife
  2. One hunting knife
  3. One Leatherman multi-tool
  4. One sharpening stone
  5. One roll of duct tape or 1 roll of electrical tape
  6. One small shovel
  7. One small sewing kit
  8. One carabineer
  9. One LED flashlight
  10. One pair of ice spikes

*The following items are PROHIBITED. This list is not exhaustive but if an item is not listed above, it is also prohibited.


  1. Fuel or matches
  2. Bug spray/mosquito repellant.
  3. Sunscreen/chap stick
  4. Sunglasses
  5. Beauty products
  6. Map (detailed topographical)
  7. Compass
  8. Unapproved technology (anything with a battery or an engine, eg. cell phones, computers, watches, etc.)
  9. Professional snares
  10. Firearms of any kind
  11. Ammunition
  12. Explosives or gunpowder
  13. Animal poison
  14. Professional fishing rods
  15. Fishing lures, flies, bait kits
  16. Fishing traps
  17. Food or beverage (except the options from the selection list)
  18. Decoys
  19. Animal calls
  20. Tree stands
  21. Professional bows or crossbows
  22. Scopes of any kind
  23. Tents or shelters
  24. Stoves, pressure cookers or other cooking appliances
  25. Hydration packs
  26. Fire pits
  27. Electric or propane lanterns
  28. Inflatable boats
  29. Filtration, purification devices, iodine tablets
  30. Coolers or food storage boxes (except optional bear canister)