Survival Sewing & Repair Kit List

survival sewing repair kit

A good repair kit can fix almost anything. This is the list of gear that I have in my full sized repair kit, sometimes I add or leave some stuff depending on the type of activity that I’m doing, and the length and remoteness of the trip.

Survival Sewing Kit


Having assorted hand needles of different sizes allows me to sew on materials of different thicknesses. Its a good idea to have a few heavy duty needles for leather and plastic.


I have a few assorted colors of thread for clothing repairs as well as a dark colored spool.

Dental floss

Unwaxed dental floss is very strong and makes an excellent heavy duty thread. I use it often to repair my shoes.


I’ve had a few rips in my clothing that just couldn’t be repaired with thread alone; since then I always carry at least a little bit of fabric from some worn out pants.


The thimble allows me to sew through heavy fabric, leather or plastic.

Safety pins

They make sewing much easier and higher quality.

Survival Repair Kit


The multi-tool can be used to salvage and work with found wire and metal garbage. My leatherman wave has a saw, wire cutters, and screwdrivers which can be super helpful when repairing stuff or improvising tools.


I always have snare wire in my repair kit and add heavier wire if I’m venturing for a long time.

Duct tape

Duct tape has unlimited potential. I carry a big roll or small rolls of duct tape depending on the length of my trip.

Glue sticks

Glue sticks can be melted with a lighter to repair lots of things. They work great for small punctures in sleeping pads for instance.

Shoe glue

Rubber cement is great for repairing shoes and it can also be used to glue fabric. Its advantage is that it creates a flexible bond.


I only bring epoxy on remote canoe trips. I choose between two types of epoxy depending on how light I want my pack. The epoxy resin, coupled with kevlar felt is great for reinforcing or repairing cracks in a canoe. I’ve used it two repair a fishing rod by soaking string with it. It’s very versatile and strong.

Epoxy putty is sometimes part of my repair kit as well, this can be used to repair holes in a canoe among other uses.

Super glue

I very rarely use super glue, so I’m not fully convinced that it deserves a place in my repair kit.

Zip ties

Zip ties are great for quick and dirty repairs. They are very versatile, so I have a few of different sizes.

Waterproof patches

Tenacious tape can be used to repair a tarp, tent, rain gear and even an inflatable sleeping pad.


I have a small bundle of paracord and another thinner cord for repairs.

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