An urban survival gear list / kit is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Irrespective of locale, emergencies can and will come up and it’s best to prepare as best possible by having the following within reach.
1. Mobile Phone
This is the first, and probably most essential item on this list. In any eventuality, the need for communication cannot be understated, and with the advent of modern technology, smartphones today come with a wealth of features that will come in handy in any survival kit; urban or otherwise.
2. Self Defense Items
This could mean anything from lethal such as firearms, to non-lethals like pepper spray or an electric taser. The point is to be able to defend yourself and/or a third party from any potentially ensuing attacks.
3. Pocket Knife
This is a mainstay in every survival kit. It has a pretty straightforward selling point; you always need to cut stuff. Its versatility coupled with the size of the thing makes its absence inexcusable in your urban survival kit. Something to remember however is that carrying around a blade in whatever capacity is illegal in some areas, so be sure to check through your local regulations.
The last thing you want is to be left in the dark when the zombies come around. They’re not real, but you need proper illumination for surviving in an alien, unpredictable environment.
5. Fire Starter
Depending on the situation, a nice warm fire may be needed. A simple lighter can be a lifesaver in these situations. And because they’re so small, you can easily have multiple on you and move around with them with ease.
6. First Aid Kit
An urban survival gear first aid kit should contain the essentials only. If movement is necessitated, you don’t want to have to lug around a twenty-pound box everywhere you go when all you need are
- Rubbing alcohol
- Latex Gloves
7. Water Bottle and Filter
Having a few bottles on you isn’t a bad idea, but you can go one up by getting a personal water filter. This will render water from lakes and streams consumable. Having one of these in conjunction with a water bottle (a one-litre aluminium bottle) should solve your thirst problems.
Food probably isn’t going to be that big a concern in an urban environment, nonetheless, having enough to last at least a day is a good idea. An evergreen option is to have a handful of energy bars. Not the flashiest but the sugary content in them will give you the required energy to take you through the day.
9. Solar charger/ Power Bank
Electronic gadgets aren’t going to be of much use without power. And while the electricity fails in times of crisis, the sun won’t—unless it’s spring. Anyway, having a solar-powered backup is the best way to go.
Last but not the least, having cash reserves in case of an emergency is survival 101. And we’re not talking money in the bank here. Of course not. Hard cash, a minimum of $50 is generally advised. This could increase significantly depending on how long you’re preparing for and how many people are dependent on this fund. The money is best stored in different locations, and in lower denominations to never get into any change-related issues, and to always be vending machine ready.
With all these boxes ticked, your makeshift urban survival kit is ready. It’s not the flashiest, but it does have many of the essentials you’ll need to get through your emergency. Truth be told though, having the right survival gear can only get you so far. Understanding how and when to use them properly, alongside proper mental conditioning are all important things to take note of.