The term “Urban Survival” is thrown around a lot these days and can mean different things depending on who listen to. Some talk about it as surviving the replay of the Great Depression of 1929 in current times. Other talk about Urban survival as surviving during a natural disaster or an emergency situation.
First, let’s define some terms.
- Bug Out Bag (Bugout Bag, BOB, Get Out Of Dodge Bag, Ready Bag, Go Bag, etc.). By my definition, this is a kit in which you have food, water, shelter, and other tools for a 3-day trip from your metro-area home to your grandparents’ farmhouse or your hunting cabin (your “safe retreat,” aka “bugout location”).
- Get Home Bag (Everyday Carry Bag, or “EDC” Bag). This bag stays with you at all times, so of course it is smaller than a BOB and has less stuff in it.
Each of these bags is a kind of survival kit, but they serve different purposes and so they must be outfitted differently.
Top 5 Urban Survival Tips
Urban Survival Tip #1 – Move fast before exit routes are clogged or closed
Urban Survival Tip #2 – Be prepared for environmental hazards
Urban Survival Tip #3 – Be a Grey Man or Woman
Urban Survival Tip #4 – It’s better to look like a threat than a target
Urban Survival Tip #5 – Follow your instincts, not the mob