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10 Items For Your Urban Bug Out Bag

Urban Bug Out Bag List

Survival in an urban environment is a little different than a rural one. For starters, urban environments provide ample opportunities to scavenge and potentially survive inside of an abandoned structure.

Therefore, shelter is less of a concern for an urban survival kit than a true bug out bag.

Your urban survival kit may contain different items than a bug out bag. Here are a few ideas for some different items to include.

Note that you will still want to pack basic items such as bedding, a first aid kit, food and eating utensils, and a knife.

1)) Mace

Unfortunately, if you’re in a survival situation it’s possible that there will be people out there who want your stuff and who will hurt you to get it.

Having a canister of mace handy may buy you the time needed to get at one of your weapons in an emergency.

2)) Crowbar

Whether you need to smash through a window or pry open a door, a crowbar is a necessary survival item in an urban environment.

Versatile and easy to stash in your backpack, this is one item definitely worth bringing.

3)) Can Opener

If you are surviving in an urban environment, you may find yourself eating a lot of canned goods– either ones you had stored at home or ones you found. Either way, a can opener will come in handy.

4)) Wire Cutters

Wire cutters are useful for obtaining access to a fenced-in area. While trespassing is not recommended, all bets may be off in a true survival situation.

Wire cutters may also be used to cut rope or other thin material for bushcrafting.

5)) Water Purification Tablets

Water purification tablets may be useful when you find a water source but you aren’t sure if it’s safe to drink.

Simply add tablets according to the directions on the packaging and you’ll have clean drinking water.

6)) Face Mask Or Gas Mask

If you’re in a situation where toxic debris is in the air, a face mask can help protect your lungs.

A gas mask may be the best option, although that does take up more room in your survival kit. It’s worth it to have one, though, in case you need it.

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7)) Water Keys

Water keys help you gain access to commercial or residential water in an emergency situation.

This may help in the days after a natural disaster or another emergency when drinking water is scarce.

8)) Portable Solar Panel

A portable solar panel can be used to charge your phone, flashlights, and any other rechargeable electronics you may need.

The solar panels are lightweight and thin as well, making them easy to pack and transport.

9)) Emergency Radio

If communications haven’t been knocked out or are restored, a radio can help keep you updated in the event of an emergency.

It’s a good idea to have one that is battery operated or solar charged.

10)) Ax

An ax is useful for so many things in a survival situation. Chopping wood, cutting down doors, or as a weapon, an ax is worth packing in your urban survival kit.

It doesn’t need to be full size, either. A small backpacker’s ax is sufficient.


These ten items alone aren’t enough for an urban survival kit– you still need the basics. A well-stocked survival kit will have you prepared for any emergency.

Unfortunately, we live in some trying times filled with civil unrest caused by a perfect storm that includes a lack of employment driven by an unstable economy, automation, corporate restructuring, and a host of other manmade catastrophes that increases the crime rate. This doesn’t even include all of the natural disasters that are known to wreak havoc on the lives of their victims. Since none of us have any control over these things, we must do everything within our power to be prepared. Visit Survivor Insiders often to get tips and advice on how to stay safe during these events!

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