For The Ultimate Urban Survival Kit, we teamed up with Chris from The Bug Out Bag Guide to combine our survival experience and create a kit that’s worthy of being in every city dwellers apartment.
Living in a major city can be a challenge on normal days, so you can only imagine the problems that would arise if there’s a serious emergency. Urban survival comes with its own set of issues due to the large amount of people in one area and reliance on city infrastructure from water lines to roadways. A lot can go wrong and you don’t want to be caught unprepared.
This survival kit has been tailored specifically for urban dwellers. Like others it comes with basic shelter and water purification tablets. However, there are a few added elements to make this the ultimate urban survival kit. One item is the SP16 SPAX Tool. Designed for military, sporting and rescue use, this tool can be a hatchet, knife or pick axe depending on your need. It’s perfect whether you need to lift an access hole, open a fire hydrant or cut through the front windshield of a car.
Besides breaching doors and windows, the other aspect you need to worry about when surviving in the city is environmental protection. Cities tend to have many buildings in a small area. Weather or human-related emergencies can lead to serious building damage causing falling debris and air contaminants. The included safety goggles coupled with earplugs and mask will protect you from most contaminants. Luckily, they are all very easy to put on so you won’t waste precious seconds trying to get them over your eyes and mouth. Included as well are a pair of camo gloves that provides you with an excellent grip while also protecting you from protruding nails and sharp glass shards.
Although there are definitely benefits to living in the city, in the case of severe emergencies, you’ll want to be prepared. In these cases, you don’t only have to worry about food and water, but air pollutants, other people and environmental hazards that come with living in the city. This urban survival kit was tested in the heart of New York City and left experts impressed. The best part? It’s small enough that it can fit in any size apartment.
The Ultimate Urban Survival Kit will enable you to:
- Breach doors, windows, walls, containers, and many other man made or natural obstacles
- Protect your hands, eyes, ears, and lungs from debris and dust
- Defend yourself against unfriendly survivors
- Perform basic first aid
- Purify and carry water
- Start a fire for warmth, cooking, or signaling
- Communicate with your bug out team
- Receive radio updates on the evolving disaster
- Shelter yourself from the elements
- And much, much more
Together we tested dozens of items to see what would be best suited to help us survive an urban disaster. This testing was carried out in real world conditions in the heart of New York City and they left no doubt in our mind that the final Urban Survival kit loadout is ideally suited to keep you surviving and moving towards safety when time is critical.
(1) Medium Transport Pack
The Medium Transport Pack has a great balance of durability, storage capacity, ergonomics, and price. Team RTGS uses these packs regularly to commute to the city, go on hiking trips, hit up the shooting range, go to the beach, and run day to day errands. This pack has enough room to fit all the preset Tactical Traveler items, as well as some extra space for personal items.
- Durable heavy duty zippers
- P/U coated lining and pockets for water repellency
- Molle compatible webbing
- Top carry handle for ease of transport
- Hydration bladder ready
- Adjustable and padded shoulder straps
- One large main compartment with zippered pouch and mesh pocket (17″ x 8.25″ x 4.25″)
- Three additional pockets and storage compartments: 16″ x 7″ x 3.25″, 10″ x 6.5″ x 2.25″, 3.5″ x 6.5″ x 2.25″
BREACHING and SELF DEFENSE
(1) Ontario SPAX Tool
The SP16 SPAX made by Ontario Knife is part of the Spec Plus Next Generation series designed for military, sporting, and rescue use. The SPAX is a knife, a hatchet, or a pick axe, whatever the situation dictates. Situated in New York State’s scenic Southern Tier, Ontario Knife Company produces one of the most comprehensive, wide-ranging product lines in the cutlery industry today. While being a worldwide supplier, the Ontario Knife Company is also a major supplier to the U.S. Government and its military. Ontario has built its reputation on a heritage of uncompromising craftsmanship, quality materials and components, and a steadfast commitment to its workforce. Epoxy textured and powder coated black steel blades. Full tang blades are hardened to 52-54 HRC. Kraton handle resists the elements and has finger grooves for a secure grip. Piped lanyard hole in handle. Includes leather cordura sheath.
- Made of 1095 Carbon Steel
- 8 inch plain edge blade
- Knife Closed Length: 3.3-Inch
- Knife Open Length: 13-Inch
- Weighs 26 ounces
(1) Smith & Wesson Tactical Ops Knife w/ belt cutter & glass breaker
This knife comes personally recommended by Roman from RTGS. Its utilitarian features include a seatbelt cutter, glass breaker, and a razor sharp edge, making it ideal for personal protection and first responder functions.
- Handle Length: 4.5″ (11.4 cm)
- Blade Length: 3.5″ (9.0 cm)
- Steel: Stainless
- SteelLocking Mechanism: Linerlock
- Handle: High-Impact Composite
- Seatlbelt Cutter
- Window Breaker
- Pocket Clip
- Weight: 4.3 oz
(2) Disposable Lighters
When your not in the mood to do it the old fashioned way, we included 2 disposable lighters to help you get a fire going. Even though these are included in our packs, we recommend you use magnesium fire starter to become more acclimated to starting a fire in more primitive conditions.
(1) UCO Stormproof Matches (25 pc)
UCO Stormproof Matches are the best matches available for harsh conditions. Each match burns for about 15 seconds even if it is windy, rainy, or cold. The matches even burn underwater. Extra strikers are included.
- Matches are completely stormproof
- Burns despite wind or rain
- Will burn underwater
- 25 matches per box
- Extra strikers included
FOOD and WATER
(1) 18 Datrex Emergency Food Bars (3690 cal)
Even if you haven’t witnessed a disaster first hand, you’ve seen the devastation they cause and you know that you can never be too prepared. In regards to food, a tactical survival kit like the Tactical Survival contains a quick boost of nutrients. Food rations from Datrex are made from all natural ingredients, have high energy value and are tabletized and sub packaged for easy rationing. They have a five year shelf life and are also USCG approved so you know you can count on them when you need them most.
- 200 Calories per bar, 3600 calories per pack
- Sub packaged for ease of rationing and storage in your survival and disaster kit
- All natural ingredients with no preservatives and superior coconut flavor
- USCG approved; small and lightweight with a 5 year shelf life
- High energy value; ready to eat; non thirst provoking
(1) Stainless Steel Water Bottle (750 mL) ( View Details )
- Capacity: 750 mL, 25 Oz
(1) Chlor Floc Water Purification Tablets ( View Details )
Currently used by the US military (National Stock Number 6850-01-352-6129), these powder packets eliminate giardia, most bacteria, viruses, other harmful micro organisms and sediment.
- Eliminates Giardia, Bacterial, Viruses And Removes Sediment
- 30 powder packets Per Box
- Used by the U.S. Military
- 30 packets per box
- 4 year shelf life
(1) Camelbak Mil Spec Antidote Reservoir 70 oz (90856)
The Antidote is more than just a reservoir; it redefines the ultimate water supply for all survival situations. It provides maximum adaptability for different environments, featuring the QL HydroLock drink tube that allows attachment of CPC accessories including gas mask adapters.
- Hold’s 70 oz. of liquid
- QL HydroLock™ offers easy, one-handed on/off water flow on drink tube
- Quick Link™ Exit Port and QL HydroLock™ Bite Valve Adapter: tube clicks off for faster refilling with auto shut-off
- CamelBak® Got Your Bak Guarantee™. If we built it, we’ll Bak it™ with our lifetime guarantee
- Quick Link™ and QL HydroLock™ drink tube: quickly and easily attach any CPC accessory including the USMC standard filter
- New Fillport: industry’s largest opening with air-light ¼ turn open/close for quick, secure seal that can’t be over-tightened; lighter weight lower profile design
- Insulated drink tube cover protects tube from harmful UV rays and abrasion
- Low-profile, baffled design reduces reservoir stack and maximizes stability
Model #: 90856
(1) Uvex S3970DF Stealth OTG Safety Goggles
The Uvex S3970DF Stealth OTG Safety Goggles, coupled with earplugs and a N95 mask will (also included) will protect your orifices from debris and contaminants. For more advanced protection, please check out our NBC System (hyperlink).
- Low profile, wrap-around design fits comfortably over most prescription eyewear
- Pivoting headband clip and wide adjustable slide headband provides a range of adjustability and all day comfort
- Available with Dura-streme dual coating technology
- Easy lens replacement system
- Lens Tint: Clear
- Lens Coating/Shade: Dura-Streme
- Lens Material: Polycarbonate
- Strap Material: Fabric
- Ventilation: Indirect Vente
- Frame Color: Navy
(1) Tactical Mechanix M-Pact Woodland Camo Gloves
- Molded Thermal Plastic Rubber (TPR) knuckle and finger impact protection
- High impact PORON® XRD™ palm padding absorbs shock and vibration
- TrekDry® top-hand material helps keep hands dry and comfortable
- Second-skin fit with a hook and loop closure
- Ideal for military, law enforcement, firearm operation and maintenance repair operations purposes
- Rubberized grip on thumb and index finger for improved control and abrasion resistance
- Machine washable
(4) N95 Mask
In the years following 9/11, there are thousands of emergency workers suffering from horrible respiratory diseases and cancer from breathing in the dust left after the towers collapsed. If you are ever caught in a similar scenario, make sure you cover your face with an N95 mask or a damp cloth/bandana to prevent lung damage. Even if the event happened days or weeks prior, there may still be harmful contaminants in the air you want to avoid at all costs. If it’s a true SHTF scenario, seeking medical assistance after the fact might not be an option. These masks are affordable and lightweight, but must be changed every few hours to maintain effectiveness in contaminated environments. For more comprehensive protection see our NBC System.
(4) Sets of Ear Plugs
These soft low ear pressure plugs are comfortable for a variety of activities. Easy to roll foam easily inserts into ear and expands for a comfortable custom fit. Super comfortable foam allows hours of comfortable noise and sound protection. The plugs offer 31dB noise reduction.
(1) SOL Emergency Blanket
The most advanced emergency blanket on the market – meticulously designed never to fail when you’re counting on it with your life. It all starts with the material – vacuum-metalized polyethylene reflects 90% of your body heat while also offering a number of other important features that set it apart from traditional mylar blankets: it opens easily and will not shred if nicked or punctured, rips and tears can be repaired, it is quiet and won’t crinkle in high winds, and its high-visibility orange exterior makes it easy for rescuers to find you. Sized to fit one person.
- Resists tearing and will not shred like Mylar blankets
- Heatsheets material is waterproof and windproof
- Reflects 90% of radiated body heat
- Functions wet or dry
- A true ultralight multifunction backcountry tool that can also be used as a ground cloth, gear cover, first aid blanket, and more
- Weight: 2.5oz
Size: 56″ x 84″
(1) Coghlans Tube Tent
The tube tent is a great emergency shelter that has been used by survival experts for many years. It’s quick to set-up, lightweight, and can also be used to quickly gather rainwater. A tube tent is only a suitable shelter in a survival situation; it would not be suitable for living beyond a several day period. If you’re looking for something that can sustain you for a longer period of time, please check out our Basecamp II expansion module.
- Made of rugged 2.5 mil polyethylene
- Enough room for 2 people
- No tent poles needed, just string the provided cord between two trees
- Blaze orange color makes tent visible from a distance – this helps you avoid getting shot by hunters
- Instructions included. Sets up in minutes
- Weighs 17 oz
- 12 x 8 feet
(1) Rothco Rip-stop Poncho
The Rothco Rip-Stop poncho will help keep you dry, which in turn keeps you healthy. Wetness leads to chafing, blisters, hypothermia, and other generally bad things. Stay dry my friends!
- 100% polyester
- One size – 56″ x 90″
- Elongated hood with under-chin ties
- Snaps on each side for double protection
- Waterproof – meets water pressure 875mm
- Grommeted corners for use as emergency shelter
(1) Roll Duct Tape (50 feet)
Duct tape has so many uses; it would probably take a whole book just to go through the possibilities. Here is a short list of the things you can do with Gods gift to man…Duct tape!
- Repair a pierced hydration bladder, jacket, tent, glasses, footwear, canoe, etc
- Create a first aid sling
- Bond shelter elements together
- Splint a broken fishing pole
- Make a drinking cup
- Create a belt
- Create arrow fletching
(1) 50′ 550 Paracord
Paracord is another item that has a very long list of survival uses.
- 7 strands in the core
- Length: 50 feet
- Tensile strength of 550-lbs
- Some Uses:
- Rig a pulley system to life heavy objects
- Tie things to your backpack
- String up a clothes line
- Tie up a person (just in case)
- Replace shoe laces
- Repair broken equipment
- Use as dental floss
- Create a makeshift belt
(10) Large Zip Ties
Zip ties have similar uses to Paracord, but are better suited for certain things because of their rigid and seemingly unbreakable strength. Here are a few things you can use our zip ties for.
- Place markers: Use them to mark your trail through unfamiliar terrain
- Secure a light fixture on a branch overhead when camping out
- Hold wooden poles together to improvise a survival shelter
- Temporarily restrain unruly individuals
- Create a snare for catching prey
- Secure a tent in place
(1) Eton Crank Radio (optional add-on item)
The FR1 is designed to keep you safe and sound, all charged up and ready to know. Perfect for everyday use or in case of emergency. Small enough to store in an emergency kit, backpack or glovebox, the FR1 packs a ton of features into a super compact size. And it’s mighty enough to charge most smartphones, play tunes and news, receive weather alerts, and light the night. Stay in tune and up to date with this AM/FM/NOAA weather band digital radio with display and alarm clock. Plug in your favorite headphones for solo listening. The FR1 powers up in multiple ways—via hand crank, built-in rechargeable battery, or use DC power via the included micro-USB cable to charge the FR1’s built-in rechargeable battery. To charge your smartphone, simply plug your charging cable into the USB port. Push the ‘CELL’ button and it will begin to charge to your phone. The FR1 has enough power to fully charge most smartphones when fully charged.
- LED flashlight
- USB smart phone charger
- Crank charging
- Receives AM/FM/Weather band
(1) Storm Whistle Emergency Whistle
This whistle creates a clear high frequency sound with a power rating 75% greater than other referee and safety whistles. Another cool feature of this whistle is that it can be heard under water, up to 50ft.
(1) First Aid Only 299 Piece First Aid Kit
This first aid kit is a perfect addition to any emergency kit. It is comprehensive enough to treat minor aches and pains, and lightweight enough to carry in your Bug out Bag without breaking your back. This kit can also be used for camping, marine adventures, hiking, home, auto, and school settings.
- (1) 1-1/2″x1-1/2″ Patch plastic bandage
- (1) 2″ Conforming gauze roll bandage
- (1) 4-1/2″ Scissors, nickel plated
- (1) 4″ Tweezers, plastic
- (1) 4″x5″ Instant cold compress
- (1) 5″x9″ Trauma pad
- (1) Burn relief pack, 3.5 gm.
- (1) Emergency blanket
- (1) First aid guide
- (1) Sterile eye pad
- (1) Thermometer, one time use
- (2) 1/2″x5 yd. First aid tape roll
- (2) 2″x4″ Elbow & knee plastic bandages
- (2) 4″x4″ Gauze dressing pads
- (2) 6″x11/16″ Finger splint
- (2) Exam quality vinyl gloves
- (2) First aid cream packs
- (3) 2″x2″ Moleskin squares
- (3) Butterfly wound closures
- (3) Insect sting relief pads
- (4) 3″x3″ Gauze dressing pads
- (4) Fingertip fabric bandages
- (4) Knuckle fabric bandages
- (6) 2″x2″ Gauze dressing pads
- (6) Antibiotic ointment packs
- (6) Aspirin tablets
- (6) Extra-strength non-aspirin tablets
- (6) Ibuprofen tablets
- (10) 1″x3″ Fabric bandages
- (10) 3″ Cotton tipped applicators
- (14) Alcohol cleansing pads
- (15) BZK antiseptic towelettes
- (20) 3/4″x3″ Fabric bandages
- (30) 1″x3″ Adhesive plastic bandages
- (50) 3/8″x1-1/2″ Junior plastic bandages
- (75) 3/4″x3″ Adhesive plastic bandages
Kit Dimensions: 9-1/4″x7-1/2″x2-7/8″
Model #: FAO-442
(20) Thyrosafe Potassium Iodide Tablets (65 Mg)
Today, there are 103 nuclear reactors in the United States. Although these reactors are heavily protected, there is always the possibility of a nuclear accident or successful terrorist attack. Evacuation is still the main component of the government’s plan to protect the public, but studies have shown that “thyroid damage can be a concern more then 200 miles downwind from a nuclear accident” and that quick evacuation is usually not an option. This was so vividly pointed out when New Orleans had 3 days notice of hurricane Katrina. In a nuclear emergency there will most likely be no prior notice. Potassium iodide must be taken prior to, or soon after exposure of radiation from nuclear fall-out in order to be effective, therefore potassium iodide must be readily on-hand. In the event of a nuclear emergency there simply will not be time to protect your family with potassium iodide if you do not have it already.
ThyroSafe™ is the only FDA approved 65 mg. Potassium Iodide (KI) tablet sold in the US. It is used to protect your thyroid gland against radioactive iodine released during a nuclear emergency. It does this by flooding the thyroid with stable, safe iodine, which blocks the absorption of dangerous radioactive iodine. ThyroSafe™ is produced by Recipharm AB, Sweden, who has more than 20 years experience in manufacturing Potassium Iodide tablets. Each tablet of ThyroSafe™ has a convenient cross-score, making it easy to break into smaller amounts for small children.
During a nuclear emergency, radioactive iodine is released and is swallowed or inhaled by human beings. It will then be absorbed into the thyroid gland. Even very small amounts of radioactive iodine will eventually deliver a large radiation dose to thyroid cells resulting in various abnormalities later in life including loss of thyroid functions, nodules in the thyroid or thyroid cancer. Children whose thyroids are especially active, are extremely susceptible to it. Four years after the Chernobyl nuclear accident, the observed cases of thyroid cancer among children aged 0-4 years at the time of the accident in Belarus and Ukraine exceeded the expected number of cases by 30-60 fold. During the ensuing years, in the most heavily affected areas, incidence of thyroid cancer is as much as 100-fold compared to pre-Chernobyl rates. However, in Poland, where over 18 million doses of Potassium Iodide (KI) were administered to 97% of the children, there has been no increase in thyroid cancer.
(10) Ammonia Inhalants
Ammonia inhalants are an added bonus item to the first aid kit used to treat and prevent fainting. Please do not attempt to use these without proper training or qualified supervision.
(1) Nebo Redline Tactical Flashlight 220 Lumen w/ strobe S.O.S.
The Redline 5 lighting modes, 100% white light (220 lumens), 50% white light (110 lumens), 10% white light (22 lumens), S.O.S. mode (220 lumens), or emergency strobe mode (220 lumens). This flashlight has a 4x adjustable beam that works with any light setting to change the Redline from a flood light to illuminate everything within a 20 yard distance, or to a spot light to focus up to 150 yards. The light is strong enough to temporarily blind someone in a self-defense situation, possibly giving you enough time to escape and get to safety.
Settings – 220 lumens / 110 lumens / 22 lumens / S.O.S. / Defensive Strobe
- 100% – 4 hours of continuous illumination
- 50% – 8 hours of continuous illumination
- 10% – 15 hours of continuous illumination
- S.O.S. – 72 hours of continuous illumination
- Strobe – 72 hours of continuous illumination
- Length – 4.5″
Diameter – 1.5″
Weight – 0.428 lbs
- One high power LED bulb outputs 220 lumens of light (bulb rated for 110,000+ hours of life)
- Anodized aircraft grade aluminum water-resistant compact body design
- Magnetic base for hands-free lighting
- Aggressive self-defense faceRear glow-in-the-dark button uses hard/soft touch technology
- Hard Touch: Simply click through the functions. (Light will turn off in between settings.)
- NOTE: Light will reset to first setting (100% ON after being off for 20 seconds.)
- Soft Touch: Press button halfway with no click
- This allows the user to cycle through the settings quickly without the light turning off between settings
(1) Gerber Multi-Tool
From cutting twine to opening a can of soup, this multi-tool from Gerber is like having an entire tool box in your pocket. Lightweight and compact, it features needle nose pliers, serrated knife, can opener, bottle opener, corkscrew, wire cutter, crimper, Fiskars scissors, crosshead screwdriver and small, medium and large flat blade screwdrivers. All components lock in place and the built-in safety prevents accidental openings. Stainless steel construction and made in the USA.
(1) Camping Steel Detachable Eating Utensil
Eating utensil detaches so fork and knife can be used in separate hands. Other attachments include a bottle opener, can opener, and spoon. It also comes with a nylon pouch so you can store the utensils away when not in use.
(6) AA & (6) AAA Batteries
Energizer batteries now hold their power for 10 years. Their proprietary Power Seal Technology is assurance that you’ll have power you can rely on, whether you’re capturing baby’s first steps, competing in the final level of a video game marathon, or preparing for a storm on the horizon. A 10 year shelf life means that you can be confident you’ll always have power when you need it most. that’s positivenergy!™