Urban bug out bag: Checklist and Planning Guide

If a disaster strikes, a city is arguably the worst place to be. Not only do you have to worry about issues like rubble and downed power lines, but crowds of panicking people who didn’t have the foresight to stockpile basic supplies pose a huge threat.

At lot of prepper websites will tell you to move the heck out of the city.  Yes – that’s good advice, but not all of us are in a situation where we can pick up and move.

What you can do is pack an urban Bug Out Bag.

What is an Urban Bug Out Bag?

There are a lot of different definitions of Bug Out Bag.  In general though, a BOB is defined as a kit containing everything you need to survive through disaster conditions for 3 days.

So, an urban Bug Out Bag will contain everything you need to survive a disaster in a city or other urban environment.

Why You Need an Urban Bug Out Bag

You might not think you need an urban BOB.  After all, you could just go home – right?

You might even keep a Get Home Bag in your car in case a disaster strikes while you are away.

The truth is that there are many situations where you could end up stuck wandering the city through a SHTF disaster.

  • Your home becomes completely unsafe (ask the people of Syria about that one!).

  • The city is put on lockdown and you are unable to leave.

  • You have a disability or illness which makes it impossible to get out of the city.

  • There are no rural/wilderness areas around you, such as in large cities on the East Coast.

  • It will take several days of trekking through the city to reach the nearest safe, remote location.

When planning any BOB, I encourage you to think about items in categories based on what goal they achieve.

For example, to survive in any situation we need Shelter, Food, Warmth, and Medical Supplies.  You can read more about these categories in our post 3-Day Bug Out Bag Packing List.

Most Bug Out Bag lists are created with the notion that you’ll be escaping into the wilderness.  You’ll find items on these lists like a portable saw and fishing kits.

These items can be virtually useless in an urban environment!

Here, I want to go over some of the survival considerations which are unique to urban environments.

1. Shelter Considerations

The great thing about bugging out in a city is that there are plenty of pre-made shelters available.  The issue is how you are going to access them.

This is where survival gear like bolt cutters and crowbars can come in very handy.  You might also want a plastic tarp and some duct tape so you can weather-proof a damaged shelter.

I’d also recommend mapping out some locations in your city which would make a good survival shelter.

Abandoned buildings like factories might be a good choice, though plenty of other people will probably have this idea.

Dilapidated buildings might be better as fewer people will think of going there, and they are less likely to be targeted by looters.

Read more here…

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