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Urban Prepper EDC: What’s in my bag
What you should have on you at all times just in case things go sour
Preppers have the understanding that a catastrophic event can occur at any moment leaving the world in chaos. It is for this reason that many people have bug out bags and supplies at hand.
However, preppers also need to have EDC (Every Day Carry Bags) prepared and used should an event happen. These bags will allow you to sustain yourself long enough to get to your residence or bug out location. Ideally, you want to have a spare bug out bag in your car or nearby.
However, if this is not an option for you then follow this guide to make your Urban prepper EDC.
Have something for first aid
The main thing in your EDC needs to be a means of first aid. In the event of a catastrophe you will need to have some basic first aid.
More than likely there will be a fair amount of those which are injured or the potential for injury will be high. You do not need to have a tactical first aid kit in your EDC but you will need to have anti bacteria ointment as well as various sized ban aids.
Keep in mind that your EDC needs to be compact and easily carried. It is not a substitute for your bug out bag but the bag in which you just cannot live without in the event of a disaster.
Put a spare key in your EDC
If you are like most people you do not keep your keys in your pocket all day but rather place the keys on your desk or nearby.
However, if there is a disaster and chaos ensures your keys may quickly become lost/stolen. Having a spare set of keys for your car, as well as your residence in your EDC, removes the frustration of trying to locate where you put your keys. You can simply go to your residence or your bug out location.
Granted, you do not want to abandon your keys if you can get to them. Yet, you do not need to spend precious time searching for them if you have to get out fast.
Have a water straw
As it may be a bit before you are able to get to your bug out bag and your supplies, you need to ensure that you have a means of securing a water supply.
Where you can go for a longer time without food, your body is not designed to go without water for very long (you are 80% water).
A water straw in your everyday carry bag will allow you to drink of water which in other circumstances would be unfit for consumption.
Ensure that the straw brand you choose removes 99% of contaminants including metals and bacterium. It is also advised that you have a few water pouches in your EDC for quick access if needed.
Have a multi-tool
Where most businesses frown upon knives as a security risk, most will allow you to have a multi-tool pair of pillars. It is actually a bit humorous as most of these multi-tools have a knife as one of the tools.
Be careful not to get the largest pair that you can find as that is sure to cause some concerns.
Yet, you should have a multi-tool which will serve as your primary tool until you can reach your bug out location/ supplies.
Put a flashlight in the bag
Even if you live in a well-lit urban community, you need to have a flashlight. Power outages can transform a building quickly into a non-navigational area.
Having a flashlight of course lets you get about the structural damage, see when others can’t, as well as provides you with a secondary weapon (if you are smart and pack a large metal brand) if necessary.
In a worst case scenario where you cannot get back to your residence and will have to rely solely on the EDC for your survival, the flashlight can be used to create fire.
Have a set of functional clothing
Clothes will not last forever, but for some reason preppers tend to overlook this vital part of their bag. Put functional clothing with pockets into your EDC.
By functional I mean have a t-shirt, pants with pockets and several pairs of socks. Do not pack A-frame shirts, thongs, and regular blue jeans.
Your extra clothes should be kept in your bag until you absolutely need them. Use your old clothing to make rope and other functions when they become unwearable.
Pack some rope
You will be amazed in what a good length of rope can do. From providing you with the support for a shelter to being implemented into a survival weapon a rope is a necessity to your EDC.
As this is a smaller bag then your bug out bag, your rope should not be industrial thickness.
It should be functional and sturdy and allow for you to have multiple uses. Again, the EDC bag is meant for your support not your full survival.
Considerations for your EDC
While your everyday carry bag is essential, a prepper understands that they will need to find resources quickly in a catastrophic event.
You should have a disaster plan in place for both your home and your work area. Keep in mind that some of your main resources of your bug out bag (such as a knife and a gun) will not be an option to carry into your place of business.
Therefore, you will need to find other tools which can be used as a substitute for such (such as a screwdriver which is usually not seen as a weapon).
Identify the greatest weaknesses in the areas that you frequent most often and try to customize your EDC to meet those needs.
If possible, you should also consider setting up a bug out supply spot close to any frequented areas so as not to be totally dependent upon your EDC.
Identify and prepare for the changing of the World
You are not crazy.
You are not charismatic or a conspiracy nut.
Preppers are informed individuals which realize that it is their responsibility to ensure their own survival and that of their family for an event/events which will change the course of human life as we know it.
If you have been contemplating becoming a prepper but do not know where to begin, this beginner’s guide will help you to get started.
Keep in mind that this is the bare essentials, you will need to take it upon yourself to gain further survival skills and make additional preparations to maximize your chances of survival.
Identify that there is a problem, there are conditions, and that an event is imminent
There are situations in place which will have an impact upon our world, whether you’re an urban prepper or a rural prepper.
Whether this is from a total economic collapse, an EMP, martial law, polar shifts, or natural disasters is unknown.
What is known is that an event is coming.
When NASA, FEMA, as well as scientists and prophets all say to get prepared for a world changing event, you should take note.
All of these have shown that they have the potential to occur within our lifetime. The first thing which you need to realize is that you must prepare for multiple events.
Every event listed will trigger at least another catastrophic event.
For example: if there is an economic collapse then the government will issue martial law, as such food and natural resources will be regulated and mandated resulting in multiple deaths from starvation, as the bodies pile up and no burial is conducted plague will become a major concern in major cities.
You see how this works. To be an effective prepper you have to plan for an all-out scenario not just a specific event.
Stock up on the essentials in multiple locations
Preppers understand that in a catastrophic event that there will be limited essential resources.
Those which are successful preppers will be those which have been able to store supplies not only at their residence for bug in situations, but will also have a secret off residence location with essentials for a bug out situation.
Your essentials should include water, food, shelter, clothing, and heat.
Water should have secured by packing water filtration systems, water purification tablets, Gallons of purified water, establishing a rain water system, as well as having water pouches in your bug out bag.
Food should be secured in non-perishable format.
This can be MREs, dehydrated meats, seeds, and survival specific pouches (which tend to last for years).
Shelter can be another physical structure (recommended) or can be a tarp/tent and a specific bug out location.
Heat should not be limited to matches but should include a fire craft of flint and steel as well as perhaps a bowdrill. Clothing should be placed both in your bug out bag as well as stored at your alternative location.
By diversifying your supply you do not restrict yourself to any given location. Even if one location is compromised, you have the ability to survive based off of your bug out bag and your alternative location.
Don’t just stock, plan
One of the biggest mistakes that a prepper can make is to become a hoarder and not a prepper. A hoarder is a person that just collects supplies and the objects needed for prepping.
However, they have not a clue on how to survive in the world should everything go to chaos.
They basically have a ton of food and water (perhaps guns), but they have no plan of action. As a prepper you must have a disaster plan in place and practice the plan often.
If you find weaknesses in your plan you need to modify your disaster plan and make sure it works.
You need to plan for the worst case scenario.
Ask yourself “If this were to happen then how would I be effected?”
For example: If you have a bug out route that goes by the main grocery store of your town you should ask “If there is rioting and looting at this location what is the probability that I can get to my location without being confronted, looted, or detained?”
If you find that the answer is negative, reconstruct your plan to get a positive answer.
While you may need support too much information is the recipe for failure
I am going to go a bit against the whole doomsday prepper ideology here and give you a bit of common sense advice.
Where you may want to include a select few into your prepper plan, it is not a good idea to make your prepping common knowledge or even to have a large close knit circle.
Common Sense will tell you that in a survival situation it is going to be everyman for him/herself.
Now, if you live next door to someone who knows that you have supplies for 3 years and they know your bug out plan and the security that you have in your home, where do you think they are going to go to get their supplies?
Are they going to go to the other houses which have unknown supplies and unknown security or will they devise a plan to go to a house where they know they can find food and water and other supplies.
The best prepping is done in selective secrecy.
By this I mean that you may want to reveal part of your plan to a small circle (such as in the event of an emergency we should lock down our cul-de-sac by implementing these strategies) but avoid giving away vital information (such as I have 400 cases of dehydrated meat and 300 gallons of water in the basement under lock and key).
Using a bit of common sense in how and who you give your prepping strategy to can be the difference between life and death.
The essential skills to keep you safe when the world goes to chaos
When a catastrophic event occurs and there is mass hysteria upon the earth, the preppers and the survivalists will be those which survive.
Those which are unprepared will be at the mercy of whatever supplies and necessities they can find. Governmental control over these products will make it even more difficult to survive in an urban setting.
Therefore, you must be prepared to face not only wilderness conditions, but urban conditions when you prepare.
Here are 13 urban prepper skills everyone should know.
1) How to collect water
The number one skill which you will have to learn is how to ensure that you have enough water. Granted, you will need to know how to get food, but without water you will die.
As most sources will be unsuitable for consumption, you will need to stock up on water filtration systems, water straws, as well as know how to naturally collect water.
You can collect water naturally through rain water, snow, and dew accumulation.
2) How to pick a lock
Normally, it is not advocated that you learn to pick a lock. However, in an urban survival setting there will be very vague lines in what is acceptable and what is not.
In most cases there will be lawlessness. Knowing how to pick a lock will help to ensure your food survival.
Abandoned houses, garages, as well as warehouses and storage facilities can provide you with ample supplies.
However, you have to be able to access the areas with little attention (meaning you cannot go at the door with an axe).
If you can learn to pick a lock quickly and inconspicuously your chances are higher for survival.
3) How to obtain gas
In order to reach your ultimate bug out location, you will need to have gas. Unfortunately, in an urban survival situation that will be one of the first resources to go.
People will flock to the pumps and they will go dry.
This means that you will either have to know how to siphon gas or where to puncture a gas tank to get gas. It would also not hurt you to have a supply of gas ready before you have to rely on these measures.
4) How to fire a gun
In a survivalist situation you will need to have a tactical weapon which can handle far off threats. Those threats which are obvious need to be minimized. Part of being a prepper is knowing how to fire a gun.
Having a handgun provides you with enough protection for an urban environment. Some would argue that you need an assault rifle and a shotgun, but these are just supportive guns. Diversifying your guns is a good option.
However, keep in mind that the more guns you have the more likely you are to have someone take and use one against you. You cannot guard them all, all the time.
5) How to use a knife
Your knife is going to be your number one tool.
You will need it for offense and defense as well as your primary tool for your urban survival.
It is very probable that you will have to cut multiple things a day and a knife will provide that. In the event that you have to have a heat source in an exterior urban area (such as an alleyway) a knife can provide you with the carbon steel needed to make a fire.
6)Martial Arts or Close Combat Training
Where weaponry is essential to your survival, so is combat training. You can lose or damage your weapon.
However, if you are trained in martial arts or close combat training then you will always have a weapon that you can utilize. You are encouraged to begin your training now.
The longer you wait the less skilled you will be. Yes, you can do some damage as a white belt, but a black belt is more effective.
7) How to locate potential hazardous areas
Certain areas of the urban setting will be more probable to have hazards.
You will want to stay away from areas which will see rioting, increased security (such as streets with government buildings), or places where you are most likely to meet dangerous confrontations (such as close to a prison).
Where you cannot avoid every obstacle that will come your way, you need not put yourself in harm’s way without cause. Your disaster plan and bug out plan should address these hazards.
8) How and where to store seeds
Even in an urban setting there will be places which you can grow seeds.
Whether this is on a ledge or on a roof garden is unknown.
However, it is essential that you have a supply of seeds so that you can create your own food source should the food supply run out or the ground become contaminated and food unsuitable to eat.
Seeds must be kept below 40 degrees and in an air tight container to last, so keep that in mind when stocking up your supply.
9) You need to have an alternative location
Hopefully your plan is not oriented to a bug in situation.
In most cases if there is an urban survival situation, houses will be seized by the government and only those locations that do not prove to have a strategical advantage will be left alone.
This means that if you have all of your supplies stored at your residence then you could be in the same boat as those which did not prep at all. Have an alternative location with supplies ready so that in the event that you have to bug out you can do so with a higher chance of survival.
10) What will you do with your pets
Although most people do not consider it, you need to know what you are going to do with your pet. If you have supplies for your pet and they are part of your bug out plan great.
If you do not see how you could survive with your pet (they are too noisy, old, etc.) consider using them as a meat source. It may sound a bit cruel, but in a survival situation every little bit will count.
11) How to secure your residence
If you can lock down your residence against rioter and marauders then you will have the advantage. You will not be able to keep the government from taking or neutralizing your location. Think about it. If you lock down your home and the government cannot get into it, they will just bomb the location and take out the risk. This being stated, you should have secured doors, locks, and such in place to keep the public at bay until you are forced to bug out.
12) How to navigate at night
Disasters do not only occur during the day. Furthermore, when a disaster occurs the terrain will change. Practicing your disaster plan at night will ensure that you can navigate efficiently in a crisis situation. You should plan alternate routes to your destination as well and practice such at various times.
13) You will need first aid training
Finally, you will need to have tactical first aid training. This goes a bit beyond just slapping on a ban aid. This is perhaps the most important urban skill you may have in your pocket.
It does no good to gain water, have food, and be able to protect yourself if you cannot perform a self heimlich maneuver and choke on a berry or bleed to death from a deep gash off of some metal object.
How understanding the times we are in can help your decision as well
We are in a changing time, it is clear that things are escalating politically and that the earth is “winding down” in a sense with the increase of natural disasters and other such events.
Therefore it is critical that the responsible person take into account the various situations and determine for himself that it is time to prepare for the catastrophic events which are bound to happen. Here are my primary reasons for becoming an urban prepper.
1) The government is cutting assistance programs
Where I am not on government assistance and do not judge anyone that is, this is a major game changer in the way in which our economy works.
There are millions which are dependent upon some form of governmental assistance. From the Medicare program to social security and food stamp assistance, the government has their hand in the majority of the American families.
Now, if those programs cease (as they are already seeing tremendous cuts) then those which were dependent upon such assistance will need to find other means of getting their necessities.
For example: if a city has thousands which can no longer get food, they will riot and loot for it. This of course will trickle down and cause a full economic collapse.
Through my urban prepping, I am ensured that I have enough supplies to survive when such an event occurs.
2) Our dollar is still declining
Regardless of what the experts may say, our dollar just does not go as far as it used to go. Even when the minimum wages increase to allow burger flippers to get $15 an hour, the cost of living rises and there is no change.
Combine this with the fact that the foreign financial market is seeing declines in their currency and add to that our trillions of dollars in debt and you can see that our money will not be around for much longer.
As a prepper, you understand that when this even happens that the only means of obtaining goods will be through bartering and trading. You also understand that when money is no longer an option that the stores and the main forms of commerce will become obsolete.
Again, this will cause rioting and mass hysteria from those which have not prepared. Only those which have taken measures to ensure that they are ready for such events will survive.
3) Regardless of the event martial law will be established
If you do not believe that the military will declare martial law then look at the events surrounding hurricane Katrina. That was just one state.
Someone with common sense can tell you that in the event of a major event (either natural or manmade) that the government will quickly step in and declare martial law.
When this occurs, food and water as well as the other necessities will be monitored and rationed out to the elite. Those which have the most to offer will be given precedence over the common man. Houses will be seized, goods will be taken, and guns will be confiscated.
As an urban prepper, I have to have a disaster plan in place when these events occur.
Having a stock pile of food and water as well as various weapons (both guns as well as knives and other weapons which do not depend upon commerce) is essential to being able to act both offensively as well as defensively when martial law is established.
Tactical gear and a tactical first aid kit will be paramount during this time. As the government has already bought over 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition for the Homeland sector as well as over 2 thousand military grade vehicles, it can be concluded that they are getting ready for a full out war of suppression on the general populace.
Supporting this conclusion is FEMA and NASA’s public announcements that the general populace should make urban bug out bags which can sustain them for a minimum of 3 to 7 days.
If they are telling you to get ready, we should take note. Only those individuals who have made urban prepping plans will be able to survive effectively during this time.
4) The only person you can rely upon is yourself
I had a bit of a revelation on the subject of survival and dependence. You are the only one that can ensure your survival.
Where you can stock up on food and water and other essentials, being an urban prepper means that you are trained in the skills of urban survival.
You go beyond just hoarding food and look to ways in which to survive. By doing so you are taking on the personal responsibility for your survival and that of your family.
You cannot rely upon the government as the government will be a factor of the problem. You cannot rely upon your food source and water source as they will eventually run out. You cannot rely upon your family as, sadly, they may not be around if an event strikes suddenly.
You cannot rely upon your friends and neighbors as in a survivalist situation it will become every man and woman for him or herself. The only one that can keep you alive is you.
With these factors considered, I realized that it was time to begin prepping.
Why am I an Urban survivalist?
Because I live in an urban environment.
If I lived in a wilderness setting I would be prepping for wilderness survival.
Do not get me wrong, I will have to eventually make it to a bug out location outside of the radius of the city.
However, when a disaster occurs I will more than likely (as well as most of the populace of America) be in an urban setting. Until I can safely make it to my bug out location and implement my disaster plan, urban survival will be a must.
What you need to know about being a suburban prepper
Wilderness preppers have a bit of the advantage I believe. There are resources which are available naturally and they can start a sustainable lifestyle.
However, there are a great many people that live in the suburbs and in major cities which just do not have the option of trudging it down to the woods to prepare for a catastrophic event.
Here are a few things which you should consider if you are planning on being a prepper in suburbia.
You will need to have residential and off residential storage
In an urban prepper situation, you will need to ensure that you have the supplies needed to survive. This means that you have to stock up on food and water as well as a heat source.
Unfortunately, most residences do not have ample space in which to store such supplies.
Yes, if you have a spare room you should put some of your supplies in that location to secure the immediate supplies which you will need. However, you should not put all of your supplies at your residence.
There are a few reason s for this:
The solution will be to have a storage house or facility. In a suburban setting this will probably mean that you will have to rent a storage space.
Keep in mind the location and the probability of seizure/lockdown in the event that the worst case scenario occurs.
Prepping in the suburbs must be done with the highest level of secrecy
I know that you see the prepper shows and they are all in groups and everyone is nodding their heads in approval of the prepper.
Yet, in reality most people are fearful or even apprehensive towards the suburban prepper.
If a landlord sees that you are stocking up on tactical supplies, weapons, food, and such you may not be given the option to renew your lease.
If you own your home, the HOA may try to find violations.
You can also be targeted for violations of building and zoning laws, the EPA could knock on your door, the FDA may come and seize your stash, or numerous other things may happen.
The fact of the matter is that if you are in an urban society you will have strong opposition to your prepping.
You should continue to prep but do so in as much secrecy as possible. Do not go and buy a ton of supplies in one day and expect not to get noticed. Neither should you show off your stash of food and water to others which have not committed fully to your prep plan.
If you are stocking up on guns keep that to yourself
One of the quickest ways in which the government can stop a suburban prepper is through the homeland security act.
Where those which live in the country and in rural America can get by with stockpiling a ton of guns and ammunition, those which attempt to do so in a urban setting have a bit of a problem. The moment that you start to buy guns the government hones in on you.
If you have say 50 guns and hundreds of boxes of ammunition, then the government has only to say that you are a potential threat to America (aka you are a possible terrorist) and they can seize the guns, ammunition, your property, etc. and put you in jail.
Think that this cannot happen?
Nothing scares the neighbors more than a man or a woman that has a ton of guns and can hold their own. Give them a reason to say you are dangerous and they will blow that whistle like crazy.
Keep your guns and your ammunition stored up secretly.
Do it legally, but do not make it a big deal.
Suburban Preppers face more obstacles with their bug out plans
If you are planning for a disaster which requires a bug out plan, you will find that urban prepper bug out plans are hit with a number of obstacles.
First, you cannot use the major highways. These will be monitored by the government and those which look suspicious (anyone that looks like they can fend for themselves) are likely to be retained.
The roads cannot be traveled by vehicle as most people will flock to the roads. This will lead to immobility of vehicles as traffic piles up.
This means that you will have to use the back roads and the alleyways to get to the bug out spot.
As you will be going through the less traveled areas, the probability that you will run across unsavory characters is greater.
Criminals are more apt to be in locations where they can pick off a select few then to take on a crowd.
To heighten the risk, in the event of an EMP or a full electrical grid shutdown (either as the primary event or as a secondary) prisons which are controlled by electrical fencing and locks may experience a large number of prison breaks.
These criminals are more apt to stay in the back roads and alleys as they do not want to be apprehended. This makes your bug out route even more dangerous.
When you plan your route, you need to consider the variables which may happen, those that will definitively happen, and those which are less likely to happen.
Find the route that balances your needs with the reality of the situation well. Where it is true that you will have an offensive weapon as well as a defensive strategy, you do not want to be hindered when implementing your bug out plan.
Rioting will be a major factor in a catastrophic event
If you are in an urban setting then rioting and looting will quickly ensue. You will need to time your bug out plan so that you can get out as quickly as possible with as much sustainable supplies as possible in the least amount of time.