URBAN SURVIVAL GEAR
This is a curated selection of urban survival gear, clothing, EDC, tech and kits. For SHTF events, operative missions, TEOTWAWKI, prepping, professional work, SERE and last but not least for every day urban living.
Urban survivalism isn’t just about life or death situations or even isolated to events of chaos. It also pertains to thriving in the concrete jungle or at the very least to increase efficiency and effectiveness in metropolitan lifestyles.
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This is the wilderness and urban survival tactics edition of the acclaimed book by former Navy SEAL best selling author, Clint Emerson. Highly graphical 272 pages of expert advice and instructions in the arts.Buy on Amazon
URBAN SURVIVAL EDC
Leatherman’s preeminent multi-tool and one of the best money can buy. Made with titanium handles that’s precision constructed with 19 tools and replaceable parts. It’s a premium survival workhorse.Buy on Amazon
511 makes many some of the best tactical flashlights for the money. This one is compact yet powerful, fast and even with self-defense capabilities. Maximum lumens of 290 with arguably the most efficient tail switch button.Buy on Amazon
The most minimal yet rugged wallet possible, made by Magpul. Designed as a sleeve to hold just a couple of cards and maybe a bill or two. Extremely thin and low profile yet gets the job done and will last years.Buy on Amazon
Premium Zero Tolerance tactical tool that’s widely considered the ultimate EDC knife. Overbuilt and robust with a staggering S30V blade, yet it’s low profile and conceals smoothly. Made in the USA.Buy on Amazon
Made by Suunto, the world’s premier compass maker. These are designed for maximum mobility and wearability as it can literally be worn on any article of clothing, clipped to a backpack or seamlessly onto a wristwatch band.Buy on Amazon
URBAN SURVIVAL CLOTHES
Specifically designed for high activity and travel, ExOfficio made the perfect urban survival underwear. Odor resistant, fast drying, long lasting and easy cleaning in an exceptionally comfortable package.Buy on Amazon
Tough leather gloves for tactical or survival scenarios made from high grade goatskin and fully lined with Kevlar for great cut protection from sharp objects and abrasion cover from rough handling. Made in the USA.Buy on Amazon
URBAN SURVIVAL TECH
The NOCO Boost series of devices are modern day urban survival gear tech kits. It’s part car battery jumper, USB backup battery and has a built-in LED flashlight. In a portable package in varying powers and sizes.Buy on Amazon
Quite possibly the most perfect survival flashlight ever made. Along with several lighting modes, this Goal Zero device charges other USB devices. Power up by wall outlet, built-in solar panels or hand-crank.Buy on Amazon
Extremely portable, powerful and whisper quiet, this high-end Yamaha inverter generator produces 2000 watts of power over 10 hours of per operation. Good on the go or bunkered up. Made in Japan.Buy on Amazon
Of all the virtual private network (VPN) companies out there, NordVPN is possibly the most secure, fastest and reliable. A must as a part of your digital urban survival gear setup. Over 5,000 servers across 59 countries.
URBAN LOAD CARRY
Made by prolific urban survival gear pouch makers, Nite Ize, these are completely waterproof and ruggedized for extreme use. Submersible and dustproof in a low profile kit due to its RF welding construction.Buy on Amazon
A unique field repair kit for gear and apparel that’s also a waterproof storage container. Not in the container by as part of the capsule is a refillable cordage, duct tape and sail needle. Made in the USA by Exotac.Buy on Amazon
An advanced hard case for everyday carry gear and tech with the added protection of signal blocking. A high-end ruggedized carrying device from THYRM, made in the USA. Constructed for battle but usable for any mission or task.Buy on Amazon
The North Face’s legendary duffel bag series spanning over 30 years of worldwide adventurous use. Extremely durable, waterproof and built as tough as they come. Available in many sizes and colors.Buy on Amazon
An incredibly versatile internal gear organizer with OCD level implementation of packing lists and survival kits. Securely but openly holds the smallest of items to the biggest in a showcase type of way for easy access.Buy on Amazon
URBAN SURVIVAL GEAR SUPPLIES
Specialized Kevlar made into thin cords with the strength of thick rope for wilderness and urban survival gear as well as any number of equipment and situational enhancement and modification hacks.Buy on Amazon
Developed by Gear Aid, this inventive adhesive is like duct tape for clothes and other fabric products – but refined and clean. Great for both field applications and long-term repairs or reinforcing and waterproofing.Buy on Amazon
These Maxpedition accessories are like the multi-tools of MOLLE and PALS systems. Extremely versatile for any number of gear attachment and modifications. Tough as nails construction yet flexible as needed.Buy on Amazon
Made by Duraflex, the makers of countless tactical and survival plastic hardware used in countless products the world over. These are brilliant attachment and gear management devices with endless uses.Buy on Amazon
URBAN SECURITY GEAR
As the name suggests, this urban survival gear detects hidden cameras that may be spying on you in close range (hotel room, insecure areas). Easy operation using manual detection with the integrated infrared viewfinder.Buy on Amazon
Usable in just about every way you can with normal fabric, this faraday shielding material can create literal faraday cages as small as a pocket pouch to as large as an entire room. Completely blocks RF/EMI/EMF/LF signals.Buy on Amazon
A clever, simple yet highly effective tool that temporarily adds a functioning lock on most doors in a pinch. Implements easily with little effort and quickly. Compact design ideal for travel loadouts and survival kits.Buy on Amazon
A modernized trip line proximity alert device from old school methods. Activated by a physical line to trigger an extremely loud explosive primer. Completely self-powered, does not need batteries or electricity. Made in the USA.Buy on Amazon
URBAN SURVIVAL FIRST-AID
This Mestel Safety gas mask system is premium, top-tier professional level gear that’s military and civil defense approved for their own large scale official use. CBRN type protection along with bullet proof capabilities.
A more advanced type of bandage that’s designed to be used as sutures (stitches) for minor to mild lacerations. Applied without the pain, complicated or invasive nature of needles and threads. Easy and fast like band-aids.Buy on Amazon
These disposable suture kit packets are individually packaged with thread and needle in completely flat and highly storable packets small enough for wallet everyday carry or any survival / first-aid kit.Buy on Amazon
This is literally a band-aid in a bottle, in liquid form. Applying it to a minor cut or abrasion will form a sort of second skin, protecting it from further damage while promoting healing, like an actual band-aid.Buy on Amazon
While typical survival pertains to the wilderness (bushcraft), urban survival tactics and gear is utilized within the vicinity of relatively densely populated areas and or places that once were. The “urban jungle“ consists of the streets, buildings, civil structures, vehicles and underworlds.
Also suburban locales or any human imprinted or occupied space. *Although not all of the urban survival gear and clothes featured in this list is a part of my loadout or everyday carry, every item is highly recommended.