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The concrete jungle; bridges, streets, vehicles, structures, underworlds and society. Bushcraft won’t suffice, it’ll take urban survival skills

The survival directives of urban environments aren’t just for severe emergencies or life-threatening scenarios, but extends equally to the human element and day-to-day city life.

This will be a periodically updated list of urban survival skills, skillsets, tactics and philosophies.

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Urban Survival Everyday Carry
  1. Demolition + Deconstruction
    Sometimes in order to rebuild or repair, you must skillfully destroy completely or carefully take apart.
  2. Everyday Carry
    Equipping the most strategic gear and setups for on your person urban survival EDC and loadouts.
  3. Survival Prepping
    A continuous discipline of procuring and stockpiling pertinent survival goods; food, water, munitions etc.
  4. Cartography
    At least a basic understanding of creating maps by hand. Not just land but building layouts and zones.
  5. Confrontation Conduct
    Being civil yet strong, firm and prosperous during moments of conflict with individuals and groups.
  6. Selective Parkour
    Utilizing the situationally useful elements such as urban “mountain climbing“ for evasion or transport.Urban Exploration Under a Bridge in Danang, Vietnam /// Vinjatek URBEX
  7. Rationing
    The strategic allocation and conservation of not just food and water, but any non-renewable resource.
  8. Gray Man Mentality
    The concepts of blending-in within a crowd or type of people using various urban camouflage techniques.
  9. S.L.Y.K.

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  10. Recycling
    As an urban survival skill, it’s not for the environment but to get the most out of dwindling resources.
  11. Urban Agriculture
    AKA urban gardening, the skillset of farming and cultivating foods on a sustainable scale in the city.
  12. Water Management
    Procuring, storing, harvesting and if necessary, purifying water for consumption and utility.Sig Sauer P320 Duo For Urban Survival /// Vinjatek
  13. Weather Conditioning
    Hardening and optimizing your body to withstand and be functional in harsh temperatures and weather.
  14. Sleeping
    A necessary function of life to survive. The ability to sleep anywhere at anytime as a strategy.
  15. Scavenging
    Depending on the level of urban survival severity, this may be the only way to procure resources.
  16. Firearms Proficiency

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  17. Navigating
    Position ascertaining and directional routing urban areas with or without the use of GPS and maps.
  18. Carpentry
    Modest technical knowledge and various hands-on experience with woodworking and construction.Vagabonding Packing List Loadout /// Vinjatek
  19. Trap Setting
    For the wilderness, it’s for hunting small game. But for the urban, it’s for proximity security and defense.
  20. Bartering
    Before money, humans bartered – after money, humans will barter. This is street buying power.
  21. Vehicular Hot-Wiring

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  22. Location Independence
    Survival often equates to mobility and in this case it means your life. Being able to live anywhere, anytime.
  23. Storytelling
    There’s nothing like a good story when the power grid is shot, lights are out and the internet is gone.
  24. Plumbing
    An urban skillset that’s useful in everyday life and when the world ends and you’ll have to do it yourself.Tactical Hand Signals, Standardized Army Hand Signals as Urban Survival Skills /// Vinjatek
  25. Dumpster Diving
    When absolutely necessary, salvaging from trash could yield great results to use in urban survival.
  26. Tactical Hand Signals
    AKA Army Standardized Hand Signals, urban survivalists should learn it and teach it to their tribe.
  27. Disguise-Shifting

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  28. Sewing
    An ancient skill that’s just as useful today. Know how to repair clothes and even make your own, if need be.
  29. Morse Code
    When phones, satellites, the internet and even radio goes out, this type of telecommunication will prevail.
  30. Lock Picking
    Part of the covert operative tradecraft skillset, of which “entry” is an urban survival tactic element.Urban Foraging Survival Skill in The Mekong Delta, Vietnam With a Leatherman Charge TTi /// Vinjatek
  31. Urban Foraging
    Much like gathering edible foods grown naturally in the wild, this is done instead within the cityscape.
  32. Improvised Weaponology
    Creating a weapon from something that’s not or using it as such – for planned devices or utilized on demand.
  33. Fire Starting
    While a staple of bushcraft, the ability to start a fire without a lighter or match is also an urban necessity.
  34. Strategic Deception
    Interpersonal capabilities are one of the most important urban survival skills, including deception.
  35. Secondary Language
    English is vital, but proficiency in another that’s geographically common to your locale can be useful.
  36. Method of Loci
    An advanced memory recollection and retainment strategy using visual and spatial reasoning.NSA Headquarters Entrance /// Vinjatek
  37. Electrical Wiring
    A basic understanding of an electrician’s trade would be an invaluable skillset in an urban societal collapse.
  38. Urban Exploration
    Also known as URBEX, it’s a deliberate, investigative and sometimes intrusive method of exploring a city.
  39. Sink Laundry
    A general term regarding washing and drying laundry by hand, on the fly and anywhere, without a machine.
  40. Anti-Facial Recognition (FRS)

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  41. Driving
    Particularly a standard car but as well as motorcycles and trucks plus manual transmission vehicles.
  42. Fuel Siphoning
    Procuring gasoline by extracting it from the tanks of vehicles to a portable container to use as your own.Night at Kabuki Central Road in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan /// Vinjatek
  43. Self-Defense
    Direct contact, close quarters combat defense capabilities with and without the use of weapons.
  44. Crowd Scanning
    The ability to scan a large or moving group of people and discern a specific person, activity or action.
  45. Food Preparation
    A broad but most useful skillset involving cooking, baking, grilling or any type of making sustenance.
  46. First-Aid
    A general knowledge of common medical treatments and practices as well as using relevant equipment.
  47. Social Engineering
    A manipulation technique skillset to alter the opinions, behaviors and beliefs of human assets and groups.
  48. MacGyverisms
    A mindset to fix anything, make something into something else and make something out of nothing.Abandoned Amusement Park Staircase in Hanoi, Vietnam /// Vinjatek
  49. Reduced Public Task-Fixation
    This is being more alert by being less fixated on certain tasks (using a mobile phone) in public spaces.
  50. Situational Awareness
    Minding your immediate surroundings and physical vicinity, like a radar and alarm system.
  51. Post-Route Mental Mapping

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  52. Proficient Running
    Arguably the most important physical urban transit and escape skill is the ability to run fast and long.
  53. Adaptability
    Actively adapting to the changing situations and scenarios of your surroundings and the people in it.
  54. Remember Your Training
    When the SHTF or TEOTWAWKI occurs, don’t forget all the skills and knowledge of urban tactics.

Survival in any form for any environment is an act of prevention and or recovery.

-John Cain

– Bushcraft is for nature-made wilderness jungles and urbancraft is for man-made concrete jungles.

The Urban Survival Training and Skills List


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5 Comments

  1. Bookmarked this post. What an excellent list or urban survival skills. Looking forward to updates!

  2. Steph 8899 Reply

    You’re the man, thanks for this, been making a sorta to-do learning list for urban survival. Can’t wait for more.

  3. James Brand Reply

    Best and most rounded skillset list on the web. Most other posts are recycled blog posts from each other written by wannabe survivalists that don’t know anything.

  4. Just found your site from searching ”urban survival skills” on Google. Not what I expected but impressed and hooked. Great site you got here, I’ll be back for more!

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