Top Ten Items for Urban SurvivalThis is a list of items that will be very useful in a Urban Survival scenario, and can potentially be life saving tools.
The Top Ten
A knife is the most important tool in any survival situation because you can build a fire, shelter, and hunt with the correct skills and the Becker BK-2 was chosen because it its size, high quality build, and the easy low maintenance, only requiring some sort of oil based object such as gun oil, honing oil, or even animal fats and grease. Now for a urban situation what comes into play with this knife is two things, the thickness as mentioned before, and a window breaker on the end of the hilt which many people are lead to believe to be a "hammer" or "Pummel" which it can be used for both but it is not its intended purpose. Then you have the thickness which can pry open many things and has been tested and proven that it can handle car doors, home doors, and window sills. All making this knife the reason it is the number one most important thing.
Zippo lighters are number two because three good factors. 1. the fact that it's a lighter and urban or wilderness, fire equals life. 2. they are the windproof lighter and are incredibly easy to light. Then lastly 3. Zippo's have been tried and true with what you can fill them with. Zippos can be filled from alcoholic drinks, and hand sanitizer to coleman camp fuel.
Now it does not matter what brand to much nor what's in it if you know how to use everything for multiple purposes and it is number three because well it is a First Aid Kit. You can use things in it to trade, heal injuries. Pretty much the obvious reasons which can also be the most important.
Now a multi-tool can do more things for you in a city then pretty much anything else. Especially these two and we put both as a option because these two tools are the head to head tools in the multi-tool world. That being said they are the most expensive but with the build quality the Swisstool RS has and the materials used in the Leatherman Charge TTI (Titanium). If you can't decide between the two then get both in time and if you don't have the money then the next best tools we recommend are the Swisstool Spirit or the Leatherman Wave. But ultimately get what fits your needs these are just recommendations.
Again these are pretty general but even if you don't smoke, Cigarettes can you can trade and could be more valuable than gold in a urban survival situation and if you are wounded or hurt even severely, you can still use a cigarette to help ease the pain from the health properties it has in it so it may be a good idea to have a pack or two.
Now we all know what small pry bars could be used for then make it a TOPS Pry Probe, and Punch Tool or PPP for short, then you have a winning package, breaking windows, getting into empty building's, and even a defense weapon. Also they are light enough to not wear you out and small enough you can fit one in almost any backpack or shoulder bag. The TOPS PPP has a window breaker with a very sharp point, rubber washers for grip, paracord, then the pry bar itself and costs about $40 or even less if used. Now any small pry bar will work to its just a recommended suggestion like all the other items on this list.
The Lifestraw is a filtering water system and the reason we don't put a hand pumped water filter on here is because they make you far more vulnerable and take more time to use and you need multiple filters for when one goes bad. The Lifestraw you can just carry with you on the go and are far more compact and lighter and for the same price of one pump water filter and the water filters for the system, you can get about four or five Lifestraws and there are multiple variants that you can get and do not have to just get the Lifestraw brand.
Now we chose the famous and reliable 10/22 just for that reason. The reliability, price, and high capacity of ammo you can carry. You can get a Ruger 10/22 for around $250 and though ammo is hard to find today. You can still get enough that will last you a very long time for a cheap price. The Ruger 10/22 is incredibly accurate shoot up to 200 yards with a good scope. But 100 yards is a prime distance for a 10/22 and you can hunt animals from deer to smaller game and in a urban environment most of the animals will be like cats, dogs, squirrels, rabbits in smaller towns, and birds. with precise shots and can be considerably deadly if used as a defense weapon and is the number one civilian caliber that has wounded and killed more people than any other. They have a low maintenance and are the easiest gun to un-jam and there are multiple stocks you can buy for the gun to suit your needs including AR styled stocks. Now there are many other guns out there that are fantastic such as a Colt ...more
The Maxpedition Falcon-II Backpack is on tank of a pack. Being triple and quadruple stitched almost everywhere and being able to hold almost anything you need. We decided to put it on this list because of those things. The Falcon's price range is not cheap, coming in at a steep $165 roughly but is worth every penny. Why a Backpack? Well what if you come across some rope, water bottles, canned foods, maybe a high end sleeping bag, well eventually you can carry so much with you and all of these items will be life savers and luxury items such as a sleeping bag. So trust us you will want something to carry all of this and the extra things you find and if you don't have the money for the Falcon-II then a nice Red Rock Assault pack will do nicely also for at about 1/3 the cost.