Urban Survival Day 1 – Home Survival Kit

Posted: February 22, 2013 in Survival/Self Defense
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And so it begins, our epic journey through the mysteries contained within the book “Urban Survival Guide” by Rich Johnson.  The book starts out slow with survival tips that are pretty basic.  But if you can stick with me through the first couple days I promise we’ll start learning some cool stuff.  Yes, its been done over and over on every survival blog and forum on the internet, put together a survival bag.

1)  Assemble A Home Survival Kit

“No matter where you are, you should always have certain survival essentials on hand”.  The first survival task is to ensure your home is stocked with everything you might need in a disaster situation, all in one place.  Make sure every family member knows the location of the kit as well as how to use everything it contains.

Here’s what you need:

  • Nonperishable food (a three-day supply for each person)
  • Small stove with propane or other fuel
  • Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils
  • Can opener
  • Three-day supply of water (1 gallon/3.75 liters per person per day)
  • Water-purification tablets
  • Bleach (add to water to make a mild disinfectant, or use 16 drops per gallon/3.75 liters to purify water)
  • Portable, battery-powered radio or television an extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Cell phone charger (battery powered, hand cranked, or solar powered)
  • Tools, such as a wrench for shutting off utilities, a screwdriver, and a hammer
  • First-aid kit and manual
  • Sanitation and hygiene items, such as soap, moist towelettes, toilet paper, and towels
  • Items for infants such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers
  • Signal mirror and whistle
  • Extra clothing for each person, including a jacket, coat, long pants, and long-sleeved shirt
  • Hat, mittens, scarf, or any other climate-appropriate clothing for each person
  • Sturdy hiking boots or athletic shoes and socks
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Special-needs items, such as prescription medications, eyeglasses, contact lens solution, and hearing aid batteries
  • Photocopies of credit cards and identification cards
  • Cash and coins in small denominations
  • Plastic bags in various sizes
  • Ground cloth or tarp
  • Powdered, chlorinated lime to treat waste and discourage insects
  • Strike-anywhere matches in a waterproof container


Basically this is not a bug-out-bag.  This is more like a bug-IN-bag.  You aren’t going to be able to haul all this stuff out into the wilderness with you; I can’t, but if you can, you have my respect.  This is simply a list of things you’ll need to get you and your family through power outages, floods, hurricanes, etc.

What do you think about the list?  Is there something you think needs to be added?  Is there something you think isn’t needed?  Let me know in the comments!  I personally think a firearm (or other defensive weapon) of some sort should be included.  Its well documented that looting increases during long power outages and disasters.

And don’t forget to subscribe!  You don’t want to miss the next 110 tips do you?  That’s almost 4 months of quality material you’ll be missing out on . . .

To buy this book, you can go HERE (or any other store that sells books really . . .)

  1. rmactsc says:

    Radiation pills might be good to have just in case. Looking forward to seeing the next tip 🙂

    • nvchad2 says:

      Excellent idea. After the problems in Japan the other year I think a lot more people are aware of possible nuclear disasters. Radiation pills would certainly be worth including.

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  3. Cassie says:

    And don’t forget to include supplies for your pets in your survival kit as well! 🙂
    Home Survival Kit

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