There are a lot of guides for kits to help you survive miles from anywhere--but how often do you end up miles from anywhere? What about the everyday, the mundane, situations where you constantly find yourself saying, if only I had& and even though it's always the same thing, you've never got it? You need an urban survival kit. Full of the things you need wherever you go. A pencil. Scissors. Tape.
This is a survival kit for wherever you are. You'll be better off for having it in virtually any situation; Sub-Saharan Africa or the subway station, The Rockies or the rock show, The Outback or just out back. Remember, this is just a guide I've been able to come up with--if you've got an idea for something that's missing, something that would work better or something I should leave out, let me know, and by all means personalize your own to your own situation.

I've included in every shot a pencil, ruler and penny, for the purpose of demonstrating scale

Step 1: Multitool

This is the most essential of all essentials. The Samurai's blade was his soul, and so it is still--though my soul conveniently has pliers, scissors and screwdrivers along with a keen edge. The best I've found of these is the Leatherman Juice S2, not so much because of what it has, but because of what it doesn't. No corkscrew. No nail file. Absolutely nothing you don't need. Just pliers, wirecutters, a knife, scissors, a combo bottle/can opener, a Philips and three sizes of slot head screw driver, all in a small, lightweight package. This thing has fixed snowboards, bikes and sawmills, preformed exploratory surgery on an Xbox 360, filleted the thumb of a romantic rival (While he was using it. Don't look at me like that) and accompanied me on many deep wilderness trips. It is far and away the most expensive thing in this guide--around forty hard-earned American Dollars. If you're not willing to pay just over $9 an ounce--almost the price of sterling silver--for your knife, the Gerber 01471 is also a good alternative. It's more robust than the Leatherman Juice, though heavier, and has the same weapon set plus a serrated blade and a saw. Not only that, but the blades all lock and the pliers are spring-loaded, all for the low, low price of around thirty bucks, or $2.65 an ounce. With the Juice, it's the metal that's not there that's expensive. Still, this is your blade. Your blade is an extension of your self. Without your blade, you are naked.

One minor note: certain people, such as the sterling folks at airport security, might prefer you to be naked in this particular sense--indeed, if they find that you have a knife, they might insist that you accompany them to a small room and become naked in an even more literal sense of the word. Other places that object to your sharpened metalic soul are schools, sports games, concerts, government buildings and hospital MRI wards. Be warned.
<p>Good list overall. Adds I might suggest: A whistle, bandanna, half-dollar sized compressed towels, a granola bar or some hard candies, especially if you're hypoglycemic OR diabetic. Also ten or 20 bucks in &quot;rathole&quot; money, which can be stashed folded in a little aluminum pill carrier</p>
Should totally add in a threebie: Solar Panels, Batteries, Wire. So many uses; as Instructables shows us well. haha
<p>...As those can be large and a bit cumbersome, may I recommend a USV charging device...not expensive and as small as a credit card or a lipstick. Just what you need when you're stuck somewhere and your phone is running low.</p>
you should have a nfc sticker with your emergency contact information.
<p>...A couple of additions...</p><p>A spare pair of underwear (or two) for those occasions where you need condoms, or when you're stuck somewhere for a few days.</p><p>A Bandanna, and/or compressed towels (Liteload and the like). Multiple uses. </p><p>Alcohol or freshening wipes--got hygiene ?</p><p>Otherwise, a Good list !</p>
<p>In addition to these, I would recommend a water key for opening residential and commercial water spigots. </p>
<p>The duct tape mentioned earlier can be used as tinder too.</p>
<p>so you shred it up and light it?</p>
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<p>Nice instructable. Lots of great ideas.</p>
I love the first line of the first aid section, class.
<p>Hmm, it would seem that you are missing the proverbial, &quot;quarter to call someone who cares.&quot; One should always have a Little bit of Emergency Cash. Put it in your Urban Survival Kit and forget its their till you absolutely need it. No buying chocolate bars or Starbucks with it. $50-$100 is a good amount. And always replenish it when you first get the opportunity.</p>
<p>that 9volt attachment light is so cool. its small, effective and efficient! </p>
its always good to have backup information. But i cant help notice someone say &quot; have its own server&quot;, very smart idea. May i suggest Ironkey or Aegis thumdrive with military encryption. They do have a 4gb, 6 and 8 gb available. They do cost some money though they dont cost $9.99, but they dont cost $200. What does this offer over a generic one? First off it has its own password system that you choose, self destruct sequence to prevent unauthorized users(note this info is backedup online, and no combustion occurs it simply fries the circuits), it has its own window when booted into a computer, in this window is the encrypted server. You must use this window to maintain the secure server. I saw one for $60, quite a bargain for encryption services without going to hushmail.com. Might be worth investing in , and put it in a pill bottle with a top to waterproof it.
I've been using Instructables for a while now, but I've never signed up for an account until now, so I could comment on this. I found a brilliant solution (albeit 2 years too late) for your toothpaste-in-the-handle problem. Check out Brian's Backpacking Blog:<br> <br> <a href="http://www.briangreen.net/2011/07/diy-single-use-antibiotic-packs.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.briangreen.net/2011/07/diy-single-use-antibiotic-packs.html</a><br> <br> He makes single-serving packs out of drinking straws! His is for antibiotic cream, but why not toothpaste, liquid soap, aloe vera, whatever? You could get a box of mixed-color transparent straws and color-code them in your kit for ease, and you have everything you need to make them (minus the straw) already in your kit!<br> <br> Great instructable, by the way. I'm building my own as we speak!
Ramp it a step up by loading the free suite at PortableApps.com - then you have browser, word processor, etc etc which you can plug into a pc. Whatever you do online will not leave tracks on the pc, but only on your flash drive. Password protect it, and then you can scan personal documents and important stuff onto there. Great instructible for those of us who live in cities. Too many fishhooks and signal mirrors in the other ones! :) The only other thing I would add is one of those mini high volume whistles, which are very useful in rescue situations.
Forget about Portable Apps. Load it with Slax (http://www.slax.org/), with the aircrack-ng, ophcrack, Truecrypt, Tor, Privoxy and file forensic modules. A guide for using those too. if a PC is compromised using PA won't give you any privacy.
Definitely, if you're going to go to the trouble of putting a USB drive in your urban survival kit, it's gotta have its own OS. Not necessarily for &quot;fighting the system&quot;, but because in a real &quot;need a PC emergency&quot;, it greatly increases the chance you'll actually be able to do what you need to do. A lot of people put passwords on their OS accounts but not the BIOS. Plus there have been times when the only computer I've had access to has had the OS completely screwed up by viruses or hard drive problems... no problem. haven't used Slax specifically but USB Linux has saved my bacon more than once.
How do you password protect your USB? Could you please provide a link and/or instructions? Thanks
Ah, yes. A whistle. Forgot about that--I don't need one, because thanks to my dental configuration, I can whistle just as loud on my own. I guess there's a technique you can do with your fingers, as well, to whistle loud enough to be heard over long distances.
Yes indeed, although I could never get the hang of that. The newer whistles, though, are able to be heard at far distances, louder, and with less breath. Still - nice. :)
Also you could find yourself in a situation in which you only have one hand free to use (a building collapse for instance), or other injuries. In that case a survival whistle is better than relying on the two finger technique (which some people find hard to learn-- anyone who can blow through their mouth can use a survival whistle)
Great idea! I'll include that.
If i were a secret government agent somewhere infiltrating enemy grounds<br>lol
That was my thought, as well--I pretty much use portable applications to print things out at school, not so much to fight the system.
All of that will come in handy
A tube of camp soap or a package of soap leaves and at least 10 sheets of toilet paper are urban survival essentials, trust me. how many times have you needed those and didn't have them? LOL <br>
Does.... Does that third one just click onto the battery? <br>That ROCKS!
Yep. It's pretty cool.
That's a&nbsp;<em>gross</em>&nbsp;understatement!
I don't have a better word, sorry!
Sorry if I came off as angry- you don't have to apologize.
Oh, no, that's okay!
<a href="http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/tools/98ce/?srp=1" rel="nofollow">http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/tools/98ce/?srp=1</a><br> this might be a worthy substitution for your ball point pen cartridge I own one and I've always had good luck with it
I met a youth at a busstation on a hot summers day in Denmark. He had repaired his white linnen pants with duct tape from the inside, as standard duct tape is white on the back. He told me that he had tried to do this before and the repair lasted as long as his pants.<br />
I've repaired several pairs of work pants (for painting, changing oil, or something else really messy) with duck tape to get one or 2 more uses out of them before chucking them. Tape never stuck that long, and no way would it survive a wash.
So the guy never, ever, ever, ever washed his pants. Even after the Denmark diarrhea epidemic. Its his choice to have no one near him.
well, it's better than a hole, but I'd never want to wear them again. duct tape is sticky and hot and sometimes CONDUCTS heat when next to the skin.
Love your article but the second most useful tool for EDC (Every Day Carry) or urban survival kit after my Swiss Army cyber-tool is my Motorola Atrix Smart phone. It has a radio, flash light, camera, camcorder, usb stick, Google search, email, contacts, docs, weather, GPS, compass, calculator, Games, music, movies, TV, books, measuring device, level, sky map, notepad, clock, stop watch, recipe book, translator, image and music recognition. I guess if all else fails I can also use it as a phone. I also carry a extra battery.
and if the power grid goes it turns into a useless paperweight.<br>
My life seems ruled by irony so If i would have anything in a urban survival situation, it would be a zippo with luck on it. Thanks for letting me see the future
Despite its name, duct tape ISN'T good for fixing ducts -- it's not fire-resistant and the adhesive loosens at high temperatures. Use a <a href="http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/3M-SpecialtyTapes/SpcltyTape/ProdInfo/Catalog/Metal-Foils/">foil tape</a> instead. :)<br> <br> But for everything else... duct tape.<br>
it's because the last name inventor is Duct, so it's called duct tape
Turn's out that there's a good chance that it was originally called &quot;duck&quot; tape, according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duct_tape. I don't see mention of anyone named &quot;Duct&quot; though.
That's sort of the joke--it's good for everything but ducts.
A thought, can you store toothpaste in the container part that the brush part get stuck in? Not that toothpaste is a requirement by any means, your teeth can be brushed without toothpaste in a pinch, and usually wherever you wind up spending the night does have toothpaste. Still, it was a thought.
Not really enough space. The brush portion detaches and reverses to store in the handle, taking up any available room for even the smallest tube of toothpaste.
I actually have seen extremely small (like 2-3 uses worth) tubes of toothpaste packed inside of travel toothbrushes like this, usually I've gotten them as complimentary toiletries in hotels or on international airplane journeys. There are a number of wholesalers offering such things online via sites like alibaba.com, (though you'd have to buy a bunch) and minimus.biz has some flat packets of toothpaste which might fit in there if folded up.<br><br>http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/travel-size-toothpaste.html<br><br>http://www.minimus.biz/Colgate-Cavity-Protection-Toothpaste-packet-C01-0114201-1100.aspx<br><br>A small vial or baggie of baking soda could also easily be folded over and stuck in the handle I suppose.
I was thinking squirt some toothpaste out into the little container from the tube. But that would likely just be a waste of paste.

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