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I’d like to share some random urban survival tips. These survival tips are mostly things I came up with off the top of my head. Some of them are tips that didn’t fit in with any of the posts I’ve made so far, but they’re all important.
1. Buy some lighters
There’s a plethora of information on ways to start fires (matches, bow drills, fire pistons, etc). I recommend magnesium fire starters since they can’t break or be ruined by water. But don’t forget to buy a bunch of Bic lighters, too. They’re cheap and they last a long time.
2. Designate a common contact
This is someone that any member of your family can call and leave a message with in case you all get separated and are unable to communicate with each other directly.
3. Don’t attract hungry people
If there is a food shortage where people are actually starving, avoid eating things that have to be cooked and opt for foods that can be eaten right out of the can or box. If you do cook, don’t cook with spices. You don’t want the smell of your food attracting dangerously desperate people.
4. Dryer lint makes great tinder
Once you get it burning, add paper, then progressively larger kindling. If the fire is weakening, add smaller shavings again.
5. Find alternate routes
Most cities have an official evacuation route. Study it carefully, then look for an alternate route because the official route will be too crowded.
6. Get all the water you can
If you get a warning that a disaster is about to occur, fill up every container you possibly can. Fill your bathtubs, your sinks, trash cans, Tupperware containers, pitchers, jars, everything. Get every faucet in the house and your water hose going. Don’t worry if the containers aren’t clean. You can purify the water as you need it.
7. Get plenty of sleep
During a crisis, it can be difficult to sleep, but it’s very important if you want to stay effective and alert. Get a sleep mask and earplugs and sleep in shifts so you won’t have to worry about keeping an ear out. If you don’t get enough sleep, you could make a life-threatening mistake because of your fatigue.
8. Get some Pepto Bismol
It’s hard to function in an urban survival situation if you have an upset stomach, and dehydration is dangerous if water supplies are limited. If you haven’t yet, stock up on some extra Pepto Bismol.
9. Go old school
Start thinking about how people used to get along before all these modern conveniences. Next time you visit the flea market or a yard sale, keep an eye out for motorless push lawnmowers, hand crank mixers, manual typewriters, clotheslines, and so forth.
10. Grow high-calorie foods
When people start their own gardens, they usually like to grow easy foods like squash, tomatoes, cabbage, and other common vegetables. The problem is that most of these don’t provide many calories. When gardening, try growing high-calorie foods like nuts, beans, corn, and potatoes.
11. Hide cash around the house
Lately, everyone has been worried about price inflation. However, if there is an earthquake, hurricane, terrorist attack or some other type of temporary disaster, most ATM’s won’t work and stores will only accept cash.
12. Keep your freezer full
A freezer that’s completely packed will keep meat frozen for two days, but a freezer that’s half full will only keep meat for one day. If you don’t have enough food to fill your freezer, add water bottles until it’s full.
13. Remember to breathe
If you find yourself starting to panic, breathe in deeply for 3 seconds, hold your breath for 3 seconds, breathe out for 3 seconds, hold your breath for 3 seconds, and repeat. If you hyperventilate, you’re liable to freeze up in a dangerous situation and put yourself at risk.
14. Soak up the sun
Many people don’t realize this, but sunlight is incredibly good for you. It helps your body produce vitamin D which kills harmful microorganisms and strengthens your immune system. Also, if you put water in a clear bottle and leave it where the sun will shine on it for a few days (a total of 48 hours of sunlight just to be safe), your water will be purified.
15. Stock up on Clorox wipes
Proper sanitation can be a huge problem after the SHTF. Without running water, disease spreads quickly. Instead on using up your water supply to wash your hands, keep Clorox wipes or individually packaged alcohol wipes on hand.
16. Store your batteries longer
If you have batteries in something like a radio or flashlight that you won’t use until TEOTWAWKI, there’s a good chance the batteries will be dead by the time you need them. Wrap the batteries in plastic wrap before putting them in the device. This way they’ll keep their charge longer.
17. Take care of your feet
Make sure you have good shoes and extra socks. If your feet get wet, dry them off and keep them warm. On the other hand, if they dry out too much, use lotion or bag balm to keep them from cracking. Painful feet can ruin your morale and effectiveness.
18. Turn your flashlight into a lamp
You can do this by strapping the light end to a milk jug full of water. This trick helps distribute more light around the room.
19. Use superglue to close wounds
Although you’re probably better off using something like Dermabond, superglue can also be used in an emergency. Depending on the severity of the gash, it could take several bottles. Be warned: it will sting, and some people could have an allergic reaction.
#2 common contact: good advice to have a single point of contact, especially initially when the disaster strikes, if there is 1 person receiving all the ‘check-ins’ & passing on msgs all the better if you have to change plans, routes, meeting places etc..
Alternate Routes, Cash & Pepto all good ideas.
Everything depends on what the disaster is & where you are located.
Karcher UK says
Hey guys, yes this is clearly an example. Always use common sense, sometimes not so common 😉
Lint is considered tinder. Great for catching sparks from a fire starter.
Small sticks are kindling.
Some interesting ideas.
I am very concerned about telling people water in a clear container in the sun will be purified. Quite the opposite. Water must be boiled or chemically treated.
a milk jug full of water? thats stuopid. use a gallon of water. why waste a gallon of milk when you could just buy a gallon of water
JAJA Binks says
IDIOT he do not think he meant to empty the milk to fill with water its was a example. Also if you going to call a man “stupid” spell it right
Did you ever think that maybe he had drank the milk first and saved the jug. Duh
John doe says
He was having a cow !