Urban Survival Living is all about living in and with the city. It’s all about looking for that balance between going with the flow and staying grounded. If you live in an urban setting then you have to deal with all sorts of people, all kinds of noise, all kinds of smells and all of the above. So how can one survive in such a situation?
Well, I’d say I got what I needed from the book “How To Find Self-Reliance” by Tim Lanning. The book talks about not judging people on their appearance but rather on character. The very first section gives some practical tips for survival in the city. They include:
1. Don’t waste your time watching tv. There are plenty of free and cheap shows on TV and they’re sure to distract you from what you really should be doing. So don’t waste your time watching TV, get into action!
2. Carry a backpack instead of a purse. Backpacks usually have more room and better organization than purses and it also looks more professional to carry around something in your hands. Carry books, magazines, maps or other resources that you know you’ll need often.
3. Don’t ignore emergency kits. If you’re in a shelter, call for help. But first get yourself a set of emergency blankets and a little water. Then go ahead and call your local fire station.
4. Do something to relieve stress and boredom. Find something interesting to do with the time you have. Read books or watch movies. If you’re on a budget, you might want to read up on some of the more popular hobbyist subjects.
5. Carry a few days worth of food with you. A single book can last you for two days. Use food stamps and food coupons. Or buy small packets of dried milk or bread to tide you over until your next meal.
When you’re reading this article, I’m assuming you are trying to develop a serious plan for surviving in urban survival situations. You’ve probably been reading up on books, magazines and newspapers which offer helpful tips. In the real world, surviving is much larger than reading about survival stuff. You have to take care of yourself. Apply the tips you learned here and I’m sure you’ll make it.
6. Get a gun. This is a very good idea if there is an unfortunate circumstance. If your home is flooded or burned, you’ll need a weapon to defend yourself. If there’s an attack, make sure you have something that can help you defend yourself.
7. Firearms. Make sure you always have them (especially if you live in a place where guns aren’t allowed). Keep them in a safe place. If you have them, use them as they are instructed.
8. Water. If you’re going to be away from home for any long period, you’ll need to get lots of water. Make sure you have plenty of storage space for your supplies.
9. Bring some basic supplies. If you can carry raw meat, it’s better than nothing. You’ll also need to make sure that you have a first aid kit handy, and other tools. If you’re unfamiliar with CPR, it’s a good idea to have someone with you who can give help if necessary.
10. Eat healthy. This goes without saying, but it’s really worth stressing the importance. If you’re living in an area where food is scarce, you’ll need to eat healthily if you want to stay alive.
11. Sleep well. When you’re sleeping, your body works to keep you warm and to conserve energy. When you don’t get a good night’s sleep, your body will start to shut down. A good night’s sleep is absolutely essential.
12. Learn your Spanish. If you can communicate with the locals using your language of choice, you’re a lot more likely to make it out alive. Don’t expect to know everything you need to know just because you’re trying to learn Spanish.
Urban survival planning doesn’t have to involve complicated plans and military jargon. Simple steps, when followed correctly, can make all the difference. Try to keep your urban survival kit easy to use and portable. Pack it lightly. It will save you a lot of time and trouble later on.