Home Depot Urban Survival Kit: Bug Out Bag

Home Depot Urban Survival Kit: Bug Out Bag

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The challenge for this project was to head to Home Depot and to buy products from only there in the process of making an urban survival kit. What you have here is the HDUSK – Home Depot Urban Survival Kit, version 1.0. In it you’ll find items I would find helpful if I had only this bag to last for a while in a situation like post-Hurricane Sandy or Katrina. This is not built as an EDC bag or a wilderness survival kit (though some of the items could be used in other situations). Check it out and let’s get the conversation going.

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– Blackhawk Roll-out Medical Bag:

– UTG Messenger Bag:

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– Bahco Laplander Folding Saw:

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– KaBar BK2:

– Klean Kanteen Water Bottles:

– Corona Folding Saw:

– Schrade SCAXE2:

– Various Kinds of Paracord:

– Emergency Mylar Blankets:

– Survivor Fire Starter:

– CRKT Woods Chogan Tomahawk:

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– Home Depot Urban Survival Kit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLHI4XQO1Sk
– Bug-out Bag, Walmart Style: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulrVJdiL484

– Last Ditch Survival Kit:

– Interview – Travis Haley of Haley Strategic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKdt-8XzPHU
– Tim’s EDC/Everyday Carry Bag: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZrqJbcYH-g

– Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman, originator of The Sheepdog Concept
– Travis Haley of Haley Strategic
– Chris Costa of Costa Ludus
– The team over at ITS Tactical
– NutnFancy and his YouTube channel/community
– Tom Brown Jr. of The Tracker School
– Dave Canterbury of The Pathfinder School
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  1. Metal zip ties

  2. i was in the middle of sandy i feel this would of been handy especially for using only home depot im probly gonna use this bag to map out one

  3. I would go with AA batteries because they would be easier to find (pilfered or otherwise). But better than that, I would look for one of those flashlight/radio combos that can be charged via solar, battery or hand crank. I should think those can be found at Home Depot

  4. If your Home Depot sells payday bars that would go good as food for yourself and perfect to use with the Rat traps. The Caramel part of the bar makes it hard for the rats to take the bait without tripping the trap.

  5. I would keep one type of battery to deal with. AAA is a common battery.

  6. I'd suggest bungees/shock cords. Act as extra cordage, putting tarps up, allowing extra stowage under the bag for bulky goods, makeshift tourniquet etc

  7. Knee pads, some sort of eye mask bandanna to block out the lights so you can sleep better, and a cooling off bandanna.
    Limb cutters so you can cut up fallen branches to help build a fire. A torch instead of the long lighter.

    GardenHOME All-In-One Folding Stool with Tool Bag
    Kneeling Cushion
    Garden Kneeler and Seat
    Traveler 3-In-1 Handheld Water Purifier

  8. Another view, when you are older or disabled you'll be very happy to have a bag with wheels 🙂 Good ideas for what to look for outside the usual prepper outlets

  9. You are missing any medical kit here.

  10. That must weigh a ton? We don't have Home Depot in Australia, I think our Bunnings may be similar. I would think an important addition for urban or any survival kit would be a lock pick set. And I would have thought water would be a higher concern in case the water works had now power and therefore no tap water to city.

  11. Flashlight check Redline by Nebo 3 AAA. Low LUM 15 HRS S.O.S and strobe 72 HRS on a new set.

  12. dry pool shock is a powdered bleach …. will lasrt forever, no shelf life.

  13. Go for the quality lights.  Carrying a couple different sizes of batteries is not a big enough inconvenience to carry cheaper lights.  You definitely want quality/dependable lights.

  14. More batteries, AA as already mentioned. A couple of box cutters and box of razor blades. Knipex mini bolt cutters. 8 inch needle nose pliers. Tarps and poncho should be black. You want to maintain a low profile. Extra ammo and magazines should go in this bag, along with spare parts for your weapons.

    Also, considering you are a pastor, your choice of the almanac is curious. It depends on the zodiac for the weather predictions. The zodiac is a prime tool of Satan to deceive and reduce dependence on God.

  15. My questions were all answered. I'd just had to wait til the end.

  16. Safety glasses. Good.

  17. I see the reflective tape is in the bag. Good idea.

  18. I wonder if Home Depot carries safety glasses, high vis vests and hard hats. If I'm gonna be chopping wood away from 911 serve, I'd wear safety glasses chopping wood.

  19. I like the video . A lot of folks say the most important single item needed to get by in a sticky situation is a knife. That may be so, but I'm of the school where the right clothing, boots to hat, is the first and foremost consideration. I'd be interested to see videos from the survival community on clothing. Mountaineers have this down pat. I'd like to hear what the survivalist community has to offer on the subject.

  20. A lot of the items are interesting and useful, but I question the need for an explicit "Urban Survival Kit". People hurt by Sandy were actually in their homes. Thus, this gear — or stuff like it — should have just been in their toolboxes/sheds.

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