Urban Survival Gear 101
When seeing the title “urban survival gear say no to camo” you were probably expecting to read an article about my dislike of all things camo. I am pleased to say that this is not the case, in fact, I genuinely like camo. It definitely has its place in certain survival scenarios. For example military use and wilderness survival. The purpose of today’s article is to talk specifically about urban survival gear and why you should avoid using camo colored gear in an urban environment.
Types of urban survival Gear
When I refer to urban survival gear I am talking about items like
- Hats / Caps
- Cargo pants / shorts
- Get Home Bags
- Bug Out Bags
- Ruck Sacks / Backpacks
- Day bags
- EDC Pouches
- Paracord Bracelets
- Phone cases
- Watch Straps
Importance of Urban Survival Gear Color
As mentioned above I love all things camo but it should never be used in an urban environment. If you think about what the word camouflage means this makes perfect sense. Camouflage means to hide or disguise the presence of a person, animal, or object by means of concealing and blending into its surroundings. There’s no doubt that camo gear works well in wilderness or military settings but using it in an urban setting could be dangerous because it will make you will stand out more than the normal person on the street. This is the complete opposite of what camouflage is designed to achieve.
Let’s take a look at some examples of why having urban gear in the color of camo could be detrimental and hinder or prevent your survival.
Imagine you find yourself in the middle of a terror attack or a hostage situation. If you are wearing camo gear you are going to stick out like a sore thumb. You are likely to be the first person that catches the eye of your attacker and will most likely be the first person to be targeted by them.
Another example of when camo gear would be detrimental in an urban environment is in a SHTF scenario. Do you really want a camouflage bug out bag on your back advertising to those who have not prepared. That you are the person to target because you’re obviously carrying equipment that they now desperately need. In desperate times people will do whatever it takes to take your gear from you.
The Gray Man Approach
In the examples above its better instead to be a gray man blending into the background. A gray man is someone who is able to disappear into the crowd and move unnoticed when disaster strikes. The gray man conceals how prepared they are by carrying kit and supplies in a stealth manner. A gray man just looks like any other person going about their business.
Whilst we all have our own personalities and like to express our individuality in what we wear. In a survival situation, you need to be the exact opposite. You need to almost not exist and slip away without arousing suspicion. Being a gray man allows you to do this at a time when all around you are panicking.
Ask Yourself This Question
When combating terror attacks and hunting down terrorists on the streets why are police and special forces not wearing camo?
The answer is because they are trying to carry out their duties in as stealth way as possible. They don’t want to stick out so they can be easily picked off so they wear black. They can be deployed many times for different operations and do not want to be identifiable in any way. If they were this could endanger them and their families.
Urban Survival Gear Example of What Not to Use
When sourcing your urban survival gear and clothing remember the gray man approach. Steer clear of camo colors or any color that is going to bring unnecessary attention. Don’t carry gear items in a way that will make it obvious to passers-by what they are.
Here are some examples of what to stay away from for urban use:
Whilst great items, unfortunately, the examples below make the wrong statement in an urban environment. They give the appearance of military experience or at the very least make it look like you are prepared for a fight. If you use these items for urban everyday carry you are effectively putting a target on your back.
Urban Survival Gear Example of What to Use
Use urban survival gear and clothing that are neutral in color like black or grey. Aim to carry your gear in stealth either in pockets or on a stealth belt.
Here are some examples of what is ideal for urban use:
The items in the below example are far more neutral in color and therefore less obvious. They are items that appear casual and functional. They help you to blend more into the background giving you a better chance to slip away when panic ensues.
Urban Survival Gear – Say No To Camo (Summary)
I hope you found this article on urban survival gear insightful. Whilst ensuring that you stick to neutral colors when selecting your urban survival gear may seem common sense. When I first started prepping I was guilty of initially buying urban camo gear because of my love for camo. Until it dawned on me one day that it may not be such a good idea.