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The Expert: Cody Lundin ||| Author, Survival Guru

If disaster strikes an urban area, Lundin will reach for his grab-and-run kit. Here’s what he’s packing.

+THE ESSENTIALS: Think like a backpacker because a backpacker can exist anywhere short of the moon. Pack a sweater or two, light coat, rain gear, thermal underwear. You can always get rid of what you don’t need on the street or trade it. Add good footwear—in an urban situation, there’s gonna be glass, twisted metal, bodies.

+ID & CASH: You don’t want some bozo holding you up at a Gestapo-like checkpoint. Bring a picture ID and $200 to $300 in twenties. Money can buy stuff or grease someone’s palms. Anything goes in a crisis.

+ODDS & ENDS: Pack a sleeping bag, ground pad, and two flashlights with extra batteries. Most people will also need direct flame, like strike-anywhere matches and a lighter. Then a cutting edge. For some that’s a Swiss Army knife, for others, a Billy Bob Rambo knife.

+FOOD & WATER: Throw in water containers, a means of disinfection, and a decent mechanical filter. You’ll have weirdo pathogens from poop, but also pesticides and chemicals. Have a pot with a tight-fitting lid and freeze-dried backpacker food. You don’t want to fart around with rice and lentils as the bullets are flying.

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