Urban Post-Disaster Camouflage

Clean, flat ground and sharp right angles all around can make camouflage difficult in an urban setting.  But after a catastrophic disaster things will look a little different.  Garbage and debris are likely to be scattered all over.  You can use this to your advantage to camouflage yourself when you out scavenging after a disaster.  Here are some tips on how you can use trash as camouflage in a post-disaster urban environment.


  • Observe what trash and debris items you see in your environment that would be light enough to attack to your gear or clothing for camouflage. You don’t want to use trash that has a unique appearance.
  • Select items with colors that are as neutral as possible.
  • The first layer should be black trash bags. Black is a great color for camouflage in almost any setting, and in cold or wet weather they will help keep you comfortable while you are remaining in place for extended periods without movement while surveying your surroundings.
  • Items like grocery bags, trash bags, Styrofoam should make up the bulk of the items that you attach on to your gear or clothing since these items are light and will serve to break up your shape which is one of the key factors to camouflage.
  • Be careful about where you attach items like tin cans or plastic bottles as they could create unnecessary sounds that could give you away.
  • Use as much of your own trash as you can since you do not want to expose yourself to anything that could get you sick when medical treatment will be difficult to come by.
  • Attach all items to your gear and clothing in a way that will allow then to tear off if they become tangled when you are trying to move. You don’t want to get hung up when evading potentially hostile people.

Camouflage will make it possible for you to move in the open, looking for food, water, or other resources, or just to keep an eye on who else is in your area.  It should not be overlooked simply because you are in an urban setting.

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