Find Your Bug Out Location Now

Even if you are planning to bug in during an emergency or some catastrophe, you need to be prepared to bug out. In some situations, bugging out is really the only option, even if it means you are going to be on foot. While a lot of preppers talk about bugging out and have bags ready to go, it isn’t like you can grab your bag and walk out the front door with no destination in mind.

Where will you go?

You will up your odds of survival if you have a location in mind. Even better would be to have the location in mind with some buried caches of survival food, water and other gear. This requires planning.

Just having a general idea in mind isn’t going to cut it. You need to physically inspect the area, identify potential camp sites and problem areas. Look for a water source. Is there natural cover? Will you be able to forage and hunt or is your bug out location a temporary holding spot until you can find something more permanent?

You also need to practice actually walking to the spot. This is going to help get you in shape as well as give you a feel for the terrain. Without GPS, you need to know how close you are. You will want to know as many details about the area as possible. If there is a stream or creek, you need to know the best place to cross.

As mentioned earlier, if it is possible, hiding some caches along the route and the area can go a long way to keeping you alive. If the land is public, make sure your caches are hidden well. If it is private property—don’t do it! Find somewhere else to bug out.

If you physically cannot walk the distance, then you need to start thinking about how you will get there that doesn’t require a vehicle. Think along the lines of a bike, ATV or snow mobile. Get those items and travel the path to make sure your transportation can actually get you there.

Don’t wait until an emergency to find somewhere to take refuge. Get it done now!

Importance of Being In Shape for the Apocalypse

It is pretty easy to get caught up in the act of packing bug out bags, stockpiling food and water and gathering basic supplies that will help you live after SHTF. Prepping is all about making sure you can survive with what you have. In a worst case scenario, you would have to bug out to safety. It isn’t like bugging out means you walk across the street. You are going to have to put some distance between you and whatever it is that has threatened your life.

In almost any scenario, bugging out is going to have to be done on foot. You aren’t going to have the luxury of jumping in the family car and driving away from disaster. You and about a million other people are all going to have the same idea in mind. Have you ever tried to drive home after attending a big concert or sporting event? It is chaos. You get nowhere fast. When you have the end of the world breathing down your neck, you can’t afford to sit in a traffic jam. You have to walk.

Could you physically walk 20 to 30 miles in the shape you are in now? Could you do it carrying your bug out bag or possibly even carrying your small child? If the answer is maybe, you are in trouble. You can’t just assume you will somehow find the energy and ability to do something so physically exhausting because you have to. You may be able to make it to your destination, but you are going to be drained.

You need to get in shape now. Quit spending your weekends on the couch watching survival shows. Get up and move. Walk around the block several times, go hiking, run on the high school track. You need to get your body into shape so you can walk and actually breathe when you are trying to survive. Don’t be the person who holds the rest of the group because you have to stop and catch your breath. GET IN SHAPE!

Planning Your Bug Out

camping foodIf worse comes to worse and you truly have to bug out, you need a plan. Ideally, you will want to try and stay in your home if possible. This is where you have all of your creature comforts as well as a roof over your head and hopefully food and water storage. But, there is always the possibility you are going to have get out of dodge in a hurry. You don’t want to grab your bug out bag and just run like the wind without having a plan. Preppers know a plan and then a backup plan is always a must.

When you think about your bug out plan, you need to consider a few important elements.

*Do you or will you have little kids with you? Trekking up hill for several miles with little ones isn’t easy. You certainly can’t expect to carry them and your bug out gear and actually get anywhere in a hurry.Children need reassurance after a disaster

*Will the path be passable year round? If you live in an area where there is heavy snowfall, your first option may not be possible if there is several feet of snow on the ground. If you have to cross a bridge, there is a chance it could be destroyed or unsafe to pass by.

*Do you have a destination in mind? Your bug out plan should include a destination. Somewhere that is out of sight, whether that is a second home, a relative’s home or a secluded area in the forest.

*Can you get to the location on foot? You need to have contingency plan should your bug out vehicle be incapacitated. Roads may be completely blocked.

It is important you pay some attention to this planning. It could very well mean your life. Think about your kids, your pets and your own endurance. Consider the weather as well. You must be prepared to bug out any time of the year. Sit down with your family and do your best to come up with a bug out plan that works for everyone.