Head for the hills….!
There are a couple of scenarios where people may need to flee their homes, whether it is due to forest fires, floods or similar natural disasters.
These are rational concerns, and there may even be a few
Whichever keeps you awake at night, it is better to be prepared, even if we won’t know if we’ve done enough until the day of catastrophe comes upon us.
We all hope such a day never comes, but it’s a good idea to be prepared for the worst-case scenario.
With this in mind, I’m going to share with you what bugging-out is, what you should consider if you decide to bug out, and a few tips to add to your success.
Previously on our blog we have talked about having a bug out bag and what to include, but let's give you the 4-1-1 on bugging out:
What is Bugging Out?
The term ‘bug out' means your home base has been compromised, and you’re certain your area is going to become unlivable.
If this is the case, you’ll grab your bug out bag and flee to an area you determined ahead of the catastrophe as your safe zone.
It’s important not to panic during this time and to follow your bug-out plan. You must realize before bugging out, you’re taking a risk.
What you assess as a safe zone beforehand may no longer be safe after this devastation happens. Take this into consideration before choosing this path.
Things to Consider if Bugging Out
If you choose to bug out, there are multiple things you should take into consideration. Trying to stay ahead of the game will give you a greater shot at surviving in such a tough situation:
1. How Will You Get to Your Location Safely?
Knowing where you’re going to bug out to and having a bug out bag are great steps if you must put this plan in action.
But you must consider how you will get to this location safely. Will you be able to drive a car? Will you have to walk, ride a bike, or use another type of transportation?
Be sure you know how you’re going to get from point A to B, and have more than one route.
2. Are You the Only One Who Knows About It?
Is this safe zone a place only you and your loved ones know about? Or is a location where other people may also head to?
If others are going to be there, you might want to consider a different spot. The more people who go to this location, the more resources you’re going to need to survive as inevitable you will have to share your rations.
Make sure this place is off the beaten path. If it isn’t, it will be easily detected, and you’ll attract many people which could be problematic.
3. What’s Next?
When you reach your safe zone, the journey is only starting. You must figure out how to get everything set up for survival.
Be sure you have proper shelter, food, a cooking source, a heat source, and ample water. You must secure natural food sources to extend the resources you stashed ahead of time or brought with you.
You’ll need a plan for the future, and you should figure this out as quickly as possible.
4. People Will Still Be People
It’s important to understand that if you are in a scenario where society collapsed or with people in an emergency situation, people will still be the same.
You’re going to have those who work hard and prepare, but you’ll also have those who were not well prepared an always rely on others.
They’re going to expect you to take care of them. This is why it’s important to bug out where most people can’t find you and be sure you’re with like-minded people.
Otherwise, you’ll have those who will drain your resources putting
How to Bug Out Successfully
If you’re still interested in creating a plan to bug out, you must consider various aspects such as the journey, preparations you made in advance and the cause of your flight.
Follow these tips to help you have the greatest chance for success:
1. Get in Shape
I’m not your doctor, and I’m not trying to be. This is a stern reality. If you aren’t in a good enough shape where you can walk long distances, bugging out isn’t for you.
Take this time to work on your physical health. The goal is to be able to carry a decent amount of weight and walk longer distances, if necessary.
If this is unlikely or if you have people in your family who is physically challenged, consider having bikes or horses and make sure everyone can use them.
2. Pack Healthy Food
You can’t go into bug out mode and run on junk food. Make sure your bug out bag includes healthy snacks.
Dehydrated foods are a great way to power your body with proper nutrients while not requiring refrigeration or taking up a great deal of space.
3. Protect Your Feet
When you’re bugging out, you may not be fortunate enough to walk on paved or dry roads, but when heading into the hills, having proper foot gear is vital.
Therefore, make sure you choose comfortable shoes which offer plenty of support. Try to have shoes which are waterproof too.
4. Care for Your Bug Out Bag
Make sure you include important items in your bug out bag. Be sure you don’t overload your bag because this will only weigh you down.
However, you must also pay attention to how you pack your bug out bag. You don’t want to damage any of the items while hiking.
5. Water, Water, Water
You can’t survive without water. Your body can go up to a week without food, but you can only survive three days without water.
Be sure you include plenty of water in your bug out bag, and also make sure your bug out location has a sustainable water source.
Having a water purifyer or knowing where to obtain water in the woods will be a divinate life saver.
6. Correct Clothing Matters
The act of bugging out can be hard on your body. You may have to cross through water, it may take days to reach your location on foot, and you may have to sleep outside overnight.
Wearing proper clothing is important. You need clothing which will breathe, can dry quickly, and can also provide warmth on cold nights.
7. Get Some Rest
Be prepared to rest when you’re bugging out. Your body is going to be going through all kinds of internal chaos.
Your life has been flipped upside down, and you’re doing strenuous physical activity. Take breaks when needed.
8. Share the Load
Some people have a location for their entire family to meet in. If this is your plant, spread out the heavy gear between everyone.
If you need tents, spread the equipment load to avoid one person being exhausted from carrying an extra-heavy load.
9. Protect Your Mental Health
Mental health is going to be a big deal when catastrophe strikes. If you haven’t considered your mental state when bugging out, you’re not fully prepared.
Pack your CBD oil, any prescription meds you may require for balanced mental health, and any other item which can help calm your mind because if there was ever a time you’ll need it, this will be it.
10. Lighten the Load
Sometimes we get carried away when packing bags for vacation. It’s going to be even easier to overpack when preparing a bug out bag.
Try to store as many items as you can in your bug out location prior to when it’s needed. Items you’ll need to get to the location safely is what your bag should include. Too many items can make the trip harder.
11. Set-Up Properly
When you arrive at your bug out location, make sure you set up properly and efficiently. If there is a chance you might be there for a while, how you set up the camp will determine the practicality of living in seclusion.
Make sure you know how to survive off the land prior to being forced to do it. Take time to research what you must know now.
Bugging out isn’t something which will work for everyone in every situation, but if you’re considering bugging out as a survival alternative be sure to follow these tips to have the best understanding and chance of survival.