Bugging out is often one of the least desirable activities any prepper can face during a catastrophe. While at first, it might seem more exciting to be on the move, it allows you to become much more vulnerable than if you were in a fortified, defensible location. In addition, the simple necessity to be mobile limits the amount of supplies that you are able to bring. Despite these cons, sometimes it is necessary to get out of dodge.
If you are put in the situation where it is not feasible to be in one place, it might be prudent to set up caches of equipment and areas of prebuilt shelters. In some situations, you can move from cache to cache in an effort to stay on the move. While this isn’t as safe as staying in a self-sustaining location, it gives you more direction than hoping you can find supplies in looted Walmarts and gas stations.
While it might be obvious, a cache is used to store equipment, supplies, and offer at least some level of safety while you refit. In addition, these can be used as rally points in which other members of your group can meet up in the case of separation. While it might be tempting to make your caches as fortified as possible, their primary purpose is to allow to continue for a longer duration without having to hit a popular target when SHTF.
When you are starting to plot your desired areas, try to look for places that are far enough away from others that you will not draw attention. Yes, this can include the wilderness, but a rural town isn’t a bad option either. In addition, placing a cache at a friend’s apartment can give you the option of appearing like you are no different from the average person, even though you are really hiding your gear in plain sight. This option is particularly strong if you have prepping friends from around the area. A combined effort while
This option is particularly strong if you have prepping friends from around the area. A combined effort while allow you to use each other’s locations as possible cache points. The largest problem with this approach is trusting that your friend will not access your supplies. If they bug out with your equipment, they can put you in a position that you are stranded without access to food or water.
As with all sorts of long-term preparation, the goods should be able to withstand the elements and have a long self-life. When it comes to storing them, they should be in airtight containers as this will help keep away contaminants as well as minimize their exposure to scavengers. Though food is often the first choice, water is much more important. If you do not have access to fresh water, you will only survive for three days. If you incorporate bottled water into your caches, you know that you will have access even if it means traveling. Finally, try to keep some equipment that will be hard to find if the economy collapses.
It isn’t necessary to store your goods in a vault or bunker. Really, some good camouflage will go a long way as most people are not going to be searching for equipment in places other than shopping centers and armories. If you are setting up caches in the wilderness, using a prominent landmark as the base, and hiding them in a nearby tree, cave, or log might be just what you need for a quick resupply.
In addition, a storage area, a strong cache should give you the ability to rest and resupply. This requires enough protection or camouflage that others will not stumble upon you while you are inside. If it is in the wilderness, any survival shelter needs to be effectively camouflaged in order to fulfill its purpose. If you have the ability, digging a military bunker might perfect as it does not create the silhouette that acts as a billboard in the woods.
Trying to survive on the run is much harder than staying put and keeping a low profile. In addition to the scarcity of supplies, you are more vulnerable to the elements, wildlife, and those who would wish to take what you have. Realistically, the difference between a prepper who has bugged out and the average joe who has survived is minimal unless one has the training to handle themselves.
A large part of prepping should be focused on preparing yourself. If you think that bugging out is a strong possibility you should make sure that you have the fitness to survive on the move. Do not rely on a vehicle, because there is no way to know what will happen. You should be able to ruck for at minimum fifteen miles in a single day.
Rucking isn’t the same as walking. If you haven’t spent time in the military, it is a term used to describe the speed of walking just before a jog. In addition, you are traveling while carrying a pack that often weighs between 60 and 100 pounds on your back. This is a fundamental skill for an Infantryman and even for those that do it as part of their job it is killer. When it comes to prepping, do not forget about physical fitness.
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