How to Bug Out

You can look just about anywhere online and find information about bug out bags, bugging out, urban survival, wilderness survival, and more but I have not seen one article or post that helps you understand how to bug out. I hope that this article will give you some ideas and help you to formulate your own plan.

First things first. You must have a plan. You should know where you will be starting from, where you will be going, alternate routes, travel conditions, environmental conditions, and security precautions. If you plan on bugging out rather than hunkering down all of these options should be well thought out in advance.

STARTING POINT: Depending upon the event that is causing you to bug out you could be at home, at work, or anywhere really. Most likely you will need to gather your family, friends or others you are leaving with so start your plan at a prearranged location and plan your route from there. You will need to know every possible entry and exit avenue. Speed is the most important thing at this point because in theory you already have your bug out bags and vehicle bags ready and in place. The more you know about your route(s) the better off you will be.

ENDING POINT: Your final destination should be chosen carefully. You will want to know that it is safe and if required, easily defensible. As with the starting point you will need to be familiar with every avenue of entry and exits. You should make frequent visits to your bug out location to ensure you are familiar with the location and that no one else has taken up space there. If for some reason you are unable to visit often then take detailed notes for security and knowledge of the area. While speed is important when leaving, going slow and deliberate when arriving is desirable. Security will be your main concern since you have most likely not been to this location recently.

Road-Conditions1DIFFERENT ROUTES: You should have at least 3 different route options. Your primary route will be the most direct and quickest route to your destination. The secondary route is a backup. This route would be used if the primary route is blocked or impassable for any reason. As with the first route your secondary route should be as direct as possible. Your 3rd route is simply another option if the primary and secondary routes are not an option. You should be able to switch to and between any of the routes with relative ease to give you the most leeway in planning. It is essential that you know ALL YOUR ROUTES well in advance as you may have to make immediate and direct decisions.

TRAVEL CONDITIONS: Since you do not have the luxury of knowing when an event will happen and cause you to bog out so it is important to know the conditions of the roads you will be traveling and how they may affect your vehicle. Consider that roadways, bridges, and other routes can be damaged or blocked and you will need to know if you can get through or around in the vehicle you are in. If at all possible you should be in a vehicle that can go off road for a period of time without undue stress. Be sure you have a physical, paper map as you don’t know if GPS will beavailable in an emergency.

bad-weatherWEATHER CONDITIONS: Once again, the luxury of knowing when an event will happen is not going to be part of your plan. It could be winter, summer, in torrential rain, high winds, flooding, or any number of other conditions. You must be prepared and able to make good decisions regardless of the weather you are facing. Being aware and having planed for contingencies in advance will give you a better chance of reaching your destination.

SECURITY MATTERS: Conditions along the road can and will affect your overall security. You will want to look for places that offer concealment, such as wooded areas, structures, and natural formations if you need to hide for any reason. These places could offer you a hiding spot for yourself or your cache of supplies. Be aware that others, whether they are looking for cover or waiting for someone like you to come by could already be there. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

RECORD YOUR ROUTES: Unless you are intimately familiar with all of your routes have them recorded on paper so that you are prepared. Sometimes in the heat of the moment you will forget something or make a wrong turn. You want to arrive at your destination as quickly and efficiently as possible and having a map and notes about your route will help ensure your safe arrival.

This should provide you with a good starting point in preparing your own bug out plan. Feel free to comment and add any of your own thoughts for other readers.

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