I have been giving a lot of thought to the subjects of woodcraft and bugging out. One conclusion I have come to is that many preppers would be stuck and have to bug in even if they plan to bug out. This is particularly true if it is a sudden event, for example an EMP attack. A bug out location that you do not live in or are not capable of reaching on foot may prove to be a wasted investment.
I know of people who have bug out locations that are several hundred miles from their homes. Even with vehicles, this may be hard to reach in many situations, especially if there is martial law declared. Depending on the triggering event, they may be sizing vehicles and blocking roads. A bug out location that you can reach on foot within a reasonable amount of time may be feasible. One that is to far away may leave you stuck on the side of the road with few supplies and no real options.
Another factor on traveling to a bug out location on foot is the general health of your family or group. Are you prepared to leave members who can’t travel due to age or health? What about if you have several young children?
The preferred option is to live in your bug out location. But for many of us this is not practical. We will be stuck where we live and have to survive on what we have at home. It would be very upsetting to have a large and well-equipped bug out location a hundred or more miles away and not be able to reach it or find it already occupied when you arrived.
This brings me back to my main point. You need to have sufficient supplies on hand at your home to survive for a significant period of time. Even if you live in a city apartment you can develop and locate resources in your area that that greatly increase your chances of survival over the masses of sheep, many of whom may very well leave your area and head for the country.
What I am advocating is that regardless of what type of bug out location you have, you need a good bug in plan. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, have more than one plan.
Now I know that there are many preppers who will disagree with me. But I will bet that most of them are younger in good health and have no small children. But for us who are older or have young children we have to plan for the possibility of having to bug in.