On our recent trip to Pacific Northwest as I sat in a nice warm house watching the wind and rain I thought about what it would be like to have to bug out under those conditions. Even with a good 4-season tent and sleeping bag, it would be hard to stay dry even if you weren’t traveling. If you had to move there is no way you could stay dry, it would be hard to avoid hypothermia, especially in the very young and old.
As I get older and I am starting to realize that, what I did when I was young and in the military is not as practical now. My body won’t carry as much and go as fast. I guess for my age I am still in pretty good shape, but every year things get a bit harder.
I guess that what I am saying is that bugging in looks better every year and bugging out looks like a worse option. Regardless of your age bugging in is always the best option. It has many advantages.
- You live there and know the neighborhood including all the ways in and out.
- You have the opportunity to get to know your neighbors now and learn whom you can count on.
- Your supplies are close by, it is easy to rotate them and know exactly what you have.
- No worries about will I find my bug out location looted or occupied by someone else.
- You can put in a garden and plan for self-sufficiency.
- No travel under disaster conditions.
- Your family knows where to find you.
Now this is not to say you don’t need a plan B and C. But bugging out should not be plan A for most of us. Start working on a bugging in plan now this can involve several steps.
- Choose wisely, when you pick a place to live.
- Get to know your neighbors.
- Maintain operational secrecy and need to know.
- Plant a garden, become self-reliant.
- Know where you can get access to fresh water.
- Plan what you will do with your waste products.
- Plan how you will blend in and become a gray man.
- Build a good secure food storage area.
- Have a plan B and C, but try not to have to use them
I have talked to many people who have the idea that they can go into the mountains and survive off the land. Most of them are dreaming and wouldn’t last a week in bad weather. The number of people who can really survive off the land is very small and I’ll bet most of them would prefer other options.