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I like the idea of bugging out as much as the next guy, testing my mettle against zombies and a world without a power grid.
The reality is that most of us, by far, will be better off in an SHTF scenario staying right where we are — at home. The reasons to bug in far outweigh most other options. Over the years I’ve given this a lot of thought because like a lot of you, I, too, was swept up in all the glamour of planning to bug out. It’s the stuff prepper novels are made of but it’s what I call over-rated prepper advice!…Read More...
I’m a skeptic of just about everything. My wife will tell you I was born disgruntled and contrary, so when I hear certain pieces of prepper advice, again and again, I can’t help but question it. In no particular order, here are 5 pieces of overrated prepper advice that drive me crazy.
- Stock up on lots and lots of wheat. Okay, we did that and then realized that our family eats very little bread and we feel a lot healthier on lower-carb diets. My wife buys one loaf of Ezekiel bread (tastes like sandpaper to me, but she likes it), keeps it in the freezer, and it lasts for 3-4 weeks.
On a 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 bugging out under those conditions. Even with a good 4-season tent and sleeping bag like this one, 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, and it would be hard to avoid hypothermia, especially for the very young and old.
As I get older, I’m starting to realize that what I did when I was young and in the military is not as practical now.…Read More...
After writing a post on evacuation plans the other day (Planning Your Evacuation or Bug out Route). I received the following comments from a friend. These are some additional points that you should take into consideration when planning an evacuation.
Your Family Evacuation Plan Should Identify:
Your starting point is home, work or school. If family members are at different places during the day, how will they communicate?
Discuss what your “triggers” might be. Do your own threat analysis. Hazmat release, house fire, flood or imminent hurricane landfall are more likely than nuclear war or space alien invasion.…Read More...
In my contacts with other preppers, I am often asked the question, how do I know when to bug out. Many seem to want a list of signs that they can look for, that will give them a clear signal to leave. I am always surprised at the numbers that make bugging out their first choice.
The fact is that each of us will have to make this decision for ourselves. Because of the different locations in which we live, each of us faces a different situation. Personally, I intend to bug in as long as possible. Do I have plans on how to bug out and where to go? …Read More...
The question of how far can you walk in one day recently came up in regards to bugging out. This led to quite a discussion, and many different opinions. For the last twenty-five or so years, I have done a lot of hiking in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and can cover some pretty good distances.
However, most of the time I am with someone else who also is in good shape and we are not carrying much weight. A 7 mile hike in about 2-3 hours is quite doable, and I am 70 years old. But that brings up the question of how much weight could I carry and could I do it day after day, while sleeping on the ground and making camp with no nice soft lounge chair in which to recover?…Read More...
As I get older, reality sets in. Years ago, when I was much younger I felt as many of you that I could take my backpack and head into the wilderness and survive. As I got older and learned more I began to question the idea that bugging out to the hills would work, unless you had a specific destination. In other words, a bug out location.
Now I am 70 years old and still in pretty good shape, but my parents are both still alive and because my mother has had a stroke are limited in what they can do. …Read More...
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. …Read More...