Survival Preparation – To Bug Out or To Bug In?

As with many preppers I wonder if I should consider bugging out when the shit hits the fan or staying put and protecting the place I am at. This dilemma has been debated a countless many times by many a doomsday preppers.

The question really boils down to this. Is being mobile a better choice than being in a stationary position?

If you are planning to “Bug In” at your current location you have a couple of advantages that aren’t as easy for the mobile prepper. You can have a larger cache of survival products and food available to you. You have familiar surroundings which is also a distinct advantage. The drawback on the other hand is that if people know or learn what you have that might make you more of a target for others who because of desperation resort to other than friendly means to get what they need.

Many preppers believe that they will be able to trade with people and that will be much better than any form of force by arms. This might be true if you have an overhwhelming amount of firepower where they know that the only recourse is trading politely, barring that the darker side of human nature will probably take over and they will use whatever means necessary to get what you have and they don’t.

So if you plan on bugging in when the shit hits the fan you need to consider having the means to protect what you have. You should also consider hiding much of your stash in multiple locations outside and away from your primary location. If you do get raided and lose what you have you still have fallback supplies. Plan on having a very good security plan in place. Don’t rely on the good nature of people around you. Your life could be in danger and no one will be there to bail YOU out.

If you are planning on a more mobile prepper lifestyle you need to consider the ramifications of not having as many supplies available to you in most cases. You will want to learn the skills of living off the land. You should have a couple of books at your disposal, one is a book on edible plants and the other would be on the medicinal use of plants. This will allow you to forage much more effectively saving valuable space in your bug out bag for other supplies.

Your bug out bag should contain items you will need to survive while moving from place to place. You’re top concerns should be shelter and security. Having both will allow you to stay in more secure hiding places although you won’t have as much in the way of creature comforts. A small tent and/or tarps that you can build them from would be ideal to have. Items that allow you to start fires will be a must as would be some sort of pot for boiling water and cooking needs. You want to be well stocked with first aid, as they say bullets, band-aids and beans.

You will also want to have a good pair of boots. Although tennis shoes are comfortable for day to day living now if you are walking a lot they will wear out, you will want a good pair of military grade water proof boots that are both comfortable and broken in. The last thing you want to have to do when you bug out is deal with blisters because your boots aren’t broken in. Warm clothing might be a consideration too thought it’s likely you would be able to scavenge clothes from abandoned homes.

Whether you choose to bug in or bug out, the important thing is to be prepared and stay alive.