Bugging Out?

Bugging out, Now What?

Bugging out is a term often used in todays conversation concerning the future.
Preppers, and survivalist, discuss BOB (bug out bags) and Bug out vehicles, as
a normal part of the culture, but few actually discuss the plethora of hardships
this would ultimately cause anyone that ever had to actually do it.
This is the Shadow prepper’s take on the subject of “Bugging out”.
What would be the catalyst for forcing you out of your
home, and into an uncertain journey, of unknown danger? Where would you go? Do you plan
on stumbling head long into the wilderness, or do you have a specific plan in place for
the possibility of having to Bug out?
For me, and my group, these question are discussed in detail, and the plans for such
an occurrence are extensive. To even consider such a move, planning is an absolute must.
You will notice that as a “Shadow Prepper” the term “group” is used a lot. This is
because we believe that without a tight knit group every hardship is amplified, and
that no one is going to get far, or last long on their own. If you haven’t yet started
to cultivate relationships with like minded people that will be a part of your survival plans
then you really are missing a great opportunity in this time before the SHTF, but prepping
groups are a subject for another post, so lets get back to the all important bug out.
Ok, you have found your once safe, comfortable, home to be no longer either one, and it’s time to bug out .
So, you grab the old bug out bag, lock the door behind you and hit the trail! Not so fast
speedy! Have these questions been answered?

Look for more off the grid routes when bugging out. Less traffic, and many times a faster way to get there.
Look for more off the grid routes when bugging out. Less traffic, and many times a faster way to get there.
 1) Where are you going?
2)Who’s going with you, and where is the meet up place?
3)How are you going to get there? Personal Vehicle, Train, Plane, Boat, Bike, on Foot?
4)What are my way points (stop overs)?
5)How long will it take you to get there?
6) What dangers am I likely to encounter along the way?(who’s looking for you?)
7)How do I plan to avoid perceived dangers?(and who ever may be looking for me)
8)If or when my travel plan falls apart before I get to my destination, Do you have a plan B
9)Have you considered food, and water enough for the journey?(and what will you live on when you get there?)
These questions (at a bare minimum) must be clearly answered, and solid plans been made before
you bug out, or you could end up wishing that you had stayed home, and fought it out with what ever
evil was there. In most cases hunkering down is the prudent answer to an emergency situation.
Now, our best plans for a bug out. Each preppers situation will be different. Preppers are in every
Town, hamlet, and city, in the country, just the terrain, and climate differences, will dictate huge differences in each individuals plan for a bug out, not to mention the destination of each will also be different.
In most of the country there may be no need to leave home, while in a single city all hell has broken lose,
and many are looking to get out. These differences make “a one plan fits all” impossible, but here are some constants
that should help in your plans.
Consider your route after you are clear on your bug out destination. While mapping out your escape take into account that there may be Thousands of others trying to flee the same dangers as you, so look at the possibilities of less traveled routes to get out and away from high population area’s. Like less traveled state routes and roads as opposed to interstate highways (In a crisis these always seem to be the first to clog and become parking lots, instead of travel routes.
If your plan falls apart, always have a plan B. Say the roads are impassable, Road blocks, earth quake damage, Snarled traffic, what have you, and you have to take to your feet ( this is where a Bicycle, or scooter, really comes in handy), and get there under your own power. Have you done your home work on proper foot gear? Again this will depend greatly on the terrain and climate you are in. If you are bugging out in a deep southern part of the country in the Spring or Summer of the year, Then good
stout Tennis shoes should do it,(I recommend a good pair of goretex hiking shoes instead of sneakers) but if you’re in a northern clime, at a cold time of the year, a good pair of water proof , insulated boots are going to be what the doctor ordered. I keep a good pair of boots in my Jeep, and wear water proof mid high hiking boots most of the time in order to cover my bases.
Plan for how long it would take to reach your planned destination on foot. This will give you some idea of how much food and water you’ll need to complete the journey. Water being heavy and cumbersome to carry, make sure that you have the means to produce safe, potable water from what ever source you can find along your route(Filters, boiling, or chemicals to treat it for drinking)
is a must have bug out bag item.
I mentioned above that you should consider, and plan for the fact that there could be entities looking for you, and, or trying to stop you from leaving the area, and anybody else trying to escape their grasp. Take into account that the emergency may have nothing to do with natural disaster, or even social unrest,
but say a government crack down or round up. At this point you will need to know a little about escape and evasion. I have some excellent military, manuals on the subject, and I will try to get them on the free page of this site in the near future for subscribers to download.
If detection could become a concern in your bug out,(and it always could)you should always include in your early planning, alternate routes of a more off the grid nature, like Railroads, power lines, pipe lines, Deer Trails, wilderness pathways, and Rivers, creeks, or small streams. It could be quite possible to go the entire way of your journey, and only have to cross a road every now and then using these types of routes. I have traveled for hours on fire trails, and power lines during recreational off road weekends, and only touched hard surfaces a few times.
Finally, make plans in advance for stop overs. Map out people you know along your route…family, friends, etc. If there are none look for woods or other spots that offer good cover for a temporary camp site, where you can build a fire, prepare a meal, and catch some much needed rest, You can only go for so long without a break.


A little planning can spell the difference between a successful bug out to safe haven, or to an absolute nightmare trek, where you end up a lot worse off than if you had of just stayed put in the first place.
A quick word on my thoughts about bugging out into the unknown. In 99% of cases, I personally would hunker down in my home, and ride it out, and I am in a good position to bug out, with a great place only a 24/26 hour walk from my home(45 mins by Jeep), with a sturdy shelter, wood stove, and ample
supply’s of…….. well everything I would need to stay off the grid for months. It is a well hidden paradise designed for very bad times.
Even with this advantage planned out 2 decades ago, I would stay home, unless, A) The authorities were doing a mass, forced evacuation, complete with orders to go to a government facility somewhere, or B) Large crowds of marauding parasites were attacking homes, and  citizens for their stuff, and I was almost out of ammo(I have lots of ammo). The point being, It’s almost always better to hunker down, than to bug out.
 I hope this helps if you ever find yourself in a situation to run, but here’s to hoping we never have to.