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Bugging In vs Bugging Out

It’s one of those questions that always seems to float around in our heads when we’re thinking of possible future disaster scenarios and trying to prepare ourselves for the uncertain future.  Because of the way that our mainstream media perpetrates survival, many of us tend to picture an “end of the world as we know it” scenario when it comes to bugging in or out.  On another note there are plenty of other natural and man-made disasters that we need to be aware of which could force us to choose between bugging in or out.  It may be an incoming hurricane, an earthquake, an out of control forest fire, war, or as many of us anticipate, the collapse of our economy.  I hope none of those things ever happen but if they did you would have to make an extremely important decision on what you think would be best for you and your family.


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In most cases, bugging in will always be your safest option but that will also depend on your current situation.  In an obvious scenario such as an incoming tsunami or hurricane, a raging forest fire or if your home is structurally unsafe you would be completely stupid to not leave your home but there are other times when it will be safer and would make more sense for you to stay put.  Although your decision will most likely be determined by common sense and your gut instinct you should stop for a minute and ask yourself some serious and important questions before making that final decision.  If you decide to bug in you will have all the comforts of your home (for the most part) and access to all of your supplies and tools which is a definite plus, however, there are some questions that you should ask yourself which will help in making your decision.  Bugging in doesn’t just pertain to your home.  You could be stuck at work in a building or at a friends place and may choose to bug in at that location.

Questions to ask yourself if you’re going to bug in:

– What exactly am I bugging in for? Is it a natural disaster, war, riots, economic collapse, power outage, etc…?
– Am I putting my entire family’s safety at risk by bugging in?
– How long will my survival supplies last and do I have enough to support my family long-term?
– What are the current and possible future implications?
– Is my home secure from intruders and can it easily be monitored?
– Is the building structurally safe?
– If and when I run out of supplies will it be safe to leave my home to get more?
– Realistically, will there even be any supplies left in my surrounding area?
– If it becomes too unsafe to stay here and I have to escape will I be able to safely leave and get to my bug out location?


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Regardless the situation, some people freak out and automatically opt for bugging out without even thinking twice.  Their instincts tell them to “get out of there” whenever a disaster strikes, regardless the scale or severity of the disaster.  As with any preparedness planning you should have a specific bug out location decided on before hand as well as a backup plan if you cannot get to your primary bug out location.  For some people, this could be a friend or relative’s place a few hours away or even in a different state or province while others may be planning on taking off into the woods or to their underground survival bunker.

Although people have left everything they knew to survive and have lived off the land (and some still do), taking your family out into the open wilderness to survive is a drastic decision that should only be made as a last resort.  If you have no prior experience in the wilderness it can pretty much be guaranteed that you will be a sitting duck.  You would be subjecting your family to all of the elements that nature throws at you and and will have to face numerous physical and psychological challenges.  Like many other people who have made the same decision, you probably wouldn’t make it especially if this was for the long term.  It may sound kind of fun at first but you’ll quickly learn that it’s nothing like you had imagined.

In my opinion, the only time you should consider bugging out is when your bug in location is not safe and if you don’t have the necessary resources nearby to survive.  A few examples would be an incoming tsunami or maybe a fire is threatening your home.  Perhaps the economy has collapsed and there are mass riots and looting happening in our neighborhood.  The power grid could be down and there is no communication, food or supplies left and people are left fighting and raiding each others homes for anything useful they can find just to survive.

Questions to ask yourself if you’re planning to bug out:

– Can I get to my bug out location safely?
– Do I have a proper bug out bag put together?
– Is my bug out location stocked with enough supplies and resources to survive long term?
– How secure is my location and can it easily found?
– What skills do I possess that will help me to survive in the wilderness and how can I learn more?
– Are you bringing your pets? Dogs can be great for protection but also attract unwanted attention.
– When and if you decide to return home will you be able to get there safely?  Will your home even be there?
– How will you deal with intruders and other threats that you come across?
– When you run out of the food and resources you brought along with you, how will you get more?
– Do you know how to hunt, trap and forage for food?
– What kind of protection will you have on hand?
– If you don’t have matches or a lighter, how do you plan to make fire to keep warm and cook your food?
– Are you prepared to endure the heat and the cold?

Those are just some of the questions you’ll need to ask yourself and there are tons of other factors that you will need to take into consideration.  Perhaps you won’t have to bug out at all, but if you do, you need to make sure that you are as ready as you can be.  Read up on wilderness survival skills and go out and actually practice them – you can’t beat first hand experience!  Also, be sure to take the time now to come up with a proper bug in and bug out plan before a disaster strikes.  The last thing you need is to be taken off guard and make the wrong decision because you were in the wrong state of mind at the time.

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