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Bugging Out Guide If You Must Leave Home When SHTF

Last Updated: September 9, 2021
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Bunkering out is the act of leaving home during a SHTF scenario.

You’re abandoning your house, and you’ll need some ideas about what to do next. The most crucial thing to keep in mind is that if you bug out, so will others.

During a snow emergency, additional roads may be closed or barricaded. Because highways might be inundated, having several backup options is crucial. Although it isn’t always feasible, creating a plan of various worst-case scenarios is an excellent approach to assist you prepare and survive during a crisis.

Here are some…

SHTF Scenarios Where You Can’t Stay Home

It’s more likely and safe to leave the house in some cases. – aka​ bug out.

Here are a few examples of those times.

SHTF Scenario #1

A natural disaster is imminent

Is a hurricane bearing down on you or a huge forest fire approaching? If you and your family are in the path of danger, now may be an excellent moment to flee. Staying at home is far more hazardous than leaving.

SHTF Scenario #2

Your home is right in the middle of everything

Is your house in the midst of it all? If that’s the case, say goodbye!

SHTF Scenario #3

Transportation system is affected

When your transportation system is disrupted, things will fall apart quickly. Businesses will shut and people will go hungry and thirsty. It’s time to leave.

SHTF Scenario #4

Your stockpile is nearly depleted

If the calamity lasts longer than you had anticipated, go over your supplies and see whether you have enough to get by until it is resolved. If not, it’s time for a new strategy.

When it comes to figuring out where you want to go when SHTF, there are a lot of options. You need to know where you want (should) go before things get bad…

Where Do You Go When SHTF?

Where Do You Go When SHTF?

Ideally, you’d have a second property prepared for these circumstances, but that isn’t always feasible. The ideal case would be to establish a bunker.

If you don’t have a plan in place with friends or family, here are some factors to consider before selecting a destination.

  • Get off the beaten path. To obstruct a dirt road, chop down a tree.
  • Don’t advertise your bug-out location to everyone!
  • Make sure there is a water source nearby
  • Decide about a heat source
  • For more supplies or communication from the outside world, it should be at least 10 to 20 miles away from a settlement.
  • Use the terrain to your advantage and grow your own produce and crops.

So now you have to figure out how you’ll get there. This is the point at which many individuals begin panicking, since they don’t know what will be coming with them in their bug-out bag.

What Are You Bringing With You When SHTF

What Are You Bringing With You When SHTF

You’ll need supplies to bug out, but you’re restricted by the amount you can carry.

Having a list prepared and bug out bags ready to go is crucial.You don’t want to overlook anything crucial in the rush to depart.

For a basic list for your bug out bag, check out the list of essentials here.

  • Water and water filtration methods
  • Food
  • First aid kit
  • Medications
  • Duct tape
  • Rope
  • Tent
  • Fire Starter
  • Hand crank radio
  • Emergency foil blankets
  • Extra clothes
  • Knife
  • Dust mask
  • Multi-function tool

If you don’t want to forget anything and be preppared for anything, check out our Ultimate Bug Out Bag Checklist blog post here.

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How Do You Survive in the Wild When SHTF

You have four main concerns if you want to survive in the wild when you bug out:

  1. Shelter
  2. Food
  3. Water
  4. Medical care

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If you prefer a quick guide to help you prepare…

Here are some suggestions.

1. Create a plan for shelter.

To make a dry, secure shelter that fits everyone in your family, you’ll need a tent and/or a tarp.

2. Think about food.

A bug-out-bag should have enough food for at least 48 to 72 hours. Then you must select how you will acquire your meals. Can you hunt, fish, or trap? Learn how to gather in your region.

3. You need water.

Humans can live for days without food, but not more than a few hours without water. Keep some water in your bug-out bag, but make sure you have a means to filter it.

4. Have a stocked first aid kit.

If you are hurt and fall, you’ll need some methods to treat your injuries. Make sure you have on hand several doses of prescription medicines until new supplies arrive.

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What other advice would you give other fellow preppers about bugging out? You can add them below in the comment section.

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