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Bugging out requires quite a bit of planning. You need a place to bug out to and alternative routes to get there in the event roads are closed or there are angry mobs in the way. You need adequate supplies, but you also need to be able to carry those supplies if you have to walk to the destination or your car is no longer available. Here are some tips that will help in your planning.
1 Plan adequately and make sure those plans are realistic.
Some people not only plan their route, they also practice driving and walking it. They even have their bug out bags to get the full effect. Children need to learn the path in the event they’re separated from parents.
2 Always make sure you have a full tank of gas.
If you’re planning on bugging out in the car, you’ll need fuel and if there’s a major disaster, it won’t be available. Keeping your tank full at all times will make sure you can get out of town.
3 Have a backpack that has all the necessary items, but one that you can still carry for a distance.
You’ll probably have to go on foot at least part of the way, if your destination is in a wooded or remote area. You can lighten your load by having several caches of supplies on the route or routes to your bugout place.
4 Have multiple bug out bags at different locations.
If you stay at home all the time, never leaving it to go to work and the kids home school, you may get away with two bags, one for the car and one for the house. However, most people work outside the home, their children attend a school and they need more than just one or two bags. Have a bug out bag at every location you frequent often. If you don’t, all your planning could be for naught.
5 Make provisions for the family pet.
There are bug out bags that look like large saddle bags created for large dogs. If you have several animals that aren’t leash trained, you need to consider a way to transport them when bugging out. You also need adequate supplies for feeding and a method of toileting. Address this in your plans.
6 Make sure your route is the least populated and avoid major thoroughfares.
When bugging out, these will be the most congested areas when driving. Find as many backroads as possible and if walking, create a route that ventures through areas with the least number of people.
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