There are certainly times when you NEED to get out of dodge — hurricanes, tornadoes, fire, terrorists rampaging through your neighborhood and putting anyone who can’t recite the koran to the sword — but in most cases, preparing to stay put is the optimal survival strategy. Let me explain.
Benefits to bugging in
- Friendly neighbors – If you have friendly neighbors they could be a great bartering resource and extra protection.
- More storage space – For things like supplies long term food stores and water.
- Shelter – Provides safety and protection from the elements.
- Most people lack outdoor survival skills.
- Much easier to defend your family (or friends).
- More hiding places in the instance someone were to break in.
Downfalls to not bugging in for the non survivalist
- Weather can be very harsh – Extreme cold, heat, rain or snow.
- Dangerous crossings with others – Humans are greedy and will take what they want however they can get it.
- Constantly moving shelter – This causes unknown surroundings each time.
- If the land you are on is not yours it can be very dangerous.
- Getting where you want to go will be a long hard road if you are not ready for it.
- You can only carry a limited amount of water and finding water can be tough (especially clean water).
- Navigation can be very tough when out and about if you are not familiar with the area or are not good with a compass and map.
With that in mind, here’s how to do bugging in right.
Bugging in checklist
- Long term food stores – Preferably natural / organic food storage when possible.
- Water and good long lasting water filters – Good option for extra water is a bath tub water liner just be sure and fill asap if shtf and you’re bugging in.
- Protection – Weapons knives whatever protection you prefer.
- Bugout bag – This is still extremely important in the case that you need to leave in a hurry, never remove the contents of your bugout bag even when you are bugging in.
- Plenty of light sources and different forms of electricity – Flashlight, long burning candles, bulbs, solar lights, matches
- Multiple forms of electricity – Batteries, solar power, hand crank charger
- First aid – Any form of doctor will be limited so it is crucial to keep a nice first aid kit on hand.
- Entertainment – Cards board games or any other form of entertainment that doesn’t require power since it may be limited.
- Information on survival – A book like the Lofty Wiseman SAS Survival Handbook is always a great option for many survivalist situations.
- Time keeping – If your house or apartment is boarded up it can throw off your internal clock a good G schock watch or a good way of telling time can be important.
- Radio – For emergency situations this is good to have as well as keeping in contact with others or getting status updates on disaster situations. Just remember you may need a form of power for the radio unless it is a hand crank radio or solar powered.
- Something to pass time – If games are not enough to pacify you when you are bugging in you may want to consider finding a hobby. Something that can entertain you that doesn’t require much and doesn’t need electricity (there will probably be times where you will be bored out of your mind).
- Warmth – Heat is critical in the winter or cold months unless you live somewhere that is cold year round then it is always critical. Make sure you have plenty resources for a fire to ensure you do not get sick or end up with hypothermia (wood, gas, paper, charcoal etc). Just don’t burn anything that puts off a dangerous gas, oh and don’t burn your shelter down! Keep plenty of jackets, blankets, socks or anything else that can help provide heat when you need it.
Check out ready4itall‘s page for some more reasons you would have better luck bugging in as well. Some funny but accurate reasoning!
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