Preconceived Notions: “The Bugout”

When I was new to Survivalism, I believed that “The Bugout” was the only way to go. I have had a backpack ready to go since I was twelve, and the only things that have really changed were techniques of how I’d “Bugout”, and where “Bugout” it stands in the order of precedence. I use P.A.C.E. planning in all activities related to survival. It was something I was taught when I first went into the military, and continue to this day. “P” is primary, “A” is alternate, “C” is contingency, “E” is emergent or emergency.

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2 Responses to Preconceived Notions: “The Bugout”

  1. T. Wrangler says:

    Some thoughts:
    Your camping gear is also survival gear
    If you live in the country, you may already be bugged out.
    If you live in the city, it may be impossible to bug out. You might be forced to hole up instead.
    If you are away from home when disaster strikes, can you get back to support family and dependents?

    I keep a satchel in my vehicle with gear that will keep me alive for several days. I can shoulder it if forced to abandon the vehicle.
    I could walk home from my work location in about an hour if need arises

    • Wirecutter says:

      I’ve got my coyote hunting pack at home which is good for 4-5 days, and my get home from work pack in my truck with 3 meals, a change of clothes, poncho liner, socks, etc.
      I work about 40 miles from home, so I figure a hard 12 hours walk and I only cross 3 reliable water sources (a very big deal in California, especially in the summer) so I also have sufficient canteens and filtration for that.

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