Timing is everything, if you decide to bug out and leave! I receive no less than 150 e-mails per day. Many of these are from our readers, even though my e-mail address is no longer listed on SurvivalBlog.com. Readers kept it, even after it was removed. I honestly don’t have time to respond to every e-mail I receive each day. However, one question I get the most often is about bugging out before, during, or after a SHTF scenario, and there is no one answer to this dilemma.
Plan For Many Situations
I’m getting on in years. Very shortly, I’ll be 67 years old, and I realize that I’m no spring chicken any longer. I can’t do the things I used to do not too many years ago. Bugging out from where I live isn’t something I anticipate doing. However, I always like to plan ahead, or prepare, for as many situations that may come into my life as possible. To be sure, no matter how well prepared you think you are, even if you’re a millionaire, something will come up that you didn’t expect or plan for. That’s just life.
Plans For My Family
Now, with the above said, I do have plans for myself and my family in the event we might have to leave our rural and fairly secure location on short notice. We have several plans.
Plan A With An Hour Available
Plan A, if an hour is available, is to load up all our survival foods into our 22-ft travel trailer and hook it up to either my Dodge Ram pickup or the wife’s Dodge Durango. If need be, I’d even hook it up to the oldest daughter’s Nissan Armada. (She lives next door to us, in our small guest house.) Then, we’d bug out. We have several destinations we can bug out to, if it comes to that.
Plan A With Only 15 Minutes To Bug Out
If we are only given 15 minutes time to bug out, we will simply hook up to the travel trailer and leave. We keep a good supply of emergency foods throughout the travel trailer, so we’d be good to go for at least three months.
Failing Plan A, we have a Plan B in place, and that is to load up our vehicles with as much food and other supplies as possible and bug out. All of our vehicles have 4-wheel drive, so we are pretty confident about arriving where we plan on going. Between three vehicles, we can take all the supplies we believe we’ll need in order to survive a good long time. Plus, we all keep an emergency box in our vehicles, with all manner of supplies, food, and water.
If Plan A and Plan B Are Not Workable
Lastly, if Plan A and Plan B are not workable, we all have bug out bags, and we can evacuate on foot if need be. We aren’t kidding ourselves, especially myself and my wife; we are not going to be able to cover 25 miles per day on foot. That just isn’t going to happen. However, where we live, in the foothills of the western side of the Cascade Mountains, if you give us five minutes, we can literally disappear from sight to where it would be difficult to find us.
Once again, we feel pretty confident where we live that we can wait out most emergencies or scenarios that might force others from their homes. We’ve had a bone-dry summer in Western Oregon, as a matter of fact, most of Oregon, and we keep a very watchful eye for any forest fires in our area. Luckily, we had no fires in our area this year. Thank God! We have everything we need to survive most situations that may present themselves right here in our home and on our small homestead.
No War-Like Military Actions
I don’t plan on engaging in any war-like military actions, if I can avoid them. I’m not kidding myself, even though I’m a military vet who was trained as a combat infantryman, as well as in other areas. I can’t possibly take on a lone platoon of trained military personnel and expect to win. It just isn’t going to happen.
I’ve attached some pics of our travel trailer. It is a light-weight model, but it can still carry everything we would need. We have survival foods in every nook and cranny. Much of it isn’t shown in the pics. We can live in this trailer, if we had to; there’s not a doubt in my mind.
We have several portable generators, so we can keep the batteries charged up, too. Our smaller generator has a peak 1,000 watts but a steady 900 watts. Using it as needed, we can keep the batteries charged up for a long, long time on the fuel we have stored. We also have a larger generator that can be used as well. However, the smaller generator will suffice for most of our needs and uses very little fuel at all.
Cooking in the Travel Trailer
Of course, we have a propane stove for cooking in the travel trailer. We also have several rocket stoves as well as a solar oven. So, we have several ways to do much of our cooking. The smallish ‘frig that is found in most travel trailers wouldn’t be used much. If the ‘frig is used, it uses very little propane. We wouldn’t run it off the generator. There’s no need for that.
We have a full bathroom, all things considered. It has a small stand-up shower, a sink, a toilet, and a 5-gallon hot water heater. We’ve learned how to take a very fast shower with the limited amount of hot water on hand. Heating hot water uses propane. Though we have spare propane tanks, we sure wouldn’t be showering daily in a bug out situation.
Even though our travel trailer is only 22 feet long, it can sleep six adults and one child, if it came down to that. No doubt, we’ll be cramped, but it is do-able. My family consists of myself, my wife, and our oldest daughter and also youngest daughter, who live about 200 miles away. (I have more on her later.)
More Detail on Our Plans
So, our first plan, if it comes down to bugging out, is to finish loading up the travel trailer with everything else we believe we’ll need as well as our vehicles and leaving the area. It’s a fairly solid plan, for the most part, and it would make life more comfortable than living in a tent. BTW, we keep a large camp tent in the trailer as well. We keep extra sleeping bags and blankets in our trailer as well. It’s amazing, with some planning and time, how much stuff you can load into a small trailer. We all keep extra clothing in the trailer as well as foot wear, too.
Plan B, if there isn’t a lot of time, is to grab whatever extra food and supplies we’d need and load it into our vehicles. We can carry a lot in those rigs and bug out that way. It’s not a perfect situation, but it is workable. We have two big German Shepherds, and our oldest daughter has one German Shepherd, so we keep plenty of dry dog food on hand for our critters. We also never let our gas tanks drop below ¾ of a tank of fuel. This is just a good practice for everyone. We have several destinations we can head to, and with just ¾ of a tank of fuel we can easily reach them.
The last plan, plan C, we wouldn’t relish, as we’d have to bug out on food. There is only so much you can carry on your back in a backpack. It took us all several years to find just the perfect packs for each of us, and we all have different packs. Food and water is the main concern when bugging out on foot. You can’t carry all you’ll need. Of course, our final destinations that we plan on aren’t very far. Still, they’re a good distance to walk to.
Weapons For Self Defense /Hunting
I always get this question about weapons for self defense and hunting. I’ll try addressing it first and as best I can. I know many preppers use prepping as an excuse to buy more guns and ammo. They really need to admit to themselves that it is just that, an excuse to buy more toys. It’s just that simple; there is no “right” or “wrong” when it comes to firearms. They all serve different purposes. I’m only going to address a few firearms in this article, even though I have firearms enough to cover just about any situation that may come along.
As you will see if several of the pics, I have two slightly different arrangements. In one, you will see a Blackhawk Products www.blackhawk.com tactical 9mm mag pouch that carries three 33-rd 9mm GLOCK mags. I also have a Blackhawk tactical thigh holster, and it has a GLOCK 19 along with two mag pouches with two loaded mags. In this setup, I have a Ruger PC9, 9mm carbine. This is a great setup. The GLOCK 19 takes the same magazines as the PC9. As I stated at the onset, I don’t plan on getting into a fire fight with anyone, if I can avoid it, but should it happen, that Ruger PC9 and GLOCK with all the spare ammo will surely prove their worth.
In another pic, you will note that I have a Springfield Armory SAINT AR rifle, which is one of my favorite ARs. I also have a Blackhawk tactical thigh holster, except this one is setup with a Kimber 1911 CDP .45 ACP handgun with spare mags. There is a thigh mag carrier with four 30-rd mags in it. So, with this setup, I can sure give a good accounting of myself if need be. If bugging out on foot, I would select one of these setups and my bug out bag, and I’d feel well-armed.
Tomorrow, I will tell you about my choices here and discuss other preps for bugging out.
- It’s Time To Leave- Part 1, by Pat Cascio (active 9/30/18)