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    Before You Bug Out...

    I do not intend to bug out but was thinking about the difficulties associated with bugging out and came up with this brief list. I ask others to add to it. Remember, it is what you should do before you bug out.

    Do you know where you want to go?
    Have you done a practice run to your bug out location?
    Have you practiced with the equipment in your bug out bag?
    Have you practiced sleeping outside overnight during cold and wet weather?
    Have you stopped to think if bugging out is even necessary?
    Have you considered what may become of your residence while you are gone?
    Have you done a map recon of the route?
    Have you done a map recon of an alternate route?
    Have you remembered to take the map?
    Do you have a full tank of gas and checked the oil?
    Have you checked the spare tire?
    Have you supplies (to include prescription medications) and equipment with you as there may be no going back? (I think the estimate of 3 days before all the food is gone from the markets is optimistic.)
    Do you have extra money as money may still be useful?
    Do you have an alternate plan if the vehicle breaks down?
    Have you informed trusted people where you will be?
    Are you psychologically and physically equipped for the realities of what you are doing?

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    Have you spent time at the BOL
    Have you met any others in the area
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    How secure is the BOL?
    Can you get there by foot?
    Do you have enough protection from the elements?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCal92057 View Post
    I do not intend to bug out but was thinking about the difficulties associated with bugging out and came up with this brief list. I ask others to add to it. Remember, it is what you should do before you bug out.

    Do you know where you want to go?
    Have you done a practice run to your bug out location?
    Have you practiced with the equipment in your bug out bag?
    Have you practiced sleeping outside overnight during cold and wet weather?
    Have you stopped to think if bugging out is even necessary?
    Have you considered what may become of your residence while you are gone?
    Have you done a map recon of the route?
    Have you done a map recon of an alternate route?
    Have you remembered to take the map?
    Do you have a full tank of gas and checked the oil?
    Have you checked the spare tire?
    Have you supplies (to include prescription medications) and equipment with you as there may be no going back? (I think the estimate of 3 days before all the food is gone from the markets is optimistic.)
    Do you have extra money as money may still be useful?
    Do you have an alternate plan if the vehicle breaks down?
    Have you informed trusted people where you will be?
    Are you psychologically and physically equipped for the realities of what you are doing?
    So, you live in SOCAL were the heck are you going. the roads will be impassable. millions of people in the roads? your list won't matter. MOLON LABE

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    I'm not starting anything, Just saying. I agree with everything you have on the list.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ordnance21xx View Post
    So, you live in SOCAL were the heck are you going. the roads will be impassable. millions of people in the roads? your list won't matter. MOLON LABE
    Hey Einstein,
    He lives in the USA can't you read?
    (Just jaggin' with you ordnance21xx!)
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    Having lived in Florida all my life, I fully understand what a pipe dream "bugging out" is.
    Such as several million people trying to "bug out" before the Cat 4 hurricane hits. Even though the weather forecasters have been warning about it for a week.
    It doesn't work, folks.
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    No 1 weapons and ammo check.

    I do agree with those says bugging out is just a dream. If you can't survive at your current local your pretty much done. Joining the hoards of other displaced warriors isn't going to work, IMO. Maybe a few miles but long distance??
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    Quote Originally Posted by ordnance21xx View Post
    So, you live in SOCAL were the heck are you going. the roads will be impassable. millions of people in the roads? your list won't matter. MOLON LABE
    I never said I live in SoCal. The list is not for me. It is intended to be something that we all can add to and help those who are going to bug out. I live remotely and will not be bugging out. Semper Fidelis
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chipper View Post
    No 1 weapons and ammo check.

    I do agree with those says bugging out is just a dream. If you can't survive at your current local your pretty much done. Joining the hoards of other displaced warriors isn't going to work, IMO. Maybe a few miles but long distance??
    I agree in most cases someone who bugs out will become part of the problem. Check out the Forum "Urban and Rural Survival" and the thread "Bug Out preppers look just like the unprepared to those already living remotely" Bugging out is seldom the way to go. Even if you have a BOL there is no assurance you will be able to reach it. Just think about the traffic jams associated with almost any hurricane evacuation that you have witnessed. Now imagine it being even worse. If you are serious about survival, move now. Land can be bought for about $2k an acre and a prefab 400 square foot BOL could be erected in a few days. If you are not going to live there you will need to bury your preps on the property in watertight barrels for retrieval at a later date. Maybe, just maybe, if the SHTF you will be able to reach your BOL, but don't count on it.
    Last edited by SoCal92057; 04-24-2014 at 09:38 PM.
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