Bug Out Vehicle:
Something very important to consider is what vehicle you would use for your bug out plans. Contents of your bugout vehicle is also very important, this a large extension of your bug out bag so the ideas are very simiar. Choices are quite wide if you have a jeep, bronco, truck, suburban you are in pretty good shape. Even smaller vehicles can work though they may not have the off road capability that larger vehicles have. Also it wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring some sort of all terrain ATV (ex. motorcycle, four-wheeler, or something similar to the Polaris Ranger) a bicycle would be useful as well. You can have all of these things but contents are key. What will you do without electricity? What will you do if you run out of gas? What will you do if you have a flat or if your vehicle breaks down? Well I hope to cover most situations you would run into here.
Conservation of fuel is a huge. Once you get to where you need to go stay there! If you absolutely have to leave walk, use your bicycle or an ATV that uses much less fuel that a larger vehicle. Once you have established a good bug out place try to camouflage and settle in as much as you can but still being able to get up and go if absolutely critical. Also a place with a steady supply of water would be optimal.
Bug Out Vehicle Gear:
- Vehicle (reliable off road vehicle recommended, camouflage paint or cover – using brush works as well in a pinch)
- Extra Fuel (fuel tank/tanks with fuel)
- Electricity (solar panel, generator)
- Clothes (warm waterproof clothes – shirts, pants, jacket, tactical boots, socks, hat, gloves)
- Personal Protection (rifle, hand gun, plenty of ammo, knife etc)
- Camping gear (tent, large mess kit, solar grill – doesn’t require fuel and/or butane stove with fuel, sleeping bags, solar lantern, fire starter – matches, magnesium fire starter, or lighters) – most of these items should already be in your bugout bag but it would be smart to keep some extras
- Vehicle Repair (extra tires, tire repair kits, mechanics tool kit)
- Communication (radios – long range)
- Food (emergency food reserves with long shelf life / MRE’s, fishing gear, hunting gear)
- Water (water filter – extra filters, boxed water)
- Currency (cash – may not have much value in crisis situations, valued goods – may not be specifically useful for you but may have a high trade value an example would be tobacco products)
- Bugout Bags (one for each individual – some examples basic, intermediate, advanced - recommended)
- Medical Supplies (medical kit that can cover anything from a deep wound that requires stitches to a stomach bug or cold, also a medical survival book may be good as well if you are not experienced)
- Rescue Equipment (flares, siren, tools to make a large smoke signal if needed)
- Food Production (good survival seeds and knowledge / book on how to save seeds for yearly use and tend them properly) – caution do not use GMO seeds due to their fruit often bearing sterile seeds (terminator seeds) stick with organic
- Sanity Items (music, instrument, board games, card games, puzzles – whatever you enjoy that will keep you and your family / friends sane in tough situations)
- Knowledge (this is a big one if you don’t have the knowledge find a good modern survival book that has the info and read and keep it in your bug out bag)
When the Time Comes:
If the time ever does come to put your preparation gear to use, you want to be ready to walk out the door and be gone in a matter of minutes. One great way to do this is keep all of your items in one place ready to go. Don’t mess with it unless you are just checking over everything with a checklist. Store and label it all in crates, totes, or duffel bags (water proof recommended) then when you need to bug out you just throw it in your vehicle and go. Another suggestion would be to figure out exactly how everything will fit in your vehicle so that you are not wasting time trying to shuffle things around or even worse not have room for something important.
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