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Bugging out to the woods.

By The Prepper Journal

In a SHTF situation where you can’t stay in your own home, and moving in with a friend or relative is not an option, what will you do? If bugging out to the wilderness suddenly becomes your only option, will you survive? Probably not for very long, if you believe the experts. Nevertheless, if your survival plan doesn’t include a bug out to the forest option, it should, but coming up with a good plan might be more difficult that you think.

For starters, do you have a reliable bug out vehicle? If your bug out plan has you escaping the city or suburbs in a modern vehicle, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise. Most modern vehicles won’t survive a strong EMP event. You may find yourself traveling on foot, away from a major metropolitan area, in search of food and water. But at least you won’t be alone. When food and water run out, millions of others will be traveling, mostly on foot, away from large centers of population. Even if you have a working vehicle, it may be useless, due to the gridlock created by people and disabled vehicles, all on the same escape routes. You may avoid some of that if you get away quickly, but will you? How much time will pass before you’re packed, and ready to go? Will the roads already be jammed by the time you depart? As time passes, the situation will get worse. Can you imagine what starving, desperate, people are capable of doing? I’m thinking “zombie apocalypse”.

My Bug-out Plan

Understanding the predicament, I don’t have to look any farther than my garage for a solution. My bug out plan doesn’t depend on a full-size vehicle, but I won’t be bugging out on foot either. I suspect that I wouldn’t last very long, with just the items I can carry on my back. Instead, I’ve decided to use my garden tractor (riding lawn mower), pulling a small trailer. Don’t laugh, it’s more practical than it may seem.

  • It would probably survive an EMP event.
  • It can travel off-road, avoiding traffic jams and bypassing bottlenecks.
  • It can pull a small trailer, loaded with essential supplies.
  • I can avoid people who may want to harm me, or take what I have.
  • I’ll have a 360 degree view, helpful for situational awareness, and if I have to use a firearm.
  • I’ll be able to travel to places inaccessible by car, which in theory will make me more secure.
  • My getaway will be at a whopping 6 miles per hour, maximum, but it beats walking.

It’s not how fast you bug out, it’s how well you bug out fast

It’s not how fast you bug out, it’s how well you bug out fast

There are drawbacks, of course. I’ll have no shelter from the elements, as I would in a car or truck. My traveling companion will have to ride in the trailer, or walk along side. Perhaps the biggest drawback is that I won’t be able to outrun anyone. For that reason, it’s important to pack and leave quickly, before things get out of hand.

Continue reading at The Prepper Journal: Will You Survive If You Have to Bug out to the Forest?


The Conundrum of Bugging Out | Backdoor Survival

By Gaye Levy – Backdoor Survival

Over the past five years, I have seen the concept of bugging out escalate to the realm of ridiculousness.  Much of this, in my opinion, has come from the commercialization of bug out bags, the glamorization of bug-out preps in the media and within entertainment circles, and, quite simply, blogging sites that promote bug out strategies as part of their down and dirty fear mongering to get you to purchase over-priced info-products or survival gear.

Circling back, bugging out has its place as I will explain in a moment.  But for 99% of the disruptive events out there, my vote is to stay put and hunker down in the comfort of your home, surrounded by your preps.

Continue reading at Backdoor Survival: The Conundrum of Bugging Out and What To Do About It

About the author:

Gaye Levy started Backdoor Survival so that she could share her angst and concern about our deteriorating economy and its impact on ordinary, middle-class folks. She also wanted to become a prepper of the highest order and to share her knowledge as she learned it along the way. On Backdoor Survival you will find survival and preparedness tools and tips for creating a self-reliant lifestyle through thoughtful prepping and optimism.

To read more from Gaye, visit her website, Backdoor Survival. You can also follow Gaye on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest or purchase her eBook, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage on Amazon.com.


By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog

A SHTF ‘bug-out’ to someone else’s place may not end up the way you envisioned.
Will the doors be open?

The circumstances which caused the decision to bug-out (evacuate) may be a factor that will affect how well one is received. The relationship with the person (people) at the presumed destination will be a factor. One’s past history, reputation, and behavior will be a factor. The probable length of stay will be a factor. One’s skills, potential contribution, and what is brought to the table will be a factor.

There are all sorts of factors which may help or hinder one’s ability to get in the door at the other end of a bug-out. In fact, the door may very well be shut…

Continue reading at Modern Survival Blog: What To Expect And Bring On A Bug-Out To Someone Else’s Place

Trench Foot

By Pat Henry – The Prepper Journal

It’s like a bad scene out of a disaster movie mixed with your worst nightmare. Some event forces you and your family to leave your home with only your bug out bags on the backs of you and your family. The good news is you are prepared and have set aside provisions and planned for the trip. You also have a destination 50 miles away at a relative’s house that is waiting for you with plenty of security and supplies. You expect the trip to take 3 days of walking back roads. Not ideal, but certainly doable.

The trip starts out normally enough but you were forced to travel in almost constant rain. At the end of day one everyone’s feet are sore, most have blisters and your younger children are starting to act like they can’t go on another mile.

Our bug out plans eventually come down to relying on our feet in a worst case disaster to carry us to safety. Sure we have options and my personal first option is staying in my home. When that fails me I have a bug out vehicle, but if that isn’t an option we strap packs to our backs and hit the trail. Injuries to your feet can incapacitate quickly so it is important to care for these modes of transport that would be crucial in a disaster scenario. One main issue with walking long distances is blisters. Another topic that is a little less discussed is trench foot.

What is trench foot?

Trench foot is caused when your feet are wet for long periods of time and as it advances, blisters can easily form in the skin that is first pruned and wrinkled. Left untreated these blisters can become infected, your skin begins to slough off. You can also experience swollen feet, cramping and numbness. Severe cases of trench foot can cause skin and muscle damage so this is something we want to get in front of quickly before it keeps someone from being able to walk.

Trench foot has been a problem as long as we have had feet and shoes, but it came to prominence in the trench warfare of WWI where soldiers would spend days with their feet covered in water and mud. While this likely won’t happen to your little survival group, minor effects of trench foot could cause issues and can be relatively easily prevented with some quick and simple tips.

Severe trench foot can cause tissue and muscle loss.

How can you prevent trench foot?

The key to preventing trench foot is simple in theory. Keep your feet dry. The hard part is doing this as a habit and may be even more difficult if you are on the run or being pursued. Here are a few tips you can employ to help you.

  • Keep your feet dry and clean – Easier said than done. When you are hot, your feet sweat. When you have to cross water, your feet get wet or if you are forced to hike through rain, snow or wet grass. Assume your feet will get wet, but you can buy footwear and socks that help that condition. You can purchase waterproof boots and moisture wicking socks. When you stop, make sure you take your socks off and check your feet. If your socks are wet, allow your feet to dry Use foot powder if you have it and treat any blisters before they get worse.
  • Change your socks often – This simple act could do more good than almost anything else. Put on dry (a different pair) socks when you stop to take a break. You can hang the wet ones on your pack to dry out. Some people recommend two pairs, but I would say three are better so you can hopefully clean one pair too. Roll your socks inside out so you can keep up with what has been worn.
  • Let feet air out – Allow your feet to breathe and dry as long as possible especially if you are experiencing symptoms. Lying down will help with circulation. Again, if you are in a pursuit/combat situation, you don’t want to go to sleep with your shoes off, but for the rest of us, keeping your feet dry and healthy is easier than dealing with injury and infection. If the weather is very cold, you will have to adjust this, because you don’t want frostbite either.

Early signs of possible trench foot if left untreated and the feet aren't dried out.

What should you have in your bug out bag?

There are a few simple supplies you can have in your bug out bag that will help you prevent and treat trench foot if you are forced to bug out.

  • 3 pairs of wicking socks
  • Foot powder to remove moisture
  • Moleskin or blister block to address blisters before they get worse
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Good hiking boots or shoes that allow your feet to breathe should help them dry faster. Waterproof boots should keep them dryer. Either has benefits depending on the conditions. I prefer heavy-duty hiking boots that take a beating.

Part of planning to bug out has to extend to more than just the necessary contents of your bug out bag. There is the health and well-being of the people you are bugging out with too that should be considered. Proper foot care will keep people healthier and keep them moving longer.

This information has been made available by The Prepper Journal: Bug out Nightmare: Stop Trench Foot Before It Stops You

You have to be prepared to walk back home.

By Pat Henry – The Prepper Journal

Most of us who are into prepping are gathering some form of supplies. I always recommend gaining skills important to survival as well, but a good stored cache of food, water, means for shelter and security are at the top of my list. We consume things as humans and the natural tendency to prepare for emergencies, where the normal things we consume are unavailable, is to store extra. How much you are able to put away or feel is prudent to stock up on is up to the individual prepper.

The common denominator is that we need to store these prepping supplies somewhere. Sure you could roll through life with nothing more than your Altoid survival tin and your confident smile, but this article isn’t for you. This article is for the preppers who have stored supplies, usually in our homes, sometimes in hidden caches in the backyard or forest – possibly in your bug out location. When we store these supplies it is always with the intention of using them in an emergency if we need to. The main assumption is that you will be able to access these locations where your gear, food and tools are kept safely away from the peering eyes of your neighbors. But what if you are away when disaster strikes? What if you are hundreds of miles away from all of your plans and supplies? Is all lost?

Preparing for disaster while you are away

My plan for being prepared is to bug in should some massive emergency/ grid down/ SHTF event happen unless circumstances warrant I need to leave. My supplies are all in my home and bugging out and potentially leaving a lot of gear behind would be the last thing I would want to do. Unfortunately, I and millions of others have to leave our supplies all of the time.

Making it back home after an EMP is the plot of this book by A. American.

Every day I go to work, but that is not too far away. There are periodic vacations, business trips, family engagements or even all day excursions somewhere and if you are away from your home there could be serious delays or obstacles to you getting back to the supplies you have spent so much time and thought acquiring.

This topic comes up for me usually when I have to go out-of-town for business. If there was any time that Murphy was going to strike it would be while I was hundreds, possibly thousands of miles away from my family. Disaster probably won’t hit right after you have made the large Sam’s Club run, your ammo supply was recently topped off, everyone is home and healthy. No, you have to plan on getting by without those supplies for days, possibly weeks and make it back home if you can.

Communicating your plan

In the worst type of disaster, there would be no communications. We rightly advocate Ham radio to stay in contact, but that requires a few things come together and it isn’t really like a phone call around the world. Most handheld units require repeaters for any decent range and both units would have to be on the same repeater node for you to be able to communicate.

My family knows before I go anywhere that our plan is for them to stay put and even if they don’t hear from me, I will be coming home. We have backup locations for them to go if needed, but they will still communicate where they have gone should I arrive very late. This is important because in an EMP event for example, communications and even transportation could be completely destroyed but the properly outfitted prepper could make it back home with some planning and luck. This reminds me of the opening novel in the series by A.American on Going Home and it is core to one of my biggest fears. The main character is stranded hundreds of miles from his home in Florida after an EMP and has to make it back to his family. If I am separated from my family, but alive, that is what I will do also. If we are all together and away from home, there are different preparations, but less stress in some respects.

Walking home will present challenges and risks.

Getting Back Home

I was reading an old thread on a forum this morning talking about a hypothetical disaster scenario where the poster asking the question was trying to decide, post EMP whether they should stay at their work office for a few days and “let things calm down” or to leave immediately to get back to his family. Almost every one of the commenters said they would leave right away and I agree.

I think barring planes crashing into buildings again or something very overt and unmistakable like an earthquake; if there isn’t a huge loss of life most people will sit still and wait for the police or firetrucks to arrive. They will wait for the power company to get things working again and the FEMA folks to bring cots and blankets. The last thing on their minds will be to panic and by the time they do it will be too late.

Getting out ahead of the crowd is crucial and it is this aspect of disaster that requires you to be very aware of what is going on in the world around you. You could start your journey earlier or acquire last-minute supplies before the stores are cleaned out and while people will still accept cash for purchases by simply acting first. If I know there has been some major event, my plan is to grab anything I can to facilitate my journey and head to the house. It depends on the disaster but let’s assume you must walk.

What do you need to survive along the way?

What would you take with you on this trip that could facilitate your efforts to get back home? Some people back a modified bug out bag on their travels. Certainly this would seem to connect the dots, but it is a little impractical for most trips. What I do always have with me is my EDC. These are the basics of a knife, multi-tool, bandanna, water bottle, and flashlight and depending on the destination, a firearm. I do have to always check my luggage when flying. These are great tools, but ideally I would have more gear or be able to acquire it before I start my trip back.

In addition to that, I will carry a very lightweight day-hike style bag from Camelbak that also has a hydration bladder. This folds down into nothing in my regular suitcase and will allow me to carry gear and keep my hands free. To this I add a few more things:

These all take up very little room in my suitcase. I also pack for conditions should I have to walk back so that includes rain gear, base layers, fleece and wool caps in the winter as well as sturdy walking shoes. Summertime it might be hikers like Keens but the winter time would require my heavy-duty boots. You don’t want to try walking home in January from Chicago in dress shoes.

What does this give me? It really is very basics I need to make the journey. I would still want to get food, some better shelter (tarp and sleeping bag or wool blanket) and a map for the journey. Food is something I can pick up before the panic sets in or could possible scavenge in a desperate situation shortly after the disaster. Depending on how far away, I might only need a day or two. Longer trips might require me to improvise. A business trip to China would make things very difficult and I doubt I would be able to pack enough food to make it home so these are generalities I know. If you could hit a sporting goods store or Walmart with cash immediately after the event you might be able to get these supplies and head out before others catch on.

Desperate times can bring out the best and worst in people. You should be on guard for traps.

Dealing with other people

Getting out quickly will put you ahead of some of the confusion but unless you live in the middle of nowhere, you will run into other people along your way. You could see people begging for help or supplies. There could be people who view you as a target because you look to have some semblance of a plan and a solution. Depending on the disaster and where you are, things could get dicey and desperate people could even try to deceive you to take advantage of your good side. Tough decisions would have to be made in a true disaster.

I would plan to travel at night as much as possible and sleep during the day well off the roads and as hidden as possible. This should reduce my exposure to anyone who thinks they deserve what I have. I would try to avoid congested areas as much as possible but if going around took too much time; I would try to make it through at night. A bike could greatly speed your journey and I would likely try to procure one if possible to make the miles go by faster. I would really be improvising along the way to take advantage of whatever situation I was presented with. Partnering up with someone headed your way could be advantageous or risky. You will probably just need to go with your gut on that move as well.

These are just some ideas but each of us has different lives with different realities. In a true disaster, we would each be on our own to survive as best we can given the hand we have been dealt. What are your plans for making it home if you are away?

This information has been made available by The Prepper Journal: Being Prepared When You Are Away from Home


By Pat Henry – The Prepper Journal

I routinely think about the potential of bugging out with my family. When I do consider how this would work logistically, I probably paint a rosier picture than is prudent from the standpoint of the circumstances that would necessitate me having to resort to this option. If my family is bugging out, things are very bad. If I am bugging out, it is with the plan that we won’t be coming back and the situation on the ground at my home is one that is not suitable for living any more. As it stands right now, I don’t have a large survival group or network of friends that plan to rendezvous on the outskirts of town at our rally point. It would be me and my family which believe it or not does not consist of a high-speed, low drag platoon of Army Rangers.

Assuming again that the circumstances were unlivable at home and we were forced to hit the trail with only our carefully selected survival gear in our pre-packed Bug Out bags. The act of simply walking into the wilderness for many miles exposed to whatever the element conditions were on that given day, with my family would take more time than I would like, cause them a lot of stress and frayed nerves and would make us extremely more vulnerable. This is assuming everyone was healthy, suffered no injuries along the way and we actually had a place to go. I view aspects of bugging out with caution but I still think my immediate family could make it physically. I know there would be dangers if we were forced to hike to a safer location, but I usually stop at plans for minor first aid, shelter from the elements, food and water and lastly security. It would be tough, but we could make it I believe if grace were on our side.

But what if members of your group weren’t at the top of their game physically so to speak. What if some have serious health issues? What if someone was gravely injured or had a serious medical emergency that you simply couldn’t deal with? What if you couldn’t go on?

A recent and recently frequent contributor to the Prepper Journal, Bolo asked me the following question the other day.

What would you do if someone in your group became unable to continue the journey?  This frequently happens with smuggling groups, where a person is suffering from hyperthermia or has a heart attack or stroke.  Predictably, the “Coyote” guide will abandon them in the desert and continue on with the rest of his group.  He has a schedule to maintain, a pre-set load up area, and a pay day to think about.  Many of these people die where they were left on the trail and the Coyote would be facing murder charges if he was apprehended

I think Bolo was framing this question from the perspective of a bug out scenario that involved his local regional desert environment but the risks aren’t limited to long treks over barren stretches of uninhabited land. The potential for circumstances arising in your group that would cause you to be forced to stop or radically change your travel plans are common to every prepper I think and I found this question intriguing because it wasn’t something I had spent too much time thinking about.

Continue reading at The Prepper Journal: Would You be Able to Leave Someone Behind?

Gulfstream – Photo by Andre Wadman


By Michael Snyder – The American Dream

A lot of ultra-rich people are quietly preparing to “bug out” when the time comes.  They are buying survival properties, they are buying farms in far away countries and they are buying deep underground bunkers.  In fact, a prominent insider at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland says that “very powerful people are telling us they’re scared” and he shocked his audience when he revealed that he knows “hedge fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand”.  So what do they know?  Why are so many of the super wealthy suddenly preparing bug out locations?  When the elite of the world start preparing for doomsday, that is a very troubling sign.  And right now the elite appear to be quietly preparing for disaster like never before.

The insider that I mentioned above is named Robert Johnson.  He is the president of the Institute of New Economic Thinking, and what he recently told a packed audience in Davos is making headlines all over the planet

With growing inequality and the civil unrest from Ferguson and the Occupy protests fresh in people’s mind, the world’s super rich are already preparing for the consequences. At a packed session in Davos, former hedge fund director Robert Johnson revealed that worried hedge fund managers were already planning their escapes. “I know hedge fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand because they think they need a getaway,” he said.

But he didn’t stop there.

In a separate interview, Johnson admitted that “very powerful people are telling us they’re scared” and that the elite “see increasing evidence of social instability and violence”.  You can watch video of the entire interview below…


And Johnson is not the only one saying these things.

The following quote comes from the Mirror

His comments were backed up by Stewart Wallis, executive director of the New Economics Foundation, who when asked about the comments told CNBC Africa: “Getaway cars the airstrips in New Zealand and all that sort of thing, so basically a way to get off.  If they can get off, onto another planet, some of them would.”

Of course not all elitists are planning to jet off to the other side of the globe.

Some are planning to go deep underground when things hit the fan.

For example, there is an underground decommissioned missile silo in Kansas that has been transformed into luxury survival condos by a real estate developer.  The following is from a Wall Street Journal article about those condos…

The so-called Survival Condo complex boasts full and half-floor units that cost $1.5 million to $3 million each. The building can accommodate up to 75 people, and buyers include doctors, scientists and entrepreneurs, says developer Larry Hall.

Mr. Hall, who lives in a Denver suburb, bought his first missile-silo site in Kansas in 2008 and completed construction in December 2012. A year later, he says, the development had sold out. Work on the second security compound—the one where Mr. Allen bought a unit—is under way, and Mr. Hall says he is considering additional sites in Texas and elsewhere.

As former nuclear missile sites built under the supervision of the Army Corps of Engineers, the structures were originally designed to withstand a direct hit by a nuclear bomb. At ground level, they can be sealed up by two armored doors weighing 16,000 pounds each. Mr. Hall added sophisticated water and air-treatment facilities, state-of-the-art computer network technology and several alternate power generation capabilities.

Other wealthy individuals are turning their current homes into high tech security fortresses.

Those that are involved in providing these kinds of services have seen business absolutely soar in recent years…

Wealthy families across the country are shelling out millions to protect their loved ones from intruders, natural disasters or the apocalypse as home security goes increasingly sci-fi.

Companies that provide concerned homeowners with futuristic gadgets – and a priceless peace of mind – have revealed the growing demand of costly bunkers, passageways, panic rooms and recognition software.

Chris Pollack – president of Pollack+Partners, a design and construction adviser in Purchase, New York – told Forbes that, while security has always been important for the wealthiest clients, the spending on home security has noticeably grown in the past five years.

And the options available on the market are like something from a Bond film.

For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “Why Are So Many Wealthy People Building Futuristic High Tech Security Bunkers?

So why are all of these wealthy people so alarmed?

Well, the truth is that they can see what is happening.

They can see that millions of people are falling out of the middle class.  They can see that society is breaking down in thousands of different ways.  They can see that anger and frustration are rising to unprecedented levels.  And they can see that things are likely to boil over once the next major economic crisis strikes.

Even though the economy is still fairly stable for the moment, signs of increasing economic suffering are everywhere.  For example, the Los Angeles Times is reporting that homeless encampments are rapidly spreading throughout the Los Angeles area…

Over the last two years, street encampments have jumped their historic boundaries in downtown Los Angeles, lining freeways and filling underpasses from Echo Park to South Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, a city-county agency, received 767 calls about street encampments in 2014, up 60% from the 479 in 2013.

We live at a time when almost everyone is getting poorer except for the elite.  The top 1 percent now have close to 50 percent of the wealth in the entire world, and each year wealth becomes even more concentrated in their hands.

The elite know that eventually a breaking point is going to come.  Those that are smart don’t want to be around when that happens.

And we got a few clues about what things might look like what that time comes from the recent “snow scare” in New York.  Frightened consumers wiped out supplies of bread, milk and eggs within just a few hours.  People started to take advantage of one another, even the journalists seemed like they were on the verge of panic, and virtually the entire city shut down.

All of this over just a few snowflakes.

So what is going to happen when we have a real crisis?

If the elite are preparing to bug out, it is hard to blame them.

I wouldn’t want to be right in the middle of a volcano when it erupts either.

Life is about to dramatically change, and signs of the coming storm are everywhere.

I hope that you are getting prepared for what is about to hit us while you still can.

This article first appeared at The American Dream: What Do They Know? Why Are So Many Of The Super Wealthy Preparing Bug Out Locations?

About the author:

Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years.

Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The American Dream

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