I’d like to address some misconceptions regarding a topic that, while very often talked about but rarely needed to be put to practice, it involves an extreme kind of worst case scenario where we basically lose our home, permanently or for a given period of time. This can be very challenging, and unfortunately it happens more often than we’d think so its important to get real bugging out right.
First, you need to
understand what bugging out means, separate fantasy from reality. People
that have bugged out for real they do it because there’s no other
option left. The default reaction to disasters isn’t to run to the
hills, or your house in the woods, or your house in Poland. The default
reaction is to stay put. That’s what most official broadcasts recommend
in times of crisis and it is in fact the most sound advice unless
evacuation orders are specifically enforced. This means that you bug out
when staying is no longer an option, not because you don’t like the
current president or because Mc Donalds just ran out of chicken nuggets.
Your house is burning down, got destroyed by a quake and you barely
made it out alive, a wildfire will be destroying your house in a matter
of minutes, or a flood. Forces have invaded or you just killed a bunch
of would-be home invaders and now the family of those you killed is
after you. All of these actually happen and they are the kind of
situation that forces you out of your house.
Second, you just
can’t already live in a bug out location. This is key, and a common fail
of understanding the concept of what bug out location means. Ask all
those survivalists living in their Bug Out Locations in Oregon what did
they do when the wildfires destroyed their BOL. Did they have to bug out
of their bug out locations then? Point is, if youre already living in
it, it becomes you place of residence and you need to figure out another
Bugging out and having a bug out location is not about
buying property (doesnt have to be) and its not about having fancy 4x4
vehicles. In fact for bugging out reliability and fuel efficiency are by
far more important than off road capability, even if some off road
capability can be an asset sometimes and even essential in certain
extreme terrains. For 99.9999% of the population though, you just need a
car that runs and hopefully balances well load capacity with how many
miles it covers per gallon.
As for bug out locations. If you have
several properties chances are you are renting them, therefore not
immediately available. Its nice to have a holyday home or cabin in the
woods to go during weekends to change the scenery, and it can be a
valuable asset in specific scenarios, but this doesn’t mean buying a
second house is the only way to go. In fact its not even the most
practical one. Having friends or family that can take you in during a
time of need, making plans with like-minded people and setting mutual
support agreements isnt nearly as expensive.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.