Travel security for bugging out: Plan your evacuation

When SHTF, most people worry about how to get to their destination. They often forget that it’s also crucial to have a backup site in mind. You must also consider how dangerous the situation can get as you’re traveling from your starting point to your destination. (h/t to

Don’t just think about preparing a bug-out bag (BOB). Take a notepad, get a pen, and check if you have everything on hand to prepare several BOBs for you and your family. Here are some things to include:

  • Basic gear (rain gear, at least three ways to start a fire, cooking gear, light sources, and a survival knife)
  • Cash
  • Clothing
  • Food items that don’t need to be cooked
  • Important documents
  • Medical supplies
  • Personal hygiene items (soap, shampoo, feminine hygiene products, etc.)

Don’t forget to stock up on blankets, cases of bottled water, etc., which much be packed so you’re ready to put them in your car immediately. Make sure your personal protection gear is “locked, loaded, and ready to deploy,” and always have a Plan B.

Make sure your supplies can last you and your family for 72 hours, but if a natural disaster is headed your way, plan for a longer time frame. Don’t hold out hope that you’re going to find help along the way because the practical thing to do is prepare your own supplies so you’re not left hanging. Keep your preparation under wraps.

Always keep your bug-out vehicle “tuned up, gassed up, and ready to roll” no matter what happens. Get it checked for scheduled maintenance regularly. Don’t let your bug-out vehicle’s gas tank reach lower than half a tank. Keep it full if possible so you won’t run out of gas.

Your bug-out vehicle has to be roomy, comfortable, and powerful enough to transport your supplies and reach bug-out obstacles such as a roadblock, if necessary. Keep the vehicle plain and inconspicuous.

No matter what you’re fleeing from, make sure you have more than one bug-out location. It should be accessible no matter where you’re going to come from since once you’re on the move, you might not be able to change your course.

Write down your plans and routes, and practice how to get there. Keep possible resources in mind and take note of everything on a map or a notebook. Keep your notes updated, and hide the notebook in a safe place.

If you’re lucky enough to have a dedicated bug-out camp or site at a cabin or lake, practice dry runs from various locations to the site.

Protect yourself from various threats on the road such as local police or roadblocks looking for licenses or residency paperwork. If you have your documents, you have nothing to worry about. However, if you own a concealed weapons permit or other gun ownership papers, don’t bring them up unless prompted. Study “gun laws, carry laws, [and] guns in vehicles laws” for your state. Avoid crossing state lines if you can, read up on the laws of other states.

While it’s difficult to pinpoint other possible threats, you must be ready to face anything. Make sure your vehicle is equipped with enough security gear from personal to an additional backup supply.

Train yourself and your fellow riders, and remember that it’s better to keep a low profile and escape during the first sign of trouble. With clear travel security plans, you’ll have one less thing to worry about if and when SHTF.

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