When we think about a bug out by vehicle, we know that traffic is a possibility, but the closer you get to your destination, the better your Emergency Action Plan knowledge should be. The better your route should be.
I wanted to take a break from all of the products reviews and such to discuss the topic of bugging out.
What I have stated before is that you should have three Bug Out Locations, all in different directions. You need three routes to get to each location, and at minimum, three rally points (or “rest stops”) along the route. What makes a little more sense is to have rally points less than every three hours along the route, so if someone has to go on foot, they don’t have very far to go… about 240 miles, with a MINIMUM of three rally points. This way when you have a BOL two hours away, you will have a rally point every 40 minutes… aka 40-50 miles.
So now that the Clever Survivalist’s “Bug Out Rule of Threes” has been re-explained, let’s move on with the purpose of the post.
We need to understand that as preppers or survivalists, we are generally a little more ready to leave in a hurry, when the situation requires it. Others, not so much.
It may take a typical head of household about one hour, maybe two to pack for him/herself for a vacation. Add a few more hours for the rest of the family if in a situation where time matters.
You know that you have just about everything together. You grab a few premade bags and double check the important documents. Out the door you go with family in tow.
You get on the road with hardly anyone in sight. Bugging out isn’t as hard as you thought it was going to be. You beat the outbound traffic, so it is smooth sailing.
As you travel down the road, it starts to get busy. The next city or town over has had time to pack their things and get on the road, but it still seems navigable.
Assuming that up to this point, you have been on easy street, you are now about 30 minutes away from your destination. Suddenly, you have to stop. There is a traffic jam in the road. It is backed up as far as the eye can see, your vehicle is stuck. You can stay there and wait, or you can go the rest on foot.
You going to walk down the shoulder of the highway, or are you going to take a path perpendicular to the road for a little while, and then go to your destination? Were you on a highway or interstate that put you in this position, or a back road.
Chances are, as you get closer to your destination, you will need to pay more attention to staying on the back roads. You will want to have more and more paths to your destination. You really want to know the area, as well if not better than your own hometown. People will be getting on the roads and you may end up stuck, even if you started your trip on open lanes.
You will also want to know the “off-road” terrain and have maps for such, in the event that you really do get stuck.
So, in short, follow my “Bug Out Rule of Threes”, but use your brain and decide if you want to have more than three routes close to your destination, more rally points closer together, and even a few ways to go it on foot if needed. Stay off of the interstates that are known to back up in times of catastrophe, and you will be thanking yourself as well.
As I write tips for your adventures and hear about cool gear, I will let you know all about it!