You Have Successfully Bugged Out, What Now?
Most blogs, survival guides and survival preppers focus on bugging out or hunkering down and fail to look beyond, to creating a sustainable ‘life’ in the new world.
Preppers, survivalists and survivors will need to formulate a strategy about what to do after bugging out.
My general impression is that most preppers plan to stay on location in the short term after bugging out. In my prepping opinion, that is a pretty smart move (or non-move!). Unless of course some impending and unexpected danger forces you to revaluate.
Sadly, most preppers don’t make it past the planning stage because, for many people, prepping is a fad. Many buy a big old bag full of cool survival gadgets and then toss it into a corner of their garage to gather dust. By the way, you have to read this great and detailed essential bug out bag checklist guide if you’re in the bug out bag kit out stage right now. Just like anything in life, practice makes perfect. Fail to plan; plan to fail.
Grab your bug out bag and let’s head to the training camp with my top 5 essential longer term survival plans below.
Stage 1 – Know Your BOL (Bug-Out Location)
Seriously, do you even know where your bug out location will be? If you do you’re well on the way to survival. If not, ask yourself these questions to give you a basic plan for bugging out:
❖Where will I go? It is obviously smart to have some option in-mind to cover a range of scenarios
❖How far away is it?
❖How many alternative routes do I know well enough to get there?
❖How long is the journey likely to take?
❖Is the location owned by someone else?
Stage 2 – Secure the Perimeter
So you’ve successfully arrived at your bug out location? Now you need to proceed with extreme caution.
Gather your group and spread out around the perimeter of your BOL and move inwards, cautiously.
After you are sure that your location is secure you can turn your attention outward. You need to establish a perimeter that is defendable, as swiftly as possible.
Stage 3 – Find Food
So you are feeling secure in your secured and defensible new home? In the ensuing weeks and months your food will start to diminish.
At some point, sooner or later, you are going to need to find an available food source. The skills that you have prepped, alongside the equipment (right!), are going to be your saviour here:
Do whatever you can and whatever it takes to develop the above skills, you are going to need them when it hits the fan.
Stage 4 – Start Growing Your Own Food
So the storm of immediate danger has passed? Time to start thinking sustainability.
Eventually the storm of immediate life threatening danger is likely to pass (you better hope). Just as with finding food, some essential longer-term survival skills are going to be a prerequisite to your continued survival:
Stage 5 – Start to Rebuild Society
So you are re-established and feeling secure? Time to think about safety in numbers.
Your garden is providing fruit and vegetables, your chickens give you eggs and meat and you are a dab hand in the arts of food preservation, with your basic needs in hand it’s time to seek out others.
It’s human nature to be self-centred and tribal when lives are at risk. So, integrating with other groups of survivors is not going to be easy. Learning how to read people is going to benefit you at least as much as any other skill you’ve developed so far. Unfortunately, reading other people also happens to be the hardest skill of all.
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