Survivalists and preppers everywhere have put a lot of time and effort into creating bugout bags that will provide them with the tools and gear they need to survive when they need to leave in a hurry. Whether you keep your bugout bag at home, in your car, or on you at all times, it’s just as important to know when to bug out as it is to have the right gear with you when you need it.
Basically, when considering whether to bug out or dig in where you are, you’ll need to assess the situation based on a few key things:
- What’s the situation? – What’s going on around you? Does this look like an ongoing situation? Are you getting the gut feeling that it’s time to go right now?
- Where are you? – Are you at home, work, or somewhere else? Do you have supplies and safe shelter where you are right now? Will you continue to be able to stay for a few more hours, days, weeks? Is your family with you? Can you get to them?
- How’s your health? – If you left right now, and you couldn’t use your car or public transit, could you get where you need to go? Even if you have a working vehicle, the roads could be jammed, or you could run out of gas or have an accident. Is leaving and risking walking the whole way going to open you up to more danger than staying?
- Who’s with you? – Will your kids, older relatives, and/or pets be able to make the trip with you?
- What’s threatening you? – If it’s flooding, severe weather, a natural disaster, or some other localized threat, you should find a way to safely evacuate ASAP. If not, evaluate the threat and whether or not changing your location will make you safer.
- Where are you going? – Do you have a destination that will provide you with safety? Can you reasonably get there without further risking your safety and the safety of your family?
Answer these questions, and you’ll know whether it’s time to bug out or stay put.