Bug Out Planning and EvasionLet’s face it, there is a very small percentage of us that want to even think about bugging out, we have all our supplies in our home, we feel comfortable there and our family knows exactly where we are.

So why would we ever even think about bugging out?

The reality is that although unlikely it’s becoming more and more possible that something disastrous could happen on U.S. soil that would make bugging out necessary.  Here are a few ideas about why bug out planning and evasion are important that I can think of off the top of my head…

The president decided to stay in office: I know quite a few people think this is completely outrageous, but it is possible, even presidential hopeful Ben Carson thinks so. This could happen if the current president decided that conditions were too volatile to have an election and postpone it…do you think he would? He has shown time and time again he will do whatever he wants.

Natural disasters: Hopefully a natural disaster would not be very long term and your options would not be as limited. Bugging out could mean going to a relative’s house for a few weeks or living in a hotel. If this were an earthquake or massive flooding it could mean much longer.

Nuclear disaster: This doesn’t just mean if someone decided to drop a bomb on U.S. soil, this could mean a meltdown at a nuclear power plant. Along with nuclear disasters there are other manmade disasters that could cause you to bug out like long term power outages or even the food and gasoline supply lines getting disrupted.

Economic collapse: You might think that the last thing you would want to do in an economic collapse would be to bug out, but if you pay rent or mortgage and don’t have the means to pay, you might not have a choice. This is why it’s important to get our personal affairs in line now while we still can.

Civil unrest: This could be cause by many different factors including all of the above, if your neighborhood becomes too dangerous you will have to make the choice to fight, or live to fight another day.

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Bug Out Planning and Scenarios

In order to be properly prepared we need to look at every possibility even if it’s something we don’t even want to think about. If we do this, we are no better off than the sheeple who have their heads buried in the sand ignoring the problems that are standing right in front of them.

In the video below I go through what we need to keep in mind when we think about bugging out, how bugging out is different for urban, suburban and rural settings and my technique for planning a bug out route.

Bug Out Planning

Getting Family Together: Thinking about what we would do ourselves is one thing, but getting the family together is an important part of bug out planning. If your family members are in different parts of the state, you will need to have a plan to get everyone together and on the same page.

Timing is Everything: Depending on where you live, the disaster scenario and the threats in your area timing is going to be critical. If you leave too late the roads could be packed and danger could be everywhere. In a suburban area you might have a little more time, but in an urban area it’s important to make quick decisions.

Plan on Getting Separated: Everything we do when we plan our bug out route is to keep everyone together, but if we don’t have a plan for when we get separated it could throw a monkey wrench into our plans.

Avoid Refugee Routes: An integral part of bug out planning is planning where you are not going to go. The last thing you want to do is think you are safe, turn the corner and be right in the middle of a riot or run into a dead end. We also talk about avoiding highways and other funnel points in the video.

Outside Communications: Your options are going to be limited in most scenarios, but we need to think about every option we might have available to get information about what is going on and where it is happening.

The Mob Mentality: During a disaster most people lose every brain cell they have in their head and will do things they normally wouldn’t do because everyone else is. This could also be called the herd mentality because when people can’t figure out what to do, they look to see what others are doing.

Expect the Unexpected: Even the best laid out plans fail so expect to have to make some decisions on the fly. A road you have traveled every day of your life without problems could be blocked the one day you really need to get through. Expect Murphy’s law to be in full affect in situations like this.

Be the Gray Man: The best way to get out of a dangerous situation is to fly under the radar. Being the grey man basically means being as unnoticeable and unremarkable as possible. You don’t wear cammo in the city, and you don’t wear a 3-piece suit in the country.

Planning Your Route

In the middle of this video I showed the 3 tier approach I use to plan a bug out route. This might not work for everyone, but it will give you an idea how it works.

Planning ahead can help you avoid dangerous areas in your route as well as helping other members of your family (or team) meet up with you in the safest area possible.

Bugging Out: Urban, Suburban and Rural

Finally, at the end of the video I talked about some of the differences in bugging out you will need to think about depending on where you live.

In an urban area you might know nothing about the people that live on the same block as you and your window of opportunity is going to be much smaller than someone who lives in a suburban area and might have better relationships with their neighbors.

Hopefully this video gives you some ideas about bug out planning and the differences to look for when you are making your individual plan.

If you have any other ideas leave a comment below…


Survival and being prepared should not only be a passion, it should be a lifestyle. The definition of a prepper is "An individual or group that prepares or makes preparations in advance of, or prior to, any change in normal circumstances, without substantial resources from outside sources" Like the Government, police etc. I don't believe that the end of the world will be the "end of the world" I believe it will be the end of the world as we know it now. You can also find me on Google Plus and Twitter

    1 Response to "Bug Out Planning and Evasion"

    • Mary Lee

      Awesome Dale , thanks for all this great info about bug out planning !

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