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7 Top Dangers You Will Face Bugging Out


A lot of people have a misunderstanding of what bugging truly is.  As a result of that, the same people fantasize about it thinking it is going to be a grand old time.  So in this episode, we are going to discuss 7 top dangers you will face while bugging out and how to prepare for them.

7 Top Dangers You Will Face Bugging Out

1. Social Unrest

  • in a bug out scenario, other people are going to be freaking out
  • they most likely didn’t have a plan for such a scenario
  • so there will be rioting and looting along with muggings and even murder
  • you will want to develop a plan to avoid the masses
  • develop a route that strays from high population/high crime areas
  • you will also want to identify traffic choke points now
  • if SHTF and many people are evacuating what are the common routes that these people would take?
  • you can typically identify this by examining rush hour traffic on a daily basis
  • those common routes are going to be what the majority are used to and familiar with
  • most people haven’t developed an alternate travel plan
  • if you have to go through the masses then you will want to be sure to be the gray man (How to Be a Gray Man)
  • you don’t want to stand out and become a target for looters and those that are desperate
  • in this case, you will want to go WITH the flow of traffic and not against it
  • if you do otherwise then you are going to stand out and bring attention to yourself
  • you also don’t want to be rememberable
  • don’t wear clothing or bags that are going to draw attention
  • don’t wear anything expensive
  • try to become the most average person that you can think of

2. Low amount of resources

  • store shelves will be wiped clean
  • so when SHTF it will already be too late to run to the store to buy the necessities
  • even if the shelves are not wiped clean you will be fighting others for what is left
  • on top of that, stores will most likely increase the prices for those resources and give it to the highest bidder
  • there is even the possibility that stores will not accept credit/debit card transactions if the grid is down
  • paper money could even be rejected if there is an economic crash
  • this is why it is helpful to have junk coins stored
  • junk coins have 90% silver so contain real value as compared to a paper dollar
  • either way, I wouldn’t risk going to stores after SHTF to purchase these items
  • you should already have them stored up

3. Health/Physical issues

  • in the book One Second After it tells of how people died of heart attacks after SHTF because of the poor health that people were in
  • in a bug out scenario, you will be doing a lot of walking, running and physical activity
  • if your body is not in shape then you will experience some major issues
  • this is why it is important to get into shape and eat healthy
  • now, this is one of the biggest challenges for me
  • for my day job I work in an office setting
  • so there isn’t any physical activity involved
  • on top of that I lack motivation to stay consistent in the gym or just physically active
  • one thing that I am looking into is getting a personal trainer along with some friends who stay active
  • it is also important to watch our diets
  • this again is one of the big issues for me
  • I love pizza, bacon and beer like a real American should lol
  • if you are on medication you will want to have a surplus stocked up for such an event
  • there are also a lot of natural remedies that you can look into that may be helpful
  • another danger related to physical issues are injuries
  • as mentioned earlier, there is going to be the threat of violence where you may need to defend yourself
  • unless you are Billy Badass or Rambo you may become injured
  • on top of that, there are going to obstacles along your bug out that may cause injuries
  • even when I go camping it never fails but I end up cutting myself in some way
  • you will want to have first aid kits for these situations
  • you don’t want open wounds to become infected to where you end up losing a body part

4. Dehydration

  • if you are forced to bug out on foot then your body is going to consume a lot of the water fluids in your body
  • for those that live in the southern heat you are going to consume more
  • so on your bug out trip it is going to be important to stay hydrated
  • not only will water provide you with energy to get to your bug out location but will also keep you alive
  • you can die of dehydration and even of a heat stroke
  • the challenge with packing water in your bug out bag is that it weighs a lot
  • for my bug out bag I have a hydration pack, a canteen for drinking and another for collection
  • on top of that I have means to purify the water including Life Straws
  • I keep the hydration pack and drinking canteen filled at all times
  • when you are putting together a bug out plan you should identify sources of water along that trip where you can collect water along the way
  • thankfully in Florida there are lakes everywhere
  • but not everyone is as fortunate of that
  • one option for those that live in the city is that you can use water fausets outside of people’s houses or other locations

5. Impassable Roadways

  • another possible danger of bugging out is that the roadways will become clogged
  • most likely you are not the only one that is trying to escape
  • ideally you should plan to travel on backroads, dirt roads, trails or even forest logging trails
  • on top of that you should have multiple bug out routes and locations
  • ideally you should have 4 bug out locations
  • one north, south, east and west
  • that way if a threat is coming from the north then you still have 3 other directions that you can take to escape
  • also having the ability to travel offroad can increase your survivability
  • I would recommend having a 4 wheel drive vehicle with all terrain tires
  • ultimately, you should be prepared to travel on foot if you have too
  • that way if all possible roadways are impassable you can still make it to your location by foot

6. Weather

  • many of us live comfortably inside of our homes spoiled by air conditioning units and central heating
  • when the weather is unbearable we elect to spend our time inside
  • however, if something can go wrong it typically does and at the worst possible time
  • being forced to bug out alone is not going to be comfortable
  • it is going to be challening even in perfect weather
  • however, aclimate weather can make bugging out 10 times more challenging
  • this is especially true if you live in the south or the north
  • if you live in the south you have to be prepared for scorching heat
  • as I mentioned earlier, heat can cause you to dehydrate and even cause heat strokes
  • for those that live in the north the blistering cold can make your life a living hell when bugging out
  • you will become vulnerable to hypothermia and frost bite
  • this is why it is important to be prepared for the worst weather possible
  • your main line of defense is going to be what you have on
  • for winters I wrote a blog post about the 3 winter survival clothing layers you should have
  • these layers include the base which wicks away moisture, the middle layer provides insulation and the outer layer provides you with a shell from the cold
  • for those that live in the south it is going to be the opposite
  • southerners will want to have moisture wicking clothing along with clothes that are light and breathable
  • you should also elect for lighter color clothing as it will help to repel the sun beams

7. Communication Issues

  • during a bug out scenario it is going to be important to communicate with your family and even your survival group
  • without communication there is no sense of direction
  • this is especially harmful if you are trying to gather family members after SHTF
  • you will want to have a bug out plan pre-developed that includes meet up spots that you can gather family members even without communication
  • it may be that the grid goes down
  • along with that are going to be cellphone towers
  • in a bug out scenario it is also good to be current on developing scenarios
  • for example, if there is an army invasion or attack you will want to know where the forces are so that you can avoid them
  • however, in such an event, invading armies will take down comms and setup their propaganda through those channels
  • so you will want to be able to decipher what is true and false
  • even getting news from locals can be hard to trust
  • once a message is passed around a certain amount of times the message becomes distorted
  • so it is going to be important to get information from as close to the source as much as possible
  • one tool that I would recommend having is a portable HAM radio
  • it has low frequency with about 10 miles without a repeater


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About Aaron

Aaron is the founder of Smart Prepper Gear which is a blog dedicated to helping people prepare the smart way now so that they can thrive later. He has been involved with preparedness since 2009 after feeling the effects of the financial crisis that affected most of the country. Aaron also volunteers with CERT (community emergency response team), ARC (Amateur Radio Club), Red Cross and currently studying to be a certified NRA instructor.