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SPG 007: Prepper Traveling Tips That Will Keep You Safe

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I just recently got back from a work trip in Washington D.C.  While preparing for my trip there are a few important things that I do to prepare for SHTF events and even just local problems that could happen.  In this episode I will be sharing my prepper traveling tips that will keep you safe.


– need to be aware of muggers, violent attackers and even terrorist attacks
– you don’t want to struggle with a mugger, give them money quickly (but not all)
– hide valuables outside of your pocket or purses
– you should also split up your valuanbles so that they are not all in one location which helps limit the risk
– I bought a slim fanny pack that is worn under your clothing (I will leave a link to the pack at www.smartpreppergear.com/spg007
– muggers are not going to have you strip but naked for the most part
– valuables also include identification (many people become victim of identity theft while traveling by losing their identification)

Layer your self defense

– on a blog post I discussed the 4 different layers of self defense
– PACE (Primary, Alternative, Contingent and Emergency)
– Legally you are only able to match the attacker’s level of aggression
– You are only able to use deadly force when you fear your life or are facing extreme bodily harm
– I’m not a legal consultant so I would recommend getting training and legal counsel such as USCCA
– you even need to be aware of carrying firearms across state lines
– You will need to research what is legal and illegal to carry at your destination
– for my recent trip I carried my pepper spray, tactical pen and tactical knife because D.C. doesn’t recognize conceal carry from Florida

Conduct pre-travel research

– for the places that you are traveling you will need to research high crime areas so you know where to avoid
– you can use www.communitycrimemap.com
– research events that are coming up
– research if there has been any civil unrest like protests or riots at your destination
– you should also research ham radio channels in case that phone connections fail
– Google Maps is another useful tool to identify flows of traffic and choke points
– this will be helpful if you need to bug out after a SHTF scenario

Develop and practice situational awareness

– for every place that you travel you will need to establish a baseline
– if you are in the downtown area then most likely people will be walking quickly to get to work or run errands
– seeing someone just standing around with no purpose or just wandering should raise flags
– stay aware of exits for buildings that you enter
– you need to be aware of suspicious people and have an action plan prepared

Getting Home after SHTF

– if a bug out scenario happens while traqveling you may be at a disadvantage
– you can’t carry all of your preps with you
– you could be hundereds of miles away from your preps
– purchase local maps to develop escape routes and a get home plan
– bugging out while hundreds miles away you should still have a plan to get back home or to a bug out location
– ultimately you want to get home where all of your preps are located if you are strategically prepping to bug in


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About Aaron

Aaron is the founder of Smart Prepper Gear and author of The Strategic Prepper. 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.