What Is Bugging Out?
The term “bug out” originated in the military, meaning to leave a position quickly, usually when the position is about to be overrun or become indefensible. Preppers use the term bug out to mean leaving home in a disaster scenario to a safe place elsewhere. This could be an emergency just affecting the home, such as a burst pipe or heating failure, or a larger scale disaster such as flooding.
A bug out bag is a back pack containing survival kit that is prepared and ready to grab at a moments notice should a situation arise that requires leaving home very quickly.
Why Bug Out?
The main reason to bug out would be if the home becomes unsafe during a disaster or emergency situation, or if the whole area is likely to become dangerous during a major disaster or apocalyptic scenario.
Where To Bug Out To
Many preppers have kit prepared for bugging out, but never actually consider where they would go. Planning what to do in a variety of possible scenarios is just as important as preparing the kit to help you survive.
For a small scale emergency that affects just the one home or a small area, finding a safe place to go and some temporary accommodation to will not be difficult. For a larger scale disaster or an apocalyptic scenario, this could become extremely difficult. In this situation, there will be many people trying to evacuate to a safe place, most of whom will not be very well prepared. A pre-planned bug out location that is unlikely to be targeted by large numbers of people could be a life saver.
Bug Out Vehicle Vs. Bugging Out On Foot
A bug out vehicle is usually an American idea, where a capable off-road vehicle is prepared with survival kit, camping gear and weapons. The vehicle would then be used to bug out to a wilderness location, and used as a base with all of the survival equipment it contains.
This would be great if you already live in a fairly remote area, and could use the vehicle to get away from your home into a safe wilderness area, however it would be impractical to use a bug out vehicle in serious disaster and apocalyptic scenarios in most of the UK. In a major disaster scenario, it is highly likely that roads will be jammed with traffic or unpassable. An obviously well prepared and well stocked vehicle would also become a very obvious target in an apocalyptic scenario.
Being Prepared: Bug Out Bag
Take a look at our article on preparing your own bug out bag.