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The bugout has been turned into a bit of a game over the last 5 years and its a real pet peeve of mine.
Maybe its the funny Disney kind of name we have given it. I blame much of it on the idea that it was once a focal point in the Doomsday Preppers show. I still think the idea of avoiding a serious disaster and the lunacy that could follow makes all the sense in the world.
There is much to be learned from a bugout practice run, as well.
In order to practice the bugout, you have to understand the entire process. Most people look at the bugout as a walk from point A to point B. If you are going to practice a bugout you need to include these three things.
If you are running from chaos, your family could be broken up. This means you might get separated. How will you find one another again?
Identifying rally points along the way is vital to understanding how to bring the family back together. Assign these rally points on your way and change them as you get far enough away. Use points that are easy to access and recognize from a distance.
Burying food and resources en route to the bugout location is going to make a huge difference. You should also keep these survival caches at your bugout location. An empty location is much less appealing than one that has full shelves.
Burying waterproof containers in strategic locations is definitely part of a bugout plan.
Scouting the Location
When you arrive at your bugout location you need to fight the urge to jump right in. You should scout that location and watch it from afar. Just because it’s your location doesn’t mean that there is no one there!
If you rush headlong into something like this, it could be your end.
If you are going to practice the bugout be sure you go through all of the steps.