With Russian military incursions into U.S. allied states increasing to Cold War
proportions, and China aggressively flexing it's muscles in the South China Sea,
the odds of nuclear war are quickly increasing.
Whether you are a homesteader, a prepper, or a survivalist, you believe in at least
one thing – being prepared. Prepper supplies and survival gear is at the heart of
your preparations for an emergency. There may be disagreement as to whether it is
better to bug-out to a safer location, or bug-in down in your well stocked basement,
but I don’t believe there needs to be any argument when you can prepare to do both!
I am talking about having "layers" of preparation. The very first layer of preparedness
should be a well-stocked, and equipped bug-out bag - one which allows you to hike
(or bike) out on foot if necessary. I mean it’s great your decked-out doomsday bunker
up in the mountains of Idaho is all prepared. But what happens if the Yellowstone
supervolcano decides to blow and drop 20 feet of ash on your doorstep over a period
of days? What if after the economic collapse people start savaging around your house
looking for food, and find your basement survival shelter?
I’m not saying planning to bug-in is wrong. I’m just saying that you should have
"layers" of preparedness. You have decided to "be prepared," just don’t forget to
prepare for the worst.
A worst-case scenario is that you have to bug-out, but you can’t use your car. Maybe
a solar storm has taken out its’ electronics, or perhaps you live in an urban area
and have been just hours to evacuate (from a tsunami or asteroid)– with everyone
trying to leave the roads would certainly be blocked. The point being you absolutely
cannot count on loading up your vehicle with a bunch of supplies and simply driving
to safety. You should "plan" as if you and your family will be on foot (or bikes)
and keep a survival backpack loaded with prepper gear, and supplies. This way "if"
you can drive to a safe location - great! If not, you are still covered.
The best way of stocking this "bug-out bag" is to make sure you have the right mix
of survival gear and emergency supplies, so you can live for months from just want
you carry with you. This prepper backpack will contain the core basics of survival,
allowing you to live off the land as much as possible. When deciding which prepper
gear and supplies to carry, the minimum to account for is water, food, fire, shelter,
and first aid supplies.