Many preppers talk about bugging out, but how many of them have the skills or the strength to actually do it? It’s one thing to talk about bugging out; it’s another thing to actually carry a bag full of gear 10-15 miles a day in dangerous and unforgiving conditions.
A great way to prepare for this situation is to start backpacking.
While you can never simulate an actual bug out situation, backpacking helps you prepare in a number of different ways.
- It prepares your body for the rigorous conditions that you are bound to face.
- Backpacking can help you figure out exactly how your body will respond to carrying gear across different terrains.
- It helps you get a good idea of how much ground you can realistically cover during a Bug Out Scenario.
Having an evacuation plan is great… But have you ever actually used it?
By backpacking the routes that you plan to take in a Bug Out situation, you greatly increase your chances of surviving a real life disaster.
Hit the trails, study the surroundings, and take plenty of notes.
- Figure out how far you can comfortably hike every day.
- Take note of what natural resources lie along your route.
- Be on the lookout for any possible dangers, and figure out how you can avoid them.
- Take your maps and mark the location of every watering hole or possible emergency shelters that are near your route.
Test your gear now when your life’s not on the line.
The last thing you need in your bug out bag is a bunch of crappy gear that doesn’t hold up out the trail. Now is the time to start testing that gear.
When you’re out on the trail, ask yourself these important gear questions:
- How easy is it to use?
- How many times did you actually use that piece of gear and was it really a necessity?
- Was there a piece of gear that you wish you would’ve had?