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20 Things NOT To Do If You Bug Out


20 Things NOT To Do If You Bug OutImagine a disaster is imminent and you’ve decided to get out of dodge. You grab your bug out bags, load your vehicle, and hit the road. You might think that once you get out of town, you’re in the clear.

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But the truth is there are dozens of things that could go wrong when bugging out, things that wouldn’t occur to most people.

In this video, Reality Survival goes over 20 mistakes you could make while bugging out. Here’s the list:

  1. Don’t forget to pay your bills before you leave.
  2. Don’t burn bridges before you leave.
  3. Don’t announce to your whole neighborhood that you’re leaving.
  4. Don’t tell anybody where you’re going.
  5. Don’t load your vehicle where everyone can see.
  6. Don’t just take your bug out bag. Bring what you can.
  7. Don’t try to carry more than 20% of your bodyweight.
  8. Don’t use major freeways for your route.
  9. Don’t leave without a final destination in mind.
  10. Don’t leave without a logical covery store in place.
  11. Don’t go unnarmed. Every group member should have a weapon.
  12. Don’t have your firearms out in the open (unless there’s no law enforcement).
  13. Don’t look military or tactical. It could draw unwanted attention.
  14. Don’t stop for the night where people will easily see you.
  15. Don’t burn a fire at night if at all possible.
  16. Don’t all sleep at once at night. Sleep in shifts.
  17. Don’t trespass on private property unless you have to.
  18. Don’t mark your destination on your map.
  19. Don’t approach your destination immediately. Stop and do some surveillance.
  20. Don’t become complacent once you get there.

Be sure to watch the video below to hear him elaborate on these points.

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  1. David Smith on April 11, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    Excellent advice and explained in easily understood words. Thanks

  2. Angela on April 11, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    thank you! i often wondered about the weight of the bag and how much I could carry, even now as I get older with grandkids. It gives me an idea about how to help them become accustomed to carrying a load if need be. Thanks for the good advice.

  3. Me on February 16, 2019 at 1:46 am

    My issue here is if you’re having to bug out… Are bills really going to even be a thing?

    • Teri on April 11, 2019 at 11:20 am

      I see his reasoning. You pay your Bill’s before you leave so that people wont be trying to collect until the next mo ths Bill’s are due. No one will be missing you because of unpaid bills.

  4. tony on October 2, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Make sure you have a place to go that you have the right to be on. As someone who lives on 10 acres situated half way between Dallas and Houston I can tell you that EVERYONE who lives on property/woods/the forest, etc. has really good guns and are excellent shots. The first 5 or 10 people crossing or trying to squat might get a gentle reminder and a warning shot. You don’t want to be 11 – 599. I know my neighbors. Not only can they shoot a moving deer at 200 yards, they also own tractors and/or bulldozers. So it’s easy to dig a trench and fill it up with trespassers. We are all used to dispatching animals from rabbits to deer, pig, cows, horses that are too old to sell or use, etc. A human is just another carcass when push comes to shove.

    Just saying. Land in really remote places, at least 2 hours outside of any city, is pretty cheap. I bought my 10 acres for $50k. 1-2 acres can be had for $4-6k. A get-a-way, RV spot in the woods can be had for less than $1,000.

    Pointer, don’t use your bug-out location to leave stuff cached unless it’s hidden. Parking a shipping container on a piece of land, loading it up with “stuff” like an ATV, guns, ammo, etc. and then locking it with a big lock and chain is the exact same thing as directly giving it to some meth-heads.

    The other thing that is 100% true once you get out of the city and back in the country is that EVERYONE sees and notices EVERYTHING. Every single person who lives on the dirt road you just drove down Saw You. And they know every single car that drives down that road. They know you don’t belong there. Everything that moves on my property gets the attention of the dogs, and then a high intensity flashlight put on it, and then it gets shot.

    I live in East Texas. People out here are no joke. I suspect that’s true of everyone who has land, animals, livestock, etc. We didn’t move out here to be social. Quick story. A few years back a company tried to build a strip club in the town near me (18,000 people). The day before the grand opening it burned down. It took the fire department an hour to get there – from 3.7 miles away. No investigation. No suspects. And no one has tried to build one since.

    I asked a neighbor who has lived here all his life what he would do if “refugees” were streaming into our area from Houston or Dallas. He said, “I would take John’s bulldozer and rip the road out. Problem solved.” True story.

    That’s what real country people are like. So be careful and have a plan. I used to live in Dallas and was a prepper. Now I live in the country and have no need to “prep.” I have food on the hoof, fuel stored in 250, 200 and 1,000 gallon tanks, have my own water source, etc. It’s nice.

    Good luck if the SHTF!

    • Daniel Myers on April 11, 2019 at 4:10 pm

      Are you looking to adopt by any chance? I have great references and have kill shots from a lot farther away according to my DD214 from when I was in Vietnam.

    • Clergylady on April 12, 2019 at 5:09 am

      Good article and good comments.

      Daniel I hope you’ve found a place if you ever need it.

      I’m an hour or so out of a city and almost half an hour from a town of around 10,000 on my own 3 acres. You can choose a mean cacti inner fence, the dogs or my choice of weapon. I easily kill dogs on the run if they go after my chickens, ducks, or rabbits. I have a few neighbors that wouldn’t have to think twice if strangers started invading. But if I like you and you’d help me… I do almost anything to help you in return. I’m a good neighbor. I had things cached on the mountain above me but I’ve stopped doing that. Anything worth keeping is worth hiding and fighting for. But at 72 I won’t be climbing the mountain if I can do something else.

      I have two wells. Fruit trees and vines. Garden areas obvious and less obvious as I use a lot of wild things. Rabbits inside, chickens and ducks easier to see. I’ve been practicing with a crossbow in addition to more traditional things. We have droves of doves most of the year and wild rabbits to hunt in all but hot weather. This is plague country so no wild rabbits in summer. A heard of Elk come within 1/2 mile of my home much of the year. I moved here 42 years ago. Not so much prepper as just country.

      I just turned down 2 1/2 acres with a repairable doublewide and a well on it. Bare land is worth $15,000 there. Could have gotten it for $15k. Its 100 miles from here on the other side of the city. Not a bug out place for me as I’d have to go right through the city to get there. Need to consider easy access if SHTF.

      I’ve considered land one county south. Few neighbors. Dry land farming or cattle area. 2, 40 acre parcels about $13,000 each. Water would be the problem. Lower elevation and warmer than the high mountain desert where I live. Need to check on water table and drilling costs.

      Actually staying put is pretty attractive to me. Once my greenhouses are operational and the root cellar is dug and covered, I don’t see much reason to leave. I even have a family plot here. So I have no plan to leave permenantly.

      This year I’m adding and replacing vine fruits. I’m starting seedling apples to eventually set out near the old apple I planted years ago. I’m going to try rooting cuttings of my ancient apricot. My young wild cherries need transplanted from where they came up around the old trees we transplanted 40 years ago. There are close to 75 of them. I’ll pot up some to sell this summer. The wild plums are spread by root and seed. I’ll probably pot up 30 to sell as well. They are growing thick along half of the front property line. Adds some privacy and good fruit that takes 0 care. Plums are in full bloom. Wild cherries usually bloom toward the end of April. Apricot and apple are just finishing up blooming. The trees all add fruit, summer shade, and screen the home from the road. The fruit and garden are my joy. Growing things bring a feeling of peacefulness and I enjoy them so much that it’s more like play when I work with them.

      If you’re in town look for some land far enough away to be cheaper but check for codes to see if you must build or can camp to stay on the land more than a week or two legally. Check if you can summer in a motor home there. I could do that here but I have several mobile homes and a motor home on the property. We also have a 40×70 shop and several storage buildings. After I was widowed two sons and their families lived here while I stayed in the city to work. I’m back and working on things I’d planned before having to leave. ie the greenhouses and root cellar. A friend and his family live here and help me as needed. A son and a grandson plan to move back also. I’ll be glad for the family here. Sons are gunsmiths and lean toward prepping. Sons in the city also. One family would come here while the other would head for her mothers home 45 minutes away on the other side of the city. They all have a plan. All exmilitary.

      For me I just want to grow most of my food and meds. I cook from scratch and can or dehydrate what I plan to store. For me country is a satisfying way of life. I don’t care if you call me country, hippie, or prepper. My parents were adults during the depression and grew up in farming country. They passed on knowledge and values that can keep you fed year around if you’ll do the work.

      • Gia on April 17, 2019 at 12:28 am

        I could just weep for how very proficient and far along you are. I’m 5 heard to retirement and living 25 minutes from Chicago. I hate it here and long to get put of Illinois. I wonder where you found such a wonderful life? Im looking ! God bless you.

        • Don on May 4, 2020 at 9:16 am

          Same here. I am also about 25 minutes from chicago and want out of this state!!!!!

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