The dilemma of whether to bug in or bug out can be very challenging. Most survival experts cannot give a definite reason of a person bugging in or bugging out during a disaster. Instead, they give indicators that people should look to determine when they should bug in or bug out. Some individuals prepare for both bugging in and bugging out, and then there are those who fall on the extreme ends. Whoever to avoid the dilemma, there are scenarios when bugging out is best and when bugging in is the best.
These unique circumstances will help you in making the best decision for your survival.
- Where is Your Home Located?
In case you stay in the rural areas, and you have a fully stocked and secure house, then you should bug in. Unlike the city dwellers that will be forced to bug out in large numbers, if you stay in a small town, then bugging in will be a better decision. If your home can keep you safe, and you have enough supplies to take you through a few months, then you do not need to bug out. The ability to replenish your resources is much easier for those who live in the rural areas compared to the city dwellers. Make sure your stock is not only safe, but it is also enough or better in excess. In the rural area, you can have a farm where you can get your food supplies and use some simple water purification methods to have clean drinking water.
- Children and Pregnant Women
If you have children, then the best option would be to bug in till you get some help. The same case applies to pregnant women. Moving around with children or a pregnant woman can be very hectic and dangerous when dealing with a disaster. Not only are they more vulnerable to attacks and illness, but they will also slow your movement. Unless there is organizes transportation and help from the authorities, just bug in with your kids. Moving with them will not only agitate them but also frustrate them. During a crisis, kids want to be in environments they are familiar with to feel safe.
- Do You Have A Safe Place?
The whole aspect of bugging out is leaving your current location to go to a much safer location. What if you do not have anywhere to go? If you have no place or shelter to go to, then you have no reason to leave your home. Just get in touch with the authorities and then they can come and collect you at your home. You might expose yourself to more danger when you step out of your house. Without a defined destination you will have minimal options.
- Wilderness Survival Skills
Do you possess any useful survival skills that will help you in the wild? In the wild, you will need to build your own shelter, find food and safe drinking water, and protect yourself from any potential danger. If you have never done any of these in the past, doing them when you have bugged out will be catastrophic. Of course, you might have the knowledge, but if you have never had a chance to put all these skills to the test, then it will be just like equipping yourself with a lot of theory but zero practical experience. Better bug in instead of going to the wild and meeting other more experienced people when it comes to survival skills. When it comes to the wilderness, its survival for the fittest, and if you are not fit, you will die super-fast.
- Nature of The Disaster
During disasters, you will get updates on the safest places to be. Most local authorities will keep you posted on the dangers and nature of the disasters. At the same time, they advise you on how to vacate your homes when it is necessary. When you have no option but to bug out, then it is best to leave your house. You could be short of supplies, or your life could be endangered in the house. You can stay in your home with the hope that things might get back to normal only for the situation to worsen. Natural disasters tend to demand people to bug out more, unlike the human-made disasters.
Whether you decide to bug in or bug out it is important to have other important information like the contacts of the local authorities, emergency call numbers you can get in touch, a map and reliable communication gadget.