How To Survive If You Can’t Bug Out

If you’re like most preppers, you’ve put a lot of thought into bugging out if the SHTF, but have you considered that there might be times when it might make more sense for you to stay home?

To be clear, I’m not talking about have a staycation kind of vacation, I’m talking about being ready to survive at home so that you don’t need to go anywhere. That may make the most sense to you. In fact, Ryan Dotson says that, “for most people in most survival scenarios bugging in makes more sense.”

If you think about it, this can make a lot of sense. Not everyone has the resources to put together a completely separate bug out location, and, even if you have the resources, do you have the time to take care of your home and prepare a bug out location? For many people, that answer is no.

So, what should you do to prepare your home for a survival situation? Dotson says that, first of all, you should have a plan. This makes perfect sense because, if you don’t have a plan, any forward progress that you make on getting prepared will be haphazard at best and wasted motion at worst. You need to be clear on what being prepared at home looks like and on the steps that you need to take to get to that outcome. Otherwise, you could be wasting precious time that could have been used getting prepared and you may not end up prepared in the end.

So, what do you need to plan for? Dotson recommends four general categories: security, food, water, and warmth. These make total sense as they would be the exact areas that you would prepare for if you had a bug out location. So, let’s look at those areas.

  • Security: This category covers everything from home security systems and safety systems (fire alarms) to being prepared for self-defense both with hand-to-hand combat training and weapons up to and including firearms.
  • Food: Develop a survival garden. Consider raising chickens. Build a root cellar. Learn to can food. Become self-sufficient for your food needs.
  • Water: Have a dependable water supply that {ideally) you control. This could mean a well on your property. Also, have water filtration and purification systems. You want your water to nourish you, not kill you.
  • Warmth: Granted, this isn’t so much of a concern for people in North America right now, but in just a few months (sooner in some areas), you’ll be pulling out jackets and blankets. You need to be able to keep from freezing to death in cold weather. Dying from exposure is not the way to go.

So, there you have it: prepping to “bug in” is pretty much the same as prepping to bug out except that you don’t have to go to another location to do it.

Whatever you decide to do, start getting prepared now so that you can be safe and survive.