Have you ever heard of a bug-out location? If not, you might be surprised that people actually plan stuff like this. A bug-out location is a location, a house, a business, or a piece of property that your family can go to in case you can no longer stay at your home.
Your bug-out location should be someplace that you and your family feel safe. Whether you choose a friend’s house, a family member’s house, a 2nd home that you own, or even just an empty piece of property that you may own, you need to do two things.
What is a Bug out Location and Why Do You Need One?
First, get permission. Obviously, if you own your location, you can skip this step. If it’s someone else’s home or property, be sure to ask so there aren’t any issues. Next, you’ll need to make absolutely certain that your family knows where you’re going. If you and your teenage kids are separated, they won’t know where to head if they don’t.
So by now, I’m sure you’re asking why you need to have a bug-out location. The answer is easy.
Why set a bug-out location?
Without a second location for your family to go to, any emergency could separate you. If you have a fire and the family scatters, you have no way of making sure that everyone gets out.
If you have a flash flood and don’t meet up, you haven’t got a way to check. The same goes for winter weather. What if your husband is trapped in the ice and snow, but you’re at home?
With a bug-out location, you know exactly where he will head to; either home or your bug-out location, whichever he is closest to. Either way, you’ll know where to look for your family if they get separated.
Your bug-out location doesn’t need to be some out-of-the-way cabin in the woods (although it certainly can be if you want). The best location for you and your family is a place that everyone is comfortable with and knows how to get to.
Place Extra Supplies Along Your Bug Out Routes and Secondary Paths
A bug-out situation is an event that you hope never happens, but you do want to be prepared for. That means that you should plan for every contingency. That includes making sure that you have extra supplies hidden along with your bug-out route as well as along secondary paths.
The benefits of a cache
Having a cache means hiding supplies or anything else that you think you might need in case something happens to the supplies you already have. In the blink of an eye, you can lose important supplies or even everything if you’re ambushed or you have to flee from an animal attack.
Without supplies, your odds of surviving diminish. Most preppers understand that a cache is a plan B in case plan A gets derailed. It’s also something handy to have in case you run into a situation where you use up your supplies faster than you estimated that you would.
Hide your cache well
You need to make sure that your cache is well hidden and protected by the elements. That means you have to use the right container to keep your cache safe. You can use plastic piping for this purpose.
You use wide plastic piping, fill it with some extra supplies, then cap it off. You can also use any storage box that’s waterproof and rust-proof. Put whatever you think might come in handy in the container, then seal it up.
Be thrifty with your cache
To save on costs, some preppers will take those large water containers and load those with items like extra first aid materials or survival supplies like water sanitation methods and extra ammo.
You can also use small or large storage bins, but you need to make sure that you find a hiding place above ground since storage bins can break down when stored underground.
Protect your supplies
Whatever material you choose to use for your cache, you want to make sure that it offers as much protection for your supplies as you can get. You want whatever you choose to be able to withstand temperature changes as well as rain.
What to store
Some preppers store basic things in a cache like extra clothes, shoes, weapons, tools, a way to create a shelter, and other items needed to survive for a few days. Others hide canned food and water alone – or these items in addition to extra supplies like maps, knives, or paracord.
Map it out
You’ll want to keep in mind when hiding a cache that the area where you place the storage container can change over time. What looks one way will look different three months down the road.
That’s why you need to create a document where you list where you’ve hidden your cache or caches. By hiding a cache or two, you’re taking extra steps to make sure you’re protected.
These tips should help you not only figure out a bug-out location for your family, but stock things up along your route to make the emergency situation a little smoother.