There are different philosophies out there regarding whether or not to “bug in” or “bug out” and necessarily one’s entire prepping strategy will be based around this. Like most others I prep on a budget and as such I have to pick a strategy based upon my research, my analysis, my background training, and my own personal situation (geographic, relationships, etc.). As such I have to make compromises–just like most everyone else.
One of my compromises was my food supply. Many preppers out there will fundamentally proclaim that you absolutely must base your food stores and stock your larders with the items that you eat routinely. That does not necessarily work for everyone’s personal situation–those who must move often cannot afford that luxury. Our food preps must be light, and they must be transportable. Meaning that they are not necessarily what we would eat in our normal everyday lives.
So, having said all that I fall into a unique category where I prefer the “bug in” approach, while at the same time I have to move to a new home every few years. That has certainly shaped my own personal prepping strategy and necessarily it has forced me to stay flexible. Very, very flexible.
And having somewhat of a planning background I’ve always built in contingencies to every course of action. That being said I’ve always kept a mobile “bug out” option on the table. And in doing so I invested in a nice enclosed trailer which can haul 2000 pounds of cargo. In my “bug out” contingency I carefully measured the volume and weight of my foodstuffs, fuel and other vital equipment that I planned to take on the road should the situation call for it. I thought I had things wired pretty tight… all up until about forty-eight hours ago.
You see, I’m moving again from the Bunker here in Eastern Krasnovia to the next undisclosed location. What I discovered was that while I had measured size and weight capacities of most of my kit, what I did not take into account was the weight directly associated with my weapons and ammunition. Holy shit that stuff is heavy! Without loading a scrap of chow or a drop of fuel I have managed to fill my trailer with 75% of its maximum load capacity. That means that I have very little room left in the rest of my rolling stock for the other things I need, like clothing, cooking implements, tools, batteries, electronics, food, fuel, and other miscellanea. I accurately approximated the weight and volume of most of my stuff except for the weapons and ammo. Which turned out to be a rather significant oversight.
So in the end this move has been enlightening and extremely helpful in regards to testing the load plans for all of prime movers and trailers. It’s also brought into sharp focus how as my preps have improved and expanded over the last few years, my plans to move have not adjusted accordingly. What has become clear is that I must revisit the whole “compromise” principle and figure out under a “bug out” scenario what must come and what must get left behind, now recognizing what my real constraints are in regards to space and weight.
“Rehearsals” are the cardinal rule in all military operations and they should be in prepping as well. I have violated this and taken short cuts… and it has had the predictable result, in that my plans have been invalidated. But the upcoming move is a blessing in disguise in that regard. The move has served as a forcing function and I now see many of the weaknesses in my contingency plans. This has been both disappointing and educational. In the end though, it may have served as a critically important lesson that will pay huge dividends in the end.
So, the critical take-away from this is to rehearse or practice your load plans. Figure out what you’d like to take with you in a “bug out” scenario and then actually load up this equipment and see if it works. If this sounds like a no-brainer, it is. But how many of us actually do it?
My advice. Do it.
It might very well force you to reassess your plans.
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