Bugging In Versus Bugging Out

The whole process of preparing to bug in versus bugging out is a highly-debated topic, but the real answer lies within the individual. The various components of each preparedness plan can be different per person, per family and per location, giving each plan a personal look and feel.

Bugging Out: There are so many opportunities for people on-the-road. Bugging Out is when you grab what you need and what you can carry and head for your (usually) pre-determined destination. Imagine a person (or family) against the wild, navigating through cities and towns, urban and suburban areas, rural and forested areas, scavenging along the way to live.


  • Moving around may make it more difficult for people to pin point your location, in terms of safety
  • Unlike in urban environments will probably be associated with higher health risks, sanitation issues, and people, which may or may not be looking to cause others harm
  • The wilderness, coupled with the continual moving, gives you greater location to hide making it more difficult to be found by looters.


  • Navigating by bike or foot is a very intense venture, one that is not suitable for everyone. You will have to train to be able to qualify for such a big feat.
  • You will have limited immediate resources and will constantly be having to forage for food and water. Because of the continual moving, there will be little chance to become fully self-sufficient.
  • Fuel, food, water and other essentials will eventually run out, unless you can continue to find those essentials.
  • Unless you are good at covering your tracks, you may become more visible, especially if you unknowingly roam into territory that militia or other armed peoples that are looking for people and you will not have an effective established defensive structure.
  • Not know the territory may make your prone to falling, which may possibly give you a higher health risk and you will also not have a sterile or entirely safe environment for medical care.

Bunking-In: While Bugging Out may sound like the plan for you, keep in mind that you will be much more limited than the family that stays put – especially for a family that has spent hours, days, months or years preparing for their particular situation. Bunking In is when, during a time of crisis, you prefer to stay in place and continue your living in your normal residence.


  • Can pre-emptively work on defense and self-sufficiency techniques, including water collection, gardens, livestock, food stores, renewable energy, local familiarity, as well as numerous other items.
  • You will have immediate and adequate shelter and other prepared provisions.
  • Bugging Out is a very intense direction, children, elderly or impaired individuals may not be suitable for the treacherous situations.
  • Familiarity reduces panic, fear and being around your provisions can give you a calming ease. You will also be more familiar with local threats and possible how to avert them.


  • You may become the go-to for neighbors, or people who know about your provisions, and may come to rely on you
  • Unless you can get your homestead self-sufficient, you may become limited in the ability to restock or gather more items
  • Depending on your sanitation, you may find the area become unsuitable, creating an unhealthy and unsanitary environment possibly making you ill
  • Evasion of people intending harm or marauders will become more difficult

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