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Are National Parks Good Bug Out Locations?

The idea of bugging out to the wilderness is not new. It’s an idea shared by many, and with so much untouched national park land, national forests, and other public lands, these places are destinations imagined by many. by Logan Misseldine, national park wanderer and contributing writer National Park Bug Out Imagined The leather on your boots squeaks as you creep through the grove. Your eyes scan between the gnarled oaks, the snarling hunger reminds you of what you’re looking for. Glittering sunlight washes over the woods, giving everything a…

How to Bug Out from a Congested City in Five Steps

Cities are getting heavily congested as our society grows and more people decide to live in the city. Some of the worst traffic in America includes cities like Atlanta, Chicago, Honolulu, Boston, Seattle, New York, Houston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. People want to be where all the action’s at, which creates congestion and – for many – frustration. Whether you live in the mentioned cities or not, in times of crisis, any city can quickly become congested. There’s nothing wrong with living in the city, of course. Many people…

Can You Live Off-Grid in A Van or Motorhome?

Van life is a very popular trend among young individuals seeking freedom, a simple life, and exploration. Off-grid living is a popular trend in the same vein that it incorporates the goals of freedom and simple living. Is van life and off-grid living mutually exclusive? Can you live the van life as a prepper and enjoy the aspects of off-grid living? For some budget conscious individuals, they may just be looking to live this style of life while building or saving for a more permanent home. For preppers, as during…

Bug Out Tip: The Devil is in the Details

When I buy clothing or gear I always give it a thorough look over. Usually this is to find any loose strings that may need to be cut or burnt off so as to not cause a bigger problem down the road. While I do this I also look at ways that I can improve these items or at least make them better for me. Perhaps to change out a key ring for a S biner or add something that would augment what you bought. You are personalizing your new…

The Digital Bug Out Bag

I like redundancy, and I hate clutter. I also love organizing things. So, it makes sense for me to keep backup copies of important documents digitally. I keep a USB drive with important documents, like copies of IDs and immunizations. It’s very convenient having everything in one place. This took me weeks to sort out, scan, and organize. If you have a family, it will take even longer. It has saved my bacon several times. I have lost documents, and many times I’ve needed to send immunization records or proof…

Bug Out Tip: T.A.P. Your Skills

One thing that most people of the survival, bushcraft, bug out community love to collect is gear. I feel that it comes with the territory. New gear, better gear, or modding gear its just something that we buy and do. I myself love gear and spend many hours researching what gear would fit my needs the best. I encourage everyone to do the same but what I should also make time for is testing and practicing my skills. T.A.P your Skills is what I like to call it. The problem…

How Ultralight Backpacking Influenced My Bug Out Bag

Before I became interested in backpacking, I made several iterations of “bug out” bags. The idea of living out of a bag fascinated me; it was the ultimate freedom. My first bug out bag was an olive drab ALICE pack with three full MREs, an old poncho and liner, a cheap hunting knife that wouldn’t hold an edge, a ridiculous amount of cheap rope, some Potable Aqua tablets from Walmart, and a host of other items. It weighed something like 33 pounds, without water. I never took it on an…

Bug Out Tip: Know Before You Go

Just over the past three months I have watched the news and at least five different emergency events have occurred that would necessitate one to bug out from their home. From hurricanes to forest fires the news shows the carnage in beautiful high def. Some states declared a state of emergency and mandated an evacuation of certain areas. Personally if you have waited till that time to bug out then you are already in trouble because now the evacuation process is going to be jammed and probably chaotic. This is…