We love to talk about bugging out here at MCS.
All that really refers to, though, is what you do in a short-term disaster scenario.
It refers to escaping the immediate danger and getting to somewhere more safe.
I’ve talked before about the very real events that can plunge us into a serious social chaos situation.
If one of those events occurs, you’ll need to bug out somewhere that you’ve planned out ahead of time.
Just leaving, just fleeing without a destination in mind, won’t work.
But a LOT of preppers seem to think they’re going to just go “to the wilderness” and get along fine, even long-term.
That’s a NO GO as far as survival plans are concerned.
Why Bugging Out “To The Wilderness”… Won’t Work!
The danger you face, and that your family faces, changes in a long-term collapse scenario like that.
Your groceries, your fuel, all those items you rely on and take for granted, all revolve around three-day resupply cycles.
If you get cut off from that resupply, if your local stores are cut off from that cycle, guess what happens?
There are no grocery stores.
There are no gas pumps.
There are no Wal-Marts or Targets open for business, because there is nothing to put on the shelves.
People start freaking out… and when they do, if you decide you’re going to bug out “to the wilderness” to survive, there are several reasons that’s not going to make your situation better:
1. Finding Enough Food Will Be A Problem
This is a common misconception because a lot of people figure that, because populated areas are a threat, they should go somewhere that is less populated.
Well, not necessarily.
Living the “pioneer lifestyle” in a truly remote area isn’t easy.
One of the biggest reasons this is true is that there simply isn’t much food to be found in truly remote areas.
You might be able to garden a little sure, depending on how far ahead you’ve planned to go to that retreat.
And yes, there may be some things for which you can hunt and forage.
In truly remote areas, though, food will be in relatively short supply, so while you may feel safer than in more populated areas, you may not be able to find enough food to feed your whole group once your stores are depleted.
2. Other People Will Have Had The Same Idea
Another reason that food and other resources will be in short supply in remote locations is that other people will have had the exact same idea.
That “remote” area could suddenly be full of other people, all of them looking for what they need to survive.
This happened during the Great Depression.
When people weren’t able to afford groceries, they had to find food.
So they went off hunting for more.
Areas that were formerly remote will suddenly be filled with refugees like this, all of them looking for the same resources you need.
That’s going to increase competition for what’s available and could leave you out of luck.
3. All Kinds Of Non-Food Resources Will Be In Short Supply
For the same reasons, there are all kinds of other resources that will be in short supply in remote areas after a crisis.
One of these is shelter.
There simply aren’t that many structures or natural areas where you’re going to find shelter.
The more remote the area, the worse this problem.
But that’s not the only shortage you’ll face.
Security, sanitation, and medical care are also in short supply the farther out you get.
When you really stop and think about it, then, simply fleeing to a remote area is not enough.
There is all kinds of planning, and all kinds of stockpiling (and hiding, and securing) of resources you’ll need to do ahead of time, if you’re going to weather a long-term survival scenario in the “wilderness.”
Start planning now, and start taking action now…
…because if you wait until a disaster happens, it will be too late.