This is a thought that hit me this weekend as I was surfing the Web for survival topics so I could learn something new.  I was looking up Bug Out Locations, and it hit me that, we (I) discuss prepping your primary home with preps primarily for Bugging In.  But I started giving more thought to how prepped a Bug Out Location should be in the event you have to Bug Out at any particular time of year.  For instance, If you live where I do in the Northeastern region of the United States, we clearly have four distinct seasons.  Therefore if I have to bug out in November, it is going to be hard for me to grow vegetables until spring.  It may be hard for me to procure any livestock as well because I do not have a barn, coupe, or shelter for any animals, so I better have a freezer full of protein or proteins stored of the canned, jarred, dehydrated, or freeze dried type.  If I bug out in November, for instance, I have a minimum of six months (including the month of November) before I can plant any vegetables/crops.  That is a long time.  It will be at least nine to 10 months before I have any harvest at all.  An even longer time.  It might also be spring before I (you) could start to build a shelter and food storage for any livestock you may procure.

So, that said, “How stocked should a bug out location be if you have to bug out?”  I am thinking, that based on a per person basis, you should have a “minimum” of one year to 18 months of food storage at your bug out  location per person.  Why up to 18 months?  Well, what if you have a poor growing season?  What if you cannot procure more than a couple of cows, goats, chickens, etc.  Protein will be at a minimum, so your food storage may be what you are living on for that extended period of time.  Especially if you are not seasoned at skills such as hunting or fishing.

This isn’t limited to food either.  I think that you should cache extra clothing for all seasons, medical supplies, oil, gasoline (stabilized), tools (a couple of chainsaws, a redundant toolbox, and other tools), plow for the garden, a couple of bicycles for organic transportation, lamps (oil, candle or other), guns, ammunition (especially for hunting), fishing gear, generator(s), solar panels, deep cycle batteries, inverter(s), radios, cell phones & sim cards, walkie talkies, batteries, etc. at your bug out location.  I know it sounds like a lot, and I know it is going to be expensive.  Redundancy is.  But the more I think about it, the more detail and items come to mind.

it is a lot to think about.  There are a lot of skills to acquire and learn.  The more I think about it, the more I think that I am more an armchair prepper and armchair survivalist than not.  I am clearly ahead of many others, but still in my infancy and learning.

What have I learned?  Prepping is not enough, there needs to be a much bigger plan…  And, this post sort of when awry a bit with what instead of how much.  This also begs the question, should you have a bug out location with your network of preppers or go it alone with your family?  I thing the former for me.  A dentist, doctor, experienced OPSEC guy, carpenter, etc, are all assets to a group.

Please comment if you are a seasoned prepper and self sufficient homesteader.  I would like to know what you think and what your thoughts are on the above.

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