There is no perfect load out for bugging out. The key is to have options depending on the circumstances and the situation at hand. Multiple Bug Out Load Outs leave you some options!
Multiple Bug Out Load Outs
Auto-Based Load out
You can load up and stage large array of camping and provisions staged in plastic totes, or other durable containers. These containers should be stacked and ready to load into your car, truck, van or camper. I keep mine staged in the garage. I can back the truck (or minivan) up and get things loaded in about 15 minutes.
Things you need to ensure are in your totes (or boxes)
- Get in or Get through Kit
- Family load outs mentioned in Prepping When You Have Children
- Clothing for all weather types and seasons – You can have season specific clothing and can grab only the ones for the season if time or space doesn’t permit more!
- Sleeping bag(s) for all seasons
- A full range of tolietries
- A bunch of toilet paper (if you have a truck or van, why not a tote or 2 full of it)
- Air rifles for post TEOTWAWKI food procurement or Other Silent Weapons for post TEOTWAWKI food procurement (If you have to abandon your vehicle, you should seriously considering taking one of these with you).
- Jerry Cans or Gas Cans full of gas (treated with fuel stabilizer like PRI, awesome stuff). You will want to use caution if you are attempting to carry these full cans of fuel inside a vehicle’s cabin. We recommend putting them in the back of an open bed pickup truck!
Bug Out Bag
This should be ready to go and needs to be grabbed on the way out the door. It should go with you EVEN if you are bugging out by car initially. If your car becomes disabled, the road is blocked or you need to start bushwhacking through the country side, you’ll want to grab your fully loaded bug out bag and head out on foot.
We’ve covered Bug out bags and contents previously:
Bike Bug out Kit
Should you have a stripped down load out for bugging out via bicycle? If you think it makes sense in your area, then you should have one ready to go.
There are numerous bicycle accessories and options for carrying gear on your bicycle:
- Bicycle Bags
- Bicycle seat bag
- Bicycle carrier rack (secure some gear over that back wheel!)
- Bicycle Trailer – to carry the children, who can’t ride bikes, or to carry extra gear.
If you do plan do use a bicycle as a bug out vehicle, make sure to have some tools to fix it!
This is the stuff you should have on you any time you are dressed and leaving the house. If you are home, it should be in a quickly accessible spot so you can grab it on the way out the door, in case that’s all you have time for!
We can’t predict what emergencies, disasters or earth shattering events may occur. The key is to have give yourself the maximum amount options to handle circumstances and the situations at hand. Multiple Bug Out Load Outs leave you some options!