There is no perfect loadout 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
Bug Out Bag
Bike Bug out Kit
What Bug-out Bicycle Should You Choose?
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 toiletries
- 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 (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!
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 countryside, you’ll want to grab your fully loaded bug out bag and head out on foot.
Should you have a stripped-down loadout 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 gear and tools you should have on you any time you are dressed and leaving the house. If you are home your EDC Survival Kit 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!
You may also want to seriously consider employing a rugged bug-out bicycle to make a quick escape into your concealed bug-out location.
Bug-out bikes captured the interest of many preppers today because of their unique advantages over walking and bug-out vehicles due to higher efficiency and reliability.
Duing SHTF, among the usual challenges that your vehicle will most likely encounter are clogged roads, break downs, and fuel shortages.
The inadequate long-term supply of spare parts for gas powered bug-out vehicles I might also add to your difficulties during SHTF and other emergencies.
Bikes are less prone to having flat tires that are difficult to repair.
While bicycles are still at risk of a flat tire, carrying both patch kits and spare tubes for such scenarios is easier. With a spare tube and hand pump around, returning to the road within just a few minutes is possible.
Another possible advantage is that a bug-out bicycle can access those places where other vehicles and means of transportation can’t go to.
Bikes can squeeze into in close urban or natural spaces, which would be great for navigating traffic jams or fleeing on sparsely used urban nature trails. Just make sure to map out the route.
I also like having a bug-out bicycle around because of its bigger capacity.
This means that it is capable of carrying more items and gear. You can even expect a properly outfitted bug-out bicycle to handle around 40 to 50 lbs (or more, depending on the bike and rider) of weight in pouches and bags. It also evenly and easily spreads weight off your back.
Another thing that makes a bug-out bicycle smart to use is that it runs quietly. It is also easy to hide, letting you sneak it effortlessly in places that require you to be on stealth mode.
If you are interested in making a bug out bicycle a part of your bug-out load-out options, then these should be among your choices:
1) Bug-out bicycle that can help you get out of Dodge – With this well-equipped bicycle, you will have a reliable means of transport, that is pre-packed with all the supplies and gear you require to reach your target survival destination during those instances when your SUV, truck, or car is unavailable for use.
The types of bikes I recommend for this is a mountain, cargo, military paratroop, or touring bike. These bikes tend to be better built for heavy use.
2) Get Home Bike – This is something that you can use for reverse commuting.
For this type, your options include the recreational, commuter, and fold-up bicycles. The goal of this bike is to remain affixed in your workplace or vehicle and as the name suggests, the main goal of this bicycle is to help you go back home.
3) Workhorse bike – This is a big help in case you need to run errands during emergencies. For instance, in a situation when EMP (electromagnetic pulse happens), unfortunate scenarios, like economic depression, expensive gas, and malfunctioning vehicle will also most likely take place.
In such a case, you can still continue running errands with the help of your workhorse bike. It could be in the form of a cargo bike, commuter bike, or adult tricycle.
Considering the advantages that a bug-out bicycle can do for you during emergencies and survival situations, it is crucial to decide carefully based on a few factors and considerations.
Think about the components, wheels, and frame of the bicycle and make sure they are a good fit for the type of terrain and riding you will be doing. Keep in mind that these bicycles are not built equally, so consider those major components when making your choice.
Also, take note that two of the most vital factors that should contribute to your final decision are strength and weight.
In that regard, remember that the wheels, frames, and other parts of the bike are constructed from various materials. Each material comes with its unique set of strength and weight properties. Study them carefully, so you can make a good choice.
Consider the speed and the level of comfort offered by the bug-out bicycle, too.
Furthermore, determine if you are physically fit for cycling.
Be realistic and avoid this choice if you notice that you are not fit to ride a bicycle. Another important consideration before making your choice is whether you have your own bicycle that you can modify or you are interested in buying a new used or brand new bike. Either way, make sure you know your bike before you rely on it for emergencies.
We can’t predict what emergencies, disasters or earth-shattering events may occur. The key is to give yourself the maximum amount of options to handle differet circumstances and the situations at hand. Multiple Bug Out Load Outs will leave you with some options!