How to Bug Out – A Step by Step Guide

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36 thoughts on “How to Bug Out – A Step by Step Guide”

  1. I use my old smartphone with no phone internet access as a GPS with Google offline maps. Because there is no connectivity, the battery lasts for days.

  2. Hey Chris, I think we have a pretty similar climate down here, I recently got a hammock set (haven't tested it yet), but it did come with a tarp, which is a pretty versatile cover for this milder/hotter climate. Pretty compact to throw a few into the pile..though they're surprisingly expensive.

  3. Oh and one thing I'd strongly suggest, especially if you have young kids, is to make sure they grab their favourite stuffed animal, or their favourite blanket, or some comfort item. It is hard for kids to deal with being uprooted, and something that makes them feel all is not lost can help. I would actually get a book or toy they will like and wrap it, and stick it in the bottom of their BOB to find so they get something new and exciting to cheer them up. Also, something like mad libs doesn't take much space and gets them engaging with you talking about something other than the disaster you are fleeing. It is something you can play in the car too, so long as the driver isn't having to also do the writing.

  4. Remembering to keep gas in the car is such a huge thing. If there is a threat you can truly plan for like you know there are fires in the area or a hurricane is coming, get some extra gas. When people panic and all leave at once, traffic will be insane and your gas won't go as far.

    My parents had to bug out because of fires. They had tried to get gas the day before and all the stations were already closed. It took something like 3 hours to make a drive that should have taken 15-20 minutes. They ran out of gas though thankfully had made it to a fri nd's house that wasn't under the "leave now" order. I managed to take gas to them and the trip there took 4 hours when it normally takes an hour and a half. We were able to get them to the nearest open gas station, but barely made it there because we had to go a long way around how we normally would because the roads were all closed.

  5. Being a single mom with a disabled child. My car is broke as is my phone. My health is not good. So watching your video about how to leave makes it more scary. Actually my purse broke too but that was easier to fix/replace. Our only option is to stay. You have very informative videos. I hope no one else has to be in the situation my son and I are in. Stay safe everyone.

  6. Make sure you have a muzzle for your dog as in an emergency Your maybe anxious or scared and my bite people which could lead to your dog being shot.

  7. Kris your advice is priceless, my biggest problem is that I do not have, nor can I afford a car and I am a widow and elderly. So I pray constantly for God’s protection. I am prepped with food and water etc to last at least 3-6 months.πŸ‘πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ˜Š

  8. I find your way of communication the best to communicate in crisis – without panic, methodical, anallytical, focused. Although I'm not a prepper (in the sense Americans are) your videos, guidelines and advices are very infomative to implement in my life here in Croatia (we live in an earthquake zone).

  9. We upgrade our plans every year as fire season approaches. We have two boys with autism and anxiety so we try to be preemptive with bugging out, leaving anytime a fire is within 5-10 km of the house. Our bug out choice is a travel trailer which can be parked at a friend's house. A few hundred dollars in cash has proved very useful both times we have bugged out as being cooped up in a trailer can be hard on kids ( or mum lol) .

  10. If you are in a large city or place prone to traffic congestion, there are only two ways you are going to beat the traffic. Helicopter, which not many are going to be set up for, or motorcycle. If nukes are incoming, a Jeep just isn't going to make it. Hopefully, none of us ever have to find out.

  11. If you've only been watching City Prepping for a little while, or even for a long time, and wished he would do more videos, I recommend checking out his previous videos from over the years. You might not realize you've missed some here and there, even in the last few months such as myself. It's well worth taking the time to backtrack and see what you may have missed, what you may need to be updated on, or what you have forgotten.

  12. Hurricane Harvey we were good Sunday night, but woke up Monday morning to the Sheriff telling everyone to leave. I had a feeling Sunday morning so we prepared and had most of what we needed already packed on Sunday. Our neighborhood at the time only had one avenue of ingress/egress (one of the reasons we prepared early) and we were driving out within 15 minutes of the call to evacuate. We have friends that ended up getting stuck in the neighborhood because of traffic and rising water, we were some of the few that were able to get out in minutes vs hours. Routes were planned to get out of Houston ahead of time so we hit minimal traffic compared to other places. Definitely a learning experience (fortunately the levee didn't burst) but it really showed what we did well and absolutely failed on.

  13. Im sure there will be nukes launched within the next weeks, if we survive I believe we should think about EMP consequences

  14. I have had this overwhelming sense of urgency since I was 9 ( wired yes) but i had always had a bag packed feeling like i would one day need to grab and go has lead me to where i am now. Im older now with my own family and still have a bag no matter what i have finally gotten my mother and her husband on these steps as well and hooked onto your videos. I trust you videos because of the good work you do and the very real info you put into them if im gonna watch a video i need to me hooked on somthing that can save me and my family with real layed out easy to understand content, i have extreme anxiety so i do not post but i wanted to say somthing feeling confident and not so scared to do so.. Thank you for your videos they are vary helpful

  15. Military folks use an acronym: PACE which stands for Primary, Alternate, Contingency, Emergency. It can be used to both develop a comprehensive plan but also a way to make sure you have multiple methods of doing critical things. Also, most folks have a toiletry kit for when they go on vacation. When you get back from vacation, refill everything and drop it back in the bug out bag. Same thing with clothes, medicines, etc. Basically, anything you would normally need to go on a vacation for a few days is what you should have in a bug out bag along with some specific other things.

  16. I keep my bug out bag near the door along with my EEB aka emergency evacuation bag as well. I also have a EDC aka every day carry bag but I use my EDC bag when I'm leaving for the day to go to and from work in case something happens and I need to evacuate from my work place and get home on foot if the transit I use is down due to blackout or grid down or if there's a nuclear event. Thanks for the video City Prepping

  17. You are a prize sir, a gem in the crowns of those that call you family! You do more for the prepper community in the cities then you know. Thank you for including these guides, this solidifies information and makes every abstract concept concrete! God bless you!

  18. Make sure your bug out location doesn't put you in a worse predicament then your home. You always need to ask the questions, What if?, "Now what"? and "Where can we go from here?". Figure that you may need a bug out location from your planned bug out destination.

  19. Make sure you and your family are wearing appropriate shoes for any season. I read Holocaust survivors say that some foolish people had sandals on when they left, not thinking that they would still be away from home in the winter.

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