Bugging In to Ride it Out!

Aaron is an avid prepper living in a small town in the mountain west. When he is not busy perfecting his prepping strategy, he works at his day job as a nuclear engineer.

Start Slow and Build MomentumBugging In

Having a plan for bugging in is not a far-fetched idea. It can be quite strenuous if you are not prepared for it. Whether it’s a hurricane like Katrina or Sandy or some other major weather event like the recent blizzards in Buffalo, NY you can easily be forced to hunker down. I have experienced both and been without power and water for multiple days. I have been prepping for several years now. Even so, I still find it daunting when I see all that is left to be ready for TEOTWAWKI. I quickly realized that I needed to find a simpler approach. My method has been to prepare for different small-scale events. As you prepare for small events your overall preparedness gradually increases. This gets you closer to being ready for the “big one.”

Bugging In Situations:

  • Natural Disasters
  • Grid down
  • Martial law or curfews (you missed the GOOD window)
  • Damaged transportation infrastructure
  • Quarantine

Bugging In Starts With 30-days of Supplies

Bugging in should be one of your earliest strategic prepping goals. When you’re bugging in, be ready to stay where you’re at for a maximum of 30 days without leaving. Survival Tactics NOW! recommends keeping 30-days of supplies at your primary residence. After 30 days, you should have a clear idea of your next steps. Either things will have stabilized or you will need to consider your options to Get-Out-Of-Dodge.

Bugging In Basics

  • Water – You can live weeks without food, but only about 3 days without water. A good thumb rule is to have 1-gallon per person per day. An easy way to get started is to save all of your 2 liter bottles (except plastic milk jugs). Rinse them out well, let them dry, sterilize with a bleach solution then fill and cap them. They can be stored easily and out of site (closets, under beds, etc). Have a purification and/or filtration system handy if you are bugging in.
  • Food – The food you need for bugging in shouldn’t be the same foods used for long-term storage. Stock up on items you eat every day. Concentrate on dry and canned foods. Foods like granola bars, peanut butter, honey, pasta and canned fruit, veggies and soups are great. They are cheap, easy to store and last a long time. Just buy a few extra items each time you go to the store. Start a rotation using the oldest item first. You can build up a nice supply in just a few months.
  • Lighting – I recommend having one flashlight or LED for each person in your group. You may also want to consider kerosene lanterns. Candles also work, but come with a fire risk. Don’t forget the extra batteries and matches for your lighting preps.
  • Heating & Cooling – No matter where you live, thermal regulation is imperative. Dress in layers when it’s cold. If it’s extremely hot in your region, you’ll need to consider increasing your supply of water if you’re bugging in.

CAUTION!: Be aware of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide poisoning in enclosed spaces.

  • Entertainment – Don’t forget to have some of your favorite books, card games, and board games that don’t require electricity. Entertainment will help relieve stress and build group unity.

A Good Start

These basics should get you prepared for bugging in. Remember, this is just a beginning. Once you’ve covered these items, consider first aid & medical, security and defense, and communications preps. To begin putting your survival plan together, check out the Survival Tactics NOW! step-by-step approach to survival planning. For a free initial consult on the hunker down basics or more advanced survival tactics, click here.