Bugging out is not the best idea; if SHTF, you are better off bugging in as you are in an environment you know, but every prepper must have a plan B. In most situations, it is best to bug in, unless you are at immediate threat in your home. That said, you should have a bug out plan, and if need be, you should know how to implement it.
Bug Out in 15 Minutes – Could You?
If you only had 15 minutes to get out of the house with all your gear, could you? Would you remember everything? Would you know what to bring?
The question today – could you bug out in 15 minutes or less, and know what to take with you?
Before discussing any further, there are two important factors: (1) what you think is a critical supply might be totally different to what I think is a critical supply, and (2) you really don’t know how quickly you could bug out, until you try it.
15 minutes isn’t a long time, and in an emergency situation, it will go by in a flash, you will be running around frantically, grabbing things, yelling and trying to get things done as fast as you can. You need to have a plan in place to make sure your bug out goes as smoothly as possible, and to ensure you do not forget anything.
It’s not too hard to develop a plan that you can follow. Grab a note pad and pen, and start jotting down things you NEED on a daily basis, and the location they are in your house. You could also list the most important items at the top, and as the list goes on, the items importance is less. Things like medication, food, water and first aid should all be at the top of your list, and items such as family photos, beer and your Laptop should be further on down.
After you have your list compiled, it’s just a matter of getting everything to fit in your car. If you have a family, then things may get a little more complicated. A small trailer, or roof box might be an idea worth considering to help with space.
15 Minute Bug Out List and Plan
When creating your bug out list, there are a number of variables you need to take into consideration. Your climate, bug out location, shelter, food and water, medicine, first aid and all the other items you need in order to survive whatever SHTF scenario is happening.
Remember, this is a 15 minute bug out plan, if there is more time, you can bring more gear.
Before creating your list, speak with your family, make sure everyone knows the drill, and has a copy of the list. It is advisable to assign each person to a certain part of the list.
We are assuming here that you are home when SHTF, but this may not be the case, make sure you have a plan of action for when no-one is at home. That may be as simple as leaving work asap, and heading home to bug out.
Bug Out Plan
In the case you are home, you can start packing immediately, though, if you are not home, you must get in contact with other family members, confirm that you need to bug out, and meet at your house as soon as possible in order to begin bugging out.
When choosing a bug out location, it is best to pick somewhere that you can get to via back roads, and have a plan made out for how you will navigate these roads, avoiding main roads and motorways is advisable as these will be packed with cars of panicking people. You may choose to bug out at a friend or family members house, or if that is not available, you may choose to setup camp somewhere in the woods until things have calmed down.
Lets get to it, and start to talk about what you should bring if you had to bug out in 15 minutes.
This is a basic plan of how I make my notes.
Bags to Use
It is wise to make a note of what bags you have on hand, and where they are located in your house. Make sure all the items fit in the designated bags, or you will have a problem when packing.
- Alpine Lowe Small Rucksack Pack – Storage Room
- Grey Carry on Case – Storage Room
- Large Suitcase – Storage Room
- Go Bag – Office
- Green Duffle – Storage Room
- Hiking BackPack – Storage Room
Bug Out Item List and Location in House
Many preppers have dedicated bug out bags filled with everything they need, I do not, most of the items I need for survival are around my house, the reason for this, I tend to use all my equipment from time to time, as I go camping and hiking frequently, so it would be impractical to carry a full BOB with me when camping, though, I have a small go bag that is always ready with some essentials.
Below is my bug out list, these are the items I would be loading into the car in the event of having to bug out for SHTF. The most important items are at the top of the list, and so it is essential that they are packed. Ideally, I like to be able to fit the most important items into my hiking backpack and small carry on suit case that my girlfriend and I can carry (we have bags each), the rest of the items can go in the car, and if need be, I can live without them.
Bug Out List
- Food and Water – Kitchen Cupboard
- Gas Stove, camping pots and pans and spare gas – Clear Box in Storage room and brown Box
- Tent and Spare Poles – Garage
- Sleeping Bag and Pillows – Storage Room
- First Aid Kit – Alpine Hiking Bag
- Medication – Kitchen Cupboard
– Pain Killers
– Migrane Tablets
– Udder-mint (useful for aches and pains)
– Anti Histamine Medicine
– Female Tablets…
- Go Bag/Bug Out Bags – Office (I will post an article on my go bag soon)
Items In Go Bag
– Windproof Lighter
– FFP3 Masks
– Copies of Important Documents
– Bear Grylls Survival Knife
– Fire Starter
– Knife Sharpening Kit
– Some food
– Extendable Baton for protection
– Nitrile Gloves
– Working Gloves
– Coffee Filters for water filtration
– Survival Book
– Some medication
– Spare batteries
more to follow in article
- Cash and Silver/Gold – In Safe
- EDC Kit – Always Near me
Items in EDC Kit
– Leatherman Wave – Surge is Usually on my Belt
– OLight R50 Pro Seeker
– OLight Charger
– Power Bank
– Hand Sanitiser
– Some first aid supplies
– Folding Knife
– Small Nutella packet- for energy
– Mylar Thermal Blanket
– Phone Charger Lead
Full EDC list here…
- Fuel drums for Car – Garage
- Toiletries – Soap, clothes, toilet roll, toothbrush and toothpaste – Bathroom
- Microfibre Towel – Under Bed
- Shotgun and Ammo – Gun Safe
- Lighter Refill Gas – Random Drawer – Kitchen
- 100 4 hour Candles – Big Drawer – Top – Kitchen
- Tarp – Garage
- Fishing Rod, Tackle Box and Net – Garage
- Wood Saw – Garage
- Axe – Garage
- Chargers – Torch and Phone Chargers – Bedroom
- 12V-240V Inverter – Garage
- Brown Fleece Blanket – Bedroom
- Laptop and Charger – Office
- Hot Water Bottle – Bedroom
- Spare Clothes – Bedroom
- Sunglasses – Car and Kitchen
- Gun cleaning Kit – Garage
- Oil – Garage
- Bicycle and Bicycle tool box – Garage
- Heavy Coat – Hot press
- Rain Coat and Waterproof Trousers – Boiler house
- Welly Boots – Boiler house
- Seeds i.e peas, carrots – Garage
So, thats my 15 minute bug out list. Getting all this together in 15 minutes is a bit of a push, but it can be done with 2 people provided we follow this plan and do not panic (easier said than done, I know).
When leaving the house, turn off all electrical devices at the plug, apart from fridges and freezers, lock all doors and windows, then notify other family members of your bug out plan, and how they can get in contact with you. Leaving a note in your house might also be an idea if the grid goes down, and no-one can get in contact via phone.