Leaving without a trail is easier said than done. But it can be done if you know what you’re doing. There are ways to conceal your tracks and make sure that you won’t be traced.
In order to bug out effectively, safely and discreetly, you need to take several things into consideration, including:
- Your bug out vehicle (and when to travel on foot)
- What to carry with you
- Where you are going
- Who is traveling with you
All of these things will factor into your strategy and help you to develop an effective bug out plan.
Prepperswill.com has published an excellent article where they share how to bug out without leaving a trail.
It finally happened! The s*** has hit the fan and now there is mass rioting and looting everywhere and it seems that the violence it’s heading your way. Waiting to face the impending doom is not smart and bugging out is your safest bet. However, you need to make sure that no one can follow you.
While some preppers will decide to bug in and will try holding down the fort for as long as possible, this option is not viable for most of the people out there. Regardless how well prepared you are, at some point, you will be outnumbered or outgunned and you will regret not moving out when you had the chance. Sure there are those who have their personal bunker and they will hide deep underground, waiting for the storm to pass. If you don’t have a bunker, well… deep down inside, you know that bugging out is your only option.
Bugging out the right way is a drill that anyone can practice, but bugging out without leaving a trail is a skill that only a few master. The suggestions in this article will help you to bug out without leaving bread crumbs that can lead hostiles to your bug out location.
When the moment comes and bugging out is no longer a decision to consider but an ongoing reality, you will need to calculate your every move since time will be of the essence. You need to rally up your party, in case you need to bug out with other people. Here, we have two types of “friendlies”: the primary ones which are your family members and the secondary ones which are your friends and neighbors. You can communicate with your loved ones via text message or you can leave a secret visual marker at the front of your residence. The marker you leave should be known by all those who were taken into account when the bugging out plan was made. It can be something simple, you can tie a red piece of cloth to your mailbox or you can spray pent an X on you door or some graffiti, so that it looks like the action of vandals.
Once the bugging out operation has been triggered, the bug out timeline begins and no matter what happens you have to respect it if you want to reach your bug out location.
The maximum time allocated for gathering your supplies and leaving your house should be one hour at max. Most survival experts agree that it is more than enough time to contact your loved ones, to gather your supplies and leave without putting yourself at risk. It is also true that the closer you are to the event, the less time you will have to act and in general, the time needed for leaving the premises should be halved.
When bugging out, you should consider for different modes of travel and I suggest the following:
- 2 wheel vehicle for roads
- ATV for backcountry trail
- On foot through sole-busting brush and off-road trails
If the SHTF event has triggered near complete lawlessness, the path that provides the least human interaction is the safest one. Going off-road is crucial and you need to get there as soon as possible. You will probably need your ATV to get there, or your dirt motorbike. Regardless of what you picked, your weight, the weight of your gear and the weight of your vehicle will leave tracks behind. And these tracks will show those gun-toting opportunists where you are going, making it a matter of time until they track you down. Leaving tracks behind will compromise your camp’s position and the safety of your loved ones.
Escape and evasion when bugging out
Since the dawn of time, humans had to use tactics in order to escape their pursuers. Regardless if they were chased by predators or fellow humans, they had to find ways to escape. Anti-tracking methods are used to confuse, delay and dissuade any threat that might come after you.
There are some things that will apply to any situation in which your trail could lead to your basecamp and the three factors that one should prioritize when bugging out are the following:
- What you are taking with you
- Where you are going
- How you are moving
If you pay attention to these factors you will minimize your signature on the ground upon bugging out and you will reach your bug out location in time.
1. What one takes when bugging out