I’m sure you’ve noticed that on most of the survival blogs out there, “bugging out” is the word of the day. There are tons of articles full of tips for what to do and what to bring with you when you’re forced to bug out in an emergency situation. What doesn’t seem to come up as often is bugging in – that is, staying put where you are instead of setting out in search of a safer location.
While there are some situations where you have no choice but to pack up and leave, you shouldn’t assume that this is always the best choice. Sometimes staying in your home is your best bet for safety and survival.
5 Benefits of Bugging In
There are many factors to consider when deciding whether bugging out or bugging in is the best choice, and it’s not a decision that should be taken lightly. But since you hear so much about bugging out, I thought I would share a few thoughts on the benefits of bugging in.
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1. Higher security. You know the layout of your home. Most people feel safe in familiar surroundings. Knowing the quickest way through the house gives you an advantage of being able to get to a weapon before some intruder gets to you. If you are bugging out, you are out in the open and more vulnerable. You also know escape routes out of the home in case it is imminent that you will be overcome.
2. Knowledge of the Neighborhood. Unless you just moved in last week, you know the immediate area around your home. Chances are you know what your neighbors look like, if not their names. You may even be close to friends and that is very powerful. You can identify people who are new to the area. An armed stranger is more of a threat, generally speaking, than your next door neighbor. Having a group of ‘known’ people come together in a crisis raises everyone’s chance of survival. There are more eyes for security and more hands to do the work. Yes, there are more mouths to feed but also more people to acquire the food needed.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide what you need to do to keep yourself and your family safe. That very well may mean bugging out and seeking shelter elsewhere – but then again, it may not.
There is a lot to be said for riding out a disaster in the safety and familiarity of your own home and neighborhood. It’s definitely worth it to at least consider bugging in when developing your own disaster plan.
Whichever you choose bugging in or bugging out, in the end the most important thing is to be ready by having a clear plan and adequate supplies.
Be safe out there!