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10 Things You Should Know About Bugging Out

10 Things You Should Know About Bugging Out

1. When bugging out you won’t be going as far as you might think

On a nice day, perhaps you could walk for an indefinite amount of time and cover quite some distance. But under stress, in harsh weather conditions and laden with gear, don’t expect this to be the case. Without practice, you won’t even be able to will yourself to rise up and walk for the entire waking portion of a day. With the additional weight and pervasive uncertainty, even avid hikers would have a difficult time.

2. You need to carry everything with you

Every single thing. You simply can’t look for things you don’t have. Knowing this, you might as well pack your stuff and prepare for a journey into space. Keep in mind that you probably won’t get hold of anything you don’t bring with you. Even if you’ve been backpacking for a long time, you’ll need to carry more gear than you normally do. My budget pack, which was loaded with all necessary supplies to last me three days, weighed 48 pounds.

3. Always wear sunscreen

Sunscreen is placed by many at the bottom of their to-bring list during a bug out, when it reality it should be one of the priorities. If you’re moving under the scorching heat of the sun, you’ll spend hours on end exposed to harmful ultraviolet light. You can always cover up, but sunscreen gives you an added layer of protection and helps prevent painful and blistering burns. Nose, cheeks, ears, nape, and forearms are the areas that are most commonly affected when you’re on a bug out and loaded up with a lot of gear.

4. Bring Medication

When you carry a very heavy bag and walk with it for 12 or so hours regularly, you need to bring Ibuprofen or your anti-inflammatory drug of choice at maximum doses that would last the entire duration of your trip. Walking for several hours while carrying a great amount of weight and with only a few rest periods in between can lead to unbearable pain. If things get out of hand, you can alternate Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen at maximum doses while making sure you’re not overdosing. Bring enough supply of ant-inflammatory drugs for every member of your group for the duration of your journey.

5. Determine your location and the quality of water along your route

You may not think about it a lot, but water is actually heavy, clocking a surprising 8 pounds per gallon. The average person must consume half a gallon of water per day, but this amount goes up when you’re on a bug out. A three-day supply of water will be too heavy to carry. It is necessary to be educated about the different methods of water purification, but it’s also important to know where your water will come from in the first place.

6. Your Speed Will Drop

While 3-4 miles per hour can be maintained by the average person when walking briskly, this rate isn’t sustainable over a day of long hike. You need to be extremely fit to average a measly 2 miles per hour. Several factors will bring down your average speed including pain, rest periods and the terrain.

7. Terrain makes a huge difference in several respects

Walking on concrete or asphalt is quick, but hard on your body that’s burdened with a lot of gear. You can maintain a decent speed on paved surfaces but it can take a tremendous toll on your body and cause pain in your hips, knees, ankles and feet. Grass and mud, on the other hand, helps absorb some weight with every step. While they’re friendlier on the body compared to hard surfaces, you will be expending more energy when walking. Different surfaces come with their own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s better to know the kind of terrain beforehand and plan accordingly.

8. You probably won’t feel hunger until you stop walking

Nevertheless, it’s still a prudent move to set a schedule for eating. While you won’t be hungry, your mental capacity will get affected by a full day of walking without food. Not only will your awareness of the surroundings be compromised, but the constantly increasing pain may also make you unable to put one foot forward. You might be surprised at how much conscious effort is required just to continue walking as the day wears on. Keep small snacks in your pocket so you can eat as you go and eat small meals at regular intervals until you set camp for the day or night. Normally, 2,000 calories is required by the human body to function optimally, but you may not need to reach this amount for the entire 72-hour duration of your bug out. It’s still recommended to carry 6,000 calories for each person for a 3-day long bug out, but there’s a good chance you won’t get to consume all of your supplies, leaving you with a lot of extra should the emergency go longer than anticipated.

9. Don’t stop!

Unless you’re completely ready to rest, you should continue walking or keep your rest periods very brief, just enough to let your catch your breath and do so without sitting down. Once you stop, the body takes this signal as the time to repair all the damage that has been done. You will feel your muscles and tendons get tighter. When you try to walk again after a long period of rest, you will feel very stiff or you might even feel pain in different areas of your body. It is a much better idea to power through and reach your destination than to take several rests only to end up feeling worse.

10. You can’t tell what situation will force you to bug out on foot

In some cases, sleeping can be impossible, but your body will be very grateful if you manage to find a place where you can get some rest. In my own experience, I’ve hiked for over 20 miles and biked more than 100 miles in a single day. Normally, I get about 6 to 7 hours of sleep every night; I never sleep more than 8 hours. But when putting my body under such a tremendous amount of pressure, I might sleep for 10 to 12 hours. Your body compensates and tries to repair both the physical and mental damage caused by the bug out. Knowing safe places where you can hide away and get even a few minutes of sleep will be of great benefit for you.

 

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