Scouting For a Survival Bug-Out in the Wilderness or the Desert

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If you’re not familiar with the 7 P’s and you plan on bugging out in a disaster, you should be.

The 7 P’s are, in order:

and Preparation

Many people plan on bugging out when “it” happens to a wilderness location of one sort or another, but that’s a sketchy plan, at best.

The following is a primer to get you thinking in the right direction on identifying bug-out locations in wilderness and desert areas.

Keep in mind that when “it” happens, there are going to be tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of people with the same general idea as you do your planning and use that fact to spur you to finding multiple alternate and contingent locations.  With that, I’ll turn things over to Barbara.  David Out:

Scouting for a bug-out location in the wilderness or the desert  is important for several reasons.  If an escape plan only consists of “I’m getting out of dodge if things get get dangerous,” you will find yourself in trouble when you find yourself competing with hundreds, if not thousands of equally unprepared people trying to bug out.

Assessing your circumstances well before circumstances force you to bug out improves your chances of survival.  For instance,  would you and the rest of your family or group be able to handle climbing hills, mountainsides, or crossing difficult terrain with the gear that you plan to bug out with?  Are there small children involved?  Is there a back-up location within hiking distance with water?

(Ox’s note:  The answer to this may vary greatly throughout your life.  I had an injury late last year that caused most of my muscles to atrophy and took me from being incredibly fit to only being able to do curls with 25 pound weights and my endurance to crater.  I’m recovering quickly now, but I could not carry out my bug-out plan from last fall right now and I’ll be in WAY better shape at the end of the year than I am now.  The point I want to make is that your plans need to be realistic and based on the realities of what your abilities are TODAY…not what they were, and not what you hope they will be in the future.)

In some cases, standing your ground may be your best option.  Weighing the pros and cons of surviving in place versus bugging out should be decided upon now, while times are relatively good.  As a family or a group, there should be a consensus about where that line in the sand lies; when is it tactically prudent to stand your ground, and when it’s time to go.

If You Must Flee To The Wilderness 

Taking off for the woods isn’t a long-term plan if it doesn’t include a water source like a stream, or a natural spring, or a lake or creek.

If you haven’t scouted for a safe location within striking distance from your home, it’s time to do some discovering while asking yourself the following:

  • Is it far enough from a dense population for relative safety?
  • Is there a nearby water source?
  • Is fishing an option?
  • Even in remote areas, you’ll have company– riots and looting will drive people to take shelter where they feel they can hide.  Is the area large enough to keep a reasonable distance from others who may want what you have?
  • Is there more than one way in and out to escape if it becomes necessary and can you absolutely, positively control it if not?
  • Are there places where you can build a shelter without drawing attention to yourself?  (You can build an improvised shelter with a chainsaw and a couple gallons of gas/oil that will GREATLY multiply the effectiveness of any tent(s) that you may have.  Think of it as a layered system…the logs provide the primary and the tent is nested inside providing the secondary.)
  • Is there wild game (including fish)?  Especially SMALL wild game that you can harvest on a daily basis?  Are there edible worms, slugs, ants, and other edibles?
  • Do wild edible plants grow in the area?  Are there edible (and easily identifiable) mushrooms?

In a wilderness setting, all of the above are important to survival.  You must have shelter, you must have water, and you must have a food source that can come from fishing,  or gathering wild edible plants, or hunting or snaring animals should your supplies outlast what you pack in.

It’s optimal if you can bury a cache of critical supplies at your chosen location, well before the need arises.

(David’s note:  In fact, caches are kind of central to the 7 P’s.  Caches are often the proof that a bug-out location has matured beyond the “dream” stage to the “plan” stage.  Put another way, if you don’t have one or more caches set up, you don’t have a plan…you just have a dream.  That’s neither good nor bad.  It is what it is and it’s an honest reflection.  Either decide to be content with it for now or change it, but don’t get upset with the reflection.)

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Desert Regions Come with Higher Risks

Unfortunately, MANY people live in areas that have no chance of supporting the number of bodies that are living there, like Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, El Paso, and more.  We can’t know ahead of time what may occur that would force us to flee our home.  What we can do is have a good grasp of the pros and cons of where we flee to. The desert is one of the harshest environments to survive in because of sweltering summer temperatures, the lack of water (which, as drought continues its stranglehold on desert areas, will likely grow worse), and the venomous creatures that make the desert their home.

When scouting for a bug-out location, your best bet may be to search out abandoned buildings, or buildings that are likely to become abandoned soon after SHTF.  If there is a water source nearby, and wild edible foods (refer to Wild Edible Plants Can Save Your Life ) you may discover that remaining in civilization, rather than trying to survive in the desert, is the best choice.

Finding Water In The Desert 

Scouting for a location that has water, before a crisis, is an absolute necessity, no matter your location.  If you must flee to the desert, even for a short time, packing water in is only a temporary solution.  Especially in the summer when temperatures can climb to a blistering 118 degrees or higher.

However, if you’re caught unprepared, the following are ways to find small amounts of water in the desert:

  • Look for plants and trees as they grow near water.  Birds, swarming insects and mosquitoes are an indication that water is nearby.
  • Collect dew by capturing it in clothing that be wrung out for drinking.
  • Follow a wash where water has run in the past.  Where there is protruding rock, or the beginning of a cliff or mountain, that is where water tends to gather as it acts as a natural dam.  Dig down around 2 feet.  If the dirt is moist, continue digging until water pools and collect it through a plastic tube or straw, or by sopping up the water with a bandanna or fabric, which can be squeezed out for drinking.
  • Boulders sometimes have indentations from wear.  These divots may hold water after a rain.
  • The barrel cactus and prickly pear cactus store liquid in their pulp which can be chewed for the moisture, but the pulp should not be eaten.  Although the saguaro cactus can store up to 200 gallons of water, the water it holds can be toxic to humans.

Staying Cool & Clothing

  • It is possible for sand to be 30 degrees hotter than air temperature! Find a shaded area, make your own shaded area with a tarp that includes protection from the hot sand, or find a cave–but watch where you tread if you are lucky enough to locate one!
  • (Ox’s note:  Dig!  In the desert, digging as little as a foot or two into the ground and covering the hole with a tarp or something else to block the sun will keep you comfortably cool in most desert conditions.)
  • Don’t remove clothing, thinking it will help you stay cooler. Clothing will help to prevent sweat from evaporating and lessening the body’s ability to cool down. Long sleeves, hats, and long pants will help to avoid excessive sun exposure.  The best desert gear is wicking fabrics made with a UPF of at least 30 for a base layer. You should also include a warming layer of wool or fleece for chilly evening temperatures and a windbreaker.  Light colors are best, as they reflect heat in the daylight hours.
  • If you must travel, do it at night and early morning, but be aware that desert temperatures can drop dramatically, and in winter time in certain locations, temperatures can dive below freezing–another argument for packing layered clothing if heading for the desert.  A Pair of goggles and a dust mask will protect you from a sandstorms that desert areas are known for.

Watch Where You Step! 

In the desert there is a higher likelihood of encountering a venomous snake or the Bark Scorpion and Gila Monster, the only scorpion and lizard in the U.S. with the potential to cause death (specifically victims with a compromised immune system, the very young and the elderly)–both are desert dwellers.

The Bark Scorpion’s  range is Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.  Their habitat is varied: they can be found in trees (thus the name Bark Scorpion), in woodpiles or fallen trees, on steep rock walls, under rocks, and in rock crevices.  There have been cases where they have crawled into tents, shoes, clothing and bedding.

The Bark Scorpion is yellow or gray in color and small–about 2 to 3 inches from head to stinger.  Their sting can be fatal for about 1% of adults and 25% of children under the age of 5.   Serious symptoms from the Bark Scorpion include increased salivation, blurred vision and trouble focusing, slurred speech, mussel twitches, abdominal cramps, seizures and trouble breathing. Although anti-venom is available where the Bark Scorpion is prevalent, in a SHTF scenario where medical treatment is unavailable, treatment should include placing an ice pack on the sting ASAP to decrease the poison’s spread.  If the person is having difficulty breathing, assist their breathing by rolling them on their side, or by putting in an airway if you have the medical experience to do so. Rest and fluids will help the victim and IV fluids are optimal until the symptoms subside within 24 to 48 hours.

The Gila Monster is the only venomous lizard in the U.S.  Although their venom is as toxic as a the western diamondback, they release only a small amount of venom     They are desert dwellers and are often found in rocky foothills–sometimes at elevations as high as 5,000 feet.  There is no anti-venom for the bite of a Gila Monster, therefore the best cure is to give them a wide berth.  Gila Monsters bite down on the victim, latching on and making it difficult to detach them.  Experts advise immersing a determined Gila Monster in cool or cold water as the most effective way to get them to detach from the  victim.  Treat the bite to avoid infection and the victim hydrated with plenty of water.

The good news here is that Gila Monsters are slow and relatively shy.  There hasn’t been a reported death related to a Gila Monster bite since the late1930’s.  But if you’re new to the desert and even think they’d make a good addition at mealtime…think again!

The following are poisonous snakes you could encounter in the desert:  The Great Basin Rattlesnake, Mojave Rattlesnake, Sidewinder, Western Diamondback,  Prairie Rattlesnake, Southern Pacific, Black-tailed Rattlesnakes, Arizona Coral Snake.

It is important to know what venomous snakes are native to your region and how to identify them.  Here are a few guidelines to follow to avoid snakebite;

  • Avoid walking through tall grass and brush.
  • Never put your hand in a crevasse before checking first.
  • Snakes climb.  Be watchful when walking under low-lying branches.
  • Wear leg protection like boots and long pants.
  • Don’t set up camp near a fallen tree, a rocky area, or tall grass.
  • If you pitch a tent, keep it zipped and keep shoes inside.
  • When fishing, bathing,or gathering water survey the area for snakes before nearing or entering water.

Flash Floods–Beware!

Sandstorms can hail a one-two punch–rains that if sufficient enough can bring flash flooding. Flooding can happen quickly because sand doesn’t absorb great amounts of water quickly.  Stay clear of camping in dry channels, lake beds and ditches, because flood conditions can create a wall of water 10 to 30 feet high. Never make camp in  a dry creek, a dry lake bed or near a ditch.  Rather, find higher ground to rest.

(Ox’s note:  What’s it all come down to?  The 7 P’s.  Get to know your intended bug-out location/AO (area of operations) as intimately as possible now and you won’t be dealing with unknowns in addition to having your world turned upside down in a real bug-out scenario.  Set caches.  Have alternate and contingent plans in case some knucklehead is in your primary bug-out location when you show up, and prepare yourself mentally to be able to survive anywhere.  If possible, plan to hunt big game on public lands this fall.  You’ll QUICKLY find out that lots of people think they already have “dibs” on public lands…not only for hunting, but for future bug-out locations.

Also, if you’re fortunate enough to be able to “strategically relocate” to your ideal location, like we have, there are STILL reasons to bug out.  Personally, our family faces the annual threat of the forest that we live in catching fire and having to evacuate, in an instant.  In other words, everyone needs a “Plan B”.  What’s yours?)

Do you plan to bug out to a wilderness or desert location if you’re forced to flee?  Or have you decided to survive in place, come what may?  Have any tips or survival-related stories to share?  It could save a life!  Please post your comments below. 

God bless and stay safe,

David Morris and Survival Diva




  1. I am not Donald Trump but I do have a second house in a remote location. I do have neighbors and have met some of them. Most of them are self sufficient people and most likely would cooperate in an emergency. We have a neighborhood web site and communicate regularly. I understand that the internet may be shut down in a true emergency.

    I have a well, and septic tank, leech field, but electricity is necessary to run the well pump. Although remote, many people are part time residents, with a few property owners who live there full time. The altitude is 10,000 + feet, so we do not get many city dwellers hiking through. I seldom see snakes, but bears, coyotes, deer and an occasional mountain lion are around. My wife and I are up at the house about every two to three weeks, so we are familiar with the area.

    Our primary residence is secluded but not able to be defended. We would most likely leave for our mountain house in a dire emergency. The key is to leave early before everyone else makes the same decision.

    I have been remiss on stocking enough food and water, but we are gradually trying to correct that situation. The house is twenty miles away from the nearest town, and markets, hardware, etc. It is at least 150 miles away from Denver, CO My hope is that we never have to leave our house here in a small town where we live now.

  2. An addition to the snake care: have a good walking stick or staff. You can probe suspicious areas in brush or rocks, by tapping it as you walk you may scare off unwanted visitors, and it is a better anti-snake weapon than a gun.

  3. reply to Bob R. Don’t discount the elderly widow. What she lacks in physical ability, she may make up for in expertise. At her age, she may know more about survival in tough times than you do.

  4. headhunter says:

    Choosing to shelter in place- Since water seeks its own level, if your in a town that pumps its sewage everyone that lives uphill or in a taller building from you will be sending their sewage your way. If you do nothing, your dwelling will soon be uninhabitable. Simply put, you must close yourself off from the municipal sewer line. Fortunately they do sell one way valves for your sewage lines but these must be installed ahead of time. An alternative is your hardware store sells expandable plugs for pressure testing sewer lines- get um and use um! There are few things more gross then seeing human waste in your sink!
    Some “experts” would have you digging “cat holes”. Figure it out! How many cat holes will you and your neighbors dig before it dawns on someone, “This place stinks!”
    If you can’t figure it out, disease will soon appear. Get your neighbors together and build an “outhouse” or two. Dig the hole deep and “crib” the sides. If you choose to urinate in a gutter, so be it, most cities have separated their sanitary and storm sewers.

  5. We live in the “suburban country” — we’re about 15-20 miles from a major midwestern city. We have several hundred acre farms to the front and back of us, but houses on either side of us. All houses are on well and septic. There are about a half dozen families in our micro-community. As far as I know, we are the only one who are actively prepping for SHTF. One next door neighbor is an elderly (mid 80s) widow. On the other side, the husband lives (part time) and works about 150 miles away, so she is a “part-time single”. The folks on either side of us do not have the financial resources to do much prepping, other than to stock food. We’ve been working with and encouraging them, but to no avail. It’s not that they are against prepping, it’s just that they aren’t motivated. We plan to shelter in place when SHTF. Bugging out does not make sense to us for the long term due to the problems discussed here — lack of food, water and security for the long term.

    We have a high quality hand pump that we can lower into our well head when the power fails, and will have sufficient water for us and our micro community. We’re willing to share that resource, but not our food. In my mind, and with encouragement from my wife and I, if they don’t have the gumption to stock up on food now, they don’t deserve what we’ve worked to put back.

    Fending them off is a major concern, but being this close to a major city means that we are also within walking distance of the “zombies” who will be desperate for whatever they can find, and who will stop at nothing short of their own death to get it. This is really where a close-knit community, with sufficient resources of all sorts, comes in handy.

    Bottom line is that I think my wife and I will be fighting off both the local and the city hoarders alone when the going really gets tough. Sad.

  6. If you don’t want to read a negative reply…move on to the next one. After survival schools and much contingency planning I can only conclude that individuals, individual families and small retreats will not make it after 72 hours. Most of the tips presented are too “micro”. It won’t be the critter in the grass that gets you. Water, the lack of or the pollution of, is going to make you so sick you may want to die. Plenty of other risks to Prepare for too. MT had it right…be a part of a community. No prepared community equals large scale disaster. Use the 7 P’s to find and prepare a community or your corporation.

  7. Great Grey says:

    You need to be sure that your water supply is accessible year round, that nice spring during the summer, could be under 5 feet of water during the spring thaw or wet season or under a big snow drift. So you may need to change where you get your water throughout the year.

  8. Mark Torrence says:

    In the long run it will take a community to survive for the duration. We have that where I now live. Ad hoc for sure but you might be surprised what an isolated group can accomplish. We are ALL secure believe me.

  9. Mark Torrence says:

    I live in the “wilderness” why would I want to flee to another wilderness? I’m staying put and dealing with the known quantities I have rather than running around looking for other issues. But I guess those that live in the city aren’t so lucky. THAT is exactly why I live where I do.

  10. Steve Bramschreiber says:

    Greetings SD/David!!!
    All kinds of great info supplied in these comments…I can pretty much take care of myself and have gleaned tons of info from multiple “survival” sites…downside is my better half is moderately handicapped and not in the best of health…staying put may be my best option.
    Having said that…wouldn’t want to stay here and would need to keep in mind that the powers that be may close off “exit” routes to contain the populace…I’ve kept my prepper skills/supplies well concealed and am realistically looking at a larger vehicle to use for SHTF movement…buy what you KNOW you’ll eat and not just a bunch of MRE style stuff.. meal fatigue is also something you need to be aware of…a great many THANKS for all the useful info!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Spend the time to seek out the best location near family and work.. The internet real estate websites are fantastic… We moved 100 miles north 6 years ago. We camped in the area and spent 2 years finding our place. 15 miles to shopping and medical. Cell service is not really good, DSL internet available. Secluded but with some like minded neighbors. Good hunting (large and small game) on our place. Well stocked pond. Stream with good Trout and Salmon. Many edible wild plants. Artesian well with good year around flow that supplies the house and overflows into the pond. Good wind and not so good solar. Wood for heat and cooking. Etc, Etc. The point is , if you look these places are available.
    Sometimes it just takes time and patience.. Once you find it … Make it your own.

  12. I’m not saying dont have a plan to leave, being high and dry, and stuck in traffic is better than being stuck on your roof trying to escape the tidal surge. But if you’re gonna bug out, you need to either beat the wave of zombies ( Zombie: desperate, unprepared, average Joe.) who are going to turn the highway into a parking lot, or wait a few days until those people have died off and then go. Even then you need to be prepared to defend yourself, and make your own road, because that parking lot of a few days ago is still there and is now populated by zombies that ran out of gas or had their vehicles overheat. Think about packing you, your wife, your kids, the dogs, and all your food, water, and gear into your bug out vehicle. Now imagine driving 100 miles at 5 miles an hour through parked or stalled cars, it’s 100 degrees outside, and your surrounded by the zombies I mentioned earlier. Sheltering in place is looking better and better.

    • Survival Diva says:

      Getting out without delay is definitely the way to go if your must flee. I remember watching the exodus during Katrina–nightmare!

  13. Joseph-Lee Morehouse says:

    Article has merit even if you don’t bug out , many cities have pump in water and sewage systems that could go down and no fresh water except for stores or polluted rivers or streams.
    Food in the cities mostly from stores and a few farmers markets . Even if half of a cities population leave the cities the rest will loot ever home,business , anything to survive .
    I have no choice but to bug in and my group has organize to expect criminals to lay siege to us and our supplies , we are always looking for new ideals on protecting what we have and bring in people that will add strength to our numbers and increase our ability to deal with changing situations.
    There strength in numbers and more people with skills better chance of weathering any SHTF. Keep the articles coming and thank you.

    • Survival Diva says:

      After emergency back-up power runs out (typically 3 to 7 days), sewers WILL back up unless you’re on a hill for gravity to help, although even that isn’t a given. You can put a plug into your sewer line to stop backwash from stop backing up into showers, bathtubs and toilets. The water has to be turned off to your home and you’d have to have a portable washtub to bathe, do dishes and laundry. Hope this helps.

  14. If your thinking of bugging out you don’t live in the right area,you should do a strategic relocation and be self sufficient,aquaponics etc.
    if you have to bug out have a good plan have some vacant houses scouted out that would be in a good area if were in WROL move in to a vaccant home and then you have shelter and are in a good location etc. real estate listings would be a good start for this.

  15. Soylent Green says:

    Well, MY free advice is to stay put. Ever see a refugee? I guarantee you, every one of them left more at home than they’re carrying with them no matter how big their donkey cart is. And, since 99% of us here aren’t as rich as Donald Trump and can afford fully equipped and stocked second homes, you’ll have more resources and knowledge of the area available where you live 24/7 than you’ll ever be able to have ANY place else.
    Even if you currently live in a big city that’s big enough to have a ‘culture’, I’d still say stay put. Sure, it will be tougher on you, But, unless you ARE Donald Trump and DO own a second fully stocked home you can fly to you’re not going to be the only person with the idea of bugging out. And, unless you get a long, long ways away from any sizeable population you’re going to be toast anyway. Like the saying goes, ‘You can run, but you’ll just die tired’.
    If you’ve read much about the Great Depression, there wasn’t a lot for people to eat no matter WHERE they were. All the game animals and even some ‘gamey’ animals were long gone in short order. And THEY had the knowledge, tools and society that we don’t have and don’t even exist anymore. Anyway, that’s MY 2 cents.

    • First off, let me say, thank you for your comments and opinions and that is exactly what they are, opinions. There is so much wrong with your comments and surviving a VERY BAD SITUATION. You don’t have to be a Donald Trump to have a second location, you just have to be smart financially. If and when the SHTF, you are assuming that things will be like the Great Depression. Not So! During the Great Depression, people still has moral standards and were willing to help other people. The government was trying to help the people with programs. But this time the government won’t be trying to help people survive, they will be trying to kill as many as possible to lower the population to a more manageable number. There will be no trucks running to bring food and other supplies. There will be no electricity to pump water. There will be gangs of people going from house to house, killing, raping and stealing anything of value.

      People in the cities will be captives waiting to be picked off by the gangs or government. If you have a generator for electricity, the sound will be a magnet to these gangsters. Cooking food? Another magnet. You have about a 1 in 100,000 chance of surviving in city, unless you have a bout 100 or more army to help you survive.

      If you are out in a rural area, where people are at great distances apart, you can grow a garden, cook food and other activities. On thing that you might want to do is gather a number of these solar lights at Lowes or Walmart for light at night

      The saying is, “If you are in my sights, you are going to die. You can run, but you will just die tired.”

      You attitude is, “You’re screwed anyway, so why bother?” Do you have parents, a wife, children? Would you like for them to survive or would you like to see them, tortured, raped and murdered while you watch? Your choice to live or die.

      • Survival Diva says:

        We agree. I moved to a mountainside with very little, so I know it can be done. As for the differences between the Great Depression and now, they are huge. Now we have a large percentage of people who feel entitled to the monthly help they receive, whereas during the Great Depression, people took pride in hard work and self-sufficiency. It will indeed be a far different reaction to SHTF today than in the 1930’s.

        • AL, Orange Park, FL says:

          SD I completely agree with you, the next one “will be bad” there’s got to be 95% of the people that live around me that have done nothing to prepare for a SHTF event. I made the terrible mistake of trying to round up neighbors to join me in Prepping now they all know I’ve Prepped they may not know how much but they do know. The best I got was a neighbor bought some seeds to store and he was son proud to be able to tell me he’s prepped. I do have a neighbor that is Prepp’n and he’s working at it so at least one down the block. Oh man, I’m in trouble only way is to bug out. Can’t defend my house and Jacskonville is just up the road. I and my wife can’t afford to buy land so we’ve gone out on weekends and looked at land that is laying there not being used miles from the city it’ll be our only bet, unless of course I win the FL Lottery.

  16. arrowhead says:

    Another reason to check out the area you intent to use is to make sure people are not using it for their pot crop or meth lab or moonshine still or poachers. Or some homeless group set up a hobo camp. Look for signs of use. watch for booby traps! trails that are bigger than what animals make. chopped down trees. fire pits. Litter! construction tape indicates hunters roam the area. tree stands – look up. drive the perimeter – are there cars and trucks parked on the side of the road? are there indications that someone has a favorite parking spot? tracks where the tires killed the grass, oil leak spots, cigarette butts, trash.
    What other signs can you think of?

    • One thing that no one has mentioned is securing your site. You will need security 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Can you defend your position? If you can’t defend your position you will be fair game to anyone that comes along and wants what you have. You might say you can, but have you really taken in everything that you will have to do? If you have only 2 adults and a couple of children you may have to be splitting up the 24 hours between only 2 people. Can you be cut off from your water source? If you are forced to leave, do you have an exit strategy and contingency plans if your exit is blocked? There are so many unknowns when you go to the desert or the woods, that the only people that would have a chance to make it would be people that spend most of their time there. Not someone that looks and says this is the perfect place to set up camp. If you find a place that has food and water, be prepared to defend it, possibly on a daily basis.

      If you still want to go to the woods or desert, spend some weekends there and have your family try different ways to get into your camp. Find out if they can keep you away from your food or water sources. If they can throw a rock and hit you when you try, think of how it would be if they were armed. Take everything with you that you would take if the SHTF. Play it for real and you might find out that you may have to change your plans or rethink your strategy. When you go to your area to stay on a weekend, you want to go both in daylight and at night. You may not have a choice as to when you have to get there. Go in all kinds of weather. You need this info, because you won’t have the option to choose when to go. Remember, the only way you can find out what will happen is if you take everybody with you and everything that you will take when the SHTF.

      Ever go on vacation and accidently leave something behind? Don’t wait until it counts to have that oops moment. There won’t be a Wal Mart to swing by and pick it up. Do you really want to know if the woods or desert is the way to go? Spend a week of your vacation there. Then ask yourself could you do this and survive for a month or more if you had to?

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