Hello, my friend and welcome back! There are a lot of Preppers who plan on bugging out on foot when the time comes. Maybe it’s to get to their bug out location unnoticed, but regardless of the reason striking out on foot is a bad idea. This is the subject of today’s post so grab a cup of coffee my friend and have a seat while we visit.
I realize that there are those who will have no other option when the time comes, but every effort should be made now to avoid it if at all possible. You should use a bike at the very least, and avoid traveling on foot altogether.
So right about now, you’re probably asking yourself why it’s such a bad idea, so let me explain. When you travel on foot, you expose yourself to a lot more danger. While it may seem very covert, the dangers far out weigh the benefits. You will be easy prey if you are caught on foot, and that is only the beginning of the dangers.
Humans are constantly overestimating their abilities and in a life and death situation, it could very well cost you you’re life. People who have never hiked long distances with a heavy load on their back have no idea what it takes to make yourself keep going when you’re tired. People, who have served in the military, know exactly what I’m talking about. It can come down to sheer will and determination.
Walking not only burns a lot of calories, but it leaves you in a weakened state, especially if you have been walking for several days. If you were forced to fight hand to hand after walking 10 miles, your chances of winning are slim to none. You just won’t have the energy needed to win.
If your bugging out on foot, I can only imagine that it’s because you have no other option, not because you think it will allow you to be more concealed. We have all seen the hikers on TV or people in movies take off with only a few items and survive. Trust me when I say it’s all fake, and the average person won’t last more than 2 days if they are lucky.
When traveling on foot, you can only carry so much weight and oddly enough, extra water is one of the first things untrained people will discard. They do this because they figure thy can find the water they need along the way. By the time they realize they were wrong, it’s too late.
Now I know that many of you like myself have water filters like “LifeStraw” that you can carry with you, but these are only designed to be used as a last choice, not to fill your canteen with. For that, you will need a much better water filter, like the Katadyn water filter that I carry, in addition to my LifeStraw.
The big thing is that there are not nearly as many water sources around as you may think, and many of these that are, are contaminated. Remember, those filters do NOT remove Chemicals from the water and they can make you just as sick if you drink contaminated water.
Something else many people don’t think of is if they are walking through heavily forested areas; there are also wildlife dangers, such as snakes and bears. These too can kill you and you will be just as dead as if you had been shot.
You will also be exposed to the elements while traveling and this can lead you to sickness or heat stroke in a weakened state. Heat, cold, even wind can take a terrible toll on the body and if your body is weakened from walking while carrying weight on your back, it could spell your demise.
No, my friend, bugging out on foot is never a good idea, but if you think there is a chance you may be forced to do it, like maybe you live in a big city, then you need to do some serious training my friend. Don’t just train, but seek advice from an experienced backpacker or hiker now and practice every chance you get. If you live in the city, then actually walk the path you intend to take and have a friend pick you up at your destination. Do this often!
Here is the bottom line, if there is any way that you can keep from bugging out on foot, then by all means, do it. Whether you choose a car, a bike, or a boat, please train now, to be sure that when the time comes and the SHTF, you will be ready.
Well, I guess that’s it for today and I hope today’s post has given you food for thought, until next time, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared. God Bless America!