Hello my friend and welcome back! I think every Prepper struggles with what to do if they are caught away from home, when it hits the fan. We spend a lot of time getting ready to face SHTF when we are at home or at work, but what if you’re on a trip out-of-town to see friends and relatives when it hits? This causes a whole different layer of issues and you bed be ready for it. This is the subject for today’s post, so grab a cup of coffee and have a seat while we visit.
I know that I am prepared for SHTF if it happens while I’m at home or at work. But what if I’m hundreds of miles away visiting when things suddenly all fall apart? It is not something I really want to think about, but I know I must if I want to survive. If you have small children, then your troubles are multiplied.
Hopefully you will have a bug out bag, or at least a get home bag, in your vehicle, but if for some reason you don’t then here are a few tips to help you get home. If it is something like an EMP, then you will be on foot and if not an EMP, then you could still try to get home in your car. For the purposes of this post, we will assume it is an EMP, simply because the same tips would apply to just about any other scenario.
The first thing you need to do, is to decide if you can stay where you are, or if you must get back to your home and get your supplies. I know many of my relatives are not Preppers and would be hard pressed to survive a week on what they keep in their pantries, let alone feed others for any length of time. In this case, I would be forced to try to make it home, no matter the dangers. Unless you are prepared to feed a lot more people you may be forced to leave, knowing the ones you are leaving behind will surely die.
Now you are faced with heading home with very little, if anything. The first thing you should do is to stop and take inventory of what you do have to work with. Chances are, the contents of your bug out bag or get home bag will not be nearly enough to get you and your family home, all by its self. You will be forced to start improvising, to account for the extra family members you have with you.
So where do you start. First off, each member of your group should have a backpack of some kind for the trip. If nothing else grab a few pillow cases and some string or para-cord and create a make shift pack for them to carry with them. They just need something to carry a few supplies, like water or food in for the trip. Next, if you can, get some sheets or blankets, they can be used to make a make shift sleeping bag. Water is your primary concern and you will need something to carry it in, so look for old water bottles and rinse them out and fill them. They make great make shift canteens for carrying water. If it is the winter or is very cold outside, then be sure you have a way for everyone to stay warm and dry.
If your shoes are not water proof, then you could always wrap them with plastic garbage bags, to help keep them dry. Shelter will be your next priority. You will need to find something you can use to make a shelter, to protect you from the weather while on the road. If you have no tent or tarp to use, then try to find an old shower curtain to make a shelter with. They work great in the absence of anything else. You will also want to be sure you have a way to build a fire on the road, like matches or a lighter. You will also want to bring a map of the area you will be covering and a good compass, if you can get one. I would also add a good knife and a gun if possible to defend yourself and to hunt with, as you will need to be able to hunt and clean wild game on your way home. A small first aid kit would also be good to have with you. Once you have gathered what you need, then it’s time to start out for home.
So what is the best way to travel, when traveling long distances on foot? Here are a few suggestions. Avoid heavily populated towns or areas, as these are sure to be filled with people who are less prepared than you and will try to take what you have. Don’t walk on the main roads these are places where bandits will target due to the sheer number of people traveling on foot. People are like sheep and will travel the same paths they always have and others will use this to prey on the unsuspecting. If you must follow a road, walk in the brush well away from the road. At least this way, you will be able to see attackers well before they see you.
Personally, if it were me, I would look for a rail road track to follow, as they offer a smooth path and will be less traveled. They tend to go through more rural areas which provide you with more opportunities to hunt and forage for food and water. If the crisis is Martial law, then it offers a path which will not be guarded in most cases as well. People simply do not think of using train tracks to get from one place to another. Lastly, you want to be the grey man and draw as little attention form others as possible. Try to avoid eye contact when you can. Avoid them when possible and if you can’t, then try to blend so that no one will pay any attention to you.
These are just a few suggestions to help you make your way home when caught out-of-town a long way from home. I pray that none of you ever find yourselves in this position, but if you do then remember what you learned here and you just might make it home safely. Until next time, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared. God Save America!
2 thoughts on “Separation anxiety: being away from home when it all hits the fan!”
I keep enough “get home” stuff in my vehicle to make it home on foot even if it takes 3-4 days. Somewhat of a pain, but it will be well worth it f I ever have to use it. Water filtration capability is a must as it is impossible to carry enough to last and carry anything else.
I like the railroad track idea. I haven’t looked yet, but is there a map showing railway segments?
Every prep I’ve made has been to make my home livable in the event of a life changing event such as EMP or financial collapse. I keep my truck full of things,line water,a filter,food, and weapons, because if I can’t make it back home ,I’m not likely to survive. I’m to old for bushcraft living and I have people and animals that depend on me at home. Getting home is the most important thing to me.