Category Archives: Shelter

Why Bugging in is the best option

Emergency Essentials/BePrepared

I have heard too many times on how the Rambos are going to take to the woods when the collapse happens. Frankly, I am tired of this thought. I do not see any upside to leaving home (unless my house is burned up, or leveled in a earthquake or tornado). If I was forced to leave my home, I have alternative shelter (a small old travel trailer) and places with family and friends I can go to (bringing as much of my supplies as I can of course).

The fact is even if I was single, there is not enough room to bring everything I would want with me. Surely the Bug-Outers realize how much space food, water, shelter, and countless other necessities will take. Trying to gather water and hunt for food leaves their supplies vulnerable to every other Bug-Outer that had the same idea.

Their likely reason for leaving will be the zombie hordes roaming the city looting for their existence. This relates to an earlier post and taking the opportunity soon to move away from the congested progressive-minded zombies that think they should have what you worked hard to obtain. While I understand looting will be an issue, it can be handled by having a strong community presence, and protecting one another. These looters will not be tolerated for very long at all before all unknown people are automatically considered a danger and watched closely until proven otherwise. Trust is, for the right reason, going to be very difficult to earn. Having these strong communities and neighbors watching out for each other in place now are vital to keeping the Bug In option preferable.

Bugging In will also be the most comforting thing we will have during a collapse besides family. Think about how you would handle living through a week long power outage, and what things you can put in place now that would make that outage a little more bearable. Work on putting in a spring summer and fall garden, having these routines during a collapse will help with keeping you comfortable. I think that during a collapse, we will be very busy with getting water ready to drink, tending to the garden, cutting firewood, gathering food and preparing meals will keep us busy. These are everyday necessities and the tools alone to do these chores will not likely be taken by the Bug-Outer.

Another negative reason for Bugging Out on someone else’s property, is that the owner of the property will be expecting visitors, their trust level will be zero, and they will evict you at best.

Please let me know if Bugging out is your choice, and give some reasons why this works for you.

Take care,
Sensible Prepper

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The 5 C’s of Survival

There are 5 things you should keep with you as either EDC (every day carry) or in you vehicle to survive most short-lived emergency situations. These items will greatly improve your chances of being found alive if you are lost in the wilderness, or get are forced by weather to stay where you are during a hike or hunting trip. It is important to let someone know where you are going, and when you should be back, so they can alert authorities that something may have happened.

1. Cutting – Simply a knife, preferably not a small keychain knife from a souvenir shop during your last vacation. I would suggest a folding knife with a blade at least 3 inches long. Learn how to properly sharpen your knife, and keep it sharp all the time. A dull knife is more dangerous than a sharp knife. This tool is helpful to make a spear, cut small branches for firewood, cleaning game to eat, and cutting the next item in our list – Cordage.

2. Cordage – Keep a 30 foot hank of paracord, or tarred twine, to help build a shelter or help make a snare to catch game to eat. Paracord has smaller strands inside the casing that can pulled out if smaller cordage is needed, and the casing is still usable for many tasks.

3. Container – Have a small metal container for heating found water to a boil. Boiled water will be much safer to drink, as any bacteria will be killed, keeping you from being sick, and prevent getting dehydrated from diarrhea or vomiting.

4. Cover – You can use a smaller tarp, poncho, or space blanket to provide a layer of protection from rain or cold. A makeshift tent can be made from a tarp, and use the cordage to tie it down. Being dry in the rain can prevent hypothermia overnight when it is cold out.

5. Combustion – Don’t think too hard on this one, make it easy on your self and have a couple of regular BIC lighters. I am sure that there are quality lighters like a Zippo, I have used them, but it seems like the fluid evaporates before I get to use it for something meaningful. It is also a good idea to have some redundancy with the ability to make a fire and keep a fire steel, steel wool and a 9-volt battery, etc. If you do not think you can start a fire, PRACTICE, remember you need some tinder (something dry that will catch fire easily), Kindling (lots of small twigs to bridge the gap between tinder and the fuel) and then use your fuel (sticks thicker than your thumb, or other wood that keep the fire going). I’m sure there are people that cannot make a fire using a lighter unless they have a firedog.

These 5 C’s could make an unexpected overnight wilderness emergency a little more comfortable, they could also save your life.

Location and shelter thoughts

Your home is your castle. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a few feet of stone between your family and the outside world, and a moat with alligators. Unfortunately I don’t have a castle, but I have a mixture of rural and suburban areas around me. There are Pros and Cons to nearly all inhabitable structures, and where they are located.

The area you live is a key factor in how you should prep. I am not a fan of city living, and see many issues with trying to survive with thousands of other doing the same. There are many services that a city needs to bring into and out of it. All residents depend on these services for normal daily life like trash hauling, water supply, fuel, and food supplies. All these services would all be taxed during social unrest with our current just in time delivery system and the possibility of the service providers staying home to ride out the unrest with their families. Living in an apartment and trying to have a significant supply of food and water is tough due to the available room for storage. City living does have a few bright sides, they will get very high priority for restoring services and will be provided the bulk of all available supplies and assistance. Cities also offer many different communities of like-minded people ready to help each other.

Suburban living provides some relaxing of the issues I see with living in an urban environment. The ability to have a bit more property will allow for gardening, and possibly some small livestock. One of major drawbacks for me with these areas, could be the masses from the city heading out looking for resources.

Rural living can provide the most freedom from many of the issues above, and inversely suffers from small communities ready to assist each other. Priority of service restoration, as compared to living in urban ares, will also be much lower. Living in the country will require resourcefulness and more planning in advance, in order to provide the necessities

Some preppers living in suburban and urban areas will buy some property in a rural area for their BOL (Bug Out Location). They will preposition some basic supplies there, and head to it if social unrest is looming. Living structures on these properties could be a house, shack, travel trailer, tent or less to provide shelter while bugging out.

Where ever you live, have a plan in place to either keep supplies and Bug-In, or have means to get to a BOL, a relative or friends house that is set up for long term problems. Set goals now to try to move if you do not like the prospects of the area you are in. Look for opportunities to strengthen your ability to defend your family and preparations you put away for a rainy day.

Please leave comments you would like to share regarding the best place to make your castle.

Take care.

Sensible Prepper