What If SHTF While You’re Away from Home?

It’s common for people today to travel, either for work or for pleasure.

But the downside to traveling is that you can’t take all your preps with you. And depending on the reason for your trip, you might not have your family with you either.

Some people consider travel the worst time for a SHTF event to happen. So if SHTF while you’re away from home, you’re going to have a rough time if you don’t plan ahead.

This blog post is meant to help anyone who wants to be more prepared when they’re away from home…whether that’s on the other side of town, across the country, or abroad.

Staying Prepped While Away from Home

Even though you’re away from home, you still need to have some of your gear with you. How much and what type of gear will depend on where you are.

For example, if you’re staying in the US and driving, you should keep a bug-out bag in your car. Just be aware of interstate gun laws if you’re armed, because gun laws get very confusing and legally dangerous if you’re carrying across state lines.

If you’re flying, you won’t have as much freedom in what you can carry, but you can still bring some of the basics.

You should be able to bring some paracord, a water filter, and a portable power bank as carry-ons. If you’re checking your luggage, you can even bring a knife.

You can read the TSA’s more in-depth guide on luggage rules here.

Don’t overlook carrying a good atlas with you. Bring an atlas of the US with you and also a map of the local area you’re going to.

Don’t rely only on your phone’s GPS because there’s too many things that could go wrong with that when SHTF.

If possible, you should have at least one fellow prepper you know and trust in the area you’ll be traveling to. Having just one like-minded person to rely on while you’re traveling will greatly increase your chances of survival.

Make Sure Your Family Will Be OK Without You

Making sure you’re prepared while away from home is only half the battle. You also need to make sure your family will be OK and can fend for themselves even when you’re not there to help them.

This is much easier for those whose spouses are also preppers. If your spouse isn’t a prepper or doesn’t understand the need to be one, then you might have to convince them beforehand.

One good way to make sure your family can survive on their own is to create action plans they should carry out if SHTF and you’re not there to guide them.

Don’t just talk about it once and then forget it. Bring it up every once in a while to keep it fresh in everyone’s minds. It’s easy to get accustomed to everyday routines, but SHTF emergencies could happen at any time.

It’s also a good idea to print survival action plans out on paper and pin them to the fridge so they’re always out in the open.

Determine If You Should Head Home Right Away Or Wait It Out

Now that you have basic survival gear with you and you’re reasonably confident your family will be OK without you, the next step is to determine whether to head back right away or wait for a while.

Heading back home is easy enough if you’re still in town…but what if you’re across the country?

You definitely want to re-unite with your family at some point, but you have to keep in mind that the farther away you are, the harder it will be to get back and the more supplies you’ll need.

Analyze the scope of the SHTF situation. Is it local, regional, national or global? Will things probably return to normal soon, or is it a long-term or permanent collapse?

Having access to fast and reliable information is important at this point. A reliable AM/FM radio that can give you fast news updates will help a lot.

If you think things will return to normal soon and you’re far away, it’s best if you just hunker down and wait.

However, if things show no signs of getting better and you have a family to take care of…you better get back to them no matter how far away you are.

Have you ever been away from home when disaster struck? What did you do to deal with it and protect your family? Share your story in the comments below.

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