Why is this such a big deal?
Because many preppers don’t realize that they could be bugging in for days, weeks, or even months at a time.
And if you aren’t adequately prepared in every area, you could be putting yourself and your family at a major disadvantage.
In order to survive no matter what life throws at you, you must take the time to get prepared, and stop listening to the bad advice from other preppers.
Bugging in is a major decision that you and your family may make in the near future – and that’s why you need to know what NOT to do so you can thrive in the next emergency. That’s why I need you to pay attention to…
The Biggest “Bug In” Mistakes To Avoid
1 – Making The Wrong Decision
Arguably the biggest mistake you can make is to choose to bug in if the right decision is to bug out and leave the area.
But how can you tell which one is best for your situation?
Click here to figure out which situations you should stick around for, and which should make you pack your bags.
2 – Not Enough Food & Water OR The Wrong Food
Food and water are some of the biggest necessities you’ll need for survival. However, many preppers don’t stock up on enough of these, leaving them weak and starving only days into a bug in situation.
The other major mistake many preppers make is they stock up on all the wrong foods. For instance, many hoard warehouse-size boxes of ramen and gallons of soda.
This is one of the worst things you can do, because not only are these choices extremely unhealthy, but they’ll also turn your body to fat, leaving you unenergized and unable to fend for yourself and your family when they’re in danger.
Do yourself a favor and stock up on whole grains, lean meats, fruits & veggies, and survival foods without artificial preservatives or chemicals.
Also be sure to stock up on a ton of emergency water, and be sure to care for it appropriately so that it’s drinkable once SHTF. You can learn how to do this by clicking here.
3 – Lack Of A Plan
It isn’t just stocking up on your food supply that you have to worry about – it’s all the situations that could come up while you’re stuck at home.
For example, what will you do if…
- Looters are taking over your town?
- There’s an economic collapse on the horizon?
- Terrorists are on the loose, and you’re forced to stay in your home?
- There’s a short-term disaster such as heavy snow or power outages?
Choosing to stay home is one thing – being prepared for what happens next is something completely different. Make sure you have a plan for you and your family for any/every situation that could occur while you’re bugging in.
4 – Your Home Isn’t Ready
So you’ve got your food and water stocked and stored, and you’ve planned for any and every situation that may occur once you’re safely inside. However, there’s another thing most preppers often forget – and that’s the issues they’re having with their house.
See that floor that’s got cracks in it, the roof that needs replaced, and the leaky water pipes that you’ve procrastinated on fixing? Well if you think those issues are bad now, just wait…they’ll be even worse once SHTF and you aren’t able to fix them.
Once an emergency occurs, your sole focus will be keeping yourself and your family alive – and that means you won’t have time to call a plumber, electrician, or any other kind of professional to fix the problems you didn’t repair beforehand (plus they probably won’t be available anyway).
My advice? Stop procrastinating and get these projects done now. If you do, you’ll be in a far better spot when a major crisis occurs.
5 – You Don’t Have Skills
Lots of preppers make the mistake of thinking that just because they’re staying at home they need no special skills in order to survive.
However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
For example, what if you have a power outage? If your only cooking skills entail using the microwave and boiling water, you’re going to be starving until the power comes back on.
What about if someone in the house starts choking, or hurts themselves accidentally? If you aren’t trained in CPR or in first-aid, you’ll feel helpless in trying to stop these events from happening.
In case of a power outage, we suggest having a vast array of foods on-hand, such as canned and freeze-dried foods, emergency rations, and dry snacks that don’t need to be refrigerated. This way, even if though you can’t use some of your supply, you can still feed yourself.
I would also highly suggest taking some cooking classes, as they’ll help you prepare a variety of foods with minimal ingredients. This will help ensure your family doesn’t have to eat the same old meal every day, and it’s a skill you’ll be able to hone and utilize the rest of your life.
In case of a medical emergency, your best bet is to start learning lots of survival skills you could need in a bug in situation. These could include taking classes in first-aid, CPR, and self-defense, as well as a multitude of others.
It would also be very beneficial to learn other skills while you can, such as sewing, vehicle repair/maintenance, plumbing, electrical work, household repairs, etc.
You could even learn how to play a new instrument or learn how to play a variety of board/card/dice games; believe me, when you bug in for days, you’re going to need a variety of entertainment in order to keep yourself from going crazy.
Focus on learning what you can with the time you have now, and you’ll be amazed at how the knowledge and skills you acquire pay off.
6 – You Don’t Have An Exit Strategy
If for whatever reason you can’t stay in your house any longer and you need to leave, an exit strategy is the best way to stay prepared.
One way you can stay a step ahead is to bring a list of the names and addresses of the friends and family closest to you. These people can help take you in in an emergency.
Another preparation method is to stock an exit bag (or bug out bag) full of food and water, shelter supplies and navigational devices. These will help you on your journey out.
Also be sure to carry cash with you in order to purchase things you forgot/ran out of along the way. Cash helps prevent you from being tracked, unlike debit and credit cards.
There are lots more mistakes preppers can make while bugging out. That’s why I’ve included this video with lots more so you know what to avoid:
BONUS: Not Having A Bug In Bag
Bug out bags are huge right now, and it seems like every prepper is discussing the best ways to pack one. However, very few preppers these days are talking about having a bug IN bag.
A bug in bag can be crucial to your success in a critical situation; after all, it keeps your most important survival tools in one place, and the bag makes it easy to transport around the house.
Plus, many preppers make the mistake of thinking they don’t need a bug in bag because they’ve got all the necessities right there in the house. But I would caution you – what if the emergency you’re in forces you to stay in a certain part of the house, like the basement?
If you didn’t bring a well-stocked bug in bag with you, you’ll regret it.
Plus if something unexpected happens and you have to hide from looters or officials, you can’t possibly rely on your instincts to gather everything you’ll need in a rush. You’re bound to forget something.
That’s why having a well-thought out bug in bag is crucial to your survival. You can simply take it with you wherever you need to go, and you can feel confident knowing you’ve got the tools you need for anything that’s about to happen in your home.
As always, it’s my job to help protect you from making mistakes; and that’s by helping you stock up on valuable survival supplies that’ll help give you your best chance at survival.
Below are some of the most valuable bug in survival tools you can have. And, unlike bug out bag equipment, everything here is designed to be used inside the home (so no fishing gear or tents here).
When you’ve properly prepared to survive, your chances of getting through alive increase immensely. Give yourself and your family the best chance by stocking up on the bug in survival gear below.
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