posted on Jun, 30 2008 @ 07:22 PM
A very important point. Packing the very best gear for a bug out situation wont count for much if you break down 30 min out, wear out your footwear or
run out of clean socks. It's not all about being in perfect shape though. Someone out of shap can also successfully bug out as long as they at least
try to prepare for some of the hardships that may lie ahead. We need to know what to expect and we need to know our limitations and adapt to
situations and make desicions based on that. You need some sort of experience to base your desicions on.. for example on wheter or not to push forward
and try to reach a distant objective, or set up camp for the night in a somewhat decent place you reached.
Regular exercise is gold.. even just a kilometer or two every day of running will be valuable as far as prepearing goes. But walking with a nice
20kilo+ pack over long distances is absolutly the best way to prepear. Running, jogging and walking with a load are the best ways to shape up for a
bug out situation in my experience. Naturally training the back and generally building other muscles is also useful of course.
Some tips would be to pack the gear you would want to bring on a bug out and regularily go on lenghty trips with it, staying a few days and nights in
the wilderness (or in urban settings if you feel like it) and getting the feel of your gear. This is both a fine way to prepear and it can give you
some memorable experiences. You will quickly find out how long you would last in a real bug out situation, of course depending on circumstanses. After
a while you will be able to perfect your gear and how you prepear physicaly. I do this serveral times every summer, and have done it during the winter
down to extreme sub-zero temperatures also (not for longer than 30 hours though), allthough extreme sub-zero bugging out is quite hopeless the way I
see it. Luckily not a probable scenario for most people, but defiantly possible.
Some of the key points you can extract from reading about experiences like the one linked to by crgintx is the importance of footwear. Good footwear
should be the #1 investement of anyone prepearing for sitx. Boots are not very comfortable in relation to sneakers, but they will defiantly last
longer and offer much better protection from the elements. You wont wear out a pair of good boots until you have encountered a whole range of other
problems, and if you walk them in correctly, choose good soles and don't over-stress your feet, you will generally avoid ruining your feet. In my
experience a good pair of gore-tex mountain-hiking shoes/low boots are fantastic as well. Most are extremely comfortable to wear, they offer great
protection from the elements and are very sturdy. Bringing an extra pair of footware on your pack is not a bad idea, depending on what sort of
environment you may walk in of course.
Another important thing.. socks. Always strive to have clean socks, or at least dry socks. Dry socks is paramount to survival. Comfortability when you
walk can't be over-estimated, and avoiding prolonged humidity around your feet is very, very important.
So.. Good footware, dry socks and some exercise and hiking-camping experience should be given a high priority when prepearing for sitx. It's easy to
get hung up in gear and weapons.