In Depth Articles To Help You Plan The Perfect Bug Out Strategy

Planning a successful Bug Out is a complex operation and should never be taken lightly.

It typically begins with finding a good bug out location to bug out to. Then you need to research information about what makes a good bug out bag and decide what gear to put in it.

Once you sort out those challenges, you'll need to start working on your acutal bug out route. Next you should find time to scout out good resting locations, where water sources are located and what back up routes do you have should your primary route become compromised.

All that and were honestly just getting started. The good news is we cover bugging out extensively here at SkilledSurvival.com

Make sure to read the following in depth guides to get started.

- How To Select The Best Bug Out Bag
- Survivalists Guide To Shaving Lbs Off Your Bug Out Bag

Prepare, Adapt and Overcome,
"Just In Case" Jack

How To Build An INCH Bag “I’m Never Coming Home”

Survivalist Hiker With An INCH BagAn I.N.C.H Bag stands for I‘m Never Coming Home Bag

It’s a Bug Out Bag on steroids. If you build an INCH Bag, not only are you planning to get the hell out of Dodge but fully intend to never come back.

For some of us, there’s zero difference between our current bug out bags and an INCH bag. Maybe you’ve planned your bug out bag as an INCH bag from the very start. And if that’s you, great!

However, most people built their bug out bags intending to return home as soon as things are all clear. If this is you, you may now be interested in the key differences between a regular bug out bag and an INCH bag. Differences such as bag size, gear selection, weight, and supplies.

You also might want to plan an INCH Bag just in case SHTF happens and it’s NOT just a short-term emergency.

But what extra gear should you add? And what gear should you leave behind? We’ll answer both of these questions and more. [Read more…]

Survival Packing List: Planning Your Ultimate Escape

survival packing listIn today’s modern world, it pays dividends to be prepared for all possible emergencies.

From natural disasters to civil riots. From winter power outages to end of the world scenarios.

We can all agree that emergencies have occurred in the past, they happen in the present, and will happen in the future. So it’s irresponsible to stick your head in the sand and pretend that “it won’t happen to me“.

If an unforeseen emergency was to force you from your home, would you be prepared to leave on a few minutes’ notice?

If you can’t honestly answer that question with a “hell yes”, then you’ve some work to do. You need to get your “stuff” together and start planning your survival packing list. [Read more…]

Survival Trailers – The Best Rigs We Can Learn From

Survival Trailer aka Bug out TrailerSurvival trailers come in all shapes and sizes. They also come in a wide range of prices. From the budget friendly DIY survival trailers to the “top of the line” budget destroyers (and everything in between).

So in this article, let’s start off looking at some badass bugout trailer rigs. Yes, I realize these survival trailers are outside of many of our realistic price ranges, but they’re:

  1. Awesome to look at
  2. Can inspire us for a DIY build route.

Then we’ll shift gears and cover a few budget friendly survival trailer options.

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Survival Watch – It’s Time To Make You Ready

survival watch

What Is A Survival Watch?

A survival watch can come one of two basic forms:

  1. Watches that act like a mini survival tin on your wrist. All of these survival watches have similar features. They tell the time, have a fire starter, whistle, compass and use paracord as the band.
  2. Watches that act as a mini survival computer for your wrist. These watches include features such as a compass, GPS, barometer, thermometer, altimeter, and sunrise/sunset times.

In this article, I’m going focus on the survival watches that act as a computer on your wrist. So whenever I refer to “survival watch” I mean ones that are a mini computer unless stated otherwise. [Read more…]

Bug Out Bag Documents: The Most Important Papers For Surviving

Bug Out Bag Documents In A Pack With Hiking BootsYour bug out bag documents are those pieces of paper (or digital documents) you’re going to want with you if forced out of your home.

They are very personal and specific to you and your family. It’s not something you should take lightly.

Everything you put in your bug out bag is in there for a reason. That’s why I always recommend you use a detailed bug out bag checklist, to ensure you don’t forget something important.

And for those of you who have already constructed your bug out bag, this article serves a specific purpose: to help you determine which documents are worth adding to your bug out backpack, and how to store them.

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Bug Out Bag Checklist: 104 Important Items For Survival

Bug Out Bag ChecklistThis article is Skilled Survival’s Ultimate 104 Item Bug Out Bag Checklist. A free bug out bag checklist that not only tells you what to add to your pack but why.

Before we jump in, make sure to bookmark this page right now so you can come back to this free bug out bag checklist to build out your bag over time. Go ahead, before you forget.

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14 Improvised Survival Uses For Your FireHawk LED Tactical Flashlight

14 Improvised FireHawk Uses

A real tactical flashlight should be able to survive the harshest of conditions. Heat, moisture, and high impacts should be a non-issue if it’s truly tactical.

And I’d also argue that it should have more uses than just illumination. If it’s going to truly live up to its tactical nameplate; it needs to be designed to help keep you alive. To help you survive.

So what could be more tactical than a flashlight that has 14 survival uses? So in this article, we’ll cover 14 improvised uses for the FireHawk LED Tactical Flashlight. [Read more…]

How To Build, Plan and Bury A Survival Cache

Survival Cache - Shovel and Bear BinYour Survival Cache Guide

Real quick, for those new to preparing and survival, a Survival Cache is a well-hidden stockpile of survival supplies. It’s a collection of extra supplies you want to keep hidden and in reserve just in case.

There are many reasons why survival caches useful. Here are a few of the most common ones:

  • To prevent all your survival supplies being in one single location. By spreading our your supplies in unique hidden locations, if one site becomes compromised, you don’t lose everything.
  • To support a bug out. A strategically located survival cache can provide extra supplies along your bug out route. This helps keep your pack weight down but allows you to restock on critical bug out gear and supplies (food, water, ammo, etc.)
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  • For those who plan to bug in, you want to avoid the Feds from confiscating all their guns (should that day ever come to pass).
  • Maybe you have a remote survival retreat in the woods somewhere and want to hide some extra supplies when your not there. Stocking your retreat without hiding those supplies properly puts them at risk. Without caches, you will probably lose your entire survival stash if someone stumbles on that location while you’re away.

So as you can see, there are lots of reasons to develop survival caches. However, behind all these reasons, there nearly as many survival cache options.

Options such as:

  • The best and worst type of containers to protect your survival supplies from the elements
  • The best and worst supplies to add to your survival caches
  • The best and worst locations to keep your survival cache hidden for the long term
  • The best and worst methods on how to hide or bury your survival cache
  • The amount of survival supplies you should add to your survival caches

One of the major factors in making the right decisions for your survival cache is adapting to your geographic location. Different environments have unique survival cache best practices.

Swamp Caches vs. Desert Caches vs. Mountain Caches, etc.

Each environment has its own unique survival cache challenges you must be aware of and overcome to achieve long-term success.

In this article, I will provide you with my favorite survival cache ideas and also give you the most common survival cache mistakes. That way, you’ll get to learn from others mistakes and get it right the first time.

So let’s get started. [Read more…]

Survival Retreat – How To Plan And Build Your Own

Survival Retreat - remote cabin in woods

There are lots of reasons you should build a survival retreat: Maybe you want to prepare for the threat of a doomsday or a “sh*t-hits-the-fan” scenario. Maybe you just want to have a backup shelter in case you someday lose your primary place of residence. Or maybe you’re just desperate to get off the gridfor criminal, personal, or recreational reasons.

Whatever your motive, having your very own survival retreat is one of the best ways to ensure your safety should you ever have a real reason to get-out-of-Dodge. Such a retreat can act as a large personal survival cache for necessary survival supplies, or as a sustainable place to hunker down and defend yourself.

A survival retreat also acts as a permanent “bug-out-location” – a place where you and your family/friends meet up if things get real bad.

Even if you never actually use this refuge retreat for survival, it can still be an incredibly rewarding DIY project. Working with your hands to create your very own shelter is a primal experience that most human beings never get to experience.

What project could be more satisfying than building your every own roof over your head?

And besides, in times of peace this little sanctuary can function as a great place to get away from the monotony of social life. A place to bask in the glory of the natural world, hike, fish, hunt, ski, mountain bike, meditate, and breathe the cleanest freshest air available.

This article serves to guide you through the process of creating your very own survival retreat. It will cover the following:

  • Budget considerations
  • Legal Considerations
  • Where is the best place to build a survival retreat
  • Several kinds of structures available and how to create them
  • Storage and supplies
  • How to fend off unwanted guests (both human and otherwise)

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