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The first big decision you need to make is if you plan to Bug Out or Stay Put when SHTF.

You don’t have to decide right now, but you eventually need to make this decision.  This decision will guide you in many of your preps going forward.

To help you decide, start with this article I wrote for American Preppers Network, it provides some guidance related this topic.

Bug Out or Stay HomeShould I Stay Or Should I Go?

If you read this article you probably discovered that there are a lot of things to consider before deciding whether to Stay or Go.

One major variable that will effect your decision is your current location.  If you live in a danger zone county…you might want to consider bugging out or moving.

Live In A Danger Zone County?Dense Crowd Of People


OK…Let’s Say You Decided That You Want To Bug Out

Since you decided to bug out, you’ll need to determine where you are bugging out to.  For some, this might be an easy choice (i.e. Dad’s place, cabin in the woods, etc.) for others, this might be much more challenging.

This is a very personal choice and I cannot make it for you.  However, there are some basic things to consider that make a bug out locations good and some that are bad.

Bug Out LocationBug Out Location: 7 Essential Qualities For Your Ideal Setup

Once you have figured out your bug out location, you’ll now know how far you need to travel to get there.  Based upon the total distance, you can figure out the best bug out bag for you.

Best Bug Out BagHow To Select The Best Bug Out Bag

Now that you have your bug out bag…you need to fill it.  Pick up my Free 104 item bug out bag checklist and you’ll have a resource to help fill your bag with the right gear.

Check out my FREE Bug Out Bag Checklist for all my bug out gear recommendations. Download it now…oh yeah, did I mention it’s FREE?

Before you get too excited and start buying everything you can think of…you need to watch your total bug out bag weight.  Here’s a detailed guide to help keep your bug out bag weight under control.

Survivalist’s Guide To Shaving Lbs Off Your Bug Out BagTarget Bug Out Bag Weight Chart

And finally…we all know disasters don’t happen on a schedule, they happen when we least expect them to.  So you’re going to need a Family Rally Plan if SHTF when you are at work or you kids are at school.

Do You Have A SHTF Family Communication Plan?Family Preparedness Emergency Rally Locations Map

Congratulations…Now you should have your packed, light-weight Bug Out Bag ready to quickly take you to your chosen Bug Out Location!

No…I’ve Decided That I Want To Stay Put

That’s fine…there are many reasons you might not want to bug out…including: your current location is already remote, you have complex health issues, maybe you have young kids or don’t have a good bug out location figured out. If you are staying put…how do you get started? First, you need to take care of your water and food needs. In order to do this right, you need to calculate your families daily calorie needs.  Get my Calorie Needs Chart to help make this easy.

As A Way To Introduce You To Skilled Survival We’re Giving Away Our “Family First Food Planning Guide”. Click Here To Get Your FREE Copy Of It.

Once you know your families daily calories needs, the following articles will help you get started on your food and water stockpiling.


Stockpiling Food Might Be Your Best InvestmentStockpiling Food: Might Be Your Best Investment


Survival Water Storage: Don’t Pray For A Rainy DaySurvival Water Stored In Barrels



Emergency Food Supply - Empty FreezerEmergency Food Supply: Don’t Rely On Your Freezer


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And finally, here are some more survival articles with helpful tips and techniques that you can implement right away.

Defend What’s Yours With Homemade Booby TrapsHomemade Booby Trap - Pit With Bamboo Spikes


Everyday Carry Best Practices, Truths, and MistakesEvery Day Carry



How Hide Your GunsTo Hide Your Guns



The MEdible Plants and Flowersost Common Wild Edibles For Survival



Start A Fire StartingFire: Is You Family Safe Without This Skill?


As A Way To Introduce You To Skilled Survival We’re Giving Away Our “Last Resort Fire Starting Guide”. Click Here To Get Your FREE Copy Of It.

The key to all of this?  It’s to BEGIN DOING.

Taking massive, meaningful action each and every week will get you prepared quickly.  No one can say for sure when TSHTF but the world is not right and things seem bleak to me.

Don’t be left in a state of regret, knowing you should have, could have but didn’t.

Remember: Prepare, Adapt and Overcome,

“Just In Case” Jack