Bug out vehicles can be a critical item in your overall bug out or emergency plan. They give you the ability to travel for supplies or to a more secure location.
Whether or not you need a bug out vehicle will depend on your individual circumstances and the nature of the emergency you are preparing for. In some cases, a bug out vehicle may be useful for evacuating quickly, reaching a remote location, or carrying large amounts of gear and supplies. Here are some reasons why a bug out vehicle can be useful, and some factors to consider when choosing one:
- Speed and mobility: A bug out vehicle can help you evacuate quickly and reach a safe location before conditions worsen. A fast, maneuverable vehicle can help you avoid traffic, navigate difficult terrain, and travel long distances more quickly.
- Carrying capacity: A bug out vehicle can also help you carry larger amounts of gear and supplies, such as food, water, and emergency equipment. This can be particularly useful if you are evacuating with a family or group. Do keep in mind that once you get above a certain vehicle size, such as an RV, it can slow you down considerably when you consider the vehicle size and the likely heavier weight in supplies. So you will need to balance that out.
- Durability and reliability: A bug out vehicle should be able to withstand harsh outdoor conditions and heavy use. Choose a vehicle with a durable frame, reliable engine, and good off-road capabilities, especially if you are considering a vehicle for a long term emergency situation or society breakdown. You may want to consider what you can do to protect from an EMP attack or consider a vehicle that would not be impacted by an EMP attack due to not using any computerized parts.
- Fuel efficiency: A fuel-efficient vehicle can help you travel farther on a limited amount of fuel, which can be important in an emergency situation where fuel supplies may be limited. However, there are trade-offs with efficiency, such as they often have smaller gas tanks.
- Security: A bug out vehicle can also provide a measure of security, particularly if it has features such as bullet-resistant glass or reinforced doors. These are features you can upgrade to later when you have the budget or availability. You do not need to purchase a purpose-built reinforced vehicle unless it is in your vehicle budget already.
- Safety: Not just for security, but a vehicle can offer you protection from the elements. You may be able to make it to your bug out location during the summer months, but travelling by foot in snow can be a safety concern as you can be easily tracked by others on foot, as well as suffering from cold or wet conditions if you were not in a vehicle.
Bug out vehicles can make you a target – especially when fuel runs out or if the majority of vehicles were disabled due to an EMP attack. If you choose a specific vehicle for a bug out vehicle, make sure your main residence and your bug out location have secured places you can store the vehicle which would make it hard for a thief to steal or tamper with.