When choosing a bug out vehicle, consider your specific needs and preferences. Some popular options for bug out vehicles include:
- Trucks: Pickup trucks are a popular choice for bug out vehicles because they have good carrying capacity and off-road capabilities. Look for a truck with a four-wheel drive, high ground clearance, and a durable bed for carrying gear. You can add a canopy or cover to protect your supplies in the back. These are popular because they often double as a work truck.
- SUVs: SUVs are another popular choice for bug out vehicles because they have ample space for gear and can handle difficult terrain. And many can be configured with seating the can be added or removed, depending on how many people are travelling and the supplies you are backing. Look for an SUV with a four-wheel drive and good ground clearance. Depending on the size, the fuel economy on them can be limiting for using them as a daily vehicle as well, if budget is a concern.
- Jeeps: Sometimes referred to as smaller SUVs, jeep vehicles are popular since they can be driven in many different type of road conditions, especially with their smaller wheel base making them more maneuverable. However, most are only 2 or 4 seater and the amount of supplies you can carry is much more limited due to carrying capacity, even with added roof rack storage. For a solo person, or perhaps two people, this can be a solid choice, although you may want to practice seeing exactly how much you can comfortably carry so you aren’t playing prep supply tetris during an emergency.
- Vans: Vans can be a good choice for larger groups or families, as they have ample seating and carrying capacity. Look for a van with a durable engine, ample storage space, and off-road capabilities. Vans tends to be less rugged when compared to a similar sized SUV.
- Specific built bug out vehicles: There are companies that make vehicles built with security or bugging out in mind but are much larger than a van. They resemble a smaller RV with bigger tires and 4-wheel drive options, windows that are higher up so the vehicle is harder to break into via a window, and with added secured storage in lockers accessible from both inside and outside the vehicle. These can be very pricey – starting at around $500,000 USD.
Ultimately, the best bug out vehicle for you will depend on your individual needs, budget, and preferences. Consider factors such as fuel efficiency, off-road capabilities, and carrying capacity, as well as any security features that may be important to you.