Written by BadVooDooDaddy
If you had planned on bugging in and things go bad and you have to bug out and leave your home or retreat and your doing it on foot, there are a few important rules that you need to remember:
The first rule to follow is to make sure that you have a plan in place for bugging out. This means making sure that all of the people involved in the bug out understand what the plan is and where the new spot is located. Have maps for everyone in the group and have them clearly marked with the new location and they planned route. It is good to practice bugging out a few times before SHTF so that everyone is comfortable with the procedure and what role they play in the plan.
If you do have to bug out make sure and avoid main roads and freeways as these locations will be where the majority of the other people will be trying to get out of the city. Use back roads, dry river beds or dry canals if at all possible. Make sure these are clearly marked on the map and always have a secondary route marked in a different color if your primary route is blocked. You can always use that secondary route to achieve your goal.
The second rule is to make sure you bug out at night. It is much easier to slip out undetected under the cover of darkness. The less attention you call to your self and your group the better. The bad guys are going to be watching for people packing up and leaving and you become easy prey. While traveling at night if you need to use any type of light, always make sure to have a red filter on the light. The red filter serves two purposes, first it will allow you to use the light and not mess up your ability to see in the dark. Secondly red light does not travel as far and is harder to see at a distance at night. You always want to make sure your whole party is using light discipline.
The third rule is to never use fire. This means not building fires at night or even during sunlight hours even for cooking. Fire can be seen at night for great distances and fire can also be smelled from quite a distance away. This is one thing the bad guys will be counting on and really looking for. It is probably the fastest way to give your position away. If you need to cook make sure it is with a fuel burning stove and make sure it is done quickly. The smell of cooking food travel well also.
The fourth and last rule we will cover is make sure to sleep during the day and travel at night. When you bed down make sure it is well into the tree line and well camouflaged. The person on guard duty should have a 360 degree view of the surrounding area. The guard should also try and stay as low as possible so as not to put off a good silhouette. People that are out scouting around will find it much easier to find your camp if the guard is up walking around. Make sure to use natural camouflage from the surrounding area to hide the camp as well as possible.