Bugging out, or leaving your home or normal place of shelter to survive outside or on the move, is generally considered a last ditch effort to survive. Conditions requiring a bug out might include a home that is or shortly will be under siege, a secondary shelter that has failed or is inaccessible, or the experience of the peak of a major universal collapse.
As winter approaches, you should be prepared to change your bug out strategies to account for cold temperatures and other conditions that will increase the danger you face. Parents with young children should especially take note since a bug out in the winter will be especially harsh on this group.
What are some of the additional dangers or challenges of bugging out in winter? Take a look at the following list.
Spending most of your time trying to get warm: Getting warm will probably be your number one concern and dominate your time and your effort. Adding to the challenge is condensation that will gather on clothing and lead to additional heat loss. This requires more effort to get and stay warm. Ultimately, you will lose time that should be spent in other areas, such as finding food sources or building a defense. Too much time taken away from food and defense can have dire consequences.
Having limited mobility: Snow and ice can complicate efforts to stay on the move or reach a certain destination, especially if you are on foot. Not only will walking through snow slow you down, but it will also require more calories and make you tire out more quickly.
Experiencing food scarcity: The winter brings with it limited food sources. Wild food is much harder to find and to gather in the winter. You may also be competing heavily with animals and other people. If you don’t do some intense food preparation for a winter bug out, you will likely starve.
Spending a lot of your time trying to build and keep a fire: Building a fire in the winter can be tough. The snow and ice means that firewood and tinder will be wet at best, though they will probably be buried in snow and ice. Even after a fire is started, you are likely to have to spend a great deal of effort to keep it going.
Now that you know about the additional challenges of bugging out in the winter, upgrade your gear and make the added preparations now to compensate.