Assuming you have already made your decision regarding where you would go if you had to bug out in a hurry, the next issue is determining how to get there. This will be dependent on how far away it is, of course, but let’s assume it would take at least an hour to drive there.
You might be able to make it to your bug-out location in a car, especially if you are able to hit the road before a vast majority of others do. But, if a disaster strikes, the main roads will probably fill up very quickly and soon turn into parking lots with many frustrated, scared and angry drivers.
An Army tank or other armored vehicle would be ideal, but I’m guessing most of us don’t have one of them sitting in our driveways. It’s very possible that the only way you’re going to be able to get out of Dodge in a reasonable amount of time will be in a 4 x 4 pickup truck with excellent shock absorbers and a couple spare tires.
Not only would this type of vehicle be able to drive around cars stuck on roads, but it will be able to handle the rural hill country where you may be headed. A 4 x 4 would also allow you to haul more of your stuff away from your permanent home than a regular car would, including everyone’s bug-out bags, emergency food and water, and other supplies you may not have at your bug-out location. Not to mention other family members and pets.
Your bug-out vehicle should also have a hitch and a winch for towing or pulling. Make sure the vehicle stays in good working condition and keep it filled with gas. You’ll also want a strong CB antenna, gas tank protection and a rooftop cargo rack.
Among the vehicles you might want to consider are a Jeep, a 4-wheel drive SUV and a Humvee. Of course, a lot of us can’t afford a vehicle such as those. Another option, especially if your bug-out location is already well stocked and you only need a few items in a backpack, is a motorcycle or bicycle, which will make maneuvering through traffic a lot easier.
Regardless what you have, make a plan for traveling to your bug-out location. And remember, the sooner you hit the road during a crisis, the better the odds will be of reaching your destination.