Well said, an excellent article. Many things to ponder that stem from what was said there.
A couple of thoughts (that probably run on).
Much is going to depend on where you are and when SHTF.
For example, bugging out in Iowa during February is different completely than Western Wyoming. The difference in woods/forests to start, let alone the weather. Flatland vs mountains, water/no water, food sources are completely different. The same applies to other parts of the world.
Around here (Wyoming), competition for good sites, with water, will be a major consideration, just like the weather.
Contrast that to Iowa where there are woods but few ‘forests’ as such. Much smaller areas to work with but water and food sources much easier to deal with, assuming one is foraging.
The attitude of the locals is another consideration, there is a significant difference between New Yorkers and Iowans. That societal facade is definitely more prevalent in different areas. Other areas, people are more genuine and willing to help.
And the difference in gear is always a concern.
The chances of needing a -20f sleeping bag in Florida is slim, but here its a requirement. Fishing gear? A Hawaiian sling, mask and snorkel aren’t going to do me any good, but a gill net and yoyo reels can be repurposed for small game and birds.
Timing? Always the hardest part.
Too early and you may not need to have gone at all.
Too late, you may not be able to get where you want or need to go.
Again, timing is a killer on many levels.
Here in the middle of winter, there are places you aren’t going without a snow machine. At all.
And is this a short term or long term situation? Do you need to pack bug spray and snowshoes?
Bug out locations, we should all have one or more.
Hopefully its private property we own to avoid public land issues, first come first served as it were.
But it has to have certain things, water is critical.
It may seem like I’m harping about water, but living in semi desert areas for years makes me appreciate a good water source.
Some of us have easy access to water year around. Others have to plan every glass of water in advance, and that’s now let alone during a crisis.
And food. Not just how much or what, but how are you going to prepare it? Woodstove, open fire, gas ring? That cast iron dutch oven may weigh a ton but may be one of the best options for cooking long term you have in a primitive situation.
Much of the gear that one has prepositioned at a BOL is the same as a vehicle BO. Both are potentially able to be stolen but are much better than your ‘BOB’ gear and therefore need a look by a jaundiced eye. Again that cast iron dutch oven, large stainless cooking pots, saws, axes, mauls, wedges, shovels, all that “Pioneer” gear. Yes you can go out and ‘coppic’ your firewood, but actual firewood lasts longer and burns more evenly. You can build a shelter that stands up to the elements rather than a flimsy and cold tent. And the longer the situation, the better you need. Wickiup, lean-to, cabin, house? The number of people plays heavily into this.
You have to decide what you need now and for time to come.
Location, gear, people. All critical choices.