Succinct and to the point. Not much of value that I can add, save the old sayings “Three is two, two is one, one is none” and “No plan has ever survived reality intact”. Which is just really repeating what you’re saying, Selco.
Have a plan. And an alternative. And an alternative to that one.
Don’t carry all your stuff with you. Stash stuff along your route in case you lose something, something breaks or you get robbed. Even if you end up with a few more people than you were planning on and they need stuff. Have stuff stashed at your bugout location – basically duplicates of everything you’re wanting to carry to the bugout location. Nothing wrong with duplication.
Risk minimization: Don’t do dumb sh*t like driving on primary roads with no secondary or tertiary roads mapped out. If something doesn’t look right, then it’s not. Don’t carry “designer” stuff in loud primary colors. I would even go so far as to try and look as homeless as possible. “Hobo approved” type of gear – the more raggedy-assed, the better. If you look like a hobo, nobody will think you have anything worth taking…
Like you say, Selco – clear thinking is worth much more than what fancy gear you have. The ability to stay cool under pressure and make thoughtful decisions will pay larger, and more, dividends than how many go fast doo-dads you have screwed to your AR15.
All in all, a good post.
The wicked flee when none pursueth..." - Proverbs 28:1