3 Minutes to Bug Out, Are You Ready?

What do you do?

You must leave immediately to get yourself and your family to safety. What do you take with you? Are you prepared?

Here’s a quick list.

  • Weapons & Ammo – Guns, knives, steel batons, baseball bats, pepper spray, taser, stun gun
  • Money
  • Prescriptions/Medications
  • First Aid Kit -bandages, medicine, water purification tablets
  • Food
  • Water – Water filter system, water storage containers (preferably a bag type system to save space)
  • Identification
  • Clothes
  • Sleeping Bags/Covers
  • Tents
  • Fire starters – Lighters and matches, flint and steel, magnesium stick, etc.
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Rope, Duct Tape, Cordage
  • Tools

This is jut a quick list and is not comprehensive. It’s a 3 minute list designed to be just the necessities and the things you probably have within easy reach.

If you’ve prepared, you already have a Bug-Out-Bag (B.O.B.) made up and ready to go. If not, the list above will help you prioritize your survival gear .

Bug Out Location: Where will you go?

Have you thought about where to go. In peacetime when things are calm, you need to come up with a variety of places you could bug out to. Most people will be trying to get out of the city in the first few hours of a disaster scenario. So it might be wise (if there’s not a nuclear strike) to lay low for a while, or at the very least, get to a location where you feel safe away from the enemy.

Have Multiple Places To Go

Don’t limit yourself to just one bug out location. This is extremely important because most likely thing will NOT go as planned, and you will have to take a detour, or it will just not be possible to get to your place of safety. In this case it’s important to have a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th location already pre-planned in the event you can’t get to one or more of the locations you’ve previously chosen. This could happen for a number of reasons. Road blocks, looters, gangs, traffic jams, etc.

Alternate routes should be memorized and you should know how to get to ANY of your bug out locations from ANY place on any of your preplanned bug out routes.

Who is the Enemy?


Potentially. The short, quick and dirty answer to that question depends on the scenario, but as a rule, in a disaster situation, EVERYONE is a potential enemy.

This sounds paranoid, but it’s not. It will save your family and yourself from harm. Do not trust anyone approaching you and your family, especially strangers and even people you know.

You might THINK you know your neighbor, but if your neighbor knows you have been prepping and they have neglected to prepare, then they are at high risk of quickly becoming your enemy because you have something they need, and there’s only enough for your family and yourself. People do stupid sh*t when in survival situations.

In disaster scenario friendship goes out the window, survival becomes paramount.

Don’t Trust Anyone

Paranoia in a survival situation is a good thing. Now, don’t get fearful of every little noise and get an itchy trigger finger. Your paranoia must be balanced by common sense and rationality. Don’t let fear creep in to the point of endangering your family or others who may help you, or strengthen your group.

Go Far & Go Fast: Get Out and Away From Your Location Fast

Put as much distance between your family and potential danger as possible. This will usually mean getting away from the city, however, going into the city while everyone else is moving out, might be a good idea depending on the circumstance. You will have to make that judgement call yourself.

The Secret Service and Military is trained to get away from the danger zone as fast as possible. They escape and evade immediately after an attack starts. There is no hesitation, no arguing, everyone knows what to do. Following this example is probably a good thing.

3 Minutes To Launch

This article is about the first 3 minutes of survival prepping. Grabbing the most important things you can, and getting the hell out of Dodge.

Hopefully you have taken the necessary steps to prepare for any scenario. You have your bug out bag, yes, but that’s only part of it. There will be items that will not be located in your bag. Things like prescription medicines which most likely are in the medicine cabinet in the bathroom. Or blankets and extra clothes. Sure you’ll have clothes in your bug out bag, but having extras is a good thing.

Taking everything into account is just not possible in 3 minutes, but you can prepare so you don’t have to lose valuable time when that time comes.

Survival is about timing. Survival is a mentality. It’s about preparation, and it’s about doing what needs to be done. It’s about saving and protecting your family.

They are after all the most important thing on the face of the planet.