Bugging out is an interesting concept. The idea that things will get so bad that you will have to leave your home and make for the wilderness in order to save you life.
But the more that I think about it, the more that the logic of this endeavor eludes me. Unless you have a secured site to go to, with prepared caches of supplies along the way, and a good plan, I think that you might have a hell of a go at it. Best of luck.
Even when you arrive, folks seem to have an oddly stylized idea of life in Bugoutland. All the sudden, the woes of a failed society are lifted from ones shoulders and one is armed anew with clear eyes, a steely gaze, and a fresh supply of good old American ingenuity. The ground will yield bountiful harvests and the neighbors will all be clear-skinned patriots. Oh, there will be some troubles, but they will be easily run off with a couple of well-considered three-round bursts from one’s trusty M-4. All of this will be accomplished before a healthy and flavorful dinner is served by a trusting and loving spouse.
Well folks, pardon me for being a bit of a cynic here, but I just don’t see it. At best, if things get so bad that you need to bug out, and even if you have the foresight and good luck to have Bugoutland already prepared, I don’t think that it will at all resemble the idyllic scene above.
I guess that I see it as more akin to the story of Beowulf. The Heorot that has been built will house your own claustrophobic version of brooding Hrothgar, but Grendel and his mom will still be on the outside. If I were you, I wouldn’t plan on the group of good-hearted sociopaths named Beowulf and the Geats to pull your bacon from the fire.
You see, I think that cities are the place to be. Yes there will be gangs. Yes there will be a whole buttload of problems, but they will have solutions. There will be the manpower and drive to get things right. I don’t think that things will have the flex that we have now. Folks will eat less, make less, pay more, and work more. We will live within our means. We will probably have a lot of things removed from our “entitlements” list and placed over into the “luxuries” column where they belonged in the first place.
In the end, it has always been the πόλεις that has made the world a better place.
I will stand.