I'd love to hear from readers about your thoughts on bug-out transportation options. How you will travel in a bug-out scenario is an important consideration and a crucial part of advance planning that is equal in consideration to the bug-out bag and the gear that goes in it. Your bug-out gear is in fact limited or enhanced by the transportation method, as it is obvious that you can carry more stuff (both gear and supplies) with some options than say the simplest method - which is walking out on foot.
In my book I have a chapter devoted to this topic, and have written my thoughts on the advantages and disadvantages of each option I've included. They are:
- Motor Vehicles (cars, trucks, SUVs, dual-sport motorcycles, ATVs)
- Bicycles (mountain bikes, commuting bikes, road touring bikes with panniers or trailers)
- Boats (canoes, sea kayaks, rowing vessels, powerboats, sailboats, liveaboard cruisers)
- Pack Animals (horses, mules, donkeys, llamas, goats)
- Last but not least - on foot with a backpack
Obviously, where you live and where you will be bugging out from and to has a lot to do with which transportation option you will likely incorporate into your plan. Packs animals won't likely be an option if you're an apartment dweller in the city, just as a canoe won't do you much good if your bug-out location is in the high deserts of New Mexico.
For most people, the first choice will probably be some kind of motor vehicle, like a truck or SUV. But have you considered carrying a back-up on the larger vehicle in case of break-down or an impasse that prevents going any further? Bicycles, ATVs, dual-sport motorcycles, canoes, kayaks, John boats and other boats can be carried on racks or trailers to open up even more options when you get to where the road ends. Remember that not only do you have to consider how you will get to your bug-out location, but how you will get around once there. In the most remote wilderness areas, you will likely be reduced to walking or paddling a canoe. In other areas many of these vehicles will still be viable.
I would love to see photos of your bug-out vehicles/boats, etc., and invite you to send them in, along with your thoughts on the subject.