This is a guest post by Chemman
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So you have your bug out bag prepared, your bug out vehicle is fueled and good to go and you have the bug out location settled. You even have primary, secondary and tertiary routes planned to get safely to that location. (This article is aimed at those not bugging out in place) Now what?
This has been the primary survival site I have frequented in my daily journey of blogs (political, news, science, legal and whatever strikes my fancy). It has been a fount of very good information on physically preparing for a SHTF or TEOTWAWKI event.
So I won’t boor you with more of the same. My question to those who plan on bugging out to a remote location is, are you truly prepared? You have the site, it is set up and has all those supplies but have you actually tried living there for long enough period of time to see how you and yours psychologically react.
If you have a spouse and children how will they react to needing to be one another’s friend after being acculturated to their own peer groups. Do not discount the effects of social isolation on those who have known nothing else but constant companionship and have grown up with the white noise of city life.
My wife and I started this journey 7 years ago when we bought acreage in a very rural (frontier) area of North Eastern Arizona. We were city slickers in every sense of the term. We were acculturated to the idea of jumping into the vehicle and taking a 5 minute drive the local Costco, Home Depot, Mall etc.
We had various peer groups that we were part of. Then an event happened 4 years ago that finally forced us to make a decision about relocating to the property we had purchased. We sold our house in Southern California and went on an adventure.
The adventure included a temporary gig as a science teacher on the Navajo Nation at an isolated school site while we were getting our land set up to live on. Trailer housing was supplied to the teachers. It was a forty mile drive to the nearest town to buy groceries. While my wife and I got along well we were truly forced to become best friends if we were going to survive the isolation.
That prepared us for the next step in the journey moving onto our land. We have been there now for the past 2.5 years. We live off grid in a 1000 sf cabin, have a 6 gpm well with a 2500 gal storage tank, a 4 season green house and an outdoor garden.
We don’t have cable or satellite TV but do have a broadband card for internet with our wireless service (no land lines to this area) The nearest neighbors our over a mile away as the crow flies. This has been a difficult time for my spouse because even though she is an introvert like me she has always been around like-minded people. Now it is mainly her and I. We have adapted but it has taken several years.
Why am I relating this to you if you haven’t practiced living alone then when the time comes you may not be able to cope with the experience of it. If you are single try staying in isolation for days at a time. The only time you go out is to buy groceries and immediately return to your home. If you have a family plan your vacation to be in a socially isolated place.
No cell phones, no i-pods, no computers no trappings of civilization other than your cooking materials, fishing gear and weapons. We take great pains to practice, practice, practice with our weapons, preparing our food supply, gardening, etc. but I venture to say you don’t practice the one essential skill for mental survival spending time in solitude.
Your thoughts please…