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Traveling After a Disaster

Traveling After a Disaster

When lost or injured in the wilderness most experts will tell your to “stay put”. If waiting for help this is sound advice, however, long term survival after a disaster is different. There are times when being on the move is the answer. The question becomes how you will do so.

In minor emergencies moving is not usually recommended. Find a safe location, sit still, use what is available and await rescue. But, when SHTF things change. The rules change. If you are lucky you will have stockpiled supplies and be in a location that allows long term survival. If that is the case, bravo. However, for many this will not be the case and you will eventually need to move to gather supplies, avoid looters and stay one step ahead of trouble.

So, how will you get around?


A car or truck is without a doubt the most likely means of transportation. You probably already have one, or at least access to one, and know how to use it. There is plenty of room and well suited for long distance travel in a variety of conditions, plus offer protection while on the move. However, there is a downside as well. Cars have limited ability to travel in difficult terrain, and road conditions are bound to deteriorate as time goes by. You will probably need a 4-wheel drive, with modification for off road travel and additional storage. Eventually, fuel and parts will become hard to find as well. Finally, traveling by full size vehicle is neither stealthy nor without undue attention.

All-Terrain Vehicle

ATVs, UTVs, motocross bikes and similar mods of transportation are another option. They offer motorized transport capable of covering difficulty terrain while being small enough to get into tight spaces. They also require less fuel and tend to operate with less damage from the wear and tear you will likely experience. Of course, the smaller size means you will need to add bags and even a cart for storage- which will still be less than a truck.


Most of the Earth is covered by water, so it makes sense to have a boat as possible transportation. This will allow you to cover large areas inaccessible to others, which will not only provide access to supplies other can not reach as well as another level of protection. It goes without saying that few people will be able to rely solely a boat, most will still need land transport available. A good combination would be to have a small boat such as a kayak, canoe or PWC that can be moved easily behind or in your other vehicle.


Eventually the majority of survivors will depend on themselves for transportation. Either because they do not have access to a vehicle, or it breaks down, people will get from place to place under their own power. Walking is be the only choose for many, others will use bicycles, either way your getting around will depend on you and this will also limit your ability to carry supplies, cover ground and escape in an emergency. Plenty of survivalists recommend isolation as a means of furthering your odds and , in many situations this is valid. However, when traveling by foot you face additional dangers and it may be when being part of a larger group could increase the odds in your favor.

For additional tips on traveling after the apocalypse check out this YouTube video.

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Last modified: August 5, 2022