Many preppers are big on having their "bug-out bags" ready to go at all times. Myself included.
But bugging out-- leaving your home for another location you believe would be better-- isn't always the best thing to do. It's almost always better to hunker down, or "bug in", if at all possible. This means staying alert to know when it isn't wise to stay in place anymore.
You can stockpile more supplies and necessities in your home than you could ever carry with you. You could get around this by having your bug out location fully stocked too, but that involves the added expense of stocking two locations rather than one. This is a great idea, but not everyone can afford to but two of everything. Not everyone can afford a "vacation cabin" in a remote area, either.
If you can, by all means, do it. Get a cabin in a good, remote location, make certain you can get there no matter what is going on between home and your bug-out location, and fully stock both houses just in case. And have a bug-out bag by your door or in your vehicle in case the trip hits a snag.
If you're like me and can't afford a bug-out cabin, then do what you can to make your home a fortress and a warehouse of whatever you might need if TSHTF.
Here are my ideas of what to put in a bug-out bag and what to keep in your home for hunkering down: https://www.kentforliberty.com/preparations.html
If you focus only on guns and ammo, you are not prepared. If you focus only on stockpiling food, you are not prepared. If your focus is too narrow on anything, you are not prepared.
Prepping means you are trying to be ready for whatever comes. You don't know if it will be a xombie apocalypse or just a supply chain collapse. You have to be ready for either one-- and both at the same time. You have to be ready for a failure of anything you need for survival, without regard to "why"-- just that it is happening.
You can't foresee everything that might cause there to be no food available to buy, but you can do things to make sure you'll be OK. You can't predict what might cause hordes of predatory creatures to swarm your property, but you can be ready to defend against them, whoever and whyever they are there. You can't know for sure why there's no electricity in the grid, but you can make sure it's not a problem for you.
Prepping is the responsible thing to do. If you are prepared you ...
You don't have to outrun the bear; you only have to outrun your hiking companion.
Yeah, that's a cynical way to look at it, but there's truth in it.
With prepping (in the event of TEOTWAWKI), you may not have to survive on your preps until you are 90 years old, just outlast those who didn't prep. Once they die off, survival may get easier.
I know-- it would be great if you were able to keep everyone alive into the distant future. But that's just not going to be possible, is it?
Once the marauders and beggars have Darwinized themselves out of the population, it will be easier to grow your own food. You'll only have to worry about deer and raccoons, not Naked Apes (which is a really good book by Desmond Morris, by the way).
So, while it would be nice to have preps to last until you die of old age, and be self-sufficiently growing your own food, making your own soap and cloth (or buckskin), realistically, at least have enough to outlast those who would be the biggest threat to your ...
I've been doing something non-prepping this past week. Maybe even anti-prepping, as in it may be a step backward.
I rescued a kitten who found me along my morning walk. He was about 5 weeks old, sick and starving, and was barely able to come toward me. I couldn't ignore his cries for help.
So I've been spending money I don't have to spare-- and just about all my spare time and energy-- bringing him back.
And it's working.
He's still got a respiratory infection and eye infections, but I've got him on antibiotics and he's improving. He's eating and playing really well. No longer is he skin and bones; I can pet him without feeling every vertebra and rib.
Sometimes you've got to do the right thing even if it's not smart.
If anyone wants to chip in for kitten medicines and food, you can find ways on the side bar of my main blog: https://blog.kentforliberty.com/2021/08/kitten-update-2.html