SPG 007: Prepper Traveling Tips That Will Keep You Safe

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I just recently got back from a work trip in Washington D.C. While preparing for my trip there are a few important things that I do to prepare for SHTF events and even just local problems that could happen. In this episode I will be sharing my prepper traveling tips that will keep you safe.

Safety --------- - need to be aware of muggers, violent attackers and even terrorist attacks - you don't want to struggle with a mugger, give them money quickly (but not all) - hide valuables outside of your pocket or purses - you should also split up your valuanbles so that they are not all in one location which helps limit the risk - I bought a slim fanny pack that is worn under your clothing (I will leave a link to the pack at www.smartpreppergear.com/spg007 - muggers are not going to have you strip but naked for the most part - valuables also include identification (many people become victim of identity theft while traveling by losing their identification)

Layer your self defense ------------------------------ - on a blog post I discussed the 4 different layers of self defense - PACE (Primary, Alternative, Contingent and Emergency) - Legally you are only able to match the attacker's level of aggression - You are only able to use deadly force when you fear your life or are facing extreme bodily harm - I'm not a legal consultant so I would recommend getting training and legal counsel such as USCCA - you even need to be aware of carrying firearms across state lines - You will need to research what is legal and illegal to carry at your destination - for my recent trip I carried my pepper spray, tactical pen and tactical knife because D.C. doesn't recognize conceal carry from Florida

Conduct pre-travel research ------------------------------------ - for the places that you are traveling you will need to research high crime areas so you know where to avoid - you can use www.communitycrimemap.com - research events that are coming up - research if there has been any civil unrest like protests or riots at your destination - you should also research ham radio channels in case that phone connections fail - Google Maps is another useful tool to identify flows of traffic and choke points - this will be helpful if you need to bug out after a SHTF scenario

Develop and practice situational awareness -------------------------------------------------------- - for every place that you travel you will need to establish a baseline - if you are in the downtown area then most likely people will be walking quickly to get to work or run errands - seeing someone just standing around with no purpose or just wandering should raise flags - stay aware of exits for buildings that you enter - you need to be aware of suspicious people and have an action plan prepared

Getting Home after SHTF ---------------------------------- - if a bug out scenario happens while traqveling you may be at a disadvantage - you can't carry all of your preps with you - you could be hundereds of miles away from your preps - purchase local maps to develop escape routes and a get home plan - bugging out while hundreds miles away you should still have a plan to get back home or to a bug out location - ultimately you want to get home where all of your preps are located if you are strategically prepping to bug in

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