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The Best Way Home: SHTF Route Planning

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Imagine it’s 1:15 on a Thursday afternoon. You and some friends at work have recently returned from lunch and you are settling back into work. As you are going about your daily responsibilities, the Emergency Broadcast System starts to blare over a coworker’s radio. Normally you would ignore this, but you also get an Emergency alert message on your smart phone. Funny, you could swear you had disabled those, but is says that there has been a terrorist attack in Los Angeles and urges calm and promises more information soon. You start walking out of your office towards the break-room and notice everyone crowded around the TV when the power goes out. Looking down, you notice your phone isn’t working either.

Making for the nearest window, you notice that vehicles on the road have stopped, seemingly right in their tracks. Could this be an EMP? Not wanting to overreact, you take the stairs and walk out to the parking lot. You try your key fob but that doesn’t work either so you use your key. A quick check of the ignition and you realize your car isn’t going anywhere either. Slowly your co-workers validate the same with their cars and you start looking at the possibility that you will could have to walk back home. Unfortunately for you, you work 72 miles away from home.

It’s one of the more common problems us preppers try to figure out. What is the best way home as quickly and safely as possible when SHTF and you are far away? I had a reader ask me the following question:

My husband works 75 miles from home. My greatest fear is that disaster or SHTF will happen while he is at work. I would like to start planning for how he might get home, but don’t know how to begin figuring out what is the best route. Most posts (here and elsewhere) on the subject are about get home bags and what equipment to have with you, but not so much about planning the actual route, other than to stay off major highways. Would like to hear the pros and cons of sticking to roadways, crossing private property, what type of maps to consult, etc. – Zendelle

I always appreciate questions from our readers and I will try to give my thoughts about this subject as I have considered this myself. So without any further ado…

What is the best way home during a SHTF event?

There are so many factors that come into play when you are talking about a situation like this. How far away are you? What is the weather like? What region will you be traveling through? Are you in an urban environment or rural? What type of shape are you in? Do you have other people, like children you have to consider? Are your two youngest in school or daycare? What type of clothing and footwear are you wearing? What time of day are you starting out?

Each person is unique and our situations are also unique so there are no firm and set rules for anything but I have given this some thought. At one point in my life I commuted 90 minutes each way to work. It was 77 miles’ door to door and getting home in that type of scenario I mentioned above would be no picnic for anyone. To be really prepared, you have to imagine walking home in the heat of summer or the bitter cold of winter.

For this hypothetical, we will assume that there really has been some type of national catastrophe. Maybe an EMP attack from a rogue nation or terrorist cell has disrupted all modern electrical appliances. Virtually everything electric has shut down and you have precious little time, a couple of days tops to make it back home to your family before the chaos really starts.

To be really prepared, you have to imagine walking home in the heat of summer or the bitter cold of winter.

Before you take the first step: What gear do you need to consider?

I know our reader mentioned that most people only talk about Get Home Bags when this topic comes up but it is worth spending a few sentences here on how best to equip yourself before this even happens.

  • Get Home Bag – Having a get home bag in your car will be an important step in the right direction so to speak. I won’t get into what you should pack in your get home bag, but we do cover all of that in several articles on the subject. You can read our post about putting together your Get Home Bag.
  • Proper Footwear – Flip flops belong at the pool people! My children are guilty of this too, but if you are forced to walk home, what are you going to wish you had on your feet? Sturdy footwear like hiking boots or at least good athletic shoes should be one consideration.
  • Dress for the elements – Dress like you will be spending all day outside not sitting in a cubicle. Regardless of the season, have appropriate clothing on that will protect you from the elements, especially if you are going to be further than an hour’s walking time from home.
  • Food/Water/Shelter – You should have at a minimum, a container that will hold water, a way to filter water, some form of emergency shelter and food. You don’t need a four course meal to survive, but something to keep your energy up. Think power bars or protein bars. Survival rations work too and won’t go bad in the car.
  • Protection – Do you have some protection from two-legged animals? I always have a personal firearm, but Tasers and bear spray are options too that are better than nothing.
  • Maps – And the knowledge of how to read them. These can be simple street maps, you don’t have to have topo maps of the entire region. You can grab the road atlas out of your car before you head out.

Planning your route and alternate route home.

For the commuter who drives to work, I would imagine that each of you have already mapped out the most efficient route to your place of business that you use virtually every single day. We get into a routine because we found a way that works. It’s usually the most direct, fastest way to get where you need to go. I even go into autopilot some days on the weekend and start driving my work route even when I am not going that direction. These habits can be a good thing in one respect.

London Map

each of you have already mapped out the most efficient route to your place of business that you use virtually every single day

Commuters who use trains or buses follow a similar route. The trains go into central spokes normally that would mimic a commute via car. None of us should really worry about the normal route we take back home as long as we know the roads we would take if public or personal transportation was down. With few exceptions, the highway system is going to be the quickest way we can get back to our home city. Highways level out hills and go around natural obstacles. However, what if the route you normally follow has been blocked? What if you travel through less savory parts of town that you wouldn’t normally want to be walking down the street?

Identify your primary, secondary and tertiary routes home – In my case, working 77 miles from home, I was likely looking at 2 to 3 days of hiking to make it back assuming I did not encounter anything that made me need to alter my course. Most of my commute was interstate highway so I would have simply followed that route. However, if that didn’t work out, I could cut back on a smaller highway that would have taken me on a much more rural track to the South back home.

Depending on how people were reacting you could run into rioting or looting in some areas. I would have been walking on the highway through several major population centers that might be best avoided. I don’t think I would ever cut across someone’s property unless there were strong benefits and low risks that I perceived from doing so. Going cross-country, without the benefit of a road can slow you down and may even bring on injury more quickly as you could have to navigate natural obstacles like streams, dense underbrush, rocks, etc. The last thing you want to do is injure your self and make walking more difficult or even impossible while you try to shave 20 minutes off your trip.

Having more than one route back home can help you avoid dangerous areas.

Having more than one route back home can help you avoid dangerous areas.

Rather than having a specific route I am taking, I would consult the maps I store in my car to decide which ways I would alternate if needed. I would go to the south of the major urban areas if I sensed any danger but I would still be staying on paved roads that were common thoroughfares.

Pros and Cons of various routes

In the example above, does your normal route take you through urban areas you would rather avoid? Has the disaster already started to make people act irrationally? I think that most of us even in the scenario I described above will be able to count on average people thinking that nothing is wrong. The power will come back on because it always does. Food will still be available and there will still be items on store shelves. You should be home way ahead of any actual panic, but sometimes it’s better to be safe than sorry with your route. I don’t think anyone would be barricading streets the first or even third day after the lights go out.

Are you carrying three days’ worth of water on your or are their sources you can tap into along the way. Assuming you have cash on hand you will likely be able to purchase it from stores who are likely still in operation as the Normalcy bias takes over for most.

What factors do the weather play?

Adverse weather could seriously impede your progress. Walking in snow or ice or even extreme heat would sap your energy and could cause injuries. You first have to plan for those extremes if they are common to your area.

If you are facing a walk home and you live in the deserts of the Southwest, you could be forced to walk only at night when the temperatures are cooler and find shade to rest during the day. You understand the weather factors that could influence a trip like this so you have to plan accordingly.

For most of us, walking home is not incredibly difficult with a decent fitness level and some simple preparation. We may never be forced to use our get home bags, but it makes sense to prepare now like we do. You will be more able to react quickly and make the right decisions if you do.

37 Comments

  1. Christian Gains

    August 27, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Years ago, (moving into a LARGE URBAN Metropolis), I began to establish my vehicle as a duel “BOB”:

    #1] The Van would be my #1 method of “Survival” “exfil”, “infil”, “pick-up”, & “GO!” Food,Cooler; box of Power Bars; sandwiches; several bags of Trail mix; water,{2 35 bottle cases} UNLESS!….

    #2] EMP…I’d have my BASICS, {VERY SIMPLE BASICS} — clothes to weather conditions, 10 health bars, water,{camel back & canteens}, and weapons, {pocket knife; “Leatherman – WAVE”; and a fire arm / ammo belt.(concealed).

    Then there’s the BEST WALK path home…depending on distance, there’s ALSO the consideration of sheltering for sleep…and also a FIRST AID kit for possible injuries.

    Simply put, it takes time, prayerful thought, and LOTS of PRACTICING & PLANING…But! A “Can Do!” attitude is imperative…

    Several routes are a VERY GOOD IDEA, and they should be tested several times, under different conditions. ALSO, knowing where NOT TO GO is IMPERATIVE…Ask Police & firemen if possible. Pre-planned {“HOW TO’S” for the home crew…as well as the “WHAT TO’s and NOT TO’s}…PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!

    BUT! remember: “PRACTICE DOES NOT MAKE PERFECT! PERFECT PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!”

    • RAIDER

      August 28, 2016 at 7:17 am

      ADD recon, recon, recon to youre practice practice practice and I’ll agree with you.

  2. saffron

    August 27, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Flip-flops (jandals) are great for protecting you from athletes foot in the common showers but yeah, they are pretty much useless in a get-out-of-dodge situation. One quick fix solution is to slice/rip your hankie into strips and use the strips to bind your jandals to your feet. That way your feet still have protection from sharp objects and they won’t come flying off – or get stuck – when you are running.

    • Pat Henry

      August 29, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Great comments Saffron. I can’t even walk up a flight of stairs reliably without flip-flops working their way off my foot. I know practice would make that less of an issue but there are too many drawbacks to those shoes for my liking.

  3. christopher

    August 27, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    One thing you need is a compass & know how to use it. Not just a map. Quickest route home is a straight-line. Approx. 3-5 miles per hour for healthy adult.. If you have to walk 72 miles, it will take you almost 20 hrs. If you want to avoid roads & hwys, a lot longer. Topo maps are perfect. Print them out & laminate for the size of area you want. I
    carry them in my packs. Road atlas is bit too big to be carrying around. Old closed railroad lines are great way to follow long distance. Get to know landmarks, hills, lakes, rivers etc.

    • EgbertThrockmorton1

      August 27, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      If, there are no hills, mountains to go over, gangs demanding “tolls”, etc. You MIGHT make it home in two or three days is more like it.Assuming you can even walk on roadways without interference. That’s just not a good assumption to make.nIf you are forced to go “topo” you will need to treble your travel time at a minimum or more. Not everything is as easy as going in a straight line, especially in a metropolitan area, there are many areas you will want to avoid, lest you wind up “staying there” permanently as a victim. It is mandatory I believe to have too maps, and a compass, and the knowledge to know how and when to use them to your advantage, without them, you are just another refugee, and history has never, not ever, been kind to refugees.

    • Nanook

      August 28, 2016 at 12:54 am

      I reproduced the topo’s from the Gazette for my state that cover my area and surrounds. Then I laminated them, & put them in my go bag. The book stays with my vehicle just in case. They’re more up to date than the USGS topo’s generally.

    • RAIDER

      August 28, 2016 at 4:31 am

      I tell ordinary folks who are UNFIT, Afraid, probably fearful and confused to aim to cover only 1 mile an hour but as TACTICALLY as possible IE sticking to the shadows, hedgerows, quietest routes etc, better to arrive safe but late than to hurry head long into an ambush.

      • Pat Henry

        August 29, 2016 at 8:50 am

        Raider, Do you think you are going to really be moving tactically in the hours immediately following some event like this? Do you really think gangs will form immediately to stalk prey on the highways and set up ambushes the second after something happens?

        • Silent Earth

          August 29, 2016 at 12:12 pm

          No not really, but as the HOURS not days pass I think people will quickly become more wary and predators more bold. In your nations previous hurricanes robberies, rapes and looting often started as soon as EVAC orders were issued, Its not gangs I’m primarily concerned with its CRIMES OF OPPORTUNITY happening because some people suddenly realise there is no 911 service and no cops going to come, you dont need gangs of bad a** bikers for that scenario. I’m not taking about sneaking around like a Marine hunting the Taliban, I’m talking about being the Grey Man / women staying low profile, moving slowly calmly and with purpose. Carrying your carbine in your hands not slung over your should every time you reach possible places of concern. Not taking unnecessary risk by walking down highways because you are just as likely to be rounded up by Feds and dumped into refugee camps as being robbed for your food supplies by a desperate but otherwise normal dad wanting to feed his kids.

          In places like LONDON and in some part of the US there ARE elements of society in inner city areas not only waiting for opportunities to do crime but actively encouraging it, See Ferguson Missouri for example. They are out robbing, shooting, burning, looting within MINUTES not hours or days when a member of their community get shot by a blue uniform. MINUTES. Lets not forget that in the riots in Tottenham London in 2010 when a black guy got shot by the cops, but within only three hours RIOTS spread to Eleven other London boroughs. OK THEN All public transport was halted AND most importantly the Police were WITHDRAWN for their own protection leaving the public basically defenceless for 72 hours. MINUTES pat not hours or days MINUTES before criminal elements responded to a police shooting by triggering riots, rapes, looting etc.

    • Pat Henry

      August 29, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Thanks for your comments Christoper, but I don’t agree that the fastest way home is always a straight line. What if a straight line takes you up the side of a mountain? What if the straight line takes you right through the projects? Even railroad tracks don’t follow a straight line.

      I still think that if you are bookin it home immediately after some crisis, roads are going to be the path of least resistance.

      • christopher

        August 29, 2016 at 9:41 am

        it was a general comment on physics. not that a person should always take a straight course hence carrying a compass & topo maps. I absolutely agree booking home as quick as you can before people realize the severity or road blocks get put up in case of martial law or declaration of emegency. it will take long time for people to walk 70-100 miles especially not following hwys. having been in Search & Rescue and humped in mountains & woods with 50lb packs for 6 hrs straight hrs. i know how difficult it can be. it especially takes alot longer when your a lot older or have bad weather and or avoiding people.

  4. Nanook

    August 28, 2016 at 12:37 am

    I’ve been in enough Escape & Evasion courses & ran enough Orienteering runs to be pretty sure I could manage under any reasonable circumstance, even as an old man. What I am concerned with is getting my loved ones home when the situation arises.
    The routes of travel require more than road considerations. Sex of the individual traveler is a major consideration, danger areas, bodies of water that must be crossed, swamps/wet lands, etc. But if it is only 60/80 miles, I would go cross country. I would cross over rural properties, too. One consideration is to utilize the power line right of ways when they are going in the right general direction. If danger lurks, and it probably will, travel off the roads by a few meters & in the shadows as much as possible. Crap, I could write a book on this subject alone. So many variables.

  5. Bolofia

    August 28, 2016 at 1:22 am

    Pat,
    I’m glad to see your post on this subject. It is an important topic that deserves to be revisited by everyone from time to time. For newer readers, there is a wealth of information in the archives of The Prepper Journal that will provide additional insights. It will be well worth your time to scan through this topic.
    For myself, I could be anywhere between 5 or 150 miles from home if an event occurred that forced me to abandon my vehicle. If I happen to be using a company car, I can carry a Get Home Bag, but rules exclude having a personal firearm. If I am in my own truck, I will always have a firearm and an adequate supply of loaded magazines. That is something people should think about. Bug Out/Get Home bags can be tossed in the trunk of any vehicle, even if it’s company provided. Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do about company policy regarding firearms.
    I take a somewhat more negative view about the likelihood of civil unrest in the type of situations that you envision. History has already shown that riots, looting and arson can commence within a coupe of hours in urban settings when the grid goes down. For that reason, I think people should plan their get home routes to avoid areas where criminal activity is most likely to occur. As Huples suggested in his recent article, minutes count. You must have a plan and be prepared to act upon it.

    • Pat Henry

      August 29, 2016 at 8:53 am

      Thanks for your comments Bolo, always a great perspective.

      I can certainly agree that looting may happen quickly after an event like this but I can’t see roads being blocked by gangs in the type of event I imagined above. Sure, I do see that happening eventually, but not right at the outset. I could be wrong.

      That being said, having the knowledge of alternate routes and even some planning like you mentioned in one of your articles will give you the resources needed to adjust and hopefully survive.

  6. RAIDER

    August 28, 2016 at 4:27 am

    I advise my prepper colleagues that if TSHTF big style to avoid the highways not only because they become bottlenecks and gridlocked but also they become magnets for predators who would do the unwary harm. I encourage preppers to explore the area between school / work etc and home and make note of Railroad lines, Gas pipelines, Electricity pylon systems, Phone lines and AND the Highways to use them to find their way home. But NOT by walking along them, on them, under them etc but by paralleling them. EG keep them in sight to your left or your right, far enough away so you do not get ambushed by bad guys or rounded up by the authorities. Alternatively to use notable tall Landmarks along the way to aim for and go cross country.

  7. lonewolf

    August 28, 2016 at 6:46 am

    get home routes should be planned now, not after some event happens.
    main routes and alternative routes in case the main route is blocked or compromised on the day.

  8. R. Ann

    August 28, 2016 at 9:37 am

    On the “cut across” aspect, there are animals to consider as well as elemental and terrain hazards. Most cattle won’t spook, but a fly-buzzed bull may not be an ideal companion. Farm and suburban dogs may or may not like strangers. Pigs can be 50-50 too, especially if they think you have food, you end up bumped, and go down – a few rooting around to see what you’ve got even without malicious intent can make for injuries.
    There are also sometimes LGDs that don’t like strangers, and sometimes they like to stay tucked somewhere for shade or water that makes them hard to see until you’re in a foot race with something with four-foot drive. In some places it can be tough to figure out what’s in a pasture or fence due to terrain and the way fences are laid, or tree cover.
    It”s another one where covering the optimal routes ahead of time has some serious advantages.
    Otherwise, good observation of tracks, patterns, sounds, and staying within easy reach of a climbable fence and-or trees may be a very, very good idea.

    It’s also really easy to get off trails and paths of open and public land and into private property, or miss a really sad county road by 15-50 feet and end up on a long unmarked private access road, where even today and 10 years ago, it turns out somebody has problems with various vagrants and sitters and pot growers, and your oops leads to hands up and explanations that you’re not stealing, not squatting, you’re walking the upper Oregon Trail or Appalachian Trail and you’re very, very sorry.
    Even in crazy-level liberal states sometimes.

    A lot of highways have parallel roads that may make for a better option than the median.
    Even if you’ve had to abandon the first 3 options, in many places those access roads offer peek-a-boo looks at the highway for orientation, but there are additional ditches and easier access to leave the highway area and find cover and concealment if there’s a problem from the access roads than highways.
    Depending on the type of disaster and what kind of traffic is flowing, it’s also a lot safer to walk on the smaller roads with lower speeds, especially in lower-light conditions (people do dumb things already, especially when they’re tired and distracted).

    • Pat Henry

      August 29, 2016 at 8:55 am

      Thanks for your comments R. Ann!

  9. Paul C

    August 28, 2016 at 10:17 am

    What can not be over emphasized is to start for home as early as possible while your surroundings are still friendly. That window won’t last long, so if you can get out of the populated area quickly then do it. Don’t stop for other people unless you know them, and trust them. Stay away from big stores where looting will likely occur early on. Make sure you have several alternate routes away from high traffic areas as they will stay clear longer. Go around stalled traffic via alleys or if necessary drive on the sidewalk.

    • RAIDER

      August 28, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      Agreed , preppers need to use their own judgement as when to GO, not waiting for officialdom to tell you

    • Pat Henry

      August 29, 2016 at 8:55 am

      Ditto!

  10. Huples

    August 28, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    For those who working a long distance from home might I suggested having a fold up bicycle in your vehicle?

    Getting out of urban centres in an EMP? Walk the train, metro tracks and or use bike trails.

    As others have said have pre existing multiple routes that you have tested.

    • Pat Henry

      August 29, 2016 at 8:56 am

      Good point Huples! We have talked about those folding bikes in at least one other post. If I had that commute now, I would have my Mountain Bike mounted daily for just that reason.

    • Valhalla

      September 1, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Amen! There are even fold up electric / pedal hybrid bikes with pedal assist for those hills – for those non-EMP scenarios. If you were to cover even 10-50 miles before having to ditch it(terrain or zombies), you would still be much better off.

  11. RAIDER

    August 29, 2016 at 3:45 am

    I wish this article was much longer and more in depth, this is one subject that really needs developing further.

    • Pat Henry

      August 29, 2016 at 8:58 am

      Thanks Raider,

      I agree that we could have gone off into 10 other topics each worthy of their own 2000 word article. I often tend to limit the focus though for brevity but try to make up for it with links to corresponding articles elsewhere.

      It is a shameless ploy to hopefully get you coming back to read more…

      Pat

      • RAIDER

        August 29, 2016 at 12:13 pm

        I read every day, PJ is my first call before I even log onto my own groups forum 🙂

  12. Bobcat-Prepper

    August 29, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Getting home ASAP while folks are in their “normalcy bias” period is critical to personal safety and to protect your house, and getting home by bike will take a fraction of the time of walking. That’s why I agree with Huples, that having a wheeled vehicle in reserve is a huge advantage in your EMP example.

    Pack a fold-up bicycle or razor scooter (helps on downnhills, anyway), or at least scope out bicycle shops near your work area soon. You may have to “borrow” someone’s bike from a nearby vacant home (before the owners return), just be cautious while doing it -getting shot will definitely slow you down!

    Since you are restricted to roads, you may end up having to ride at night if the moon is out and it can be done safely, to avoid unwanted attention and avoid the sun in hot weather.

    • Valhalla

      September 1, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      I always love hearing a solution where looting, stealing or ‘borrowing’ is among the first considerations. I suggest you borrow some body armor first. Or hey, IDEA! – prepare yourself!

  13. Huples

    August 29, 2016 at 9:41 am

    I’d add consider different leave times as well as different routes.

    The one major flaw with our get home plan is we work in health care and likely will get stuck there. Sure we could split but really we won’t no matter the shtf. GF works trauma ICU and I’m the in house manager for the hospital. If off work we won’t go in and will call sick if international tension is high but neither of us would abandon if at work until it became pointless. If relieved at the end of the shift we split but relief might not come.

    So a major part of our plan is a very well stocked car and walk out 3-5 days later. We can easily wait two weeks before hand if we had to. For this reason our get home routes are based on real early evacuation or very, very late. Early is straight up a secondary road with high density first 10 km (6 miles for Imperialists). Then 30km rural. Late is park, major highway or park, train line.

    We have these plans because we know we won’t be able to leave work but it actually is a good thing to be able to bunker in at work for a few weeks in a nuclear or chemical shtf.

  14. Bolofia

    August 29, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Amen, brother.

  15. Cruella DeVille

    August 30, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Good article Pat. Nice groundwork for an extended series perhaps?
    I’ve gone through the walk-home exercise on each of my pre-planned routes. It’s 32 miles on my mindless commuting route, roughly 27 via the on-foot routes. I make very heavy use of the power and pipeline right of ways, but still have a fair amount of bushwhacking if I want to stay completely off road. And bushwhacking drops my personal speed of advance to around 1 MPH.

    Why completely off road? Around here, in a really bad SHTF situation I fully expect a very rapid response from the government: There’s a Nuke power plant about 20 miles from my work location, a huge distribution of hi-tech companies, and the worlds largest US Army base about 60 miles to the south. So lots of high value operations and LOTS of potential resources for the authorities to use.

    So I’m planning on roughly three days on foot at the worst, although during an E&E class many years ago I had to wait eight d*** hours to cross a single road, so nothing is taken for granted.
    I like the ideas circulating about a mountain bike, but trying to figure out how to cram it inside my commuter vehicle is an issue.

    • Thomas Paine in the butt

      August 31, 2016 at 1:36 am

      They make folding bikes that are relatively inexpensive. I’ve thought about getting one off fleabay for $100+/- to see how they work.

  16. John

    August 30, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    So, first and foremost, thank you for having an article for public consumption. It is greatly appreciated.

    That being said, I know that you have a point where you have to cut your article. After all, it gets to a point where there is too much information. On the other hand, I enjoyed the article. I think there could have been more in depth information about all of the things, and would have loved to have had that extra information to help round out the article.
    Specifically, having planned places to restock supplies if needed. Whether that’s friends along the way, or just gas stations for bottled water. Yes, we need to be able to not *have* to have those things, but anything that can reasonably restock resources should be taken advantage of for your benefit.

    Personally, I’m developing plans for some members of my group to be able to get to the group retreat using as many secondary roads as possible. Yes, the Interstate can be a good thing for more direct routes, but a lot of interstates also pass through large urban areas that should probably be avoided. Especially if you have a route that takes several days to travel. Yes, it’s always possible to not have unrest at that point, but it’s better safe than sorry, in my opinion.

  17. Thomas Paine in the butt

    August 31, 2016 at 3:05 am

    I think using major arterial roads depends a lot on how the SHTF. The article uses EMP as an example, with this I think roads would be OK for a few days. Probably the same in an economic collapse as well.

    But that’d be way different for a massive terrorist attack. Congested road could be secondary or tertiary targets. Think of the damage a few terrorists could do just spraying rounds onto a gridlocked highway. Add in the possibility of RPGs or chemical weapons and highways are right out.

    Like Pat said have a couple of backup plans and the ability to adapt and overcome any problems that throw themselves in your way.

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