Is Your Vehicle Bug Out Ready?

16 Things To Consider Before Choosing Your Ultimate Bug Out Vehicle!
Are you ready to go for a full on bug out vehicle ride?? Because this article is the first in a four part series on bug out vehicles. Here are the four parts of this series including the first and current part:
1. 16 Things To Consider Before Choosing Your Ultimate Bug Out Vehicle
2. Our Top 10 PRACTICAL Bug Out Vehicle Picks!
3. Our Top 10 “Dreamy & Steamy” Bug Out Vehicle Picks!
4. Best Bug Out Vehicle Accessories List!
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Bug out vehicles are one of the most popular and fun topics for preparedness enthusiasts. There’s something incredibly fun and satisfying about perusing photos and videos of all kinds of bug out vehicle options ranging from “tricked out” bug out pickup trucks to MONSTER Russian amphibious vehicles that are completely out of reach financially for the vast majority of us but great fun to dream about getting our hands behind the wheel!!
Bug out vehicles are cool and fun, but most of us don’t have one. Why? Because, while most of us LOVE the IDEA of having an ultimate bug out vehicle, most of us see actually owning a BOV as out of reach for one or more of the following reasons:

1. Cost
2. Practicality
3. Storage Space

But bug out vehicles don’t have to be expensive or impractical! At all!  And I’m going to show you how to get set up with your very own “ultimate BOV” without breaking the bank or investing in a vehicle that just sits in your yard completely unused because it’s only good for one thing: bugging out.

So without further ado, let’s dive right into our 16 important variables to consider when evaluating bug out vehicle options!!

16 IMPORTANT BUG OUT VEHICLE CRITERIA:
1. COST

Cost is one of the first things people think about when considering the purchase of ANY vehicle, so it stands to reason that this would also be a consideration for your Bug Out Vehicle. The good news is that your bug out vehicle doesn’t have to be expensive!

There are a couple of ways to cut corners when it comes to the cost of your bug out vehicle. The first way is to consider a reasonably priced “double duty” vehicle that can be driven as your “every day driver” AND as your bug out vehicle. Some bug out vehicle options can absolutely be practical every day drivers as well! Subaru Outbacks, Toyota trucks, and many more transportation options can be perfectly practical daily drivers and be configured to take on your bug out requirements too!If you prefer the idea of a second designated BOV and keeping your daily driver family vehicle, then you can save money by purchasing a quality previously owned vehicle for your BOV! In fact, arguably there are some advantages to purchasing an older previously owned vehicle as your designated bug out vehicle. As newer vehicles become more and more complicated and reliant upon sophisticated technology, older vehicles are often easier to work on and repair yourself! You can find older Toyota trucks, Fords, Nissans, Land Rovers, etc. for only a few thousand dollars!!

Affordable Bug Out Vehicle Options:
Bug Out Bicycle!

Bug Out Bicycle!

Don’t laugh!! A bicycle is a better bug out vehicle than nothing at all! Especially if you set it up well! And bicycles are extremely affordable!

Bug Out Toyota Tacoma!

Bug Out Toyota Tacoma!

Toyota Tacomas (like this 2005) are one of our favorite bug out vehicle options!

Bug Out Toyota Landcruiser!

Bug Out Toyota Landcruiser!

Older Toyotas like this 1994 Landcruiser have a reputation for lasting several hundred miles for a reason. You can find older models like this one for several thousand dollars.

Bug Out Ford Bronco!

Bug Out Ford Bronco!

The Ford Bronco is another popular bug out vehicle option that is affordable!

Another Version Of A Bug Out Ford Bronco!

Another Version Of A Bug Out Ford Bronco!

This Bronco is nicely decked out! While the open concept may not be ideal for bugging out, this example does demonstrate the appeal of Broncos for bugging out!

Bug Out Ford!

Bug Out Ford!

This Ford truck is decked out with a huge bed cabin, roof lookout and olive drab paint job! And it has six wheels!

Bug Out Jeep Cherokee!

Bug Out Jeep Cherokee!

A classic Jeep Cherokee is another terrific option that doesn’t have to break the bank!

Another Bug Out Jeep Cherokee!

Another Bug Out Jeep Cherokee!

Another terrific example of what you can do with a Jeep Cherokee!

Bug Out Chevy Trailblazer!

Bug Out Chevy Trailblazer!

This Chevy Trailblazer is a great example of a cost effective bug out vehicle option that may say you some money on fuel as well!

Bug Out Chevy Truck!

Bug Out Chevy Truck!

Check out this rough and tough Chevy ready for some action! It’s even got a custom camo paint job!

Bug Out 1994 Dodge Ram!

Bug Out 1970's Dodge Ram!

Dodge Ram trucks can also make terrific bug out vehicles!

Bug Out Kaizer Jeep!

Bug Out Kaizer Jeep!

How cool is this Kaiser Jeep??

Bug Out Chevy Suburban!

Bug Out Chevy Suburban!

Chevy Suburbans are another terrific bug out vehicle option if you want maximum capacity for passengers and gear storage!

Bug Out Chevy Suburban With Bug Out Trailer!

Bug Out Chevy Suburban With Bug Out Trailer!

Here’s another example of a but out Suburban pulling a bug out trailer with rooftop tent!!

Bug Out retired M1028 military CUCV!

Bug Out retired M1028 military CUCV!

Retired military M1028 CUCVs make terrific rugged bug out vehicles! You can pick up one of these for just a few thousand dollars!

Creek Stuart's Bug Out Vehicle!

Creek Stuart's Bug Out Vehicle!

Creek Stuart’s Bug Out Vehicle: a 1985 M1028 retired military CUCV (pronounced CUK-VEE)!

Bug Out Ford Club Wagon!

Bug Out Ford Club Wagon!

While this particular Ford Club Wagon is set up for hunting expeditions, you can see the potential in it for a bug out vehicle.

Bug Out Ambulance!

Bug Out Ambulance!

While this one could use a bit of an olive drab or camo paint job,  you can’t deny that this ambulance is outfitted incredibly well and would make a great bug out vehicle!!

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Author: Josh Nieten

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