You might remember that the Wolf clan moved across country this past summer - nearly coast-to-coast but not quite. It was long and exhausting, but we've enjoyed the new area and have been getting settled. Maybe looking at buying a house.
Well, I just got notice from work that we'll be moving for a short term, 6-month assignment about three states away. It's not unexpected--I'm halfway through a work/rotational program, and there was about a 50/50 shot that we were going to be able to stay put in our current location, which was our preference. New location was #2 on our list, and will be a fun enough place to spend 6 months.
We'll still be in the same region (the Southeast), and the company is paying for furnished housing for the duration, which has some definite financial perks. We're renting now and our lease is up the month we move, so we will probably throw most of our stuff into storage and move with whatever we can pack into the Family Assault Vehicle and probably a little pull behind trailer.
Leaving behind the majority of our stuff and moving into a smaller, temporary living place in an area that is entirely unfamiliar presents some concerns from a preparedness standpoint. We'll be limited in what we bring with us and what will make sense to acquire/store while there.
I've been focusing on bug out gear over the past while, which is probably about all that we will bring with us. Other than that, we'll build up some minimal stores of food and water. Some fuel if storage is feasible. Storage space in the new living quarters will be minimal, I imagine; it'll be a 2-bedroom corporate housing type apartment.
We've moved around quite a bit--this will be the 9th time that we've moved in the almost 7 years that my wife and I have been married--so it's nothing new. We have intentionally not built up massive supplies of food, overly bulky equipment or other stuff because we've always had moves ahead of us. We're definitely not leaving a full on doomsday prepper complex with 5 years of food and consumables stored up. We've made do with limited space before, so no big deal.
We'll still be prepared for an emergency evac and a week or so without power, which are the most likely scenarios in my mind.
Anyways, that's what we're looking at right now.
This news moves up time tables on a couple purchases--any firearms, for example, will need to be purchased prior to the move, as I'm not establishing residency in the new state. Some roof storage kit for the Family Assault Vehicle may be in order. Maybe a Pelican case for rifle transport and storage. That sorta thing.
Otherwise, I'm kind of mentally thinking through what I absolutely need to bring, what would be nice to have, what can probably stay behind and what I'd rather just sell or trade off. There will be some culling, I'm sure.
Certainly something to keep me busy and outta trouble for the next while!
Oh--and yes, I haven't forgot. Lots of reviews coming down the pipeline shortly. Stay tuned!