If You Had to Bug Out, Where Would You Go?

We hear a lot of talk about being prepared to bug out on short notice. We never know when a lengthy blackout could occur, thanks to extreme weather, a physical or cyber terrorist attack, or a massive solar flare.

What we don’t hear as much about is where someone should go when forced to bug out. If you have friends or relatives in an area far enough away from your home, that could be a great temporary answer to the problem.

If not, it’s time to start thinking about where you might be able to build another dwelling in a rural area. If that’s not in your budget, at least find an area where you could camp until such time as your permanent dwelling is habitable again.

Either way, you’re going to want to select a location that will provide you with the most important things you’ll need when you’re in bug-out mode. Let’s take a look at what to look for and what to avoid in a potential bug-out location:

• Stay away from populated areas. The more people around, the more competition there will be for resources. And some of those people will be dangerous and will be interested in taking what you have. So, find someplace where few people will go.

• Find a freshwater source. There is only so much bottled water you can transport, so finding a freshwater source is essential, especially if you are going to be there for a while. Of course, having water purifiers is also very important.

• Seek natural food sources. Choose an area where there are plenty of fruits such as berries and wild plants growing.

• Look for other food sources. A woodsy area should contain game that you may need to kill to keep yourself and your family fed. Deer, rabbits and squirrels are plentiful in many wooded areas.

• Find nutrient-rich soil. Good, productive soil is especially important if you plan to stay a while. You’ll want to grow your own food, which means stockpiling non-hybrid, heirloom seeds.

• Insist on elevation. The higher up you are, the better you’ll be able to observe what is headed your way, which means the better you’ll be able to protect yourself.

• Seek natural camouflage. The more trees and vegetation in the area, the better you’ll be able to conceal yourselves and your possessions.

If you can incorporate four or five of those seven elements into your bug-out location, you should be in good shape. If you find all seven, let me know. Maybe we can be neighbors.


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