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How to Choose The Best Place To Bug Out

A bug out location is a piece of land, house, apartment, or shelter to which you can evacuate in the event of a disaster or emergency that is not your home -- your bug in location.

Most people, however, think of permanent shelters, which is only partially correct. When some people think of bug out locations, they think of temporary shelters away from home, but we're only going to talk about permanent retreats. We'll save the temporary wilderness shelters for another time.

If a major disaster strikes, millions of people will be forced to flee their homes and seek refuge elsewhere. And yet having a destination in mind is just as important as having a plan. You can't just go out into the wilderness and hope for the best, after all. You must have a specific location in mind, one that is well-stocked with supplies and defensible in the event of an attack. You will be left roaming the streets with the masses, fighting for whatever resources you can find. Let us hope that a disaster never occurs, but let us also plan for it by selecting a bug out location before one does.You will require more than one bug out location. 

You can't predict what disasters will strike. We can only forecast the most likely disasters and their impact areas. It is possible that your primary bug out location will be in Ground Zero, taken over by thieves, or inaccessible due to factors such as road closures.

It is critical that you have a backup bug out location that is far from your primary location and has multiple access routes. Below are a few things you should have in mind while choosing the best bug out location for you and your family.


You should choose a bug out location that is far enough away from densely populated areas to be safe. The truth is that finding a safe haven is difficult. In any case, staying off the grid and away from roads, paths, or railway tracks is the best option.

Attempt to get enough tree cover around the property. This will keep the lights visible from a long distance. However, when choosing a location near a National Forest, keep wildfires in mind.

The greater the distance you can maintain between yourself and the rest of the population, the less likely hostile encounters will occur. Avoid putting up any address markers or signs that will draw too much attention. In the event that the property has an entrance gate.

Water Availability

Water is one essential element that you simply cannot live without. And clean water is useful for more than just drinking. Remember that you'll need water for washing, cooking, cleaning, and farming.

In the first place, it's best if your bug out location has a natural water source, such as a spring. Alternatively, you can choose a location near a body of water or a pond. However, you must determine whether these sources are seasonal or available all year. How about a bug out location near a river?

As a dependable source of freshwater, a river may seem appealing. However, flooding is possible in the event of heavy rain. As a result, the majority of the best bug out.


You can have the best bug out location in the world if you can't get to it during a disaster. A common piece of advice is to select a bug out location that is only one tank of gas away from you.

Another common piece of advice is to plan at least three different routes to your chosen place to bug out.

Solid build

You can choose an existing bug out location or bug out shelter or build your own. Whatever structure you choose, it must provide adequate protection from the elements.

Personal preferences also influence the type of accommodation. Some people prefer a simple log cabin with only the necessities. Others may prefer a more elaborate setup in order to maximize comfort and security.

A self-sustaining location

If you're serious about prepping, you should think about bugging out to a self-sustaining compound. These communities are designed to be completely self-sufficient, with everything from solar power to food-growing greenhouses. Of course, compounds like this are typically expensive, so make sure you have the necessary funds before bugging out.


Even if your bug out location is remote, it will eventually attract the attention of those fleeing or seeking shelter. As a result, proper security is critical in any emergency scenario.

Most importantly, security is more than just stockpiling guns and ammunition. It all starts with the design of your property and the layout of the perimeter.

Before selecting a bug out location, consider the following points to ensure security:

  • A location on higher ground, such as a hilltop, that provides a vantage point.
  • Natural barriers, such as a stream or a cliff, provide protection.
  • The property, including vehicles and campers, is camouflaged.
  • Setting up wire fences and arranging for perimeter security.
  • When looking for a property in a remote location, make sure it is accessible all year. In times of need, an overflowing river or deep snow may prevent you from easily reaching it.
  • In reality, no bug out shelter will be completely secure. However, it is critical that you are aware of the property's advantages and disadvantages.
  • In any case, you should not allow yourself or your family to be ambushed or trapped by desperate people. As a result, make certain that emergency exits are planned.

Climate of your bug out location

Are you prepared to survive a mountain winter without power? Would you even be able to get to your bug out location during certain seasons, such as when the mountains are snow-covered?

Do get acquainted with your bug out location in all seasons so you know what to expect from the weather.

The price of your bug out location

The truth is that the best survival properties can be quite expensive. But that doesn't mean you have to settle for a mediocre property just to get started. It can be frustrating to wait for the right property at the right price, but you must be patient.

To be honest, finding a point where all of the factors are equally balanced will be difficult. As a result, you'll have to weigh the benefits and drawbacks against your budget.

Similarly, initial costs can be deceptive. When purchasing land, keep in mind the construction and development costs that will be required. Installing features such as a sophisticated security system or a solar panel will increase your budget. Try to stay within your budget and come up with creative solutions.

Nevertheless, if you choose the wrong piece of land at a low cost, you may end up spending more money in the long run. True, an expensive property may turn out to be the most cost-effective option in the long run.

There should be no legal issues with the land

This is extremely important. You may be surprised to learn that you cannot raise livestock or that you do not own the water rights or even the timber on your property.

You'll need to consult not only previous owners or neighbors, but also your real estate agent, your local zoning board, and the health department to determine what restrictions exist on a piece of land.

Check state and federal regulations as well, as these can override local ordinances if a problem arises. Be extremely cautious of any property that includes a Home Owners Association, covenants, or land easements.

Each of these things imposes additional constraints on your property. An HOA can even restrict what animals you can have, the type of home you can build, the color of your front door, and the time your garage door must be closed at night.

What kind of a bug out should it be?

A variety of structures are suitable for permanent bug-out shelters:

a brick and mortar house, a log cabin, and a bug out RV camper that can be parked on your property
The first two options are the best and most popular, but choosing between them comes down to budget and ability to build one yourself.

If you have some carpentry skills, you may be able to save money by purchasing a log cabin kit and constructing the majority of it yourself.


To be honest, no one can recommend the ideal bug out location. You must take the initiative and begin looking for a long-term solution to keep you safe in any emergency situation.

Set up the rest of your plan once you've decided on a location for your bug out. To begin, gather the necessary supplies and pack your bug out bag. You can relax when you're ready to move to a bug out house at a moment's notice. Most importantly, keep your bugout location hidden. Your supplies will be limited regardless of how well equipped you are. You don't want to turn away people who come to your door as a survivalist.

In the long run, we should all try to relocate to our bug out locations because it is the only place where we will have the best chance of survival. This takes time and money for many of us, because you can't afford to lose your job and the income it provides.

Nonetheless, even before an emergency, a bug out location can be extremely beneficial. It's a place where you can get away from most, if not all, of the post-apocalyptic craziness, teach your children self-sufficiency and homesteading, home-school them, and grow a garden that can provide you with free, fresh, organic food for life. That's all there is to it. We have covered every aspect of selecting the best bug out locations.


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