How to find Bug Out Locations
Do you sometimes wonder what you would do if some really big disaster hit and threatened our very survival as humans? I’m talking about the really big and ugly stuff that could wipe out all civilization by destroying our power and clean water supplies, decimating regular food supplies and terminating transport and communication systems as we know them. Have you ever given more than a cursory thought to some of the best bug out locations you could go to when it becomes so ugly, living in your house is untenable?
Although each person’s circumstances are likely to be unique, the fundamentals like being able to get away from trouble quickly and having essential supplies stored somewhere safe remain the same. This article gives you great tips on how to prepare a bug out that could be your safe haven when the chips come down.
THINK LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!
When it comes to finding a bug out location, the importance of its location cannot be overemphasized. You need to select a location that is a safe distance away from your home but not off the well beaten path. You want your bug out location to be private in order to guarantee your safety. Your ideal bug out location should be teaming with wildlife (preferably the herbivorous type) for obvious reasons. While it’s important to have some water storage facility at your bug out, it’s much better if your location is near a natural water source and have enough arable land for growing your own food.
Ideally, you’ll want to have your own bug out location that already has a bunker and supplies in place. If you can’t do this, you’re going to have a harder time finding the right spot and defending it.
If you do not have a bug out location of your own, a National Forest is a great place to bug out to. But be aware that a LOT of people are likely to have the same idea. You need to be prepared not only for your own food, water, and other supplies, but for protection for your family. If you encounter someone who is starving and crazed from fear, the last thing you want is to be without adequate protection.
Make sure you have weapons to defend yourself and your supplies. Bugging out in an emergency situation isn’t going to be like an extended camping trip. There will almost certainly be people and/or wild animals you’ll need to protect yourself against.
Keep a variety of weapons on hand, including those that require ammunition, and those that don’t in case your ammunition is stolen or runs out.
Selecting your bug out location well in advance allows you to think through a lot of stuff including the most effective way of getting there. Do you need an off road vehicle or a mountain bike will do? Can you get there fast and safely on foot? These are some of the questions you’ll need to answer, guided by the distance involved, the security situation along the way and the terrain.
It’s important that you get to your bug out location and you cant leave that to chance. Have a plan A, B and C of how to get there. Make sure you pick your routes well by avoiding populated areas as much as possible. You don’t want to run into desperate people who might think it’s a good idea to come with you or dispossess you of your get-away car and supplies.
The whole idea of bugging out is about preparedness. As soon as you have your location identified, you need to provide a modest shelter to protect you against the elements and the not-so-herbivorous wildlife. When thinking about shelter consider the building materials carefully. You don’t want your shelter to get too hot as it will be uncomfortable and accelerate decomposition of your perishable food supplies. Be sure to equip it with a fireplace and a firewood cooking stove. Don’t be ostentatious! You cannot build a castle for your bug out. The more discreet your shelter the safer it will be.
GATHER ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES
You need to stock up on essential food supplies to last you, at least, three-months. Essential supplies will include long-life foodstuff, water, medicines, warm clothing, a fire-starting device, food plants’ seeds to name but a few. You’ll need to conceal your supplies so they are not either stolen or destroyed by wildlife. Farming and hunting or fishing tools to enable you live off the land will come in handy as will weaponry and ammo to protect your turf from unwelcome intruders when necessary.
Remember me mentioning weaponry to defend your turf with? That ought to be your last line of defense. Your best defense strategy is not to make yourself a target in the first place. And what better way than to go invisible? Mountainous areas provide the best natural camouflage and you can blend in with little effort. However, the terrain requires adept survival skills.
But in bugging out, you have to make do with what you have. So, what do you do if you don’t live near a mountainous area? The more plain your area is, the more plain to see your bug out will be. In such situations, you will need to be more creative and expend more effort to conceal your bug out. The two immediate options available to you are to burrow underground or go far off populated areas. You might also want to check out artificial camouflage material that fit in with your environment.
LEARN AND PRACTICE SURVIVAL SKILLS
Wouldn’t be absurd to put so much effort in prepping the best bug out location and fail to learn and hone your survival skills? You need to roll up your sleeves and get out there to experience the wild and to get comfortable with it. Learn basic water purification techniques and how to start a fire without the good old matches. Oh yes, and a bit of hunting, too or you might starve to death when your food supplies run out. Check whether the soil is suitable for gardening and if necessary, provide pots or bags where you can grow vegetables.
PREPARE FOR THE LONG HAUL
Even as you hope the crisis will last only a few days or weeks, you need to plan for the long haul. Because you will inevitably run out of supplies if the crisis persists, you’ll need to consider long-term homesteading as a way of sustaining your family.
FORM A SURVIVORS TEAM
If it’s true that two heads are better than one, you will need to enlist the support of your family members or friends who are preppers when preparing. Knowing how many people will be accommodated at your bug out is essential for planning and stocking up on supplies. Remember to adjust your plans with changes that might come along the way like if an extra person comes into the picture.
There is strength in numbers. But make sure you’re not carrying unnecessary deadwood. In a doomsday situation, every able adult should be able to carry their own weight as well as contribute to the execution of the survival plan. Anything short of that might jeopardize the safety of the entire family. You must make this clear to your team. If it comes down to protecting your bug out, you will expect everyone to play a part in some way. They should also be prepared to earn their daily bread when food supplies run out or when it comes to homesteading.
RUN BUG OUT DRILLS
Always take the time to run bug out drills. Some should be planned, and others spontaneous. Get your family used to bugging out in a hurry, and make sure everyone know the plan backward and forward. Practice often until you are able to minimize the time it takes to pack and get to your bug out location.