The Perfect Bug-Out Location; Don’t Overthink It

Many preppers like the idea of having a secure Bug-Out location to head to if the SHTF.  Personally I’m more of a “Bug In” kind of guy (As I’ve mentioned in the past) but I still get in a lot of conversations with folks who want to be able to Get Out Of Dodge should there be some sort of catastrophe.  This debate has been raging across the internet for years .

I don’t think either option is right or wrong per se.  In fact the only true “right answer” depends on the very specific circumstances of the disaster you’re facing and even then can only be determined in hind sight.  As a bad situation is developing how can you be truly sure what the correct move is?  Perhaps you decide to bug out only to find the roads clogged, bridges and overpasses out, and are unable to reach your destination.  On the other hand you may decide to shelter in place fearing bad traffic only to find out later that the highways were clear.  No one really knows.

The other discussion I’ve been having lately is the “where” of the bug out issue.  Once you’ve decided you want to have a bug out location where should it be?  Again, people go around and around on this point and the more I think about it the more I think there is no right answer for every person and every possible scenario.

However a few rules still hold true.  Your bug out location should be fairly isolated but not so much so that you can’t get to it reliably.  It should not be too close to any major egress points such as highways that people fleeing cities are likely to follow.  It should have its own source of water and be stocked with food and supplies.  It should also be as comfortable as possible.  If you’re planning on spending time at your bug out location you need to have it set up so that the whole family is comfortable.  I understand that everyone has budgets to deal with but an old sofa can be pretty cheap at a garage sale and a lot better than a sleeping bag on a cabin floor.

Other than what I’ve listed above it’s pretty much “to each his own”.  So if you’re set on having an alternate location set up to head to in an emergency, more power to you.  Just don’t overthink it too much.  There may not be any one ideal location.

~ Butch

One Response to The Perfect Bug-Out Location; Don’t Overthink It

  1. I always considered the bugout location a necessity in case bugging in wasn’t an option. Fire, flood, tornado, upwind nuclear reactor release, or whatever. Two is one. Whether it’s learning to camp or creating/maintaining a bugout RV or cabin, many prepping related skills to learn and practice. Hunting/fishing, alternative power, home/vehicle repair, wells/pumps, sanitation, fire-making, navigation, communications, first-aid, and just “making do with what we have or can make” in general. We practice bugging out at least a dozen times a year, then living off-grid for up to a week at a time. We call it “vacation”.