4 Things to Look for In Backup Bug-Out-Locations

Last week I wrote an article about finding bug-out-locations (BOL) when you cannot buy land specifically for that purpose. This time, we are going to talk about why, even if you can buy BOL designated land, you still need to find BOL land that you do not own.

Whether or not you can purchase a piece of land to take the family to during an emergency, scouting bug-out-locations that you do not own is important. If you are getting into the prepper/survivalist game, you have admitted to yourself that situations can go from bad to worse and that the need to always be ready is very real.  In popular post-apocalypse shows and movies, oftentimes you will survivors moving from one place to another with no real idea of where they should be heading to for safety. Sometimes this is because they did not have a safe location picked out at all, while other times it is because their safe location turns out to not be so safe.

Backup BOLThere are several reasons why you may need more than one BOL and there is one reason why you do not want to actually own the land at all of those locations. By owning the land, you are tied to it on paper. No matter how hard you try, in today’s world, everything we own is known to Big Brother. If Big Brother is what causes the need to bug out and there is any reason they would be looking for you specifically, you need to go to land that you do not own. On top of Big Brother issues, it can be cost prohibitive to own three or four pieces of land sufficient to call a BOL. With pre-designating some other pieces of land, you can avoid these above issues.

When selecting additional BOLs, there are some things to consider. The reason you may need a different BOL could be that the epicenter of the cause for SHTF could be too close to your primary BOL. Other reasons can include unforeseen weather conditions caused by a major disaster, water source contamination, or fire, to name a few. All of this means that you should shoot for the following goals when selecting additional BOLs:

  • Different water sources for each one (or at least for a few of them)
  • At least a few of them should be in slightly different regions. For example, there is a big difference in Eastern and Western Washington, as far as weather goes
  • There should be at least one BOL that is not a part of the same forest or set of trees. A forest fire could destroy thousands of acres if there no fire crews in the end of the world as we know it
  • If BOLs are too far apart to walk to in a few days, you should add in some temporary BOL that you can rest at for a few days and replenish supplies

And just like in the last article, all of your BOLs should be visited at least once a year so you know what condition they are in, what type of traffic visits the area, and to remain familiar with the lay of the land.

No matter how many bug-out-locations you decide to have, remember two things: You need at least one, and if there is anything worth having, it’s worth having a second one.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Seth Belt

Seth grew up in Southern Arizona before joining the U.S. Navy. While serving in the Navy, Seth was an anti-narcotics operator and an anti-submarine operator for 5 years. He was lucky enough to travel to many of the Central and South American countries, as well as visiting many South East Asian nations and islands. One of Seth’s greatest joys from his time in the Navy was teaching new Sailors firearms education and safety. After leaving the Navy in 2010, Seth returned to Arizona and had a rough time learning how to be a civilian again, often working jobs that could barely pay the bills. After going to school, Seth became an Emergency Medical Technician in the Phoenix Valley, where he now lives with his wife and son.His areas of knowledge cover military, firearms, and emergency medicine.
Seth Belt

1 thought on “4 Things to Look for In Backup Bug-Out-Locations

  1. I think you glossed over a very important point. It would be foolish to plan on squatting on someone’s land (that you do not own) without permission from the owner. It’s not the kind of thing that is a good idea.

    It may not be easy to find someone cooperative, but – in my estimation at least – it is essential.

    One good way is spending the time to frequent ranges and gun shows in the area where you want to make “new friends”, and then be friendly and talk to people. The coffee or slice of pie or even the lunch you buy can get you a lot of good will.

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