In a grid down, SHTF situation, the ideal setup would be that you live in a location where you can survive without leaving home. You have natural water sources, food sources, seclusion from the bad situation, and your location is unknown to threats. For most of us, this is not going to happen. We need to live near cities so we can go to work. We live lives that send us to grocery stores instead hunting. We are a part of society in a way that means our homes are not good places to be when society shows its ugly side.
That being the case, the next best thing would be to buy some property that provides a safe location when SHTF. If you own the property, you can take your time building structures, putting in wells, stocking supplies, and learning the land. The problem with that, though, is that it costs even more than living on that land. You have to have your house in the city and your land out in the country. This can be cost prohibitive for many of us. That leaves a third option. Select a location to bug out to that you do not own.
This can be done in two ways. You can find a friend or family member who does have land and create a plan with them. If you go this route, you have to add in food, water, medical, and other supplies for them in exchange for the use of their land. In addition, it would be a good idea to practice survival skills with these people to be sure that you approve of how they intend to survive and that everyone can work together. If that is not available or practical, then you are going to have to find a location that has no private claims to it.
To find your own piece of land that has no claim to it, start out by making a list. This list will be very basic and just get you into the ballpark.
- Mild summers and winters
- Close enough to get to with everyone involved with a significant amount of supplies. Ideally, you should be able to get there on foot within a few days
- Natural water sources that can be considered safe with little to no cleaning
- Natural sources of food that include game animals and vegetation
- Is at least 100 miles from any significant town
- Provides natural protection from attackers
Once you have that list, look at maps, on the internet, and hunting forums for location ideas. This will give you your second list. Each location that goes onto this list will be ranked using the above categories. By giving each category a ranking from 1-5, you can find the ones that fit all of your needs the best.
Once you have your list of possible locations and they are ranked, you need to go visit them. Drive to each one to make sure you know how to get there. You should also find multiple ways to get to each one. Once you arrive at a location, camp out for a day or two and explore the area. By doing this, you can make sure that the rankings you gave to each category are accurate. You also want to look for signs of other people visiting these areas often. If there are signs that people frequent a certain spot, this is not a good BOL. Close to each BOL, you need to find an emergency spot that you can divert to if you notice people have taken up home in your spot before you arrived.
Each BOL should be visited routinely. This will help you to remember how to get to each one if you are unable to use a map when you bug out, along with letting you know if anything has changed. By keeping at least three locations on your list of BOL, you should be able to find a safe place to stay for a while until something better comes along, or you can make a BOL a permanent survival location. At each of these locations, bury some supplies a few miles from where you actually plan to stay. This way, you can travel with less and resupply when you get close to your BOL. By keeping it a few miles away, if someone takes up home where you wanted to be, you can still get to your supplies before you move on to one of your other locations.
No matter what the situation is, there should be at least three safe locations for you and your family to go to in an emergency situation. By going camping at these locations for the family trip, you can keep an eye on things at your BOL while making fun memories with the family.
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