With everyone “sheltering in place” during the pandemic, it can be tempting to forget that sometimes, you have no choice BUT to leave your home.
Now is a great time to plan WHERE you would go if your home became too dangerous to stay in… because, over and over again, we've told you something you HAVE to understand about bugging out for survival.
It's not enough just to flee!
In fact, I've talked before about the very real events that can plunge us into a serious social chaos situation, which could prompt you to bug out.
(You know, like a global pandemic, hint, hint?)
If one of those events occurs, you need to get gone… but you have to have somewhere to go TO.
Just leaving, just fleeing without a destination in mind, won't work…. but how do you choose where to go?
You need to consider…
Bugging Out: Where To Plan Your Survival Retreat In A Forced Evacuation
Leaving without a destination in mind turns you into a refugee, not a survivor.
This means you'll have planned a survival retreat ahead of time.
When considering where to locate that survival retreat, though, there are a bunch of things you need to think about.
Some of them are “counter-intuitive.”
Is The Travel Distance Feasible?
First of all, you have to be able to get to that retreat location.
Who knows what threats are going to be there along the way, no matter what route you take?
- There could be poor resources in certain areas.
- There could be civil unrest in certain areas.
- If the distance is too long, you won't be able to reach your retreat.
You really want to start with looking at a 75 to 150 mile radius from where you currently live.
So if you have to leave your home, you’re looking at worst case scenario a quarter to a half a tank of fuel, because you don’t know what you’re going to have in your vehicle.
Having NO Civilization May Not Be An Option
When you’re looking at that location, you want to look at what resources you have nearby to be able to sustain yourself.
That means you want to look at a topographical map.
- It will show you where maybe state parks are.
- In state parks there could be more game there.
- There’s usually fishing there.
You are looking for something that is out of the way that people are not going to think to travel to.
- But does it have water available?
- Is there going to be game there that you might be able to hunt? Are there fishing locations?
- Or is there even a place, if it’s a longer term stay, where you might be able to garden?
- How is the soil there?
These are all things you have to think about for long-term survival.
You Need SOME Resources Nearby!
You obviously don’t want to be near a major population if you can avoid it, right?
You want to try and stay away from any major urban population because people are going to eventually start to branch out from those urban populations.
Then you have a bunch of clueless, desperate, panicked people out there that could take your stuff, stumble across you, or whatever.
So you want to be as far away from major population as possible – at least one full gas tank away from a major urban area.
You DO want some resources nearby, though, like a hospital or urgent care, a hardware store for supplies, and even something as basic as cell phone and even Internet service.
You might be able to use cash or even bartering, whatever it might be, to be able to go and get resources.
You will also need to resupply food from this area, so you do want to be near some sort of a smaller population.
Small town residents are used to being more self-sufficient, and that may play into your thinking as well.
The point is, there are a lot of factors to consider… and you can't afford to make these decisions on the fly.
Do your planning NOW while you have the opportunity.
When an emergency hits, it will be too late.