Bug Out Location: 7 Essential Qualities For Your Secret Setup

Bug Out Location: 7 Essential Qualities For Your Secret Setup
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Bug Out LocationAre you interested in finding the best bug out location?

If you reply to this question with an enthusiastic: Hell Yes, then the way I see it, you have two options….

  1. Buy a private parcel of bug out land
  2. Scope out a remote some remote bug out locations

Obviously, option 1 is more ideal, but not all of us have a large stash of cash to spend on buying a bug out property.

If you fall into the second category, then it’s time to start scouting out some public survival land options.

Of course, you could always plan to bug in, but you better be fully prepared to defend what’s yours if you live in one of these 146 counties.

Ok, enough with the preamble, here’s what I’m going to cover in this article.

  • What to look for in a best bug out property (including a couple of absolute”must haves”)
  • Detailed Instructions On How To Find Bug Out Locations For Sale (with images)
  • Detailed Instructions On How To Start A Public Bug Out Location Search (with images)

7 Advanced Tips To Finding An Ideal BOL

One quick word of advice…

Do your research (lots of it). In order to find the best bug out locations, it’s critical you take your time making the best decision and could mean the difference between surviving or perishing.

So take the time to learn the bug out location essentials that make a good and bad bug out location to avoid making a costly mistake. Here are essential bug out location ideas to keep in mind.

1- Bug Out Location Distance

There are two primary aspects in figuring out your total bug out distance, and they are both in opposition to each other.

1) Your entire bug out travel distance

2) Your bug out location distance from dense populations.

With your travel distance, you want to keep it as short as possible. The further you must go to reach your bug out location, the more opportunities to run into problems. Depending upon the SHTF event and thinking about worst-case scenarios, there could be roadblocks set up within hours.

According to a solid article posted by the SurvivalMom (When Things Go South Or What To Expect When SHTF):

Most major road arteries will be closed and patrolled by law enforcement and National guard elements with orders to stop, search and detain or turn back anyone they find. So, plan your routes well, have at least 3 routes out, and make sure you go for a drive and check them out on a regular basis.

The second aspect is proximity to high-density populations. I’ll make this one relatively easy for you, don’t pick a bug out location in any of these 146 danger zone counties.

Now that we’ve identified the two primary aspects related to your bug out destination’s distance let’s discuss these in a bit more detail.

If you’re purchasing a piece of land to serve as a bug out property, then you need to figure out how far that property is from your current home.

Your Travel Distance = The total distance from your current home to your bug out location.

Bug Out Route

Example Of A Bad Walking Bug Out Route – It’s too long because it would take a week of hiking to reach your destination

If you are walking, then you need to try to keep it within a five-day total travel distance. At a max of about 12 miles per day (trust me that’s a lot), you’re looking at a location that is no more than 60 miles from your take off location.

Side Note: Make sure you buy the best bug out bag for this trek you can afford.

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If you are driving to your bug out location, then you should only plan going as far as single tank of fuel will take you. If you are planning anything further than that, then it’s imperative to get a solid long term fuel storage plan so you can refuel without relying on gas stations.

Regardless of how much fuel you have stored, it’s still not advised to attempt a multi-state travel excursion to your final bug out location. Traveling that far takes a lot of time (especially if you are avoiding the jammed interstate system), and it adds lots of potential run-ins with unfriendlies along the way.

You need to be able to assess honestly and reply the following two questions:

  • Do you honestly believe you can get from your current location to your bug out location safely during a major crisis?
  • Is the bug out location a safe distance from high-density population areas?

If you can confidently reply to both of these two questions with an affirmative, then that bug out location is one you should investigate further.

If not…move on and keep searching.

Bug Out Property Pond2- Water Availability

Ideally, you want to have a natural source of water on your bug out property. Why?  Because you can’t survive long without it – why would you choose a survival property that puts you at direct odds with the most crucial of survival resources – WATER?

Unless you have a massive water storage system planned out that is self-replenishing (a.k.a. large storage tanks and rainwater collection systems) you’re going to want a pond, lake, river or stream nearby.

For those who plan to bug out in the desert, the biggest challenge will be water procurement…if this is you, then you should check out this device that creates water from air.

For just about everyone else, purchase bug out land with water on it or a constant natural spring.

The most obvious benefit from water is to consume it. However, if water is abundant, it can go way beyond just hydration. Water is also necessary for sanitation and is great for constant power generation purposes (running water only).

If you have running water that is moving down a slope at a decent speed, then you might be able to harness the energy of the water by setting up a basic hydro-power generation system.

Don’t discount this potential, I’ve seen small hydroelectric setups that can run a basic homestead based solely upon the running water.

So the challenges you must be able to overcome in regards to water on your bug out land are:

  • Are there any water resources on (or very near) the property?
  • How reliable is this water source, is it seasonal or available all year? (You don’t want a trickling stream to dry up at the first signs of a mild drought.)

Bonus points if the water source has enough kinetic energy to provide power generation.

Conceal Bug Out Location3 – Keeping Your Bug Out Location Secured and Concealed

Even if you choose a highly remote survival location, far away from high-density cities, unfriendly people may still discover your bug out location if you’re not careful. You found the location so there’s a good chance other people might find it someday as well.

Try to find areas that are not near any obvious paths of travel.

If you are looking for a good bug out location in mountainous terrain, ideally the location would not be located near a mountain pass where people will naturally want to travel.

If it’s challenging for you to get to the survival location, then that’s a positive thing for concealment, your odds of someone else stumbling upon your bug out location are much lower.

Once you buy the land and set up a cabin, shelter, RV or tent of some sort, make certain it blends in with the surroundings so that wanderers can’t see it from a distance.

When you have a fire for heat and food, will the smoke and scent be detectable by other people from miles away? You should probably keep your fires contained and only light it at night to hide the smoke.

According to SurvivalistPrepper:

Even if you live in a semi-rural or rural area the smell of your cooking will carry very far, in some cases more than ½ a mile away.

Also, investigate how easy it will be to watch and defend the bug out property. You don’t want to be in a poor defensive position to protect the land should a group of bandits decide to attack.

To quote a good article from PrepForSHTF on this topic:

Defending your bug-out location or safe haven and possessions during a crisis is new territory for most people, and if you do not have specific training in defense or offense tactics then it is likely you will lose your supplies or even your life if you try to barricade yourself inside and fight it out.

It’s best to try and avoid a conflict in the first place (i.e. concealment).

Now, concealment and water availability can at times be at odds with each other.

People are drawn to water for obvious reasons, and they will either follow rivers and streams or look for ponds. However, do the best you can and just know what a property’s strengths and weaknesses are so that you can plan accordingly.

Bug Out Location Self Reliance Property4- Self Reliance Opportunities

I touched on a power generation option earlier, but if you are searching in a region with reliable amounts of direct sunlight, solar power options should also be investigated. Some form of basic grid independent power generation is a huge bonus for a survival property.

You’ll also want to look for food producing soil potential surrounding your survival property.

If there is no soil and it’s all rock, then growing a garden is going to be a challenge. Is there firewood available? Abundant firewood will be required to heat your survival location and cook your food.

Can you raise any livestock for food on the property? Is there enough grass to keep goats, can you grow food to support chickens?

How prevalent is wild game or fish? All these food considerations add up to either a good survival bug out or a nightmare one.

dollar bill5 – Land Property Costs

As a realist, the cost of the property is always going to be an issue.

I wish we could all find good bug out locations for under $3000, but that’s not realistic.

The honest truth is: The best bug out locations going to cost more.

So you’ll have to balance each one of these 7 qualities to find one that will work well within your budget.

However, if your plan is to squat on some remote public land, then property costs aren’t really an issue.

Government Shutdown6 – Government Red Tape For The Land

Double check any zoning requirements to build structures, grow crops or raise animals.

After SHTF the government might not be following up on your bug out location anymore (they’ll have bigger things to worry about) but until that day comes…they will.

In order to get your survival location setup before SHTF, you want to avoid having to deal with a lot of red-tape. So it’s best to investigate this before you sign on the dotted line.

7 – Land Location  and Natural Threat Potential

US Natural Disaster Map

As you can see from this map from Crisis HQ, there are not may areas of the US where you’re not in a high-risk zone for at least one natural disaster.

You might have found a good bug out location with a large stream running through it, but what’s the possibility of water from that stream flooding your new bug out cabin next spring? Is the location in tornado alley? Are wildfires a concern?

Take a look at some data based upon your proposed location. While this factor alone shouldn’t deter from purchasing a specific bug out property it should be a consideration. There may be ways to mitigate the natural threats once you start building your shelter.

Maybe you build the structure higher up on the hill than you originally intended to avoid any flooding potentials.

You could clear a bit of land surrounding the home to make it a defensible area and have a better chance of surviving a wildfire.

You might build your bug out cabin with better fasteners or keep it lower profile to stand up better against high winds.

Having each of these aspects in mind before, during, and after you purchase your bug out land will go a long way to making your bug out property a success.

Once, you have secured your survival property, you’ll need to plan out how you want your future homestead to operate.

Where To Begin To Find Private Bug Out Locations For Sale

You can find bug out location ideas online.

Start with a couple of rural land websites. You can filter your search by area, type of land and price.

Let’s go through an example, shall we…

For shits and grins, let’s say I live in the in metro Atlanta area (I don’t 🙂)

The first thing I would do is start looking for the most sparsely populated counties in Georgia. You can use US-places.com. Select the “state to state and county to county comparisons of population” option.


Find Georgia and click it.

us-places 1

Looks like the least populated county in Georgia is Taliaferro County (this is based solely on absolute population – make sure to consider density too which is absolute population divided by square miles).

Lowest Population County In Georgia

Now I have no actual experience in this area and it might not be the best selection ever, but I see that Taliaferro is a county located between Atlanta and Augusta. So it might not be “ideal” as this is somewhat near a major interstate, but this is as good a place to start your search as any.

The bug out location distance is about 95 miles from the heart of Atlanta so it might be a bit out of reach for a hiking bug out unless you live significantly East of Atlanta. In this case, a good bug out vehicle is recommended.

Taliaferro County

So let’s just roll with it and see what we find.

Enter Taliaferro County into one of the three rural land websites and hit the big red search button.

us-places 3

Now scroll through the results until you find something worth exploring further.

us-places 4

This bug out property seems to have some potential. It’s a price that some people might be able to afford. It’s 5 acres so that provides some defensible space to work with. It sounds like there’s water potential with a creek bordering at the rear of the property.

If coughing up 11k seems like a pipe dream then maybe you can team up. One often overlooked aspect of survival is creating a trustworthy survival coalition. Maybe you have some extended family or close friends who are also preppers.  Maybe they would jump at the chance of teaming up to purchase a good bug out property together.

You could build a couple of small cabins on a 5-acre parcel of land.

If you found one family member and a couple of friends you might be able to get access to this property for only $2,750. Yes…that’s still not free, but it starts to look much more affordable when you team up.

Plus, if you team up with a group of like-minded friends you’ll all have higher survival rates when SHTF.

That’s how I would start my search for a private bug out location to purchase.  I would do this several times and come up with a list of several properties to visit.

Never, ever buy property sight unseen.  I’ve heard of people doing this when they find a great deal online and it typically results in major disappointment.

Find a buyer’s real estate agent you trust and go see the properties with your own eyes.

Another place I’ve seen some interesting bug out property listings is Craigslist.  I saw a potential bug out property about a month ago selling for 5k in a remote location in Colorado.

Now again, buyer beware…most times these lower priced survival locations are priced that way for a reason.  It’s your job to find out why the bug out location price is reduced and then determine whether that’s a deal breaker or not.

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Where To Begin To Find Public Bug Out Land Options


I always start with maps.  I love topographical maps.

Get some topo maps of the remote government lands that surround you.

My favorite topographical maps are National Geographics Trails Illustrated Series.  They are the right size, have the right amount of detail and are waterproof. I highly recommend buying one for your bug out location area.

Side Note: I like National Forests more. I’d avoid National Parks. National parks are too busy and have too many full-time park rangers constantly patrolling the backcountry.

Topo maps provide the crucial terrain detail. They are necessary to hunt for a worthy bug out location. I look for remote areas that have as many of the 7 bug out location essentials I described above.

The good news is…you can begin this search online with Free Online Topo Maps.


If you visit this website here’s what you’ll find.my topo  You have zoom controls on your left and make sure to pick “My Topo” in the upper right-hand corner.

Let’s say we are looking for some land in Northern Georgia (Chattahoochee National Forest); here’s what a topographical map of this area looks like.

National Forest

I focus on areas with water nearby but it’s also a pain to get to. There might be some rough service roads nearby, but I’d avoid anything near a paved highway.

Mark up a couple of potential survival locations and then schedule some time to pay them a visit. Plan some overnight camping trips to these remote locations to scope them out.

A Bug Out Location To Look At Further

Once you find a decent, free bug out location, you can begin forming the rest of your bug out plan. Figuring out such details as your overall bug out location distance, caching, shelter, homesteading, etc.

If you have an RV or camper, that might work if you can drive to the location.  Otherwise, you might need to start stocking supplies (caching) in your new bug out location (hide it well).

Also make certain your bug out bag, bug out bag checklist, and bug out plan are 100% ready to go.

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What do you think?  Was this helpful?  Did I miss anything you think I should add to help find a good bug out location?  I’d appreciate any feedback you might have in the comments below.

Remember: Prepare, Adapt and Overcome,
“Just In Case” Jack
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  1. Jim Draper says

    I wish someone would go into good detail regarding how to sustain oneself once arriving at their bug out location. Really, after 3-6 months of eating all the food you have possible stored and/or brought with you, how can one possibly survive? Perhaps giving some tips on long-term survival planning would be helpful. For example, if you arrive in the fall, it’s too late to plant a garden. If you plant fruit trees, it takes 3-4 years for them to bear fruit. If you plan on hunting, meat alone will not sustain you. And how many people will you be feeding with the limited supplies on hand. Please, give some detailed strategies into food issues in the weeks and months after arriving at the bug out location.

    • Just In Case Jack says

      Hey Jim,
      Thanks for asking. I couldn’t agree more.

      I’ve actually started on such a post. It will be a long one, so it’s going to take a few more weeks to finish. I’ll do my best to share my thoughts on how best to setup your bug out location to sustain and hopefully thrive.

      It’s a challenging post to write since everyone’s situation will be unique, but there are some universal truths and actions that work for the majority of bug out situations.


    • Florida Prepper says

      Hi Jack. If you bug out before SHTF, then you have time to plan way ahead to build out your BOL. Today marks my One Year Anniversary that I bought and moved right on my BOL property the day I closed on it. I was vacant (No Man Made Utilities or buildings) its wooded and a peninsula with water on 3 sides. I lived in a small utility trailer for a few months till I cleared out enough area to place a few portable buildings on it which did not require any permits. I have been drinking and cooking with bottles water so far until I can get a well dug. Sure I had a year supply of food, cans, rice beans etc and still have a lot of food left. But the Poop has not hit the fan just yet and I still go out for dinner into town, buy more groceries and making this a nice transition. I have spent a lot of money at Lowes this year for hardware and tools and construction materials. This may not be available after SHTF. Warning, If you plan to Bug out to a remote vacant land, you are in for a rude awakening. Bugs, heat, cold, rain, wind and nature will screw with you big time. Get lots of mosquito netting to cover windows and doors but yet let the breeze blow in. I now have a great 4 panel solar system $5K into it and it produces about twice the energy I use on a daily basis for my cottage and lights. I even run a small fridge which is essential for keeping leftovers. The Biggest challenge is Washing dishes so get a couple of wash and dry bins, and I still go to a Laundry mat every 2 week s to do laundry. And do have the 5 gal buckets and hand washer.. But hey I got a lot accomplished in one year and will continue to build on it. I am looking at another smaller building for a bathroom, toilet and shower. I can take a shower with 1 to 2 bottles of water or use a hand towel for a quick cleaning. I am doing this all solo, and also use satellite dish for Internet. My cell reception is spotty and I switched services that has better a coverage connection. I have spent the year building the cabin 12 x 24 out and now have a kitchen, counter and sink with a drain, Whoo Hooo. Every amenity is a blessing and making my life easier. I use Propane for cooking and coffee, and a tea kettle to heat up water for coffee and dishes. For cooking I went through about 2 x 15 Lb tanks in one year. I have 6 tanks on hand, also used one just for January for a small top heater to take the chill off in the cottage… This is Florida, and have mild winters.. If you are above the frost line, you better have a year supply of wood already cut and split and an efficient wood stove. I may add that stove later, for an out door porch kitchen hang out room I want to add on later. I cook everything out side under a canopy, but have used a couple small cans of cooking fuel like they use for buffet tables and can heat up a can of soup in a kettle in about 10 mins in the cabin. Get plenty of flashlights and batteries, and you will no doubt find many things like flashlights that stop working. One is None and 5 may be just right. Flashlights are a biggie. Also go to Amazon and Buy 100 lighters for $20. I bought 400 lighters for use or barter when SHTF. Thats just .20 cents per lighter. Later you can sell them for $1 dollar each if you need to. That’s an .80 cent profit per lighter. My BOL property is backed up to a large preserve miles deep with swamp and I get flocks of turkeys and deer that frequently come by. I bought a Cross Bow and got a few turkey this last fall and cooked them on my smoker grill for for the experience. Cleaning then was tough with no running water, and it would have been nice with a cleaning counter station. I let the deer go free this last year, even though I had a license.. Mainly because I do not have enough freezer space, and just not set up right to smoke or can all the meat. But I am working toward that and would love to can a lot of the meat next year. In SHTF, Not sure who will be checking for hunting licenses, as the goal will be to feed your family. Other advice is sell your house in the cities ASAP, and get out now to the country. I sold my house the first day, on the market, closed in 45 days, then paid off all my debt, and closed on this property soon after. My property taxes in the country are way cheaper, 5 secluded acres is less than $350 per year for all this great nature and remoteness. I have no debt, great credit and have paid cash for everything so far to get my BOL set up and running. I want to add chickens and rabbits this year.. Low maintenance. I hear Goats like to climb on your cars so I decided not to get pests or any pets. This article is pretty spot on, Buy lots of hand tools. A generator, and have 6x 5 gallon Jerry cans with I keep stashed on my property as a back up and rotate the gas out about every 6 months. Use PRI-G gas additive. I also hired a few locals to put up a 375 Ft 6-Ft Tall barbed wire fence with 3 strands of barbed wire at the top on the 4th side land side of my peninsula property. And a secured locked gate. The 3 other sides are a fresh spring lake that feeds into a canal that leads to a river which I can kayak out to for more fishing, and exercise. Yes Gators occupy the water so it is a natural moat on 3 sides of the property. I have unlimited supply of fire wood and picked up 2 large piles of wood debris which I can use for kindling.. I’ve killed 4 water moccasins in a year, with a machete. and I also suggest getting a high powered air pellet rifle. 1200 FPS. I’ve bought some cracked corn (stored in Metal Trash Cans) which I throw out a few cups daily to keep the game coming in like doves, turkey and others.. Raccoons come in at night and deer as well to feed. So my front porch is set up with a blind and deer come within 5 yards of my porch and cottage door. Fresh air sunshine and plenty of work is what a BOL will provide for you the first year. Get to your location as soon as you can. Bug out now or prepare to stay put and deal with the hungry hoards knocking at your door in the cities. No regrets here and good luck to everyone. ~ Florida Prepper

      • Just In Case Jack says

        Awesome comment Flordia Prepper!
        Thanks for sharing. Lots of ideas to think about and consider and helpful for all of use who are still working on our BOL and plans. Good advice on not only securing a BOL but perminately moving there ASAP. That’s the ideal scenario if you can swing it.

        – Jack

      • Olav says

        Great comment!

        I’ld love to see a photo or a few of your BOL, with the fence and your buildings – if possible!

        Thanks for sharing your experience! Great information.

  2. says

    That is an extremely all encompassing article. Lots of great info to absorb in that one.

    What I did to find my bug out location is look at a satellite image of my local area at night. I figured out where the best location was based on how dark the area was.

    I started going up there on weekends and looked for a few places to camp. I eventually found a great place and made that into a proper bug out camp.

    I will be going back soon to make a cabin and a few other preparations. Even if I never need to bug out, it’s still nice to have a private place of my own.

    – Justin

    • Just In Case Jack says


      Thanks for sharing.

      I like the satellite images at night idea. Obviously the darker the area on such a map the less the population density should be.

      Best to use all the online tools you can to narrow down how many areas you need to research by actually visiting.
      Should save a ton of time and hopefully help find that ideal bug out location.


  3. JIm says

    Just a quick follow-up. I found a good article that begins to address this topic at The Prepper Project entitled “Building A Community Reliant Life” that I would recommend. http://theprepperproject.com/building-a-community-reliant-life/ I think there is more to cover in this area but it’s a great start. My concerns are that after we exhaust all our supplies in a SHIT situation, we become the very people we are trying to keep away from. Really, what do we do to feed our family when we run out of food? I think buying into an established community is the only hope for LONG TERM survival. Short term bug out cabins will sustain us only until the food runs out. It seems to me that unless someone buys an established homestead that can produce food in the short term–i.e. fruit trees, berry bushes, bees, etc. it will be hard to make it through the period of running out of food and having garden produce–given the time of the year. Anyway, I hope this gives you some additional thoughts when writing your article.

    • Just In Case Jack says

      Thanks for your additional thoughts as I craft my future article on this topic.

      I also agree there is much more to cover and nothing about this is going to be easy.
      If you want to survive long term, then you must think long term. Stockpiles are great until they run out. Having a way to replenish your stocks starting from day one is going to be key to long term success.

      It can come from a variety of sources such as good garden/agriculture planning, livestock establishment/management and community organization via bartering.
      It’s a fools game to sit back and watch your stockpiled resources get depleted day after day and do nothing about it.


    • says

      After spending the evening reading people’s comments, I had to add my own. Bugging out is easy but takes preparation, planning and money. Everyone who contemplates it and does not take immediate action suffers from paralysis through analysis. There are a few basics I can share with you to help you through the first 6 -12 months. 1) Plan to store high calorie foods and compare calories per $1. A can of green beans costing a dollar compared to a bag of rice with 1000s of calories is loser. Therefore, beans, rice, oatmeal, wheat and other high calorie foods are essential. A large portion of the entire world lives on a cup of rice a day. Yes, you will lose weight but you won’t starve. 2) Oil. Store loads of oil. The body needs it and its also very high in caloric value. 3) Dehydrated and freeze dried foods will last a very long time and you can dehydrate so many different foods that it will pay off long term. We dehydrate everything that is on the way out. If apples are looking a little old, we dehydrate them with some sugar and cinnamon, Bananas the same thing. 4) One of the cheapest sources of protein is canned salmon. You can often get get salmon for less than $2 a can and it stores for 3 to 4 years if kept cold. 5) Wheat berries last for 1000s of years. Buy a hand grinder and grind away. 6) Bags of sugar are essential as is Baking Soda and Baking Powder. 7) Freeze Dried Eggs combined with the other food stores listed above make for high calorie, protein rich foods. If you store your foods in 5 gallon FDA approved 5 gallon buckets with an o2 absorber, you’re in good shape.

      Buy heirloom seeds and learn to garden, I go to the restaurants and ask them to save me their 2 and 5 gallon buckets and grow fresh veggies. If you don’t want to do that, buy bags of potting soil, cut holes in the top and sides and plant seeds right into the bag of soil and water the seeds, The water will drain right out of the sides of the bags and no pots are necessary. You can grow a lot of food in bags without pots or easily spotted fields.

      Learn to shoot, fish, hunt and trap. After the initial die off of a starving population, the game will return and become plentiful.

      Anyone can store a year supply of food if they think calories and not variety, Its not rocket science. Its simple math.

      • Florida Prepper says

        To BugOut Joe, Yes Indeed, I would say the first 6 months at My BOL, clearing brush and trees, I lost about 15 to 20 Lbs and lost my Guy Gut for the first time in years. I would say I could easily burn though 2000 to 3000 calories a day working and sweating it all out. I also eat a lot of canned salmon over rice or Steamed spinach or greens. I have a local gal at a pub sells me fresh free range eggs, until I get my own flock going. I also eat trail mix, nuts, power bars, and drink cranberry juice, OJ and lots of water.., etc.

        I stayed pretty secluded on my property working for 6 months, then got out and started meeting neighbors which is in the country. Get to know these folks and help them out and they will help you back with lots of info. Who to call for services or car repairs, etc. Find out who you can trust and who not to trust. Also beware in the country there is a sect of Meth users which roam around, so pay attention and keep your OPSEC in operation full time. NEVER Let Meth or druggies on your property period. Another reason why I put up a large barbed wire fence to keep those who like to walk on unexpectantly. Put up plenty of No trespassing signs “Enforced by Rule 12g”. = 12 Guage. They will get the point.

        Besides propane for cooking I use charcoal grill and gas grill. Cooking with electricity is wasteful, and will run down your solar charged batteries in a hurry. Electric coffee makes are one of the worst. 800 Watts. Propane is very efficient and less costly to boil water then pour your coffee grains. I do also have plenty of cast Iron and dutch ovens for camp fire cooking but have not done that yet. After a year, they physical work slowed down, and I’ve gained most of the weight back.. Ha. Good eating out here. Must be doing good.

        Florida Prepper.

  4. Ron says

    You should do a scenario from something that’s actually in the Bible. The scenario is where you cannot “buy or sell”. Meaning, if you want to survive, you will need to leave the cities and move to a land where you can farm.

    This is what I’m actually trying to figure out. I still think all of your criteria’s here apply, with the exception that your not “bugging out” to that land. Instead, you are planning ahead and just moving there without the fear of interference from anyone.

    The “bug out” scenario will eventually kick in later, where you’d need to leave in a hurry from that current land you’ve been farming.

    • Florida Prepper says

      Keep in mind Ron, When SHTF and EBT Food cards don’t work, your garden and livestock will look oh so tasty to the hungry locals. How can you protect all of that? So there are lots of considerations. Read more realistic with current survival articles, You won’t be rewarded with Miracles from the BuyBull.

  5. Radio Ranger says

    Florida has a lot of Preppers because everyone knows the Cat-6 Hurricane is only one season away. Just look what happened in New Orleans. A Prepper I know lives near a wild life reserve and has his property posted with no trespass and beware of the bears signs. It works better than dog signs, but he plans on putting out over a dozen bear traps if things go south and a few tricks he learned in the Army to keep the Zombies at a distance A mass of idiots will back off if one of them looses a leg. Next is he has a buried container for serious hiding, He’s on high ground that never floods. I bet there are 20 cameras hidden on his property. He’s completely off-grid. His theory is worse case it will be over in 3 months, by then the military will have restored peace or all the people in the cities will have starved. Hiding from the world longer than that does seem to be a little crazy, unless we’re hit by an asteroid or there is Global Nuclear War. The property is his weekend hide a way on the surface. He also has a good set of survival books. I like the bear trap idea. If someone comes after him later, trying to trap the bear that kept getting into his food is a good cover story. They were trespassing anyway. Shooting someone will always get you in trouble; if you’re caught! He has me thinking about buying some land in the area. The real threat in Florida is obvious and just having a bunker nearby on high ground is a good idea,

  6. says

    Another great place to set up shop would be in a remote place. Being from Montana, there is a ton of remote places with low populations where people mind their business. Just to get ideas of possible areas to look for as a “bug out” location, check out http://www.venturewestranches.com. Montana is rich in resources and places such as the ones shown on the site provide things like hunting, fishing, and fresh water.

  7. EquestrianChick says

    Hi! Great info! I really enjoyed the article.
    I’ve been making a bug out bag for a bit now, slowly accumulating the supplies over the last few months and putting them together. Me and my sister have teamed up and been throwing around ideas on meet up spots and a plan should “SHTF” as you so properly put it. 🙂
    my main question is this, we live in one of the major poulated cities that would not be ideal to stay should a situation arise. I need to have a decent spot that I can get to my bug out bag and get out of the city in one piece and make my way to one of the desired meet up spots. Since my house is in the northern half of the city but if an event occurs that I can’t get to it, I didn’t want to keep my bag there. Do you think keeping it in my car is a good plan since 90% of the time im at work or using the car?
    I also have access to a ranch and am knowledgeable with horses, so travel by horse is an option and thus the bag could be kept at the ranch if need be.
    Do you have thoughts on this situation?
    Since my house is at the north end of the city (the ranch is 10min North of that) and it wouldn’t be too difficult to get out of the city and head North, but obviously I don’t want to be in a situation where I can’t get to my bag when the need arises.
    Thanks for your thoughts!

    • Just In Case Jack says

      I think you should stash your fully stocked bug out bag somewhere north of the city – I think the ranch may work well for your plans.

      I also recommend you have a “get home” bag for your car. This bag has fewer supplies but still has the critical items to help you get back home or help you get up north. The “get home” bag will be lighter so you should be able to still move very quickly on foot.

      That’s what I would do in your situation.

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