Guys, I just want to toss around a few ideas about BUG OUT LOCATIONS. This post isn’t going to be a list of requirements, because the BOL should be based on your particular wants, needs, or requirements.
I think a BOL should be within about 4 hours of your current location. We are currently in the market for a good BOL, but until we can purchase one, we have gotten permission to go to a friend’s place. We have made an agreement that if anything should happen, I will visit them with provisions, and we will allow them to do the same.
I am looking for some mountain-country land. I am, however, looking some “less rocky” mountain land. The plan on this land, I think, is to place a cheap trailer on it, so we can have a good place to go to. Everyone has a different idea of an acceptable living quarters, but we all have a life to live so affording a $300,000 house is not an option. My wife likes the idea of having a cave, that can be reinforced and used as a shelter, which will provide a “natural storm shelter.” Other people have used some nice sheds, and fixed them up to be homes. I like this idea, but think it will be a lot more work that we need to put in to our bug out location. That work can be used for other things.
If I brought a camper, I would have a place to live instantly. If I brought a tent, or trailer cabin I would instantly have shelter. That is why this isn’t the first thing I want to do to the land. If I start planting a food forest, which is an awesome permaculture idea, and perennials, after 3-4 years, I would have an awesome food supply. It will take several years to come to fruition whether I start now or later. It is better to have it growing now and have it ready later.
Another important need at the BOL is water. First thing on the list will be a well. This would give running water whether I have a house, tent, trailer, or camper. It is important that I look at the chance of loosing all electrical power, so a manual pump is a must. Next, would be a pond. I would like to adjust the land to have a swale system that will allow the ground to retain a lot of the rain water, instead of just running it off. If running water is available, that is a huge plus, because it can be used for drinking and power, if coupled with a hydro generator and a battery bank.
I would place this land in a spot that is off of any main road, but should be accessible by your bug out vehicle, or any of your vehicles for that matter. If I can find something that has a legal binding agreement to use an access road through someone else land, that is better because it gets me further from a main road. We are going to find this location within 30 minutes of a metro area, just because that is kind of a want of my wife.
If city utilities are available, that is a good thing. Off Grid living is great, but in the name of redundancy, having grid access is a big plus. It is best to have both on-grid and off-grid options of all utilities.
If the land has a slope, it is best to be on a south-facing slope here in the U.S. Whichever side is facing the Equator is going to be a sun-intensive side which is best for gardening.
I would also consider if there are neighbors, and their attitudes. ABSOLUTELY NO NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS!
I know that there is more to consider, and I will probably write about those in future posts.
Can you think of any more BOL ideas? What is important to you?
As I write tips for your adventures and hear about cool gear, I will let you know all about it!