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The Top Spots in the US to Bug Out

When you plan a bug out strategy, the location is one of the most important considerations. I think some people plan to just grab their bug-out bag and start walking. That is a recipe for disaster. To be successful you need to carefully plan a bug out location along with a route to get there. This means you need to live relatively close to this location. If the highways are clogged when SHTF, you may be walking to your bug out destination.

When selecting a location, there are a few priorities that need to be evaluated. One of the most important is accessibility. Can you get there? If the location is too far away or on the other side of a natural barrier like a river or a cliff, you are going to have a hard time making it to safety. I suggest you find a spot that is under 100 miles away and has a clear path to get you there.

On the other hand, you want this property to be inaccessible for other people. It needs to be hidden, so a location that is heavily wooded or one that has lots of ridges and valleys is ideal. You will want this spot to be well off the grid, so miles from the closest road or trail. If you have geographic features that would block other people, that is even better. Try finding a spot on a steep hillside or one that backs up to a river or bluff. If it is wooded then thick brush is a good deterrent. Of course you can always put up a fence, but natural barriers are even better.

The next priority is your ability to defend the location. If you have a crew trying to enter your camp and take your supplies, can you hold them off? Military strategy says the best option is high ground. If you can find a tall ridge that is heavily wooded, that would allow you to view intruders from all sides. In addition, the steep terrain would slow down any intruders making them easy targets. Another good option is putting your camp against any geological feature that protects your backside. If your camp backs up to a tall cliff side or even a cave, that prevents intruders from flanking you.

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