The Bug Out Retreat
A Bug Out Retreat – That doesn’t sound like it make sense. Preppers regularly debate the wisdom of bugging out versus bugging in, with the majority of experts coming down on the side of bugging in. But that’s based on some very clear assumptions, especially the assumption that anyone bugging out is going to go live in the wild, trying to live off the land with nothing but what they’re carrying in their bug out bag.
Based on that assumption, I’d have to say that bugging in is preferable. Living off the land is much harder than most of us realize. But that doesn’t make bugging in an excellent idea, especially if you live in a big city.
Even disasters as small as a hurricane can cause a breakdown in society, at least to some extent. If that’s the case, then what’s going to happen with a major disaster? Say, something nationwide? The lawless element of society will grow and they’ll be attacking anyone they can, in order to find the things that they need to have in order to survive. Being a prepper around such people will become very dangerous.
That’s why a bug out retreat is a superior option to bugging in. A bug out retreat gives you the option of leaving town and getting away from the two-legged predators, without having to put your family at risk. By pre-planning and preparing someplace to go, you can best protect your family.
But there’s another reason for us to bug out, rather than bug in. That is, Jesus gave us that advice. In fact, He tells us that in three of the gospels (Mt 24:16; Mar 13:14; Luk 21:21), which means it must be important. Specifically, he tells us to go to the mountains when we see the abomination of desolation. So, where are there mountains nearby you?
Hold on, I can already hear you. There are some of you out there saying that you can’t afford a bug out retreat. Maybe that’s true or maybe you’re just thinking of it the wrong way. Buying the land is usually the most expensive part. If you can get away from that part, you can take out a lot of the cost of building your bug out retreat. In fact, that opens a number of possibilities to you.
The first of these is to create it on property owned by a friend or family member who lives out of town. Perhaps their reason for living outside of town is that they want to survive. If that’s the case, you can form a survival team together. Then, you can build a shelter on their property out of scavenged materials.
Another option is to use a travel trailer. You can buy older used travel trailers for a couple thousand dollars. If you’re the do-it-yourselfer type, you can fix that trailer up, making a nice shelter out of it. Then you either keep it at home or find a good place to store it, that would be conveniently close to where you plan on placing your bug out shelter.
Don’t forget small towns either. Most of them will be much safer during a crisis than the big cities. But people who live in small towns will probably be suspicious of strangers. So, you will need to integrate yourself with that town beforehand, so that they accept you when you arrive.
Regardless of the type of bug out retreat you create, the mountains are the best place to do it. Not only will you be well hidden from those two-legged predators, but the mountains provide an abundance of resources which you will need to have access to, in order to survive.