16 Possible Bug Out Locations When SHTF


Bugging out is often talked about in the prepper community and everyone has a strong opinion on whether to stay put or to get out of town if things go haywire. While we all have strong opinions on the matter these are just some possible areas that I thought would be good selections based on getting away from the mass population, not natural disasters. Feel free to chime in on our Facebook page and let us know what you think. These aren’t listed in order of preference.

1. Eastern Washington


While the western part of the state is very populated, the mountain range acts as a natural barrier to the less populated eastern portion of Washington State where farming is prominent and the land is fertile. It’s also close to Canada if you need an escape route out of the United States.

2. West Virginia


West Virginia is such an easy place to hideout. The entire state is covered in mountains and gets great precipitation and a decent growing season. The mountains are wonderful natural barriers to keep the mass population out especially if there are gas shortages.

3. Central Oregon


Oregon as a whole isn’t known for their pro-gun stance, however the central valley is full of 2nd amendment supporters. The mountain range much like in Washington will make it difficult for the city dwellers to make it far without gas. Bordering to the east is Idaho – so no major city coming from that direction.

4. Central Utah


Utah is a definite strong hold for conservative and self reliant individuals. The central part of the state lends itself to more disposable lumber which can be used as a fuel source. The surrounding barren land will make traveling difficult for marauders.

5. Northern Maine


Yes it’s cold in Maine but Old Man Winter has a way of detouring visitors. Maine is loaded with firewood and natural resources. The coast provides a food source. An added bonus is that Canada is just a few miles away.

6. North Central New Mexico


The further north in New Mexico you travel, the higher the elevation. Elevation means more precipitation, which means more trees, more animals and less people. Mule deer are prominent in this area which is another food source. Due to the higher elevation, the growing season is shortened. The closest metro area is Albuquerque, several hours south.

7. South Central Montana


Only 1 million people live in the entire state of Montana. South Central Montana is spared most of the brutal Winters that the western part of the state experiences. Abundant wildlife and fishing resources are sure to keep you and your family fed. Montana’s way of life is like no other in the lower 48 – living there is like a survival situation, which leaves you more than prepared.

8. Southeast Idaho


Southeast Idaho has some of the country’s finest farmland. Sparsely populated, Idaho offers seclusion from the mass population and is protected by challenging terrain all around including the Teton Mountains and Yellowstone to the east. Idaho is also a pro 2nd amendment state. Salt Lake City is the largest metro area which is a few hours away.

9. Southwest Colorado


Just north of Durango, Colorado is San Juan National Forest. It’s far enough away from Denver and far enough south to get plenty of sun for solar power. The protected wilderness provides plenty of food and natural resources to sustain yourself. You are also getting closer to the Four Corners area where the population is very small and transportation will be limited due to the remoteness of the area.

10. Western North Carolina


The Appalachian Mountains in Western North Carolina are rural enough that most city dwellers will stay home and consume local resources before venturing out to unknown challenging terrain. The climate is warm enough for a long growing season, so farming is a way of life there.

11. North Central Wyoming


Unlike the rest of Wyoming, the land is not barren in the northwestern and north central part of the state. Although Winters will definitely be challenging due to the harsh weather conditions and high winds, it may be worth the pay off to keep people away. Wildlife and trees are abundant in the Big Horn area. There are no major metropolitan areas nearby. Denver is nearly 8 hours to the south.

12. Northern Vermont


When I think of Vermont, wildlife, water, trees and proximity to Canada all come to mind. Being able to escape into another country is a huge positive. The growing season here is shorter, but you should be able to trap and hunt here to provide enough food. The eastern seaboard gets enough precipitation to make water a non-issue.

13. North Georgia


The Appalachians extend all the way down to North Georgia and precipitation is abundant enough to provide sufficient water for growing food. The climate is warm enough for a lengthy growing season as well. It’s not far from the Great Smoky Mountains which make for a great hideaway.

14. Northern Arizona


The high desert of Northern Arizona at around 7000 feet above sea level offers enough precipitation to collect rainwater and have a low producing well. Elk and deer migrate in large numbers around Flagstaff providing a valuable resource, although the growing season is considered shorter because of cooler temperatures. Coming from Phoenix on foot would prove to be difficult in a hot climate through barren land.

15. Alaska


Alaska sounds like the winner for a potential bug out location due to its unlimited natural resources and wildlife if you can deal with the long nights, long days and long Winters. Being located in the vast wilderness will certainly detour any threats because of our place in the food chain.

16. Northern Idaho


Probably one of the country’s best kept secrets is Northern Idaho. Full of large lakes, natural resources and plenty of wildlife, Northern Idaho makes the perfect off grid home. It can get cold there and is mostly covered with foothills and mountains that extend into neighboring Montana. Canada is only a few miles away.

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