You’ve planned it all out…
You’ve got your survival gear… your bug-out bag is packed and ready to go… you have your retreat destination and routes planned… your retreat is fully stocked with supplies and waiting to safeguard you and your family during a disaster…
…but you can’t get there!
Look, even the best plans can and do go wrong.
No matter how much planning you do, you might get to your bug-out location and discover…
… your retreat has been compromised by “hostiles”
… maybe there’s a natural disaster between you and it.
… maybe your retreat itself has been damaged beyond repair by the
You KNOW it isn’t enough just to flee with your loved ones without having a location to go to, right?
But where do you go if your bug-out plan has been trashed before it could even begin?
You need a “Plan B” destination.
One place you might not have considered: CAMPGROUNDS!
There’s a few reasons they can work well:
- Campgrounds are often in secluded locations off the beaten path. Others fleeing will jam themselves into hotels and FEMA stations and won’t think about campgrounds.
- Most people will be looking for more built-up areas with obvious supplies to loot. People don’t typically think about “looting tents” so campgrounds will help you avoid these areas where you may encounter hostiles.
- Many campgrounds have amenities that don’t rely on city services that may go down in a disaster (like water supply, latrines, etc.)
Now, here’s how to find the best campground bug-out site for your disaster plan…
- Get out your map. From your home, draw a 360° circle around you that’s about 75-150 miles away from you (a quarter to half a tank of gas, or a 3 days walk)
- Within that circle, look for campgrounds that are remote enough, but which have water and toilet utilities and are near secondary water sources like streams. You want to be 15 to 20 miles from a town so you can walk in and resupply, but you aren’t too close.
- Map out 3-4 options in opposite directions from you. This gives you the ability to travel in any direction that poses the least threat to you and your family when a crisis hits.
- A campground on elevated terrain is your best option. It’s safer from flooding, gives you a better view of your surroundings, and discourages a lot of people who won’t want to hike up-hill to get to you.
- If you need to bug-out, think “ultralight” with your survival gear. This is the approach used in the light infantry long-range recon (LRRPs) to travel fast and yet have all the gear needed to sustain yourself for long periods of time on your own and without resupply.
In the military, my squad always had a “plan b” for every attack because we never knew if there were going to be new obstacles in the mission or how the enemy would react upon contact.
Well, you never know what Mother Nature has in store for you either, so break out your map and look for your “Plan B” bug-out destination now.
Start now to make sure you are staying prepared.