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Living with relatively close neighbors has it’s advantages. I’ve known of people that had a trailer house on their very scenic, remote property. It was a big single wide full sized trailer house, not an RV, They also had a 40ft steel shipping container to lock all of their stuff into. They went away for a while (a month, if I recall off hand) on a temporary contract because it offered good money. They came back and the trailer and the shipping container were both gone. Those were seriously big items. Whoever took them needed large trucks.

However, if you live with close by neighbors, people who do that should stockpile a large quantity of extra food, something simple like beans and rice at least. Neighbors who are starving, or even worse, their kids are starving, can become enemies really fast.

Most people cannot afford a good bug out location, which is essentially a second home. That is why for most people a nomadic set up is best. Nomadic doesn’t mean you are always moving, it means you always have the ability to move if need be.

Basically it’s a mobile retreat built around an RV or a large, 4 season tent with a wood stove such as one or two military surplus 10 man arctic tents (you can link them together). Basically, you have an RV or a pickup truck, van, or utility trailer with your gear in it, and preferably you have a few good locations pre-scouted out. Once you get there you can live there anywhere from a few days to indefinitely, depending upon the circumstances.

If extra cash is available and you really want a piece of land that you can say is ‘yours’, a semi-nomadic route will allow you to buy a chunk of land without the expense and risk of a house on the property and all of your stuff being vulnerable. You can also pay it off faster. You can develop a water source (typically the #1 expense of rural living aside from building a house), maybe install a slab to camp on, possibly even do a hidden underground cache. One idea if you owned a piece of land would be to develop a water source and let a local rancher use it for his cattle while you are not there. That would encourage the rancher to keep an eye on it for you.

In a proper vehicle based nomadic set up, you have with you the gear to live indefinitely, like you would with a house (plant a garden, etc). However, your retreat location can be anywhere, such deep in the national forest if need be. You can adjust your bug out location to meet changing and unexpected conditions. You just need a water source. If you have rural friends or family who already have a retreat or a farm, you will be a lot more welcome if you bring your own dwelling and gear with you.

If you have to bug out again you can. You don’t necessarily have to travel great distances in a secondary bug out. Even a mere 10 or 20 mile relocation can often make a huge difference in your survival. You don’t need an endless supply of fuel for your vehicle since you are not constantly moving. You need enough to get there, do the occasional errand maybe, and if need be, do one, or several, short relocations (hordes of starving refugees, forest fire, etc).

However, a house in the woods or a nomadic setup, you might want to consider having several signs with you similar to this to be placed along access routes to your area during times of crisis: