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Most Car Preppers tend to pat themselves on the back for their survival vehicle investments, and rightfully so. However, in most cases, your bug out will only take you as far as traffic allows. Unless you have the luxury of bugging out early to beat the mass exodus, then chances are you will be sitting on the interstate “parking lot” like everyone else. So parking your BOV at home could become problematic, begging the question, where are the best locations to park your bug out vehicle?
The good news is that with some coordination and planning, you can park your vehicle in a tactical location, so it’s waiting for you when you arrive. Whether or not you should consider migrating your vehicle to a remote location depends mostly on where you live, and if you have other nimble transportation methods like a bug out motorbike, ATV or UTV at your disposal that can get you to your vehicle. In this article, we will give you 5 tactical locations away from your home to park your BOV, and why it could make sense for your survival.
5 tactical locations to park for your bug out vehicle include:
- Rural communities
- Remotely located private property
- Near heavily wooded areas
- Near abandoned cave or mineshaft
- Near railroad tracks
1) Rural communities
In the event SHTF, the first place you typically will want to be is an area with plenty of space and fewer residents, making rural communities an ideal location to park your BOV. According to the US Census Bureau, in 2010, only 19% of the US population lived in rural areas. In addition, over 97% of all the land in the United States is considered rural by definition.
Why is this relevant to parking your BOV? During a major event, it’s likely that highly dense populations from the city will be rapidly expanding outwards towards outlying areas. With interstates and local streets gridlocked, getting your larger vehicle to these areas will likely be a major challenge.
It’s important to realize that during this time, you actually have two different sets of challenges to overcome, the first being merely getting to safety, and the second is being able to survive long-term once you arrive. By planning to have your BOV already parked and waiting in a rural area, you have effectively solved 50% of the survival equation.
2) Remotely located private property
Often when driving through the countryside, when people look out the window, they aren’t aware that much of the land is actually privately owned property. With so many acres to spare, this could be a great opportunity to work out an arrangement with the Owner to park your BOV on a remote part of the property. Many Car Preppers unconsciously assume that because of a disaster event, they will be able to park in whatever area they can find.
However, personal property laws do not become voided during a crisis, and a property owner has every right to demand you leave their premises. Mass panic is never a good time to land on an unknown person’s property, so we always recommend working out an arrangement beforehand, so they know you will be living on their land during a crisis.
3) Near heavily wooded areas
Depending on the type of disaster that has taken place, survival may not necessarily hinge on you traveling to rural areas, but perhaps getting to secluded areas will suffice. Parking your bug out deep into a forest or wooded area may present some challenges upfront; however, the benefits could significantly increase the odds of survival. The natural backdrop of the forested regions provides a layer of camouflage, particularly when you mix with other techniques.
4) Near abandoned cave or mineshaft
Parking your BOV in a cave or mineshaft may sound scary, but it could be just the place that provides a layer of protection from both people and natural elements. Former decommissioned mines at some point likely had a small service road that ran close or up to the entrance, potentially making this a parking option. However, determine if the shaft or cave is on private property or warns of physical dangers or illegal trespassing, as this is often the case.
5) Near railroad tracks
Railroad tracks typically run from urban areas out towards more rural zones, so parking near them could provide a viable escape route if SHTF. Ideally, you should try to park your vehicle closer to the outskirts of the urban areas near tracks, if possible, to avoid inner-city railroad crossings and traffic congestions.