Bugging Out to a Foreign Country
We normally think of the top bug out locations as somewhere in the redoubt (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, East Oregon and East Washington) or possibly just somewhere away from people, but there seems to be some other options. Are there any other places that could be decent bug out locations? It seems that there are some expatriates who have relocated to other countries, mostly South American countries. So what are some countries that might be possible for your bug out location? What seem to be the best locations at the moment would be:
There are some things to think about if you were to decide this was your plan.
Why would you want to go out of the country?
There are a few reasons I could think of. Many of these types of countries are semi third world countries so this means that many people in the countries live off grid and much more self sufficient lives. Due to this, even if there is a huge societal meltdown in the US because of an electronic grid meltdown or an EMP there will be much less or possibly no meltdown at all in another country that is less reliant on the grid. Depending on the country’s economy there may be less effect from an economic collapse in these smaller country rather than in the US.
Have you been there?
If you plan to buy a survival or off grid home in one of these or some of the other Latin America countries it would be wise to visit, go on vacation there quite a few times and understand the environment. This would be a totally new culture and place so experiencing it will be most important.
How would you get there to bug out?
Many of the expatriates that have relocated to these places have and are already moving to these locations. If you were planning to go to your foreign bug out location when the shtf situation is already or is about to happen it may be difficult to get a plane to fly there. So really what are your two options? You can actually go before things get really bad or you will probably want to have some type of watercraft you believe can make it to the location. This isn’t your normal 2 day hike or couple hour drive to a bug out location. This is an idea that not only would have to be something you have really done extensive planning for, but also something that will be extremely life changing and a total culture shock.
What is available?
In many of these countries there has been such a huge influx of Americans that you may have a tough time finding something with lots of land and something that is exactly what you want. In Panama there is actually a community being built just for preppers it is called Finca Bayano and the list there opportunity as survival insurance. That is an interesting idea. There is also a site called prepperzone.net that has some real estate listings for foreign countries with Preppers in mind.
Can you adapt to the culture and language?
Moving to a different place can be very different, but moving to a totally new country can really be a culture shock. If you are a person who isn’t bothered by having to adapt, who doesn’t mind change or who just wants something different (that is not me) this could actual be ideal. My recommendation would be to really understand the culture and at least no enough of the language to hold a conversation. I personally believe this would be the hardest part for me.
How are their firearms laws?
One of the key areas for preppers is self-defense and we know the US has some of the most gun friendly laws (depending on the area or city you are in) in the world, so if having a gun is important to you (as it would be for me) you definitely will want to see what your options are. Out of the four countries I have listed the most gun friendly country seems to be Panama. They seem to have some licensing, but from everything I have found guns can be imported from the US and guns can be bought there and they allow concealed carry. It also looks like pretty much anything I could have in Arizona (without a Class 3 NFA license) I could have in Panama. The other 3 on the list look to have more restrictive gun laws with Belize and the Cayman Islands being more restrictive than Costa Rica. This is something you will definitely want to research and talk to the respective government if it is important to you. If it is not as important to you this may be no big deal.
Is the Country American friendly?
There are some countries that may be unfriendly to Americans or may even despise them. This is where actually going to the country on an extended vacation can help you assess this question. The more expatriates that do relocate the more likely it is that you will be able to find other Americans and the more likely that the country will become friendlier towards Americans (unless there is something that the US does).
Are things really bad enough to leave?
This is always a concern when people decide to bug out, but would be even more of concern when bugging out to another country. As I said earlier in the article you would have to most likely bug out much earlier than those who don’t have far to go. The amenities of the new place may not be anything like what you are adjusted to, but may actually be better than the SHTF scenario going on at home. So this could be a real trade off and would most likely be much harder to get back home if in a year you don’t feel you made the right decision.
This is just a short list of things to think about, but there are also many other things to think about. A few of the other questions I thought of were these. Is it actually greener on the other side? What is their economy like? How would you get things you may need even if prepared? Would the standard of living be what you want? Would you actually be able to leave if the need presented itself.
Ultimately for me I think I would choose a bug out location much closer to, but I think it is always good to know and understand your options. For many others this may actually be the best and most logical option for their bug out plan. Hopefully if you don’t decide this is where you want to bug out to maybe it got you at least thinking about what you would do to bug out, I know it did for me.