The need for a prepper retreat should be governed by the use of some common sense planning. The majority of times your present home would be a much better place to “hunker down” if something goes wrong. There may be those times that “bugging out” will be required but that doesn’t mean you will need a separate retreat. There are several qualities for a prepper retreat that will be needed if it is to truly serve your needs and not be an extra burden.
Important Qualities for a Prepper Retreat
1. Accessible. - It’s been said enough times that this part of developing a prepper retreat should be a “no brainer”. Any place you may be considering should be readily accessible in any type of weather. If you can’t get there, it’s not going to do you much good.
2. Affordable. - Any place you may decide to use as a prepper retreat must be affordable. If the cost of a prepper retreat leaves you on the edge of bankruptcy, you may want to consider other options. One option is a group purchase. This allows the cost to be divided amongst more than one person or family. When making a group purchase, there will be extra costs involved for separate surveys and deeds. Everyone involved in a group purchase will need their own place. This was a major cost of my own prepper retreat but it has worked out well. There will be less conflict between group members as a result.
3. Arable. - . A prepper retreat should also have a significant amount of arable land. If you decide to homestead the property, being able to grow food crops will be of prime importance. Certain conditions, like a desert or rocky area, will not lend themselves to a sustainable level of crop production to make adequate food production for your family viable. It will also make it more difficult to raise livestock.
4. Access to Water. - A good source of water or easy access to water will be another necessity. If you have to haul water, you are going to have additional expenses and be doing a lot of extra work. Sometimes even a simple water well can cause unneeded problems that could have been avoided in the first place.
5. Defensible. - This may seem like an odd quality for a prepper retreat but it is a necessary one. If things get really bad, it can become one of the most important qualities that should be considered when deciding if a certain area will make a good prepper retreat. Does it give you the ability to defend yourself properly?
An affordable retreat with easy access that affords you a proper source of water and a significant amount of arable land that is easily defended will make a good choice. The main problem is finding a retreat with all of these qualities. This may not be possible and you may have to settle for something slightly less perfect.
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