Choosing Your Shelter: BOLs vs. Bunkers – Final Prepper

Choosing Your Shelter: BOLs vs. Bunkers

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When it comes to surviving TEOTWAWKI, nothing is more important than choosing your shelter whether that is your bunker situated near your home, or somewhere more remote like a bug out location. But there’s much debate circling around which is actually the best. Both bug out locations (BOLs) and bunkers have their benefits and pitfalls. Which is right for you?



Preppers who consider bunkers the best way to survive the apocalypse like shelters for good reason. Bunkers are not only discreet — hidden out of the sight of enemies’ eyes and from the watchful eye of the government — these shelters also offer a low energy cost, they are bulletproof and excellent for surviving high-impact storms.

But, when you’re spending the apocalypse in an underground bunker, there’s not much outdoor visibility. When outfitting your bunker, put up camouflaged and hidden HD security camera system, so that you can keep an eye on what’s happening outside of the bunker.




Although some survivalists think that a bunker is the best way to go, there’s also a large group of preppers who consider the bunker a death trap. These folks make a good point. Many bunkers do not have enough oxygen flowing through to keep you alive for very long. And, let’s face it, air is important when it comes to survival.

And, once your bunker is found, there’s no escaping. Whoever, or whatever, is outside waiting will stay there until you’re forced to come out.


Prepper experts advise survivalists who’ve already bought bunkers to consider turning them into root cellars to store fruits, vegetables and canned goods throughout winter.

Bug Out Locations


Getting a BOL is not hard. Getting the land for a bug out location is cheap and it will pay off when you need it. Just make sure the land you choose is accessible to you, not too vulnerable and in a spot where you can live off of the land with your own skills.

Having your own land away from civilization and the watchful eye of neighbors will allow you to stock up on survival supplies and grow your own food. You should use your land to build shelters, traps and everything else that’s needed to survive when the apocalypse hits.



Even if you’re already living in a rural area, it still may be too close to highly populated areas. When you’re thinking about your BOL, you’ve got to have a plan. Many survivalists take to the mountains since there are plenty of natural resources available there. But if you and your family aren’t trained and you don’t carry the necessary skill set to survive, you’re not going to last long. In some cases, if you’re not prepared, it’s just best to stay put to avoid a self-inflicted demise.


BOLs aren’t always easy to defend. If you’re not far enough away from the population center, you’ve got to plan for a siege or an attack. Make sure you’ve got the proper training for this.


  1. Bobby

    December 29, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Where can you buy one of these shipping containers?

    • Steve

      January 3, 2018 at 12:15 am

      Any port city or major metro area generally has container resellers. Use “shipping containers for sale” in your browser and search for nearby vendors. 20 ft and 40 ft are most common lengths. Look for leaks and rust stains indicating prior/current leaks. Age and condition varies widely. Transport cost needs to be figured into total price.

  2. John Swanson

    December 29, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Living in a small town area can be a problem as you have neighbors and when things get down to becoming rough can you unite with them and give them your trust or would you just be better off going it alone?

    • Cary

      January 5, 2018 at 4:34 pm

      I live in a subdivision where I can put my hand on my house and touch my neighbor’s house. The best advice I can give for finding out which neighbors to trust and which not to trust is to hang out with as many of your neighbors as you can. Don’t tell them at least not right away that your a prepper.In my neighborhood I’ve tried talking to my neighbors about disasters and all have said “Nothing like that has happened in my lifetime. I expect it never will.” (ages 60 to 90)Another frequently heard phrase is you can’t prepare for everything or you’ll drive yourself crazy. Stick to the basics, Fire,Theft, Thunderstorms and Snow.It’s hard to motivate people. I was a shocked by my neighbors attitudes especially since many either lived through the depression or heard about it from their parents.

    • Rex Johnson

      April 8, 2018 at 9:10 am

      Great question John Swanson, I too live in a small town in the mountains. I have the same question, and who can and do you trust? B’cause after all it is better in numbers ( if they can be trusted, and you all can get along with each other ).And what if you or someone is handicapped?

  3. Cchgn

    June 21, 2018 at 7:16 am

    Sorry to but everyone’s bubble, but there won’t be any need to try and “prepare to survive” a “post apocalyptic world”: 1.)there won’t be one. 2)you can’t prepare for it. 3)you likely won’t survive it. 4)unless you’re a loner, your plan wasn’t enough for your group.

    The bunker- worst plan in the world. The caveman’s 1st meal was a rabbit it found in a “bunker”.Look up how the U.S. dealt with tunnels in VN and now (hint: they pump gas into them and blow them). At BEST, a bunker is short term, to survive the initial SHTF, BUT then it’s time to get out and go away or gather resources. THE bunker is the last ditch go to, NOT the 1st go to.

    The BOL- pay attention: there is NO place you can build a BOL, where other people already know about it, ’cause they live right next to it. They will sit there an let you build that nice big BOL, fully stock it and then in a SHTF, THEY will occupy it and defend it from you, when you get there. Btw, thanks in advance.

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