I would say if you are going to bug out, make sure you can find employment where you are bugging out to. Unless you are independently wealthy, you will be creating your own little personal SHTF while the big one may not come for 5 or 10 years. That is 5 or 10 years you could be saving and building stock piles. But if there is no employment where you are, no time likle the present to find a new job in a less populated area. Craigslist is great for job research.