Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, because, if you do, the fox may find them and leave you dry.
Of course, what I’m trying to say is that spreading your provisions for when things become messy across multiple locations will offer you the upper edge whenever dealing with difficult situations.
If you keep everything in one place and disaster strikes, the area could become inaccessible, therefore leaving you without vital survival resources.
Or someone could even beat you to it, as people tend to become scavengers during shtf scenarios.
To avoid any unwanted inconveniences, the best thing to do is to stack vital items inside caches, and then spread them across various locations known only to you.
If you have an emergency plan in place, it’s wise to also make the cache’s locations known to your family.
Survival caches are intended to provide you with essential items you could use during a disaster.
In today’s e-mail, I have prepared a thorough guide for your cache’s content and where you can hide your stash.
Survival Cache Content
Why is it of utmost importance to first decide what to put inside your cache? Because this determines the proportions of the recipient you’ll have to purchase or assemble.
What you choose to put inside may vary slightly based on your needs and location. However, the must-have items of every survival kit should be included.
- Food provisions
You’ll want as much food available when you won’t be able to rely on retail stores anymore. Stack as much survival food as possible because it is very resilient and compact.
You can choose to have exclusive food caches or you can also make room for other items.
- Water supplies
You may last a few weeks without food, but lack of water will dry you dead in just a matter of days.
Leave a few bottles of water in there, and don’t forget about water filters. These may come extremely handy during an outdoor survival situation.
Again, you can choose to dedicate an entire cache to water supplies and purifiers, or rather opt for a mix of items.
- Guns & ammo
If you will ever have to uncover your survival cache, chances are you’ll be in need of extra protection.
In order to gain confidence and more security, you can hide away a few guns and a sufficient ammo supply.
The best options for civilians, in my opinion, are the AR-15 type rifles due to their malleability. You can easily disassemble these to fit your cache, and can reassemble them just as fast.
Of course, there’s an entire array of pistols you can choose to store, so it all resumes to your own tastes.
- First aid kit
Whether you decide to purchase one or assembling it yourself, the first aid kit is a must-have for any survivalist.
Besides the common items such as: bandages, disinfectant, and pain killer, you can enhance it with these less common items.
- Fire starters
If you are not comfortable with lighting fires in the old fashion, you should, at all times, secure a bunch of lighters and (waterproof) matches.
All these items should make up your survival cache. Remember that these are just the minimum requirements.
Based on your overall content, you can now decide what size the cache should be, as well as the material it should be made of.
Here are a few suggestions:
Choosing the appropriate survival cache type
There are many factors you should take into account for this phase.
Containers made of plastic will break easily, while those made of wood will rot.
If your cache is not resilient enough, factors like pests, extreme temperatures or precipitation will ruin you stash.
Here are a few suggestions of water repellant container options:
1.Ammo casing. Although weathering can take its toll on it, it will still last for a decent amount of years until rust overtakes it.
2 Survivor dry box. Durable and waterproof and with a very affordable price range, this option seems like a great fit for all the aforementioned items.
3.Pelican case. In case you are reluctant of the dry box’s resilience, you can spend an extra dime to ensure a better cache quality.
4.PVC tube. This is a great waterproof material that can withstand harsh weather conditions. It may be the perfect option for hiding your emergency items. All you should have in mind is a good sealant.
5.Buckets. Purchasing a good 5-gallon bucket will do the trick of keeping your emergency items unaltered for good periods of time.
There are plenty of other container options you can choose from. It all depends on your preferences.
You should also employ an extra security measure that will distract any unwanted looter from discovering your caches content.
By stuffing your items inside a contractor bag, you will make it look as if its only trash in there.
Additionally, you can place a bunch of crooked newspapers on the inside of your cache to make it appear like worthless stuff.
Now it’s time to pick the perfect hiding spot:
This will vary mainly on where you are living. While people residing in mountainous areas may have plenty of crevices available for the job, others living in lower areas will have to rely on underground spots.
1.Camouflaged or in plain sight
You don’t always have to hide stuff in remote locations. If you are smart and confident in your camouflaging abilities, you can hide your cache where everyone is expecting less.
Take for example the base of a garbage can. Cover it with trash and nobody will attempt looking for what’s inside there.
If you live in an urban area and have a storage unit, you can place your cache somewhere in there and then lock the room.
Having the only pair of keys will offer you reassurance that no intruders may bump into it.
However, if things hit the fan, you should clear the cache asap to not risk losing it to opportunist thieves.
This timeworn method made it through the ages. Pirates used to bury their treasure chests this way and had tremendous success.
If you are living in a rural environment, this option may be the post viable one.
If you are living in the city instead, you’ll have to seek another method as most soil is covered by concrete and people are roaming allover.
For those of you living in the city, this might come as a great option.
If you have an abandoned building in your vicinity, you can easily find a spot to hide your survival cache.
People are usually discouraged to enter such buildings, and metal detectors will fail miserably due to the high iron content of the building.
You do have to worry about one thing, and that is the building being demolished.
4.Somewhere on your emergency route
If a crisis breaks and you are forced to drop everything and follow your emergency plan or reach your bug out location, gathering supplies across the way seems like the most viable solution
I personally hold this option in high regard because it’s extremely efficient to pick up your survival cache on your way to safety.
And since I already have a remote location ready, I always hide my stuff on the way to it.
If you are traveling across the countryside to reach your spot, then only imagination can limit you in picking the perfect hideout for your cache.
I really hope that some of these tips will inspire and aid you in your survival journey.
Being prepared offers tremendous relief, so you better start packing your survival items.
Stay safe. Stay prepared.