Caches? What in the World are Caches, Is that like a peanut? No, No that a Cashew. If you found this page I’m sure you know what Caches are, but how much do your really know? One common mistake for preppers to make is to keep their entire stockpile in their home, in one location or in one cache. On one hand, that makes sense, as most people plan on bugging in during a disaster, rather than bugging out. But on the other hand, having everything in your home or one location means that in the case of a disaster that destroys your home, or in the case of a mob attacking your stockpiled location, you lose everything you have – And the wife is not going to like that one bit, especially when she most likely put up with your crazy prepping. Now when it’s needed the most it’s not there – Yea, definitely not going to go over well . . . .
That’s why supply caches are so important. They spread your supplies around, putting them in convenient places where you might need them. That way, no matter what you end up having to do to survive a disaster, you have some supplies readily at hand. Now these supplies will not be very extensive most likely but will give you what you need to hand on and survive.
To accomplish this, you need caches in multiple locations. While that is more work, it will ultimately serve you better to have several different caches which you can access, rather than just one – And the wife can be happy. Basically, you want to break your caches down into a few basic areas:
- Near your home – If you are bugging in, you want extra supplies that you can access readily. These caches also serve if your home is broken into and your supplies are stolen or your home is destroyed and you need some ready supplies. Local storage units are great for this – But think Creatively 🙂
- Your workplace – If you own your own business or you have some storage space available at your work, you could create a small cache there. That would provide you with supplies for yourself and your co-workers, if a disaster leaves you trapped at work for a few days.
- Your bug-out location – This is probably the most important place to have caches prepared. You probably won’t be able to take everything you need with you, so by having caches at or near your bug out location, you ensure that you will have supplies available. If you own that location, you can stock it well, but if not, you’ll need to find someplace to hide your caches.
- Along your bug out route – The average bug out bag only has three to five days worth of food in it. But if you have to go on foot, you may need many more days to get to your survival retreat than the food you are carrying. Putting a couple of caches along the way allows you to re-supply. You should do this every 3-5 Miles, especially if you’re traveling with children.
- Combat Caches – This is something you should consider wisely and as I must mention in accordance with all local, state, and federal laws. Combat Caches are designed to give you a tactical advantage and could be stocked with a multitude of items that include things like sealed ammo, parts to firearms, knives, etc. – Just use your imagination but stay within the law. Combat Caches should be placed in a tactically advantageous location such as high ground, rocky terrain, vantage points, etc.
Cashes . . . Closing Remarks
As you can see, properly placing a cache requires considerable forethought. You need to pick locations that are going to work out well as part of your overall survival plan. Not just anyplace will do. But where do you actually make the cache?
One of the best locations I’ve run across for a survival cache is a rented storage locker; the kind that has sprung up all across the country as people’s possessions outgrew their storage space. You can rent small spaces the size of a closet, for a minimal monthly fee, which is enough space to set up a pretty good cache. Another option is to establish one at the home of a like-minded friend or family member, if they have space. Of course, they’ll have to be someone you can trust.
The other possibility is to bury your caches. This is best for the ones along your bug out route and may also be best at your bug out location. Plastic five gallon buckets work well for this, as they are water-tight, can hold a fair amount and are readily available at all home improvement centers. You can also use PVC pipe, but that won’t hold as much.
If you bury caches, make sure that you have multiple landmarks to locate them by. Don’t use trees for landmarks, as they can burn down or be cut down. Instead, use features of the landscape, such as rock outcroppings. Those are permanent, short of removing them with heavy equipment or dynamite. If that becomes the case, you’ll probably lose your cache anyway.
You can put literally anything in a cache, but the basic idea is to use them for food, ammunition and basic survival equipment. You should already have your survival equipment with you, so the only reason I’m mentioning survival equipment is in case you lose yours or can’t get to your bug out bag. Other than that, the biggest item is food, as that’s what you’ll be consuming the most of.
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