You could find yourself a disaster scenario where you away from all your supplies and tools.
Sometimes you may even find yourself without your “on the go” or your everyday carry gear.
In this type of situation it is always of great value and importance to have one or more caches nearby or along your route.
A cache is usually referred to a as a location where you can hide valuables, gear and supplies with the assumption you would come back at some point to retrieve it if necessary.
On important concept of creating a cache or “caching” is that you want to eliminate what we call a “single point of failure” also known as “putting all your eggs in one basket”.
The idea here is that you don’t want to put all your supplies, gear and valuables in just one location, because they could be destroyed or lost in the event that the location is compromised.
These caches can be placed at strategic locations along a bug out route, near and between destinations you travel frequently like somewhere between home and work.
Even with all the planning in the world, there are some situations where you are not able to get home and don’t have any supplies with you.
In this scenario, if you do not have a cache of supplies and gear well off site, you could be in serious trouble.
Although not recommended, not having a cache means you may have to attempt to retrieve the supplies in an area that could be dangerous.
Failing to think and plan ahead before you are in a survival situation may mean you have to take more risks to survive when the time comes.
What to store
There are no hard rules about what to store in a cache but here are a few suggestions.
• A small water filter
• Water purification tablets
• 3 to 5 metal water bottles
• Several high energy food supplies
• Canned food to consume on location,
• and dry food consumption on the trail
• First aid kit
• Survival blanket
• Copy of ID’s
• A fire starter
• A knife
• A multi-tool
• Self defense items
• Gun & ammo,
• Map of the area & a compass
• Prepaid cellphone or radio & batteries
How To Store Your Cache
• Use water proof or water resistant containers
• Use solid impact resistant container
• A PVC pipe or container
• Polypropylene Boxes
• Boat Supply Containers
• Ammunition Boxes
• Use a Mylar bag inside the container and seal it to protect from water and humidity
Where To Store
• Always store your cache in a place you will remember it.
• Buried in the woods
• Storage units
• Relative or friend’s house
• Under bridges
• In the woods
It doesn’t matter what or how you store you cache, the most important thing is that you remember where it is when you need it.
When you are ready to drop your supplies in you pre-determined cache spots make sure you have a topo map and a compass, a make notes of every landmark that could later you find it later.