If you're anything like me, cash isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you're preparing to survive a crisis. The first time I packed my bug-out-kit, I had food, water filters, spare clothes and a ton of gear to survive in the wild, and didn't even think to include cash in my packing list. Big mistake. The world isn't going to stop spinning overnight, and cash isn't going to lose its value in a day. For anything short of a total economic collapse, having cash on hand in a crisis will help you to survive. As a society, we're all carrying less cash than we used to, which is a recipe for disaster. Here's why.
- Power goes out. Stores can't accept credit cards which means you don't get to buy today. What if the powers down for days, weeks or even months?
- Power's up, but the crisis sends everyone to the store to ‘stock up’ and the credit card processors go down because of the strain on the networks. You still can't buy anything.
- Chapstick. I took an old chapstick that clips onto my keychain and removed the actual chapstick. I've got a bunch of bills of various denomination rolled up inside just in case.
- Pens. Similar to the chapstick trick, I've got five different pens with money rolled up inside. There's a couple I carry with my work gear, two in my car, and one in my bug-out-kit.
- Travel belt. When I saw the leather belts that had a hidden pocket I had to have one, and it's also another place I like to keep my money stash.
- My wallet. Rather obvious hiding spot without being immediately apparent, I've got a couple of bills folded into the small pockets inside my wallet.
- Linings. Look at the clothes you normally wear, and there's usually space in the lining to carefully slice it open and stitch a new pocket. I've got bills hiding in both my hat and in my bug out bag.
- Vehicle. Taped up and under my dash and out of sight is another cache of cash, just be sure to take this one out if you're dropping your car in for a service.