When it comes to survival, the more prepared you are the better. But there's one problem I see too many survivalists make, over and over again. They're so focused on building up their cache of supplies, they forget to think about a back-up plan. If all of your survival gear is in one place, you're risking everything. What happens if you're cut-off from your home? Or if you're forced to evacuate in the face of a storm? Or if the bad guys decide they want what you've got, and take it by force. Keeping everything in one place, is a recipe for disaster. Today I'm going to cover a concept I've been embracing these last couple of years. I got caught up in a bad situation and I wasn't able to get to my home. And this was my problem. I found myself stuck, without the gear I needed when it really mattered. So I started setting up caches, just in case. A survival cache is as simply as it seems. It's a stockpile of supplies you need to survive, stored in a separate location to your home. Now here's the trick. It's got to be a little difficult to find so that others don't stumble across it. But it can't be too difficult that it takes hours to locate if you're evacuating to your bug-out location. This is where it starts getting tricky. Buying supplies is expensive, and if you're planning on setting up multiple caches, it can get costly fast. So you've got to be smart with your purchases. Here's what I recommend putting into each cache.
What my survival cache containsI followed a pretty simply concept when it came to packing my survival caches. I simply set up what's essentially a "bug-out" kit in each location. Of course, the specifics will depend on what you need to survive in your local area, but here's a rough outline of what's in mine.
- Firearm and ammunition. Within each kit is a small handgun, as well as a couple of boxes of ammunition. I get the risks of storing a gun offsite, but my caches are so well hidden I'm confident these will never fall into the wrong hands.
- Food. I've stored about 72 hours of food within each cache, which is plenty to keep me going while I'm heading out to my main bug out location. Think MREs, and any items that have a long shelf life so that you're not needing to replace these every few months.
- Water filters. Having access to water is important, and while there is plenty of natural sources in my area, I needed to ensure I've got an easy way to purify what I'm drinking, so I don't get sick.
- Firestarting kit. Again, a common feature in many bug-out kits, and I agree. Being able to start a fire adds comfort, warmth, and can help you to cook your meals and purify your water.
- Basic first aid kit. Throw in some general wound care items, painkillers, antibiotics, and perhaps some immodium, just in case.
- Multitool. A really good multi-tool. These always come in handy.
- Outdoor clothing. This doesn't always get mentioned, but I've got a comfortable pair of shoes, as well as a full set of "outdoor clothes" that I can change into if I really am caught unawares. The last thing I want to be doing is bugging out in dress shoes and a suit.
- A backpack. Pretty self-explanatory, but don't forget you will need a way to actually carry all the gear in your cache with you.