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Creating a Survival Cache

I decided to create a few “survival cache’s”. First – what is a survival cache? Generally, a survival cache is a buried or hidden container that is filled with supplies that can be accessed when needed.

Why would I want to have a cache? Well, pretty much all of my supplies are located within my home. If something should happen and my home was destroyed or I was forced to leave it – the amount of supplies available would be diminished greatly. Should my home be destroyed – all would be lost. If evacuation was necassary  – limited supplies would need to be taken.

Is it time to "Get Outta Dodge"?

Where to put them?  Well – I am not going to tell you where mine will be going. I will tell you where a survival cache can be put. Often they are placed on your property hidden via burying. They are also placed along evacuation/bug out routes to be accessed when needed during traveling. Whether buried next to a “unique” tree or in a totally vacant field – it is very important that you can find your cache when needed. A GPS is ideal as you can program the location of the cache as a way-point in the navigation system. Special marking at the location can also be used – such as spraying yellow paint on two tree’s to mark that the cache is in between them. Just be careful that however the cache is marked – that you will be the only one to recognize its significance.

bug out route, survival cache

Place a survival cache along your bug out route

What to put in them? Anything you may want or need to access is the simple answer.  From food, to weapons to medical supplies – the options are wide open. Obviously long storage life is required. Often a survival cache will contain numerous things – here is an example list:

  • first aid kit
  • MRE’s
  • small fire starting kit (matches/lighters)
  • knife
  • duct tape
  • handgun
  • ammo
  • spare clothes

The supplies stored in the cache depends on the size of the container.

Speaking of containers………..

What container to use for the survival cache? Common containers are homemade PVC enclosed tubes. Inexpensive and simple to make – components are available at your local Home Depot of Lowe’s store. It is very important to silicone all of the pieces together to make sure it will be waterproof.

My first one is pictured below:

Other potential containers are military ammo cans:

ammo box, survival cache

Also, a micro-cache can be made from a common Nalgene Water Bottle:

If your supplies are running  low – if you are evacuating your location – knowing of those supplies in your cache’s are available will be very comforting.


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3 comments to Creating a Survival Cache

  • Grill Sgt.

    Sound advice! One thing to consider about the GPS…in the event of an EMP attack, that GPS would be useless. Just sayin.

  • GoneWithTheWind

    Five gallon buckets. I have been working on the right combination of food that would allow me to put a months supply of food in one 5 gallon bucket. What I am aiming for is an inexpensive and reasonable amount of food a day that would be supplemented by hunter gathering. Not a full calorie or nutritional adequate meal but a basic meal that would keep you going and wouldn’t require special equipment to prepare (for example wheat would require a grinder). My two main components are rice and beans. There is no “perfect” menu, everyone will have a different idea of what is “good eats”. But if it won’t all fit in one 5 gal bucket then it is too much. I intend to fill half a dozen of these and put them in good cache locations.

  • Grill Sgt.

    Rice & beans are a good start, but after awhile, that would get old, I would think. Personally, I like the way my wife makes squirrel & dumplings. Try to get books that teach about foraging in your area. Also, Jerusalem artichokes are a good staple. Plant some in an unsed corner of your property, and they’ll really take off…depending on the area. Foraging, and hunting small game can be fun!