Hiding places and small caches

Most discussions regarding caches involve burying them. No doubt that for the ultimate security – burying is best. For this post above ground caches will be considered.

There may be reasons why burying certain supplies is not the best option. One example is for whatever reason you find yourself outside of your main residence and have a need to access something – such as a firearm. Another might be a need to have a survival kit/bug out bag off site to access while on the move. Being able to access these supplies in a moments notice may be necessary.

Regardless of the reason or situation – here are a few examples of above ground hiding places (click to enlarge):

Old hollowed-out stump
Rear of above – deep cavity in tree
Well house
Under a shed – possibly stuck up against floor.
Behind and inside bushes.

There are tons of locations to be considered. The above choices were presented with the idea that a group of people may search the property for supplies looking in the normal places – and may miss others. It would take quite an eye for detail to find an ammo box set down inside the cavity of the tree pictured above. Needless to say, a good security system, such as from SafeMart, would be my first defense. If a would-be thief were able to penetrate that, then good luck finding anything in my hiding places.

Another method is to hide supplies in plain site. An example of this is to have a tote fill with ammunition marked “CHRISTMAS STUFF” with the top layers covered with ornaments. Possibly a searcher would open the tote and see the Christmas stuff and look no further.

There are also books that have hollowed out insides which can hold small pistols, a radio, cell phone, and other supplies. Another method for inside a home is to pull up the carpet in a closet – cut out a section of the floorboard – and place supplies in the space below. The floorboard section and carpet can be replaced for access later.

What to hide? That is up to you. Could be a  pistol with a couple of extra mags. A survival kit in a small backpack. Possibly a bottle of Crown Royal your spouse doesn’t want to see in the house anymore.

A buried cache is no doubt the most secure – but not the most accessible.

Let’s hope neither is ever needed.



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5 thoughts on “Hiding places and small caches”

  1. One advantage to burying a cache with food is that the temperature is moderated which is better for the storage life of the food.

  2. Good post – here’s another idea:

    You will need a length of PVC pipe (length and diameter will be determined by what you want to cache), 2 PVC caps to fit the pipe, PVC pimer, PVC glue, Gorilla Tape, petroleum jelly (vaseline), and a hack saw blade.

    Prime one end of the pipe and one of the caps then apply glue to the cap and push onto the pipe with a slight twisting motion – allow to dry (depends on temp and humidity, could take up to a day). Fill pipe with your cache goods (cans of soup, a P-38 can opener, some water purification tablets, and a box of .22 ammo for instance), then prime and glue the other cap over the open end. Coat the hack saw blade liberally with the petroleum jelly and tape it to the outside of the pipe (this makes it easier to get into your cache, use the tape to wrap one end of the saw blade to protect your hand). Find a spot which is easy to remember (you may be really stressed when you decide you need your cache) and bury the pipe cache (deeper is better). Bury a piece of steel rebar or chain a foot or so above your cache to allow you to find it with a metal detector (a good strong magnet on a string will work). Don’t forget to include an E-Tool in your BOB unless you don’t mind ruining your manicure.

    Prime and paint the outside of the finished cache (dark blue or black is best), tie some 550 cord around the outside and secure with Gorilla Tape, and toss it into a pond or lake leaving the end of the 550 cord on shore. You may need to add some weight to the outside (tape rebar around the pipe) to make the cache sink. Hide the loose end of the 550 cord where you will be able to find it. Then when you need your cache simply grab the 550 cord and pull it out of the water.

    Once opened, each cache can be used as a container for water storage (include 2 or 3 zip locks in each cache to cover open end), foraging container (a 24″ long piece of 6″ PVC will hold approximately 3 gallons of nuts, berries, or clams), or IED (I will leave the details of that to your imagination).

  3. One of my favorite hiding places is in the bathroom cabinet up high behind the sink. Also I hide things under the kickboards of the kitchen and bathroom cabinets. When you have secret places like this make sure someone else knows about them. We always hear stories about people who move and forget about their secret stash, or just the other day the person who sewed their entire life savings into a suit lining and then gave the suit away!

  4. Take the lining cover off a box springs, fill area with important supplies and re-attach the cover, and replace the box springs to bed frame, and you could do the same with mattress (bottom side, at seam) , open and place some lite items, like medicine, money, etc.
    Behind switch plates place a small bag of small goodies and tie off with string and attach to screw and replace switch have plates.
    Behind hvac vent returns and filters, make small packages of special items and tape them high up or down inside vents, replace filters and hvac covers.


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