If you need to stash some gear or supplies then you need to consider Survival Supply Caches, the Prepper’s Safe Deposit Box!
Survival Supply – PVC Burial Cache
There are many choices and schools of thought when it comes to survival caches. If you want to bury things, you can choose a pre-made solution like the Mono Vault tube, designed for this very purpose, or leverage buckets with water-tight lids, rain barrels or PVC pipe solutions.
The quick and easy method would be to run down to your local hardware store and get some properly size PVC pipe and the fittings needed to create your own burial tube.
Top 5 Items You Need to Stash In a Cache
- Weapon. Some type of rifle, shotgun or pistol with ammunition and cleaning supplies. This can be an expensive undertaking for most. However, you must remember that a weapon is the one piece of equipment that can provide you food and protection. The type of weapon and the amount ammunition is totally up to you. There are some that you tell exactly what type of weapon you should have and how much ammunition you need to cache, but my advice is to cache whatever weapon and the amount of ammunition you are comfortable with. However, remember if you are in a SHTF situation, the chance of you “buying” ammunition down the road is slim to none. Try to take this into account when putting your cache together.
- Knife. A good fixed blade knife with a sharping stone or hone. When facing this type of situation a good knife is a must. A good quality knife that can hack, chop and still cut will serve you well. A good quality knife won’t cost you an arm and a leg, but you don’t want a cheaply made knife either. A rugged knife that can stand up to punishment is what you are looking for. There are all kinds of knifes that fit this bill. Also, you’ll want to insure that you have a good quality sheath for carrying and protecting your knife. Remember, a good quality knife much like a good weapon, it may provide you a way to obtain food and provide you protection if needed.
- Fire Starter. Disposable lighter, matches (waterproof), a flint and steel and fire starting material. Even in the summer months, there will be times when a small cook fire or a Dakota fire will be great to have. Some type or fire starter whether it is a small disposable lighter, matches or a flint and steel will be a must. You may want to consider some fire starting material also. Some tinder or char-cloth will help you make fire when you have too.
- Water Container & Filter. You are going to need some way of obtaining water. Chances are most, if not all the water you will come across will not safe to drink and will have to be filtered. While there is a no filter system out there now that will remove all contaminates from water, are some that will remove most. These filters are small and compact, the prefect size for a cache. You should also throw in a container or two for carrying water. However, I don’t suggest that you store water in your cache. The number one reason is that you don’t know when you will be retrieving your cache and contrary to popular belief water that has been in storage for a while taste really bad and if used should be filtered. Currently the best personal water filter out there is the LifeStraw.
- First Aid Supplies. Basic first aid supplies including adhesive bandages, various sizes of gauze pads. Compression wraps, medical tape, antibiotic cream, burn cream, aspirin or similar item and any prescription meds you may need are just some of the first aid supplies that you may want to include in your cache. Dependent upon both your tactical situation and your medical knowledge you may want to include more advanced medical items. For another look at some medical supplies you may need, check out The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way, by Joseph Aton and Amy Alton.