Survival Cache versus Bug Out Bag: What is the difference and can it save your life?

    In today's post we'll be delving into the world of the cache.  What is it? Read on to find out more.

     First lets define what a cache is in the survival/prepper respect.  In the most basic sense, a cache is simply a secret hiding place for your stuff that you will  come back to later when in need, such as a SHTF situation.  

     They can be kind of like a bug out bag with regard to what you put in them but you don't keep them where you typically would keep your bug out bag such as by your bed, near the door or in the car.   Now don't get us wrong, we're all for being over prepared and having multiple bags and caches, but a cache is typically buried.  

     Yes, we said in the ground.  So a bag isn't going to cut it, you'll need something waterproof like a PVC pipe or plastic 5 gallon bucket or nalgene water bottle etc.  Now that we've established that it's time to talk about where you actually bury it.  You want to choose a spot that you'll remember but that isn't obvious to others who may want to pilfer your supplies.  Remember in SHTF situation there will be others who didn't prepare as well as you did, or at all, and they may want to take your stuff.  Choose a spot near a landmark that you can easily remember and recognize, away from buildings and flood prone areas.  Tell your immediate family where it is as well incase they need it when you're not nearby.

     PVC pipe comes in many diameters and lengths.  Choose one that's large enough for your stuff and grab 2 caps that screw on.  You can use PVC glue to ensure watertightness but know that you'll need to have a good knife or saw with you when you need to open it.  Amazon and other sites sell cache containers and it's something we will have at soon as well.

     What should you put in your cache?  One thing that a lot of people say to put in them is water.  We agree but only to a certain extent: put a couple small bottles of water inside for immediate use, but what we like to do in order to keep the cache size down is include a good water filter, as well as water purification tablets, a pan and maybe even a small portable camping stove.

     Now that we've covered water, some other things you want to have are:

  • weapons, preferably a handgun and ammo
  • knives and multitools
  • first aid supplies including bandages, gauze, antiseptics and splint materials
  • food that wont go bad such as high calorie bars, MRE's etc
  • a survival book that helps you identify edible plants in the area
  • waterproof matches
  • fire starters
  • a compass and/or a paracord bracelet that has a compass built in
  • extra clothing if you have the room
  • mylar blankets
  • cash, as networks and electronics may be out of service
  • a throw away prepaid cell phone
  • extra paracord 
  • duct tape 
  • flashlights with extra batteries 
  • playing cards

Another thing you may want to consider is vices.  You may not be a smoker, drinker etc, but guess what? Other people do and you may afford you and your family some good bartering power by have smokes and a bottle of whiskey etc in your stash.

    You may want to make several caches and hide them in different areas so they are ready to go depending on the type and severity of the disaster.  You just never know what's going to happen and as we always say: "By Failing to Prepare, you're Preparing to Fail."



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