Making a Cache
A cache is a small hidden store of items you value, or items you think you will need at some point in the future. They are an emergency supply of survival kit that will help you along the way should the worst happen.
Why do you want a cache?
There are a number of reasons why someone may want one or more caches. They may decide to have a cache filled with food and water along a route they may travel in the future. Some people may even have a cache with money or other valuables stored in just in case they can’t make it home in an emergency and need supplies. Others may have a more multi purpose cache filed with food, water, money, survival tools etc to help them survive on a more long term basis.
From a preparedness point of view, caches can be extremely useful when bugging out as you can use them as checkpoints on a longer journey to your final bug out location. You can reduce the amount of kit you carry with you as you can re stock at each cache you have created along the way.
How to build a cache
Probably the most important part of the cache is the ‘container’ that will be used to actually store your kit.
Your choice of container is pretty flexible, however it needs to be suitable for both the environment you plan to hide it in and for the contents you will be storing. PVC piping tends to be a popular choice.
Regardless of the type of cache you build, the container must be strong, able to be re located if necessary, and nature proof – air, water, dirt, bugs etc. Water will likely be your biggest concern.
One option you do have with PVC pipes is fully sealing the tube with professional pipe caps to prevent any water or bug damage.
Filling your cache
Once you have decided on the type of container you will be using, you need to decide what is going to be in your cache.
Once you know what you’re going to be caching, you can add any additional protective measures as necessary.
If you are storing food, don’t just put it straight in the cache and seal it up. Use some sort of additional barrier e.g. plastic bags etc.
Protective measures need to be implemented for any survival kit too. Will the equipment deteriorate over time? Will it be usable immediately out of the cache? All these types of scenarios should be considered.
Hiding your cache
Burying your cache is a common method of hiding and keeping your kit secure.
This will potentially be your most difficult decision when making a cache. You need the location to be stealthy, yet relatively easy for you to get to. There is no point having a well stocked cache if it takes you hours and hours of locating and digging to get to.
You also need to think about what kind of cache it will be. Will it be a one-time access cache? Or one you visit and use regularly?
Once you’ve found the perfect cache location, you are ready to bury your supplies!
Regardless of how you bury your cache, you want to leave as few clues as possible that you were there. You will want to take a mental picture of the area before you start digging and return it to that state when you leave.
Finding and using your cache
You need to be 100% confident in locating your cache. Don’t just have a rough idea of where it is, you need to know EXACTLY where it is. You may need to get to your supplies in a hurry so make sure you find a way to pinpoint its location.
Whether you use co ordinates, marked maps or natural (non moving) land marks – make sure you can quickly locate your cache.
Practice finding and accessing your cache
It is always worth practicing finding and opening up your cache before the time comes when you actually need it. If you are storing food and water, you will want to change your stock regularly anyway. This means you will dig up and re bury your cache quite a few times before it is really needed.
A cache can help save your life or make bugging out much easier. Take your time in making yours – you never know when you might need one!