(ModernSurvival.org) – When a massive disaster strikes, many preppers plan to bug out to a predetermined location to escape urban populations. While this is generally a good plan, it can be difficult to make it to a bug-out location — especially when making the trek on foot.
If the selected location is miles away, a standard bug-out bag (BOB) may not be sufficient to last the entire trip. This is why many preppers choose to bury emergency supply caches along the route to their evacuation destinations.
In a true SHTF situation, roads could quickly become congested or even impassible. Worse yet, if an electromagnetic pulse were to go off, the vast majority of modern vehicles would be inoperable. In either case, hiking to a bug-out location will become the only option. If that’s the case, it may become necessary to bury survival supplies.
How to Choose a Cache
Before building a container, create a list of what items it will hold. It will need to be large enough to accommodate the full range of survival supplies. For example, a simple ammo can won’t do the trick if a hunting rifle is on the list of items to bury.
After determining the essential contents, it’s time to settle on the size of the cache itself. While an ammo canister is just fine for a small stash of food and water, larger amounts of supplies (enough for a family on the go, for example), will require a bigger cache.
Since the plan is to bury the cache, obviously it needs to be constructed of something that will withstand both water and gnawing critters. PVC tube is a great choice, as it comes in a variety of sizes and is designed to be buried. Apply a tough, durable sealant to the end cap, and a perfect survival cache can be created.
Where to Bury the “Treasure”
The keys to successfully hiding a survival cache are to bury it where no one else will find it, and to bury it where you will be able to find it. The greatest emergency kit in the world won’t help if it falls into someone else’s hands, or it can’t be found when it’s needed.
Another possibility is to forgo burying the cache at all. Hiding it high up an evergreen tree, or even in a small cave are effective ways to keep it away from prying eyes. Additionally, if bugging in is the plan (as opposed to bugging out), hiding a cache in the backyard is one way to ensure supplies survive marauders or even government confiscation.
If bugging in is the plan, there are a few different ways to protect stockpiles from outside forces looking to take them. One is to use the cache method described above. To see more genius ways of keeping preps safe, check out our article on how to Protect Your Food In The Apocalypse.
~Here’s to Your Survival!
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