Survival Cache Gear

A survival cache is a container of some kind which has emergency supplies and necessities which you hide in a place only you know about, usually near a planned evacuation route. In fact, many experts recommend that you have 2 or 3 different survival caches in different places, in different directions, in case your primary planned evacuation route is blocked off for one reason or another.

If you are bugging out you will probably have your bug out bag. That is a given. At least it should be. If you end up being gone longer than you expected and you run out of items in your 72 hour kit, your different survival caches can be a life saver. Take the time to think ahead and prepare for this by strategically positioning several emergency caches along your pre-planned evacuation routes.

What you are preparing for will dictate what you put into your survival cache. The list below is an example if you are caught outdoors and can’t get home soon.

Suggested Outdoor Survival Cache Gear List

It would be nearly impossible to provide you with a list of gear and supplies to cover every possible scenario. That being said this list should give you some of the basics you will need if in a wilderness situation and you can always adjust the contents to suit your needs or expected scenario.

  1. Gun(s) and ammo. Depending on your location and needs you should have a small .22 caliber rifle for small game and possibly a handgun for close encounters. Each weapon should have at least 3 full clips and a couple hundred rounds of ammo.
  2. Water filter. You can have something like “The Straw” or you could have a bottle that contains a filter. The survival cache is not really made to store water but you want to have something that will protect you when you find water.
  3. Food. An active adult needsĀ  2500 -5000 calories per day depending upon weight, height, an activity. MRE’s, hi-calorie energy bars, and anything else that stores well for a long time and is easy to open and eat. Canned goods work well as long as you remember to pack an opener.
  4. Clothes. If you are in a cold climate then gloves, socks, and long underwear are a must. You may want a Pancho to protect yourself from the elements as well.
  5. First aid kit. There are a lot of opinions concerning what you need for first aid. There are several good kits on the market that contain most of what you would need. You can either buy one or look at them and put together your own list and purchase items separately.
  6. Light. You should always have a good flashlight with extra batteries. Do not store your batteries in the flashlight as they could corrode and your flashlight would be worthless. Candles are good to have as well so you don’t use up the batteries on your flashlight.
  7. Fire. This is a must in EVERY survival situation you find yourself in. You should have several options, dry matches, fire starter (flint steel and magnesium), cheap lighters, butane and/or lighter fluid for your lighters. A few cotton ball or lint fire starters are a great item to have and take up little to no space.
  8. Paracord. There is really never a reason not to have paracord on-hand. It is inexpensive and has so many uses you would be lost without it.
  9. Knife. I like to have a couple knives available. One “survival” type knife and then one that is more like a machete. I always have a 4 inch pocket knife on me so this kind of set up gives me many survival options.
  10. Multitool. I like a medium sized multitool. Some people say that a Swiss Army Knife is sufficient but I prefer to have a more solid and durable tool. Although you could have both.

There you have it a simple well rounded survival cache gear list. Think about the most likely scenarios you could come up against, consider the weather in the different seasons, an then create several survival cache gear lists on paper first. Once you are satisfied you have what you need put them in your cache and find a safe place to hide it.

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