Sunday, August 18, 2013

Local Cache Contents Ideas

Without getting too much into my business the topic of caches has recently come up in my life. So I got to thinking about what I would want in a local cache. First I suppose we should define concept of use.

My concept of use is as follows. To provide a locally accessible store of some basic equipment if my primary residence was compromised/ lost/ needed to be evacuated in a hurry. If I need to leave but cannot go home I could hit the cache then bail. 2) To support the movement ouside of my local area if need be by resupplying basic logistics. 3) To prevent a large scale theft incident at our primary residence from wiping out my preps. I'm not saying your needs or motivations are, or should be, identical to mine but there they are.

Got to thinking about what sort of setup would suit that concept of use well. Since I'm a man of the people splitting to different economic cost ranges/ levels of preparation seems prudent. So we will do a good, better, best type thing.

Good:
Full set of seasonally apropriate spare clothes per person
1x servicable knife (whatever you have lying around or a Mora) per adult
1x water bottle per person (more in desert type enviornments)
Replacement fire kit (matches, lighter, whatever) per adult
Replacement batteries for your gear as well as some common ones (AA, AAA, D, CR123)
72 hours worth of food
72 hours worth of water
Spare ammunition for weapons as applicable and available
$100 in cash

Better:
Full set of seasonally appropriate spare clothes per person
1x serviceable knife (whatever you have lying around or a Mora) per adult
2x water bottle per person (more in desert type environments)
1x day pack per person
1x wool blanket per person
Shelter sufficient for the group. Tent, tarp with ropes, whatever.
Replacement fire kit (matches, lighter, whatever) per adult
Replacement batteries for your gear as well as some common ones (AA, AAA, D, CR123)
Replacement first aid consumables
1 week worth of food for the total group
72 worth of water for your total group
Quality water filter
Spare ammunition 1x load out (for me that would be 50 rounds of 9mm JHP, 240 rounds of 5.56 plus some .22lr and 12 gauge or whatever else you use.)
1x fill up per vehicle
A weapons cleaning kit
A spare gun, whatever you have lying around
Half a month's worth of cash
Backup paperwork, documents, insurance stuff, etc

Best:
Full bug out bag per person (above whatever kits you have at home)
60 days worth of food
1 week worth of water in an easy to use Water Storage system by Titan Ready Water
Quality water filter with extra element
Quality emergency radio
Substantial first aid kit
1x FRS type radio per adult
Full replacement set of weapons 
A weapons cleaning kit
Spare ammunition 3x load out's
A month's worth of cash
Half a month's worth of precious metals
Backup paperwork, documents, insurance stuff, etc
If you can get it a Jason Borne style clean set of ID for everyone.


We could maybe add or subtract an item or two but the above lists are generally what I am thinking. If you have significantly different items on your list please share.

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

For our area, I'd add some bug sleep netting, a pair of hammocks and a machete or two. We live in more tropical environment.

Other than that, your kit sounds excellent - Good Job!

riverrider said...

all that is great. where to put it though?

Ryan said...

Riverrider, A friends place, a relatives place, a rental storage locker, a 55 gallon barrel buried in the hinterboonies, an abandoned mineshaft, the foundation of an abandoned house, etc.

Every situation has downsides. That being said a cache or two in pretty good but not perfect spots beats the heck out of having everything in the basement/ garage waiting for a perfect cache scenario that will probably never come.

Anonymous said...

Assuming this is not an EOTWAWKI situation, but more of a potential E&E type situation, etc. a burner cell phone might not be a bad idea.

Ryan said...

@5:04, For well under $20 a burner phone would be a good addition. It would be useful in many probable situations.

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