Top 5 Items You Need to Stash In a Cache

Posted: February 8, 2015 in Bugging Out, SHTF Preparedness, Survival and Skills
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Cache_pipe_and_suppliesDepending on who you talk to you, will get several different answers on what you need to stash in your cache. You will also get almost as many answers in reference to where and how to stash your cache. But, the one thing you will hear almost unanimously is that you should cache at least some equipment and supplies to insure that they are ready to use when needed.

The how and where to cache your stash are questions that we will tackle another day. Today I want to take a look at the “what” should be in our stash. This article is looking at a “Survival” cache. The Survival Cache is a cache that you would retrieve when you are on the run to your Bug-Out location or in another “Tactical” situation that you are requiring a re-supply of basic life sustaining items. This is by no means meant to be the Ultimate List of items that you should or that could be in a cache, just a listing of the most practical items that we can come up with that could save your life in a life threating situation.

Top 5 Items You Need to Stash In a Cache

  1. Weapon.  Some type of rifle, shotgun or pistol with ammunition and cleaning supplies. This can be an expensive undertaking for most. However, you must remember that a weapon is the one piece of equipment that can provide you food and protection. The type of weapon and the amount ammunition is totally up to you. There are some that you tell exactly what type of weapon you should have and how much ammunition you need to cache, but my advice is to cache whatever weapon and the amount of ammunition you are comfortable with. However, remember if you are in a SHTF situation, the chance of you “buying” ammunition down the road is slim to none. Try to take this into account when putting your cache together.
  2. Knife.  A good fixed blade knife with a sharping stone or hone. When facing this type of situation a good knife is a must. A good quality knife that can hack, chop and still cut will serve you well. A good quality knife won’t cost you an arm and a leg, but you don’t want a cheaply made knife either. A rugged knife that can stand up to punishment is what you are looking for. There are all kinds of knifes that fit this bill. Also, you’ll want to insure that you have a good quality sheath for carrying and protecting your knife. Remember, a good quality knife much like a good weapon, it may provide you a way to obtain food and provide you protection if needed.
  3. Fire Starter.  Disposable lighter, matches (waterproof), a flint and steel and fire starting material. Even in the summer months, there will be times when a small cook fire or a Dakota fire will be great to have. Some type or fire starter whether it is a small disposable lighter, matches or a flint and steel will be a must. You may want to consider some fire starting material also. Some tinder or char-cloth will help you make fire when you have too.
  4. Water Container & Filter.  You are going to need some way of obtaining water. Chances are most, if not all the water you will come across will not safe to drink and will have to be filtered. While there is a no filter system out there now that will remove all contaminates from water, are some that will remove most. These filters are small and compact, the prefect size for a cache. You should also throw in a container or two for carrying water. However, I don’t suggest that you store water in your cache. The number one reason is that you don’t know when you will be retrieving your cache and contrary to popular belief water that has been in storage for a while taste really bad and if used should be filtered. Currently the best personal water filter out there is the LifeStraw.
  5. First Aid Supplies.  Basic first aid supplies including adhesive bandages, various sizes of gauze pads. Compression wraps, medical tape, antibiotic cream, burn cream, aspirin or similar item and any prescription meds you may need are just some of the first aid supplies that you may want to include in your cache. Dependent upon both your tactical situation and your medical knowledge you may want to include more advanced medical items. For another look at some medical supplies you may need, check out The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way, by Joseph Aton and Amy Alton.

There are a lot of other items that can go into cache, it is totally up to you. However, the above list is just a good basic start. All of these items have the potential to save your life given the right situation. However, one important point to remember when planning a cache is, that the idea behind the cache is to resupply you of needed items. The larger the cache the more chances increase that someone else will find and pilfer your supplies.

Look for the second and third part of our series on Caches.


  1. Macgyver says:

    Don’t forget the most important thing–A BIBLE!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Illini Warrior says:

    lifeboat type rations if nothing else ….


  3. Food (canned), clothing (1 change, coat, boots) shelter (Tent, sleeping bag), tools (ax, shovel, multitool)


  4. antediluvian says:

    Mark s. Ide


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