If you’ve been paying attention to current events lately you probably know that the world seems to be in pretty bad shape. Between tsunamis, revolutions, wars, and the ominous predictions of a 2012 apocalypse, it’s easy to believe that the world as we know it is coming to an end. A natural reaction to recent natural disasters is to prepare an emergency survival cache should tragedy strike. But how can you protect your survival cache in the chaos that will surely follow a natural disaster? Simple – bury it.
Buried survival caches are gaining popularity across the country, but what exactly should go in one? And what’s the best way to bury it? Good questions.
Think of a survival cache as you would any emergency preparedness bag or kit. You will need food, bottled water, warm clothing, first-aid supplies, tents, blankets or sleeping bags, a hunting or folding knife, a powerful LED flashlight or lantern, and extra batteries.
There are other things you should include that may not initially think to include – trade items. Trade items are things that may be used as currency if things go really bad. This can include tobacco, alcohol, chocolate, LED bulbs and batteries, deodorant, toothpaste, and anything else that may be hard to come by in a post-apocalyptic America.
Now, how should you bury the cache? The best way is to put your items in burial tubes. You can purchase buried survival cache tubes from distributors or make your own from PVC pipe. Whether you purchase or make your own, make sure you store all items (especially food, clothing, and electronic devices like LED flashlights) in air- and water-tight vacuum bags. This prevents water damage in case your cache is not air-tight. You should also place O2 absorbers in your cache – they help absorb moisture and reduce water damage to sensitive items that might rust, such as a folding knife or skinning knife.
Once you’ve buried the cache – a few feet down, but not so far that it will take a lot of time to dig up – make a map with the exact locations of the buried caches. Keep this map in a safe place. If all goes well, you’ll never need it. If things take a turn for the worse, you will be glad you have it.
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