How To Have Supplies When You Have To Run

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If you’re in a rush and need to leave your home due to a wildfire, flood, or any other disaster without being able to pack or grab your bug-out bag, you might want an emergency supply cache hidden somewhere. Supply caches that are hidden off your property can be helpful in emergencies when you can’t bring your bug-out bag with you. A basic supply cache would have everything you need to survive for three days. Supply caches can be specialized and divided throughout specific Geo locations but we’re only going to handle basic supply caches and how to hide them here.

What To Stash:

You will need to cover the basics for three days which means water, food, a basic shelter, and any medical needs.

  • one LifeStraw
  • one tarp that is 6 by 9 foot
  • nine meals ready to eat
  • one wide mouth container that carries at least one quart of water
  • three days’ worth of medication that is temperature stable
  • a cell phone, hand radio, or satphone (optional)
  • a small fishing kit that has one 20-pound test line, two hooks, and one bobber (optional)
  • a large waterproof container to hold everything in with a screw-top lid

The large waterproof container will protect everything in your cache and can be used to store water later. The life straw and wide mouth 1-quart container will ensure that you have clean water for at least three days so long as you can find water in the wild. The nine meals ready to eat or any variation of that ensures adequate nutrition throughout the three days. The medication is only necessary for those who take medication on regular basis and cannot live without it. There is one caveat to medication in that when extreme temperatures occur it may degrade, and some medications need to be kept at room temperature only. Do your due diligence when it comes to whether or not storing medication is a good idea. You can ask questions of your physician about the temperature ranges that your medication is safe. The optional fishing kit may extend the days that you have food available to you. The communication devices may facilitate rescue.

Where To Stash:

There are several options when you’re looking at stashing your cache of valuables. If you happen to have family land that is separate from your own property, this is the best option. Whenever you are hiding your caches, placing them in unobscured locations is best. Some places where they may be hidden are the hollows of trees, underneath a flower bed, inside of water tanks on a farm, and pretty much anywhere that most people would not think to look for something. If you’re going to bury your stash, make sure that having freshly dug soil isn’t a sign that someone had recently buried or dug up anything. This is why if you’re into landscaping you can add it under flower beds, around trees under woodchips, and in compost piles. Some other places include underneath vehicles attached to the bottom of them, underneath stairwells attached to the bottom, with friends and neighbors, and with family or on their land. If you’re really desperate, public parks, culverts, rainwater drains, and more may be used. Before hiding your items in the public make sure that local laws allow it.


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